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South Mississippians invited to 'Artists Die Best in Black' premiere

JOHN FITZHUGH/SUN HERALD 
 Crew members prepare to shoot a scene during the first day of filming of 'Artists Die Best in Black' in Biloxi on Monday June 17, 2013. The world premier of the movie, which was filmed entirely in South Mississippi, is Sunday at Saenger Theater in Biloxi.
JOHN FITZHUGH/SUN HERALD Crew members prepare to shoot a scene during the first day of filming of 'Artists Die Best in Black' in Biloxi on Monday June 17, 2013. The world premier of the movie, which was filmed entirely in South Mississippi, is Sunday at Saenger Theater in Biloxi. SUN HERALD

The world premiere of the movie "Artists Die Best in Black" on Sunday will give South Mississippians a chance to be part of a Hollywood-style premiere, complete with the red-carpet walk.

Tickets are free and those who attend the 6 p.m. showing will stroll the red carpet into the Saenger Theatre on Reynoir Street in downtown Biloxi either as themselves or dressed as their favorite movie star, celebrity or movie character.

A costume contest will be part of the festivities, said Tracey Landrum, director of marketing for the movie.

The 80-minute film is not yet rated but she said the Southern Gothic murder mystery has no graphic violence or nudity and only a bit of strong language, so it should be appropriate for teens and older.

"This is the worldwide premiere of a movie filmed entirely on the Mississippi Gulf Coast with a multimillion-dollar international distribution deal," Landrum said.

IMDb.com describes the mystery, based on a novel by Martha Mabey: "An amazing murder mystery taking place in a setting that no one would expect -- the coast of Mississippi. A young woman tried to live a normal life despite a horrible upbringing. But she will learn her past will haunt her once more."

It was directed by Price Hill.

The audience will recognize the casinos and downtowns of Biloxi, Gulfport and Ocean Springs. Other location shots are The Office bar in Ocean Springs, The Old Biloxi Schooner and Mary Mahoney's restaurants in Biloxi, as well as the Biloxi Bay Bridge, the bay, bayous and saltwater marshes.

The movie stars Hani Furtsenberg, Kate Forsini, Malcolm McDowell and Luke Goss, and a live stream of the cast from Los Angeles is planned during Sunday's premiere, Landrum said.

The action will move to Rue Magnolia following the movie, where Gallery 782 will host the free after-party and Crooked Letter Brewery will provide the beer as moviegoers compare notes on the movie shot in their Coast communities.

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