And the Hokas go to.....OFF #15 Wraps up

The 2018 winners of the Hokas

The 2018 winners of the Hokas

 Oxford, MS (February 12, 2018) – The 2018 Oxford Film Festival celebrated the best of the fest with an entertaining awards ceremony emceed by Crooked Marquee’s Eric D. Snider, often comically channeling Oxford literary legend William Faulkner, at the Powerhouse (413 S. 14th Street) on Saturday, February 10, highlighted by the announcement of Hoka awards for Arturo Perez Torres and Aviva Armour-Ostroff’s THE DRAWER BOY for Best Narrative Feature, Nick Taylor’s THE ORGANIZER for Best Documentary Feature, Itako’s BOYS FOR SALE for Best LGBTQ Feature, and the presentation of the Lisa Blount Memorial Acting Award to Catherine Eaton for her performance in THE SOUNDING.

Jeff Dennis’s THE PROCESS: THE WAY OF PABLO SIERRA won the Hoka Award for Best Mississippi Feature Film, and Sacha Jenkins’s WORD IS BOND took the top prize for Best Music Documentary.

Receiving “Special Recognition” in the Narrative Feature Film Category were Catherine Eaton for her film THE SOUNDING with Astin Rocks receiving the same in the Mississippi Films Category for her film LOVE SOLILOQUY: A VISUAL ALBUM. Also cited in the documentary film category was a Special Jury Mention for “Creative Storytelling” to Aaron and Amanda Kopp for their documentary, LIYANA.

Winner of the Mississippi feature will receive a year of free equipment rental from OxFilm Society. The winner of the Narrative Feature category will receive a $10,000 camera rental package from Panavision and an InkTip Script Listing.

Winner of the Documentary Feature category will win $10,000 of equipment rental for their next feature from Panavision as well as $2,500 in editorial consultation from editor Joe Shapiro. All winners will receive a free subscription to MovieMaker Magazine.

A special Editing Award was presented to director Mark Potts for the film, COP CHRONICLES: LOOSE CANNONS: LEGEND OF THE HAJ-MIRAGE. The Pat Rasberry Emerging Mississippi Filmmaker Award was given to Kelly Buckholdt (TRUTH RISES). The Alice Guy-Blaché Emerging Female Filmmaker Award (and check for $1000 from the Louis M. Rabinowitz Foundation) went to Amanda Kopp, who co-directed the documentary LIYANA with her husband Aaron Kopp.

Oxford Film Festival Executive Director Melanie Addington said, “Our 15th Anniversary edition of the Oxford Film Festival highlighted all of the things this film festival has become known for: entertaining and sometimes provocative films, a flood of filmmakers either returning to Oxford or experiencing it for the first time, and an ever growing enthusiastic audience enjoying it all. This year’s award-winners truly exemplified the art and spirit of the program overall this year.”

In the Short Film category, Best Narrative Short went to Clark Duke’s HOME, with a Special Jury Prize for “Creative Vision” going to Alejandro Damiani’s M.A.M.O.N. (MONITOR AGAINST MEXICANS OVER NATIONWIDE), and an “Honorable Mention” going to Jessee Kreitzer’s BLACK CANARIES. The winner of the Hoka for Best Documentary Short was Peter Byck’s ONE HUNDRED THOUSAND BEATING HEARTS. A Special Jury Prize for “Personal Vision” went to Daniel Robin’s ALL THE LEAVES ARE BROWN, with an “Honorable Mention” given to Dana Nachman‘s WASHED AWAY.

Winner of the Narrative Short category will receive an InkTip script listing and 3 days of audio post-production from Taproot Audio Design in Oxford. Winners of the Documentary Short category will also receive 3 days of audio post-production from Taproot Audio Design in Oxford. 

Nathan Willis’s COWGIRL UP was named Best Mississippi Short Film, with E.J. Carter’s TRUTH RISES receiving a Special Jury Prize for “Filmmaker to Watch,” and David Ross’s HAND MADE getting a “Honorable Mention” Vincent Jude Chaney’s music video for “Manna” by King Woman took the Hoka in that category with Michael Williams’s music video for “Royal” by Lost in Constellation receiving an Honorable Mention. Mark C. Smith’s TWO BALLOONS won the Fest Forward animation category, and Quentin Haberham’s HOMEGROWN received an “Honorable Mention.” The Best LGBTQ Short winner was Joseph Sulsenti’s FISHY.

The Mississippi winner will receive an OxFilm society membership for free equipment rentals for one year. The Mississippi Music Video musician also will win $1,000 worth of recording time from the studio of Oxford-based RNN Studios (Nathan Robbins).

John Matthew Tyson picked by his previously announced Hoka Award as the winner for the Oxford Film Festival’s first Screenplay Competition for his script, “Twirling at Ole Miss.” He has received mentorship from producer John Norris, a trip to Oxford to attend the film festival, with a live table read held last Wednesday and a $1000 check.

Liam Hendrix’s NATION DOWN was the winner of the inaugural Artist Vodka Award. He received a trip to Oxford, along with the presentation of a Hoka Award and a $5,000 check courtesy of Artist Vodka.

Nearly 7000 film fans braved both rain, cold, and even a broken water main in he City of Oxford to see the record number of films (204) presented at this year’s film festival, wit another 3000 people tuning to live stream broadcasts of the filmmaker panels and awards ceremony. Among the highlights were panels coinciding with films focusing on female filmmakers (which followed a screening of Cady McClain’s the documentary SEEING IS BELIEVING: WOMEN DIRECT), and an issue plaguing women nationally – the woeful lag time in processing rape kits across the country, as reported by Trish Adlesic and Geeta Gandbhir’s award-winning HBO documentary, I AM EVIDENCE.

“It’s a special film that can move the needle on important issues,” said OFF documentary programmer Mark Rabinowitz, “and Trish Adlesic and Geeta Gandbhir’s I Am Evidence does just that regarding the epidemic of violence against women. At the post-screening panel, Mississippi state representative Jay Hughes announced that after viewing the film, he would introduce a bill to address Mississippi’s lack of a law mandating the collection and processing of rape kits, while Oxford Police Department chief of operations Major Jeff McCutchen offered his opinion that all police officers in the state should be requited to watch the film as part of their training and that the OPD would work to 'train the hearts' of their officers.”

2018 OXFORD FF AWARD-WINNING FILMS

 

THE DRAWER BOY – BEST NARRATIVE FEATURE

Directors: Arturo Perez Torres and Aviva Armour-Ostroff’

 

THE SOUNDING – Special Recognition/Narrative

Director: Catherine Eaton

 

THE ORGANZER – BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE

Director: Nick Taylor

 

LIYANA - Special Jury Mention for “Creative Storytelling”/Documentary

Directors: Aaron and Amanda Kopp

 

THE PROCESS: THE WAY OF PABLO SIERRA BEST MISSISSIPPI FEATURE

Director: Jeff Dennis

 

LOVE SOLILOQUY: A VISUAL ALBUM – Special Recognition/Mississippi Films

Director: Astin Rocks

 

WORD IS BOND – BEST MUSIC DOCUMENTARY

Director: Sacha Jenkins

 

BOYS FOR SALE – BEST LGBTQ FILM

Director: Itako

 

FISHY – BEST LGBTQ SHORT

Director: Joseph Sulsenti

 

HOME – BEST NARRATIVE SHORT

Director: Clark Duke

 

M.A.M.O.N. (MONITOR AGAINST MEXICANS OVER NATIONWIDE – Special Jury Prize for “Creative Vision”

Director: Alejandro Damiani

 

BLACK CANARIES – Honorable Mention

Director: Jessee Kreitzer

 

ONE HUNDRED THOUSAND BEATING HEARTS – BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT

Director: Peter Byck

 

ALL THE LEAVES ARE BROWN – Special Jury Prize for “Personal Vision”

Director: Daniel Robin

 

WASHED AWAY – Honorable Mention

Director: Dana Nachman

 

COWGIRL UP – BEST MISSISSIPPI SHORT FILM

Director: Nathan Willis

 

TRUTH RISES – Special Jury Prize for “Filmmaker to Watch”

Director: E.J. Carter (Kelly Buckholdt)

 

HAND MADE – Honorable Mention

Director: David Ross

 

“Manna” by King Woman - BEST MISSISSIPPI MUSIC VIDEO

Director: Vincent Jude Chaney

 

“Royal” by Lost in Constellation – Honorable Mention

Director: Michael Williams

TWO BALLOONS – FEST FORWARD BEST ANIMATION

Director: Mark C. Smith

 

HOMEGROWN – Honorable Mention

Director: Quentin Haberham

 

Catherine Eaton (THE SOUNDING) - Lisa Blount Memorial Acting Award

 

Amanda Kopp (LIYANA) - Alice Guy-Blaché Emerging Female Filmmaker Award

 

Kelly Buckholdt (TRUTH RISES) - Pat Rasberry Emerging Mississippi Filmmaker Award

 

COP CHRONICLES: LOOSE CANNONS: LEGEND OF THE HAJ-MIRAGE – BEST EDITING

Director: Mark Potts

 

“Twirling at Ole Miss” – BEST SCREENPLAY

Screenwriter: John Matthew Tyson  

 

NATION DOWN – ARTIST VODKA AWARD

Director: Liam Hendrix

 


 

The 2018 OFF Adds two more films and details on panels!

Mohawk by Ted Geoghegan will be on Sunday as a special screening.

Mohawk by Ted Geoghegan will be on Sunday as a special screening.


The 2018 Oxford Film Festival (February 7-11) has announced the the addition of two films to its schedule full schedule, with Ted Geoghegan’s MOHAWK and Jake Mahaffy’s MIDWINTER joining the lineup, as well as the full lineup and details and participants of this year’s filmmaker panels for the festival which will begin next week.

OFF also announced that the City of Oxford will issue an official proclamation naming February 5-11 “Oxford Film Festival Week” in celebration of the film festival’s 15th Anniversary.of films for this year’s 15th Anniversary edition.

On opening night, writer/director Adam Rifkin will present his latest effort, THE LAST MOVIE STAR, starring Burt Reynolds and Ariel Winter, while Carlos and Jason Sanchez’s intense drama, ALLURE, starring Evan Rachel Wood, will screen at the festival’s Centerpiece Selection and Robert Mullan’s 60s biopic MAD TO BE NORMAL, starring David Tennant Elisabeth Moss and Michael Gambon, serves as the closing night selection.

Geoghegan’s MOHAWK is the latest film from the critically-acclaimed genre filmmaker (WE’RE STILL HERE). The film is set during the War of 1812, where a young Mohawk woman and her two lovers battle a squad of American soldiers hell-bent on revenge. The film stars Kaniehtiio Horn, Ezra Buzzington, and Noah Segan, and past OFF Hoka honoree Robert Longstreet, and has made a mark at a number of genre film festivals, like Fantasia. Geoghegan is set to attend and participate in a Q&A following the screening.

 

Mahaffy’s MIDWINTER focuses on a pregnant woman, who returns to her family's empty cabin to spend time alone, only to find her estranged mother already there waiting for her. What begins as a tentative reunion on the shortest day of the year quickly turns dark. Memphis-based producer Adam Hohenberg will be in attendance and will take part in a Q&A after the film.

Midwinter produced by Memphis local Adam Hohenberg will play on Sunday with Mohawk.

Midwinter produced by Memphis local Adam Hohenberg will play on Sunday with Mohawk.

 

A total of 204 films (35 features, 169 shorts and music videos), including 29 world premieres and 6 U.S. premieres, were selected for OFF’s 15th Anniversary edition, marking an increase of more than 30 films from last year’s lineup. In addition, more than 60 female filmmakers directed or co-directed this year’s films, aided in part by the festival’s decision to offer a 50% discount for submissions by female filmmakers and the continuing Alice Guy Blaché Award for Emerging Female Filmmaker.

Panels will be held at various locations: the Malco Panel Tent (MPT), the Gertrude Ford Center for the Performing Arts, and the Powerhouse Community Arts Center. All are made free as part of the OxFilm Society unless tied to a screening and then is included in price of movie ticket.

The subjects include:

 

Julie Keck of Seed&Spark

Julie Keck of Seed&Spark

Crowdfunding and People Power Workshop

(Sunday, February 11, 1:00PM-3:00PM, @ MPT)

We all know crowdfunding is a powerful tool for harnessing your audience and raising the funds needed to make your film... but how do you find and engage that crowd? Seed & Spark's Head of Education and Outreach Julie Keck will talk about authentic audience building, using social media to engage and activate your crowd, and effective communication techniques to use before, during and after a crowdfunding campaign in order to sustain long-term relationships with your awesome audience.

 

 

 

 

 
Director Trish Adlesic of I Am Evidence

Director Trish Adlesic of I Am Evidence

Film Discussion: I AM EVIDENCE

(Saturday, February 10, 11:30AM-12:30PM, @ MPT)

Following the screening of the hard-hitting HBO documentary about the nation’s incredible number of unprocessed rape kits, I AM EVIDENCE, Oxford Film Festival’s Head Programmer for Documentary Feaures, Mark Rabinowitz will moderate a panel which will include the film’s director, Trish Adlesic, Cuyahoga County Special Investigator Nicole DiSanto, and a representative from the Oxford Police Department, and additional special guests.

Moderator: Mark Rabinowitz

Mark Rabinowitz is the co-founder of Indiewire.com and has been a critic, journalist, producer, film festival staffer, and media consultant since 1995. He is the Oxford Film Festival’s head programmer for Documentary Features and Shorts.

Guests:

Trish Adlesic is an Oscar and Emmy-nominated documentary producer for her work on Gasland and Gasland Part II. She teamed with director Josh Fox and HBO to produce these seminal documentaries exposing the environmental devastation and public safety hazards of “fracking." Gasland premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2010 and Gasland Part II premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2013 to much acclaim. Trish has over 20 years of experience working in narrative filmmaking with such notable directors as Jim Sheridan (In America, Get Rich or Die Tryin’), Sidney Lumet (Night Falls on Manhattan), Gus Van Sant (Finding Forrester), James L. Brooks (As Good as It Gets) and Michael Mann (The Insider). Trish also worked in episodic television for 15 years as the Location Manager for NBC’s Law & Order: SVU series and has been a contributing member of the Director's Guild of America for 19 years.

 

Nicole DiSanto

Nicole DiSanto

Special Investigator Nicole DiSanto has been employed by the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s Office, in Cleveland, Ohio, for over nine years and a member of the CODIS Cold Case Unit for the last four. She is part of a Multi-Agency Task Force assigned to reinvestigate cold case rapes after more than 6,000 sexual assault kits were located and submitted for testing as part of a backlog initiative. As one of the original CODIS Task Force members, Nicole has closed nearly 200 hundred cases. Several of which have resulted in lengthy prison sentences for numerous serial rapists.

 

A representative from Oxford Police Department will also be on hand.

 

 

 

How to Get Your Film Publicized

(Friday, February 9, 5:30PM-7:00PM, @ MPT)

Nationally known film and film festival publicists and film critics reveal the secrets of how to get their attention while on the film festival circuit. The informative panel will include the Commercial Appeal’s John Beifuss, Pajiba.com’s Kristy Puchko, Wildworks PR and Festworks.com’s John Wildman, RogerEbert.com’s Brian Tallerico, and Paste Magazine’s Mark Rabinowitz and Crookedmarquee's Eric Snider. 

Eric D. Snider is a writer and film critic in Portland, Ore., though he originally hails from the South (Southern California). He is the managing editor of CrookedMarquee.com, co-host of the podcast Movie B.S. with Bayer and Snider (he plays Snider), and an occasional contributor to Vanity Fair, Complex, Thrillist, and various church newsletters. He is honored to be participating in the Oxford Film Festival for the 10th time and getting a free one on his punchcard. Visit him online at EricDSnider.com.

John Beifuss has been a reporter in Memphis since 1981, and the film critic for the daily newspaper, The Commercial Appeal, since 1996. His work has appeared in such publications as The New York Times, TV Guide, USA Today, American Film and – most important – Famous Monsters of Filmland magazine. He has contributed entries on film to The New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture, and has served as a film festival juror from sea (Oregon) to shining sea (North Carolina). He is the author the children’s book, “Armadillo Ray” (Chronicle Books).

Kristy Puchko is a New York-based film critic and entertainment journalist whose work has appears on Vanity Fair, Pajiba, Nerdist, IndieWire, and Riot Material. She is also teaches Film Criticism at the NYC's Fashion Institute of Technology. You can keep up with her on Twitter: @KristyPuchko

John Wildman is a filmmaker, film publicist, film journalist and critic. His feature film directorial debut, the grindhouse art-horror thriller The Ladies of the House was released to critical acclaim in 2015. He also runs festworks.com and was formerly a contributor to FilmComment.com, Film Threat and several prior publications including Movie City News and Moving Pictures Magazine.com.

Brian Tallerico has covered television, film, video games, Blu-ray/DVD, interviews, and entertainment news for almost two decades online, on radio, and in print. Tallerico is the Editor of RogerEbert.com. In addition, he is the Editor of Magill's Cinema Annual, a regular guest on radio stations throughout the Midwest, a TV writer for Vulture.com, a contributor at Rolling Stone, and freelancer for multiple outlets. He also serves as Vice President of the Chicago Film Critics Association and co-produces the Chicago Critics Film Festival every May. Everything is possible because of his wife Lauren and three boys: Lucas, Miles, and Noah. You can follow him on Twitter @Brian_Tallerico.

IndieWire.com co-founder Mark Rabinowitz has been a programmer, journalist and producer for over 20 years and has also been a publicist since 2013. He has attended more than 175 film festivals around the world and written extensively on film and TV for CNN.com, E! Online, Paste Magazine, Screen International, Variety and many others. His past and present PR clients include Knitting Factory Entertainment, Marriott Content Studios, Amy Berg’s An Open Secret, Delia Vallot’s Mighty Ground, Bob Zmuda, writer Virgil Williams (Mudbound), producer Mark Sayre, Apothic Wines and Treehouse Masters host Pete Nelson.  He currently serves on the Louisville Film Commission. He also produced Jimmy Kimmel’s first ever appearance on screen in 1994.

 

 

Lobaki Virtual Academy

(Friday, February 9, 11:00AM-5:00PM, @ MPT)

The VR Academy has been designed to provide students an immersive introduction to Virtual Reality and the tools and techniques used to create VR experiences. The exciting aspect of creating VR experiences is that not everyone has to have a computer science interest or be a coder. Festival participants will learn about the immersive effects of VR and learn more about the work that Lobaki Inc. is doing in Clarksdale, Mississippi to focus on economic development through Virtual Reality opportunities.

 

 

Queer Filmmaking

(Sunday, February 11, 3:30PM-4:30PM, @ MPT)

Attending filmmakers and actors from the LGBTQ juried competition will discuss the challenges, advantages of queer filmmaking as well as the state of LGBTQ cinema in today's climate. Moderated by Eric D. Snider, the panel will include:

Lucas Omar of The Cleanse.

Lucas Omar of The Cleanse.

2017 Lexus Short Films Competition finalist Lucas Omar, and Emmy Award winning commercial and film director Jill Salvino (BETWEEN THE SHADES).

Lucas Omar is a gay writer/director whose work aims to redefine queer representation by breaking societal norms on gender and sexuality. His style is indulgent, aggressive, and electric. Lucas is a recent MFA graduate of the Florida State University College of Motion Picture Arts and currently lives in New York. His films have screened globally and won numerous awards. Most notably, he was a finalist in the 2017 Lexus Short Films Competition. my short "The Cleanse" playing in the LGBTQ Shorts Block on Friday at 64

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Jill Salvino is an Emmy award winning commercial and film director. Jill has directed three short films. Taking it for Granted screened in over a dozen film festivals including a special screening at NYC’s “Downtown Film Festival” after taking home Best Drama. The Sonnet Project, presented by the New York Shakespeare Exchange toured the United Kingdom. Lies People Tell premiered in the San Pedro International Film Festival and was chosen by New York Women in Film and Television as one of their “Top Short Films of the Year.” Between the Shades is her feature length documentary debut and takes a look at the LGBT community and what connects us all.

 

The Role of Audio in Visual Storytelling

(Saturday, February 10, 1:15PM-3:15PM, @ MPT)

Bad sound can ruin a great film or make a great film a next-level experience. As filmmakers become more independent, quality audio becomes more important than ever. Re-Recording Mixers Jeffrey Reed (YA ALIBI, SHAKE ‘EM ON DOWN), Eric R. Fischer (“Pearl Jam Twenty”) and Kevin Houston (BLACK SNAKE MOAN) will offer insight into the process of the often-overlooked role of audio in visual storytelling. Eric D Snider will moderate the discussion.

Eric Fischer

Eric Fischer

Eric R. Fischer

Eric R. Fischer is a film and TV Re-Recording Mixer based in Los Angeles, and is a 25 year veteran of the Los Angeles audio community. He has mixed a wide range of projects, including the Pearl Jam bio "Pearl Jam Twenty”, a music series for AXS TV, indie features, and concert films. Recent projects include:

 

The Glamour And The Squalor (Seattle DJ Marco Collins), The Cadillac Tramps: Life On The Edge, Living On Soul (concert film/doc about Daptone Records and the late Sharon Jones), and Foreman - a documentary about George Foreman."

 

Kevin Houston

Kevin Houston

Kevin Houston

Kevin Houston is a Grammy-nominated audio professional working in music and film for over 20 years. His selected film credits include Craig Brewer's Black Snake Moan, The Poor and Hungry, and $5 Cover, independent films such as NSecure, Butterfly Rising, and See The Keepers, television work for companies such as PBS, ABC & MTV, and episodic projects such as Feral and You Look Like, among many others.

 

 

Jeff Reed

Jeff Reed

Jeffrey Reed

Jeffrey Reed is a multi-faceted audio engineer and 25 year sound veteran, who specializes in 5.1 audio post-production/sound design for film, and mastering for music releases. He is based in Oxford, Mississippi and operates from his studio, Taproot Audio Design. Some of his most recent works include the award-winning PBS music documentary Shake 'Em On Down, and the Oscar-sanctioned short film, Ya Albi (My Heart), and numerous indie shorts and features, including the "Mississippi Western" feature film, Blood Country. Reed is also known for his work as the broadcast and post-production engineer for Oxford's own Thacker Mountain Radio Hour.

 

 

SEEING IS BELIEVING: WOMEN DIRECT Female Filmmaker Discussion

(Friday, February 9, 10:30AM-12:30PM, Malco Screen 1)

An in-depth panel discussion with an impressive group of award-winning filmmakers following the film’s screening. Participants include: SEEING IS BELIEVING: WOMEN DIRECT director, and two-time Emmy winner (“All My Children”) Cady McClain, documentary director (THE LONG SHADOW, HEIST: WHO STOLE THE AMERICAN DREAM?) Frances Causey, documentary director (FOREVER ’B’, JUNK DREAMS) Skye Borgman, Experimental film director (LOVE SOLILOQUY: A VISUAL ALBUM, LETTERS FROM A TRANSIENT) Astin Rocks, Emmy Award winner Jill Salvino (BETWEEN THE SHADES, TAKING IT FOR GRANTED), Diane Cignoni (Ground Hero Film), and last year’s Lisa Blount Acting Award honoree, Victoria Negri (PARALYSIS, GOLD STAR) An in-depth panel discussion with female directors following the film’s screening (55 min.).

Cady McClain is a two-time Emmy award winning actor, filmmaker, musician and author whose professional career spans 30 years. Her credits include studio and independent films, network and cable television, new media, OFF-Broadway theater and even performance art. She is also the director of Seeing is Believing: Women Direct.

Frances Causey is a documentary filmmaker who began her career with CNN.  Frances has directed several feature length documentaries including her 2012 documentary, HEIST:WHO STOLE THE AMERICAN DREAM?” which was a 2012 New York Times Critic’s Pick. Frances' latest documentary, THE LONG SHADOW, chronicles how the failure to end slavery at the United States' founding defined the nation and created tragic legal and political consequences for African-Americans throughout our history and in the present.

Skye Borgman is an award winning filmmaker who creates both narrative and documentary films.  Forever 'B" is Skye's first foray into true crime documentaries, and she is hooked.  She received several “Best Documentary” awards for her first documentary feature, "Junk Dreams"  (2007) Skye was cinematographer on “Quiet Riot: Well Now You’re Here, There’s No Way Back," (Showtime) as well as  “Nothing Like Chocolate”, “Intervention” “Mumia: Long Distance Revolutionary”, “The People of the Galapagos"  and "Science for Monks."  When she is not filming, Skye teaches cinematography at the University of Southern California.

Astin Rocks. doubles as an award-winning Independent Filmmaker and lead singer for Jackson-based duo, Clouds & Crayons.  Her critically acclaimed directorial debut, Letters from a Transient, premiered in 2015, receiving critical acclaim and accolades from media outlets including ForHarriet: Shine. She has won over five awards for producing experimental drama,Vocabulary of the Mysteries, including Best Experimental at Crossroads Film Festival, and Audience Favorite at both Brooklyn and BlackStar Film Festivals.   “Love Soliloquy: A Visual Album” uses avant-garde storytelling to reveal the psyche behind young women navigating their relationships, and it's is her proudest work yet.

Jill Salvino is an Emmy award winning commercial and film director. Jill has directed three short films. Taking it for Granted screened in over a dozen film festivals including a special screening at NYC’s “Downtown Film Festival” after taking home Best Drama. The Sonnet Project, presented by the New York Shakespeare Exchange toured the United Kingdom. Lies People Tell premiered in the San Pedro International Film Festival and was chosen by New York Women in Film and Television as one of their “Top Short Films of the Year.” Between the Shades is her feature length documentary debut and takes a look at the LGBT community and what connects us all.

Diana Cignoni modeled in Europe and the USA for many years before she started directing. Diana has a unique educational background, having been taught by mentor Charlie Laughton (friend & mentor to Al Pacino) Penelope Allen, Mark Rydell and Martin Landau at The Actor's Studio. Elisabeth Dillon @ The HB Studio NYC, Geraldine Baron & Lance Lane. Diana also won multiple awards as a KOAN member of the Odyssey Theatre Los Angeles under the direction of Ron Sossi. Born and raised in Germany Diana now resides and works in Los Angeles. She is the founder of Ground Hero Film. www.groundherofilm.org

Victoria Negri is an award-winningwriter/director/producer/actress. Her feature directorial debut, Gold Star, which she wrote, directed, produced, and starred in, features Oscar nominated actor Robert Vaughn in his last on-screen performance. The film has gone on to win five awards on the festival circuit, including two Audience Awards, Best Feature Film Award, theLisa Blount Memorial Award for Acting at the Oxford Film Festival, and Best Supporting Actress for Catherine Curtin at the Blue Whiskey Independent Film Festival. Gold Star was selected by incubator Big Vision Empty Wallet as an Inaugural Kickstart Diversity Film. Additionally,Victoria has directed and produced numerous short films, music videos and webseries featured at the Lower East Side Film Festival, Nashville Film Festival, Cleveland Film Festival, Cucalorus, Nitehawk Shorts Festival and more. She’s acted in award-winning features, shorts and webseriesfeatured at: Cinequest Film Festival, Clermont-Ferrand, Tribeca and more. Always a cinephile, Victoria is looking forward to serving as Guest Director of the 2018 Art of Brooklyn Film Festival. Additionally, Victoria has written pieces on filmmaking for NoFilmSchool, BtchFlicks, Women and Hollywood, and The Talkhouse. She is a proud member of The Film Fatales, NYWIFT and The FilmShop.

 

Table Read of the Oxford Film Festival ScreenPlay Contest Winners (Wednesday, February 7, 7:00PM, Powerhouse)

Presented with actors from Theater Oxford, John M. Tyson’s Grand Prize winning script, “Twirling at Ole Miss” will be read by: George Kehoe, Matt King, Josh Heylin, Jacob Hall, Faith Janicki, Monte Boga, Geoff Knight, Brian Whisenant, Elise Fyke, and Matt Gieseke.

John Bateman’s Runner Up script, “Not Everything Was Burning” will be read by: Brian Whisenant, Mary Knight, Geoff Knight, George Kehoe, and Matt King.

Twirling at Ole Miss:

Following the publication of The Magic Christian in 1962, Terry Southern was commissioned by Esquire Magazine to travel to the University of Mississippi and write an article about the Dixie National Baton Twirling Institute. Terry Southern arrived in Oxford, Mississippi the day after William Faulkner’s funeral, discovering a town steeped in the segregated values of the “Old South.” African-American sharecroppers driving mule pulled carts through town contrasted sharply with the opulence of the National Baton Twirling Institute. With his keen journalistic eye, Southern observed the complacent bigotry of a society on the verge of a civil rights explosion. Southern’s cool deliberate prose poignantly foreshadowed the desegregation riots that occurred only a few months later on the campus of Ole Miss. Twirling at Ole Miss has been cited by Tom Wolfe as one of the defining works of the New Journalism and as such it was included in Wolfe and A.W. Johnson’s anthology The New Journalism.

As winner of the ScreenPlay contest, John M. Tyson received a trip to the festival, the table read and a cash prize of $1000 in addition to a mentorship from screenwriter/producer John Norris (profiled below with Saturday’s 4:00 panel).

Theatre Oxford is a community theatre dedicated to bringing dramatic art to the Oxford/Lafayette/University community through readings, demonstrations, workshops and productions.

 

 
Tav Falco

Tav Falco

Thacker Mountain Radio Hour

Location: Gertrude C. Ford Center for the Performing Arts, Thursday 6 pm

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 6:00 p.m. during the fall and spring and rebroadcast every Saturday at 7 pm on Mississippi Public Broadcastin

GUESTS:

Dan Mirvish of Bernard & Huey

Dan Mirvish of Bernard & Huey

Tav Falco

Tav Falco is one of the truly original and romantic forces in American music - the voice that America lost and found. He is tender and virile, flamboyant, witty and dangerous. Falco brings daggers back to the stage.  HE is the one who always holds out a hand to the enemy.

 

 

Dan Mirvish

Mentored by Robert Altman on his first film, OMAHA (THE MOVIE), Dan Mirvish's film OPEN HOUSE led the Oscars to rewrite their rules for Best Original Musical. He co-wrote the political novel I AM MARTIN EISENSTADT and he recently wrote the non-fiction book THE CHEERFUL SUBVERSIVE’S GUIDE TO INDEPENDENT FILMMAKING. Dan's newest film BERNARD AND HUEY, which was written by Oscar/Pulitzer winner Jules Feiffer, is screening at the Oxford Film Festival

 
John Norris, movie producer and mentor to screenplay winner at the 2018 festival.

John Norris, movie producer and mentor to screenplay winner at the 2018 festival.

Visual Effects Conversation with John Norris/Andre Leblanc

(Saturday, February 10, 4:00PM, @ MPT)

Eric D. Snider will moderate a deep dive discussion on visual effects in film today with celebrated Mississippi-based film producer John Norris (THE HELP, GET ON UP: THE JAMES BROWN STORY), and VFX Artist Andre LeBlanc (Blur).

John Norris is a film producer who splits his time among New York, Los Angeles and Church Hill, Mississippi, where he has had a residence since 2009. He has produced films such as the Academy Award nominated The Help, Get On Up: The James Brown Story, and the upcoming American Pain, based on John Temple’s book about the American OxyContin epidemic, which Tate Taylor will direct. He is also producing The Battle of Versailles at Fox, MGM’s In the Heat of the Night, and an adaptation of Coffee Will Make You Black, April Sinclair’s seminal novel about an African-American girl growing up in 1960’s Chicago, adapted and to be directed by Deborah Riley Draper. During his career as a film producer, he also served as a visual effects producer on films like Planet of the Apes, 300, The Amazing Spiderman, Clash of the Titans, The Incredible Hulk, I Am Legend, and The Chronicles of Narnia. Additionally, he founded the management company Artists & Directors Cooperative and managed such auteur writer/director clients as Ti West, Tate Taylor and Robert Krzkowski.

Also featured is Andre LeBlanc: VFX artist and lead for 15 years for both major and small studios. He currently works at Blur, which is run by Tim Miller (director of Deadpool).  

For the full lineup visit: http://oxfordfilmfest.com/oxford-film-festival/2018/1/7/2018-official-lineup-announced-204-films

For Kids Only!

The Kids Film Festival launches in full this year with two days of fun workshops and movie screenings for kids ages 5-17! 

KID FILM FESTIVAL

Sponsored by KidsFirst.org, HTC Vive, Tom Speed-Transworld Business Advisors, and an anonymous donor

Two-Day Pass: $20 (includes snacks and meals, as well as all activities)

Powerhouse (413 South 14th St)

The Kid Film Festival will have two days of movies, workshops and Virtual Reality play for two age groups to participate in the festival and learn more about the moviemaking process.

Buy the pass here! 

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FILMS

All Kid Films are rated G unless otherwise indicated.

The Adventure of the Afternoon

Director: Vance Yang, Stella Huang

TRT: 8 min.       Country: Taiwan

The tale of a kind and freedom-loving boy who meets an unexpected friend on a beautiful afternoon. They start an adventure journey to discover the world.

Ages 5-10

Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

 

The Adventures of Catty Wompus

Director: Craig Comstock

TRT:  25 min.      Country: United States

Catty Wompus, an adventurous young girl, takes her three best friends on a quest to see a “musical” sandcastle. Once there, they’re magically transported inside with the help of their Super-Thinking-Noggin-Toppers and the powers of positive thinking.

Ages 5-10

Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

 

Agrinoui

Director: Alexis Chaviaras

TRT: 20 min.   Country: Cyprus

A young mare visits Cyprus to take part in races. Frustrated from failure, she abandons the racetrack after confronting her strict father. The mare will meet new friends who will try to help her find her lost courage.

Ages 5-10

Sunday, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m

 

The Amazing Wizard of Paws

Director: Bryan Michael Stoller

TRT: 1 hr 36 min.    Country: USA

What happens when you find out the family dog is actually 600 years old and was once owned by a great and powerful wizard? In this charming and magical adventure, young Bobby Spade and his faithful therapy dog, Ozzy, stumble upon an ancient wizard's mystical book of spells. The once shy boy and loveable canine are unprepared for what comes next as the two find themselves suddenly graced with extraordinary magical powers.

Ages 5-10

Sunday, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m

 

Ami

Director: Gonzalo San Vicente

TRT: 6 min.    Country: Germany

Little Ami finds out her mother must leave on a business trip. Mom tells her a white lie to appease her mind while she is away. Find out what happens when the innocent lie turns true in a way neither of them expected.

Ages 5-10

Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

 

The Boy by the Sea

Director: Vasily Chuprina

TRT:  7 min.      Country: Latvia/Netherlands

The story of an unlikely friendship. A young boy sitting by the sea, watching the stones he throws disappear beneath the surface. An old lighthouse keeper. A different truth beyond the water.

Ages 11-17

Sunday, 1:15 to 3:15 p.m.

 

Brand New Day

Director: Patricia Beckmann Wells

TRT:  4 min.     Country: United States

A narrative short without voice-over, set to the music of Big D and the Kid's Table. The song 'Brand New Day' is based on the solo by Brad in Rocky Horror Picture Show.

Ages 5-10

Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

 

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Director: Edward Ramsey-Morin (OFF Alum)

TRT:  3 min.      Country: United States

Matter and Energy, Mind and Spirit, Science and Magic.

Ages 11-17

Sunday, 1:15 to 3:15 p.m.

 

Dreamscope

Director: Anna Antonova

TRT:  7 min.   Country: India/United States/Russia

Have you ever thought about how children come up with such strange ideas and questions?

Ages 5-10

Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

 

Emilie

Director: Olivier Pesch

TRT:  17 min.    Country: Belgium

Emilie, a curious 7-year-old girl, and her father Marcel, a scientist very busy with his latest invention, live in a small house located at the entrance of a dump. Marcel does not really have time to attend to his daughter Emilie, who fulfills this absence by making sculptures using garbage.

Ages 5-10

Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

 

Eyes in the Back of Her Head

Director: Madison Durand

TRT:   4 min.     Country: United States

A little monster wonders if his well-meaning mother is hiding an unusual secret.

Ages 5-10

Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

 

Falling Up

Director: RJ Collins

TRT:  16 min.      Country: United States

One ordinary day, 10-year-old Charles Henry is delighted to discover that he has the ability to float. But when society pressures him to conform and fix his 'problem', he must find the courage to overcome what others think and embrace who he is.

Ages 11-17

Sunday, 1:15 to 3:15 p.m.

 

Freedom of the Press

Director: Robe Imbriano

TRT:   25 min.     Country: United States

This documentary examines the First Amendment's protection of a free press, the historic origins of this right, and the ramifications of the landmark ruling in New York Times v. United States, known as the Pentagon Papers case, in which the Supreme Court ruled that prior restraint is unconstitutional. Justice Hugo Black wrote: “Only a free and unrestrained press can effectively expose deception in government...”

Ages 11-17

Sunday, 1:15 to 3:15 p.m.

 

Ghost Beats

Director: Brent Barson

TRT:  3 min.      Country: United States

A ghost story about exclusion and acceptance, and the power of music and dance.

Ages 5-10

Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

 

Good Boy

Director: Rachel Beltran, Nicole Meyers

TRT:  7 min.     Country: United States

A hopeful man goes on a blind date with the woman of his dreams expecting to have the best night of his life. Things seem to be going perfect, until the night takes an unexpected turn.

Ages 11-17

Sunday, 1:15 to 3:15 p.m.

 

Homegrown

Director: Quentin Haberham

TRT:   9 min.    Country: United Kingdom

Francis raises his son like he cultivates his plants, shielded from harm, comfortable inside. However when the boy outgrows his father's protective confines, Francis must face an uncomfortable truth.

Ages 5-10

Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

 

I Am Dyslexic

Director: Mads Johan Øgaard & Katie Noel Wyman

TRT: 7 min.       Country: United Kingdom

The animated short film I Am Dyslexic expresses what it feels like to have a learning difference in our current school system.

Ages 11-17

Sunday, 1:15 to 3:15 p.m.

 

Insta-Tree

Director: Isaiah Ferguson

TRT:  3 min.      Country: United States

An animated "commercial" that advertises an all new growing alternative to vegetation.

Ages 5-10

Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

 

I've Just Had A Dream

Director: Javier Navarro

TRT:   8 min.     Country: Spain

Irene is eight and she just woke up from a horrible dream.

Ages 11-17

Sunday, 1:15 to 3:15 p.m.

 

Kukuschka

Director: Dina Velikovskaya

TRT:  9 min.      Country: Russia

Kukuschka is a bird, who follows the sun. It seems to her as if she already could touch it, but the sun is still far away. Suddenly she is not alone anymore, but for two it is even more difficult to keep going so fast.

Ages 11-17

Sunday, 1:15 to 3:15 p.m.

 

Light Sight

Director: Seyed M. Tabatabaei

TRT:  7 min.     Country: Iran

M.E., the imprisoned character in a room, is attracted to a hanging light and tries to catch it. But the room itself becomes an obstacle on his way.

Ages 11-17

Sunday, 1:15 to 3:15 p.m.

 

Loop

Director: Ryan Beard, Stephen Gentry, Eli Hall

TRT:  3 min.     Country: United States

In the future technology of virtual reality, a man breaks the law to experience the thrill of other worlds.

Ages 11-17

Sunday, 1:15 to 3:15 p.m.

 

Man's Best Friend

Director: Rob Sprackling

TRT:  8 min.     Country: United Kingdom

10-year-old Zach loves his football, and his football loves him back. They enjoy playing in the garden, going to the park and spending time together, just like a boy with a faithful dog. But when his ball gets lost, Zach must team up with his neglected Mum, to find his best friend.

Ages 5-10

Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

 

Meerkat Moonship

Director: Hanneke Schutte

TRT: 1 hr. 37 min.  Country: South Africa

Timid, wildly imaginative 13-year-old Gideonette de La Rey learns that the name she was given comes with it a horrible curse. After her father dies, Gideonette is paralyzed by fear and is sent to live on a farm with her grandparents where she befriends a young deaf boy who is “training” to become an astronaut and preparing to fly away in a Moonship that Gideonette’s grandfather had built.

Ages 11-17

Saturday, 1:15 to 3:15 p.m.

 

Otter of the Underground

Director: Christina Jean Benenati

TRT:   5 min.     Country: United States

When their gold mine experiences a mysterious power outage, Otter and Mole's journey to restore the mine spirals into a wild adventure.

Ages 5-10

Saturday, 9:30 am - 12:30 p.m.

 

A Message for Brazey

Director: Jared D. Weiss (OFF Alum)

TRT:   2 min.     Country: United States

Brazey gets a phone call.

Ages 11-17

Sunday, 1:15 to 3:15 p.m.

 

Not One of Us

Director: Bill Jarcho

TRT: 9 min.       Country: United States

When a small tribe of green natives are conquered by a ’superior” orange race, things go from bad to worse for everyone involved.

Ages 11-17

Sunday, 1:15 to 3:15 p.m.

 

Picnic Perfect

Director: Cal Thacher

TRT:   5 min.     Country: United States

A young girl arranges an elaborate picnic for her 92-year-old great-grandmother but, for one reason or another, things do not go as planned.

Ages 5-10

Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

 

Pieces of War

Director: Joey Blackburn

TRT:   4 min.     Country: United States

The trials and strategies of war told through a game of chess.

Ages 11-17

Sunday, 1:15 to 3:15 p.m.

 

Plastic is Forever

Director: Dylan D'Haeze

TRT:  20 min.      Country: United States

An in-depth look at plastic pollution from a kid's perspective. What kids can do to solve the problem?

Ages 11-17

Sunday, 1:15 to 3:15 p.m.

 

Polka Dott

Director: Cynthia Pepper

TRT:  7 min.      Country: United States

Dott has a wild and wonderful imagination. She likes to be silly and she enjoys a good homonym. She can "knot" say "know" to ice cream. Sometimes she imagines being a very spoiled princess. Occasionally she plays the flute with a hummingbird. Every so often, she floats like a mermaid up into a tree. Then Dott gets another idea: How about a party?

Ages 5-10

Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

 

Saving Santa

Director: Keith O’Grady

TRT: 17 min.    Country: United Kingdom

Ruby Fair is still dealing with her mother's death when she comes across a seemingly destitute man in the street: a street drinker who bears a striking resemblance to Santa Claus. Despite his protestations, she takes great comfort in helping him.

Ages 11-17

Saturday, 1:15 to 3:15 p.m.

 

Sneaky

TRT:  6 min.   

Boy loses cat. Boy meets girl.

Ages 11-17

Sunday, 1:15 to 3:15 p.m.

 

Stars

Director: Han Zhang

TRT:  5 min.      Country: United States

Grandpa and grandson are street sellers selling stars in a town near the shore. One night, they run out of the stars.

Ages 5-10

Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

 

The Teacher and the Flower

Director: Daniel Irabien

TRT:   9 min.     Country: Mexico

In a selfish and violent world, where everyone is against everyone, a teacher finds refuge taking care of a delicate flower, to which he tells his dreams and desires. Nevertheless, one day he stumbles upon a young woman, and falls in love with her. Without money and not much else to offer, he decides to give this young woman his most precious possession in an attempt to win her heart.

Ages 5-10

Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

 

The Trumpeter

Director: Raul Morales Reyes

TRT:   10 min.     Country: Mexico

A trumpet player is trapped in an army marching band in the epitome of authoritarian control and fear. His nature prevents him from playing the note he is being told to play, and he is punished as a consequence. In his recurring arrest and, after engaging in a musical dialogue, he recognizes his creative power; it is in his confinement where he finds freedom to play his own music.

Ages 5-10

Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

 

Water Path for a Fish

Director: Mercedes Marro

TRT:    8 min.    Country: Spain

It is a starry night when Oscar sees from his window... a little goldfish jumping in a dirty puddle! Two cats are watching from the shadows.

Ages 5-10

Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

 

Whale Rider

Rating: PG-13

Director: Niki Caro

TRT:  1 hr. 41 min. Country: New Zealand

A contemporary story of love, rejection and triumph as a young Maori girl fights to fulfill a destiny her grandfather refuses to recognize.

Sunday, 3:15 to 5:00 p.m.

 

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WORKSHOPS

 

Easy Movie Magic Costumes with Andi Bedsworth

Sunday, 9:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. (Ages 11-17)

(photo credit Bruce Newman)

 

Transform bubble wrap, corrugated cardboard, boxes, cast off clothes, and more to create fun costumes with little money but big on personality. Participants will get lots of ideas from sample costume ideas and have a chance to create some fun costume accessories to take home.

 

Andi Sherrill Bedsworth is a costume designer and mixed media fiber artist originally from South Louisiana. She currently owns her own business, Art To Go LLC, a mobile art teaching business that takes her and her assistants to various locations in North Mississippi to instruct children and adults in art and sewing.


 

I Can Make a Movie! with Bobby Thompson

Saturday, 9:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. (Ages 11-17)

Sunday, 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. (Ages 5-10)

 

Learn how to tell a story by making it into a movie. We’ll use the simplest of tools and explain how to tell a story in the new digital age. Topics covered include story structure, how to use a phone/tablet or small camera, lights, sound and editing. At the end of the class, participants will get to see the movie they helped make.

 

Bobby Thompson has been a full-time freelance photographer and filmmaker for nineteen years. Based in the Midwest, his work has won awards and screened in festivals across the country. As one of the earliest adopters of both digital still photography and digital filmmaking, he is a frequent panelist, guest lecturer, and workshop leader at festivals, universities, and professional groups on numerous topics.

 

Lobaki Inc. Virtual Reality Workshop

Saturday, 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. (Ages 5-10)

The VR Academy has been designed to provide students an immersive introduction to Virtual Reality and the tools and techniques used to create VR experiences. The exciting aspect of creating VR experiences is that not everyone has to have a computer science interest or be a coder. Kid Film Fest participants will learn through a half-day workshop about the beginning tools of VR.

 

Based in Clarksdale, Mississippi, Lobaki Inc. explores Virtual Reality technologies through social entrepreneurship.

 

2018 Official Lineup announced, 204 films

The 2018 Oxford Film Festival Announces Full Schedule For 15th Anniversary Edition

 Adam Rifkin’s THE LAST MOVIE STAR and Robert Mullan’s MAD TO BE NORMAL are Opening and Closing Night Selections; Centerpiece Screening will be Carlos and Jason Sanchez’s ALLURE

Festival also features special event screenings focusing on female filmmakers, social and criminal justice programs

Burt Reynolds stars in The Last Movie Star, opening night film for the festival.

Burt Reynolds stars in The Last Movie Star, opening night film for the festival.


Oxford, MS (January 8, 2018) – The 2018 Oxford Film Festival (February 7-11) has announced the full schedule of films for this year’s 15th Anniversary edition. On opening night, writer/director Adam Rifkin will present his latest effort, THE LAST MOVIE STAR, starring Burt Reynolds and Ariel Winter, while Carlos and Jason Sanchez’s intense drama, ALLURE, starring Evan Rachel Wood, will screen at the festival’s Centerpiece Selection and Robert Mullan’s 60s biopic MAD TO BE NORMAL, starring David Tennant Elisabeth Moss and Michael Gambon, serves as the closing night selection.

A total of 204 films (35 features, 169 shorts and music videos), including 29 world premieres and 6 U.S. premieres, were selected for OFF’s 15th Anniversary edition, marking an increase of more than 30 films from last year’s lineup. In addition, more than 60 female filmmakers directed or co-directed this year’s films, aided in part by the festival’s decision to offer a 50% discount for submissions by female filmmakers and the continuing Alice Guy Blaché Award for Emerging Female Filmmaker.

Catherine Eaton in The Sounding, a narrative feature.

Catherine Eaton in The Sounding, a narrative feature.

Narrative feature films in competition this year include: Dan Mirvish’s BERNARD AND HUEY, Mark Potts’s COP CHRONICLES: LOOSE CANNONS: LEGEND OF THE HAJ-MIRAGE, Billy Chase Goforth’s DOOR IN THE WOODS, Arturo Perez Torres and Aviva Armour-Ostroff’s THE DRAWER BOY; Akiyo Fujimura’s ERIKO, PRETENDED; and Catherine Eaton’s THE SOUNDING.

Documentary features in competition include: Skye Borgman’s FOREVER ‘B’; Aaron and Amanda Kopp’s LIYANA; Nick Taylor’s THE ORGANIZER; Quinn Costello, Chris Metzler, and Jeff Springer’s RODENTS OF UNUSUAL SIZE; and Owsley Brown III’s SERENADE FOR HAITI.

The LGBTQ Juried Feature Competition will include Shaz Bennett’s festival favorite ALASKA IS A DRAG, along with Jill Salvino’s BETWEEN THE SHADES, and Itako’s BOYS FOR SALE, and highlights the Oxford Film Festival’s commitment to support our LGBTQ filmmakers and offer a more positive reaction to the passage of Mississippi’s “Religious Liberty Accommodations Act.”

“This year we’ve struck a wonderful balance between films that are thoughtful, provocative, reflect the world we live in, and address the issues of the day without blinking, with films that are just pure, fun, entertainment,” said Oxford Film Festival Executive Director Melanie Addington. “The festival continues to increase in size and scope and that growth can also be seen in the work of our local Mississippi filmmakers, whose exceptional work continues to impress. This year’s festival includes 18 films from Mississippi artists, the most to date, and they will be highlighted right next to the best films we could find from all around the world.”

Rifkin’s THE LAST MOVIE STAR (formerly titled, DOG YEARS) stars Burt Reynolds as a former box-office king, who many years later, is invited to receive an honor at a film festival that turns out to be beyond dubious. Therefore, he instead opts to go on an impromptu road trip with the sister (Ariel Winter) of one of the fest’s organizers. A bittersweet journey follows as the odd pairing visit some memorable spots – and people - from the old man’s past. The film screens Thursday, February 8 at 7:30PM at the Gertrude C. Ford Center (351 University Ave.).

Carlos and Jason Sanchez’s ALLURE stars Evan Rachel Wood as a woman struggling to re-establish her life and meet someone as she continues to recover from past abuse. However, there seems to be hope when she meets Eva, a young, talented pianist disillusioned by the life her mother imposes upon her. As Laura become increasingly obsessed with Eva, she convinces the girl to run away with her and they soon find themselves caught up in an intense relationship that can’t be sustained. The film screens Saturday, February 10 at 8:45PM at the Malco Commons (204 Commonwealth Blvd.)

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Mullan’s biopic, MAD TO BE NORMAL, stars “Jessica Jones/”Dr. Who” star, David Tennant as RD Laing, a radical psychiatrist who rewrote the rules on mental health treatment. He became a 60s counterculture hero for challenging the status quo of pills and electro shock therapy, instead opting for a holistic treatment without drugs, group therapy, and communal healing. The films impressive cast also includes Elisabeth Moss, Gabriel Byrne, and Michael Gambon. The film screens Sunday, February 11 at 6:00PM at the Malco Commons (204 Commonwealth Blvd.)

Two of OFF’s special events directly address issues that concern women and are currently at the forefront of society today.

Daytime television legend (“All My Children”) Cady McClain’s documentary SEEING IS BELIEVING: WOMEN DIRECT will screen on Friday (February 9), followed by a panel featuring several attending female filmmakers as they discuss some of the myriad issues that have been in the news this past year regarding female filmmakers and women in general.

Saturday sees the Mississippi premiere of Trish Adlesic and Geeta Gandbhir’s award-winning HBO documentary, I AM EVIDENCE, produced by Law & Order: Special Victims Unit star Mariska Hargitay, about the tens of thousands of unprocessed rape kits across the country. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion with the filmmakers and special guests.

 “Given the recent and continuing avalanche of sexual harassment and assault revelations in almost every area of society,” Added Addington, “we felt it was important that the issues raised in these two films, as well as others in this year’s festival, be highlighted and discussed in our community.”

Eric Butler, subject in CIrcles.

Eric Butler, subject in CIrcles.

Previously announced was a special work-in-progress screening of Cassidy Friedman’s restorative justice documentary, CIRCLES, followed by a panel featuring Friedman and subject Eric Butler.

Providing a reminder that the Oxford Film Festival also has fun on its mind, Saturday will feature a 20th Anniversary screening of David Zucker’s cult comedy favorite BASEketball, starring South Park’s Trey Parker and Matt Stone. The screening will feature an appearance by cast member Dian Bachar and an actual BASEketball tournament in the parking lot of the Malco theater in conjunction with the screening. Sign up for the tournament here. 

Another comedy will make its world premiere at OFF, as filmmaker Mark Potts returns to the festival with his latest, COP CHRONICLES: LOOSE CANNONS: THE LEGEND OF THE HAJ-MIRAGE. The film follows two police officers, as they take on an evil mastermind, while working through some personal partnership issues. Potts’ indie comedy, SPAGHETTIMAN, was an audience favorite two years ago.

Making its bow as a fully-formed section is the 2018 Kid Fest Film Festival, which features Brian Michael Stoller’s THE AMAZING WIZARD OF PAWS, Hanneke Schutte’s MEERKAT MOONSHIP, and a special screening of Niki Caro’s classic adventure film, WHALE RIDER, marking Kid Fest’s official entry as an entire new fest just for kids after Oxford FF tested it last year in a smaller scale.

The impressive short film lineup boasts no fewer than 26 world premieres and 6 U.S. premieres, underscoring the Oxford Film Festival’s international reputation as a “discovery” film festival, featuring and promoting new filmmaking talent. The festival will also once again feature the top finishers from last year’s Louisiana Film Prize, including the winner of that celebrated film competition’s $50,000 grand prize, Travis Bible’s EXIT STRATEGY.

Previously announced were the winners of the Vodka Artist competition, the Magnifying Glass Fellowship winner, as well as the winners of Oxford FF’s first screenplay competition, who, in addition to other prizes, will receive mentorship from John Norris, film producer of such films as GET ON UP, THE HELP, and the upcoming AMERICAN PAIN.

For the full program, visit online or pick up at Powerhouse or Malco.

2018 OXFORD FILM FESTIVAL FILMS AND DESCRIPTIONS

 

Feature Films

 

OPENING NIGHT SELECTION

THE LAST MOVIE STAR

Director: Adam Rifkin

Cast: Burt Reynolds, Ariel Winter, Clark Duke, Chevy Chase

Country: USA, Running Time: 94 min

An aging former movie star is forced to face the reality that his glory days are behind him. On its surface, THE LAST MOVIE STAR is a tale about faded fame, but at its core, it's a universal story about growing old.

 

CLOSING NIGHT SELECTION

MAD TO BE NORMAL

Director: Robert Mullan

Cast: David Tennent, Elisabeth Moss, Gabriel Byrne, Michael Gambon

Country: UK, Running Time: 105 min

During the 1960s, a renegade Scottish psychiatrist courts controversy within his profession for his approach to the field, and for the unique community he creates for his patients to inhabit.

 

CENTERPIECE SELECTION

ALLURE

Directors: Carlos Sanchez, Jason Sanchez

Cast: Evan Rachel Wood, Julia Sarah Stone, Denis O’Hare

Country: USA, Running Time: 105 min

Plagued by the abuse of her past and the turmoil of failed intimate encounters, Laura struggles to find a lover and a sense of normalcy.

 

SPECIAL ANNIVERSARY SCREENING

BASEKETBALL (1998)

Director: David Zucker

Cast: Trey Parker, Matt Stone, Dian Bachar, Yasmine Bleeth, Jenny McCarthy

Country: USA, Running Time: 103 min

Two childhood friends are pro athletes of a national sport called BASEketball, a hybrid of baseball and basketball, and must deal with a greedy businessman scheming against their team.

 

SPECIAL WORK-IN-PROGRESS SCREENING

CIRCLES PRESENTED BY MISSISSIPPI HUMANITIES COUNCIL

Director: Cassidy Friedman

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 is accused of a crime he didn’t commit.

 

 

Jim Rash and David Koechner in Bernard & Huey.

Jim Rash and David Koechner in Bernard & Huey.

NARRATIVE FEATURES JURIED COMPETITION

BERNARD AND HUEY

Director: Dan Mirvish

Cast: Jim Rash, David Koechner, Sasha Alexander, Eva Darville , Richard Kind, Nancy Travis, Bellamy Young, Mae Whitman

Country: USA, Running Time: 94 min

Based on characters from Jules Feiffer’s Village Voice comic strip dating back to 1957, roguish Huey, and nebbishy Bernard are unlikely friends in late 1980s New York. 25 years later, and now Bernard is a successful bachelor, and Huey arrives on his doorstep looking old and washed up. As the two reconnect, Bernard starts a relationship with Huey’s estranged daughter Zelda. Huey slowly gets his mojo back and tries to seduce various women in Bernard’s life, while reconnecting with his family. At least one of them is in danger of marrying a woman old enough to be his wife.

 

COP CHRONICLES: LOOSE CANNONS:              WORLD PREMIERE

LEGEND OF THE HAJ-MIRAGE

Director: Mark Potts

Country: USA, Running Time: 83 min

Action. Suspense. Death. Love. Hot men. Etc. COP CHRONICLES: LOOSE CANNONS: THE LEGEND OF THE HAJ-MIRAGE tells the story of two wild police officers, Higgs and McGraw, and their chase to take down Samir, an evil mastermind hell bent on making the world bow down to him.

 

DOOR IN THE WOODS

Director: Billy Chase Goforth

Country: USA, Running Time: 90 min

A young family encounters paranormal forces and face a devastating choice after they install a mysterious vintage door in their home.

 

THE DRAWER BOY

Directors: Arturo Perez Torres, Aviva Armour-Ostroff

Country: Canada, Running Time: 98 min

Set in Ontario, 1972, the film follows Miles, a naive actor from Toronto, who turns up at a remote farm run by two men: the ruggedly practical Morgan and the simple-minded Angus. However, when the farmers let the city-boy into their home, Miles’ search for a story gradually unearths a devastating truth that threatens to destroy the tranquil lives of his hosts forever.

 

ERIKO, PRETENDED

Director: Akiyo Fujimura

Country: Japan, Running Time: 93 min

Ten years have gone by since Eriko moved to Tokyo to pursue her dream of becoming an actress. However, things haven’t gone like she expected, and for Eriko, there was no hope in sight. She receives the news about her older sister’s sudden death. Eriko returns home to attend her sister’s funeral her relatives question Eriko’s pretend life as a successful actress. On a whim, Eriko declares that she will take care of Kazuma, her sister’s 10-year-old son, while finding out that her sister worked as a mourner-for-hire at funerals.

 

THE SOUNDING

Director: Catherine Eaton

Country: USA, Running Time: 93 min

On a remote island off the coast of Maine, Liv, after years of silence, begins to weave a language out of Shakespeare's words. A driven neurologist, brought to the island to protect her, commits her to a psychiatric hospital. She becomes a full-blow rebel in the hospital; her increasing violence threatens to keep her locked up for life as she fights for her voice and her freedom. At a tipping point for otherness in our current climate, THE SOUNDING champions it.

 

 

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DOCUMENTARY FEATURES JURIED COMPETITION

FOREVER ‘B’

Director: Skye Borgman

Country: USA, Running Time: 91 min

FOREVER ‘B’ is a twisting, turning, stranger-than-fiction story of the Broberg’s, a naïve, church-going Idaho family whose daughter, Jan, was kidnapped by the family’s best friend and neighbor. Twice.

LIYANA

Director: Aaron Kopp, Amanda Kopp

Country: Swaziland, USA, Running Time: 77 min

A Swazi girl embarks on a dangerous quest to rescue her young twin brothers. This animated African tale is born in the imaginations of five orphaned children in Swaziland who collaborate to tell a story of perseverance drawn from their darkest memories and brightest dreams.

THE ORGANIZER

Director: Nick Taylor

Country: USA, Running Time: 101 min

THE ORGANIZER is a portrait of Wade Rathke, the controversial founder of ACORN, as well as an exploration of that much maligned and misunderstood occupation – community organizing. 

RODENTS OF UNUSUAL SIZE

Directors: Quinn Costello, Chris Metzler, Jeff Springer

Country: USA, Running Time: 71 min

Hard headed Louisiana fisherman Thomas Gonzales doesn't know what will hit him next. After decades of hurricanes and oil spills he faces a new threat - hordes of monstrous 20-pound swamp rats. Known as “nutria”, these invasive South American rodents breed faster than the roving squads of hunters can control them.

 

SERENADE FOR HAITI

Director: Owsley Brown III

Country: USA, Running Time: 110 min

A classical music school in the heart of Port-au-Prince, Haiti thrives despite decades of entrenched poverty and political strife. When a catastrophic earthquake completely destroys the school in 2010, a stunned and devastated faculty and student body must pick up the pieces and find a way to move forward.

 

The Long Shadow directed by Frances Causey

The Long Shadow directed by Frances Causey

 

MISSISSIPPI FEATURES JURIED COMPETITION

THE LONG SHADOW

Director: Frances Causey

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.

 

LOVE SOLILOQUY: A VISUAL ALBUM

Director: Astin Rocks.

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         WORLD PREMIERE

JACKSON

Director: Timothy Givens and Mark K. Brockway

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 PROCESS: THE WAY OF PABLO SIERRA    WORLD PREMIERE

Director: Jeff Dennis

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.

 

 

Henry Rollins in Cassette: A Documentary Mixtape

Henry Rollins in Cassette: A Documentary Mixtape

MUSIC DOCUMENTARIES JURIED COMPETITION

CASSETTE: A DOCUMENTARY MIXTAPE

Director: Zack Taylor

Country: USA, Running Time: 88 min

CASSETTE: A DOCUMENTARY MIXTAPE is, in fact, a documentary mixtape about a musical format that refuses to die. Through a series of one-on-one interviews, Lou Ottens, inventor of the cassette, confronts 50 years of mixed emotions about his creation. He is joined on his journey by Henry Rollins, Thurston Moore, Ian MacKaye, Rob Sheffield, Burger Records, and many more.

 DO U WANT IT?

Directors: Sam Radutzky, Josh Freund

Country: USA, Running Time: 96 min

DO U WANT IT? is an exploration and celebration of the musical culture of New Orleans. The film chronicles the rise of beloved New Orleans' band Papa Grows Funk and uses their illustrious thirteen-year career, from formation up to the band's emotional final shows, as a vehicle to explore the nuances of success and struggle in the greatest musical city in the world.

HOW THEY GOT OVER

Director: Robert Clem

Country: USA, Running Time: 87 min

HOW THEY GOT OVER explores the evolution of black gospel quartet music and its contributions to the emergence of rock & roll. The film includes performances by the Blind Boys of Mississippi and Alabama, the Soul Stirrers, Dixie Hummingbirds, Davis Sisters, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Sensational Nightingales and many more.

WORD IS BOND

Director: Sacha Jenkins

Country: USA, Running Time: 85 min

Word Is Bond is a documentary film by Sacha Jenkins that examines the transformative power of lyrics in the world of hip-hop music. What was born on the streets of the South Bronx has now taken root globally, and the young poets of New York have helped to spawn regional dialects everywhere.

 

Between the Shades documentary in LGBTQ competition

Between the Shades documentary in LGBTQ competition

LGBTQ FEATURES JURIED COMPETITION

ALASKA IS A DRAG

Director: Shaz Bennett

Country: USA, Running Time: 89 min

A fish out of water story – literally. Our hero Leo is an aspiring superstar stuck working in a fish cannery in Alaska. Leo and his twin sister Tristen hang out at the one gay bar in a hundred miles, owned by their surly surrogate mom Jan (Margaret Cho). After years of getting beat up by his former best friend, Leo has learned to fight back, catching the eye of his cannery boss, an amateur boxer who offers to train him to be a fighter.

BETWEEN THE SHADES

Director: Jill Salvino

Country: USA, Running Time: 82 min

BETWEEN THE SHADES seeks to put faces to the letters that make up
LGBTQI and how those letters have evolved. The film examines the immense power of labels and the transcendence of love.

BOYS FOR SALE

Director: Itako

Country: Japan, Running Time: 76 min

Boys are selling sex in Japan. Who is buying? In the Tokyo district of Shinjuku 2-chome there are bars that specialize in “Urisen”, young boys who have sex with men.

 

KID FILM FESTIVAL FEATURE FILMS

THE AMAZING WIZARD OF PAWS

Director: Brian Michael Stoller

Country: USA, Running Time: 96 min

What happens when you find out the family dog is actually six-hundred years old and was once owned by a great and powerful wizard? In this charming and magical adventure, young Bobby Spade and his faithful therapy dog, Ozzy, stumble upon an ancient wizard's mystical book of spells.

MEERKAT MOONSHIP

Director: Hanneke Schutte

Country: South Africa, Running Time: 97 min

Timid, wildly imaginative 13-year-old Gideonette de La Rey learns that the name she was given comes with it a horrible curse. After her father dies, Gideonette is paralyzed by fear and is sent to live on a farm with her grandparents where she befriends a young deaf boy who is “training” to become an astronaut and preparing to fly away in a Moonship that Gideonette’s grandfather built for him.

WHALE RIDER (2002)

Director: Niki Caro

Country: Running Time: 101 min

A contemporary story of love, rejection and triumph as a young Maori girl fights to fulfill a destiny her grandfather refuses to recognize.

 

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ADDITIONAL SPECIAL SCREENINGS

I AM EVIDENCE

Directors: Trish Adlesic, Geeta Gandbhir

Country: USA, Running Time:

An investigation into the way sexual assault cases are handled by police departments across the United States and an examination of how there came to be a backlog of tens of thousands of untested rape kits.

 

LIVING ON SOUL

Directors: Jeff Broadway, Cory Bailey

Country: USA, Running Time: 96 min

LIVING ON SOUL is a hybrid docu-concert film featuring the late Sharon Jones, Charles Bradley and the rest of the Daptone Records family. Filmed largely during Daptone’s December 2014 three-night, sold-out residency at the historic Apollo Theater in Harlem, the documentary features a mixture of live performances and verité scenes that paint a robust picture of the Daptone family and culture.

 

SEEING IS BELIEVING: WOMEN DIRECT

Director: Cady McClain

Country: USA, Running Time: 57 min

SEEING IS BELIEVING Is an in-depth investigation into the challenges faced by women directors. The film focuses on the journeys of four articulate filmmakers - Lesli Linka Glatter (HOMELAND), Sarah Gavron (SUFFRAGETTE), li Lu (THERE IS A NEW WORLD SOMEWHERE), and Naima Ramos Chapman (AND NOTHING HAPPENED) who provide a wonderful mix of perspectives.

 

URANIA DESCENDING

Director: Tav Falco

Country: Austria, Running Time: 69 min

An American girl, Gina Lee is an alienated and disaffected female who has become disenchanted with hometown strip malls, sleaze bars, and rides along the river-side in her BMW. Impulsively she buys a discount airline ticket in a shopping mall travel agency. Destination: Vienna, the merry/sinister imperial city on the Danube. Gina Lee quickly slips into discreet, yet decadent dalliances at Cafe Central and at the notorious Hotel Orient, where she becomes embroiled in an intrigue to uncover buried Nazi plunder. Her tragic liaison with rakish Karl Heinz Von Riegl results in her submersion beneath the dark waters of Lake Atter, yet her ultimate fate remains unresolved.

Oxford Film Festival Short Films

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

 

BEST OF THE LOUISIANA FILM PRIZE

CANDYLAND

Director: Taylor Bracewell

Country: USA, Running Time: 15 min

 

EXIT STRATEGY

Director: Travis Bible

Country: USA, Running Time: 15 min

 

MY FATHER’S SON

Director: Kyle Clements

Country: USA, Running Time: 15 min

 

SCOUNDRELS

Director: Mark Blitch

Country: USA, Running Time: 15 min

 

STAG

Director: Jonnie Stapleton

Country: USA, Running Time: 15 min

 

 

NARRATIVE SHORT FILMS (DRAMA SHORTS BLOCK)

AN ACT OF TERROR

Director: Ashley Paige Brim

Country: USA, Running Time: 16 min

 

BLACK CANARIES

Director: Jessee Kreitzer

Country: USA, Running Time: 15 min

 

BLOOD WOLF                                                             WORLD PREMIERE

Director: Diana Cignoni

Country: USA, Running Time: 9 min

 

THE BLUE CAR

Director: Henrik A. Meyer

Country: USA, Running Time: 11 min

 

HOME                                                                          WORLD PREMIERE

Director: Clark Duke

Country: USA, Running Time: 13 min

 

LAWMAN

Director: Matthew Gentile

Country: USA, Running Time: 13 min

 

RUNNING EAGLE

Director: Konrad Tho Fiedler

Country: USA, Running Time: 13 min

 

 

NARRATIVE SHORT FILMS (COMEDY SHORTS BLOCK)

BITCHES LOVE BRUNCH

Director: Sasha Leigh Henry

Country: Canada, Running Time: 11 min

 

THE FINAL SHOW                                                       WORLD PREMIERE

Director: Dana Nachman

Country: USA, Running Time: 10 min

 

GLORIA TALKS FUNNY                                               WORLD PREMIERE    

Director: Kendall Goldberg

Country: USA, Running Time: 19 min

 

LAST WORDS

Director: Andre LeBlanc

Country USA, Running Time: 9 min

 

M.A.M.O.N. (MONITOR AGAINST MEXICANS OVER NATIONWIDE)

Director: Alejandro Damiani

Country: Mexico, Running Time: 5 min

 

SANS RESPONSE

Director: William Papadin

Country: USA, Running Time: 4 min

 

TEMPORARY

Director: Milena Govich

Country: USA, Running Time: 12 min

 

THAT SMELL

Director: Kyle Lavore

Country: USA, Running Time: 11 min

 

 

NARRATIVE SHORT FILMS (INTERNATIONAL SHORTS BLOCK)

ALZHAÏMOUR

Director: Pierre Van de Kerckhove

Country: Belgium, Running Time: 14 min

 

FLIEGEN

Director: Marcus Hanisch

Country: Germany, Running Time: 18 min

 

SAVE ME!

Director: Mohsen Nabavi

Countries: Iran/Malyasia, Running Time: 10 min

 

SAY NO                                                                       WORLD PREMIERE    

Director: Samuel Clemens

Country: UK, Running Time: 9 min

 

SPACE GIRLS                                                             WORLD PREMIERE

Director: Carys Watford

Country: UK, Running Time: 10 min

 

SPINOSAURUS

Director: Tessa Hoffe

Country: UK, Running Time: 15 min

 

THE VEST

Director: Lesley Manning

Country: UK, Running Time: 7 min

 

THE WEIGHT

Director: Garrett Detrixhe

Country: USA, Running Time: 11 min

 

A WHOLE WORLD FOR A LITTLE WORLD

Director: Fabrice Bracq

Country: France, Running Time: 15 min

 

 

NARRATIVE SHORT FILMS (LATE NIGHT SHORTS BLOCK)

ALFRED J. HEMLOCK

Director: Edward Lyons

Country: Australia, Running Time: 15 min

 

THE APOCALYPSE WILL BE AUTOMATED                WORLD PREMIERE

Director: Melanie Killingsworth

Country: Australia, Running Time: 8 min

 

EINSTEIN-ROSEN

Director: Olga Osorio

Country: Spain, Running Time: 9 min

 

HEARTLESS                                                                WORLD PREMIERE

Director: Kevin Sluder

Country: USA, Running Time: 12 min

 

IT BEGAN WITHOUT WARNING

Directors: Santiago C. Tapia, Jessica Curtright

Country: USA, Running Time: 6 min

 

LABORATORY CONDITIONS

Director: Jocelyn Statmat

Country: USA, Running Time: 17 min

 

PESSIM                                                                       U.S. PREMIERE

Director: TAKCOM

Country: Japan, Running Time: 11 min

(NOTE - PESSIM is a Fest Forward selection screening in this block)

 

REAL ARTISTS

Director: Cameo Wood

Country: USA, Running Time: 12 min

 

TRANSMISSION

Directors: Varun Raman & Tom Hancock

Country: UK, Running Time: 17 min

(NOTE - TRANSMISSION is a Fest Forward selection screening in this block)

 

 

NARRATIVE SHORT FILMS SCREENING WITH FEATURES

FAVORITES

Director: Tracy S. Facelli

Country: USA, Running Time: 17:24 min

(ARTIST VODKA runner up)

(screens with Winning Short Films block)

 

THE MELANCHOLY MAN

Director: Samantha Smith

Country: USA, Running Time: 6 min

(screens with ERIKO PRETENDING)

 

NATION DOWN

Director: Liam Hendrix Heath

Country: USA, Running Time: 14:57 min

(ARTIST VODKA winner)

(screens with Winning Short Films block)

 

THE PERFECT FIT                                                       WORLD PREMIERE

Director: Emory Parker

Country: USA, Running Time: 17 min

(screens with THE DRAWER BOY)

 

ROBERT

Directors: Sarah Fleming, Joann Self Selvidge

Country: USA, Running Time: 8 min

(screens with CIRCLES)

 

SURROGATE

Director: Olivia Hamilton

Country: USA, Running Time: 13 min

(screens with BERNARD & HUEY)

 

TIMBRE                                                                       U.S. PREMIERE

Director: Gareth Peevers

Country: UK, Running Time: 4 min

(screens with THE SOUNDING)

 

TOND

Directors: Josh Ruben, Vince Peone

Country: USA, Running Time: 21 min

(screens with COP CHRONICLES: LOOSE CANNONS: THE LEGEND OF THE HAJ-MIRAGE)

 

 

DOCUMENTARY SHORT FILMS

$30 TO ANTARCTICA

Director: Joey Chu

Country: USA/Hong Kong, Running Time: 18 min

 

A LIFE’S WORK                                                           U.S. PREMIERE

Director: Ben Spilling

Country: USA, Running Time: 17 min

 

ALL THE LEAVES ARE BROWN

Director: Daniel Robin

Country: USA, Running Time: 12 min

 

ALTIMIR

Director: Kay Hannahan

Country: Bulgaria/USA, Running Time: 15 min

 

JOHNNY’S GREEK AND THREE

Director: Ava Lowery

Country: USA, Running Time: 8 min

 

NEWPORT GUN GIRLS                                               WORLD PREMIERE

Director: Lauren Orme

Country: UK, Running Time: 11 min

 

OUR GHOSTS

Director: Hannah Ruddle

Country: UK, Running Time: 4 min

 

WASHED AWAY

Director: Dana Nachman

Country: USA, Running Time: 18 min

 

 

DOCUMENTARY SHORT FILMS SCREENING WITH FEATURES

AN ACCIDENTAL DROWNING

Director: Matteo Servente

Country: USA, Running Time: 7 min

(screens with LIYANA)

 

JESSZILLA

Director: Emily Sheskin

Country: USA, Running Time: 7 min

(screens with SERENADE FOR HAITI)

 

MONSTER IN THE BAYOU

Director: Victoria Greene

Country: USA, Running Time: 14 min

(screens with SERENADE FOR HAITI)

 

THE NATURE OF MASS DEMONSTRATIONS  WORLD PREMIERE

Director: Nate Lavey

Country: USA, Running Time: 7 min

(screens with THE ORGANIZER)

 

ONE HUNDRED THOUSAND BEATING HEARTS

Director: Peter Byck

Country: USA, Running Time: 15 min

(screens with RODENTS OF UNUSUAL SIZE)

 

YOU SEE ‘EM

Director: Emma Landeche

Country: USA, Running Time: 7 min

(screens with RODENTS OF UNUSUAL SIZE)

 

 

MISSISSIPPI SHORT FILMS (COMMUNITY FILM BLOCK)

#FIFTEEN

Director: Melanie Addington

Country: USA, Running Time: 15 min

 

BIRTHING VIDEO

Director: Christina Huff

Country: USA, Running Time: 4 min

 

CLOSED

Director: Samuel Cox

Country: USA, Running Time: 3:17 min

 

DAYFALL

Director: Tony King

Country: USA, Running Time: 1:17 min

 

DEAR MR BRYANT                                                      WORLD PREMIERE

Directors: Robbie Fisher, Jenni Smith

Country: USA, Running Time: 10 min

(MAGNIFYING GLASS FELLOWSHIP WINNER)

 

FIFTEEN

Director: Julia Mitchell

Country: USA, Running Time: 10 min

 

THE PIZZA MAGAZINE                                                WORLD PREMIERE

Director: Daniel Perea

Country: USA, Running Time: 15:48 min

 

THACKER MOUNTAIN RADIO HOUR: 20TH ANNIVERSARY

Director: Christina Huff

Country: USA, Running Time: 15 min

 

 

MISSISSIPPI SHORT FILMS (MISSISSIPPI SHORTS BLOCK)

CAUTION

Director: Thomas Haffey

Country: USA, Running Time: 1:17 min

 

COWGIRL UP

Director: Nathan Willis

Country: USA, Running Time: 5:17 min

 

CUBICLE CITY

Director: Glenn Payne

Country: USA, Running Time: 16:42 min

 

FLAG FLAP OVER MISSISSIPPI

Director: Rex Jones

Country: USA, Running Time: 27 min

 

HAND MADE

Director: David Ross

Country: USA, Running Time: 4:55 min

 

MOMBIE

Director: N.T. Bullock

Country: USA, Running Time: 10 min

 

PART OF IT                                                                 WORLD PREMIERE

Director: Victoria De Leone

Country: USA, Running Time: 7:20 min

 

PAY THE PIPER

Director: Maggie Bushway

Country: USA, Running Time: 6:29 min

 

RIVER MADE                                                               WORLD PREMIERE

Director: David Ross

Country: USA, Running Time: 7:09 min

 

TRUTH RISES                                                              WORLD PREMIERE

Director: E. J. Carter

Country: USA, Running Time: 2:40 min

 

WE BELIEVED WE WERE IMMORTAL

Directors: Kathleen Wickham, Larry Wells

Country: USA, Running Time: 8 min

 

WINSTON COUNTY MIRACLE MAN

Director: Rick Guy

Country: USA, Running Time: 6:25 min

 

 

MISSISSIPPI SHORT FILMS SCREENING WITH FEATURES

COLETTE

Director: Royce Swayze

Country: USA, Running Time: 9 min

(screens with MISSISSIPPI MADAM: THE LIFE OF NELLIE JACKSON)

 

HERE I’LL STAY

Directors: Marlene McCurtis, Lorena Maniquez

Country: USA, Running Time: 11 min

(screens with THE LONG SHADOW)

 

 

LGBTQ SHORT FILMS

3 FRIENDS

Director: Michael Moody Culpepper

Country: Ireland/USA, Running Time: 22 min

 

THE CLEANSE

Director: Lucas Omar

Country: USA, Running Time: 13 min

 

DUSK

Director: Jake Graf

Country: UK, Running Time: 15 min

 

HAYGOOD EATS!

Director: Hazart

Country: USA, Running Time: 5 min

 

HOW TO MAKE A PEARL

Director: Jason Hanasik

Country: USA, Running Time: 22 min

 

SPARK                                                            WORLD PREMIERE

Director: Aharonit Elinor

Country: USA, Running Time: 6 min

 

SUNUNÚ: THE REVOLUTION OF LOVE

Director: Olivia Crellin

Country: UK, Running Time: 24 min

 

THE THIRD MOVEMENT                                              U.S. PREMIERE

Director: Josephine Anderson

Country: Canada, Running Time: 11 min

 

WAFFLES

Director: Foster Wilson

Country: USA, Running Time: 4 min

 

 

LGBTQ SHORT FILMS SCREENING WITH FEATURES

FISHY

Director: Joseph Sulsenti

Country: USA, Running Time: 6 min

(screens with ALASKA IS A DRAG)

 

LADY EVA

Directors: Dean Hamer, Joe Wilson, Hinaleimoana Wong-Kalu

Country: Kingdom of Tonga, Running Time: 11 min

(screens with ALASKA IS A DRAG)

 

 

FEST FORWARD SHORT FILMS (ANIMATION BLOCK)

CATHERINE

Director: Britt Raes

Country: Belgium, Running Time: 12 min

 

FIRST BLOOM

Director: Tingting Liu

Country: China, Running Time: 5 min

 

JAMSHID: A LAMENT FOR A MYTH                            U.S. PREMIERE

Director: Moin Samadi

Country: Iran, Running Time: 12 min

MEETING MACGUFFIN

Director: Catya Plate

Country: USA, Running Time: 10 min

 

NEGATIVE SPACE                                                      U.S. PREMIERE

Directors: Max Porter, Ru Kuwahata

Country: France, Running Time: 5 min

 

THE SERVANT

Director: Farnoosh Abedi

Country: Iran, Running Time: 9 min

 

THE SPIRIT SEAM                                                       WORLD PREMIERE

Director: Ashley Gerst

Country: USA, Running Time: 15 min

 

TWO BALLOONS

Director: Mark C. Smith

Country: USA, Running Time: 9 min

 

UGLY

Director: Nikita Diakur

Country: Germany, Running Time: 12 min

 

 

FEST FORWARD SHORT FILMS (FEST FORWARD BLOCK)

ANIMAL CINEMA

Director: Emilio Vavarella

Country: USA, Running Time: 12 min

 

ANTHROPOCENE                                                        WORLD PREMIERE

Director: Bradley Rappa

Country: USA, Running Time: 5 min

 

BLUE BUT PALE BLUE

Director: Daisy Dickinson

Country: UK, Running Time: 4 min

 

THE BRIDGE OVER THE RIVER

Director: Jadwiga Kowalska

Country: Switzerland, Running Time: 6 min

 

CARGO

Director: Jasmine Ellis

Country: Germany, Running Time: 4 min

 

COLLAPSING

Director: Brian Ratigan

Country: USA, Running Time: 1 min

 

COOKING WITH CONNIE

Director: Stavit Allweis

Country: USA, Running Time: 20 min

 

DISILLUSIONMENT OF 10 POINT FONT

Director: Greg Condon

Country: USA, Running Time: 1 min

 

LYING WOMEN

Director: Deborah Kelly

Country: Australia, Running Time: 4 min

 

MAY I? REMIX#

Director: Vasco Diogo

Country: Portugal, Running Time: 4 min

 

PARALYSIS                                                                 WORLD PREMIERE

Director: Victoria Negri

Country: USA, Running Time: 2 min

 

PITTARI

Director: Patrick Smith

Country: USA, Running Time: 4 min

 

THE REALM OF DEEPEST KNOWING

Director: Seunghee Kim

Country: South Korea, Running Time: 3 min

 

SHOT

Director: Aemilia Scott

Country: USA, Running Time: 9 min

 

TOWARDS THE EXPERIMENTAL CONTROL OF DREAMING

Director: Ryan Betschart

Country: USA, Running Time: 2 min

 

TRUMPET MAN

Director: Emily Wong

Country: Hong Kong, Running Time: 14 min

 

WHAT’S THAT IN THE GROUND?                                WORLD PREMIERE

Director: Wally Chung

Country: USA, Running Time: 2 min

 

YELLOW AND RED MAKE ORANGE                           WORLD PREMIERE

Director: Jay Hollinsworth

Country: USA, Running Time: 5 min

 

 

MISSISSIPPI MUSIC VIDEOS

“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                          WORLD PREMIERE

Director: Greg Johnson

Country: USA, Running Time: 5:28 min

 

“Glory Glory” by Sharde Thomas                              WORLD PREMIERE

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”                   WORLD PREMIERE

Directors: Keerthi Chandrashekar, Je'Monda Roy, 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”                                                    WORLD PREMIERE

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

 

 

KID FILM FEST SHORT FILMS

 

A MESSAGE FOR BRAZEY

Director: Jared D. Weiss

Country: USA, Running Time: 2 min

 

THE ADVENTURE OF THE AFTERNOON

Directors: Vance Yang, Stella Huang

Country: Taiwan, Running Time: 8 min

 

BRAND NEW DAY

Directors: Patricia Beckmann Wells, EdD

Country: USA, Running Time: 4 min

 

C-5-11

Director: Edward Ramsay-Morin

Country: USA, Running Time: 3 min

 

GHOST BEATS

Director: Brent Barson

Country: USA, Running Time: 3 min

 

HOMEGROWN

Director: Quentin Haberham

Country: USA, Running Time: 9 min

 

LIGHT SIGHT

Director: Seyed M. Tabatabaei

Country: Iran, Running Time: 8 min

 

ROYAL (MOVE TO MUSIC VIDEOS)

Director: Michael Williams

Country: USA, Running Time: 6 min

 

SAVING SANTA

Director: Keith O’ Grady

Country: Northern Ireland, Running Time: 17 min

STARS

Director: Han Zhang

Country: USA, Running Time: 5 min

 

SCREENPLAY COMPETITION WINNERS

Twirling at Ole Miss”(Grand Prize)

Screenwriter: John Matthew Tyson

 

“Not Everything Was Burning” (Runner Up)

Screenwriter: John Bateman

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