Wright, age 32, author of Native Son, won the Joel Springarn
Medal awarded by the NAACP for the highest achievement in any honorable
field of endeavor. (Jan. 31)
Faulkner accepted the National Book Award for Fiction for A
Fable. (Jan. 25)
Faulkner returns to the University of Virginia at Charlottesville
for another semester as writer-in-residence. (Jan. 30)
Faulkners Requiem for a Nun opens in New York at
the John Golden Theatre. (Jan. 30)
Franklin died. He was buried in St. Peters Cemetery in Oxford,
in the same burial plot as his mother and step-father, William
Faulkner. (Jan. 30)
NEWS about MISSISSIPPI WRITERS
Fifth annual Magnolia Independent
Film Festival to showcase award-winning films
January 24, 2002
STARKVILLE, Miss. Mississippis
first independent film festival came about when Ron Tibbett, an independent
filmmaker living in West Point, was looking for more festivals in which to enter
his film Swept Off My Feet.
When he got to the Ms, he saw that Mississippi
had no such festival. So he created one.
Now in its fifth year, the Magnolia Independent
Film Festival will take place Feb. 7-9, 2002, at the Starkville Cinema on Hwy.
12 in Starkville. Tickets are $5 each for Thursday and Friday night and $10
for all day Saturday.
The Magnolia will screen 31 award-winning films,
including five feature-length films, 19 short films, 2 animated films, and six
documentaries (one of feature length). The films have garnered close to 100
first-place prizes at leading film festivals around the world. Twenty-four of
the filmmakers are attending, from the USA, Canada, Germany, the Netherlands,
Australia, and Israel, and will be available for questions at a Filmmakers
Forum on Saturday at 4 p.m.
Its the strongest line-up of films
weve ever had, Tibbett said. I know I said that last year,
but each year our line-up of films just keeps getting stronger. Its an
honor to show them.
The schedule includes Odessa or Bust,
a short comedy featuring Red Buttons, George Wendt (Cheers) and Jason
Alexander (Seinfeld), which screens Thursday night; Gregors
Greatest Invention, a terrific comedy that has recently won Best Comedy
at the Los Angeles International Film Festival, and Best Short, Audience Award
at The Austin Film Festival, which screens Friday night; G-Spots?, which
stars Sandy Duncan (Peter Pan) and Keith David (Platoon), which
screens Saturday night; and the multi-award winning film Acts of Worship,
that vividly deals with drug addiction, loss and redemption on the mean
streets of New York, which closes the festival Saturday night.
Among the documentaries to be screened are Bill
Brown and Ron Tibbetts Buffaloe Common, a look at the implosions
of the ICBM missile silos in North Dakota, which screens Saturday; Look Back,
Dont Look Back, a multi-award winning documentary made by two Harvard
students about their search for Bob Dylan, which screens Friday night; and the
feature-length, multi-award winning Loop Dreams, about the making of
the noirish crime drama Blackmale, which screens Saturday night.
A native of Chicago, Tibbett and his wife, Charlotte,
and their daughter, Christine, have lived in West Point since 1994. He studied
English literature at the University of Illinois and the University of Chicago.
His first film, Toni, Randi and Marie, won the Canadian Film Award for
Best Cinematography in 1977. He founded the Magnolia Film Festival in 1997 following
the completion of his second films, Swept Off My Feet.
He also teaches a five-day filmmaking workshop
at the University of Mississippi in July. The two films made by the 34 students
last July will be screened Saturday.
Tibbett will speak on Monday, Jan. 28, at 3:30
p.m. in the Tupelo Room of Barnard Observatory on the University of Mississippi
campus in Oxford. He will be talking about the festival and independent filmmaking
and will show some short indy films from the festival.
For more information and a complete schedule
for the festival, visit the festival web site at www.magfilmfest.com.
For advance tickets or additional information, you may also call (662) 494-5836.
Do you have a news item about a Mississippi writer? Please send your
information to firstname.lastname@example.org.
AUTHOR EVENTS: Book Signings, Readings,
Jan. 26: Grand Village, Natchez, Mississippi, 2:00 p.m. Eleventh Moon Storytelling. For more information, call (601) 446-6502.
If you know of upcoming readings and appearances by Mississippi
writers, please let us know by writing us at email@example.com.
ON THE HORIZON
The following events are planned for the coming weeks and months. You
may want to begin planning to attend or participate.
March 21, 2002 Clinton, Mississippi, resident Nevada
Barr will return to Square Books in Oxford this time on Thacker
Mountain Radio, with her newest novel, Hunting Season. Its
the tenth book in the Anna Pigeon series. Anna investigates the murder
of a man at a Natchez Trace tourist spot. The show starts at 5:30 p.m.
March 27, 2002 Edward
Cohen returns to Square Books in Oxford to read from his book The
Peddlers Grandson: Growing Up in Jewish in Mississippi. 5
April 5, 2002 Richard
Ford returns to Square Books in Oxford with a new collection of
short stories, A Multitude of Sins. 5 p.m.
The Ninth Oxford Conference for the Book April 11-14, 2002
The University of Mississippi and Oxford, Mississippi
Check back for registration information.
Interhostel: Views from the South: Literature, History, and
April 21-26, 2002
E. F. Yerby Conference Center, University of Mississippi, Oxford, Mississippi
Short-term academic program for individuals 50 and older (with accompanying
spouses or adult companions of any age). Sponsored by the Institute
for Continuing Studies. Fee: $845 (includes five nights hotel accommodations,
meals, classes and extracurricular activities). Sponsored by: UM Institute
for Continuing Studies. For more information, please contact: Lynne
Geller at 662-915-7282; or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The 29th Annual Faulkner & Yoknapatawpha Conference:
Faulkner and His Contemporaries
July 21-26, 2002
The University of Mississippi, Oxford
Information on registration is forthcoming.
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have suggestions, please write us at email@example.com.
For more information about events in the Oxford and University, Mississippi
Community, see the Ole Miss Community Calendar: www.olemiss.edu/calendar/