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BB King Museum presents “Dear Lemon Lima” on Friday + season of films

September 17, 2010

The B.B. King Museum presents “Dear Lemon Lima,” the first in our new film series including a conversation with the filmmaker as part of the South Arts Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers. The film will be shown in the Museum’s Intro Theater on Saturday, September 18 at 4:00 p.m. Following the screening of her feature film, Director Suzi Yoonessi and the audience will engage in a discussion about the film and her work as a filmmaker. Space is very limited and reservations are strongly encouraged. We are suggesting a $3 donation at the door.

Following the event, guests are encouraged to come together at the Blue Biscuit restaurant located at 501 Second Street, Indianola. A portion of the Blue Biscuit’s take that evening will be donated to the Museum to support the film series and future community programs.

“Dear Lemon Lima,” is a coming of age comedy about a lonely 13-year-old half Yup’ik girl, Vanessa Lemor. Trying to navigate her way through getting dumped by her true love and surviving prep school in Fairbanks, Alaska, she embraces her native heritage and rediscovers the spirit of the World Eskimo Indian Olympics. “Dear Lemon Lima,” celebrates our common traits and differences, inspiring kindness, individuality, equality and values kindled by the diary of a 13-year-old girl.

Director Suzi Yoonessi’s first feature film, “Dear Lemon Lima,” has received several filmmaking awards throughout the country. Yoonessi also associate-produced the Cannes and Sundance award-winning “Me and You and Everyone We Know,” written and directed by Miranda July.

The Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers is a unique interactive program that brings independent filmmakers and their films into communities throughout the nine-state region served by South Arts, a not-for-profit regional arts organization making a positive difference in the arts throughout the South since 1975. South Arts is supported by funding and programming partnerships with the National Endowment for the Arts and the state arts agencies of Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee. Special support for Southern Circuit is provided by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. For more information on South Arts and its programs visit www.southarts.org.

Additional films are:

October 10/23/10: 4:00 pm
Children of Invention
Sheila Dvorak, Associate Producer/Assistant
Director/Acting Coach
Elaine Cheng tries desperately to find the means to support her young children, Raymond and Tina. With
few skills and a limited understanding of the culture of her new country, Elaine juggles numerous jobs,
leaving her children to become latch-key kids. When she doesn’t return home one night, things take a
turn for the worse. Nobody knows the kids are home alone, and they are left to fend for themselves.
As the days pass, Raymond comes up with a plan to take care of his little sister. Associate Producer/
Assistant Director/Acting Coach Sheila Dvorak will tour with the film.

November 11/15/2010: 6:30pm
Reporter
Eric Metzgar, Director
Nicholas D. Kristof is a Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist who travels the world in search of his stories.
Reporter puts the viewer in Kristof’s pocket, revealing the man and his methods, and why real reporting
is vital to our democracy and our awareness of the world around us. The film also explores the urgent
crisis in the Congo, which, in turn, can only reach the public if journalists like Kristof are able to continue
to do what they do best—report. Director Eric Metzgar will tour with the film.

February 2/19/2011: 4:00 pm
Do No Harm
Rebecca Schanberg, Director/Producer
Do No Harm tells the incredible and outrageous story of Dr. John Bagnato and Charles Rehberg, who
endure relentless attacks and make personal sacrifices to draw national attention to the shocking
unethical practices at Phoebe Putney Hospital, a nonprofit hospital in Georgia. Their investigations
lead them to discover that this is a national problem that negatively affects uninsured and indigent
patients throughout the country. Director/producer Rebecca Schanberg will tour with the film.

March 3/19/2011: 4:00 pm
Zora Neale Hurston: Jump at the Sun
Kristy Andersen, Writer/Producer
Writer Zora Neale Hurston was the first black anthropologist in the United States. She embraced
black culture and chided race champions for their angry diatribes. She was criticized by the black
male intelligentsia for her failure to take a political stance, and died in poverty and obscurity. This
documentary includes footage shot by Hurston in the 1920’s and 1940’s, as well as interviews with Maya
Angelou and Alice Walker. Writer/producer Kristy Andersen will tour with the film.intelligentsia for her
failure to take a political stance, and died in poverty and obscurity. This documentary includes footage
shot by Hurston in the 1920’s and 1940’s, as well as interviews with Maya Angelou and Alice Walker.
Writer/producer Kristy Andersen will tour with the film.

April 4/16/2011: 4:00pm
The Electricity Fairy
Tom Hansell, Director
The Electricity Fairy is a documentary that examines America’s national addiction to fossil fuels through
the lens of electricity. The film follows the story of a proposed coal-fired power plant in the mountains
of southwest Virginia, connecting the local controversy to the national debate over energy policy.
Present-day documentary footage is remixed with early educational films, connecting past policy to
America’s current energy crisis. Director Tom Hansell will tour with the film.

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