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Former worldwide head of television for the William Morris Agency will be on hand to answer questions and discuss his Hollywood experiences as part of this yearâs Magnolia Film Festival.
Mississippi native Sam Haskell will also host a book-signing as part of this yearâs event.
Sarah Ryan, one of the organizers of this yearâs Magnolia Film Festival, said everyone is âsuper excitedâ about Sam Haskell sharing his expertise at this yearâs event.
âSam Haskell is a wow factor,â said Candy Crecink, executive director for the Starkville Area Arts Council.
Haskell will speak at 10 a.m. Feb. 19 at Hollywood Premier Cinemas in Starkville.
Two Mississippi State University students will hold the World Premier of their films at this yearâs event.
Ryan said will Simmons will present âDancer in Black in Whiteâ on Friday night of the film festival and Johnson Thomassonâs âBlood Feudâ will be presented on Saturday afternoon.
Two additional world premieres will be held at this yearâs Magnolia Film Festival. âBeatboxing: the Fifth Element of Hip-Hopâ as well as âSenioritisâ will both be screening for an audience for the first time ever at âThe Mag.â
âWe really consider it an honor that our audience will get to see these films before anyone else does,â Ryan said.
Ryan said organizers are also really excited that a two-time former MAG winner, Canadian filmmaker Patricia Chica, will be returning to THE MAG this year as a judge.
Chica won Best Short Narrative in 2001 and in 2010 for her films âThe Promiseâ and âDay Before Yesterday,â respectively.
âNow in its 14th season, and its third to be sponsored by the Starkville Area Arts Council, âThe Magâ has developed an outstanding reputation as a filmmaker-friendly festival,â Crecink said.
Crecink said a Thursday night âMeet the Filmmakersâ reception, a workshop with Canadian filmmaker, Patricia Chica, on âMaking the Most of your Film Festival Experience,â and a discussion and book-signing with former World-Wide Head of Television, Sam Haskell, are all exciting parts of this yearâs festival.
âThis is all on top of showcasing top-notch indie films for the Starkville community to enjoy,â Crecink said.
The Magnolia Independent Film Festival premiered in 1997 under the direction of Ron Tibbett. He was a filmmaker born in Chicago, Ill. who had moved to Mississippi. After completing his second film, Tibbett began looking for a local film festival to submit it to. Upon finding no Mississippi Film Festivals, he set out to start his own. The Magnolia Independent Film Festival became the first film festival in Mississippi.
Tibbett died in a car accident in 2004. Today, the festival continues as his legacy. Tibbettâs hope was to support filmmakers and nurture the art of film.
As part of the 2011 event, organizers have a variety of activities scheduled throughout the day, in addition to the night time film schedule, playing at Hollywood Premier Cinemas.
â˘ 5 p.m.- Business After Hours, Filmmaker Reception;
â˘ 7 p.m. - Film Session at Hollywood Premier Cinema.
â˘ 10 a.m.- âHow to Make the Most of your Film Festival Experienceâ with Patricia Chica;
â˘ 7 p.m.- Film Session at Hollywood Premier Cinema.
â˘ 10 a.m. - Discussion and Book Signing with Sam Haskill at Hollywood Premier Cinema;
â˘ 11:30 a.m. - Sponsor Luncheon;
â˘ 2 p.m. - Film Session at Hollywood Premier Cinema;
â˘ 7 p.m. - Film Session at Hollywood Premier Cinema followed by Awards.
For more information about the festival, go to the website at http://www.magfilmfest.com.
For the film schedule, see today's SDN.