JUN 20, WED at 7:30PM
$7 (Complimentary drinks and hors d’oeuvres provided)
Rough Cuts, a documentary work-in-progress series launched in June of 2008, screens one rough cut of a feature-length documentary and is followed by critical feedback session led by a guest moderator. Post-screening discussions are designed to give the filmmaker a better, more objective sense of what is and what isn’t working with his/her film, with particular attention paid to improving the film’s structure and narrative clarity. Films that have been screened at Rough Cuts have gone on to be part of PBS, Frameline, Sundance and other prominent festivals and series.
Directed by Leah Mahan
Turkey Creek chronicles the birth of a movement for environmental justice and self-determination in the wetland communities of Mississippi’s Turkey Creek watershed. Settled by emancipated slaves, the once-isolated Turkey Creek community is surrounded today by rampant development threatening its historic heritage and fragile wetlands. When the Turkey Creek cemetery is bulldozed for commercial development, prodigal son Derrick Evans returns home to help his community fight for its life.
Filmed in an intimate verité style over the course of a decade, Turkey Creek follows Derrickʼs painful but inspiring journey as he and his neighbors stand up to powerful corporate interests and Mississippi politicians and face the extraordinary challenges of Hurricane Katrina and the BP oil disaster.
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