Mississippi Day of Giving is October 24!

Join the Oxford Film Festival in helping get the word out about the Mississippi Day of Giving where you can donate online to all charitable organizations in the state including ours. We have provided special perks including buying your VIP pass in advance and more to those who give! 

Find out more about the MS Day of giving at msdayofgiving.org and for our profile, click here. 

Special Advance Screening of A Walk in the Woods with Susan McPhail to raise funds for the 2016 film fest!

Nick Nolte and Susan McPhail in A Walk in the Woods/Photo Courtesy of A Walk in the Woods

Nick Nolte and Susan McPhail in A Walk in the Woods/Photo Courtesy of A Walk in the Woods

Susan McPhail had quite the adventure working with co-star Nick Nolte while filming “A Walk in the Woods” and now thanks to a special local advance screening of the film, moviegoers have a chance to see it before the national release!

A reception and special screening, scheduled for Tuesday, August 25 at the Malco Oxford Commons Cinema, will benefit the Oxford Film Festival.  Tickets are $20 each which includes the 6:00pm reception, 7:00pm screening and Q&A after the film with Susan McPhail.

While the Malco Oxford Commons Cinema, located at 206 Commonwealth Boulevard, is the official sponsor of the event, tickets are only available for purchase via the film festival website: www.oxfordfilmfest.com.

 “A Walk in the Woods” stars Robert Redford and Nick Nolte as two friends who decide to hike the Appalachian Trail – 2,200 miles of America’s most unspoiled, spectacular and rugged countryside from Georgia to Maine.

In this new comedy adventure, celebrated travel writer, Bill Bryson (Academy Award winner Robert Redford), instead of retiring to enjoy his loving and beautiful wife (Academy Award winner Emma Thompson), and large and happy family, challenges himself to hike the Appalachian Trail - 2,200 miles of America's most unspoiled, spectacular and rugged countryside from Georgia to Maine. The peace and tranquility he hopes to find, though, is anything but, once he agrees to being accompanied by the only person he can find willing to join him on the trek - his long lost and former friend Katz (Academy Award nominee Nick Nolte), a down-on-his-luck serial philanderer who, after a lifetime of relying on his charm and wits to keep one step ahead of the law – sees the trip as a way to sneak out of paying some debts and sneak into one last adventure before its too late. The trouble is, the two have a completely different definition of the word, "adventure". Now they're about to find out that when you push yourself to the edge, the real fun begins.

“We are so excited to bring an advanced screening of ‘A Walk In The Woods’ to Oxford before it’s national release date,” Executive Director Melanie Addington said. “Getting to showcase a local actress like this is tremendous and this type of unique experience is exactly what the Oxford Film Festival is all about. We want to thank Malco Theatres and BroadGreen Pictures for this opportunity.”

Susan McPhail has been acting for about two years. She got involved through her husband, Johnny McPhail, and his love of the craft. Both actors have been huge supporters of the Oxford Film Festival. Susan’s first film, Last Call, which played the 2014 Oxford Film Festival, became a stepping stone ­ creating an addiction to acting that has not abated. Since 2013, Susan has had supporting roles in several feature films including “A Walk in the Woods” and “Mississippi Grind” both set for a Fall 2015 release.

“The Oxford Film Festival is near and dear to my heart, and I want it to be bigger and better each year,” Susan McPhail said. “I am honored to have the opportunity to help make that happen and to remain a part of my favorite community event – OFF!”

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 four-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. For more information, visit www.oxfordfilmfest.com

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Oxford Film Festival Appoints New Executive Director, Programming Team; Announces Call For Entries

Melanie Addington, Executive Director

Melanie Addington, Executive Director

The Oxford Film Festival today appointed long-time staff member Melanie Addington as its Executive Director and named its programming team for the 2016 edition, to be lead by veteran industry fixtures Mark Rabinowitz and Kim Voynar as documentary and narrative feature head programmers, respectively. The 13th edition of the festival is set to unspool February 18-21, 2016.

Addington has been with the festival in various positions since 2005, working her way up from volunteer to volunteer coordinator, to assistant director and subsequently serving as co-director since 2008 before becoming the well-regarded organization’s Executive Director for the 2016 edition. "I have always been passionate about independent film, storytelling and Mississippi,” said Addington, “and this gives me a chance to really showcase all three. I’m excited to take on this new leadership position as we focus on growing the festival both during the February event and in terms of year-round programming.” Addington also serves as the President of the Mississippi Film & Video Alliance.

Kim Voynar, Narrative Features Programmer

Kim Voynar, Narrative Features Programmer

The festival is a key date on the busy Oxford cultural calendar, having hosted such notables as James Franco, Morgan Freeman, Jason Ritter, Elvis Mitchell, Mary Elizabeth Ellis, Ray McKinnon and Tim Blake Nelson.

Voynar comes to the Oxford Festival with over a decade of experience as a critic and industry analyst for Movie City News, Cinematical, Indiewire.com, Variety and others, adding director/producer to her resume in 2010, with current activities including live-action and animated projects with avant-garde musical group The Residents and an episodic TV series with Will Calhoun of hard rockers Living Colour.

Mark Rabinowitz, Documentary Features Programmer

Mark Rabinowitz, Documentary Features Programmer

Rabinowitz is a co-founder of the seminal indie film news service Indiewire.com and has been a journalist for twenty years, including service as a critic for CNN.com, Screen Daily, Paste Magazine and Alternative Press. He has attended over 175 film festivals as a critic, producer and staff, including serving as a programmer and industry liaison at the Hamptons International Film Festival and has served on festival juries in Edinburgh, Montreal, Denver, Nashville and Oxford. As a producer, he has projects in development with producer Darren Dean (TangerineKinyarwanda) and writers/producers Jon Cryer & Richard Schenkman and heads the film department at LA-based publicity & marketing firm PMG.

Today, OFF announces its call for entries for next year’s Festival in all programming categories. Entries are accepted through November 15, 2015 at Film Freeway (https://filmfreeway.com/festival/OxfordFilmFestival). Due to its calendar position following Sundance, Oxford has had the benefit of hosting the regional premieres of many notable films, including James Franco’s two William Faulkner adaptations (The Sound and the Fury and As I Lay Dying), Chad Hartigan’s This Is Martin Bonner, and Paul Saltzman’s Prom Night in Mississippi.

Oxford’s full programming team includes: Mary Margaret Andrews and Courtney Hall on documentary shorts, Newt Rayburn on music videos, Deborah Barker on Mississippi narratives, Maggie Woodward on Mississippi documentaries, Michelle Emanuel on animation and Brooke White on experimental films.

The incoming OFF Board of Directors is comprised of long-time festival supporters, including the executive director of the Yoknapatawpha Arts Council Wayne Andrews (President), former SVP of Production for MGM Television Hudson Hickman, and writer/producer Chris Offutt (True Blood, Weeds, Treme).

About the 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 four-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. For more information, visit www.oxfordfilmfest.com 

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