"Smokin' Fish" Film Premiere

The Film Program at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast presents "Smokin' Fish," with Director and Producer, Luke Griswold-Tergis as part of the South Arts Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers at Fleming Education Center Auditorium, at the Gulf Park campus in Long Beach on Friday, November 16, 2012 beginning at 6:45 p.m. Following a screening of his feature film, "Smokin' Fish," Griswold-Tergis and the audience will engage in a discussion about the film and his work as a filmmaker.
Cory Mann, the subject of the film,
The screening is FREE and open to the public.

In the documentary "Smokin' Fish," Cory Mann is 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 familyÕs traditional fish camp. The unusual story of his life and the untold history of his people interweave with the process of preparing traditional food as he struggles to pay his bills, keep the IRS off his back, and keep his business afloat. Through circumstances tragic, bizarre, and just plain ridiculous, "Smokin' Fish" tells the story of one man's attempts to navigate the messy zone of collision between the modern world and an ancient culture.

 The Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers is a program of South Arts. Southern Circuit screenings are funded in part by a grant from South Arts in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts.

South Arts, a nonprofit regional arts organization, was founded in 1975 to build on the South's unique heritage and enhance the public value of the arts. South Arts' work responds to the arts environment and cultural trends with a regional perspective. South Arts offers an annual portfolio of activities designed to address the role of the arts in impacting the issues important to our region, and to link the South with the nation and the world through the arts. For more information, visit www.southarts.org.

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 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, and "Smokin' Fish" will be the third with additional offerings coming in the spring semester.
Cory Mann carries smoked fish in the film,
Cory Mann hanging fish in the film,