Film Festival to Honor McCullers, Southern Literary Trail

COLUMBUS, Ga. — Columbus State University’s Carson McCullers Center for Writers and Musicians will stage one of its biggest events of the year with the March 27-29 Carson McCullers Film Festival at the Columbus Public Library on Macon Road.

“The festival is a rare opportunity to take in such a comprehensive exposition of McCullers’ work,” said Cathy Fussell, director of the McCullers center.

The event, a CSU collaboration with the library and Muscogee County Friends of Libraries, also is part of the opening celebration of the Southern Literary Trail (go to

The McCullers Center is designated as a landmark on the trail, which is a collaboration of 18 towns from Natchez, Miss., to Savannah, Ga., commemorating internationally renowned writers and playwrights of the 20th century who were inspired by their communities.

Fussell said plans for the trail and the McCullers Center’s inclusion began in 2005. “It is very rewarding, and exciting, to see the trail project finally come to fruition,” she said. “I hope that folks in Columbus and Phenix City will have the chance to visit some of the other sites in Georgia, in Alabama, and in Mississippi.”

Columbus’ Carson McCullers is a focal point on the trail, and four major film adaptations of her works, plus a new film — Wunderkind by New York City filmmaker Lauren Rosen — are featured in the upcoming festival. “I'm especially excited to be showcasing a brand new film derived from McCullers’ work,” she said. “It’s very encouraging to see contemporary artists working with McCullers’ texts.”

The schedule for the film festival is:

Reflections in a Golden Eye with Elizabeth Taylor, Marlon Brando and Julie Harris, introduced by retired CSU English Professor Thornton Jordon, 7 p.m. Friday.

The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter with Alan Arkin, Cicely Tyson, Stacy Keach and Sondra Locke, introduced by CSU English Professor Aaron Sanders, 2 p.m. Saturday.

Wunderkind, a short film by New York director Lauren Rosen (introduced by CSU English Professor Nick Norwood) and The Ballad of the Sad Cafe with Vanessa Redgrave and Keith Carradine (introduced by CSU English Professor Beth Spencer), 7 p.m. Saturday.

The Member of the Wedding with Ethel Waters, Julie Harris, and Brandon de Wilde, introduced by McCullers Center Director Cathy Fussell, 2 p.m. Sunday.

In addition to the film screenings, visitors can tour Carson McCullers’ childhood home at 1519 Stark Avenue from 4-6 p.m. Friday through Sunday. For more information about the film festival, call 706-565-4021, e-mail or visit


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Contact: Cathy Fussell at 706-565-4021 or e-mail