NCLAC offers film series to parish

By Hunter Jones 

Most people would argue that the point of viewing a movie is for enjoyment, and while that is true, Madeline Marak believes it can also be used as a tool to spread specific messages. The North Central Louisiana Arts Council in Ruston have created a series of independent movies for the Lincoln Parish area. 

Marak is the executive director of NCLAC, and with the help of the committee board of NCLAC, she has chosen specific movies for people to relate to and captivate feelings that a typical viewer probably never thought of. 

Marak said, “It’s to make you see a national problem and see how it can be seen in Ruston.”

The movies that are being shown are Pushout: The Criminalization of Black Girls in Schools, Feels Good Man and A New Color: The Art of Being Edythe Boone which are being shown virtually and in person at Louisiana Tech University and Grambling State University. 

Marak’s said the goal is to use art to spread awareness on the issues seen in Ruston with ethnicity as well as the importance of intellectual property as seen with Feels Good Man in a fun art form. 

NCLAC has shown movies in person up until 2021 where everything went virtual. With the movies now in person and virtual, Marak said she hopes that this series reaches a lot of people and to help them see the issues surrounding Ruston. Marak’s goal is for viewers to benefit from these films. 

“I think the main reason for starting the series is to bring an outside layer of culture and humanity to the city,” Marak said. 

Carter Carroll is a local filmmaker in Ruston as well as the athletics director of broadcasting for Tech athletics.

“I think that events like this help to solidify for me that local documentary filmmakers can have their works shown to wider audiences,” Carroll said. “It’s encouraging to me.”

Carroll said that he loves watching these films as they help gain a new perspective on topics and encourages others to do the same.

“Not only are the films great,” Carroll said, “but it also helps our local art community when people come out to any kind of art event.”

NCLAC first movie, Pushout: The Criminalization of Black Girls in Schools, will be shown Feb. 24 at 7 p.m. in person for GSU students and invited guests only in the School of Nursing and virtually for all others interested. 

More information and how to sign up for the virtual showings can be found on their website at NCLAC.org/Film-Screening.


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