Executive Director/Narrative Shorts Programmer: Melanie Addington

Melanie has worked with the festival since 2006 in various capacities and has taken on the role of Executive Director for the 2016 festival. She also directs, writes, and produces films and serves on the Mississippi Film and Video Alliance as President. She co-founded OxFilm, the Yoknapatawpha Arts Council's program to lend equipment to Oxford filmmakers. Contact: melanieaddington [at] 

Volunteer Coordinator: Dawn Bullion

Dawn is an Oxford, MS resident who has a lifetime love of watching films. In last last few years she has begun to be involved with working on and making films. She is passionate about helping make the Oxford Film Fest an amazing experience for the filmmakers, film fest attendees and the wonderful volunteers who work hard to make the film fest the best in the south!! Contact: offvolunteer [a]

Head Programmers

Kim Voynar - Narrative Feature

Kim Voynar was an internationally recognized film critic for a decade, covering the film festival circuit and independent cinema for Movie City News, Cinematical, IndieWIRE and Variety, before transitioning into producing films in 2010.  She co-hosts The Daily Buzz public radio show/podcast at Sundance and SXSW. After three years producing for a Seattle-based prodco, she's now producing independently and is currently attached to projects with The Residents, Will Calhoun of Living Colour, and other cool stuff.

Her hobbies include oppressing her teenagers, karaoke, post-apocalyptic survival training through glamping, trendsetting Seattle street style, and deep thinking on virtual reality and the mathematical perfection of logarithmic spirals and fractals.

Mark Rabinowitz - Documentary Feature

Mark Rabinowitz is the co-founder of and has been a critic, journalist, producer, film festival staffer, and media consultant since 1995. He has written for CNN,com, Paste Magazine, Alternative Press and Variety, among many others and is currently Account Director for LA-based publicity & marketing firm PMG. He has attended over 175 film festivals, including Sundance, Cannes, Toronto, Berlin, Edinburgh and of course, Oxford! As a producer, he has projects in development with producer Darren Dean (Tangerine, Kinyarwanda) and writers/producers Jon Cryer & Richard Schenkman. He really likes cheese and worships at the Shrine of Swine. Praise the Lard.

Mary Margaret Andrews/Courtney Hall - Documentary Shorts

Mary Margaret Andrews has a 20-year career in book publishing.  She is a marketer with a passion for story telling albeit print or film. 

Courtney Hall is a long time volunteer with the Oxford Film Festival and works in the medical field.

Deborah Barker - Mississippi Narratives 

Deborah Barker is professor of English at the University of Mississippi where she teaches American and southern literature, gender and film theory, and southern film.  She co-edited with Kathryn McKee American Cinema and the Southern Imaginary. Her latest book Violent Assemblage: The Southern Rape Complex in Film and Literature is forthcoming form LSU Press.  Barker has published essays on filmic adaptations of Gone with the Wind and William Faulkner’s Sanctuary and Requiem for a Nun, on Tyler Perry’s Madea films, and the southern chick flick.

Maggie Woodward - Mississippi Documentary

Maggie Woodward is an MFA candidate in poetry at the University of Mississippi, where she also works as a Teaching Assistant in the English Department & as Senior Editor of the Yalobusha Review. She has crafted & presented her critical film scholarship at the Western Kentucky Film Festival & the National Pop Culture Association's Annual Conference. You can find her poetry

Newt Rayburn - Music Videos

Newt Rayburn is the publisher of The Local Voice and a long-time musician with several bands including The Cooters and Hawgwash. 

Michelle Emanuel - Animation

Michelle has worked with the festival since its first year in 2002, and served as a co-director (including Operations Director) from 2005-2015. She is a member of the core cinema faculty at the University of Mississippi where she teaches a two-semester sequence called Cinema Survey. She is also the Head of Cataloging and Professor in the UM Libraries.


Brooke White - Experimental

Brooke White is a practicing artist and educator specializing in fine art photography and video art. White has exhibited nationally and internationally including the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles, the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts in Omaha, NE, MASSMoCA and the DiVA Art Fair in New York, Paris and Berlin and is a recent Fulbright Scholar. She is currently Associate Professor of Art and Area Head of Imaging Arts at the University of Mississippi. White resides in Oxford, MS with her husband, daughter and dog.

OFF 2016 Board of Directors

Board President: Wayne Andrews

Wayne Andrews is the Executive Director of the Yoknapatawpha Arts Council and manages the Powerhouse Community Arts Center full-time.

Bethany Cooper

Bethany Cooper has had a twenty year career in recruiting both in the high tech and higher education industries.  She has a passion for innovation, corporate culture, human rights and the creative economy.  An avid fitness buff, food blogger ( and lover of music, in her spare time you can usually find her on the tennis courts, attending a Thacker Mountain Radio show where she serves on the board or dining at one of Mississippi's outstanding eating establishments.  

Hudson Hickman

New Albany native Hudson Hickman has 30 years of experience in the entertainment industry as a producer and production executive. The former Senior VP of Production for MGM Television has worked on numerous popular television shows including "The Love Boat," "MacGyver" and "Stargate." 

Jon Maynard

Jon Maynard is the President and CEO of the Economic Development Foundation and Chamber of Commerce in Oxford. 

Sparky Reardon

Sparky Reardon is the retired Dean of Students from the University of Mississippi and had a cameo role in Tate Taylor's "Get on Up."

Meaghin Burke

Meaghin Burke is an intellectual property attorney, filmmaker, and duplicate bridge player.  A sixth-generation Mississippian, Meaghin enthusiastically serves her community in a variety of ways to help foster the arts in Mississippi.  She and her husband Greg Earnest frequently collaborate on projects; their most recent (and favorite) production is their son Bremen. 

Ralph Vance

Ralph Vance has served for over 40 years as an oncologist at the University of Mississippi Medical Center and now helps with fundraising for the medical school endowment. 

Tim Burkhead

Timothy Burkhead is a Mississippi Delta native currently living in Oxford, Ms. He is a world touring musician and owner of the entertainment consulting company, timothy burkhead, llc, the concert production, company Empire Production Agency, and co-owner of Carbon Brothers Studio, a media production company.

Sonia Thompson

Sonia Thompson is the managing editor of Invitation Oxford magazine. She has a degree in journalism from the University of Missouri. She previously worked for Lucky and Woman’s Day magazines in New York and has written for espnW. 

Chris Offutt

Chris Offutt wrote and produced for True Blood, Weeds and Treme. He has also written four commissioned pilots for CBS, LionsGate, HBO and Lifetime. His sixth book, My Father, the Pornographer, will be published by Simon & Schuster in February 2016. 

Donna Ruth Roberts

Donna Ruth Roberts is retired as part owner of a residential construction company. She has been a volunteer and supporter of the film festival for the past 9 years and a patron of the arts for many more. 

 Joy Clark

Joy Clark comes to the OFF Board after serving as Assistant Hospitality Director with the Festival for four years.  She works as a consultant for Preusser Research Group and serves on the Friends of the Museum Board at the University Museum. Joy is married to John C. and has one son, Hudson.

Mary Allyn Hedges (non-voting)

Mary Allyn Hedges serves as the Film Commissioner for Oxford as part of her duties with Visit Oxford.