WILL TO CHANGE premiers at Crossroads Film Festival

WILL TO CHANGE documentary by Alison Fast and Chandler Griffin

WILL TO CHANGE documentary by Alison Fast and Chandler Griffin



I’ve been worshiping with William Kozielski for over a year now. Initially we attended the traditionally black New Covenant Missionary Baptist Church in Clarksdale on MLK Boulevard. Then, our pastor, the gifted servant of the Lord, Mark Webb, announced he was leaving! Mark left and is now the Associate Pastor at the traditionally white First Presbyterian Church in Clarksdale. William, like me, followed him. The message and the fellowship, not color, is what matters to us. William and I both love Jesus.

For the past year Alison Fast and Chandler Griffin have been hanging around with William, but it hasn’t been at church, or at least I never saw them there. Alison and Chandler, both filmmakers, have been documenting William’s life, William’s story, and how it has affected him and how he is affecting others.

Crossroads Film Festival along with Blue Magnolia Films would like to invite the general public and leaders in the faith community in Jackson, Mississippi to attend a special screening and panel discussion to celebrate the story of William Kozielski, an offender who is breaking the cycle of violence and addiction in his life and mentoring youth out of delinquent behavior in the community of Clarksdale, Mississippi.

WHEN: Saturday, April 5 at 5:00pm-6:45pm
WHERE: Malco Grandview Cinema, 221 Grandview Boulevard, Madison, Mississippi

Alison Fast is the Program Director of Barefoot Workshops. Chandler Griffin is Founder and Director of Barefoot Workshops. Barefoot Workshops is a long time friend and frequent visitor to Clarksdale.

WILL TO CHANGE screening

WILL TO CHANGE screening

First Presbyterian Church in Clarksdale, Mississippi is no longer a “traditionally white church.” 😎


Hi Madge– thanks for encouraging people to the screening. The panel discussion will really be historic in a lot of ways. We have the head of MS prisons- Chris Epps- and his Deputy Commissioner coming and many staff from MDOC– as they will use the film in the prisons. Other panelists include: • Jerry William – Deputy Commissioner, Mississippi Department of Corrections (MDOC ) • Betty Lou Jones – Parole Board, Jackson • Shae Williams, Executive Director for the Mississippi Faith Based Coalition • William Kozielski & youth from GRIOT • Eddie Spencer – former offender like William who was former urban director of Young Life – Eddie is a motivational speaker and has published this book: http://www.amazon.com/Inmate-46857-Eddie-Charles-Spencer/dp/1414101708 http://www.bolivarcom.com/view/full_story/22509690/article-Spencer-to-motivate-Drug-Court-enrollees

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I think Judge Rees will also be joining us from Clarksdale who I believe is a juvenile judge. In any case, the goal is to expand support for youth programming in Clarksdale and also to stop the cycle by improving re-entry programs –

Thanks again for getting behind the events– hope to bring it back to Clarksdale for more events after this.

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