Press Release from Coahoma Community College Public Relations; (662) 621-4061 - Brittany Davis-Green - firstname.lastname@example.org
CLARKSDALE – A Coahoma Community College instructor is the subject of a featured film during the upcoming, internationally acclaimed Clarksdale Film Festival Jan. 30-28.
The film, entitled “A Whistlin’ Girl and a Crowing Hen” details the life of CCC Art Instructor Rosalind Wilcox. The world premiere of the documentary will be screened at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 30, at the Delta Theatre in downtown Clarksdale.
The film, directed by Deborah Hammond of Austin, TX, was shot in 2014 during a two-week visit.
Wilcox, a well-known local artist and musician, said it details her family’s story, beginning with her parents who were Mississippi sharecroppers before migrating to Chicago. Along the way, Wilcox brings a suitcase full of family stories and a storyteller's voice.
“They started in Mississippi, then I moved back to Mississippi in 1996, so the film just kind of details that full circle,” Wilcox said.
According to Wilcox, her goal in shooting to film was to promote CCC and its students, as well as the art and music scene. A significant portion of the film was shot on CCC’s campus—including scenes in her classroom and office.
“There’s a scene with me explaining my eye disease and how I teach in spite of it, so that’s pretty cool,” she said. “It’s the kind of film that will put a smile on your face—particularly the scenes shot at the college.”
The documentary also includes with local folks like Darnell Turner, Chris Coleman and Adrian Kosky.
“Most of the films are shot locally, so people may be featured in one of them and not even be aware,” she said.
She encourages everyone to come out and support the annual festival, which features an array of films to suit anyone’s taste.
“They show a variety of films. …There’s always films about local people and most of them are pretty much Mississippi stories. …People fly in from all over the world to see these films, but it would be great to see more local support,” she said. “It’s one of the best things we have going on, and it’s getting better every year.”
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