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Southern Fried Film Festival returns for sixth year

HUNTSVILLE — The Southern Fried Film Festival returns for a multi-day celebration of film and local music next month.

The event will take place June 6-9 throughout Huntsville, highlighting and celebrating locations important to the community.

Keeping with the traditional Southern Fried Film Festival format, this year’s festival promises to bring a variety of films across genres, live music from local musicians, and interesting panel discussions with storytellers across multiple platforms.

The festival will begin with a horror night June 6 in the North Star Classroom at Lowe Mill, presented by Hello Huntsville Horror and Hauntsville, Alabama.

The activities will continue June 7, starting with a street festival on Northside Square from 6-8 p.m. The opening night film, “Thelma,” directed by Josh Margolin, will be screened at 106 Jefferson at 8 p.m.

The film follows 93-year-old grandmother Thelma, who gets conned by a phone scammer pretending to be her grandson. She sets out on a treacherous quest across Los Angeles, accompanied by an aging friend and his motorized scooter to reclaim what was taken from her.

The street festival and opening night promises to be a fun and interactive experience for attendees, featuring local food trucks, live music, and local vendors.

The fun continues June 8 at Tangled Strings at Lowe Mill with panels, music and film.

The Saturday night premiere film is the documentary, “Luther: Never Too Much,” the story of Luther Vandross, directed by Dawn Porter.

Using a wealth of rarely seen archives, Vandross tells his own story with assistance from his closest friends and musical collaborators, including Mariah Carey, Dionne Warwick, Valerie Simpson and Roberta Flack. The film relives the many stunning moments of Vandross’ Grammy award-winning musical career, while exploring his personal life, health struggles, and a lifelong battle to earn the respect his music deserved.

The festival will conclude June 9 at Tangled Strings Studios with “Don’t Die” by Huntsville director Benjamin Stark.

The 6th annual Southern Fried Film Festival will be at Lowe Mill, North Side Square, 106 Jefferson, and Tangled Strings Studios starting June 6.

For more information, visit https://www.southernfriedfilmfestival.org/

The Southern Fried Film Festival has been made possible by a 2024 Arts & Cultural Grant from Arts Huntsville funded by the City of Huntsville.

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