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4/28/2017: Media Roundtable; 'Never Go Back'; Arts Alive; Intersections Festival


 Friday on our “First Coast Connect" Media Roundtable our panel consisted of blogger Fred Matthews, WJCT business analyst John Burr and The Next Page podcaster Charles Griggs. Writer and director Durden Godfrey, and Third Man Entertainment owner Jared Rush talked about the locally produced film “Never Go Back.” Ryan Ali with the Jacksonville Cultural Council about the PNC Foundation’s “Arts Alive” program and organizers Cody Burton and Tim Kerr told us about the Intersections Festival Saturday in Klutho Park.  


Media Roundtable

Our panel discussed the ongoing federal corruption trial of former U,S. Representative Corrine Brown. They also talked about Mayor Lenny Curry getting his pension reform plan approved by the City Council and signed into law. The controversy regarding Stein Mart and Ivanka Trump’s clothing was discussed as was the Jaguars drafting Louisiana State running back Leonard Fournette.        

‘Never Go Back’

It’s a Jacksonville-based film with a message promoting family and adventure. After the death of his wife, a man plans a camping trip with his son. But when mourning her loss turns to honoring her memory, an unexpected journey begins. “Never Go Back” is on the festival circuit. It’s screening 7 p.m. Sunday at The Hourglass Cafe in downtown Jacksonville. Use the promo code “firstcoast” to receive a 25-percent discount on tickets.      

Arts Alive  

Access to free ballet performances, musical theater, visual arts festivals, orchestra performances, critical-thinking digital stories are among some of the projects the PNC Foundation’s Arts Alive program is hoping to support artists with $170,000 in local grants in 2017-18. Arts organizations in Duval, Palm Beach and Broward Counties are invited to apply for grants now through May 15.

Intersection Festival

The Intersections Festival is Saturday in Springfield. An offshoot of the annual Wild Goose Festival in North Carolina, Intersections features a range of local speakers, artists, and musicians talking about the intersection of spirit, justice, art, and music. While the majority of the speakers come from Christian traditions, people of all spiritual leanings are encouraged to attend and add their voices to the conversation. The program begins 10 a.m. in Klutho Park and will end around 10 p.m.  

Producer Kevin Meerschaert can be reached at, 904-358-6334 or on Twitter at @KMeerschaertJax