Festival directors Addington, Emanuel, Fergusson, Chaney, and Clark (December 2013)

Festival directors Addington, Emanuel, Fergusson, Chaney, and Clark (December 2013)

Executive Director: Molly Fergusson

Molly worked to organize the first annual Oxford Film Festival in 2003, joined the festival as a Co-Director in 2004, and was named Executive Director in 2010.  Before moving to Oxford, Molly lived in Wilmington, NC, where she worked with an independent film producer on documentary and commercial projects.  She is an attorney who teaches legal writing and contract drafting at the University of Mississippi Law School.  Contact: molly [at] oxfordfilmfest.com

Operations Director: Michelle Emanuel

Michelle Emanuel is the Operations Director of the Oxford Film Festival, and an associate professor in the University of Mississippi Libraries, where she is the selector and cataloger for media, including film. A member of the affiliate faculty of the UM Cinema program, she has taught a course on gender issues and independent film and is currently teaching both a two-semester Cinema Survey and a course on festival programming. Contact: michelle[at]oxfordfilmfest.com

Development Director: Melanie Addington

Melanie has worked with the festival since 2006 and serves as the Development Director. In her real-world job, she eats pizza and plays on Facebook as social media director/writer/video producer for PMQ Pizza Magazine. She also directs, writes, and produces films. She also serves on the Mississippi Film and Video Alliance as a board member and helps with OxFilm, the Yoknapatawpha Arts Council's program to lend equipment to Oxford filmmakers. Contact: melanieaddington [at] oxfordfilmfest.com 

Hospitality Director: Diala Chaney

Diala has worked with the festival since 2007.  She is responsible for filmmaker and guest hospitality once they arrive in Oxford. She oversees the parties for the entire weekend, and strives to make sure that all guests have a great time while in Oxford. She works full-time as a staff attorney for the Mississippi Department of Human Services. Contact: diala [at] oxfordfilmfest.com

Assistant Operations Director: Kristin Rogers

Kristin began volunteering with OFF in 2007 and came on staff in 2010 as Volunteer Coordinator.  In 2013 she became the Assistant Operations Director and is now responsible for coordinating volunteers and assisting with the overall operations of the Festival.  Kristin works at the JD Williams Library at Ole Miss as a Library Specialist in Acquisitions/Technical Services. Contact: kristin [at] oxfordfilmfest.com

Assistant Hospitality Director: Joy Clark

Joy has worked with the Oxford Film Festival since 2010.  She assists the Hospitality Director in welcoming filmmakers and guests once they arrive in Oxford. She helps oversee the parties for the entire weekend, and strives to make sure that all guests have a great time while in Oxford.  Joy works at Preusser Research Group on the Square.

Gift Bag Coordinator: Susan McPhail

Susan is the parent of three, and is the wife of Oxford’s own Johnny McPhail.  She has taught special education at the North Mississippi Regional Center for over 24 years and serves as a state autism consultant.  Susan has been active with the Oxford Film Festival since 2003 and has worn a variety of volunteer hats including ticket sales, transportation, donation wrangling, and gift bag coordinating.  She loves every aspect of the festival and especially cherishes the many friendships formed from her years of involvement.


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Production assistance for the Oxford Film Festival is provided by the Southern Documentary Project at the University of Mississippi, directed by Andy Harper.

Festival portrait photos by Bill Dabney Photography