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Third annual Mossy Creek Documentary Arts Festival to be held March 4

Cutline for attached photo:  Composed of Carson-Newman students, the Refuge film team will join several filmmakers for this year’s Mossy Creek Documentary Arts Festival.  Pictured left to right are: Laken Kimsey, Adam Collins, Jared Belcher, Jamison Price and Mikey Oppizzi.

Composed of Carson-Newman students, the Refuge film team will join several filmmakers for this year’s Mossy Creek Documentary Arts Festival. Pictured left to right are: Laken Kimsey, Adam Collins, Jared Belcher, Jamison Price and Mikey Oppizzi.

The third annual Mossy Creek Documentary Arts Festival will be held Monday, March 4 in Carson-Newman University’s Phoenix Theatre.

The Mossy Creek Documentary Arts Film Festival is a presentation of the University’s Communication Department. The festival will include screenings of films, photography exhibits and Q&A with the storytellers who will be participating in the event.

This year’s festival will feature filmmakers Megan Mylan, Nathan Clarke and Larsen Jay plus photographer Lauren Pond.

Pond’s photography series “Documenting a Faith and its Price” will open the festival. The intimate photo series presents the unique world of the Pentecostal snake-handling community.

The event will also feature Mylan’s Emmy-nominated documentary journey of two Sudanese refugees from Africa to America. Orphaned during one of Africa’s cruelest civil wars, the film tells how the two survived unbelievable circumstances to finally reach refuge.

The student showcase includes a team of Carson-Newman filmmakers from Refuge, Inc.

Two C-N students travelled to the Philippines to document the plight of children living in stark poverty. “Refuge: Children of the Trash” tells the story of hope that emerged from destitution.

The student film garnered the attention and partnership of James Hayward Brinkley, a voiceover actor who serves as narrator of “Refuge.” Brinkley’s previous voice work includes “Lemony Snicket a series of unfortunate events” and narration for behind the scenes footage on the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy.

The all-day festival runs from 10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Admission is free and open to the public. Phoenix Theatre is located on the ground floor of Henderson Humanities Building in the middle of campus.

A full schedule and more information on both the films and filmmakers are available at mossycreekfilmfest.com.

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