‘Southern Fried Film Festival’ Spotlights Culturally Diverse Cinema And A “Rising Star”


The Southern Fried Film Festival is a four day event that showcases culturally diverse movies and filmmakers. Taking place June 8-11, the opening night takes place at The INTUITIVE Planetarium. Remaining nights will feature screenings at Studio Theatre at Lowe Mill. Festival founder Trevite Willis talked to Find Your Film co-host Bruce Purkey about the Southern Fried Film Festival.

The Rising Star Award is a new addition to the Southern Fried Film Festival. Huntsville, Alabama native Michael Luwoye (Bluff City Law, She’s Gotta Have It) will receive the award “in recognition of his outstanding achievements in the entertainment industry.”

Trevite Willis’ goal for the festival is to have a spotlight on independent cinema that has a foundational effect. “What I would like to do eventually is figure out way to be more year round,” said Willis, whose producing credits include Maya and Her Lover and The Forty-Year-Old Version. “And have a year round home so we can show the smaller films and support them in terms of letting people know they are actually there.

For a full schedule of the Southern Fried Film Festival, go here. Full interview with Trevite Willis is below (in both video and audio form):

Audio version of Willis interview is on our Find Your Film podcast: