Mississippi Film Summit 2023

The Mississippi Film Office in partnership with the Mississippi Film Alliance will host its 2023 Film Summit in the Fondren area of Jackson August 24-26, 2023. 

This event will bring together resident crew, ex-pats, industry pros and other creatives for professional development and to discuss, celebrate and plan for the future of the film industry in Mississippi. 

The summit will feature panel discussions and screenings with special guests, and fun events including receptions, networking opportunities, a themed after party and more. 

Who Attends?  

The Film Summit brings together a diverse group of attendees, including resident crew, ex-pats, industry insiders, other creatives, and students. 

Why Should You Attend?  

There are several reasons why you should attend the Film Summit: 

Cost to Attend? 

General Admission – $25 

Students – $10

Why does the conference cost this year? 
The conference cost helps cover various expenses, including venue rentals, travel and accommodations for speakers, food for the event, etc.

Can I just come to the party?  
Attendees will need a conference pass to enter all summit events.  

I purchased a pass, where do I pick it up? 
Friday, Aug. 25 @ Duling Hall | 12 p.m.–3 p.m.  
Saturday, Aug 26 @ Duling Hall | 8 – 10 a.m. 

Can I register on site?
Pre-registration required to attend all events. 

Lodging and Accommodations: 
Homewood Suites by Hilton Jackson Fondren Medical District 
2815 North State Street Jackson, MS 39216 

Parking is free. Street parking will be available on a first come, first serve basis. Additional parking at the back of each venue in Fondren.  

Email: Thabi Moyo, tmoyo@mississippi.org and Carey Miller, cmiller@mississippi.org 
A TIME TO THRILL: Opening Reception 
6:00-8 p.m. 

Please join the Canton Convention and Visitors and Film Office to honor Canton’s successful film industry through the years and the Mississippi Film Office’s 50th Anniversary. RSVP – info@cantontourism.com

Sponsored by: Canton Convention and Visitors Bureau and Film Office 

Venue: Sterling Hall | 3350 N Liberty St, Canton, MS 39046 
1-2:30 p.m. 

FIRST ON, LAST OFF: How the Creative Collaboration Between Locations and Art Departments Set and Strike the Scene

Colton Comans, Set Dresser (Agatha: Coven of Chaos, Creed III, Stranger Things)
Mary Goodson, Set Decorator (The Card Counter, Paradise Highway)
Wendall Hinkle, Location Manager (Women of the Movement, Young Rock)
John A. Johnston, Location Manager (24, Pulp Fiction, American Horror Story)

Moderated by: Peter Kelly, Art & Location Departments

We’re not here to cover the basics of managing locations. Instead, we’ll show you how Locations and Art Departments team up. Ever wondered how they find all the things they need? We’ll give you a peek at how the Reel Scout location database works, and learn what other tools the Locations team uses. For the Art Department, we’ll share insider tips you won’t find on Google, like their best tricks for shopping and building things quickly. We’ll also talk about the tools they use and how technology is shaping the future of both departments

Sponsored by: Dark Thirty Films/13 South Productions

Venue: Duling Hall | 622 Duling Ave, Jackson, MS 39216 
3-4:30 p.m. 


David Collins, Innovate Mississippi
Ryan Gilbrech, Founder, Meta Games
Vinny Jordan, Director of Design, Lobaki
Johnson Thomasson, Lead Virtual Production Developer, The Third Floor, Inc.

Moderated by: Carey Miller, Special Projects and Marketing Manager, Mississippi Film Office

Uncover the future of filmmaking in Mississippi as we explore Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, AI, and Video Game Production. Learn how these technologies are revolutionizing storytelling, from immersive experiences to interactive narratives. We’ll discuss the exciting convergence of creativity and tech shaping the cinematic landscape.

Venue: Duling Hall 
4:30-6 p.m. 

Sponsored by: Mississippi Film Alliance

Venue: Duling Hall 
7-9:30 p.m. 

IT’S A PROCESS: Success Doesn’t Happen Overnight 

Join us for a screening followed by a Q&A session with native Mississippi filmmakers. Explore the evolution of their careers from short films to feature filmmaking and gain insights into their creative paths.

Guest filmmakers:
Christie Herring (The Campaign, Code: Debugging the Gender Gap, Bias)
PatrikIan Polk (P-Valley, Blackbird, Being Mary Jane, Noah’s Arc)
Al Warren (Dogleg, Sequence)
Michael Williams (OzLand, The Atoning)

Sponsored by: Mississippi Film Society 

Venue: Capri Theatre | 3023 N State St, Jackson, MS 39216 
8-10:00 a.m. 

Check-in and enjoy coffee and pastries.

Sponsored by: Visit Jackson

Venue: Duling Hall 
9-9:30 a.m. 
Mississippi Film Office Director Nina Parikh will welcome summit attendees. 

Venue: Duling Hall 
9:30-10:45 a.m. 

HOMEGROWN: Native Mississippians and Their Path to Producing Features 

Talamieka Brice (Five: A Mother’s Journey)
Miles Doleac (Open, Demigod, The Hollow)
Tom Rice (The Hollars, Mississippi Grind, The Way Way Back)

Moderated by: Michael Williams (OzLand, The Atoning)

A candid conversation with local Mississippians who’ve ventured into feature film production. Gain practical insights and be inspired as they discuss the steps they took toward realizing their filmmaking dreams.

Sponsored by: Mississippi Film Alliance

Venue: Duling Hall 
11:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. 

THE LADDER: How to Step Up from Production Assistant to Department Head 

Emmett Crockett, Camera Department (Yellowstone, 65, The Burial, Queen Sugar)
Chandler Ferris, Lighting Technician (Ma, Claws, Rumble Through the Dark, Renfield)
Ashley Heathcock, Costume Designer (Magnum P.I., Venom, American Horror Story)
Will Owens, Production Manager (Home Town)

Moderated by: Roderick Red, CEO, Red Squared Productions

Sponsored by: Hinds Community College, Film & Video Technology Program

This panel offers practical guidance on how to advance from an entry level position to finding your passon within a department. We’ll talk nuts and bolts of industry growth, accompanied by best practices. Learn effective strategies through actionable steps to grow your career.

Venue: Duling Hall 
12:15-1:30 p.m. 

Join us during lunch for an intimate conversation with filmmaker Elegance Bratton, the creative force behind The Inspection. Moderated by Rita Brent, delve into the roots of Elegance’s filmmaking journey and the driving inspiration behind his work.

Venue: Duling Hall 
1:45 -3:00 p.m. 

LIMITLESS: Television’s Potential to Share Mississippi’s Compelling Stories and People 

Patrik-Ian Polk (P-Valley, Blackbird, Being Mary Jane, Noah’s Arc)
Angie Tarrant, RTR Media (Home Town)
Wright Thompson (ESPN, TrueSouth)

Moderated by: Hudson Hickman (Stargate: SG-1, The Outer Limits, MacGyver, The Love Boat)

How can episodic programming amplify Mississippi’s narratives and people? We’ll explore episodic genres, the daily grind of producing, how a series can affect a place and tell their story, as well as the differences between feature and episodic work.

Venue: Duling Hall 
3:15 – 4:30 p.m. 

OPEN SESSION with Mississippi Film Office and Other Industry Players 

Mississippi’s Film Ecosystem: the state’s film industry is made up of many interconnected players from emerging filmmakers to organizations to educational programs, festivals and more. We’ll introduce some key players and explore the collaborative efforts that drive the industry’s growth.

Sponsored by: Mississippi Tourism Association

Venue: Duling Hall 

Enjoy Fondren’s restaurants and bars with Summit attendees.

4:30-6:30 p.m. 
7-9:00 p.m. 

Screening followed by Q&A with Al Warren (Director/Star) 

Moderated by: Orian Williams

Sponsored by: Mississippi Film Society 

Venue: Capri Theatre 
9-11 p.m. 
GET DAPPER!: A Bona Fide Party Sitch-E-Ation 

An O Brother, Where Art Thou? Theme Party
Come dressed in character with your Dapper Dan hairdo.

Music by: DJ Java

Sponsored by: Eyevox Entertainment and Mad Genius

Venue: The Station | 3023 N State St, Jackson, MS 39216 


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