Delta 180:Changing Lives in the Mississippi Delta Movie Screening

CONTACT: Saundra Lane, Community Arts Coordinator

323 S. Main Street

Greenville, MS 38701

“Delta 180: Changing Lives in the Mississippi Delta” to be Screened in Greenville, MS

The Greenville Arts Council with support from the Delta 180 Degrees program will present a screening of “Delta 180: Changing Lives in the Mississippi Delta” at the E.E. Bass Cultural Arts Center in the Jake and Freda Stein Hall on Thursday, May 31, 2012  at 6:00 PM. A reception will precede the film starting at 5:30 PM. The film was written and produced by Cypress Bend Productions, LLC. Following the screening, the producers Robbie Fisher and Anne Rayner will be available for commentary on the film. Co-Directors Rev. Jonas Hayes and Doris Benford of Delta 180 and Dean Renfrow, President of the national 180 Degrees Program will also be on hand. The film features an original song by Eden Brent entitled “Turning My Life Around,” which is performed by Eden Brent and the Greenville-Weston Chorus.

Rev. Jonas Hayes says: “This documentary is a wonderful and inspirational depiction of what the Delta 180 Program has offered our community over the past two years. It also reveals what makes our Delta community so unique and vibrant. It shows what can happen when people from many key sectors of the community identify a critical need and work consistently toward its success.”

Delta 180’s flagship program – the 180 Degrees Program – serves youth ages 11-17 with the goal of increasing their academic success and reducing delinquencies and referrals. Last year, Delta 180 saw a 50% increase in school attendance and a 6% decrease in referrals among 180 Degrees youth participants. Last winter, Delta 180 launched a second program – a Parenting Class facilitated by Katherine Yeldell.

The 180 Degrees Program meets during the school year on Mondays through Thursdays from 4:00pm – 7:00pm in public schools and non-profit venues. Also, the 180 Degrees Program hosts a 6-week summer program. Each day, the program offers: homework support, a life-skills class, dinner and an activity which reinforces the life skills lesson. The activities vary at each 180 Degrees site to include, but are not limited to: retail sales, fitness, art, small business, non-profit and other occupations, while helping them set personal and professional goals, preparing them for college, vocational school, and/or a variety of skilled trades.

In 1999, Cypress Bend Productions produced the film, “Sustaining the Sound,” a public television documentary that followed the musical relationship of Boogaloo Ames and Eden Brent.

For more information about the Delta 180 Degrees Program, visit or call 662-537-4469. You may also contact Delta 180 at PO Box 743, Greenville, MS 38702-0743 or For more information about the screening contact the Greenville Arts Council at 662-332-2246 or visit their website at


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