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Movie about Mississippi Premiers at Saenger

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A new movie about the sub-cultures of Mississippi breaks the mold of outside views of the Magnolia State.

The movie, "Sub-Sippi," premiers Friday night at 7:30 at the historic Saenger Theatre in downtown Hattiesburg.

The 56 minute documentary is suitable for all ages.

Tickets are $5, and event organizers said they're selling out fast.

To reserve yours, go to www.hattiesburgsaenger.com.

WHLT had the chance to catch up with people who made the movie possible.

A Louisiana native and "Sub-Sippi" Director, Vincent Jude Chaney, said he had the idea to make the movie during college.

"A lot of people have these preconceived ideas of what Mississippians are," Chaney said. "There are archetypes, and living in Mississippi for a while, you kind of understand there's more than just these archetypes. There's more under the surface."

He said the intention of "Sub-Sippi" is to enlighten everyone on what the state is really about.

"'Sub-Sippi' tries to encapsulate the diversity in Mississippi 2013 from agricultural backgrounds to religious backgrounds to things people just like to do from a day-to-day basis," Chaney said.  "We just tried to get a sense of what's really going on in Mississippi in 2013."

"You know I have to say really it was love at first sight," Co-owner of Click Boutique, Jason Leviere, said.

He supported the movie with funds through kickstarter...

"What I love about this documentary is it takes Mississippi, and it really shows it in a true light, not in what people perceive it to be," Leviere said.  "It shows the very traditional part of Mississippi all the way to things that you would never think would be here."

He said he is pleased with the way the movie turned out and can't wait for the public to see it.

"The score is beautiful, and really the images are just absolutely breathtaking," he said. 

Leviere and Chaney said they are sure that everybody will be able to learn something from the film regardless of their age, background or hometown.

"One, I hope people take away from the film that there are people here that they may or may not have known existed, and possibly getting them engaged in the communities that are being represented, building infrastructure and starting dialogue with people from all over the state," Chaney said. 

He said right now, there are private and public screenings set in various locations, but eventually it will be available for free online.

"Because, ultimately, we made the film for people to watch, not rally for any other reason but just to get people engaged," Chaney said.

He said he is appreciative of the support from throughout the state from people like Leviere who, in fact, calls himself a transplant.

He moved to Mississippi three years ago from New York.

"I acclimated, I think, pretty well," Leviere said.  "It's where I call home now. I don't plan on going anywhere."

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