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
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