Tenth Anniversary Line-up

The Oxford Film Festival is proud to announce its lineup of festival films to play at the Malco Theater in Oxford, Miss. Feb. 21-24, 2013. Opening the festival on Thursday, Feb. 21 will be a special Thacker Mountain Radio show from 6 to 7 p.m. followed by the world premiere of several 90-second community films and Joe York’s documentary “Ten.” from 7 to 8 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. Donations are accepted at the door for the two non-profit organizations.

The selected juried 2013 films are as follows: Narrative Feature

Come Morning Directed by Derrick Sims / 85 min. As evening falls, two hunters, a 10-year-old boy and his grandfather, wander into the darkening woods to track down their recent kill. To their horror, they discover that, instead of a deer, they've shot a trespassing neighbor. With a history of land disputes with the neighbor's family fresh on his mind, the grandfather decides to hide the body.

Congratulations Directed by Eric Levy / California / 93 min. Jim and Bridget are on a road trip to visit Jim's mother on the anniversary of his father's death.  Along the way, Jim proposes and Bridget says no.  When they arrive at his mother's house, she showers them with congratulations.  Caught up in the moment, they pretend to be engaged for the weekend.

The Discoverers Directed by Justin Schwarz / 104 min. Washed-up history professor Lewis Birch (Griffin Dunne) takes his begrudging teenage kids – Zoe and Jack – on a road trip to a conference in hopes of putting his career back on track. But, when Lewis’s estranged father Stanley goes AWOL on a Lewis and Clark historical reenactment trek, Lewis is forced to make a family detour.

Pictures of Superheroes Directed by Don Swaynos / Texas / 74 min. An out-of-work maid gets a job cleaning up after an overworked businessman and the aggressively messy roommate he's forgotten about, sending her into a surreal world of candy, insult comics, and pretend marriages.

Tennessee Queer Directed by Earl Crew Goshorn / Tennessee / 90 min. When “out and proud” Jason Potts returns to his Tennessee hometown he quickly learns that life has not gotten better for the gay high school kids. Wanting to give them some hope, Jason plans to hold the first ever gay pride parade down Main Street. Unknown to Jason, a conservative politician plots to use the parade for his own political reasons.

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Narrative Short America 101 Directed by Richard Speight, Jr. / California / 10 min.

One man's life becomes the lesson of the day as he takes a frenetic ride through his own twisted version of the American experience.

The Beard Directed by Yaz Rabadi / Canada / 6 min.

An elderly Sikh who has been victimized as a result of his race struggles to deal with his given circumstances in the aftermath of the violent attack.

Crush Directed by Rebecca Pugh / Alabama / 7 min. One woman's quest to find the perfect chair.

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Directed by Jess Scott-Hunter / England / 4 min.

Tim thinks he might just have found the girl of his dreams, again!

The Dark Companion Directed by Darrell C. Hazelrig / Georgia                  / 14 min.

Howard (a puppet) has an existential crisis and nervous breakdown when he, and only he, can see his puppeteer: a featureless, humanoid shape that always looms over him, that he calls his Dark Companion. His relationship with his wife and friends quickly breakdown, when no one believes him, forcing Howard to take drastic measures.

Deafblind Directed by Ewan Bailey                  / England / 16 min.

A deaf and blind woman and a young man share a spiritual and disturbing connection.

Dinner with Holly Directed by Josh Crockett and Daniel Sinclair / Alabama / 12 min.

A young couple has a big plan to spice up their love life when their friend, Holly, comes over for dinner.

Double or Nothing Directed by Nathaniel Krause / California / 11 min.

Clark and Becca leave a bar after a night out with friends.  When a homeless man approaches them on the street, Clark gets an idea.  Adam Brody, Louisa Krause and Keith David star in this dark comedy by master playwright Neil LaBute.

Emergency Contact Directed by Jeffrey Ruggles / California / 6 min.

Things get dicey when a woman reveals to her live-in boyfriend that she's listed him as her emergency contact.

The Golden Bough (Der goldene Zweig) Directed by Matthias Zucker / Germany/ 25 min.

After a string of unsuccessful job interviews, out-of-work David realizes that someone is conspiring to keep him from finding employment. Based on a short story by Salman Rushdie.

The Hiccup

Directed by Matt Smukler / California / 10 min.

Two friends desperately trying to skip town find that an overheated radiator is the least of their problems.

The Potential Wives of Norman Mao Directed by Derek Nguyen / New York /                   9 min.

Norman Mao is an overweight, socially-awkward junior businessman from Hong Kong, who at the age of 33 is still a virgin and unwed.  Desperate to get him married, his parents take him on an international junket across the globe to find him a worthy Chinese wife.  Narrated by George Takei.

Libre Directo Directed by Bernabé Rico Herrera / Spain / 12 min.

Having turned 60, Adela is living a life she never wanted. She has no children, a husband who walks all over her and, worst of all, nothing to look forward to. Then one day she has the chance to win 300,000 euros and leave her old life behind. All she has to do to get it is kick a ball into an open goal from the halfway line at half-time in a Spanish league match. Accepting the challenge, Adela starts training for the big day.

Pretty Monsters Directed by G.B. Shannon and Ryan Parker / Tennessee / 11 min. When a man and his young son spend the night at a motel in the town where the father grew up, the man gives in to an old temptation and invites a woman to their room.

Remake Directed by Chris Tomkins / Australia / 6 min.

A smash and grab robbery takes an unexpected twist when two thieves find themselves confronted with a haul they can't possibly carry.

Split Time Directed by Fabrice Bracq / France / 3 min.

A man and a woman in their mid-thirties. Attractive, single day-dreamers, they cross each other a million times without ever meeting. Yet, they are meant to be together.

Tracer Gun Directed by Paul Grellong / California / 17 min.

A little mistake turns into a living nightmare when Abby apologizes for a drunken kiss by giving the right gift to the wrong man.

Why I Make Movies Directed by Sam Frazier, Jr. / Alabama / 4 min.

A short explanation of one filmmaker's unsatisfying life at work and home but glamorous lifestyle when he's accepted into film festivals.

Documentary Feature Antenna Directed by C. Scott McCoy / Tennessee / 96 min.

A history of the Antenna, Memphis' first punk rock club, and the musical explosion it inspired.

 

Eating Alabama Directed by Andrew Grace / Alabama / 63 min.

A quest to eat locally becomes a meditation on community, the South and sustainability and a story about why food matters.

My Brooklyn: Race, Real Estate and the Future of Cities

Directed by Kelly Anderson / New York / 75 min.

Director Kelly Anderson's journey, as a Brooklyn gentrifier, to understand the forces reshaping her neighborhood. The film documents the redevelopment of Fulton Mall, a bustling African-American and Caribbean commercial district that - despite its status as the third most profitable shopping area in New York City - is maligned for its inability to appeal to the affluent residents who have come to live around it.

An Ordinary Hero Directed by Loki Mulholland / Utah / 91 min.

The amazing true story of one white Southern woman's courage to choose her convictions and join the Civil Rights Movement. By the time she was 19, Joan Trumpauer was shot at, attacked, and put on death row but that's just the beginning of her remarkable journey to help change the world.

Plimpton! Starring George Plimpton as Himself  

Directed by Thomas Bean / Alabama / 89 min.

Plimpton! is a feature length documentary film about the exciting life and times of Paris Review co-founder, participatory journalist, protean New York literary impresario, and friend to many, George Plimpton.

Uprising Directed by Fredrik Stanton / New York / 85 min.

Tells the inside story of the Egyptian revolution from the perspective of its principal leaders and organizers, including four Nobel Peace Prize nominees.  Their success in forcing the downfall of a brutal dictatorship has changed the face of the Middle East and provided hope for millions of oppressed people across the world.

Documentary Short

Boomtown

Directed by Torben Bernhard / Utah / 12 min.

In 1875, the Horn Silver Mine was discovered in the red rock cliffs of southwestern Utah. The town of Frisco was born and quickly became one of the most economically productive and notoriously violent towns in the wild West. 'Boomtown' blends serendipitously found audio interviews of the town sheriff and other remaining inhabitants, recorded just before their deaths, with images of the decaying ghost town in 2011.

Camino, The Journey to Santiago  

Directed by Alicia Wszelaki and Matthew Nothelfer / California / 15 min.

This short documentary is a film about a pilgrim's hike across Spain on the popular Camino de Santiago. It is an impressionistic film that creates a casual narrative about the ancient journey and what it is like during its modern revival.

Grand Fugue on the Art of Gumbo Directed by Gideon Kennedy / Alabama / 10 min.

This film studies 'the baroque complexity of the South' through the musings of Mobile, Ala. native Eugene Walter, author, actor, artist, creator and chef. Using Walter's own radio broadcasts as narration, the film takes a peek at the simple ingredients that make up the Gulf Coast and its signature cuisine, gumbo, and shows how their staggered repetition builds something wholly unique and intricately beautiful.

Reborning Directed by Helen Hood Scheer / California / 8 min.

Jean likes to make something out of nothing.

The Urban Herd Directed by Sonja Alsofi                  / Washington / 13 min.

The story of how a small herd of goats in an inner city vacant lot brings joy and unity to a diverse community, and also leads to questions about the role of nature in the urban experience.

Animation Grandmothers (Abuelas) Directed by Afarin Eghbal / England / 10 min.

In a small apartment in Buenos Aires, an old woman eagerly awaits the birth of her grandchild and all the joys of becoming a grandmother. However, horrific circumstances mean that she will be forced to wait for over 30 years. Using real-life testimonials this animated-documentary raises issues of memory, repression and loss.

Jamón Directed by Iria Lopez / England / 8 min.

Jose is a teenage pig living in a Spanish town, and he is the only pig in his family. One day a new neighbor moves in next door, and Jose starts to come to terms with who he really is.

The Loop Directed by Jolie Ruelle / United States, Outlying Islands / 12 min.

A stop-motion animation exploring human relationships with anxiety. Through the use of metaphorical structure the main character demonstrates reactions and possible responses to an abstract feared stimulus.

Mayday Directed by Trevor Jones / New Mexico / 4 min.

When an emergency crash landing leaves a young girl alone in the woods, she must defend herself against herself.

Strings Directed by Tal Arbiv / Israel / 12 min.

A marionette puppet with aspirations of glory, realizes that the way to fulfill them is not that simple when you are a puppet with feelings.

Experimental Dance Elephant Dance Directed by Lionel Popkin / Alaska / 4 min.

Don’t Break Down Directed by Matt Meindl / Ohio / 7 min.

Life Directed by Christopher Miner / Tennessee / 1 min.

Melt in the Shade Directed by Kyojungju Kim / New York / 6 min.

Milk Sorrow Directed by Maria Pithara / Tennessee / 1 min.

Music for a Self-transforming Machine Directed by Aaron Ross                  / California / 4 min.

Notes on a Revolution: Silent Version Directed by Louis Bourgeois / Mississippi / 4 min.

Rolling Stock Directed by Dan Inglis / New Zealand / 8 min.

Slices of Charity Directed by Brooke White / Mississippi / 5 min.

30 Miles Directed by Ronnie Cramer / Colorado /                   4 min.

Thunder May have Ruined the Moment Directed by Peter Monro/ California / 3 min.

Mississippi Documentary April’s Way

Directed by Candace Harralson / Tennessee / 35 min.

April defies the odds by living.  But when she outgrows the school system and no adult day programming is available, her family must find a way for her to continue to thrive with meaningful work and relationships.

Drawing on a Dream Directed by Susan Dobbs and David Rae Morris / New York / 14 min.

The colorful complexities of the late Delta rocker and artist, Duff Dorrough of Ruleville.

 

Growing our Own Directed by Philip Scarborough / Mississippi / 27 min. Each summer, high school students from all types of racial and socioeconomic backgrounds from all over Mississippi attend a nine-day seminar on race, civil justice, and community while learning the dark history of civil rights of their state, not taught in Mississippi schools.

Mickle’s Pickle Directed by Nathan Willis / Arkansas/Mississippi / 15 min.

The story of a small town pickle shop, its eccentric owner, and the theft of the store's beloved icon, a giant pickle.

Pizza Shop Directed by Ben Guest / Mississippi / 2 min.

A master pizzaiola, working in rural Mississippi, discusses his craft.

Mississippi Music Video  (listed by director) Wolf Ruffin: Mother Never Held Me Robert Earl Reed: In The Garden Deepak Mantena: Growing Pains Russell Fox: Flood You Under Ryan Frazier: Twice On Sunday Clay Hardwick: 57LA

Mississippi Narrative Genrevolt Directed by Casey Dillard / Mississippi / 9 min.

Movie romance isn't all it's cracked up to be, as a couple discovers when they scramble to find the right genre for them.

Grasshopper! Directed by Michael Usry and Ryan Roy / Mississippi / 15 min.

An average suburban housewife tries to stop her neighbor from going on a rampage after he witnesses a gruesome attack.

The Retirement Party Directed by Ryan Bohling and Chris Bufkin / Mississippi / 9 min.

Originally entered in the 2012 Mississippi 48 Hour Film Challenge. Shot in the style of "The Office," this film tells the story of a superhero's retirement party.

Third Shift Directed by Glenn Payne / Mississippi / 33 min. Elaine and Melinda are holed up in a small town diner. They’ve been on the run and are now pinned into a corner. They know they’ve been followed, but by whom they aren’t sure. Their only comfort is that they are fairly certain that their pursuers don’t know their faces either. Can they uncover their assassin’s identity before it’s too late? Everyone is a suspect.

Tube Directed by Jordan Berger / Mississippi / 25 min.

Melanie Moore, a sickly older woman, lives alone on her couch surrounded by items she has bought off the Home Shopping Channel. When her television abruptly shuts off in the middle of a purchase she is forced to face her worst fear: life without TV.

Non-Competition films to be showcased at the festival include: A partial listing of films to be screened out of jury competition are listed below. Future announcements of additional screenings will occur in January.

Animation Flatland

Directed by Jeffrey Travis and Dano Johnson / 2007 / 35 min. When a mysterious visitor arrives from Spaceland, Arthur Square and his curious granddaughter Hex must come to terms with the truth of the third dimension, risking dire consequences from the evil Circles that have ruled Flatland for thousands of years.

Documentary Feature Basically Frightened - The Musical Madness of Colonel Bruce Hampton Directed by Michael Koepenick / Georgia / 87 min.

With fans including Billy Bob Thornton, Dave Matthews, Peter Buck, Derek Trucks, Phish, Widespread Panic, and Blues Traveler, Colonel Bruce Hampton began his career with an unprecedented six figure record deal in 1970. After releasing the worst selling album in the history of Columbia Records, he made a brave decision and continued his musical career, devoting himself to creating pure art rather than attempt any commercial success.

 

Native Son Directed by Mike McCarthy / Mississippi / 56 min.

Documents the making of the seven-foot tall “Tupelo Elvis” bronze statue by Mississippi sculptor Bill Beckwith, modeled on Elvis’ pose in the Roger Marshutz photograph shot at the 1956 Tupelo Fair, which was unveiled at Fairpark in Tupelo in August 2012.

Mississippi Documentary DVD Blues Or Thad Calls Barton About Renaldo and Clara

Directed by Thad Lee / Mississippi / 10 min.

Barton Segal sold Thad Lee a seemingly faulty copy of Renaldo and Clara, so Thad calls Barton for answers.

 

Lecile

Directed by Rex Jones / Mississippi / 29 min.

Lecile Harris, 76, began his career as a bullrider and bullfighter, but a devastating accident in the arena at the age of 52 led him into comedy  as a full-time professional rodeo clown.

Music in The Hall and Oxford Sessions Directed by Daniel Morrow and Danny Klimetz / Mississippi

Selections filmed during Music in the Hall, a grass roots music video series based in Oxford, Mississippi, and Oxford Sessions, a new video series featuring recordings done unplugged and in a location unique to every artist.

Pride and Joy

Directed by Joe York / Mississippi / 57 min.

For the past six years, Joe York has traveled across the South in a state vehicle chronicling the unique people, places, and culture of America’s tastiest region. See what he found in this opus on contemporary Southern food culture, produced by the Southern Foodways Alliance.

Rebels: James Meredith and the Integration of Ole Miss Directed by Matthew Graves / Mississippi / 58 min. On October 1, 1962 James Meredith became the first black student enrolled at the University of Mississippi. His journey to Ole Miss began with the State of Mississippi's denial and open defiance of the federal court's mandate of his admission. It ended on the night of September 30th as thousands of armed protestors rioted against the U.S. Marshals, Mississippi National Guard, and U.S. Troops sent by President Kennedy. This is the incredible true story of one man's mission for equality and a state that would do everything in its power to stop him

Ten

Directed by Joe York / Mississippi / 20 min.

To celebrate the tenth anniversary of the Oxford Film Festival, the University of Mississippi’s Media & Documentary Projects Center is teaming up with the Oxford Film Festival to create a documentary film starring 10-year-olds from the Oxford/Lafayette County community discussing the joys and trials of being 10 years old.

Mississippi Music Video  (Open to Music Video Audience Award) Michael Williams, Zebraprint by Sipsy Fires of Starkville, MS Bill Perry, JoLynn Zechariah Lloyd, A Change is Coming Gina Sexton, Bye Bye Baby Clayton Matthews Pepper, Passing By Adam Gussow, Crossroads Andrew Colom, PYT ft J-Money and Camden

Mississippi Narrative Ole Miss Filmmaking workshop films

(Various directors) / Mississippi / 30 min.

Film projects from an intensive 3½-day workshop held at the University of Mississippi in July 2012, designed to introduce amateurs to both film appreciation and the actual techniques of filmmaking.

S for Sally (work in progress screening) Directed by Melanie Addington / Mississippi / 13 min.

When her 10-year-old daughter Sally starts having difficulties, Mona sets out to help her despite no support from her husband Phil, the schools or the church.

Narrative Feature Spotlight feature to be announced

Narrative Short Tupelove Directed by Mike McCarthy / Mississippi / 15 min. Created for the Tupelo Convention & Visitors Bureau, Tupelove explores the boyhood mythos of Elvis, which features little-known places in and around Tupelo, Mississippi. Narrated by Elvis’ original drummer, D.J. Fontana.

A list of additional special screenings, panels and the 2013 judges will be announced shortly.

2013 Oxford Film Festival Sponsors The 2013 Oxford Film Festival Sponsors help sustain not only the Festival but also the year-round programs of the non-profit festival. Their support is crucial to the mission of celebrating independent film. This year's Festival Sponsors include: Oxford Convention and Visitors Bureau, Malco and many more.

For the festival, tickets are: Multi-day, Fri-Sat-Sun = $30; student discount (with valid ID) $25 Day pass = $15; student discount (with valid ID) $12 Individual film pass = $8; student discount (with valid ID) $6.50 Party Pass (upgrade) $50 (access for one person to Friday and Saturday night party)

Tickets are not required for Thursday night’s events.

Tickets are now available at www.oxfordfilmfest.com. Screening times will be available in January atwww.oxfordfilmfest.com.

 

10-yr-olds needed for 10-doc

"What's it like to be ten?" In honor of the upcoming 10th Annual Oxford Film Festival, the University of Mississippi's Media & Documentary Projects Center is teaming up with the Oxford Film Festival to create a documentary film starring 10-year-olds from the Oxford/Lafayette County community discussing the joys and trials of being 10 years old. The film will premiere at the Oxford Film Festival, Feb. 21-24, 2013, and the producers are eager to find 10-year-olds in the community to participate in the project.

The first round of interviews for the film will be held Thursday, Nov. 29 and Saturday, Dec. 1 at the Powerhouse Community Arts Center in Oxford. Interviews will only take 15 minutes and those interested can sign up by emailing the director of the film, Joe York (jayork13[at]me.com).

Participants can sign up for a 15-minute time slot at this link.

Photo of Joe York by Hollis Bennett, Garden and Gun (2011)

Tickets make great gifts!

Looking for the perfect holiday gift for the film lover in your life? Oxford Film Festival tickets are now for sale through the Lyric's website, and in person at Amelia's on the Square.

2013 Pricing:

  • Three-day pass (Fri, Sat, AND Sun): $30 regular / $25 student
  • One-day pass (Fri, Sat, OR Sun): $15 regular / $12 student
  • Single film pass: $8 regular / $6.50 student
  • Thursday night @ the Lyric: FREE!
  • NEW: Party upgrade -- allows access to festival parties -- $50 Fri AND Sat / $25 Fri OR Sat

Give the gift of film this holiday season! 

Tickets now for sale

Tickets to the 10th annual Oxford Film Festival are now available through the Lyric's website. Things to know:

  • Tickets purchased before the festival -- with or without a printout -- will be placed on a "will call" list. Those tickets can be picked up on Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013 at the Lyric Oxford, or Friday-Sunday Feb. 22-24, 2013 at the Malco Oxford Studio.
  • Passes are not purchased for specific days, and tickets are not available for specific shows. All seating is subject to availability, and priority is given on a first-come basis.
  • Student rates are available on day passes, multi-day passes, and single film tickets. There is no discounted rate for party upgrades.
  • NEW: no ticket is required for Thursday night at the Lyric.
  • NEW: party upgrades are available for Friday and Saturday nights. These do not, however, allow access to the VIP tent.

Buy now and buy often! Give the gift of film....

Click here to purchase tickets to the 10th annual Oxford Film Festival!

 

Thanks, MAC!

The Oxford Film Festival has been awarded a $2800 grant from the Mississippi Arts Commission (MAC). This grant is a portion of the $1.5 million in grants the Commission will award in 2012-2013 and will be used to fund the 10th anniversary festival in February 2013. The grants are made possible by continued funding from the Mississippi State Legislature and the National Endowment for the Arts. "The grants awarded by the Commission to arts organizations across the state provide funding for the staging of festivals, theatre performances, and many other arts-related activities. With these funds, the organizations work diligently to help tell the unique story of their community, and to reinforce the value of building a creative economy," said Malcolm White, Executive Director of MAC. "Additionally, the arts provide a positive environment for learning, both in the classroom and in the community."

The Mississippi Arts Commission, a state agency, serves the residents of the state by providing grants that support programs to enhance communities; assist artists and arts organizations; promote the arts in education and celebrate Mississippi's cultural heritage. Established in 1968, the Mississippi Arts Commission is funded by the Mississippi Legislature, the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Mississippi Foundation, the Phil Hardin Foundation, the Riley Foundation, the Mississippi Endowment for the Arts at the Community Foundation of Greater Jackson and other private sources. The agency serves as an active supporter and promoter of arts in community life and in arts education.

The 10th annual Oxford Film Festival has been scheduled for February 21-24, 2013.