'Middle of Nowhere' to screen May 5 as part of Femme Film Fridays

Austin-based filmmaker B. B. Araya will introduce her short film, 'Beta,' before the screening

APRIL 19, 2017 (AUSTIN, TX) — Writer and director Ava DuVernay’s film, Middle of Nowhere, is the May selection for the Bullock Museum’s Femme Film Fridays, a series highlighting the cinematic works of women, in front of and behind the camera. DuVernay won Best Director at Sundance 2012 for the film the The New York Times called “A soul-stirring drama….”

“The work of Ava DuVernay is powerful in that she has forged her own path in the filmmaking world and gives voice to stories that need to be told,” Bullock Museum Film Programmer Rachel Manning said.

Emayatzy Corinealdi makes her film debut in Middle of Nowhere as Ruby, a woman who drops out of medical school to focus on her husband after he is sentenced to eight years in prison. She struggles to find the courage to remain faithful and supportive, leading her on a journey of self-discovery. The film screens Friday, May 5 at 7 p.m. in the Texas Spirit Theater inside the Bullock Museum, 1800 N. Congress Ave.

Femme Film Fridays is part of an effort to expand the film programming offered in the Bullock Museum’s two theaters and to increase awareness of women’s vital contributions across all aspects of cinematic production – writing, acting, producing, editing, directing and more. Each program features a screening followed by a Q&A with experts who lead discussion about the film.

Austin-based filmmaker B. B. Araya will show her short film, Beta, prior to the feature, and after the screening, the museum will host a Q&A with Dr. Lisa B. Thompson, playwright and associate professor of African & African Diaspora Studies at UT Austin, and Fatima Mann, director and co-founder of Counter Balance: ATX.

Thompson is the author of Beyond the Black Lady: Sexuality and the New African American Middle Class and the off-Broadway hit comedy Single Black Female. Her latest play, Underground, recently had its world premiere at the Vortex Repertory Company in Austin. Mann is the executive director and cofounder of Counter Balance: ATX, a grassroots 501c3 non-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality of life of women of color and impoverished women through policy updates, self-care programs and events, and programs in which the main objective is transforming communities.

The museum’s cinema program maintains a full calendar of exclusive film series, special presentations, and screenings with special guests in the Texas Spirit Theater, and operates the Bullock Museum IMAX® Theatre – the first and only theater in the state featuring laser IMAX projection and 12-channel immersive sound.

Tickets for Femme Film Fridays are $3 for Bullock Museum Members and $5 for non-members. The Bullock Museum has free parking after 5 p.m. and student discounts. Ticket purchases support the museum’s exhibitions and educational programming. Details and tickets at TheStoryofTexas.com.

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The Bullock Texas State History Museum in downtown Austin includes three floors of exhibitions, an IMAX® theater, a special-effects theater, café and museum store. The Museum collaborates with more than 700 museums, libraries, archives and individuals to display original historical artifacts and produce exhibitions that illuminate and celebrate Texas history and culture. Named for the state's 38th Lieutenant Governor, Bob Bullock, the iconic building is at 1800 N. Congress Avenue. For more, visit TheStoryofTexas.com or call (512) 936-8746.

Support for the Bullock Museum’s exhibitions and education programs provided by the Texas State History Museum Foundation.

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This press release is part of the Texas Spirit Theater Media Kit

Enjoy one of the most beautiful film experiences in Austin, the Bullock Museum's Texas Spirit Theater, a special-effects space that immerses visitors in the film with crackling lightning, pounding rain, and a few other surprises. Texas is a part of film history and continues to be a hub of talent and creativity. The Bullock Museum film program includes daily screenings, film premieres, special features, and signature programs, including the Texas Focus Series and B Movies & Bad History. View Media Kit