Wednesday, June 20th, 2012 at 7:30 p.m.
Complimentary drinks and hors d'oeuvres provided
1310 Mission Street @ 9th Street, San Francisco
Directed by Leah Mahan
“Turkey Creek” chronicles the birth of a movement for environmental justice and self-determination in the wetland communities of Mississippi’s Turkey Creek watershed. Settled by emancipated slaves, the once-isolated Turkey Creek community is surrounded today by rampant development threatening its historic heritage and fragile wetlands. When the Turkey Creek cemetery is bulldozed for commercial development, prodigal son Derrick Evans returns home to help his community fight for its life.
Filmed in an intimate verité style over the course of a decade, “Turkey Creek” follows Derrickʼs painful but inspiring journey as he and his neighbors stand up to powerful corporate interests and Mississippi politicians and face the extraordinary challenges of Hurricane Katrina and the BP oil disaster.
Moderator: Ken Schneider
Ken Schneider is producer, director, and editor for PatchWorks’ films. He has edited 25 feature-length films, about human and civil rights, war and peace, artists’ lives, American history, and contemporary social issues. His work has been acknowledged in films that have won an Emmy, a Peabody, a Columbia-Dupont, an Indie Spirit, major festival awards, and have been nominated for an Oscar and additional Emmys.