The Best of Oxford Film Festival travels down to the coast this Saturday and Sunday, February 27-28, to highlight winners and great films. Join at the Mary C. O’Keefe Cultural Arts Center in Ocean Springs for two days to watch great movies. Each block is $5 or $15 for all three blocks with the opportunity to see many great movies.
The festival kicks off Saturday evening from 6-7 p.m. with a reception hosted by Green House on Porter at the Becky Feder kitchen at Mary C. O’Keefe Cultural Arts Center at 1600 Government Street.
“I am so excited to bring the best of the festival down to the coast to share with audiences. Many of these films were the award winners or personal favorites, and we are happy to have filmmakers attending this year,” Melanie Addington, Oxford Film Festival Executive Director said.
After the reception on Saturday, the Oxford Film Festival will introduce the films and show a special screening of Yalo, the Audience Award winner by Chandler Griffin and Alison Fast with a special discussion afterwards about film and small business in Mississippi alongside the Main Street Association.
After the discussion, the films continue with Casey Spradling Memorial Winner The Gift filmed in Tupelo about Elvis and narrative feature winner, Embers starring Jason Ritter.
On Sunday, several film blocks will be hosted after breakfast is served in the café from 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m.
The first block of films from 10 a.m. to noon are family friendly and will include animation winner The Seafarer and the Moonlight, experimental winner cybergenesis, as well as Si, Snow Day, Sweetly Broken, Borrowed Time, The Present, Bottomless and feature documentary The Keepers.
A short lunch break will occur from noon to 12:30 in the Becky Feder kitchen provided by Green House on Porter. Block one will then continue with narrative short winner Blazing Sun, documentary short winner The House is Innocent will play before documentary feature winner Children of the Arctic.
A coffee break will be held from 2:30 to 3 p.m. before the final block of films plays from 3-6 p.m. including online contest winner West of Elvis, music video winner Fallen Star, Mississippi documentary winner Finding Cleveland, editing award winner Viola: A Story of Mother’s Justice and crowd favorite Dixie.
Description of films:
Blazing Sun (2015)
Director: Fred Castadot
Country: Belgium; Running Time: 24 min
Under the leaden sky of a summer day, Eric goes to work to defend a great issue. But, blinded by stress, Eric is forgetting the most important thing...
Borrowed Time (2015)
Director: Lou Hamou-Lhadj, Andrew Coats
Country: USA, Running Time: 6:45 min
A weathered Sheriff returns to the remains of an accident he has spent a lifetime trying to forget. With each step forward, the memories come flooding back. Faced with his mistake once again, he must find the strength to carry on.
Director: Véronique Vanblaere
Country: USA, Running Time: 2:03 min
A Belgian woman seeks citizenship in the United States, and finds that her experiences are bottomless.
Children of the Arctic (2015)
Director: Nick Brandestini
Country: Switzerland, Running Time: 93 min
Children of the Arctic is a portrait of Native Alaskan teenagers coming of age at America's northernmost edge. As their climate and culture undergo profound changes, they strive to be both modern American kids and the inheritors of an ancient whaling culture.
Director: André Silva
Country: USA, Running Time: 13 min
CYBERGENESIS is a fantastical, animated journey (segments of which have been creatively crowd-sourced) that imagines a future creation myth, crafted by cyber consciousness from bits and pieces of humanity's online legacy.
Director: Ryan Kelley
Country: USA, Running Time: 93 min
The song “Dixie” has haunted the United States for over 150 years. Written in 1859 by a blackface minstrel, the song became the national anthem for the confederacy during the American Civil War. Modern musicians, both black and white, have reinterpreted the song and offered new insights into what it means to be an American, and what the future holds for America's most dangerous song.
Director: Claire Carré
Country: USA, Running Time: 85 min
After a global neurological epidemic, those who remain search for meaning and connection in a world without memory. Five interwoven stories explore how we might learn, love and communicate in a future that has no past.
Fallen Star AJC & THE ENVELPE PUSHERS (2016)
Director: Clay Hardwick
Country: USA, Running Time: 8 min
FALLEN STAR is what happens when you make it to the top. This music video combines three original songs into a cinematic narrative, following AJC into a world of bitter famedom. Of course, making a deal at the crossroads has its costs.
FINDING CLEVELAND (2016)
Director: Larissa Lam
Country: USA, Running Time 12:24 min
Finding Cleveland is a documentary short film that follows Charles Chiu and his family on an emotional journey as they take a trip to Cleveland, Mississippi to visit the grave site of Charles’ father, KC Lou.
The Gift (2016)
Director: Gabriel Robertson
Country: USA, Running Time: 12:48 min
To celebrate his eleventh birthday, a young boy selects his gift - little knowing that his choice will change the world.
THE HOUSE IS INNOCENT (2015)
Director: Nicholas Coles (OFF Alum: Town Planner 2005)
Country: USA, Running Time: 12:15 min
Meet Tom and Barbara, the proud new owners of a serial killer’s house — the most infamous residence in Sacramento, California. The middle-age couple soon realizes it's going to take more than a fresh coat of paint to whitewash their home's macabre history.
THE KEEPERS (2015)
Directors: Sara Kaye Larson, Joann Self Selvidge
Country: USA, Running Time: 70 min
The Keepers is a portrait of the personalities and work of zookeepers shot with unprecedented behind-the-scenes access at the Memphis Zoo. A bittersweet, nonjudgmental look at what it means to find a place for yourself, working a job that you love.
THE PRESENT (2015)
Director: Jacob Frey
Country: Germany, Running Time: 4:20 min
Jake spends most of his time playing video games indoors until his mum decides to give him a present.
THE SEAFARER AND THE MOONLIGHT (2015)
Director: James Dastoli
Country: USA, Running Time: 2:30 min
An ancient mariner does battle with a behemoth from the deep.
Director: Samantha Smith
Country: USA, Running Time: 4:34 min
A magical tale that follows Si, a temperamental 6-year old, who gets a goldfish from her parents after begging for a puppy.
Snow Day (2015)
Director: Drew Smith
Country: USA, Running Time: 3:06
Nothing's more exciting to a kid in Memphis than the one snow day they get a year. But when a bully tries to ruin it for one five-year old, he decides to get even.
Sweetly Broken (2015)
Director: Chung Lam
Country: Czech Republic, Running Time: 5:25 min
It's what happens when a boy puppet gets separated from the girl puppet of his love and the lengths he goes to to reunite with her.
VIOLA: A MOTHER’S STORY OF JUVENILE JUSTICE (2015)
Directors: Sarah Fleming, Joann Self Selvidge
Country: USA, Running Time: 7:55 min
A mother shares personal stories about her life and her struggles with her son Edward, who has been involved with the juvenile justice system in Memphis, Tennessee.
WEST OF ELVIS (2015) - Audience Awards Winner
Director: Louis Bourgeois
Country: USA, Running Time: 8:05 min
West of Elvis is the last documentary made of Paul MaCleod, the curator of Graceland Too, arguably the largest and strangest collection of Elvis memorabilia in the world.
Director: Alison Fast
Country: USA, Running Time: 10 min
A small town craft brewery hits it big, producing bold new tastes like Miss-iss-IPA, River Ale and small-batch, bourbon barrel-aged stout, in what is formerly a dry county. YALO showcases the persistent rise of creative entrepreneurs in Water Valley, and the importance of small businesses to revitalize Main Street.