Friday, April 23, 2021

Jazz in Vicksburg today - free to the public...

Jazz in Vicksburg


Dr. David Miller wants you to know about the updated 40th Anniversary Jazz Festival event this weekend
Friday, April 23 4:00 – 7:00 PM
The Vicksburg, 801 Clay Street Street, Vicksburg
Jazz music - Free to the public!
Performances - SouthEast Jazz All-Stars, ASU Jazz Combo, MS Jazz Educators

Wednesday, April 21, 2021

And now the choice for Animated short film...

 Many thanks to Stacey Mahoney and the Southern Cultural Heritage Foundation for partnering with us to present this year's Oscar Nominated Short films.

On Sunday, April 18, the Vicksburg audience watched the 5 hopefuls and three more animated films,, choosing If Anything Happens, I Love You as the likely Oscar winner.

Sunday, April 18, 2021

Vicksburg Audience Chooses Oscar hopeful short film


The Present

Our audience saw the five nominated Live Action Short films at the Southern Cultural Heritage Center on Saturday, April 17. Afterwards they voted for their Oscar prediction, and their choice was The Present, a Palestinian film many had seen once before when we presented the MANHATTAN SHORT festival at Martin's in October. The film tells the story of a Palestinian man and his daughter who just want to go into town to buy a refrigerator as a gift for his wife (her mother). The film makes the point that such a seemingly simple task is not so easy in a system where the rights of one group are restricted by another.


Coming in second was a tough topical film with a similar theme: Two Distant Strangers in which a black man simply wants to get home to his dog, but his path inevitably intersects with that of a white cop, who seems to find fault with him no matter how he behaves.   

 Two Distant Strangers


The Oscar nominated Animated Short films will be presented at the SCHF Auditorium on Sunday, April 18 at 5:30 PM. Tickets are $10 and may be purchased in advance:

Wednesday, April 7, 2021

Oscar Nominated Shorts at Southern Cultural Heritage Foundation

The Westside Theatre Foundation is partnering with the SCHF to present this year's Oscar Nominated Short Films.

The Live Action Shorts will be shown in the Auditorium of The Southern Cultural complex 
 7 PM on Saturday, April 17 
the Animated Short Films will screen at 5:30 PM on Sunday, April 18. 

This is your annual chance to predict the winners (and have the edge in your Oscar pool)! A perennial hit with audiences around the country and the world, don’t miss this year’s selection of shorts. The Academy Awards take place in late April.


The nominated films, which were just announced, are: 

LIVE ACTION SHORTS (Estimated Running Time: 125 minutes)
Feeling Through – Doug Roland and Susan Ruzenski (USA, 19 min.)
The Letter Room  Elvira Lind and Sofia Sondervan (USA, 33 min.)
The Present  Farah Nabulsi (Palestine, 25 min.)*
Two Distant Strangers  Travon Free and Martin Desmond Roe (USA, 25 min.)
White Eye  Tomer Shushan and Shira Hochman (Israel, 21 min.)*
*The Present and White Eye were both in the MANHATTAN SHORT which we showed at Martin's in 2020.  The subtitles have been redone so that they look much better and much more readable.

ANIMATED SHORTS (Estimated Running Time: 94 minutes)
Burrow – Madeline Sharafian and Michael Capbarat (USA, 6 min.)
Genius Loci – Adrien Mérigeau and Amaury Ovise (France, 16 min.)
If Anything Happens I Love You – Will McCormack and Michael Govier (USA, 12 min.)
Opera – Erick Oh (USA, 9 min.)
Yes-People – Gísli Darri Halldórsson and Arnar Gunnarsson (Iceland, 8 min.)
The Snail and the Whale (UK/Germany, 26 min.)
Kapaemahu (USA, 7 min.)
To Gerard (USA, 8 min.)
Tickets are $10 for each night or $18 for both if purchased together. Space will be limited due to social distancing, so tickets should be purchased in advance if possible.