2018 Crossroads Film Festival Winners

On Sunday, April 16, Crossroads Film Society announced the winners of the 2018 festival. Congratulations to all of the filmmakers! Here is the list:

Award for Best Feature Narrative—”Chasing the Blues”
Award for Best Short Narrative—”Recall”
Award for Best Feature Documentary—”Mississippi Madam: The Life of Nellie Jackson”
Award for Best Short Documentary—”Holt Collier”
Award for Best Experimental Film—”Reconstructing Reality”
Award for Best Animated Film—”Basket (Tokri)”
Award for Best Student Film—”Citizen”
Adam Ford Youth Filmmaking Award—”Minor Setback, Major Comeback: Supporting Black Dollars and Businesses in Jackson, Mississippi”
Award for Best Music Video— “Manna” by King Woman
Award for Most Transformative Film—”The Real Thing”
Programmers’ Choice Award—”Retaliation (Vindicte)”
The Ruma Award for Most Promising Mississippi Filmmaker—Mississippi Youth Media Project
Audience Choice Award—”How They Got Over”
Audience Choice Award (Music Video)—”Till I Cross Your Mind” by Young Valley 

“Lagniappe Awards” (Honorable Mention)

The Lagniappe Award is an Honorable Mention for filmmaking achievement, for content, and/or for sheer fun. The only criteria are that a programmer must nominate the film, and it must not have won in another category. Lagniappe Award winning films receive a certificate of merit and special Crossroads laurels. Continue Reading

Sewer Cave-in

The City of Jackson announced on Friday, April 13, that the sewer caved in at Northside Drive and Ridgewood Road. Here is a press release, verbatim:

The City of Jackson is aware of the sewer cave-in located at Northside Drive and
Ridgewood Road. Motorist are asked to be careful while traveling this area. The cave-in is due to a sewer line collapsing. We anticipate that the area will be down to two lanes for the next seven to 10 days while crews make repairs. Continue Reading

Ruth’s Chris to Close

Cooper Restaurants Inc., which owns Ruth’s Chris Steak House at Renaissance at Highland Colony Park, announced on Monday, March 26, that the restaurant will close. Here is a press release, verbatim:
RIDGELAND, MS, March 26, 2018 —Cooper Restaurants Inc. announced today the closure of the Ridgeland, Mississippi Ruth’s Chris Steak House location. The restaurant, located at 1000 Highland Colony Parkway was one of two Ruth’s Chris Steak House franchises operated by Cooper Restaurants. The restaurant opened its doors in July of 2008 and has been a cornerstone of the Renaissance Center at Colony Park. “We are honored by the support that we have received in Ridgeland, Mississippi over the past 10 years. Continue Reading

What to Do, March 19-23 Edition

Jackson has lots of stuff to do, as evident from our calendar. Here are a few events you could attend this week. Cabaret at Duling Hall—The Eclectic Guitar

Tonight, March 19, Local musician Barry Leach will perform original solo guitar pieces, as well as known songs. The event is at Duling Hall (622 Duling Ave.) at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $25.  

Ideas on Tap: “Emerging Mississippi” in Arts & Culture

During Mississippi Humanities Council’s next Ideas on Tap, panelists such as Ginger Williams Cook, Phillip “DJ Young Venom” Rollins and moderator Garrad Lee will discuss young Mississippians in arts and culture. Continue Reading

What To Do This Weekend

Most of us will probably attend the Hal’s St. Paddy’s Parade & Festival tomorrow, but if you want to know what else is happening, here are some choices.  

“Point of Perception” Podcast Launch & Art Show

Tonight, March 16, Michele Mathis is launching her podcast, “Point of Perception,” which focuses on how people perceive the world around them. Along with a discussion about the podcast, the launch party will also feature work from local artists Justin Ransburg, Will Brooks, Kira Cummings, Lynlee Healing Webb and Managing Editor Amber Helsel. A portion of proceeds from art sales goes to The McCoy House for Sober Living. The event, which is free and open to the public, is at Jax-Zen Float (155 Wesley Ave.) from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

 

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Jackson Garden Extravaganza 

Gardening friends! Continue Reading

Fondren After 5 Begins in April

For this year, the first Fondren After 5 has been pushed back to April 5. In a statement to area businesses and restaurants, Fondren Renaissance Foundation Executive Director Jim Wilkirson said that due to unseasonably cold weather and ongoing construction to sidewalks in the neighborhood, the event will begin later than usual this year. “Some area businesses may elect to start earlier than this date, and some may be open this month, but we will not officially publicize the event as a neighborhood until our kickoff on April 5.” Events for FA5 will center around three areas: Duling Avenue, State Street and Rainbow Plaza. The plan is to have Duling Avenue blocked off each month, activities in Rainbow Plaza from Hops & Habanas to Cups, and Sneaky Beans serving as the anchor for the State Street area, though these plans may change due to construction. Continue Reading

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City of Jackson Update on Water

Since Jan. 1, Jackson has experienced water-main breaks due to below-freezing temperatures. Here is a press release from the City of Jackson about ongoing repairs to the breaks:

Jackson, MS—Water pressures and flows are beginning to return to normal in many areas within the City of Jackson water-distribution network of pipelines. The number of new main breaks has subsided while repairs continue. However, other areas continue to experience low pressure in areas immediately near main break sites, which will have little or no pressure or flow available until those breaks are repaired. Continue Reading

New Podcast Creates Dialogue Around State Flag

 

On Friday, Dec. 8, Podastery co-owner and host of podcasts such as “Let’s Talk Jackson” Beau York announced a new podcast that would explore the meaning of the Mississippi state flag and its impact on the state’s citizens. Here is a press release, verbatim:

“Red Flag,” a new podcast about the historical impact and fallout from the state flag of Mississippi, was announced on Dec. 8. The podcast, hosted and produced by citizens of the state, aims to show how Mississippi is changing from within, specifically highlighting how the Confederate emblem was obtained, those who wish to see it removed and why, through the narration of hosts Beau York and Chellese Hall. Continue Reading

Innovate Mississippi Receives Grant for Coding

On Tuesday, Dec. 12, Innovate Mississippi announced that the W.K. Kellogg Foundation awarded the organization with a three-year, $1-million grant to help Innovate grow its Mississippi Coding Academies in Jackson. Here is a press release verbatim from Innovate Mississippi:

The W.K. Kellogg Foundation has awarded Innovate Mississippi a three-year, $1-million grant to help the newly formed Mississippi Coding Academies grow their current program in the city of Jackson from one academy to four academies over the next three years. The goal is to dramatically increase the number of Jackson-based computer coders trained by the innovative, high-tech workforce-development program. The Mississippi Coding Academies is a private/public initiative that launched as a joint effort between Innovate Mississippi and the Mississippi Development Authority, with support from the Mississippi Community College Board, Hinds Community College, East Mississippi Community College and the Mississippi Works initiative. Continue Reading

CAPE Opening, ‘Picturing Mississippi’

On Thursday, Nov. 30, the Mississippi Museum of Art announced the opening of its community-centered initiative, the Center for Art and Public Exchange. The initiative will use art, exhibitions, programs and artist engagements to “increase understanding and inspire new narratives in contemporary Mississippi,” a press release says. “We at the Mississippi Museum of Art believe that when great, profound art and human beings come together, when they intersect, there’s something magical about that place,” MMA Director Betsy Bradley said in the release. “We think that personal transformation can happen in that circumstance. Continue Reading