At the end of the road..Final Crossroads Fest Day

7 Apr

By Melanie Addington

The final day of the festival arrived after quite a late night. Sunday began with a filmmakers’ brunch at 10 a.m., but yours truly slept through it in order to recover from the fantastic after-party on Saturday hosted by Drew Davis of The Code. The Code guys have a very cool workshop/art space in downtown Jackson where the party went late into the night. Filmmakers and musicians mingled after quite the long day of screenings. There was even a merry-go-round. It was deliciously fun.

Short films including the award winner Spider began at 1 p.m. as well as award winning documentary, Beyond the Call. At 3 p.m. I set in on the Black and White: Films on Race and Culture short block which included April Grayson’s award winning film, Another Word For Family. Also playing was Freedom’s Call, an interesting documentary on two of the black journalists that covered the Civil Rights events including the integration of Little Rock, Ole Miss and the murder of Medgar Evers. Susan Glisson of the William Winter Institute at the University of Mississippi was interviewed, as well as James Meredith.

At 7 p.m. I ended the fest with the very eloquent and touching film, Lars and the Real Girl. Starring Ryan Gosling (The Notebook) as Lars, the story revolves around a town coming together to support the delusion of Lars and his new love as he struggles to come to grips with lifelong trauma and current family issues. Gosling makes you believe so deeply in what he feels on screen that you are carried away with him in his fantasy. Lars and The Real Girl has been out on a limited release since October 2007 but should be available to rent coming up soon. The film was bittersweet and having to leave afterwards after making so many great new friends made it doubly so.

Stay tuned for a look at the top films of the Crossroads film festival!

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