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John Charter, Paul Kaiser (REMISSION), Timothy Blackwood, Bradford Downs (THE CONQUEROR), Suzannah Herbert (WRESTLE), Morgan Jon Fox (THE ONE YOU NEVER FORGET), John Rash (NEGRO TERROR), Will Stewart (ALL WE ARE), Christian Walker (“Wash My Hands” by Cedric Burnside) (Photo by Joey Brent)

John Charter, Paul Kaiser (REMISSION), Timothy Blackwood, Bradford Downs (THE CONQUEROR), Suzannah Herbert (WRESTLE), Morgan Jon Fox (THE ONE YOU NEVER FORGET), John Rash (NEGRO TERROR), Will Stewart (ALL WE ARE), Christian Walker (“Wash My Hands” by Cedric Burnside) (Photo by Joey Brent)

THE 2019 OXFORD FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES AWARD WINNERS

 

Jordan Noel’s THIS WORLD ALONE wins Best Narrative Feature

 

Suzannah Herbert and Lauren Belfer’s WRESTLE

is named Best Documentary Feature

 

John Reyer Afamasaga’s DOOR AJAR: THE M.B. MAYFIELD STORY takes home the Hoka Award for Best Mississippi Feature, and Michael Palmieri and Donal Mosher’s THE GOSPEL OF EUREKA wins Best LGBTQ Feature

 

John Charter, Paul Kaiser (REMISSION), Timothy Blackwood, Bradford Downs (THE CONQUEROR), Suzannah Herbert (WRESTLE), Morgan Jon Fox (THE ONE YOU NEVER FORGET), John Rash (NEGRO TERROR), Will Stewart (ALL WE ARE), Christian Walker (“Wash My Hands” by Cedric Burnside) (Photo by Joey Brent)


Oxford, MS (February 11, 2019) – The 2019 Oxford Film Festival celebrated the best of the fest with a typically entertaining awards ceremony, emceed by Crooked Marquee’s Eric D. Snider, at the Powerhouse (413 S. 14th Street) on Saturday, February 9, highlighted by the announcement of Hoka awards for Jordan Noel’s THIS WORLD ALONE for Best Narrative Feature, and Suzannah Herbert and Lauren Belfer’s WRESTLE for Best Documentary Feature.

 

Noel received a $10,000 camera rental package from Panavision and $250 check, while Herbert and Belfer received a $250 check and $10,000 of equipment rental for their next feature from Panavision as well as $2,500 in editorial consultation from editor Joe Shapiro.

 

Sonya A May, Hudson Phillips, Jordan Noel, Trisha Solyn

(THIS WORLD ALONE) (Photo by Joey Brent)

 

Winner of the Best Mississippi Feature was John Reyer Afamasaga’s DOOR AJAR: THE M.B. MAYFIELD STORY. He received a year of free equipment rental from OxFilm Society and a Hoka Award and a check for $250. Jeffrey Dennis’ SHARDE THOMAS: LEGACY OF THE FIFE was given a Special Jury Prize in the category.

 

John Rash’s NEGRO TERROR won BEST MUSIC DOCUMENTARY, the Hoka Award and a check for $100, while John Whitehead’s DON’T GET TROUBLE IN YOUR MIND received a Special Jury Mention.

 

Winner of the Best LGBTQ Feature Film Award and receiving $250 and a Hoka Award was Michael Palmieri and Donal Mosher’s THE GOSPEL OF EUREKA. The shorts category had a tie between Will Stewart’s ALL WE ARE and Morgan Jon Fox’s THE ONE YOU NEVER FORGET for Best LGBTQ Short Film. The jury was so adamant about honoring both films equally that they ponied up the additional $100 prize money themselves so both films could win.

 

The Alice Guy-Blaché Emerging Female Filmmaker Award (and check for $1000 from the Louis M. Rabinowitz Foundation) went to Suzannah Herbert and Lauren Belfer for their work on WRESTLE.

 

Oxford Film Festival Executive Director Melanie Addington said, “Our 16th Anniversary edition of the Oxford Film Festival set records for filmmaker attendance and audiences for our films. The former demonstrates the draw this film festival has become for countless filmmakers on the regional circuit, and the latter is a direct result of the quality of the films those filmmakers are creating. This year’s award-winners were great representatives of the best we had to offer this year.”

 

In the Short Film category, Best Narrative Short went to Julio Ramos’ DEBRIS, with David Feagan and Brian Elliott’s AGE OF BRYCE, and Paul Petersen and Rachel Emerson’s ESMERALDA both receiving Special Jury Prizes in the category. Ramos won a $100 check, Hoka Award, and 3 days of audio post production from Taproot Audio Design in Oxford. Ramos’ DEBRIS also won the Best Foreign Language Film Award. For that honor, Ramos will receive a $250 check from the University of Mississippi Department of Modern Languages and a certificate. Johan Palmgren’s THE TRAFFIC SEPARATING DEVICE received an Honorary Mention in the category.

 

The winner of the Hoka for Best Documentary Short was Timothy Blackwood’s THE CONQUEROR. Blackwood will receive 3 days of audio post production from Taproot Audio Design in Oxford, to go with his Hoka Award and $250 check. The Best Music Documentary Short Film Award went to Austin Daniel Blasingame’s IT’S NOW OR NEVER: A RACE TO SAVE COLONEL PARKER’S COMPLEX. Blasingame received a Hoka Award and a $100 check.

 

Hanna Miller’s ROOTS AND WINGS won the Pat RasberryEmerging Filmmaker Award for Best Mississippi Short Film, and the $250 check and OxFilm society membership for free equipment rentals for one year, that came with that nod, a Bennett Krishock’s HAPPY BIRTHDAY, PAPA was given a Special Jury Prize in the same category.

 

Receiving $100 and a Hoka Award for the Best Fest Forward Experimental Film winner was John Charter and Paul Kaiser’s REMISSION, with Dongjun Kim’s FUN TO COOK “WORLD’S BEST FOOD” receiving a Special Jury Prize. Taking hme $100 and a Hoka Award for Best Fest Forward Animation Film was Eusong Lee’s MY MOON, with Carol Freeman’s THE BIRD & THE WHALE getting a Special Jury Prize.

 

Christian Walker’s “Wash My Hands” by Cedric Burnside won Best Mississippi Music Video with Jeff Gordon’s THE GREAT DEPRESSION getting the nod for a Special Jury Prize. Walker received a $100 check and Hoka award, and the band also will win $1,000 worth of recording time from the studio of Oxford-based RNN Studios (Nathan Robbins). In a competition category introduced for the first time this year, the Best Student Film winner was Erin Lau’s THE MOON AND THE NIGHT, with Lau receiving a $250 check sponsored by Michael Johannson. Raul Toledo’s NO WAY IN HELL received a Special Jury Prize mention in the category.

 

Joe Starzyk was the winner of the Oxford Film Festival’s Screenplay Competition for his script, “The Golden Years.” The film festival staged a live table read of his script and presented him with a Hoka Award and a $1000 check during the ceremony.

 

Kalainithan Kalaichelvan’s PETIT FOUR was the winner of the Artist Vodka Award. He received a trip to Oxford, along with the presentation of a Hoka Award, a bottle of vodka and a $10,000 check courtesy of Artist Vodka. Matthew Cipollone and Mikey D'Amico’s SIGNS received the Reel South Award.

 

Oxford Film Festival favorites Leslee Lin and Damon Burks were co-honored as this year’s Donna Ruth Roberts Volunteer of the Year Award recipients.

 

Suzannah Herbert (WRESTLE) (Photo by Joey Brent)

 

 

2019 OXFORD FF AWARD-WINNING FILMS

 

THIS WORLD ALONE – BEST NARRATIVE FEATURE

Director: Jordan Noel

 

WRESTLE – BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE

Directors: Suzannah Herbert and Lauren Belfer

 

 

DOOR AJAR: THE M.B. MAYFIELD STORY BEST MISSISSIPPI FEATURE

Director: John Reyer Afamasaga

 

SHARDE THOMAS: LEGACY OF THE FIFE – Special Jury Prize/BEST MISSISSIPPI FEATURE

Director: Jeffrey Dennis

 

NEGRO TERROR – BEST MUSIC DOCUMENTARY

Director: John Rash

 

DON’T GET TROUBLE IN YOUR MIND – Special Jury Mention/BEST MUSIC DOCUMENTARY

Director: John Whitehead

 

THE GOSPEL OF EUREKA – BEST LGBTQ FILM

Directors: Michael Palmieri, Donal Mosher

 

ALL WE ARE – BEST LGBTQ SHORT (TIE)

Director: Will Stewart

 

THE ONE YOU NEVER FORGET – BEST LGBTQ SHORT (TIE)

Director: Morgan Jon Fox

 

Roger Bart - Lisa Blount Memorial Acting Award

 

Suzannah Herbert and Lauren Belfer (WRESTLE) - Alice Guy-Blaché Emerging Female Filmmaker Award

 

Leslee Lin and Damon Burks - The Donna Ruth Roberts Volunteer of the Year Award

 

DEBRIS – BEST NARRATIVE SHORT

Director: Julio Ramos

 

AGE OF BRYCE – Special Jury Prize/BEST NARRATIVE SHORT

Directors: David Feagan, Brian Elliott

 

ESMERALDA – Special Jury Prize/BEST NARRATIVE SHORT

DirectorS: Paul Petersen, Rachel Emerson

 

THE CONQUEROR – BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT

Director: Timothy Blackwood

 

IT’S NOW OR NEVER: A RACE TO SAVE COLONEL PARKER’S COMPLEX - BEST MUSIC DOCUMENTARY SHORT

Director: Austin Daniel Blasingame

 

                           ROOTS AND WINGS –          BEST MISSISSIPPI SHORT FILM (Pat Rasberry Director: Hanna Miller    Emerging Mississippi Filmmaker Award

 

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, PAPA –         Special Jury Prize/BEST MISSISSIPPI SHORT Director: Bennett Krishock             FILM

 

REMISSION – BEST FEST FORWARD EXPERIMENTAL FILM

Directors: John Charter, Paul Kaiser

 

FUN TO COOK “WORLD’S BEST FOOD” – Special Jury Prize/FEST FORWARD EXPERIMENTAL

Director: Dongjun Kim

 

MY MOON – BEST FEST FORWARD ANIMATION FILM

Director: Eusong Lee

 

THE BIRD & THE WHALE – Special Jury Prize/FEST FORWARD ANIMATION FILM

Director: Carol Freeman

 

“Wash My Hands” by Cedric Burnside – BEST MISSISSIPPI MUSIC VIDEO

Director: Christian Walker

 

THE GREAT DEPRESSION - Special Jury Prize/MUSIC VIDEO

Director: Jeff Gordon

 

THE MOON AND THE NIGHT – BEST STUDENT FILM

Director: Erin Lau

 

NO WAY IN HELL – Special Jury Prize/STUDENT FILM

Director: Raul Toledo

 

“The Golden Years” – BEST SCREENPLAY

Screenwriter: Joe Statzyk  

 

PETIT FOUR – ARTIST VODKA AWARD

Director: Kalainithan Kalaichelvan

 

SIGNS – REEL SOUTH AWARD

Directors: Matthew Cipollone and Mikey D'Amico

 

DEBRIS - BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM

Director: Julio Ramos

 

THE TRAFFIC SEPARATING DEVICE – Honorary Mention/BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM

Director: Johan Palmgren

 

Guide to 2019 Film Fest by Interest!

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There are so many great choices to pick from at this year's Oxford Film Festival February 6-10, 2019. We thought we would help you narrow down choices based on interests.

Sold Out?

- No problem - grab a rush ticket the day of at the box office and snag the first seats to come open for the screening! This almost always happens as someone decides not to use their ticket last minute!

SOLD OUT FILMS AND WHAT TO DO

Is a film block sold out that you want to see? Then stop by the Box Office to grab a rush ticket. Any unused seats will be cleared 10 minutes before the screening for you to snag a seat! 
 

Where is the Box Office?
 

The physical box office is located at the following by day:

Wednesday, February 6 - noon -8 pm Powerhouse, 413 S. 14th St

Thursday February 7 - noon -4 pm Powerhouse, 413 S. 14th St

Thursday, February 7 - 5 pm - 9 pm Ford Center, 351 University Avenue

Friday-Sunday, Feb 8-10, 9 am-closing

Malco Oxford Commons Cinema Grill  , 206 Commonwealth Blvd

More special screenings and Community, UM and Kid Film Fest Announcement!

Bill Paxton in Taking Tiger Mountain  Revisited.

Bill Paxton in Taking Tiger Mountain Revisited.

  The 2019 Oxford Film Festival (February 6-10) announced a special screening of Tom Huckabee and Kent Smith’s TAKING TIGER MOUNTAIN REVISITED, a gonzo futuristic film project co-written by William S. Burroughs and starring Bill Paxton made in the late 70s/early 80s, and recently updated by Huckabee. Steve Young, the subject of Dava Whisenant’s award-winning documentary, BATHTUBS OVER BROADWAY is now slated to attend the screening of that film, and the film lineups for the Oxford Community Film Night, Family Film Festival, UM Film & Theatre Shorts, Louisiana and Memphis Film Prize Shorts program, and Filmmaker Panels were also announced.

 

The announcements come on the heels of news that roughly three weeks from Opening Night, the Oxford Film Festival looks to have a record-breaking year with near-sell outs of films and film blocks, scheduled filmmaker attendance set to double the previous year’s high, and 3 hotels in the area also sold out to accommodate the influx of filmmakers and film fans for the event.

 

Regarding the programming announcements, Oxford Film Festival’s Executive Director, Melanie Addington, said, “We’re thrilled to have Tom Huckabee return to Oxford with a true film rarity, his fascinating film, TAKING TIGER MOUNTAIN REVISITED. Offering special one-of-a-kind moments in film like that, as well as being able to put forward the best locally made projects, celebrating our homegrown talent is one of the things that make this film festival great. Having Steve Young here for BATHTUBS OVER BROADWAY, one of the most crowd-pleasing films from the past year, and being able to offer filmmaker panels offering an insider’s view into the making of film and sustaining a career in the industry fully rounds out the five-day film festival experience we pride ourselves in offering, when combined with our galas and competition selections. This will be an exciting and entertaining five days in February and anyone that considers themselves a true film fan will not want to miss a single moment.”  

 

Originally released in 1983, TAKING TIGER MOUNTAIN REVISITED was directed by Huckabee and Smith, and included Bill Paxton as an integral creative partner on the project. Set in a dystopian future, American draft dodger Billy Hampton (played by Paxton), is brainwashed and programmed by militant feminists to assassinate the Welsh minister of prostitution. Lurching unwittingly toward his goal, he makes a series of furtive connections with outsiders like himself, including a feral child, a gentle prostitute, a sadomasochistic delinquent, a lovelorn androgyne, a hippie dope dealer, and a mute nymphomaniac, while at the same time fending off predators who would sell him into sex slavery. Eventually, he is forced to focus on his mission and face the dreadful dilemma tormenting his psyche: to kill or not to kill.

 

Originally shot in Wales The film was revisited in 2016 by Huckabee to incorporate the spirit and flavor of the “making of” aspects of the film, which included the influence of William S. Burroughs, who shares a screenwriting credit on the film with Huckabee, Smith, and Paul Cullum. TAKING TIGER MOUNTAIN REVISITED will screen on Sunday, February 10 at 12:45PM at the Malco Oxford Commons (206 Commonwealth Blvd) and will include a Q&A with Huckabee, who returns to the Oxford Film Festival for the first time since his film CARRIED AWAY was an audience favorite in 2009.

 

Previously announced, Whisenant’s BATHTUBS OVER BROADWAY, gives a funny and informative look at the history and phenomenon of Industrial musicals courtesy of Steve Young, a longtime writer for “Late Night with David Letterman.” What began as a curiosity to Young became a loving obsession as he unearthed the under-the-radar history of the industrial musical form in this country. Whisenant’s film delivers both a very funny and touching tribute to the artists that created the musicals, as well as Young’s journey to shine a light on them. The film screens at the Malco on Saturday, February 9, at 4:00PM with Young now slated to be on hand for a Q&A.

 

Screening on Wednesday, the 6th at the Powerhouse Community Arts Center (413 S. 14th Street), the Oxford Film Festival’s traditional Community Night kickoff will feature 10 locally shot and produced short films, including 6 films making their world premieres. Included among the lineup are this year’s Magnifying Glass recipient, Jonathan Smith’s REMEMBERING ELWOOD HIGGINBOTTOM and the Mississippi Hills Heritage Area Alliance Grant recipient, Mary Stanton Knight’s STRANGER & FRIEND: FINDING HUBERT CREEKMORE IN WATER VALLEY. The block is currently sold out but rush tickets and standing room will be allowed.

 

The Boxcar Children: Surprise Island will come with a special bonus of a free book at the screening!

The Boxcar Children: Surprise Island will come with a special bonus of a free book at the screening!

Saturday, February 9 will feature three special short film programs, led by a Family Film Festival featuring Dan Chuba’s THE BOXCAR CHILDREN: SURPRISE ISLAND, based on the second book of the Boxcar Children series, a short film program, and a feature and acting workshop presented at the Oxford Conference Center (102 Ed Perry Blvd). For only $10, the film program is a great introduction to the Oxford Film Festival for younger family members and perennially, one of the most popular film presentations due to the “family friendly” nature of the films.

  

The UM Film & Theatre Shorts program will highlight some of the best work to come out of the University of Mississippi this past year and highlights of alumni, faculty and competitions from the fall. The new partnership was set this year to help launch the new film major in the department.

 

“We are so excited to see the growth of filmmaking in the area due to the new major,” Addington said. “The minor made an impact on the film community already and to now have both is very exciting and bodes well for the future of Oxford as a film town.”

 

A short film program presenting the best of last year’s Louisiana Film Prize and Memphis Film Prize competitions continues a special partnership between those one-of-a-kind film competitions and the Oxford Film Festival to screen the top prize-winners for Mississippi audiences. Highlights of this year’s lineup will be Jonnie Stapleton’s film FUNKY BUTT, which took home the Louisiana Film Prize’s $50,000 grand prize, and Kevin Brooks’s film LAST DAY, which won the Memphis Film Prize contest and $10,000. Both programs will be at the Malco Oxford Commons.

  

Filmmaker panels are all free-to-the-public due to sponsors and include; My First Film with Zia Anger with the celebrated filmmaker, the Short Screenplay Winner “The Golden Years” live reading with SAG Actors Johnny and Susan McPhail and a partnership with Ghost Light Repertory Theatre, a Female Filmmaker Forum, and the new Film School Confidential delivering the inside scoop from local film school instructors and students.

 

Also available is the screen writing workshop: Creating Opportunities and Staying Challenged as a Writer, and Discussing BODY AND SOUL, which takes a deep dive into the making of the film about the iconic jazz standard.

 

2019 OXFORD FILM FESTIVAL FILM DESCRIPTIONS

 

Special Screening

TAKING TIGER MOUNTAIN

Directors: Tom Huckabee, Kent Smith

Country: USA, Running Time: 77 min

Set in a dystopian future, American draft dodger Billy Hampton (played by Bill Paxton), is brainwashed and programmed by militant feminists to assassinate the Welsh minister of prostitution. Lurching unwittingly toward his goal, he makes a series of furtive connections with outsiders like himself, while at the same time fending off predators who would sell him into sex slavery. Eventually, he is forced to focus on his mission and face the dreadful dilemma tormenting his psyche: to kill or not to kill.

 

Family Film Festival Presentation

THE BOXCAR CHILDREN: SURPRISE ISLAND

Director: Dan Chuba

Country: USA, Running Time: 82 min

Based on the second book in the Boxcar Children series. The four Alden children—Jessie, Henry, Violet and Benny—are given the irreplaceable experience of spending a summer of wonder and adventure on a small island off the coast of New England. There the kids uncover a secret hidden in a cave and solve a family mystery.

 

 

Community Films Presentation

TRT: 77 min

 

BRIGHT AT NIGHT: NORTH MISSISSIPPI’S FOXFIRE RANCH

Director: Susie Penman

County: USA, Running Time: 9 min

Foxfire Ranch, an 80-acre stretch of land in Mississippi’s Hill Country, has been in the Hollowell Family for 100 years. The Sunday evening experience at Foxfire serves up a slice of life in Marshall County, Mississippi, where culinary and musical traditions have always been closely interwoven.

 

CHECKED IN                                                                       World Premiere

Director: Connor King

Country: USA, Running Time: 15 min

A man finds himself in a cramped hotel room under mysterious circumstances. The host is adamant that he and everyone else at the party have a good time. While there, he tries to enjoy himself and meets a bevy of strange people.

 

CONTINENTAL DIVIDE (ONCE UPON A WILDFIRE) World Premiere

Director: Rebekah Flake

Country: USA, Running Time: 8 min.

A poetic personal reflection on citizenship, ethnicity and migration in North America from the perspective of a recently minted Canadian–American dual citizen who descended from Mennonite refugees, was raised in the Deep South, and has since made a life in the cities of the eastern seaboard of the United States.

 

THE DAYDREAMER                                                          World Premiere

Director: Derek Brown

Country USA, Running Time: 6 min

The students of Kid Film camp made two short films about a little daydreamer that wishes to visit Earth from his Moon home.

 

HATS OFF

Director: Lucinda Roberts

Country: USA, Running Time: 1 min

A man tries to protect his friends from falling into a trap.  He does not yet realize that maybe his goals are not so grounded in reality.

 

MISSING PIECES

Director: Maggie Bushway

Country: USA, Running Time: 6 min

Kevin never gave up hope on his son who is missing in action.

 

REMEMBERING ELWOOD HIGGINBOTTOM               World Premiere

Director: Jonathan Smith

Country: USA, Running Time: 7 min

In 1935, Elwood Higginbottom was murdered by a mob. 80 years later he is remembered. The film tells the story of how his murder was brought back to light, his family was reunited, and how the community has taken steps to remember him.

 

STRANGER & FRIEND: FINDING HUBERT                 World Premiere

CREEKMORE IN WATER VALLEY

Director: Mary Stanton Knight

Country: USA, Running Time: 10 min

A search for gay writer Hubert Creekmore in his hometown of Water Valley, Mississippi, this film explores Creekmore's own words and the filmmaker's quest to learn more about him while traveling around the small town.

 

TAMING THE TARASQUE                                                World Premiere

Director: Jonathan Smith

Country: USA, Running Time: 8 min

Tarasque Cucina is an Oxford, Mississippi restaurant owned by John Stokes, known for chef's tastings featuring local ingredients (and excellent Italian food).  The film follows the food web from the Tarasque, through Chicory Market (a local-food market), to the farm.

 

VISHWESH BHATT: THE SOUTH I LOVE

Director: Nicole Du Bois

Country: USA, Running Time: 7 min

Vishwesh Bhatt is a Southern chef using flavors from his childhood to add to the lexicon of Southern Food. Follow along as he recounts his journey from cooking for beer money to celebrated chef.

 

 

Family Film Festival Shorts

TRT: 75 min

 

#BULBINMOUTH

Director: Jingqiu Li  

Country: USA, Running Time: 2 min

In a two-minute 2D animation, a boy who is intrigued by social media posts showing light bulbs inserted into people’s mouths.

 

BULBUL

Director: Mejd Alsharif  

Country: USA, Running Time: 3 min

A little bird strives to rebuild his little paper town despite all the destruction around him.

 

BULLIES

Director: Daniel Bydlowski

Country: USA, Running Time: 28 min

A 10-year-old boy is relentlessly bullied until he discovers a secret beneath his school that promises to keep him safe - if he's willing to play by the rules.

 

CALA

Director: Dengwei Liu  

Country: USA, Running Time: 2 min  

This two-minute 3D animation is rendered with 2D textures that explore the concept of self-worth. Cala, the video’s main character, lives in a world where he is always chasing a colorful reflection that unknowingly comes from atop his own head.

 

DREAMWISHER

Director: Colin Costello

Country: USA, Running Time: 8 min

Eight-year-old Bella lives in a large lonely house that used to be home to her very happy family. She mourns the death of her father because in her mind she never got to properly say good-bye to him. Still she is hopeful that one day they will be reunited.

 

THE GROUND IS LAVA

Director: Maggie Bushway

Country: USA, Running Time: 3 min

A little boy learns how to be the man of the house through an intense game of The Ground is Lava.

 

THE GROUNDED ASTRONAUT

Director: Monimar Mancillas

Country: USA, Running Time: 8 min

Young girl Veronica struggles to hang on to her dreams as the hurdles of our modern educational system continue to tear her down.  

 

RESURGE

Director: Ying Ling Chen

Country: China, Running Time: 2 min

The final form of the director’s thesis film is a full 3D animated short. The story begins with a simple idea: a little girl travels in a different world after her death.

 

SMILE: A MUSICAL

Director: Sarah Phillips

Country: USA, Running Time: 13 min  

A short musical about Hazel, a young girl struggling with her father's depression. To cope, she invents an imaginary best friend in the image of her father's favorite '80s rock star, Hammy, and they spend the day together.

 

SPACE WIND

Director: Véronique Vanblaere

Country: USA, Running Time:  3min

What if farts were colored coded?

 

WEAVING DREAMS

Director: Joseph Hammer

Country: USA, Running Time: 3 min

A week's worth of dreams from 3 different people compiled into one film. A girl mistaken for Hermione meets a stranger in the woods who leads her to find her "particular person".

 

 

Louisiana (and Memphis!) Film Prize Shorts

TRT: 77min

 

ESMERALDA

Directors: Paul Petersen, Rachel Emerson

Country: USA, Running Time: 14 min

In the spirit of a documentary, Patty Yates follows the quirky Wilbur Goodnight on his quest to profess his adoration for his grade school crush at a local poetry slam.  

 

FUNKY BUTT

Director: Jonnie Stapleton

Country: USA, Running Time: 15 min

A young girl is sent to stay with her eccentric grandpa while her mother goes away for work. Together they embark on a musical adventure with a magical cornet that makes people dance!

 

GIRL STEALS PAINTING

Director: Alexander Jeffery

Country: USA, Running Time: 11 min

On July 4th, 1958, a young woman arrives at a lavish mansion in New Orleans to reclaim an Edgar Degas painting that rightfully belongs to her.

 

LAST DAY

Director: Kevin Brooks

Country: USA, Running Time: 12 min

This film tells the story of what may be a father's last day before he may be sent off to prison for a crime he may or may not have committed.

 

LILAC OCEAN PUMPKIN PINE

Director: Sarah Phillips

Country: USA, Running Time: 14 min

When 35-year-old candle maker Sadie discovers she has a brain tumor and not much time to live, she goes on a journey to find the source of scents that brought meaning to her life thus far.

 

WAR PAINT

Directors: J.C. Doler, Taylor Bracewell

Country: USA, Running Time: 11 min

One soldier’s journey through the heat and hell of the Vietnam war in the early 1960's.  

 

 

 

UM Film & Theatre Shorts

TRT: 59 min

 

BRADY SHORTER REEL                                                 World Premiere

Director: Brady Shorter

Country: USA, Running Time: 2 min

This is work done in The University of Mississippi's Department of Theatre & Film Cinematography I class (Fall 2018). The project is called Cinematic Moment and is devised to help students learn the building blocks of cinematic storytelling.

 

THE DOWNFALL

Directors: Carter Crouch, Sam Shelton, Arden Hill

Country: USA, Running Time: 1 min

This inventive film was a winner from the 2018 UM Film Festival in the High School category. The students who made this film attend Oxford High School.

 

DYSFUNCTIONAL

Director: Dakota Pittman

Country: USA, Running Time: 2 min

We often look at our past through rose tinted lenses, but this experimental film features a dramatic mashup between childhood nostalgia for VHS technology and the unsavory parts of childhood growing up in a domestic nightmare.

 

FINER THINGS

Director: Flowerchile

Country: USA, Running Time: 4 min

Flowerchile’s first directed music visual. The Fine Girls take on Oxford, MS, in search of the “Finer Things”—an ode to seeking personal advancement, versus prioritizing romantic affairs.

 

GHOST TRAIN

Director: Jonathan Smith

Country: USA, Running Time: 1 min

A memory of a memory, what makes something real?  A short-short about a childhood memory. 

 

GIANT’S JUICE

Dircetor: Houston Sims

Country: USA, Running Time: 1 min

What happens when an unsuspecting young man drinks from a mysterious little bottle with the label Giant's Juice? What indeed!!

 

GLASS HALF EMPTY

Director: Brady Shorter

Country: USA, Running Time: 1 min

A seemingly sad fellow goes through is macabre morning ritual before taking on another day on planet Earth. A top finisher at this year's UM Film Festival.

 

LIGHT

Director: Sarah Hennigan

Country: USA, Running Time: 15 min

In this 21st-Century reinterpretation of a Cherokee oral story, a gifted young woman is sent out into the darkness in a last-ditch effort to find a lifeline. If she returns empty-handed, or without the guard sent out with her to document the findings, she’ll be left to the darkness and whatever lies within.

 

LIL MOUSE – WHAT ARE YOU LOOKING AT?           World Premiere 

Director: Harrison Witt 

Country: USA, Running Time: 13 min 

Lil Mouse, an international man-mouse of mystery and mayhem, kicks off this series pilot neck-deep in trouble! Watch him wriggle his way to freedom and marvel at his signature escape tactic: the lurid howdy doody!

 

MANGRY

Director: Harrison Witt

Country: USA, Running Time: 1 min

When a smart virus mutates and escapes from a secret shadow government laboratory, MANGRY is released on an unsuspecting population. The virus evolves with each host it infects, and at this point, junior CDC agent Grace Henderson is our only hope.

 

THE MIME THIEF

Director: Emily Hink

Country: USA, Running Time: 3 min

A mischievous mime spends her days plotting petty theft and searching for "marks". When a local bumbling policeman catches up to her, a cat and mouse game is set in motion.

 

RYU

Director: Dakota Pittman  

Country: USA, Running Time: 1 min 

A short stop motion animation made with a dry erase board.

 

THE SEA BREAKS

Director: Jordan Berger

Country: USA, Running Time: 8 min

While visiting his cousin Burt in southern Spain, loner and misanthrope Jim overlooks the coastal beauty of the historic city, Málaga, fixated instead on Burt's Spanish fiancé, Maria.

 

SOMETIMES I CAN FLY

Director: Tony King

Country: USA, Running Time: 1 min 

An animated suicide PSA. Too many people in the United States and around the world feel as if suicide is the right answer to their problems.

 

T.F. MORON(E)

Director: Tony King

Country: USA, Running Time: 1 min

Two men are speaking over walkie talkie, unaware that they can be heard.

 

TRAITÈ UNE MAUVAISE MAIN

Director: Emily Faye Cobb

Country: USA, Running Time: 2 min

On a dark and ominous night, a jilted lover casts a spell that can't be undone.

 

TREES

Director: Zaire Love

Country: USA, Running Time: 1 min

Southern Trees like black women are the Griots of the South. They hold wisdom and knowledge of the godly and the terror of the region. Listen as the trees talk my ‘chile.

 

WATER, IT’S LIFE

Director: Bella Salvo

Country: USA, Running Time: 1 min

This film is about water. It shows how water is in everything we do, use, and live with. Water, it's life.

 

 

 

Filmmaker Panels Schedule and Descriptions

 

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 7

3:30PM-4:30PM

Media Arts Panel

Location: Powerhouse Community Arts Center

 

The Media Arts Panel invites both filmmakers from the Fest Forward category and artists from the Media Arts Exhibit to discuss the role that media plays in their creative practice. Panel members will also address advantages, challenges, and techniques used when communicating to their viewers through methods beyond traditional storytelling.

(Panel follows Fest Forward Experimental Films program which begins at 1:30PM)

 

4:30PM-5:30PM

Media Arts Exhibit: Silent Reflections Reception

An exhibit dedicated to various manifestations of story telling told through various forms of media by artists spanning the mediums of photography, video, sound, and performance.  Many of the "stories" stem from the artists’ personal experiences with regard to their own geographical origins. Film artist Grahame Weinbren will perform “Letters”, an interactive film project during he reception.

Participants include: Rebecca Adorno, Rebekah Flake, Desiree Dawn Kapler, Anik Kurkjian, Brooke White, and Reiko Yamada.

 

6:00PM to 7:00PM

Thacker Mountain Radio Hour

Location: Gertrude C. Ford Center for the Performing Arts

The Thacker Mountain Radio Hour is a weekly live radio show featuring author readings and a wide array of musical performances from the Courthouse Square in Oxford, Mississippi. The free show is taped and broadcast every Thursday at 6:00PM during the fall and spring and rebroadcast every Saturday at 7:00PM on Mississippi Public Broadcasting.

 

 

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 8

9:30AM to 11:00AM

My First Film With Zia Anger

Location: Malco Oxford Commons

Zia Angers short films have premiered at the New York Film Festival (MY LAST FILM, 2015) and Locarno (I REMEMBER NOTHING, 2015). She has directed music videos for an impressive roster of artists including Angel Olsen, Mitski, Beach House, Zola Jesus and Jenny Hval, who with whom she has also toured and performed. She was named one of Filmmaker Magazines 25 New Faces of Independent Film in 2015. Selective Memory presents an evening with Zia Anger, during which she will perform live commentary on her lost, abandoned, and previously unseen works, including her unreleased first feature.

 

2:00PM to 3:00PM

Short Screenplay Winner Live Reading

Location: Powerhouse Community Arts Center

The filmmaker/screenwriter and local actors with Ghostlight Repertory Theatre and Theatre Oxford will present the winning screenplay read live by local talent at the popular Oxford Film Festival event with cocktails.

 

 

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 9

9:30AM to 11:00AM

Female Filmmaker Forum

Location: Malco Oxford Commons

Attending female filmmakers will discuss the current state of filmmaking and their personal journey, overcoming hurdles to make their projects, and offering practical advice to aspiring female filmmakers, as well.

Moderated by Robbie Fisher (BOOGALOO & EDEN: SUSTAINING THE SOUND, THE GULF ISLANDS: MISSISSIPPI’S WILDERNESS SHORE, DELTA 180: CHANGING LIVES IN THE MISSISSIPPI DELTA, and A MISSISSIPPI LOVE STORY)

 

1:15AM to 2:30PM

FILM SCHOOL CONFIDENTIAL

Location Malco Oxford Commons

Mississippi film students, filmmakers, and local film faculty take part in a frank discussion of film programs and how to make the most of them.

(Panel follows Short Film program which begins screening at 11:45AM.)

 

12:00PM to 1:00PM

WORKSHOP: IMPROVISATION / FINDING YOUR OWN FUNNY / CREATING CHARACTERS FROM TRUTH

Location: Oxford Conference Center

(For Kid Film Fest Passholders only)

Based on Long Form Improv from both Upright Citizens Brigade, The PIT NYC and Actors Studio training, this workshop helps the “player” (because what actors do should be fun and playful) find the truth of what is happening and develop a character with their scene partner. More and more Casting Directors require an actor to be able to be skilled at “improv” and this will help with the basics. All and all it sparks creativity and is some of the most enjoyable acting exercises a performer can do.

  

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 10

9:30AM to 11:00AM

CREATING OPPORTUNITIES & STAYING CHALLENGED AS A WRITER

Location: Malco Oxford Commons

Congratulations! You finally finished that story or screenplay that you’ve been working

on!!! But what do you do next?

* How do you get your work noticed?

* Do you have to move to Hollywood or New York to get an agent or manager?

* Is it worth entering a writing competition?

* What resources are available to help move your writing career forward?

These subjects and more will be addressed by our panelists to help you create the

opportunities you need to move you and your work forward!

Workshop guests will include Kathie Fong Yoneda (“The Big O,” “Beyond the Break”)

 

4:00PM-5:00PM (feature film for first hour)

Discussing BODY AND SOUL

Location: Malco Oxford Commons

Out of all the cross-cultural encounters that have resulted in the richness of American popular music, none has been so prominent or so fraught with fraternity and conflict as the relationships between African Americans and American Jews. BODY AND SOUL: AN AMERICAN BRIDGE aims to tease out the strands of this cultural knot by focusing on the early performance history of the jazz standard, “Body and Soul.”

Participants will include the filmmakers and special guests.

Hosted by Mississippi Humanities Council and

(Panel follows screening of the film, which begins at 3:00PM)

 

Mississippi Monday Movies at the Belfry

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Oxford Film Festival and Southern Foodways Alliance will partner along with Burns Belfry and Lens Collective to host a special movie screening and panel discussion on Martin Luther King Jr Day (January 21) following the MLK Day Breakfast. Starting at 10 am at the Burns Belfry Church (710 Jackson Avenue), the series of short films provided for free to the community will include:

 

Bright at Night - in Mississippi’s Hill Country, has been in the Hollowell Family for 100 years. The Sunday evening experience at Foxfire serves up a slice of life in Marshall County, Mississippi, where culinary and musical traditions have always been closely interwoven. 

 

Counter Histories Jackson - In this piece we hear from Colia Clark, Joan Trumpauer Mulholland, Bill Minor, Daphne Chamberlain and Reverend Ed King about the historic sit-in at the 1963 Woolworth's lunch counter in Jackson, Mississippi.

 

Country Platter - Jimmy Williams has been the owner of Country Platter in Cleveland, Mississippi since 1994. In its history, Country Platter was previously Lilley's Soul Food Cafe, a meeting place during the Civil Rights Movement for many influential figures including Dr. Martin Lather King, Jr., Ralph Abernathy and Amzie Moore. Today, Williams works to give back to his community, remembering his past to influence his present.

 

Delta Dreams – A look at the music of the Delta and the new Grammy museum.

 

Faith, Hope, & Inspiration - Members of the Clarksdale, Mississippi community reflect on the influence of Dr. Martin Luther King's visit to First Baptist Church during their civil rights struggles in the 1950s and 60s.

 

Otha Turner  - In the late 1950’s, fife and drum legend Otha Turner began hosting annual Labor Day picnics at his property in Gravel Springs, Mississippi. Turner would butcher and roast goat, pork, and fish, drawing neighbors with the smell of his cooking and the sounds of his fife and drum.

 

Signs - A short documentary examines the ongoing vandalism of signs marking Emmett Till’s brutal murder.

 

Vishwesh Bhatt: The South I Love - Vishwesh Bhatt is a Southern chef using flavors from his childhood to add to the lexicon of Southern Food. A short film by SFA summer documentary intern Nicole Du Bois

 

A full-length trailer of the upcoming Oxford Film Festival will also be played.

 

Je'Monda Roy, University of Mississippi MFA student will serve as Q&A facilitator with special guests including filmmakers and subjects of the films.

Get tickets here: https://oxffyearly.eventive.org/schedule/5c1a5a99cfa678001caeab22

 

2019 Festival Slate Announcement!

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The 2019 Oxford Film Festival (February 6-10), the first major stop on the year’s regional film festival circuit has announced John Stimpson’s GHOST LIGHT as the Opening Night Gala selection, with Jacqueline Olive’s ALWAYS IN SEASON tabbed as the fest’s Closing Night Gala selection immediately following its debut at Sundance. Another choice hot off of Sundance will be Jon Strong’s documentary, LONG TIME COMING, presented as a Special Screening. Oxford Film Festival favorite Malcolm Ingram will present his latest documentary, SOUTHERN PRIDE as a Special Screening as well. Also announced were the competition lineups for this year.

Buy tickets or passes here.

Recognized as one of the most prominent (as well as popular) cultural sign posts in the state, in addition to taking a leadership role in terms of the representation of female filmmakers and LGBTQ+ artists, OFF became a signatory of the 505x2020 Pledge this year joining film festivals around the country pledging to reach a 50/50 parity between male and female filmmakers by the year 2020.

 
OFF also received a grant from the Motion Picture Academy of Arts and Sciences recently to assist in the effort to expand the film festival’s LGBTQ+ programming. Those efforts have seen gains in the representation on both fronts during this year’s edition. 43% of the 2019 films are female directed or co-directed, which has continued a pronounced upward trend over the past three years (23% in 2017, 37% in 2018). Similarly, the LGBTQ+ features and shorts competitions have both nearly doubled in size following the introduction of those dedicated competitive categories last year.

 

Oxford Film Festival’s Executive Director, Melanie Addington, said, “Each year, it seems as though our film festival becomes more entrenched as not simply as a way for people to see films here in Oxford and Mississippi, but also, a key place where Mississippians look forward to meeting filmmakers from different parts of the country and world, different cultures, and different lifestyles. As always, we seek to entertain, but beyond that we embrace our cultural and social responsibility and the mission of being one place and one event that Oxford film fans and Oxford Film Festival filmmakers can count on to help build those bridges between different people in the best and most enjoyable way.”

 

That dedication to provide that forum for film artists in the land of William Faulkner and put forward the best of Mississippi to outsiders seems to be working as the Oxford Film Festival had a record year of submissions (1595) from 62 different countries, representing an increase of 10% over the prior year. Those submissions resulted in a lineup that will include 27 world premieres (including John Reyer Afamasaga’s DOOR AJAR - THE M.B. MAYFIELD STORY and Jeffrey Dennis’s SHARDE THOMAS: LEGACY OF THE FIFE), and 13 U.S. premieres.

 

Stimpson’s GHOST LIGHT combines laughs and scares as an understudy, aiming for the lead role and the leading lady during a traveling production of Shakespeare’s Macbeth, unleashes mayhem by disregarding the time-honored superstitions that go along with staging “The Scottish Tragedy.” The film stars an impressive cast including Cary Elwes, Roger Bart, Carol Kane, Shannyn Sossamon, Danielle Campbell, and Tom Riley. The film screens Thursday, February 7 at 7:00PM at the Gertrude C. Ford Center (351 University Ave.).

 

Mississippi native Olive’s film, ALWAYS IN SEASON takes a look at how the terrorism of lynching in our country’s history still bleeds into the present via the case of Lennon Lacy, a teenage boy found hanging from a swing set in rural North Carolina in 2014. The film traces his mother’s pursuit of justice for her son as well as intersecting with stories from other communities looking seeking justice and reconciliation. The film screens Sunday, February 10 at 6:00PM at the Malco Commons (204 Commonwealth Blvd.).

The two documentaries receiving Special Screening presentations include Strong’s LONG TIME COMING, which looks at how a simple little league game was anything but when it took place in the racially segregated South in 1955, and the two teams in question were a team of white boys and a team of black boys. Ingram’s SOUTHERN PRIDE brings us up to date via his film juxtaposing a bar owner who struggles to organize a Pride march in her hometown in Mississippi, while in another part of the state organizers of a Black Pride celebration are working to overcome numerous obstacles facing them.

 

Narrative feature films in competition this year include: Daniel Campbell’s ANTIQUITIES; Stimpson’s GHOST LIGHT; Rob Heydon’s ISABELLE; Alex Eaton’s MOUNTAIN REST; Katie Orr’s POOR JANE; Jillian Armenante’s STUCK; and Jordan Noel’s THIS WORLD ALONE.

Documentary features in competition include; Dava Whisenant’s BATHTUBS OVER BROADWAY; Nicholas Laviola’s HOLY GHOST FIRE: THE ECSTASY OF RANDY WOLFORD; Assia Boundaoui’s THE FEELING OF BEING WATCHED; Jon Strong’s LONG TIME COMING; Jamal Sims’s WHEN THE BEAT DROPS; Emily Harrold’s WHILE I BREATHE, I HOPE; and Suzannah Herbert and Lauren Belfer’s WRESTLE.

 

The LGBTQ Juried Feature Competition will include; Kevin O'Brien’s AT THE END OF THE DAY; PJ Raval’s CALL HER GANDA; Keith Behrman’s GIANT LITTLE ONES; Michael Palmieri and Donal Mosher’s GOSPEL OF EUREKA; and Daniel Laabs’s JULES OF LIGHT AND DARK.

2019 OXFORD FILM FESTIVAL FILMS AND DESCRIPTIONS

Feature Films

 

OPENING NIGHT SELECTION

GHOST LIGHT

Director: John Stimpson

Country: USA, Running Time: 103 min.

GHOST LIGHT is a haunted comedy about the absurd, but very seriously regarded, superstitions of the theatre, specifically those surrounding Shakespeare’s Macbeth. When a disgruntled and arrogant understudy tempts fate by uttering the forbidden name of the “Scottish King” on stage, the sorcery of the Bard’s witches overwhelms the production leading to chaos, misfortune and death. All's well that ends well... but not for everyone.

 

CLOSING NIGHT SELECTION

ALWAYS IN SEASON 

Director: Jacqueline Olive 

Country: USA, Running Time:

When 17-year-old Lennon Lacy is found hanging from a swing set in rural North Carolina in 2014, his mother’s search for justice and reconciliation begins as the trauma of more than a century of lynching African Americans bleeds into the present.

 

SPECIAL SCREENINGS

LONG TIME COMING

Director: Jon Strong

Country: USA, Running Time: 87 min.

In 1955, when racial segregation defined America, two groups of twelve-year-old boys stepped onto a baseball field in a non-violent act of cultural defiance that would change the course of history and challenge their own perceptions sixty years later.

 

SOUTHERN PRIDE

Director: Malcolm Ingram 

Country: USA, Running Time: 91 min.

A documentary about people from two towns in Mississippi organizing gay and black pride events in Trump's backwater America.

 

 

NARRATIVE FEATURES JURIED COMPETITION

ANTIQUITIES

Director: Daniel Campbell

Country: USA, Running Time: 93 min.

After his father’s death, Walt (Andrew J. West) moves to his dad’s hometown to learn more about who his father was. He accepts a job at a local antique mall where he’s introduced to the quirky world in which his dad grew up. There, Walt learns not only about his father, but a good bit about himself. The ensemble comedy feature stars Andrew J. West, Michaela Watkins, Michael Gladis, with Ashley Greene, and Mary Steenburgen.

 

ISABELLE

Director: Rob Heydon

Country: Canada, Running Time: 80 min.

A young couple's dream of starting a family shatters as they descend into the depths of paranoia and must struggle to survive an evil presence that wants nothing more than their very own lives.

 

MOUNTAIN REST

Director Alex Eaton

Country: USA, Running Time: 93 min.

After sequestering herself to a small mountain town, an aging actress calls her estranged daughter and granddaughter home for reconciliation and one final celebration.

 

POOR JANE

Director: Katie Orr

Country: USA, Running Time: 129 min.

A housewife's comfortable life unravels when she suddenly stops loving her husband. A raw portrait of a woman experiencing midlife malaise.

 

STUCK

Director: Jillian Armenante

Country: USA, Running Time: 101 min.

After getting into trouble with the law, Darby is sentenced to 30-days house arrest. Now she is 'stuck' in the same house as her ex-boyfriend and his new fiancée.

 

THIS WORLD ALONE

Director: Jordan Noel

Country: USA, Running Time: 90 min.

Following a cataclysmic event which left the Earth without technology or power, Sam (Belle Adams)—a book-obsessed girl in her late teens—lives in seclusion with her two mother-figures (Carrie Walrond Hood & Sophie Edwards). But after an accident, she’s pushed out of her protective world and forced to put her makeshift parents’ opposing world-views to the test as she faces the physical and emotional challenges of a world reclaimed by nature.

 

 

DOCUMENTARY FEATURES JURIED COMPETITION

BATHTUBS OVER BROADWAY

Director Dava Whisenant

County: USA, Running Time: 87 min.

A Late Night comedy writer stumbles on a hilarious, hidden world of entertainment and finds an unexpected connection to his fellow man. With David Letterman, Martin Short, Chita Rivera, Jello Biafra, and more.

 

HOLY GHOST FIRE: THE ECSTASY OF RANDY WOLFORD

Director: Nicholas Laviola

Country: USA, Running Time: 60 min.

The Holiness Serpent Handlers, a group of born-again Pentecostal Christians deep in Appalachia, have taken this verse to be the base of their Apostolic movement. HOLY GHOST FIRE: THE ECSTASY OF RANDY WOLFORD is an unflinching look into their tragic service on Sunday, May 27, 2012, and a vital artifact of one of the darkest corners of American Religion.

 

THE FEELING OF BEING WATCHED

Director: Assia Boundaoui 

Country: USA, Running Time: 87 min.

When journalist Assia Boundaoui investigates rumors of surveillance in her Arab-American neighborhood in Chicago, she uncovers one of the largest FBI terrorism probes conducted before 9/11 and reveals its enduring impact on the community.

WHEN THE BEAT DROPS

Director Jamal Sims

Country: USA, Running Time: 87 min.

Featuring footage and stories from the men of Atlanta's bucking scene, director Jamal Sims gives a glimpse into the world of J-Setting as it grows into a national movement.

 

WHILE I BREATHE, I HOPE

Director: Emily Harrold

Country: USA, Running Time: 72 min.

What does it mean to be young, black, and a Democrat in the American South? WHILE I BREATHE, I HOPE follows South Carolina politician Bakari Sellers as he runs to become the first African American candidate elected statewide in over a century. The film begins by following Sellers as he makes his 2014 bid for Lieutenant Governor, through the Charleston Shootings, and during the removal of the Confederate flag in 2015. Through his experiences, the film offers audiences a window into the legacy of race in politics in the United States today.

 

WRESTLE

Directors:  Suzannah Herbert, Lauren Belfer

Country: USA, Running Time: 89 min.

HOOP DREAMS goes to the mat in this coming-of-age-documentary about four members of a high-school wrestling team in Huntsville, Alabama. Jailen, Jamario, Teague, and Jaquan are the core of the team at J.O. Johnson High School, which has been on Alabama’s list of failing schools for years. Coached—and occasionally harangued—by teacher Chris Scribner, each of these young men faces challenges far beyond a shot at the State Championship: drug use, splintered family lives, pregnant girlfriends, and run-ins with the law threaten to derail their success on the mat and lock any doors that could otherwise open.

 

 

MISSISSIPPI FEATURES JURIED COMPETITION

ATTACHE

Director: Melissa Pace Overholt

Country: USA, Running Time: 73 min.

As one of the poorest states in the country, Mississippi lands at the bottom of many lists. There’s at least one exception, the Clinton, Mississippi High School Attache Show Choir is considered to be among the most successful in history. In a region where arts and music funding have been virtually demolished, Clinton public school's music program manages to thrive. Composed of students from different backgrounds, ATTACHE unites its members and, together, they rise above, consistently beating the odds.

Preceded by

COACH WADE

Directors: Elisabetta Zengaro, Matteo Zengaro

Country: USA, Running Time: 33 min.

COACH WADE is the story of how a woman from a small, impoverished town in the Mississippi Delta rose to success coaching collegiate basketball. Coach Wade and her team overcame obstacles and brought distinction to their school, while also fighting against sexist media coverage of women's sports, changing the nature of the sport for years to come.

 

DOOR AJAR - THE M.B. MAYFIELD STORY                     WORLD PREMIERE

Director: John Reyer Afamasaga

Country: USA, Running Time: 91 min.

From inside a broom closet with the door cracked, an African American janitor listens and learns art in segregated Mississippi.

 

DRIVEN                                                                                 

Director: Glenn Payne

Country: USA, Running Time: 89 min.

Emerson Graham's nights as a rideshare driver are filled with annoyances and inconveniences, but until she picks up Roger they have never included attacks, disappearances, and curse breaking. After picking up a mysterious passenger her night goes from working a job to performing a quest as they race the clock to defeat a force of evil and right a long-time wrong. The meter is running.

 

SHARDE THOMAS: LEGACY OF THE FIFE                      WORLD PREMIERE

Director: Jeffrey Dennis

Country: USA, Running Time: 41 min.

Sharde Thomas, granddaughter of Blues legend Othar Turner, carries on the rich tradition of fife and drum music in North Mississippi. She and her family continue their G.O.A.T. picnic, which was started in the 1950's to pay for school supplies. This film celebrates the amazing past, present, and future of the North Mississippi Hill Country Blues.

Preceded by

RESPECT OUR BLACK DOLLARS

Director: Christopher Windfield

Country: USA, Running Time: 44 min.

RESPECT OUR BLACK DOLLARS is an organization created to help black owned businesses succeed. The founder Stanley Wesley soon finds himself under attack from racial intimidation within the state of Mississippi.

 

THRASHER ROAD

Director: Samantha Davidson Green

Country: USA, Running Time: 86 min.

When an accident strands pregnant Chloe and her dog, Thrasher, on the highway home from broken dreams in L.A., unwelcome rescue comes from her estranged dad, Mac, who takes them on a disastrous detour toward a second chance.

 

 

MUSIC DOCUMENTARIES JURIED COMPETITION

DON’T GET TROUBLE IN YOUR MIND

Director: John Whitehead

County: USA, Running Time: 83 min.

Ranging from the historical to the deeply personal, this documentary tells the story of three African-American musicians from the hip-hop generation who embraced a traditional 19th-century folk genre and took it to Grammy-winning heights. Filmmaker John Whitehead followed the band from their meteoric rise through their breakup, making for an emotionally satisfying journey as well as a spectacular musical one.

 

ICEPICK TO THE MOON

Director: Skizz Cyzyk

Country: USA, Running Time: 99 min.

Obscure stripmine crooner, Rev. Fred Lane, is described by his obsessed fans as “subversive,” “completely satirical,” “the Dada Duke Ellington,” and “Demon Frank Sinatra.” His fans have spent years examining every detail of Fred Lane’s albums, and yet whatever information they have found out about their hero has only led them deeper into blissful confusion. ICEPICK TO THE MOON not only examines the cult of Fred Lane fans, but also pulls the curtain back on the mysterious artist who is Fred Lane, from his early involvement with the Raudelunas arts collective in Alabama in the Seventies, to his current occupation making whirligigs to sell on the arts and crafts show circuit.

 

NEGRO TERROR

Director: John Rash

Country: USA, Running Time: 53 min.

A cinematic and musical portrait of a punk band's role in the vibrant and eclectic underground music community of Memphis, TN. Championing the history, music, and various politics of their beloved hometown, Negro Terror are far more than just another hardcore punk band with a provocative name.

 

SATAN & ADAM

Director: V. Scott Balcerek

Country: USA, Running Time: 95 min.

Sterling Magee experienced firsthand the music industry’s exploitation of black musicians. So he walked away to play on the Harlem streets for “his people.” Reborn as Mr. Satan, he spread his gospel of joy. One of those he converted was a white kid named Adam (Oxford resident Adam Gussow), who gave up the ivory tower life to play alongside this streetwise guru. Their improbable bond made them a sensation, and their journey a tale of tragedy, survival and miraculous rebirth. 

 

UP TO SNUFF

Director: Mark Maxey 

Country: USA, Running Time: 80 min.

Millions of people have been touched by his music, yet few know the journey, hardships and triumphs of American musician and composer W.G. Snuffy Walden. Friends and collaborators share personal stories, laughs and insights about this generous soul who overcame the excesses of rock and roll to become one of the most beloved composers in television history. Featuring Snuffy’s music throughout, UP TO SNUFF includes scenes from The West Wing, Wonder Years, Sports Night and thirtysomething, with insights from Aaron Sorkin, Martin Sheen, Tom Arnold, Timothy Busfield, Lawrence O’Donnell, Steve Lukather, Eric Burdon and Snuffy Walden.

 

 

LGBTQ FEATURES JURIED COMPETITION

AT THE END OF THE DAY

Director: Kevin O'Brien

Country: USA, Running Time: 108 min. 

After his wife leaves him and he is tossed out of his counseling job, Dave finds himself as a conservative professor at a Christian college. When the Dean gets word that a group is trying to buy a building he wants for expansion, he asks Dave to join the group and find out about their progress. Dave is in for the shock of his life when he finds himself in a gay support group. His job is to stop their launch of an LGBT homeless youth shelter in their small town. But things don’t always go as planned and love wins out in ways we may not expect.

 

CALL HER GANDA

Director: PJ Raval

Countries: Philippines/USA, Running Time: 97 min.

When Jennifer Laude, a Filipina transwoman, is brutally murdered by a U.S. Marine, three women intimately invested in the case -- an activist attorney (Virgie Suarez), a transgender journalist (Meredith Talusan) and Jennifer’s mother (Julita "Nanay" Laude) -- galvanize a political uprising, pursuing justice and taking on hardened histories of U.S. imperialism.

 

GIANT LITTLE ONES

Director: Keith Behrman

Country: Canada, Running Time: 94 min.

Franky Winter (Josh Wiggins) and Ballas Kohl (Darren Mann) have been best friends since childhood. They are high school royalty: handsome, stars of the swim team and popular with girls. They live a perfect teenage life –until the night of Franky's epic 17th birthday party, when Franky and Ballas are involved in an unexpected incident that changes their lives forever. GIANT LITTLE ONES is a heartfelt and intimate coming-of-age story about friendship, self-discovery and the power of love without labels.

 

The GOSPEL OF EUREKA

Director: Michael Palmieri, Donal Mosher

Country: USA, Running Time: 75 min.

Love, faith, and civil rights collide in the south as evangelical Christians and drag queens step into the spotlight to explore the meaning of belief. Gospel drag shows and passion plays set the stage for one hell of a show.

 

JULES OF LIGHT AND DARK

Director: Daniel Laabs

Country: USA, Running Time: 85 min.

In present-day Texas, Maya (Tallie Medel) and her on again, off again girlfriend Jules (Betsy Holt) total their car after a night of backwoods raving and teen mischief. They’re rescued from the wreckage by Freddy (Robert Longstreet), a divorced oil worker whose stoic facade crumbles as he comes to see himself, and his repressed desires, in Maya. As Jules recovers, Maya and Freddy develop a rapport that dulls the debilitating silence of their small-town lives. Together, they subtly encourage one another to chase after what they want the most (or at least figure out what that might be).

 

 

Oxford Film Festival Short Films

(For full film descriptions, please visit oxfordfilmfest.com)

 

NARRATIVE SHORT FILMS

A CRAFTSMAN

Director: Sanford Jenkins Jr.

Country: USA, Running Time: 13 min.

 

A SARI FOR PALLAVI                                                          WORLD PREMIERE

Director: Kate Chamuris

Country: USA, Running Time: 10 min.

 

AGE OF BRYCE                                                                    WORLD PREMIERE

Directors: David Feagan, Brian Elliott

Country: USA, Running Time: 10 min.

 

APPROVAL NEEDED                                                            U.S. PREMIERE

Director: Karen Anstee

Country: UK, Running Time: 11 min.

BEHIND CLOSED DOORS

Director: Bianca Armbruster

Country: USA, Running Time: 5 min.

 

BREASTS

Director: Eva Contis

Country: USA, Running Time: 18 min.

 

CARONTE

Director: Luis Tinoco Pineda

Country: Spain, Running Time: 15 min.

 

DEAD GIRL                                                                            WORLD PREMIERE

Director: Rachel Sweeney

Country: USA, Running Time: 28 min.

 

DEBRIS

Director: Julio Ramos

Country: Peru, Running Time: 14 min.

 

DIFFERENT THIS YEAR

Director: Meghann Artes

Country: USA, Running Time: 2 min.

 

THE DRINK                                                                            WORLD PREMIERE

Director: Cosima Spender

Country: UK, Running Time: 12 min.

 

FAIR SHAKE TRANSFER

Director: Joshua Morris

Country: USA, Running Time: 16 min.

 

THE FISHERMAN                                                                  U.S. PREMIERE

Director: Zoey Martinson

Country: Ghana, Running Time: 15 min.

 

THE FLOOD

Directors: Adam Dietrich, Seraphina Nova Glass

Country: USA, Running Time: 20 min.

 

FUNERAL

Director: Leah Shore

Country: USA, Running Time: 8 min.

 

THE GREAT BRITISH RACE OFF

Director: Natasha Jatania

Country: UK, Running Time: 8 min. 

 

THE GREAT UNKNOWN

Directors: Anna Jones, Desirée Matthews

Country: USA, Running Time: 15 min.

I'D NEVER BOTHER ANOTHER CHICKEN AGAIN

Director: Helen Cho Anthos

Country: USA, Running Time: 4 min.

 

THE INVENTION

Director: Leo McGuigan

Country: Northern Ireland, Running Time: 19 min.  

 

IVAN                                                                                       U.S. PREMIERE

Director: Panagiotis Kountouras

Country: Greece, Running Time: 9 min.

 

THE LAST LINE

Director: Renee Mao

Country: USA, Running Time:  5 min.

 

THE LOST ONES

Directors: Maria Castillejo Carmen, Maëlle Grand Bossi, Elisabeth Silveiro

Country: France, Running Time:14m.

 

MEETING MOMMY

Director: Tricia Lee

Country: Canada, Running Time: 12 min.

 

MRS. MURPHY’S CONFESSION

Director: Ryan Turri

Country: USA, Running Time: 26 min.

 

NOBODY’S DARLING

Director: Robyn Hicks

Country: USA, Running Time: 14 min.

 

OF MINE                                                                                 WORLD PREMIERE

Director: Cate Carson

Country: USA, Running Time: 17 min.

 

POZOLE                                                                                 WORLD PREMIERE

Director: Jessica Mendez Siqueiros

Country: USA, Running Time: 11 min.

 

SAC DE MERDE

Director: Greg Chwerchak

Country: USA, Running Time: 13 min.

 

SNOW CHILD

Director: Diana Cignoni

Country: USA, Running Time: 12 min.

 

TAKE ME TO THE WAVES

Directors: Jake Taylor Kipping, Tom Stoker

Country: UK, Running Time: 20 min.

 

TO THE SEA                                                                          U.S. PREMIERE

Director: Emily Dynes

Country: Australia, Running Time: 14 min.

 

WILLOW CREEK ROAD

Director: Francesca Mirabella

Country: USA, Running Time: 16 min.

 

 

NARRATIVE SHORT FILMS SCREENING WITH FEATURES

FRONTIER

Director: Chuck Kleven

Country: USA, Running Time: 16 min.

(screens with MOUNTAIN REST)

 

HAPPY BIRTHDAY

Directors: Alex A. Ginzburg, Tim Harms

Country: Puerto Rico, Running Time: 8 min.

(screens with THIS WORLD ALONE)

 

HYPNOTIC INDUCTION

Director: Donald Meyers

Country: USA, Running Time: 15 min.

(screens with ISABELLE)

 

THE PARABLE OF THE DISAPPEARING RECLINER

Director: Elisabeth Gray

Country: USA, Running Time: 9 min.

(screens with ANTIQUITIES)

 

TOURIST

Director: Paavo Hanninen

Country: USA, Running Time: 13 min.

(screens with POOR JANE)

 

TRYING TO FIND ME

Director: Dominique Tipper

Country: UK, Running Time: 4 min.

(screens with ISABELLE)

 

TWO PUDDLES

Director: Timothy Keeling

Country: UK, Running Time: 6 m.

(screens with ISABELLE)

 

 

DOCUMENTARY SHORT FILMS

605 ADULTS 304 CHILDREN

Director: Michael Mahaffie

Countries: Guyana/USA, Running Time: 13 min.

BABY BROTHER

Director: Kamau Bilal

Country: USA, Running Time: 14 min.

 

CARE

Director: Jeremy Xido

Country: USA, Running Time: 11 min

 

CHILDREN OF THE DUST

Director: Dan Sadgrove

Country: Vietnam, Running Time: 7 min

 

THE CONQUEROR

Director: Timothy Blackwood

Country: USA, Running Time: 12 min.

 

HULA GIRL

Directors: Amy Hill, Chris Riess

Country: USA, Running Time: 10 min.

 

I AM ABLE

Directors: Morgane Bigault, Ed Thomas

Country: UK, Running Time: 9 min

 

LITTLE FIEL

Director: Irina Patkanian

Country: Mozambique, Running Time: 16 min.

 

MAC’S GARDEN GIRL                                                         WORLD PREMIERE

Director: Julia Bell

Country: USA, Running Time: 17 min.

 

MEET UNCLE PAUL

Director: Jessica Bursi

Country: USA, Running Time: 14 min

 

MIGRANT                                                                               WORLD PREMIERE

Director: Abbey Hoekzema

Country: USA, Running Time: 6 min.

 

NOMAD CHAPTER                                                               WORLD PREMIERE

Director: John Rash

Country: USA, Running Time: 8m.

 

PHANTASIAMAN

Director: Mariel Sosa

Country: Germany, Running Time: 12 min.

 

QUIET HOURS

Director: Paul Szynol

Country: USA, Running Time: 13 min.

 

SHOTO

Directors: Stories Found Nairobi Team

Country: Kenya, Running Time: 5 min.

 

THOU SHALL NOT TAILGATE

Director: Greg Hamilton

Country: USA, Running Time: 26 min.

 

THE TRAFFIC SEPARATING DEVICE                                U.S. PREMIERE

Director: Johan Palmgren

Country: Sweden, Running Time: 15 min.

 

WAITING FOR FUKUSHIMA                                                            WORLD PREMIERE

Director: Alana Hutton-Shaw

Countries: USA/Japan, Running Time: 16 min.

 

ZUMARI

Directors: Stories Found Nairobi Team

Country: Kenya, Running Time: 6 min.

 

 

DOCUMENTARY SHORT FILMS SCREENING WITH FEATURES

A STABLE MYSTIC

Director: Randal Crow

Country: USA, Running Time: 10 min

(screens with SATAN AND ADAM)

 

BIRTH OF AFROBEAT

Director: Opiyo Okeyo

Country: USA, Running Time:

(screens with DON’T GET TROUBLE IN YOUR MIND)

 

CONFEDERATE PRIDE, WHITE SUPREMACY, AND MY STATE FLAG

Director: Adam Grannick

Country: USA, Running Time: 20 min.

(screens with WHEN I BREATHE, I HOPE)

 

IT’S NOW OR NEVER: A RACE TO SAVE COLONEL PARKER’S COMPLEX

Director: Austin Daniel Blasingame

Country: USA, Running Time: 8 m

(screens with UP TO SNUFF)

 

THE JUKE JOINT SHOW: BECOMING BUKKA

Director: Matt Wymer

Country: USA, Running Time: 16m.

(screens with DON’T GET TROUBLE IN YOUR MIND)

 

 

 

 

MISSISSIPPI SHORT FILMS (NARRATIVE)

BETTING THE OVERLAY
Director: Robert Jordan

Country: USA, Running Time: 14 min.

 

CRESCENT

Director: Edward Worthy

Country: USA, Running Time: 14 min.

 

DELTA CROSSING

Director: James Puckett

Country: USA, Running Time: 18 min.

 

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, PAPA

Director: Bennett Krishock

Country: USA, Running Time: 15 min.

 

PASSWORDS                                                            WORLD PREMIERE

Director: Chris Floyd

Country: USA, Running Time: 2 min.

 

SYNTHETIC PHOENIX

Director: Ryan Perich

Country: USA, Running Time: 23 min.

 

THE FALL LEAVES                                                               U.S. PREMIERE

Director: Maya McCullough

Country: USA, Running Time: 26 min.

 

 

MISSISSIPPI SHORT FILMS (DOCUMENTARIES)

BROKEN, STAINED & BEAUTIFUL

Director: Matt McCoy

Country: USA, Running Time: 11 min.

 

HOLT COLLIER

Director: James Mathews

Country: USA, Running Time: 16 min. 

 

NICOLE

Director: Tori Gene McCarthy

Country: USA, Running Time: 17 min.

 

ROOTS AND WINGS

Director: Hanna Miller

Country: USA, Running Time: 21 min.

 

SIGNS

Directors: Matthew Cipollone, Mikey D'Amico

Country: USA, Running Time: 4 min.

 

THE FLY IN THE BUTTERMILK

Director: Ashley Norwood

Country: USA, Running Time: 18 min.

 

THE HIDDEN VOTE

Director: Hanna Miller

Country: USA, Running Time: 10 min.

 

 

MISSISSIPPI SHORT FILMS SCREENING WITH FEATURES

ALONELINESS: A SCREENDANCE

Director: Rachel Searcey

Country: USA, Running Time: 8 min.

(screens with THRASHER ROAD)

 

JESUS & JIMMY RAY

Director: McGee Monteith

Country: USA, Running Time: 19 min.

(screens with DRIVEN)

 

 

LGBTQ SHORT FILMS

ALL WE ARE

Director: Will Stewart

Country: USA, Running Time: 16 min.

 

THE BOY WHO WANTED TO FLY

Director: Jorge Muriel

Country: Spain, Running Time: 20 min.

 

THE DRESS YOU HAVE ON

Director: Courtney Hope Therond

Country: USA, Running Time: 13 min.

 

HIDING IN DAYLIGHT                                                          WORLD PREMIERE

Director: Cheryl Allison

Country: USA, Running Time: 15 min.

 

HIPPOPOTAMUS

Director: Jody Wheeler

Country: USA, Running Time: 15 min.

 

HOME ALONE, BABY BLUE

Director: John e. Kilberg

Country: USA, Running Time: 11 min.

 

HOW I CAME OUT!                                                              

Director: Mark Goshorn Jones

Country: USA, Running Time: 6 min.  

 

 

IF THIS IS WRONG

Director: Chelsea Woods

Country: USA, Running Time: 14 min.

 

LIGHT IN DARK PLACES

Director: Lagueria Davis

Country: USA, Running Time: 11 min.

 

THE ONE YOU NEVER FORGET

Director: Morgan Jon Fox

Country: USA, Running Time: 9 min.

 

PEPPER

Director: Jayil Pak

Country: South Korea, Running Time: 15 min.

 

QUEEN FOR A DAY                                                              WORLD PREMIERE

Director: Savannah Rodgers

Country: USA, Running Time: 4 min.

 

RIVER

Director: Sam Crainich

Country: USA, Running Time: 18 min.  

 

SELL YOUR BODY

Director: Jaanelle Yee

Country: USA, Running Time: 11 min.

 

YOU SAY HELLO

Director:  Lovell Holder

Country: USA, Running Time: 22 min.

 

 

LGBTQ SHORT FILMS SCREENING WITH FEATURES

A SON INHERIT

Director: Michael Williams

Country: USA, Running Time: 14 min.

(screens with GOSPEL OF EUREKA)

 

LEIA’S ARMY

Director: Oriana Oppice

Country: USA, Running Time: 14 min.

(screens with CALL HER GANDA)

 

 

FEST FORWARD SHORT FILMS (ANIMATION BLOCK)

01

Directors: Julian Treemaker, Katharina Potratz

Country: Germany, Running Time: 7 min.

 

 

THE BIRD & THE WHALE

Director: Carol Freeman

Country: Ireland, Running Time: 7 min.

 

EXPEND

Director: Bismark Fernandes

Country: USA, Running Time: 4 min.

 

FLYTRAP

Director: Connor Radding

Country: USA, Running Time: 7 min.

 

FROG DOG LOG

Director: Jared D. Weiss

Country: USA, Running Time: 3 min.

 

FUSE

Director: Shadi Adib

Country: Germany, Running Time: 5 min.

 

IDOL-L                                                                                   U.S. PREMIERE        

Director: JAEHYEONG KIM •

Country: USA, Running Time: 3 min.

 

MR. DEER

Director: Mojtaba Mousavi

Cpuntry: Iran, Running Time: 9 min.

 

MY MOON

Director: Eusong Lee

Country: USA, Running Time: 9 min.

 

NEKO NO HI – CAT DAYS

Director: Jon Frickey

Countries: Germany/Japan, Running Time: 11 min.

 

TRUMP BITES

Director: Bill Plympton

Country: USA, Running Time: 5 min.

 

ON THE DAY YOU WERE BORN

Director: Duke Doyle

Country: USA, Running Time: 10 min.

 

POUR 585

Director: Patrick Smith

Country: USA, Running Time: 5 min.

 

RED DRESS, NO STRAPS

Director: Maryam Mohajer

Country: UK, Running Time: 8 min.

 

SAD HOUR                                                                            WORLD PREMIERE

Director: Sean Pettis

Country: USA, Running Time: 7 min.

 

SATELLITE STRANGERS

Director: James Bascara

Country: USA, Running Time: 6 min.

 

WATCH ME!                                                                           U.S. PREMIERE

Director: Reza Mehranfar

Country: Iran, Running Time: 3 min.

 

 

FEST FORWARD SHORT FILMS (EXPERIMENTAL)

ASTRONAUTS WITH WHEAT                                              U.S. PREMIERE

Director: Jon Bryant Crawford

Country: USA, Running Time: 5 min.

 

THE BORDER                                                                        U.S. PREMIERE

Director: Antonio Celotto

Country: Italy, Running Time: 4 min. 

 

THE CAGE OF SAND                                                           WORLD PREMIERE

Director: Edward Rankus

Country: USA, Running Time: 11 min.

 

CURRENTS

Director: Xinyi Zhu

Country: USA, Running Time: 6 min.

 

DATA DECAY

Director: Tynan Humphrey

Country: USA, Running Time: 3 min.

 

DIARY 2013-2018

Director: Soyeon Kim

Countries: USA/South Korea, Running Time: 3 min.

 

DULL HOPE

Director: Brian Ratigan

Country: USA, Running Time: 3 min.

 

EAST448

Director: Katharina Nesterowa

Country: Germany, Running Time: 6 min.

 

EVERYTHING CHANGES

Director: Geoff Marslett

Country: USA, Running Time: 6 min.

 

FEAW

Director: Robin Tremblay 

Country: Canada, Running Time: 7 min.

 

FUCKED UP POINT BLANK                                                WORLD PREMIERE

Director: Shayna Connelly

Country: USA, Running Time: 5 min.

 

FUN MORE                                                                            WORLD PREMIERE

Director: Wally Chung

Country: USA, Running Time: 1 min.

 

FUN TO COOK “WORLD’S BEST FOOD”

Director: Dongjun Kim

Country: USA, Running Time: 4 min.

 

GONE SALE

Director: Matt Meindl

Country: USA, Running Time: 5 min.

 

HORROR VACUI

Director: Matteo Zamagni

Country: UK, Running Time: 3 min.

 

I TASTE BLOOD

Directors: Lauren Sotolongo, Samantha Sobash, Russell Sheaffer, Aaron Michael Smith Country: USA, Running Time: 3 min.

 

IN MEDIAS RES

Director: Gloria Chung

Country: USA, Running Time: 1 min.

 

THE ONLY THING THAT EXISTS IS THE DOT                  WORLD PREMIERE

Director: Philip Clyde-Smith

Country: UK, Running Time: 6 min.

 

PART I & II                                                                             U.S. PREMIERE

Director: Nadia Dermatopoulou

Country: Scotland, Running Time: 5 min.

 

REMISSION

Directors: John Charter, Paul Kaiser 

Country: USA, Running Time: 7 min.

 

THERE MUST BE A SAFE SPACE TO LOAD                     U.S. PREMIERE

THE BUILDING MATERIALS

Director: Ryan Betschart

Country: USA, Running Time: 3 min.

 

 

 

MISSISSIPPI MUSIC VIDEOS

“Ain't No Place” by Lightnin Malcolm

Director: Lightnin Malcolm

Country: USA, Running Time: 5 min.

 

“Cellar Below” by The Great Dying

Director: Alex Thiel

Country: USA, Running Time: 3 min.

 

“Coast Ghost” by Spacewolf

Director: Drew McKercher

Country: USA, Running Time: 2 min.

 

“Crosstie Town” by Chance Stanley

Directors: Clark Richey, Amye Gousset

Country: USA, Running Time: 5 min.

 

“Fit In”

Director: J.B. Lawrence

Country: USA, Running Time: 5 min.

 

“Going to Mississippi to See my Sweet Southern Bell” by Sam Moseley 

Director: Roslynn Clark Copeland

Country: USA, Running Time: 7 min.

 

THE GREAT DEPRESSION

Director: Jeff Gordon

Country: USA, Running Time: 6 min.

 

“Life Is”                                                                                 WORLD PREMIERE 

Director: Irene Waites

Country: USA, Running Time: 4 min.

 

“Mississippi (Why you got to be so mean?)”

Director: Libby Brawley

Country: USA, Running Time: 4 min.

 

“Moss Point Mississippi”

Director: Don Smith

Country: USA, Running Time: 2 min.

 

The Price Was Right” by Andrew Bryant

Director: Alex Thiel

Country: USA, Runnig Time: 4 min.

 

“Right Now” by Swear Tapes

Director: Alex Thiel

Country: USA, Running Time: 3 min.  

 

 

 

“Till I Cross Your Mind” by Young Valley                                     U.S. PREMIERE

Director: Drew McKercher

Country: USA, Running Time: 3 min.

 

“Trina's Story”

Director: Andre Hill

Country: USA, Running Time: 4 min.  

 

“Wash My Hands” by Cedric Burnside

Director: Christian Walker

Country: USA, Running Time: 6 min.

 

“When It Rains” by Encantos                                             WORLD PREMIERE

Director: Daniel Lee Perea

Country: USA, Running Time: 4m.

 

“Whiskey World”

Director: Chaz Singleton

Country: USA, Running Time: 4 min.

 

“Why Can't You” by Truck Patch Revival

Director: Montana Byrd

Country: USA, Running Time: 5 min.

 

“Wolf 3”

Director: Drew McKercher

Country: USA, Running Time: 3 min.

STUDENT SHORT FILMS

BAD THINGS

Director: Mira K. Lippold-Johnson

Country: USA, Running Time: 22 min.

 

FRENCHIES

Director: Kuan-Fu Lin

Countries: Taiwan/USA, Running Time: 8 min.

 

THE MOON AND THE NIGHT

Director: Erin Lau

Country: USA, Running Time: 19 min.

 

NO WAY IN HELL

Director: Raul Toledo

Country: USA, Running Time: 12 min.

THE SUNDAY NIGHT DRINKERS CLUB

Director: Ollie Gardner

Country: UK, Running Time: 20 min.

 

THIS ONE’S FOR YOU, ALICE                                            WORLD PREMIERE

Director: Patrick Hanser

Country: Brazil, Running Time: 11 min.

 

WHERE I WAS BORN

Director: Jungmin Cha

Country: USA, Running Time: 4 min.