Gulf Coast residents can experience a combination of film screenings, music and dance concerts as part of the Spring 2011 Gulf Coast Arts Series hosted by the University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park campus.
Sponsored in part by the College of Arts and Letters, the Art Series features a variety of performances by students and faculty from the School of Mass Communication and Journalism, School of Music and the Department of Theatre and Dance. All events are free and open to the public.
“Each Spring, we put on a series of arts events on the Coast so that students at USM-GC and residents of the Coast can have opportunities to enjoy the talents of the students and faculty in the College's arts programs,” said Dr. Mark Wrighton, associate dean of College of Arts and Letters.
The series kicked off last week in the Fleming Education Center (FEC) auditorium in Long Beach with Winter’s Bone, a movie presented by Southern Cinema, a group for film majors and enthusiasts. Senior film major Brian Alexander of Miami, Fla., selected each film in the Art Series.
“I chose the films to not only reflect a diversity of films but also in as a part of Southern Cinema’s effort at an interdisciplinary approach to our screenings. As film students, we also wanted to use the opportunity to showcase our own efforts, promoting ourselves and the program at Southern Miss that has been fueling and directing our passionate impulses.”
Southern Cinema will host five film screenings in the FEC auditorium. Screen shot films produced by Southern Miss film majors will be viewed before each feature presentation. Each screening will also include a brief introduction of the feature film and conclude with refreshments.
The March 18 screening of Superfly, a 1972 blaxploitation film, will be followed by a lecture from Dr. Robert Weems, a University of Missouri professor of history and author of Desegregating the Dollar: African American Consumerism in the Twentieth Century. The film is sponsored in part by a grant from the Mississippi Humanities Council.
Weems is one of the nation’s leading experts in the field of African American business and economic history. His lecture is titled “Blaxploitation and Big Business: How Hollywood Wooed African-American Moviegoers in the 1970s.”
“The film students came to me about getting an African-American film for the film series,” said Dr. Douglas Bristol, associate professor of history at Southern Miss Gulf Coast.
The next event lined up for the 2011 Gulf Coast Art Series is a Saturday, Feb. 5 performance by the Repertory Dance Company. A showcase of modern choreography will take audiences through a range of environments including dream states, galaxies of outer space and even parts of Spain at 7:30 p.m. in the Mary C. O’Keefe Cultural Center of Arts and Education in Ocean Springs.
March 18, 5:30 p.m. – Superfly (1972) presented The Mississippi Humanities Council and Southern Cinema