Oxford Film Festival to Co-Host Screening of LGBTQ Shorts

To be held in conjunction with Oxford’s first Pride Parade, Crossroads Film Society and Oxford Film Festival have partnered to provide a free screening of five curated short films.

 The LGBTQ Shorts: Struggles and Celebrations of Being Out the Deep South will be shown on Sunday, May 8 at 4 p.m. at Shelter on Van Buren.

 The Pride Parade, organized by Matt Kessler in conjunction with the University of Mississippi Sarah Isom Center, will be held on Saturday, May 7 at 2 p.m.

 “We are so happy to partner with Crossroads during this important weekend in Oxford,” Oxford Film Festival Executive Director Melanie Addington said. “We hope that people celebrate and enjoy the screenings with us on Mother’s Day especially with films such as Instababy which address gay couples adopting in Mississippi and The Ballad of Little Pam which touches on the relationship between mother and daughter. We appreciate the support of Shelter on Van Buren for being an inclusive venue that helps support a showcase of a variety of films.”

 “These LGBTQ films were wonderfully received recently at the Crossroads Film Festival, and we are delighted that all the filmmakers involved agreed enthusiastically to have a rescreening in conjunction with the first annual Oxford Pride and in partnership with our sister Festival in Oxford”, said Robbie Fisher, President of the Crossroads Film Society. 

 

Film Descriptions:

Out in Alabama (12 Min., Director / Producer Bonnie Blue Edwards)

A celebration of friendships formed at Pride events in Birmingham, AL.

 

Instababy (12 Min., Co-Creators Lauren Cioffi and Rosie Haber)

In Episode One of The Front’s “New Deep South” series, a gay couple in Jackson, MS trying to adopt a child improvise with the best resource at their disposal: Instagram

 

RSVP (13 Min., Director Shannon Beeby; Producer Ryan Jonze)

A gay widower fulfills his lover’s last request to spread his ashes at the beach.

 

Peace in the Valley (15 Min., Directors Michael Palmieri and Donal Mosher)

Eureka Springs, Arkansas’s liberals were among the first to vote in favor of LGBT rights, but supporting the economy are conservative tourists supporting the Great Passion Play.

 

The Ballad of Little Pam (9 Min., Director Casey Parks; Producers Aubree Bernier-Clarke and Casey Parks)

Pam and her mother can co-exist…as long as Pam agrees not to date women.

 

For more information, visit www.oxfordfilmfest.com

 

ABOUT CROSSROADS FILM SOCIETY

Founded in 1999, the Crossroads Film Society celebrates the art of filmmaking in all of its diversity and depth with film screenings year-round and with its annual Crossroads Film Festival each spring.  The Society facilitates and promotes a broad spectrum of film-related events for the community, presents films from around the world, the South and Mississippi to audiences in Mississippi, promotes dialogue and educational opportunities for filmmakers and audiences, and offers a juried competition to honor films in a wide variety of genres including features, shorts, documentaries, animation, music videos, and others.

 

ABOUT OXFORD FILM FESTIVAL

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