“There will be a wide variety of family friendly, independent films playing all day long,” Katrina says. “Our spotlight category is “Feel Good Films”. The name of the festival is “Afterglow”
“We have quite a variety of musicians coming,” says Isabella. “The free concert in the gazebo includes psychedelic synth-pop artist, Dent May, homegrown blues musician Cadillac Funk, and neo-soul and jazz singer Damien Wash. But the music doesn’t stop there. There will also be a performance by indie rock band May Queen, and The Ellis Family Bluegrass Gospel, who are both featured in films that will play at the festival.
There will be a free fine art exhibit; paintings, pottery, folk-art, Brazilian bead art, metal art, mural-esque pieces and more. Grenada pianist and composer Moe Hubbard will play jazz for your listening enjoyment as you view the artwork in the Dyre Kent building. Grenada’
When the sun goes down, the party gets started. There will be an awards ceremony and Afterglow after party. The film screening and awards ceremony will be held in the newly re-opened First & Green building which is part of an overall renovation of Grenada’s historic downtown. “This is our way of bringing downtown to life.” Says Isabella.
All musical performances are free, as is the fine art show. Tickets for entrance to the films are $7.00 for adults and $3.00 for kids 12 and under. This grants admission to all 7 hours of films. Tickets to the after party are $5.00 or can be purchased as a package deal with the films for $10.00.
“We’re very grateful to have such broad support for this event and are funded by the Grenada Community Foundation, Grenada Gives 365, the Grenada MS Tourism Commission, the Mississippi Development Authority, GrenadaStar, MSBBQtrail.com and many other businesses and individuals in Grenada.” says Katrina. “If you’d like to be a sponsor, contact Katrina at katrinavkinder@
When asked why they wanted to have a festival, Katrina said “We’ve always loved attending film festivals and making films, and we wanted to bring that kind of fun, cultural experience to Grenada.” “A lot of time goes into planning a festival like this. We hope people come out and enjoy it.” Said Isabella. The Kinder sisters are the owners of DiamondBack Productions LLC. They are currently working on the Grenada Community Foundation’s “Grenada Commons” “Grenada Film Project” which showcase interesting people, places, and events in Grenada. A block of these films will be playing at Afterglow. To see more of these films, visit https://www.facebook.com/
See you at Afterglow!