Tupelo Film Festival kicks off

By Sheena Barnett/NEMS Daily Journal

TUPELO – The screening of Joe York’s Southern food documentary, “Pride and Joy,” at the Tupelo Film Festival on Thursday night was just how he wanted: With a side of barbecue.
Big Apple Inn, a Jackson restaurant featured in the film, provided barbecue plates along with local eateries like Romie’s Barbecue, BBQ by Jim and Magnolia Barbecue and Fish, while the documentary played on the courthouse lawn.
“This is what it’s all about: How food can bring people together,” said York, a senior producer at the Media and Documentary Projects Center at the University of Mississippi. “It’s about celebrating the local culture and the local food.”
The festival, now in its 10th year, had an unofficial kickoff Wednesday night with a film screening at the Malco, said festival director Pat Rasberry.
The festival continues at 12:30 p.m. today, with more showings at The Lyric.
The special event, A Touch of Jazz, is set for 7:30 tonight at Goodlett Manor. It includes a screening of a documentary about jazz photographer Bob Barry, and several pieces of his work will be up for auction. Brian “Breeze” Cayolle and Bob Sundra will perform.
The festival continues Saturday at 9 a.m. at the Lyric with more screenings.
Dixon McDowell’s documentary about screenwriter Horton Foote will be screened at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Lee County Courthouse, followed by a showing of “Tomorrow,” an early Robert Duvall film shot in and around Tupelo. Foote wrote the screenplay for the movie, based on a William Faulkner story. It’ll be followed by a panel of folks who helped make the movie, Rasberry said.
Mississippi High School Film Competition winners will be shown at noon at the Lyric, and the awards ceremony is set for 8 p.m.
The Tupelo Film Festival concludes at 7 p.m. Sunday with a screening of the music documentary “Muscle Shoals” at the Malco, and the owner of Fame Recording Studios will be in attendance.
“We have a great diversity of films and stories, and wonderful filmmakers who have come here,” Rasberry said. “This is a great opportunity to learn about independent filmmaking.”
Tickets are available at The Lyric, and for a full schedule, visit tupelofilmfestival.net.

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