If you are tired of watching "I Love New York" reruns, bust out of the house and head to Sal & Mookie's Pi(e) Lounge to partake in an evening of cinematic discovery. Starting at 6 p.m. every first and third Wednesday of the month, Film Club debuts short and feature films created by local filmmakers. During the event, writers, directors and film buffs screen the movies while munching on complimentary hor d'oeuvres and sipping drinks.
Edward St. Plocal meteorologist, businessman, jazz artist and film enthusiast闗founded Film Club after he wrapped up the production of his latest endeavor, "Orbis Romanus," a gladiator-esque movie set in 9 A.D. just before a crucial battle between Germanic and Roman forces. Initially, St. Pé screened the film at Pi(e) Lounge as an outlet to showcase his film, but after the event, he realized that starting a club would be a natural transition. This would allow other aspiring filmmakers to present their works.
"I realized after making my movie that there are several talented people all across this state. It's been an eye-opening experience," he says.
Film Club has presented films by Mississippians such as Gulfport native Zachary Howell's "The Devil and Tom Walker" and Tupelo native Daniel Lee's "Dearly Departed."
St. Pé also hosts Film Club Radio on WLEZ 100.1 FM, which airs live every Wednesday at 5 p.m. Each week, St. Pé invites a local filmmaker or performer to discuss the local and national film scene on the show. Past guests have included Jackson natives Opie Cooper and Heather Thurgood.
St. Pé hopes Film Club and its radio show will inspire others to follow their dreams and get into filmmaking.
"Some say, 'We need to bring in films to Mississippi,Ҕ St. Pé says. "But let's not wait for a green light. Let's make our own films.