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Manhattan Short Film Festival Saturday and Sunday



For the seventh year in a row, film lovers in Vicksburg will join more than 100,000 film enthusiasts around the world when the 23rd Annual Manhattan Short Film Festival debuts at Martin’s at Midtown.

“It’s one of our most popular programs every year, and it was important to us to get the films in front of our audience somehow or another,” said Daniel Boone, film programmer for the Strand Theatre, the usual venue for the Shorts. “Martin’s has worked with us over the years to make Manhattan Short a true event here in Vicksburg, so, it seemed only natural to partner with them on finding a way to present the films during these unusual times. In years past, a single showing of Manhattan Short has sold out, but since seating at Martin’s will be strictly limited to keep everyone safe, we will consider repeating the program if there is demand to do so.”

The next show at Martin’s (1101 Belmont St.) is Saturday, Oct. 17, starting at 7 p.m. Patrons will be asked to purchase a table for the evening. Each table will include heavy hors d’oeuvres donated by Martin’s at Midtown and Main Street Market Cafe, adult libations, as well as a view of the Shorts and the opportunity to vote on their favorite film.

Martin’s will show the Shorts again Sunday, Oct. 18. Sunday’s event does not include food or drink.

Tables for four can be reserved for $160. To reserve a table, text “Shorts” to 601-618-4755.

Pre-payment of the full table price will be required to secure the reservation.

All proceeds will go to Manhattan Short and to support the Strand Theatre. Masks will be required for entry and social distancing will be observed.

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This year, the Manhattan Short Film Festival received 971 entries from 54 countries and selected nine finalists. The final nine Manhattan Short selections hail from nine countries: Australia, Finland, Iran, Russia, Israel, North Macedonia, state of Palestine and the U.S. The final nine are screening simultaneously across the world during a one-month period, with the Best Film and Best Actor awards determined by ballots cast by the audiences in each participating venue.

The Manhattan Short final nine are: “Safe Space” (Australia), “The Stick” (Finland), “Exam” (Iran), “Hey, Gray” (Russia), “White Eye” (Israel), “Sticker (North Macedonia), “Two Little Boys” (USA), “Maestro” (France) and “The Present” (Palestine).

This year’s selections use drama, comedy and animation to address an astonishing number of themes, ranging from identity to parenthood to the seemingly universal frustration caused by the department of motor vehicles no matter the country. The directorial voices are both male and female from countries large and small, often inspired by personal and sometimes harrowing experience. This year’s final nine screening also is a rare instance when gripping dramas from Iran, Israel and the state of Palestine are featured in the same program.

Due to COVID 19, Manhattan Short is extending the screening dates through the month of October rather than its usual seven-to-10-day period. None of the screenings will be shown “virtually” to support local cinemas in a time of crisis.

“The Films I remember best are those I saw in a cinema. Streaming the Manhattan Short Film Festival was never an option,” said founding director Nicholas Mason. “While the numbers are sure to be down, you have to stay true to what you do. Manhattan Short is a cinematic experience.”

If you’re not able to get out to see the Manhattan Short Film Festival, don’t forget about the Strand’s virtual films, which offer great films to see at home while still supporting the future of the Strand Theatre. Visit the Strand Theatre website for more information.


32nd Annual Over the River Run Saturday



Over the River Run (Photo source SCHF)

The Southern Cultural Heritage Foundation is excited to present the 32nd Annual Over the River Run.

The Foundation along with sponsors and volunteers present this special community event. The 5 mile running and walking race will take place Saturday, Oct. 17, at 8 a.m. and begins at the Old Mississippi River Bridge located at Interstate 20 and Washington Street.

Register online to run or walk on Entry fees are $35 and $40. Family entries are available as well as virtual runners.

COVID-19 precautions will be put into place to protect participants, volunteers and spectators, including a limit of 400 entrants. SCHF hopes everyone appreciates these efforts and follows the guidelines to help protect the well-being of those who are gathering.

For more information and updates, visit the SCHF website or the event Facebook page.

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Vicksburg High band holds fundraiser for new instruments



The Vicksburg High School band is holding a garage-sale fundraiser for new musical instruments this coming weekend.

The event is Saturday, Oct. 17, from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Vicksburg City Park Pavilion located at 100 Army Navy Drive.

The sale will include clothing for men, women and children, furniture, food and many more items.

Vickie Baker, VHS band director and host for the event, is hoping for a big turnout to help the band purchase new instruments.

For further information, email Vickie Baker at [email protected].

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Halloween in the Park: a downtown trick-or-treat event



(Photo by Viktor Hanacek)

UPDATE: This event has been cancelled due to timing conflicts.

Looking for different way to celebrate Halloween with your kids this year? A local woman has coordinated with several business owners, law enforcement agencies, the Main Street program and the City of Vicksburg to organize a free and safe trick-or-treat event downtown: Halloween in the Park.

The event takes place Saturday, Oct. 31, from 5:30 p.m. until 8 p.m. and all children must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. Both Vicksburg Police Chief Milton Moore and Warren County Sheriff Martin Pace have agreed to allocate officers and deputies to be present.

Children and their parents will begin at the corner of the downtown park at Jackson and Washington streets and follow the path (while practicing social distancing) to the stage, where volunteers wearing gloves and masks will be standing on the first step of the stage and placing candy in the bags of each child. The parents and children will continue the path to the corner of Grove and Washington streets to head to the merchants. Participating businesses will display orange and black balloons outside so that parents and children know they are participating.

“This is great for everyone. All of our community can come to a free and different trick-or-treat. It gives our community a chance to see our merchants and their stores and restaurants,” said event organizer Gina Hendrickson. “I have had enthusiastic responses from several merchants, including but not limited to: Lorelei Books, Adorned Glamhouse, Merle Norman Belle Rose Salon, Jay Parmigiani of 10 South; Allen of Daiquiri Hub, Cocktails 101, Kevin Roberts of Chopping Block (and) Amanda Banks of Ravage Spa.”

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