Nov. 06--SUN & SAND -- The Mississippi Music & Film Festival is returning to the Coast this year with a heavier emphasis on film than on music.
The four-day event, Nov. 13-16, will offer workshops, screenings of 60 films and indoor concerts.
Bobby Benton and Wes Benton, brothers and founders of the festival, are finalizing the details.
"This year we're more focused on film," Bobby Benton said. "The number of films that came in last year was amazing."
One hundred films were screened at the inaugural Sun & Sand festival in 2012, which also featured Kevin Costner with his band Modern West, Jim Belushi and Dan Akroyd as the Blues Brothers, Gregg Allman, and a screening of "Raiders of the Lost Ark: The Adaptation."
The 2013 festival kicks off Nov. 13 with screenings at 6 p.m. at the Saenger Theatre in Biloxi and the Mary C. O'Keefe Cultural Center in Ocean Springs. "Lion Ark," an animal-rescue documentary, will be shown at 9 p.m. at the Saenger Theatre.
Screenings resume Nov. 14 at 6 p.m. at the two venues, with the futuristic thriller "Rumors of Wars" featured at 9:30 p.m. at the Saenger. The Mary C. will show screenings from 6 to 10 p.m.
Panel discussions will begin at 9:30 a.m. Nov. 15 at the Saenger. "Category 5," which was filmed on the Coast, will be screened at 7 p.m. at the Saenger; "Big Sur," will be screened at 9:30 p.m. at the Saenger. Collective Soul will perform at 8 p.m. at Hard Rock Biloxi. Further screenings will be held at the Mary C. from 12:30 to 9:13 p.m.
On Nov. 16, panel discussions will run from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Saenger. The film "As I Lay Dying" will be shown at 6 p.m. at the Saenger and the Black Jacket Symphony presents The Beatles' "Abbey Road" at 8 p.m. at Hard Rock Biloxi. Screenings at the Mary C. will run from 12:30 to 9:13 p.m.
"As I Lay Dying" was filmed in Mississippi and directed by James Franco, who also wrote the screenplay based on the William Faulkner novel.
All film screenings are subject to change without notice. Admission per screening is $10 for adults and $5 for students. General admission tickets for Collective Soul start at $19.99; doors open at 6:30 p.m.
Other events are being planned for Sun & Sand, including a display of custom motorcycles and automobiles used in feature films and a small production setup, where visitors can see how filming works.
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