As I Lay Dying

What: Mississippi premiere of James Franco's film adaptation of William Faulkner's AS I LAY DYING

Where: Lyric Oxford (1006 Van Buren Ave., Oxford MS) 

When: Monday, October 21, 2013 -- ONE NIGHT ONLY
Seating begins at 6 p.m. and the film begins promptly at 7 p.m.
6:00-7:00 p.m. Cocktail Hour to meet the producers; Yalobusha Brewing Company will provide a free tasting of their new beer with a full cash bar also available.  

Price: $20/person, benefiting the Oxford Film Festival (Feb. 6-9, 2014). Tickets purchased in advance will be at the Will Call table at the Lyric starting at 5:30pm the night of the event. Tickets will be available for purchase at the door

Guests: the film's producer Lee Caplin and executive producer Heidi Jo Markel, as well as local actors with roles in the film and other special guests to talk about their experience during a Q&A after the film.

 UPDATE: Online ticket sales for this event were disabled at 3:30pm, Monday, October 21. Tickets are still available, and may be purchased onsite at the Lyric after 4:30pm.

See the film on the big screen before its iTunes release!

The film stars James Franco as Darl Bundren, Logan Marshall-Green as Jewel Bundren, Danny McBride as Vernon Tull, Tim Blake Nelson as Anse Bundren, Beth Grant as Addie Bundren, Jim Parrack as Cash Bundren, Jesse Heiman as Jody and Scott Haze as Skeet MacGowan.

The New York Times recently wrote that Franco has “accomplished something serious and worthwhile.” The script was written by Franco with Matt Rager.

The multi-voiced story is about a family on an errand to haul the dead body of one of its members through rough Mississippi terrain in the 1930s. Written while working at the power plant at the University of Mississippi, Faulkner wrote the novel in six weeks. It is consistently ranked among the top novels ever written. The story is set in Yoknapatawpha County or what those of us in Oxford like to call the "alternate version" of our home, Lafayette County.

The film premiered in May at Cannes Film Festival and has been seen in New York and Los Angeles.

The Lyric is perhaps best known as the place where William Faulkner world premiered “Intruder in the Dust” in 1949 and has since been the home of many a movie before transitioning to an office building and then to a large-scale music venue and occasional movie house.

The film is a fundraiser for the Oxford Film Festival which is set for Feb. 6-9, 2014. Donations for the festival will be accepted at the door and will be tax-deductible. 

For more information, contact info[at] or call 877-560-FILM.


Killer Kudzu: Cast and Crew needed

Auditions for the 4th annual Community Film -- KILLER KUDZU, written by Felicity Flesher, directed by Meaghin Burke -- will be held on Saturday, September 28, 2013 from 9:00am to 2:00pm at the historic Cedar Oaks house in Oxford. Speaking parts are available for a variety of types.

As in previous community films, there will at least one scene requiring EXTRAS. Specific information will be posted at a later date, but principal photography is scheduled for November 1-3, 2013.

 Crew members are still needed in a variety of areas. Please fill out this interest form and someone will contact you soon.

Additional questions about this year's film can be directed to meaghin[dot]burke[at]

Oxford Film Festival receives Mississippi Arts Commission grant

The Oxford Film Festival has been awarded a $3800 grant from the Mississippi Arts Commission (MAC). This grant is a portion of the $1.27 million in grants the Commission will award in 2013-14 and will be used in the production of the 11th annual festival, scheduled for February 6-9, 2014. The grants are made possible by continued funding from the Mississippi State Legislature and the National Endowment for the Arts. 

"The creative economy has never been more vibrant than it is today in the communities across Mississippi," stated Sallye Killebrew, Interim Director at MAC. "This agency is honored to play a small role in assisting these organizations to continue their work of reinforcing the value of arts and the role they play in creative place-making and economic development." 

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The Oxford Film Festival is a 501c3 non-profit organization, which serves the city of Oxford in Lafayette County in addition to neighboring Yalobusha and Panola counties, with outreach to the entire state. The annual festival attracts attendees from around the region including Tennessee, Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Georgia and Texas. The organizational structure includes six full-time volunteer staff, several part-time volunteer staff and about 100 volunteers during the festival weekend in February. With no current sustaining funding, the festival must reach out for funds to support each year’s festival from a combination of grants and donations from both individuals and corporations.

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, the Mississippi Endowment for the Arts at the Community Foundation of Jackson and other private sources. The agency serves as an active supporter and promoter of arts in community life and in arts education. 

We are grateful to MAC for their continued support of our efforts to entertain and educate audiences and to create a positive experience for filmmakers attending the festival in Oxford, Miss.

Call for Entries with New Online Form

(Originally released July 1, 2013)
OXFORD, MS – Oxford Film Festival is now accepting submissions for the 11th annual film festival to be held in Oxford, Miss. on February 6-9, 2014.

The festival has created a new submission process for the 2014 festival. The festival has created its own online form on its website with flat rates and only two deadlines: September 15, 2013 for “early bird” pricing, and November 15, 2013 for “regular pricing.” The reduced costs for both the filmmaker and festival will allow more funds raised by the nonprofit to put toward the event instead of overhead costs.

Early bird pricing begins July 1 to Sept. 15 and is $15 for short films, $30 for feature films and $5 for Mississippi music videos. Regular pricing is from Sept. 16 to Nov. 15 and is $25 for short films, $40 for feature films and $5 for music videos.

Click here for more information. 

Fee waivers are only granted to invited films and festival alumni.


Screenplay Winner: Killer Kudzu

 Felicity Flesher

Felicity Flesher

Oxford Film Festival is proud to announce the winner of its first screenplay competition. Felicity Flesher’s project Killer Kudzu was selected to be produced as the festival’s next community film project. “Before writing Killer Kudzu, I had long been inspired by the great kudzu plant and what a fantastic B-movie horror villain this plant that grows a foot a day is, or could be,” Flesher said. “For the Oxford Film Festival Community Film, this idea came back around as the perfect local threat to face a brave Oxford community in the script. As a born-and-bred Oxonian, I know what a beautiful, proud, and strong place Oxford is and I imagined that if a mutant vine took over town, its people would undoubtedly join together to defend their home.”

Flesher is a senior at Carleton College in Minnesota majoring in cinema studies but is originally from Oxford, MS. Her short film Expiration Date played in the 2012 film festival. Her parents, Dale and Tonya Flesher, are accountancy professors at the University of Mississippi.

The short film will be produced this fall by the festival with a director soon to be named.

This will be the fourth annual community film project by the festival but the first time that a call for scripts was utilized to reach out to screenwriters. Screenwriters did not have to be from Oxford but had to take into consideration Oxford's physical locations and characteristics unique to the community.

The script will be made into a narrative short to be premiered at the 11th annual Oxford Film Festival on February 6-9, 2014.