Saturday, April 18TH – 10:00 a.m. (Screen 3)


TUPELO FILM FESTIVAL welcomes President Mike Eaton, ICC Students, and Film Instructors Morgan Cutturini, John Armstrong, and Keith Morris


Mike Eaton, President of Itawamba Community College


ICC Film Instructors

John Armstrong, Morgan Cutturini, and Keith Morris, ICC Film Instructors

(L-R) John Armstrong, Morgan Cutturini, and Keith Morris, ICC Film Instructors, have been working with film students and seeing buds begin to blossom much due to the needed film equipment which was donated last year by Eric and Kat Phillips (Producer, Director, Writer – TFF alumni filmmaker.)  It has transformed the burgeoning film club into a bona fide film program and ICC now has several film classes, a designated film room on campus, and excited students who feel that a whole new world has opened up to them. Morgan commented, “I can’t thank Eric, and Kathilynn Phillips enough for their generous donation that has supported the growth of ICC’s film program and the vision and encouragement from Pat Rasberry, Tupelo Film Commission/Tupelo Film Festival Society.)”

This past year the ICC students wrote a script and produced their first film: Chocolate Milk

Film Synopsis: Young people realize the truth to Carl Jung’s philosophy: “Everything that irritates us about others can lead to an understanding of ourselves.”


Japanese Society

Saturday, April 18th – 12:30 a.m. – (Screen 3)  Free Admission

DEPARTURES by Takita YōjirōDepartures

For the second year in a row, the Japan-America Society of Mississippi (JASMIS) is partnering with the Tupelo Film Festival to present the 2008 Japanese film “Departures” (“Okuribito”) to the general public and festival attendees alike.

Like last year, this film will be presented FREE OF CHARGE to anyone that wishes to attend, as well as all attendees of the Tupelo Film Festival.

The film will be screened on Saturday, April 18th at 12:30 PM, and will be presented with Japanese language audio and English subtitles.

Directed by Takita Yōjirō and starring Motoki Masahiro, Hirosue Ryōko, Yo Kimiko and Yamazaki Tsutomu, “Departures” tells the story of an unemployed cellist named Daigo who moves back to his hometown after his symphony disbands. He interviews for a job only to learn that he will be performing nōkanshi, a very traditional and now rarely-used ceremonial preperation for bodies to be cremated. At first repulsed and humiliated by the work he has to do, he must also come to terms with family and friends who are ashamed of the work he does and wanting him to find a more respectable profession. Over time, Daigo begins taking pride in his work and trying to perfect the art of nokanshi and giving the survivors the gift of last memories as they send their loved ones to the next life, while also coming to terms with his own family issues.

While tackling a difficult and taboo subject, Takita manages to tell the story with humor and poignancy, funny yet respectful, and at times deeply moving. With a soaring soundtrack by Hisaishi Jō (known for his many films with Miyazaki Hayao and Kitano ‘Beat’ Takeshi), the highly ritualistic encoffining ceremony becomes elegant and dignified, beautiful and heartbreaking. The audience gains an improved knowledge of the ceremony and it’s importance in the culture of Japan. Winner of ten Japan Academy Prizes, including Picture of the Year, Screenplay of the Year, Director of the Year, and Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role, “Departures” went on to win Best Foreign Language Film at the 81st Academy Awards, Japan’s first win of the coveted award since the official creation of the category in 1956.

Please join us on Saturday, April 18th at the Tupelo Film Festival to see this funny and touching film. This film is open to the general public and is completely free of charge.


Saturday, April 18th, 5:45 – (Screen 3)


In the vein of Twilight Zone and Tales from the Crypt, four spellbinding Fever Dreamsvignettes of suspense draw the viewer into FEVER DREAMS. In part one, The Agent, an alcoholic screenplay middleman becomes trapped in acting out a nightmare scripted especially for him. Next, in The Entertainer, our host reveals on national television a tragic love story… and the contents of his coffee table. This is followed by a concise vignette on the importance of Timed Romance. And in The Cameraman, a wannabee movie-maker’s documentary turns into a real life horror story!



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