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BPAC Presents Free Screening of “Outta the Muck”

CLEVELAND, Miss.— The Bologna Performing Arts Center (BPAC) is proud to present a free community screening of “Outta the Muck” on Thursday, November 10 at 6:00 p.m. in the BPAC Recital Hall. Immediately following the screening there will be a Q&A with the filmmaker. The “muck” here refers to the rich soil in the small south Florida town of Pahokee, where folks fish, hunt rabbits, and play a whole lotta football.

“Outta the Muck” is a feature documentary about family, football, and history come to life in an intimate portrait of the Dean family, longtime residents of the historic town of Pahokee, Florida. We take a journey back home, with filmmaker Ira McKinley, to the land of sugarcane, as he reconnects with his niece Bridget and nephew Alvin and explores their shared family history that spans seven generations.

Told through stories that transcend space and time, “Outta the Muck” presents a community, and a family, that resists despair with love, remaining fiercely self-determined, while forging its own unique narrative of Black achievement. “Outta the Muck” recently won Best Southern Feature Documentary at Hot Spring Documentary Festival and the Soul of Southern Film Award AND Special Jury Recognition for Transcendent Cinema at Indie Memphis.

Touring with the film is co-director, producer, cinematographer and editor Bhawin Suchak. Suchak is an educator, filmmaker, and founding member/co-executive director of Youth FX, a media arts organization focused on empowering young people of color in Albany, NY.

For more information about the free screening, visit or contact the BPAC at 662-846-4626. Southern Circuit screenings are funded in part by a grant from South Arts, a regional arts organization, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts. For more information about Southern Circuit please visit