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Crossroads Film Festival celebrates 11th year

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MADISON, MS (WLBT) - It was standing room only at Screen B at Malco Grandview Theater Saturday night making it the third sold out showing at the 11th annual Crossroads Film Festival.

"The quality of the films are fantastic.  The storytelling is great," said Associate Director Nina Pavikh.  "One of the goals of Crossroads is to get our stories up on the big screen told by our filmmakers."

In 2001 a number of Mississippi filmmakers had a dream to host a film festival to showcase their work in their home state.  The Crossroads Film Festival was born to humble beginnings.

"First one was in downtown Jackson at the bottom of the garage in the Alamo Theater. Now we're showing 70+ films," said festival cofounder Monte Kraus.

Mississippi has set the scene for movies like "O Brother, Where Art Thou" featuring George Clooney and "A Time To Kill" with Sandra Bullock.

"It's amazing to see how much film making is going on in Mississippi.  It may not be the huge Hollywood productions that you would traditionally think of," said Pavikh.

Actors are also seeing their work on the silver screen for the first time.  "This was real exciting. (I have) been in several films, but this one is the most challenging," said "Carried Away" actor Jesse Barksdale.

The film festival continues Sunday starting at 10:00 a.m. where awards will be given to filmmakers of all categories including feature film, short and animation.

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