The Film Program at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast is part of the Entertainment Industry curriculum in the School of Mass Communication and Journalism. The program offers the only bachelors degree in film production in the state of Mississippi. Students in the program learn production skills by doing hands-on filmmaking while also completing coursework in film criticism, film theory, film history, animation and screenwriting. Alumni of the program have begun their own production companies, entered the Hollywood industry and successfully pursued graduate degrees.
Southern Miss Gulf Coast and the Film Program are proud to bring the Southern Circuit Film Series to the Mississippi Gulf Coast. The series will provide local residents with a unique opportunity to see six excellent independently produced films and engage the producers and directors that brought them to the screen. "Small, Beautiful Moving Parts" was the first of the series. "Otis Under Sky" was the second film in the series and now "Smokin' Fish" will be the final installation for the fall semester. Additional offerings will begin in the spring 2013 semester.
The Sun and Sand Film and Music Festival is scheduled for November 7-11. It includes a film expo at the Imperial Palace Casino November 9 and 10.
The "Smokin' Fish" Film Premiere will be Nov. 16 beginning at 6:45 p.m. in the Fleming Education Center Auditorium. As part of the Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers, "Smokin' Fish" is the story of Cory Mann, a quirky Tlingit businessman hustling to make a dollar in Juneau, Alaska. He gets hungry for smoked salmon, nostalgic for his childhood, and decides to spend a summer smoking fish at his family's traditional fish camp. The film tells the story of one man's attempts to navigate the messy zone of collision between the modern world and an ancient culture.