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Local Director Series: To Live & Die in Dixie

Local Director Series: To Live & Die in Dixie
March 20th, 2019, 8:00 pm

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Local Director Series: To Live & Die in Dixie
Director: Harper Philbin

03/20 | 8:00 PM

UICA Members: $5
Public: $10

Movie tickets can be purchased at the Guest Services desk beginning at 12 noon on the date of each screening.

UICA’s Local Director Series is a recurring event that showcases feature-length films by independent directors who live and work in Grand Rapids, MI. The Local Director Series is a premier forum for directors to share their work publicly and the event acts as a vital resource for the advancement of the West Michigan film community by increasing public awareness about independent filmmaking and the impressive film industry established right here in Grand Rapids.

About the Film

Eve Chase, the university president's secretary, jeopardizes her career and marriage during her four year quest to bring the killer to justice when the police and courts fail. To Live and Die in Dixie is inspired by a true story about a murder on a college campus in Louisiana in 1987.

Directed By: Harper Philbin
Genre: Crime/Courtroom Drama
Run Time: 85 min
MPAA Rating: R
Origin: USA

About Harper Philbin

This Oak Park, Illinois, native started making films in the 1970s with his parents' Super-8 camera. After graduating with a bachelor's degree in film from the University of Iowa in 1979, he spent three years in Chicago, two in New York City, and six in Los Angeles working as a video editor and camera operator. He continued to write and direct independent films on the side, including _The Law of Nature (1986)_ a documentary about Yosemite National Park rangers that aired nationally on PBS in 1986. He moved back to Chicago in 1990 and began teaching as an adjunct professor at Columbia College before returning to school to earn a master of fine arts degree in film production at Southern Illinois University. Since 1997, he's been an associate professor of film at Grand Valley State University in Michigan where he runs the school's annual Summer Film Project that brings students, faculty and industry professionals together to collaborate on a movie. After making ten award-winning narrative shorts, Philbin produced and directed his first feature-length film, To Live and Die in Dixie (2008), which went on to win two Best Feature awards.


Individuals with disabilities who require accommodations should contact Megan Bylsma, Associate Director, at (616) 454-7000 x11 or at least 72 hours in advance.

Earlier Event: March 15
Ruben Brandt, Collector
Later Event: March 22