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2014 a good year for filmmaking in Mississippi

COLUMBUS — In 2014, 19 feature films along with six reality shows and six documentaries were shot partially or entirely in Mississippi. “We had a rather remarkable year last year and we expect that to continue,” said Ward Emling, director of the Mississippi Film Office. While in the past, movies filmed in Mississippi were based on stories that took place ...

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Lance Bass to introduce new film 'Mississippi I Am' at festival

PEARL — Mississippi native Lance Bass will be coming home on Nov. 8 to participate in the Mississippi International Film Festival (MIFF) at the Tinseltown Cinema in Pearl. At 7 p.m. he will introduce his documentary film, “Mississippi I Am,” and receive recognition from the state of Mississippi as part of its “Year of the Creative Economy: Mississippi Homecoming” celebration. ...

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Mississippi Film Studios signs contract with New Orleans company

CANTON — New Orleans-based Hollywood Trucks has signed an exclusive five-year deal to provide production vehicles at Mississippi’s largest studio facility, Mississippi Film Studios (MFS). Terms were not disclosed. “The Hollywood Trucks team is excited to partner with one of the newest members of the growing ‘Hollywood South’ family,” said Andre Champagne, CEO of Hollywood Trucks. “Our expansion into Mississippi ...

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Mad Genius, Eyevox owner acquires Mississippi Film Studios

RIDGELAND — Mad Genius Inc. and Eyevox Entertainment, LLC owner Rick Moore has acquired Mississippi Film Studios in Canton. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. The move promises to continue the momentum Mississippi has made toward becoming a national player in the film industry. “This is the most significant announcement for the film industry in Mississippi since the creation ...

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Universal offering red carpet screening of 'Get on Up'

On July 27, Universal Pictures will hold an exclusive red carpet screening of the James Brown biopic Get on Up at Grandview Cinema in Madison. Mississippi native and Get on Up director Tate Taylor and Chadwick Boseman, the film’s star, will be in attendance. In his follow-up to the four-time Academy Award-nominated blockbuster The Help, Taylor directs 42’s Boseman as ...

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Shooting begins in Jackson for biopic on James Brown

JACKSON — Filming is underway in Jackson for the James Brown biopic “Get On Up.” Extras arrived last week at Thalia Mara Hall, where they were transformed into fans from concert scenes in various time periods. Details of the productions are being kept under wraps, but Trish Hoffman, executive producer of the film, said filming is going great. Hoffman tells ...

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Bryant proclaims 2014 'The Year of the Creative Economy: Mississippi Homecoming'

JACKSON — Gov. Phil Bryant proclaimed 2014 as the “Year of the Creative Economy: Mississippi Homecoming” during a ceremony with renowned pianist Bruce Levingston, a Mississippi native. The “Year of the Creative Economy” will feature both ongoing events and new activities throughout the year and will highlight the state’s vast talent across the creative spectrum and the impact it has ...

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Mayor mulling establishment of local film commission

NATCHEZ — Mayor Butch Brown says he is in the process of establishing a local film commission to recruit filmmakers to the Natchez area. Brown tells The Natchez Democrat the city has several residents who have connections to the film industry who could compose a local film commission that would be the “cream of the crop” in the state. Brown ...

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Fundraiser underway for film on brothel owner 'Miss Nellie'

NATCHEZ — Three filmmakers in Natchez are launching a fundraising campaign to make a documentary about “Miss Nellie” Jackson, who ran a bordello in the Mississippi River town for decades. The Natchez Democrat reports that Mark Brockway, Lauren Jones and Tim Givens launched the campaign yesterday on the website indiegogo.com. Brockway said the goal is to raise $20,000 for the ...

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