Micheaux film festival looking for S.D. projects One of the biggest milestones in film history will be celebrated in Gregory Aug. 7-11, and event organizers are looking for regional filmmakers to help celebrate the occasion.
The seventh Annual Oscar Micheaux Film Festival celebrates the first African-American filmmaker. Micheaux
lived, worked and made films in the Gregory area in the early 1900s. In fact, he produced and directed the first all African-Amer-ican, feature-length movie, Homesteader in the Gregory area in 1918.
The Micheaux Film Festival celebrates not only this famous filmmaker, but also the pioneer culture of the time as well as African and American Indian cultures. This is the first time the festival will be featuring local filmmakers.
"Many local filmmakers have expressed an interest in creating a forum to show their works," said Chris Hull of the South Dakota Department of Tourism. "In talking with the organizers of the Micheaux Festival, they thought their event would be a perfect fit for showcasing these talented artists."
The Oscar Micheaux Film Festival will also feature a variety of activities, including presentations by renown Micheaux scholars, historical roundtable discussions, tours of the original Micheaux homestead site and showings of many of Micheaux's films. To learn more about this event, visit www.travelsd.com.
People interested in participating in this event should contact Richard Papousek, of the Oscar Micheaux Film Festival, at (605) 835-8003 or at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also contact Chris Hull of the South Dakota Film Office at (605) 773-3301 or at email@example.com. Entries can be on video or film and will be pre-screened to ensure the content will be suitable for this family-friendly event.