On Sunday, July 27, Universal Pictures will hold an exclusive red carpet screening of the James Brown biopic Get on Up at Grandview Cinema in Madison. Mississippi native and Get on Up director Tate Taylor and Chadwick Boseman, the film's star, will be in attendance.

Tammy Craft, Senior Public Relations Specialist for the Mississippi Development Authority, said that this movie is exciting because it was shot in Mississippi, people form Mississippi worked on the crew and now their will be a premiere in Mississippi.
"The special screening of Get on Up in Madison will offer movie lovers the opportunity to enjoy a Hollywood-style red carpet event right here at home," Craft said.

Get On Up spent two months filming in Mississippi locations, primarily Jackson and Natchez, as well as more time for pre- and post-production stages of the movie. Producers of the film worked with the State's WIN Job Centers to hire Mississippians as extras and other qualified crewmembers.

The red carpet event will start at 2:00 p.m., with the screenings starting at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are on sale at the Mississippi Coliseum box office in Jackson or you can get them online at getonupjackson.com. Tickets are broken down into two packages. The Director Package includes a ticket to a private screening with Taylor and Boseman, refreshments for the movie, limited edition commemorative poster for the movie and a reception after the movie hosted by Governor Bryant. Tickets for the Directors Package are $200 per person. The Individual Screening package costs $50 and includes a screening of the movie as well as refreshments and poster. Ticket sales benefit Mission Mississippi.

Craft said that tickets are still available in both packages, but are limited. Fans will have the opportunity to meet the film's star Chadwick Boseman, and director Taylor Tate.

"Mississippi native and Get on Up director Tate Taylor and the film's star, Chadwick Boseman, will be on hand to meet and greet ticketholders before the screenings begin. There are a limited number of tickets remaining in two packages, and all of the proceeds from this great event will benefit a great cause, Mission Mississippi. We invite everyone to come out and join us for what is sure to be an exciting day at the movies," Craft said.

Paige Hunt, Tourism Communications Bureau Manager for the MDA, echoed this. She emphasized that it is a great opportunity to support a locally made film that targets a larger audience.

"I think it is a great opportunity to see a great film that was made in Mississippi and the ticket sales support a great cause," Hunt said.

The films director Tate Taylor was born and raised in Jackson, Mississippi and has recently settled in Jefferson County after working for some time in Los Angeles and New York. Taylor directed his previous Academy Award nominated film, The Help in Mississippi.

In his current film, Get on Up, Taylor directs 42 star Chadwick Boseman in the role of the Godfather of Soul, James Brown. The film follows Brown's life form his impoverished childhood to his meteoric rise to one of the most influential figures of the 20th century. Nelsan Ellis, Dan Aykroyd, Viola Davis, Craig Robinson, Octavia Spencer, Lennie James, Tika Sumpter and Jill Scott join Boseman in the drama.

Academy Award® winner Brian Grazer (A Beautiful Mind, 8 Mile) produces for Imagine Entertainment, with Mick Jagger and Victoria Pearman (Shine a Light) producing under their Jagged Films banner. Imagine's Erica Huggins (Flightplan) also serves as a producer on Get on Up, while Taylor produces under his Wyolah Films label. Peter Afterman, Trish Hofmann, Jez Butterworth, John Butterworth, John Norris and Anna Culp serve as executive producers.