OXFORD FILM FESTIVAL and SARAH ISOM CENTER TO HOST BICENTENNIAL CELEBRATION FREE SCREENINGS AND PANEL DISCUSSIONS
April 13, 2017--Oxford Film Festival is partnering with Sarah Isom Center and Mississippi Humanities to host a six-month series of “Miss Films” free screenings and discussion panels. This event is part of the bicentennial celebration as Mississippi turns 200 this year.
The screenings and discussion panels will take place at Locals Restaurant & Bar in Oxford at 7 p.m. once a month April through September.
“This is a great way for us to celebrate and examine the role of women on film in particular with films related to or filmed in Mississippi,” Executive Director Melanie Addington said. “This is part of a larger discussion we are having as the festival in how to better provide opportunities for women in this industry and in this state. We are proud to partner with the Sarah Isom Center who will be leading the panel discussions. Their expertise should lead to some fantastic conversation.”
The first film to be screened is Tammy and the Bachelor (1957) on April 22.
The movie tells the story of an unsophisticated young woman from the Mississippi swamps falls in love with an unconventional southern gentleman. discussion panel following the screening is “The Barefoot Housewife or How Women were perceived in the 1950s”.
The May 20 screening is Down in the Delta (1998) starring Alfre Woodard. In the film Rosa Lynn sends her druggie daughter Loretta (Woodard) and her children away from the big city to live with their uncle Earl in the ancestral home in rural Mississippi. The panel following the movie is titled “African American Women in Mississippi and Family Legacy”.
Miss Firecracker (1989) starring Holly Hunter will screen at Locals June 17.
Carnelle (Hunter) isn’t happy with her life, so in order to improve herself she enters a local beauty contest, trying to emulate her cousin’s win many years ago. “Beauty Pageants of Mississippi and the Gaze of Femininity” is the panel following the movie.
The July screening is Cookie’s Fortune (1999) starring Liv Tyler on the 22nd. The film follows conflict in the small town of Holly Springs which arises when an old woman's death causes a variety of reactions among family and friends. The panel following Cookie’s Fortune is titled “Mental Illness in Women in Mississippi, A History”.
The fall screenings are August 19 and September 23. The August movie screening for the 19th is Mississippi Masala (1991) and stars Sarita Choudhury. Mississippi Masala is about an Indian family is expelled from Uganda when Idi Amin takes power. They move to Mississippi and time passes. The Indian daughter falls in love with a black man, and the respective families have to come to terms with it. The panel following the screening is “Interracial Romance in the South”.
For the final screening on September 23 the movie Crimes of the Heart (1986) starring Jessica Lange, Sissy Spacek and Diane Keaton will be screened. Three sisters with quite different personalities and lives reunite when the youngest of them, Babe, has just shot her husband. The oldest sister, Lenny, takes care of their grandfather and is turning into an old maid, while Meg, who tries to make it in Hollywood as a singer/actress, has had a wild life filled with many men. Their reunion causes much joy, but also many tensions. The discussion panel to end the series is “The Southern Gothic Tragedy and Family”.
The Mississippi Humanities Council sponsored the movie series as part of the Bicentennial celebration. All screenings for this series are free but donations are accepted for the festival. Every film screening and discussion panel will take place at Locals Restaurant & Bar at 309 N. Lamar Blvd. on the Square in downtown Oxford from 7pm - 9pm.
Oxford Film Festival will screen the documentary The Parchman Ordeal: The Untold Story free of admission at The Powerhouse on April 26, 2017.
The film, produced by G. Mark LaFrancis, Darrell White and Robert Morgan, tells the story of the arrest and mistreatment of dozens of Natchez residents after attempting to march to raise awareness of civil rights abuses in October of 1965. Mostly young African-American men and women, some were held in the local jail while others suffered a four hour bus ride to the penitentiary. The terrible event was never reported and Natchez did not welcome these citizens back. The documentary reveals the abuse and punishment the Natchez residents went through as well as how they have reconciled with their town some fifty odd years later.
“It is stories such as these that are important for the Oxford Film Festival to share with our community,” Executive Director Melanie Addington said. “That is why it is so important that we continue monthly programming in Oxford to have opportunities to showcase stories such as The Parchman Ordeal.”
The screening of The Parchman Ordeal: The Untold Story will be on April 26 from 7 pm to 9pm. Admission to the screening is free, and concessions will be available with proceeds supporting the Oxford Film Festival. The Powerhouse Community Arts Center is at 413 South 14th Street.
The Oxford Film Festival is excited to join with Sarah Isom Center for Women & Gender Studies, OUT Oxford and so many other great organizations to take part in the Pride events on May 4-7, 2017.
The festival will host a free screening of The Untold Tales of Armistead Maupin on May 7 at 2 p.m. at the Powerhouse Community Arts Center (413 South 14th St).
THE UNTOLD TALES OF ARMISTEAD MAUPIN celebrates one of the world's most beloved storytellers, following his evolution from a conservative son of the Old South into a gay rights pioneer whose novels inspired millions to re-claim their lives.
Learn more about the entire Pride lineup at oxfordpride.rocks
The Oxford Film Festival is hosting a free screening of the “Best of Oxford Film Festival” at The Powerhouse (413 South 14th Street) on March 16.
From 7 - 9:30 pm, the festival will screen five films. The feature Hoka winning film will be Some Freaks. Leading up to the film, viewers will see Firemax, Otha Turner, All Are Welcome Here (new addition) and Fox and the Whale, all Hoka winners at the 2017 festival.
Firemax was this year’s community film and is the story of what happens when there is no crime for a superhero to fight. The film, set and filmed in Oxford, Mississippi, was written and directed by Rory Ledbetter.
Also showing is winner of Best Mississippi Short Film Otha Turner. This short documentary takes place in Gravel Springs, Mississippi and digs into the archives to travel back to Labor Day 1978.
The Fox and the Whale directed by Robin Joseph won the Hoka for Best Animation. The film is the tale of a curious fox who goes in search of an elusive whale.
The feature film Some Freaks won Best Narrative Feature Film and was directed by Ian MacAllister-McDonald. The film to close out the event follows the love story of a one-eyed high school senior and a 250 lb girl and how their relationship plays out during college when Jill loses weight.
The total run time of this event is two hours and forty-four minutes with an intermission after the short films. Concessions and beer will be available for purchase. The event is free but donations are accepted. The films are friendly to families with some adult themes for 14 and up in Some Freaks. For more information, visit www.oxfordfilmfest.com.