OXFORD FILM FESTIVAL RECEIVES MISSISSIPPI ARTS COMMISSION MINI GRANT

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Oxford Film Festival of Oxford has been awarded a $575  grant from the Mississippi Arts Commission (MAC).  This grant is a portion of the $1.3 million in grants the Commission will award in 2017-2018 and will be used to pay the registration fee for the Film Festival Alliance annual conference which will allow Melanie Addington to provide a presentation on the Oxford Film Festival at the ArtHouse Convergence before Sundance Film Festival in Utah this January. The grants are made possible by continued funding from the Mississippi State Legislature and the National Endowment for the Arts. 

“Arts organizations throughout the state of Mississippi play a pivotal role in sharing the power of the arts with people from all walks of life,” said Malcolm White, executive director of MAC. “The arts are for everyone, and the Mississippi Arts Commission is pleased to support arts organizations committed to growing the presence of the arts in their communities.”

 The Oxford Film Festival will be one of ten organizations highlighted at the ArtHouse Convergence annual conference. The Art House Convergence began in 2006 when the Sundance Institute invited 14 Art House theaters to the 2006 Sundance Film Festival. Now with hundreds of attendees including festival directors from across the globe, the 2018 Annual Conference will take place January 15 - 18, 2018 in Midway, Utah. Melanie Addington will be presenting at The ArtHouse Tales seminar on the history of Oxford Film Festival.

The Mississippi Arts Commission, a state agency, serves the residents of the state by providing grants that support programs to enhance communities; assist artists and arts organizations; promote the arts in education and celebrate Mississippi’s cultural heritage.  Established in 1968, the Mississippi Arts Commission is funded by the Mississippi Legislature, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Mississippi Endowment for the Arts at the Community Foundation of Greater Jackson and other private sources.  The agency serves as an active supporter and promoter of arts in community life and in arts education.

For information from the Mississippi Arts Commission, contact Anna Ehrgott, Communications Director, 601-359-6546 or aehrgott@arts.ms.gov.

Come have a beer and a movie with us!

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The Oxford Film Festival will host a screening of the Attack of the Southern Fried Zombies, formerly titled Kudzu Zombies, in advance of its March release at The Growler on Sunday, December 17. Southern Prohibition beer will also be sold as a fundraiser for the festival. Attendees will also get a preview of the upcoming February festival.

Lonnie, a crop duster pilot, must lead a mismatched group of survivors to escape the deadly zombie horde after an experimental chemical, intended to control the invasive kudzu vine, transforms the citizens of Charleston, MS into zombies. Directed by Mark Newton, the film was shot in 2016 in Mississippi and held its world premiere at the Oxford Film Festival in February. The film was bought by Gravitas Venturas and will have worldwide release in March. Locals will get a chance to see the final film before the release.

Enjoy beer from 4-6 pm and proceeds will go towards the festival. Then the screening will be held from 6-8 pm. The fundraiser serves as part of the month-long Seed&Spark campaign to raise the last $8,000 in funds for the 2018 festival.

The Oxford Film Festival was founded in 2003 to bring exciting, new and unusual films (and the people who create them) to North Mississippi. The annual five-day festival screens short and feature-length films in both showcase and competition settings, including narrative and documentary features and shorts; Mississippi narratives, documentaries and music videos, and narrative, documentary, animated and experimental shorts. The festival is a 501c3 not-for- profit organization.

 

Oxford Film Fest Announces First Wave of 2018 Fest Films

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The 2018 Oxford Film Festival announced a special work-in-progress screening of Cassidy Friedman’s CIRCLES, the winners of the film festival’s inaugural screenplay competition and Artist Vodka contest for the 15th Anniversary edition and this year’s Magnifying Glass Fellowship recipient of the popular film festival. Oxford FF also announced the official selections in the feature film, short film, and music video categories produced in the state of Mississippi.

Melanie Addington, executive director of the Oxford Film Festival, said, “In our fifteenth year, the Oxford Film Festival will continue to put our best foot forward when it comes to inspiring the discussion of important and timely socio-political issues and topics through our films. CIRCLES is a great example of a film that provides a wonderful jumping off point for precisely that type of talk. We are also thrilled to debut our screenplay competition and partner with Artist Vodka to continue to not just inspire filmmakers, but offer significant cash rewards for their wonderful work, as well.” 

Eric Butler in Circles

Eric Butler in Circles

Friedman’s CIRCLES, tracks a Hurricane Katrina survivor who is a pioneer of the Restorative Justice movement in Oakland schools working to keep black teenagers in school. However, when his own son is wrongfully accused, he suddenly finds his personal and professional lives collide. The screening will be co-presented by the Mississippi Humanities Council, and following the screening will be a discussion with Friedman and film subject Eric Butler, in partnership with the William Winter Institute for Racial Reconciliation.

The first winner of the Oxford FF’s inaugural screenplay competition is John Matthew Tyson’s “Twirling at Ole Miss,” and the runner up is John Bateman’s “Not Everything Was Burning.” Both scripts will have a live table read on Wednesday, February 7 at the festival, with the writer of Twirling at Ole Miss receiving $1000, a flight and hotel accommodations at Oxford, and mentorship from John Norris, film producer of such films as Get on Up, The Help, and the upcoming American Pain.

Magnifying Glass Fellowship winner Robbie Fisher and co-director Jenni Smith will world premiere their micro-short with the working title DEAR MR BRYANT on Wednesday of the festival. Fisher received $1,000 to have her film made.

Mississippi religious leaders share their informed and heartfelt thoughts in telling

Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant why he was wrong to fight for and sign into law the controversial and extreme piece of anti-LGBTQ legislation known simply as H.B. 1523.

Nation Down, winner of the Artist Vodka competition.

Nation Down, winner of the Artist Vodka competition.

Liam Hendrix Heath’s NATION DOWN, which depicts a nightmarish world ruled by a manipulative king risking his rule in a warped bid for companionship, won the Artist Vodka competition. Heath will receive a grand prize of $5,000, along with flight and hotel covered to attend the festival. Tracy S. Facelli’s FAVORITES, about a man coping with the sudden death of his wife via the happy memories brought about by eating his favorite dessert that she had made for him prior to her death, was the runner up in the contest. Facelli received hotel accommodations to attend the Oxford FF as part of her prize package. In order to be eligible for the competition, the films were required to be less than 25 minutes and must incorporate one of the following:Artist Vodka mentioned verbally, a character wearing an Artist Vodka t-shirt, placement of Artist Vodka bottle in foreground in a scene, or the Artist Vodka logo in the opening credits.

Addington added, “The Oxford Film Festival has always had a clear and dedicated objective to promote and celebrate the work of filmmakers local to Mississippi. Giving those filmmakers an opportunity to show their work and be discovered by our audiences, as well as make connections with other filmmakers leading them to future work has been one of most important aspects of this film festival for going on fifteen years now.”

Four feature films will lead the way for Mississippi-based productions chosen as official selections for the 2018 Oxford Film Festival. Those films include Jeff Dennis’s THE PROCESS: THE WAY OF PABLO SIERRA about a potter, baker, and horseman who lived in Yocona, Mississippi. Born in Spain, Sierra came to Ole Miss on track scholarship, eventually becoming the man he is today. Astin Rocks.’ LOVE SOLILOQUY: A VISUAL ALBUM uses avant-garde storytelling to reveal the psyche behind young women navigating their relationships. Timothy Givens and Mark K. Brockway’s MISSISSIPPI MADAM: THE LIFE OF NELLIE JACKSON profiles an African-American woman born into poverty in Possum Corner, Mississippi, who opened a brothel in Natchez, Mississippi and ran it for more than 60 years with full knowledge of police and Natchez officials until a fiery end one hot July night in 1990. Frances Causey’s THE LONG SHADOW features two daughters of the South who look beyond their white privilege to discover the troubling and hidden history of their area, exposing the long and powerful reach of Southern politics.

 Special Work-in-Progress Screening

 CIRCLES

Director: Cassidy Friedman

Genre: Documentary

Country: USA, Running Time: 82 min

A Hurricane Katrina survivor who works to keep black teenagers in school in Oakland, California finds his personal and professional lives colliding when his 15-year-old-son goes to jail for a crime he didn't commit.

Artist Vodka Winner

 NATION DOWN

Director: Liam Hendrix Heath

Genre: Narrative

Country: USA, Running Time: 14:57 min

On a strange world locked in a dystopian nightmare, an oppressive regime is met with riots and rebellion. Desperate to suppress chaos, the king triggers a perverse manipulative scheme before risking his dominance in a warped bid for companionship.

Artist Vodka Runner-up

FAVORITES

Director: Tracy S. Facelli

Genre: Narrative

Country: USA, Running Time: 17:24 min

Steve and Natalie are pretty happy together, until it all comes crashing down when Natalie dies unexpectedly. After the funeral, Steve is having some trouble processing until he finds that the last thing Natalie did before she died was to make his favorite dessert. With this last push from Natalie, Steve starts the grieving process.

2018 Oxford Film Festival Screenplay Competition Winners

 "Twirling at Ole Miss”

Screenwriter: John Matthew Tyson

“Not Everything Was Burning” (Runner-Up)

Screenwriter: John Bateman

Mississippi Films – Feature length 

Pablo Sierra in The Process

Pablo Sierra in The Process

THE PROCESS: THE WAY OF PABLO SIERRA

Director: Jeff Dennis

Genre: Documentary

Country: USA, Running Time: 66 min

A film about a potter named Pablo Sierra who lives in Yocona, MS. Born in Spain, he came to Ole Miss on track scholarship. He became a world-class runner, and is now a potter, baker, and horseman. For Pablo, the process is everything.

 

LOVE SOLILOQUY: A VISUAL ALBUM

Director: Astin Rocks.

Genre: Experimental

Country: USA, Running Time: 31 min

Distorting the perception of true events, LOVE SOLILOQUY uses avant-garde storytelling to reveal the psyche behind young women navigating their relationships. Astin Rocks. doubles as the band's vocalist, lyricist and film director.

 

MISSISSIPPI MADAM: THE LIFE OF NELLIE JACKSON

Director: Timothy Givens and Mark K. Brockway

Genre: Documentary

County: USA, Running Time: 81 min

In 1902 Nellie Jackson, an African-American woman born into poverty in Possum Corner, Miss., travels north to Natchez and opens a brothel she ran for more than 60 years with full knowledge of police and Natchez officials until a fiery end one hot July night in 1990

 

THE LONG SHADOW

Director: Frances Causey

Genre: Documentary

Country: USA, Running Time: 88 min

Two daughters of the South look beyond their white privilege to discover a history that’s been hidden, exposing the long and shockingly powerful reach of Southern politics from slavery through to today’s racial imbalance.

 

Mississippi Films – Shorts

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CAUTION

Director: Thomas Haffey

Country: USA, Running Time: 1:17 min

A concerned citizen shares her young thoughts on the orange invaders that have enveloped her town.

 

CLOSED

Director: Samuel Cox

Country: USA, Running Time: 3:17 min

A typical closing shift for a barista turns as he is preparing to leave for the night.

 

COWGIRL UP

Director: Nathan Willis

Country: USA, Running Time: 5:17 min

A cowgirl from Mississippi pursues her lifelong dream of becoming the first African-American female in the National Finals Rodeo.

 

CUBICLE CITY

Director: Glenn Payne

Country: USA, Running Time: 16:42 min

Missing lunches, maniacal villains, monster detectives, and mechanical men: When office life gets boring you can always escape to the streets of Cubicle City.

 

DAYFALL

Director: Tony King

Country: USA, Running Time: 1:17 min

A man with a gun wakes up alone on a cliff. Out of boredom, he shoots at a tree filled with birds, who attack him in response, before leaving him isolated on the cliff, after he shoots and kills several of them. Realizing his actions were wrong and that the birds were his only company, he seeks to regain their trust once again. 

 

FLAG FLAP OVER MISSISSIPPI

Director: Rex Jones

Country: USA, Running Time: 27 min

Does Mississippi's state flag, adopted in 1894 and the last in the United States to incorporate Confederate imagery into its design, represent hospitality or hostility? To some it depicts history and heritage; to others it stands for a history of hate and injustice. The discourse over the flag often becomes so contentious that the debate quickly devolves into a shouting match. FLAG FLAP OVER MISSISSIPPI is a filmic conversation between all sides that will hopefully generate more civil discussion in the public sphere.

 

HAND MADE

Director: David Ross

Country: USA, Running Time: 4:55 min

Greg Harkins has lived in Vaughan Mississippi for all of his life. At an early age he began studying the craft of woodworking and since that time he has never worked for anybody else. His techniques are passed down from the mid-1800s and he is preserving a virtually lost craft.

 

MOMBIE

Director: N.T. Bullock

Country: USA, Running Time: 9:57 min

Little Kevin watches his dad try to keep the family together after mom comes home... changed.

 

PART OF IT

Director: Victoria De Leone

Country: USA, Running Time: 7:20 min

Joseph Hosey delves into the history, both natural and societal, of his home through wild foods. Foraging offers both a method of understanding and a way of belonging in Jones County, Mississippi.

 

PAY THE PIPER

Director: Maggie Bushway

Country: USA, Running Time: 6:29 min

The piper takes revenge on a town that owes him for his services, but soon realizes he has made a grave mistake.

 

THE PIZZA MAGAZINE

Director: Daniel Perea

Country: USA, Running Time: 15:48 min

The behind-the-scenes story of how a newsletter written on a coffee table grew to become a multinational publication read by tens of thousands all over the globe.

 

RIVER MADE

Director: David Ross

Country: USA, Running Time: 7:09 min

John Ruskey came to Mississippi to discover the blues.  After repeatedly seeing the town of Clarksdale on most of his blues records, he packed his bags and went south, guitar in hand. After years of living in Clarksdale as a blues historian, he suddenly had another calling. This time, it was the Mississippi River (or the "gut of America" as he likes to say). John and his lead guide, former college All-American and NFL linebacker, Mark "River" Peoples paddle down the Mississippi River on exploratory adventures year round. Their goal is to change the misconceptions of the river while leaving their fellow explorers with lifelong lessons.

 

TRUTH RISES

Director: E. J. Carter

Country: USA, Running Time: 2:40 min

A brother and sister talk about getting in trouble after mistakes are made in the family business

 

WE BELIEVED WE WERE IMMORTAL

Director: Kathleen Wickham and Larry Wells

Country: USA, Running Time: 8 min

On the 55th anniversary of the 1962 crisis at Ole Miss, author Kathleen Wickham traces the footsteps of twelve American journalists and examines the unsolved murder of Paul Guihard, a French reporter, the only journalist killed during the civil rights movement.

 

WINSTON COUNTY MIRACLE MAN

Director: Rick Guy

Country: USA, Running Time: 6:25 min

Jimmy Gregory survived being hit in the head with an ax as a teenager.

 

Mississippi Music Videos

Stace and Cassie in "A Hard Rain"

Stace and Cassie in "A Hard Rain"

“A Hard Rain” by Stacie and Cassie

Director: J.B. Lawrence/Stace and Cassie

Country: USA, Running Time: 5:55 min

 

“All I Know” by Jake Wood

Director: Rex Harsin

Country: USA, Running Time: 2:56 min

 

“Damaged” by American Automatic

Director: Greg Johnson

Country: USA, Running Time: 5:28 min

 

“Glory Glory” by Sharde Thomas and the Rising Star Fife and Drum Band

Director: Jeff Dennis

Country: USA, Running Time: 5:01 min

 

“God Bless America” by Effie Burt

Director: Effie Burt

Country: USA, Running Time: 5 min

 

“Make Me Want You” by Shayne Weems

Director: J.B. Lawrence

Country: USA, Running Time: 4:28 min

 

“Manna” by King Woman

Director: Vincent Jude Chaney

Country: USA, Running Time: 6:12 min

 

“My City” by Adam “AJC” Collier

Directors: Philip Scarborough, Tom Beck

Country: USA, Running Time: 4:40 min

 

“Randy Weeks: Mississippi Songwriter”

Director: Keerthi Chandrashekar, Je'Monda Roy, and Jimmy Thomas

Country: USA, Running Time: 5:15 min

 

“Royal” by Lost in Constellation

Director: Michael Williams

Country: USA, Running Time: 6 min

 

“Spinning” by The Fuzzy Crystals

Director: Justin Possenti

Country: USA, Running Time: 3:30 min

 

“Stomping Ground” by Robert King

Director: J.B. Lawrence

Country: USA, Running Time: 5:54 min

 

“Trust and Believe”

Director: Andre Hill

Country: USA, Running Time: 4:40 min

 

“World Gone Crazy” by 61 Ghosts

Director: Coop Cooper

Country: USA, Running Time: 6:03 min

 

“Your Mistress” by Mersaidee Soules

Director: Michael Williams

Country: USA, Running Time: 4:16 min 

To learn more about the films, buy tickets or passes to the festival, visit us on Elevent. 

Oxford Art Nominations Live

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The Oxford Day for Art launched this year as a way to highlight all the art groups in the area and to support artists for a new award ceremony. Nominations are now live and the finalists will be announced January 15. 

Following the nomination process we will announce the candidates for the “Best Of” in each category in January.  The public will have the ability to vote for their favorite up until the Day for Art awards party on January 23, 2018 at the Powerhouse from 8pm-10pm.

While nominating, consider Oxford Film Festival in the event category! 

Anyone donating $10 or more will receive tickets to the Day for Art party with complimentary cocktails and food sponsored by the Arts Council. Voting is free but the $10 donation lets you into the party! 

The Nomination form:  Day for Art Nomination Form

Keep tabs on the upcoming event on Facebook here:  Day for Art Facebook Event

Keep Oxford Film Festival Strong!

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In celebration of Oxford Film Festival’s 15th year, Oxford Film Festival is launching a crowd funding campaign to raise the final funds for this years’ event. The campaign will launch December 1, 2017 and will be open to all those willing and able to support Oxford Film Festival. The festival will also be releasing its first part of the 2018 festival lineup on Monday, December 4.

In light of Oxford Film Festival’s 15th birthday, there will be levels of donations and incentives that provide a wide range of opportunities to become better involved with Oxford Film Festival. Donation categories range from $15 to $500 with perks to match at each level and will be available for submission December 1st.

For a $15 birthday donation, you receive an Oxford Film Festival birthday card on our Facebook wall, special thanks on the screen at this year’s Oxford Film Festival as well as thanks on our website. The $30 level mimics the $15; you are allotted the same perks in addition to 15 percent off any ticket or pass at the 2018 Oxford Film Festival. The $45 level grants the same perks as the $15 plus 25 percent off any ticket or pass for the 2018 Oxford Film Festival.

The levels continue to rise at the $75 level where you will receive a 5-pack ticket to the Oxford Film Festival where you can enjoy 5 movies on us along with a birthday e-card, screening thanks, and thanks on our website. At the $120 level, you will get 10 film tickets to use for yourself or to share for a fun night at the festival. A weekend pass comes along with the $135 donation level and at the $250 level, you become a sponsor of the festival with a VIP pass and much more. The $500 level tops the charts with excitement as it provides in return 2 VIP passes, 2018 festival shirt, %25 discount for any ticketed festival events as well as special thanks on our site.

            This year’s 2018 festival will take place February 7 through the 11. The full festival schedule and ticket purchases will go live in January 2018 but the best way to currently support Oxford Film Festival is through our crowdfunding campaign to help get the final funds to make the festival possible. Learn how to give on Seed&Spark or at www.oxfordfilmfest.com.