NATCHEZ – Next month’s Crooked Letter Picture Company carnival will give attendees the opportunity to walk a film set before the cameras start rolling.
Carnival will be the setting for a scene from the upcoming film “Rumble Through the Dark”, an adaptation of Oxford author Michael Farris Smith’s fourth novel “The Fighter”.
The film is directed by brothers Parker and Graham Phillips, who run New York and Los Angeles-based Phillips Pictures, and stars Aaron Eckhart, best known for his roles in “The Dark Knight” (2008) and “Thank You For Smoking ”(2005), describing the main character of the story, Jack Boucher.
The filmmakers have teamed up with Mississippi-born producers John Norris, Tate Taylor and Cleta Ellington of Crooked Letter Picture Company to shoot the film in Natchez and will also shoot in parts of the Delta region.
“We thought it would be a great idea to organize the carnival early and set it up for our community to enjoy before school starts,” said Stratton W. Hall of Church Hill Creative. “It’s going to be good, family fun on the bluff.”
Carnival begins Thursday August 5 and lasts until Sunday August 8 at the Natchez Cliff and will feature thrill rides, kids’ rides, food and fun games for the whole family, Hall said. The doors will be open from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. Thursday and Friday and from noon to 11 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Access to the carnival area is free. However, participants will need to purchase tickets for individual rides, food and games, she said.
Like other events organized in recent months by Crooked Letter and its partners, the carnival is also made possible by sponsors, Hall said.
Community sponsors so far include Natchez Printing Company, Listen Up Y’all media and radio stations Jamin, WMIS and WTYJ.
Those interested in becoming a community partner of the event can contact Hall at [email protected]
“We’re really excited to offer something up on bluffing at the end of summer and early in school to celebrate our community,” she said. “Thanks to the Miss-Lou Zone for supporting all of our recent bluffing events. We will do our best to have some type of programming at least every two months.