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Two Mississippi Teens’ Bright Idea to Light Up Their Hometown

Festival Directors, Katrina and Isabella Kinder
Festival Directors, Katrina and Isabella Kinder
GRENADA, Miss. - July 18, 2014 - PRLog -- Two Mississippi teens have a bright idea to light up their hometown. Katrina (17) and Isabella Kinder (14) are working to bring a film and music festival to Grenada, MS.  With the help of Grenada Community Foundation chairman, Deborah Bailey, and others, they are doing just that. Grenada’s first film festival, The Grenada Afterglow Film Festival, is set to take place on Saturday October 18th, 2014 in historic downtown Grenada, MS.

“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” which means a pleasant feeling that lingers after a positive experience.  We have already received over 200 submissions from 43 different countries, with film genres ranging from documentaries and animations to narratives and music videos.”

“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’s own potter, Jo Ann Blair, has been selected to create the trophies for the film awards – handmade pottery candleholders.  Along with the films, live music and fine art, there will be food trucks - Mississippi barbecue, to Cajun creole, to earth friendly health food.

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@yahoo.com or visit www.GrenadaAfterglow.com. This family friendly event is going to be a big attraction for our community and will hopefully draw more people in to see all the great things Grenada has to offer.”

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/GrenadaFilmProject

See you at Afterglow!

Katrina Kinder

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Source:Grenada Afterglow Film Festival
Location:Grenada - Mississippi - United States
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