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Jule Collins Smith Museum hosting Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers

AUBURN – As one of only ten venues in five states to host the 2008-09 Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers, Auburn University’s Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art will screen “Member of the Club” on Feb. 17 at 7:30 p.m. After the screening, the film’s director, Phoebe Ferguson, will lead an audience discussion about the film and her work as a filmmaker.

“Member of the Club” tells the story of a debutante, Marisa Arianne Mitchell, who has been groomed from infancy to be a New Orleans Mardi Gras queen. With an observational, cinema verité approach, the film follows the Mitchell family through the 2003-04 debutante season as the debutante experiences a flurry of interviews, dress fittings, rehearsals, academic challenges and ball practices. The film explores black social clubs in the South, as well as issues of race, class and the powerful desire of an American family to belong.

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