“Turkey Creek is emblematic of so much of what is going on in the world right now, and that part of our country. These communities are not supposed to be considered resilient. These communities were not supposed to survive, but they’ve survived. And the solutions that they’re coming up with are the solutions that we all really need to pay attention to and lift up.” – Leslie Fields, Sierra Club director of Environmental Justice and Community Partnerships, speaking at the Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital
On March 30, 2014, the film screened to a packed theater at the Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital. Journalist Brentin Mock moderated a discussion with Leslie Fields (Sierra Club director of Environmental Justice and Community Partnerships), Derrick Evans (Turkey Creek), Leah Mahan (filmmaker) and Reilly Morse (director of Mississippi Center for Justice). The audience included people from many sectors who have contributed to the work in Turkey Creek and the Gulf region. Highlights from the panel discussion are on the newly redesigned Bridge The Gulf website.
An eventful two days in D.C. included a meeting with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Water and Office of Environmental Justice. Derrick Evans, Reilly Morse and Leah Mahan shared clips from the film and talked with staff about Turkey Creek and lessons learned. It was a real multi-media feast, with EPA staff joining by video conference from Jackson and Atlanta. Leah and Derrick also met with Catherine Collins, film program officer for the U.S. State Department Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, to talk about the American Film Showcase program that will bring the film to U.S. embassy programs this year.
MISSISSIPPI PUBLIC BROADCASTING
April 13 & 30 broadcast
Co-production partner MPB will air the film for the first time in Mississippi on Sunday, April 13 at 10 p.m. and will re-air it on April 30 at 8 p.m.
April 29 broadcast
When the film airs on WORLD on April 29 and streams on PBS Video in May, a discussion with Brentin Mock, Derrick Evans and the America Reframed series host will follow the film and will be available on the web. Find your local WORLD channel.