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Best of Oxford Film Fest on the Road!


Oxford Film Festival will travel to Ocean Springs this June to take the Best of the fest to the coast. On June 2 and 3 the Best Of screenings will take place at the Mary C. O’Keefe Cultural Arts Center.

The Friday, June 2 screening is 6:30 p.m. - 9 p.m. and will showcase the films ALL ARE WELCOME HERE and SOME FREAKS. Director Vincenzo Mistretta will be on hand to discuss his film, ALL ARE WELCOME HERE which was filmed on the coast of Mississippi. 

On Saturday, June 3 screenings begin at 10 a.m. with the first block ending at noon before a brief break for the 12:45 p.m. screening. The films to be screened in the first block are are Broken Paths, Refuge, The Fox and the Whale and Joel Blass.

The second block for June 3 will begin at 12:45 p.m. and end at 2:45 p.m., and will include Firemax, Breakfast, Otha Turner and Don’t Come Around Here

"We are so excited to take the Best of Oxford Film Fest tour around the state,” Executive Director Melanie Addington said. "I am also pleased to get to partner with R&B Feder Charitable Foundation for the Beaux Arts and The Mary C. for the third year in a row.”

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ALL ARE WELCOME HERE is a short documentary on the Mississippi Coast's reaction to House Bill 1523 approved by Governor Bryant that gives people the right to discriminate against LGBTQ people based on their religious beliefs. The total run time for the film is 28 minutes and 26 seconds.

 BREAKFAST tells the story of when a young man suffering from anorexia is pressured to eat breakfast by his boyfriend, the couple are thrust into an otherworld where their anxieties and frustrations are made horrifyingly real. The run time for the film is 9 minutes and 42 seconds.

 BROKEN PATHSis a music video filmed in Brandon, Miss. Created by Stace and Cassie and J. B. Lawrence. The video is 4 minutes and 44 seconds.

DON’T COME AROUND HERE  follows Chuck back to the home he ran away from after learning his father doesn’t have much time left to live. There he must come to terms with his troubled brother Lenny, his own fears, and a secret he has been hiding for years.

 The Oxford community film FIREMAX  features superheroes in the town of Oxford with no crime to fight. The run time for this film is 10 minutes.

JOEL BLASS was a public servant to Mississippi, and he inspired his fellow Mississippians to boldly carve out a new future for their state, despite being vilified by the press and threatened by forces of segregation.  Joel Blass fought for justice, freedom, and equal rights for every citizen. The film is an hour and 14 minutes long.

The short documentary OTHA TURNER  digs into the archives to take us back in time to Labor Day 1978. In the late 1950’s, fife and drum legend Otha Turner began hosting annual Labor Day picnics at his property in Gravel Springs, Mississippi. The documentary runs for 6 minutes and 2 seconds.

REFUGE is a chronicle of human stories from the European Refugee Crisis, focused on humanity and hope. The film runs for 20 minutes.

SOME FREAKS follows the love story of one-eyed high school senior Matt and 250 lb Jill. However, when graduation comes and Jill moves cross-country to go to college, she then loses over 50 lbs - much to Matt's surprise when he arrives to visit her. While Matt struggles to accept Jill's new body, Jill begins to question whether Matt is really the man she wants to date.

THE FOX AND THE WHALE  is the tale of a curious fox who goes in search of an elusive whale. The film is 12 minutes and 13 seconds long.