By: Stephen McDill
Published on: April 13, 2013

Special to the MBJ Mississippi native and Academy Award-winning actor Morgan Freeman meets documentary filmmaker Paul Saltzman. Freeman appeared in Saltzman’s project “The Last White Knight,” which was inspired by Saltzman’s experiences as a civil rights worker in Mississippi in the 1960s.

Look out Georgia and Louisiana.

The Mississippi Film Office, the Mississippi Development Authority’s extended economic hand to Hollywood, is celebrating its 40th year of operations and many premier film festivals are ready for another summer of marketing the state to the inner echelons of the film industry.

In the last two decades alone, producers, location scouts and film crews have flocked to Mississippi to tell many stories. Critically-acclaimed thrillers like “A Time to Kill” and “Ghosts of Mississippi” recounted Mississippi’s dark past of violence and racism while “My Dog Skip” and “O, Brother Where Art Thou” explored themes of family and friendship with lighter strokes.

The Best Picture-nominated film “The Help” directed by Mississippian Tate Taylor was filmed in Greenwood and Jackson in 2011 and last fall Oscar-nominated actor James Franco directed his unreleased adaptation of William Faulkner’s novel “As I Lay Dying” at Mississippi Film Studios in Canton.

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