Film festival showcases directors' work

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Updated: 5/18/2013 6:59 pm
TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) - For the tenth year in a row filmmakers have converged on the All-America City for the annual Tupelo Film Festival.

A total of 50 films are on the big screen where a panel of judges look over the creative works of up and coming directors.

Independent filmmakers utilize film festivals for a number of reasons besides having their latest project shown on the big screen it's also an opportunity to brainstorm ideas for future projects and share advice to other up and coming directors.

"Festivals are probably one of the best ways to do that and the Tupelo Film Festival has asked us very graciously to participate," adds Brad Barry, jazz photographer. "That's why we're here to get a view of how the film is being received."

"Anyone that is coming down the pike, if you've got an idea and you've got a dream, don't let lack of financing or lack of people believing in you stop you from making that film," said Chris McDaniel, director/writer.

On Sunday at the Malco Theater there is a special premier screening of "Muscle Shoals" which is a documentary focusing on a small town in northwest Alabama that features a global influence.
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