Fall 16mm Film Festival

News item published on: 2017-08-25 13:37:58

University Libraries is hosting its fall 16mm Film Festival on October 11 at 6 p.m. in the Cook Library Art Gallery. The festival will highlight three animated films from University Libraries’ collections.

The animated short Toot, Whistle, Plunk and Boom was Disney’s first cartoon released in widescreen CinemaScope and won a 1954 Academy Award. Mississippi Delta Blues showcases the footage shot by Bill Ferris in the 1960s as he traveled the Mississippi Delta recording blues musicians at home and in juke joints.  David O. Russell’s first film, Bingo Inferno, is a parody about obsessions with television and, you guessed it, bingo.  

In the days before Netflix and DVDs, movies and educational productions were shown to classes on 16mm film. University Libraries owns a number of these old films that were used at Southern Miss from the 1950s to the 1980s. The goal of the 16mm Film Festival is to showcase these films and give the community a glimpse into the Libraries’ collections.

This event is free and open to the public, and gourmet popcorn will be served. For more information, contact Michele Frasier-Robinson at or 601.266.6168.