HHDA meeting to feature MS Film Office Deputy Director as guest speaker

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - This is a news release from the Historical Hattiesburg Downtown Association

Nina Parikh, Mississippi Film Office Deputy Director, will speak at The Historic Hattiesburg Downtown Association's Annual Meeting and Luncheon Thursday, January 23, 2014 11:30AM to 1:00PM at the Historic Train Depot, 308 Newman Street.  Tickets are $20.00 and lunch will be provided by downtown restaurant 206 Front.

Parikh will discuss the effects of the Film Industry and Mississippi's economy.

Popular films like "The Help," "A Time to Kill" and "My Dog Skip" were filmed in Mississippi.  These productions brought direct financial impact to Mississippi, and buildings filmed for their historical significance received façade upgrades.

The 2014 Executive Board and Board of Directors will be announced and awards will be given for Volunteer of the Year, Leadership, Innovation, Philanthropy and Promotion of the Arts.

You can purchase your tickets online at www.downtownhattiesburg.com/registration or pay by cash, check or credit card at the door.

The HHDA is a private non-profit membership organization, funded in part by The City of Hattiesburg and Forrest County along with the support from Promotion Partners and dues-paying members.  The mission of the organization is to promote program and projects that will cultivate downtown Hattiesburg as a place to live, work and play.  The HHDA helps to preserve and celebrate downtown Hattiesburg's rich, diverse heritage and provide progressive services that attract and help sustain investment in the downtown community.

Nina Parikh has served as the Deputy Director of the Mississippi Film Office for the last fifteen years, assisting with the creation of the Mississippi Motion Picture Incentive Program in 2004 through the most recent enhancements in 2013.

Through the Mississippi Film Office she has worked with countless productions and films including GET ON UP, THE SOUND & THE FURY, AS I LAY DYING, THE HISTORIAN, THE HELP, RITES OF SPRING, THE DYNAMITER, PROM NIGHT IN MISSISSIPPI, O BROTHER, WHERE ART THOU?, BIG BAD LOVE, THE LADYKILLERS, LALEE'S KIN, and WALK THE LINE, while continuing  to work on projects on her own time. She took a leave of absence from the Film Office to serve as a producer on BALLAST, winner of 2 awards at Sundance Film Festival 2008. She is currently producing and directing two feature-length documentaries.

She is a founding member of the Crossroads Film Festival and the Mississippi Film and Video Alliance, the co-author of Get Creative: The Digital Video Idea Book, the director of the Canton Young Filmmakers Workshop, and an adjunct professor at Millsaps College. She is a graduate of the film program at the University of Southern Mississippi.

Nina lives in Jackson, Mississippi.

If you have any questions contact the HHDA office at info@downtownhattiesburg.com.

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