Danny Glover to Visit Oxford Film Festival Friday

THE 2017 OXFORD FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES SPECIAL APPEARANCE BY DANNY GLOVER PRIOR TO SCREENING OF RAOUL PECK’S “I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO” GLOVER WILL BE SPEAKING AT THE FILM FESTIVAL AND THE UNIVERSITY OF MISSISSIPPI ABOUT VOTER SUPPRESSION EFFORTS, WORKER RIGHTS AND THE MARCH IN CANTON ON MARCH 4TH

The 2017 Oxford Film Festival (February 15-19) has announced that Danny Glover will make a special appearance at the film festival on Friday, February 17, speaking prior to a screening of Raoul Peck’s award-winning documentary, I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO, to discuss the film as well as voter and worker rights in Mississippi. Glover will also be talking about the planned march in Canton, Mississippi on March 4th.

Melanie Addington, executive director of the Oxford Film Festival, said, “This will be a major event for the film festival and the community as Danny Glover is not only a beloved actor, known for a number of film classics, but also has long been dedicated to speaking out about the human rights and social injustice. The Oxford Film Festival has always been a much more than an occasion to see films in Mississippi, but also an active participant in the community and outspoken regarding their well being. Just as Danny doesn’t shy away from saying what needs to be said, neither does the Oxford Film Festival, and we are thrilled to provide this forum for him.”

Prior to his appearance at the Malco Theater on Friday, Glover will be on the University of MIssissippi campus, meeting with students and other interested parties at Farley Hall Auditorium, Room 202, in the heart of the campus from 5:00-6:00PM.

Glover is making the trip to Oxford to talk about voter suppression efforts and voter rights as well as about worker rights and specifically the campaign at the Nissan plant in Canton for workers to have a union election free of intimidation. This is an event that coincides with Black History Month (a large majority of the Nissan Canton workforce is African American) and the Oxford Film Festival.

Peck’s documentary, I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO, focuses on author James Baldwin, as he tells the story of race in modern America with his unfinished novel, Remember This House. Glover will participate in photos and interviews with the press at 6:00PM, and then speak at 6:30PM prior to the film screening at 7:00PM at the Malco Theater (204 Commonwealth Blvd.)

While tickets are currently sold out for that screening, there will still be opportunities to get a seat via rush line tickets which the film festival is introducing for the first time this year. Prospective audience members can pick up a numbered rush ticket at the box office one hour before the film. Once seating is complete (10 minutes before the film) any available seats will be released to the rush line hopefuls to either use their badge to access the screen or to purchase a single ticket.

Additional information on the 2017 Oxford Film Festival can be found at oxfordfilmfest.com. Festival passes and tickets can be purchased at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2017-oxford-film-festival-tickets-28731287053.

Two new screenings added to the fest!

NEWS FLASH!

Due to growing demands we added two screenings.

On Sunday, February 19 there is a third Kudzu Zombies screening (tickets on sale now) at 10:15 a.m.

Also, our secret screening and I Was A Space Refugee will play at 10 a.m. right before their noon screening due to whispers of demand beyond the seating capacity..so while we can't tell you what is playing, we can tell you you now have two chances to see it!

Tickets are on sale now for Kudzu Zombies here! 

Food+ Film Fest Menu Now Live!

Join us Friday, February 17 from 6-8 pm at the Powerhouse to eat what you see on screen!

We will be pairing a whiskey with the I, Whiskey: The American Spirit film. 

Sinfully Southern Bakery will provide an appetizer while the audience enjoys The Flavor Saver and Ira Wallace: A Seed with A Story. Then another appetizer will be served from Canoodle with Little Kurdistan. 

Afterwards, Cutting Chai, our feature film, will highlight a menu from chefs Meherwan Irani, James Gorgan and guests. 

Menu includes:

Street Chai - Made in the style of the streets of India

Dry Bhel - A savory snack found all over India in many different renditions, and very popular on the streets. It is made up of various crunchy and puffed savory ingredients. Vendors even sometimes add peanuts, like their American counterparts, but with a little more "masala", naturally.

Desi-Chinese Wings - Desi-Chinese food is the "Tex-Mex" of India. Very popular and kind of sinfully indulgent, common, affordable, and delicious. And yes, these restaurants often do serve a rendition of chicken wings!

Mumbai Sandwich - Believe it or not, there are many sandwiches popular on the streets of India, but the Mumbai sandwich (also known as the "Mumbai Club") is one of the most popular in Mumbai. It's similar to a club sandwich, but with vegetarian ingredients. 

Buy your tickets online at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2017-oxford-film-festival-tickets-28731287053

OXFORD FILM FESTIVAL GIVES 300 FREE CHASING AMY TICKETS TO UNIVERSITY OF MISSISSIPPI STUDENTS

OXFORD, MISS.—The Oxford Film Festival is giving 300 University of Mississippi students free tickets to Chasing Amy 20th Anniversary screening and panel.

During the 14th Annual Oxford Film Festival, Chasing Amy will have an anniversary screening Saturday, February 18th at the Gertrude C. Ford Center for the Performing Arts from 7:30PM to 10:00PM. The ticketed event will include the screening along with a discussion following with moderator Mark Bell as he discusses the endurance of Chasing Amy with Joey Lauren Adams and Kevin Smith. In Chasing Amy, Holden and Banky are comic book artists. Everything's going good for them until they meet Alyssa, also a comic book artist. Holden falls for her, but his hopes are crushed when he finds out she's gay.

For University of Mississippi students to receive free tickets to this event they must pick up their tickets between 10:00AM and 4:00PM Monday through Friday at the Gertrude C. Ford Center for Performing Arts located at 100 University Avenue, University, MS. Oxford Film Festival has set aside 300 free tickets for University of Mississippi students. Melanie Addington, Executive Director says, “The Oxford Film Festival Community is excited to be able to partner will Ole Miss in letting 300 students have free admission into the screening of Chasing Amy. We hope to see Ole Miss students at events throughout the festival as well”. All other events at the Oxford Film Festival have student discounts through oxfordfilmfest.com.

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.

 

 

Oxford Film Fest Opposes Moving the Mississippi Arts Commission

 

We have issued this letter in print and email today to our state leaders on behalf of the Oxford Film Festival. I encourage you to do the same by contacting:

 

Nolan Mettetal <nmettetal@house.ms.gov>, 662-487-1512

Jay Hughes <jphughes@house.ms.gov>, 601-359-3339

"Sen. Gray Tollison" <gtollison@senate.ms.gov>, 601-359-2395

Steve Massengill <stevemassengill@rocketmail.com>,

jlamar@house.ms.gov,

smassengill@house.ms.gov,

jbeckett@house.ms.gov (601) 359-3335

lchassaniol@senate.ms.gov

 

and share your support with: Malcolm White , Director Mississippi Arts Commission mwhite@arts.state.ms.us

 

The Oxford Film Festival board and Executive Director object to the bill proposing to move the Mississippi Arts Council responsibilities to the Mississippi Development Authority.

 

We believe very strongly that this measure is a step in the wrong direction. Oxford has a very strong arts community which is linked to economic development in Lafayette County. Art and economic development absolutely SHOULD go hand in hand in Mississippi.

 

But, arts and economic development differ in their approach, resources, and how they foster partnerships. We need our Arts, Tourism and Economic Development leaders to coordinate, but should have experts in each field leading those efforts. The Mississippi Arts Commission does more than fund arts programs across the state. They provide the tools that help communities build on their unique qualities, organize resources, and attract visitors creating an economic impact to businesses. The MDA can manage many things when it comes to the growth and economic health of Mississippi and local communities, but the Arts is not one that they have the expertise to handle.

 

This bill will hamper one of the most important parts of our economy. Combining the Arts and Economic Development efforts would place a burden on MDA. It would also create a void in the management of artistic growth in our state.

 

On a more personal note for film festivals, many of us receive funds from both entities and this would greatly impact our budgets and in some cases force us to close or shrink our festivals. This state is very lucky to have two of the 50 top film festivals in the country as named by MovieMaker Magazine as well as a flourishing film industry including a new major at the University of Mississippi. This change could greatly damage the festivals that are here to support film as an art.

 

Please reconsider the effort to eliminate the Mississippi Arts Council. It is a huge mistake.

 

Sincerely,

 

 

Melanie Addington, Executive Director

Wayne Andrews, Board President

Sparky Reardon

Donna Ruth Roberts

Jon Maynard

Dr. Ralph Vance

Hudson Hickman

Shannon Cohn

Timothy Burkhead

Meaghin Burke

Steve Sahlein

Lucas Singh

Jack Garner, Oxford Film Festival Board Members