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5th SSU Indie Film Fest Details


SSU Indie Film Fest will be holding their 5th annual film festival April 16 – 18 on the campus of Savannah State University (SSU) campus and downtown Savannah’s Beach Institute. All events are free and open to the public including the celebration’s anticipated awards finale.

On TUESDAY the kick-off event will take place in two parts. Beginning at noon on April 16, one of SSU’s own directors, Prof. Reginald Franklin will debut his documentary of Ms. Terlita Rickenbacker, a SSU alumnus who is also a cervical cancer survivor. The event will be held in the Torian Auditorium on SSU’s campus. At 6:30pm, the celebration begins at The Beach Institute (502 E. Harris Street, Savannah) from Brains, Beauty, and Blackness: An Ode to HBCU Dancelines. This documentary, sponsored in part by the National Geographic (NatGeo) Young Explorer Grant, honors the people who were integral to the movement.

SSU Indie Film Fest’s goal, according to co-founder Prof. Tracey Haynes, “is to create a platform for artist to showcase their talents.” As noted on the website, many filmmakers have received notoriety that started at independent film festivals like Spike Lee, Lars Von Trier, Ryan Coogler, and Jane Campion to name a few. Wednesday, April 17 will highlight SSU Indie Film Fest entrants’ screenings with the program beginning at 6:00pm in room 115 Social Science Building at SSU. Details of films and locations will be posted on the website –

The awards ceremony on Thursday, April 18, beginning at 6:00pm, will be hosted in true Savannah State University style theatre seating in the Social Science Building, room 115, and the illustrious Golden Tiger award. Each category will honor its winner: drama, documentary, comedy, horror, sci-fi, and music video. The evening’s biggest honor, the People’s Choice Award, will be the culmination of the festival and will recognize the audience’s favorite film.

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