Thursday, April 17, 2014

TFF: Schedule of Events: Thursday, April 17

Schedule of Events
Thursday, April 17

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·      Student Block
o   12:16 pm – 12:31 pm
§  “Cigarettes Burn Faster in the Sun” [PG-13]
·      Patrick, Lea and Max are a gang of young misfits with a taste for trouble. On a dull au- tumn’s day, they have nothing to entertain them but their imaginations. They set out into the streets to find some fun but instead, find a corpse. ‘Cigarettes Burn Faster In The Sun’ is the grad film written and directed by Arbi Lawang from Melbourne, Australia. 
o   12:32 pm – 12:57 pm
§  “Unconditional” [PG]
·      Unconditional explores how the lack of second-parent adoption laws harm children and parents in same-sex families. A second-parent adoption, for an unmarried couple, allows a ‘second parent’ to adopt their partner’s biological or adoptive child without the legal parent losing their parental rights. The film follows two North Carolina fami- lies as they navigate the legal system and fight to obtain legal parental-child bonds. Watch them rise up and persevere against a legal system that fails to protect them.
o   1:00 pm – 1:11 pm
§  “Ice Queen” [G]
·      Ice Queen is a story about a faded ice skater who works a dead-beat job at a local ice skating rink. With a past that haunts her, Natalie struggles to find a life after fame.
o   1:12 pm – 2:03 pm:
§  “Adelante” [G]
·   ‘Adelante’ shows the heart of Mexico beating strongly inside an Irish-Catholic church just outside of Philadelphia.
·  Q&A with filmmaker(s) following film
·      Feature
o   2:14 pm-3:45 pm
§  “The Long Drive Home” [PG-13]
·      The Long Drive Home is a feature length dramedy portraying the dynamics of one southern family’s relationships from love and resentment to forgiveness and acceptance.
·      Q&A with filmmaker(s)
·      Short Block
o   3:51 pm – 3:59 pm
§  “No Matter How Far” [G]
·      In an alternate present day, the world is in conflict. Intercontinental travel has been banned, separating millions of families around the world. Most have given up hope of returning home. A husband and wife, separated by a hemisphere, work to reunite.
o   4:00 pm – 4:20 pm
§  “Berxen Kulek” [G]
·      Journey of a Kurdish nomad who had to make a difficult decision about his deceased brother’s wife and kid in order to provide for his horde in the tough Kurdish geography in the east of Turkey.
o   4:21 pm – 4:37 pm
§  “Valediction” [PG-13]
·      This film is dark drama where the protagonist struggles to keep her relationship alive with the corpse of her recently deceased boyfriend.
·      Documentary
o   4:48 pm – 5:43 pm
§  “Subsippi” [PG-13]
·      subSIPPI is an honest portrayal of current day Mississippi; it is a search for diversity within a state that has otherwise gone unnoticed. With an emphasis on the moving im- age, subSIPPI conveys the stark realities as well as the vibrant optimism within a place that once prided itself as the Closed Society.
·      Q&A With Filmmarker(s)
·      Student Block
o   5:54 pm – 6:02 pm
§  “It Won’t Fit In A Killing Jar” [PG]
·      A woman is haunted by her insect-loving husband’s death.
o   6:05 pm – 6:29 pm
§  “The Violinist” [G]
·      A ten-year-old boy wants to be a violinist like his grandfather, but his father forbids it be- cause he does not want to pursue the same life that his grandfather did; the life of an artist following his dreams.
o   6:30 pm – 8:12 pm
§  “Seekers” [R]
·      A spirit lost in limbo is approached by the universe and given the task of finding the key to happiness. He is granted the title The Seeker, and granted the power to walk the earth once again. With only hours left until his allotted time runs out, he tricks a vulnerable eighteen-year-old boy into helping him find the answer. The two end up partaking in a haphazard pursuit of happiness.
o   8:13 pm – 8:22 pm
§  “Light Me Up” [G]
·      Meet the Wattsons. They’re spending some quality time together. In this short film, anima- tion and live-action are combined to tell a story about a family of light bulbs.
·      Q&A With Filmmaker(s)
·      Feature
o   8:33 pm – 10:03 pm
§  “Confessions Of A Womanizer” [R]
§  What happens when a compulsive womanizer becomes best friends with a transgendered prostitute? Confessions of a Womanizer, a hybrid-improv film starring Gary Busey, C. Thomas Howell, Andrew Lawrence, Jillian Rose Reed, Kelly Mantle and The Bella Twins.
§  Q&A With Filmmaker(s)

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Nine Facts About 2014 Tupelo Film Festival

Thursday, April 17th will kick off the the three day festival. Films will begin around noon and will continue throughout the evening ending around 10 p.m. every night. We will be posting a daily schedule of events Thursday-Saturday. There will be some incredible films screened that you won't want to miss! Here's a few fun facts about the 2014 TFF that should whet your appetite. 

1.) TFF will feature judges not only from Mississippi, but also, all across the United States, including Los Angeles, Boston and New York City.

2.) Ray Murphy Jr., owner of Muphy Entertainment Studios (film distribution), has 23 years of experience in theatrical production, including 8 years as 23 years experience in theatrical production, including 8 years as president of president of Eddie Murphy Productions. A few of those films with Eddie include “Eddie Murphy Raw,” “The Golden Child,” “Harlem Nights,” “Life, “ “Coming To America,” “The Nutty Professor,” and “Dr. Doolittle.”

3.) Friday, April 18, Screen 3 will feature a free presentation of “Jake’s Safari,” which utilizes a multi-ethnic cast, loveable animated characters, global travel, and futuristic technology – all designed to create a truly unique television experience. It’s mystery, adventure, the magic of wildlife – all on “Jake’s Safari inviting its young viewers to go on an adventure that no other TV show has prior undertaken.

4.) The Japan-America Society of Mississippi and The Tupelo Film Festival Society will screen a trio of Japanese films during this year's TFF. The series is presented in partnership with the Consulate-General of Japan in Nashville and the Japan Foundation. These three films will be presented to the public free of charge.
5.) Friday afternoon, “Life, Liberty & Resilience” will make it’s Mississippi debut. The film is about an African-American WWII veteran and grandson of a slave re-traces his segregated roots and his U.S. Navy service on Iwo Jima. From poverty to war, pharmacy to interracial marriage, "Life, Liberty & Resilience" takes a look at how Joe LaNier, in his own words, is able to overcome life’s hurdles and lead an amazing, loving and forgiving life.
6.) A special screening of “Capote” starring the late Phillip Seymour Hoffman will be screened Friday night at 7:30 pm. Frank Vitolo, friend of Phillip Seymour Hoffman, will be present for Q&A after film to share personal stories about his friendship with Hoffman.

7.) On Saturday morning, April 19, there will be a pair of free workshops held. Don Tingle, Workshop Director for the Alabama Filmmakers Co-op, will discuss cinematography with no budget. Sam Dalton, visiting Professor of Film at Watkins College of Art, Design & Film in Nashville, TN, will speak on both sides of a camera: educating & preparing yourself for the business of the “biz.”

8.) TFF will host The Mississippi High School Film Competition, a competition that has been created to promote the art of filmmaking to Mississippi High School students involved in film and television classes, film groups or individual filmmaking. In addition to cash prizes, the winner will also receive scholarships to Watkins College of Art, Design and Film of Nashville, TN.

9.) Following the screening of “Good Rockin’ Tonight: The Legend of Sun Records,” Jerry Phillips, son of legendary Sun Records founder Sam Phillips and VP of Sam Phillips Recording studios in Memphis, will host a question and answer period about the film and his father’s work. 

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Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Pour Some Color On Me!

Have you been looking for an excuse to get crazy with your friends and family members? Look no further, the Color Vibe is bringing the party to Tupelo April 5. Color Vibe is a 5k fun run/walk that encourages participants to dress up in their craziest outfits and get as colorful as possible as they run, walk, jog, skip, or even dance through the entire course with us. At each of the four color stations, they will be blasted away with the most vibrant color they've ever seen. The finish line is truly where the magic happens. We end with an epic, giant dance party and large color throws to cover any remaining part of each participant. For once, it's OK to throw something at others and they'll be happy you did!

The Color Vibe events are centered around our COLOR. Our magical color powder is food grade quality cornstarch that has been dyed to be so VIBErant, your eyes might not believe it. It is non-toxic, biodegradable, and 100% safe. In fact, we've even made a banana cream pie using our color (it was delicious)! Our color will get you the most colorful you've ever been, but don't worry, it won't stain! Hair, skin, clothes, and shoes will be washed clean. If you are overly sensitive, you may want to wear glasses or goggles for your eyes and use a bandanna for your mouth. (This is especially recommended for our younger Color Vibers).

At each event, the Color Vibe partners with a local charity and is able to give back a portion of the proceeds to them. We LOVE being able to give back to charities with such great causes. We'll be supporting the Family Resource Center of Northeast Mississippi. Their mission is to provide quality educational support services in a family based and child friendly environment to promote healthy families and communities. We can't wait!

Don't miss out on the most COLORFUL event of the year, Tupelo! Saturday, April 5 in Downtown Tupelo. It's the perfect family friendly event that will have your kids talking for years to come. Sign up by going to #ColorVibeTupelo

This guest blog was written by: 

Kenzie Lawlor is a member of the Color Vibe team. She enjoys working on marketing and community outreach within the company and bringing the party to each Color Vibe event. Her favorite #VIBErant color powder is purple and she loves meeting everyone within the Vibe Nation!