During OFF 2015: Faulkner films at Public Library

The Lafayette County and Oxford Public Library in conjunction with the 12th annual Oxford Film Festival will be screening Faulkner Films -- all screenings are FREE and open to the public.

Friday, February 27

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  • 12:00 p.m. The Long Hot Summer
  • 2:00 p.m. Tomorrow

Saturday, February 28

  • 10:00 a.m. Two Soldiers
  • 12:00 p.m. Barn Burning
  • 1:00 p.m. The Reivers
  • 3:00 p.m. As I Lay Dying

For more information, contact the Lafayette County and Oxford Public Library: 662-234-5751


Oxford Film Festival prepares for 12th year, and final for 4 volunteer directors

January 29,  2015

Oxford, Mississippi – As the 12th annual Oxford Film Festival nears, the directors are preparing for their final year with the festival as a volunteer-run event. The directors are in talks with several groups on the best direction forward.

“While we celebrate this year’s lineup, we are also saying a bittersweet goodbye,” Executive Director Molly Fergusson said. “This year’s Oxford Film Festival will be the last of its kind: organized and run entirely by unpaid volunteers. This is happy news; the
festival has grown beyond what four, year-round volunteers, can manage. In walking away, we leave the film landscape in Oxford very different from how we found it.”

When OFF first appeared at the Ford Center in June 2003, the independent Hoka Theater had been closed for seven years. There was only one four-screen movie theater in town. Netflix was just getting started. iTunes had opened, but was not yet selling video content. Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Vimeo did not exist yet. The state of
Mississippi had two film festivals: one in Jackson and one in Starkville, and the number of filmmakers in Oxford could be counted on one hand.

The Oxford Film Festival has filled a void that no longer exists for fans of independent film in North Mississippi. The University of Mississippi and the Yoknapatawpha Arts Council have expanded their offerings in recent years for both filmmakers and film lovers, from OxFilm to the Cinema Minor and the graduate documentary track in
Southern Studies with high-profile guest speakers in between. Independent films are now shown year round in a variety of forms both with the local theater and public library, arts council and university, and filmmakers who were introduced to the area through the film festival have come back to film here.

“The directors’ years of hard work have created an Oxford treasure that both brings attention to our artists locally and on a national scale,” Yoknapatawpha Arts Council Director, Wayne Andrews, said. “The festival is a highlight for Oxford and amongst film fans as the festival has a reputation for creative programs, exciting films and the warmth of the Oxford community.  They pass on to Oxford a gift of a well-run festival by creating an endowment to enable it to continue and grow.”

The Yoknapatawpha Arts Council originally founded the festival in 2003. In 2008 the festival became its own 501c3 run by volunteers. Molly Fergusson was named executive director at that time having served in several capacities since the first festival in 2003.

Michelle Emanuel, Diala Chaney and Melanie Addington have also served as co-directors since that time. Former long-time director Micah Ginn retired from the festival two years ago. Other directors served for shorter terms in the beginning of the festival as well. Since 2003, all of OFF’s directors have been unpaid volunteers.

“We have no doubt that independent cinema will continue in some form or fashion in Oxford with or without us,” Fergusson said. “We are proud of the work we have done in the last 12 years and grateful for the support of our sponsors and the Oxford community as well as the support of our patient and understanding families, but we realize that it is time for us to move on.  As the festival has grown, so have we,
and we are looking forward to new challenges and adventures in our
personal and professional lives.”

An endowment has been set up for the festival with the Create Foundation to help ensure it continues to grow in the coming years and donations are being accepted.

To learn more about this year’s line-up, visit www.oxfordfilmfest.com.
To donate to the Oxford Film Festival Endowment, visit
http://www.createfoundation.com or donate directly at the information
desk at the this year’s festival February 26-March 1.

Get the schedule on your home screen!

This year's festival schedule has been posted online via Sched.org -- you can bookmark it with your phone or tablet, but it's even easier if you add the icon to your home screen. 

Using your mobile device, go to the online festival schedule, and follow the steps to save to your home screen. For Apple devices such as iPhone and iPad, press the box-with-arrow above the home button, then choose "add to Home Screen". 

Create a profile and save your personal schedule! 

We're going to press this week on the printed guide, but in the meantime, start making a list of what you plan to see! 

OFF 2015 Lineup Announced

December 16, 2014 – For Immediate Release
Oxford, MS – Oxford Film Festival is proud to announce selections for its 12th annual festival, to be held February 26-March 1, 2015 at the Oxford Commons Malco. The opening night event includes the Mississippi premiere of James Franco’s adaptation of “The Sound and The Fury.”

Directed by James Franco, who also stars alongside Seth Rogen, Danny McBride and Tim Blake Nelson, The Sound and the Fury presents a portrait of the Compson family, former Southern aristocrats struggling to deal with the dissolution of their family and its reputation.            

"The caliber of this year’s entries made our programming decisions difficult, but we are excited to present these films to our audience and host some of the filmmakers in Oxford," head programmer Michelle Emanuel said.

Films that are not in competition for a Spirit of the Hoka award are noted in the category lists below.

Narrative Feature Competition

A is for Alex        
Directed by Alex Orr       
A struggling inventor works to save the world and become a worthy father and husband.
1 hour 14 minutes

Bluebird 
Directed by Lance Edmands
In the northern reaches of Maine, a local school bus driver becomes distracted during her end-of-day inspection, and fails to notice a sleeping boy in the back of the bus. Starring Amy Morton (Chicago P.D.), John Slattery (Mad Men), and Margo Martindale (Justified, The Americans). 
1 hour 31 minutes

Burnout
Directed by Lydia Hyslop

When a vote to legalize marijuana passes, Ada finds her unusual—and illegal – livelihood suddenly threatened. What happens if the demand for the girl with the drugs becomes obsolete?
1 hour 17 minutes

The Last Time You Had Fun
Directed by Mo Perkins
When Clark and Will meet Alison and Ida in a wine bar, the foursome set out for an all-night adventure to have the most fun that four decidedly dysfunctional adults are capable of having. Starring Demitri Martin (Taking Woodstock, In a World), Mary Elizabeth Ellis (It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia), Eliza Coupe (Happy Endings), Kyle Bornheimer (Bachelorette).
1 hour 19 minutes, non-competition      

OzLand 
Directed by Michael Williams      
In a dry and dusty post-apocalyptic world, two wayfarers wander aimlessly until Leif finds a copy of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, a book that challenges the beliefs, friendship, and even the very survival of these two divergent travelers.            
1 hour 58 minutes  

Shanks                  
Directed by William Castle (1974)
A mute puppeteer (Marcel Marceau) uses a deceased scientist's invention to control dead bodies like puppets. 
1 hour 33 minutes , non-competition     

Stomping Ground 
Directed by Dan Riesser
A young couple on a weekend trip to the American south embark on an impromptu "Bigfoot hunt" that threatens their relationship and their lives.         
1 hour 20 minutes            

Documentary Feature Competition

Billy Mize and the Bakersfield Sound       
Directed by William Saunders 
A uniquely talented collective of musicians from Bakersfield, California in the 1950s and 60s challenged the established tastes of the Nashville scene, and permanently altered the landscape of Country music. While artists like Merle Haggard and Buck Owens rode the Bakersfield Sound to national fame, singer-songwriter Billy Mize found touring to be incompatible with the only thing he loved more than music: his family.                  
1 hour 40 minutes

Dwarves Kingdom  
Directed by Matthew Salton       
After a chance meeting a little person on a train, a Lord of the Rings-obsessed Chinese real estate investor created an amusement park where people with dwarfism could live and earn money performing. In English and Chinese with English subtitles.
1 hour 11 minutes     

Just About Famous
Directed by Jason Kovacsev and Matt Mamula

JUST ABOUT FAMOUS shines a spotlight on the often overlooked side of celebrity: the lookalikes. Take a trip into the intriguing, enlightening, and often surreal life of Elvis, Obama, Bush, Madonna and Lady Gaga impersonators, each with a different path, as they converge on an annual convention.
1 hour 29 minutes      

Oil & Water         
Directed by Alan Robert Davis    
This feature documentary explores the complex relationship between coastal Cajuns in Louisiana and the oil and gas industry, following a family and their seafood business as they struggle in the years after the BP oil spill.               
1 hour 15 minutes           

Yazoo Revisited: Integration and Segregation in a Deep Southern Town
Directed by David Rae Morris     
History of race relations and the 1970 integration of the public schools in Yazoo City, Mississippi, the hometown of the filmmaker's father, the late writer, Willie Morris.              
1 hour 24 minutes           

Narrative Short Competition

Based On Rosenthal       
Directed by Stephen Kinigopoulos
BASED ON ROSENTHAL follows a boy, Jerry, touched by the supernatural, and his attempt to help his terminally ill grandmother find some peace and comfort during her last days.
15 minutes          

Bingo Night!                       
Directed by Jordan Liebowitz      
A financially-strapped senior citizen finds a creative (and legally dubious) means of getting some quick cash in this sly and high-spirited comic caper. Starring Lynne Marie Stewart (It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia) and Mindy Sterling (Austin Powers, Legit).
14 minutes                                                          

Day One               
Directed by Henry Hughes        
On her first day of deployment in Afghanistan as an interpreter, an Afghan-American woman’s unit searches out the remote house of a bomb-maker. When the bomb-maker's pregnant wife goes into labor, the interpreter must go beyond the call of duty to deliver her breech child. Inspired by a true story.
25 minutes                                                                                                           

The Department of Signs and Magical Intervention          
Directed by Melissa Sweazy        

Recently-deceased Aidan Crane is put to work at the Department of Signs and Magical Intervention, sorting through the requests from the living for signs from above. When he accidentally sends a sign to the one person who shouldn't have received it, he is sent back to fix his mistake.
19 minutes                         

Destroyer            
Directed by Andrew Kightlinger 
A husband (Alan Ruck, Spin City, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off) drives his wife out to the country with a mind for retribution. Also starring Judith Hoag (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, NBC's Nashville).
8 minutes           

Ed is a Portal       
Directed by Darrell C. Hazelrig    
A sci-fi comedy by the New Puppet Order about all of life's little headaches: obnoxious co-workers, slovenly roommates, and having an inter-dimensional gateway growing in the back of your head. 
10 minutes         

The Gunfighter     
Directed by Eric Kissack 
In the tradition of classic westerns, a narrator (Nick Offerman, Parks and Recreation) sets up the story of a lone gunslinger that walks into a saloon. However, the people in this saloon can hear the narrator who may just be a little bit of a jerk.  
9 minutes

I Love Art             
Directed by Mac Alsfeld                
During a fun trip to the art museum with his girlfriend, Carl falls in love with a painting...literally.                
9 minutes                                                                                                               

Moffino               
Directed by Giosuè Petrone        
Moffino is obsessed with getting out of work at 6:00 p.m. sharp with the hope of finding a parking place, until one day…. In Italian with English subtitles.       
6 minutes       

Repeater   
Directed by Wade Vanover
A father and son struggle to relate after years apart. Starring David Strathairn (Lincoln, Good Night and Good Luck). Adapted from Chris Offut's short story, "Target Practice". 
21 minutes         

Star Warp’d        
Directed by Pete Schuermann   
A claymation parody of classic science-fiction films including Star Wars, Star Trek, The Terminator, and many others. 
32 minutes, non-competition    

Waking Marshall Walker               
Directed by Bjorn Thorstad and Gabriel Baron    
An encounter with a mysterious stranger brings unsettling premonitions, sending Marshall Walker on a desperate race through memory and time to reunite with his estranged daughter Charlotte and undo a fateful mistake, or risk being trapped between worlds forever.            
15 minutes                                         

Documentary Short Competition

Big Bad Art          
Directed by Ben Cannon               
This no-holds-barred look at the making of a zeitgeisty "house party" might be the funniest documentary to ever come busting out of the art world.       
43 minutes         

Crooked Candy                 
Directed by Andrew Rodgers      
A ban on Kinder Surprise chocolate eggs in the U.S. isn't enough to keep one man from following his childhood dream. 
7 minutes                                           

The Forgotten (Los Olvidados)                   
Directed by David Feldman          
A young Latino artist advocates for domestic laborers through an art installation in the Sonoran Desert of Arizona, in tribute to his immigrant roots. 
13 minutes                                                                                                                                          

The Grand Dis-illusion (La gran desilusión)            
Directed by Pedro González Kuhn            
On September 1, 2012, the Spanish government increased the culture tax from 8% to 21%, causing many theatres to close and many skilled workers to lose their jobs. In Spanish with English subtitles.
11 minutes                                                                                                               

Ironman Jackson Wingfield 
Directed by Deer Run Media       
To become an Ironman, one must complete a 2.4 mile swim, a 112 mile bike ride and a 26.2 mile run. Jackson Wingfield won a ticket through his job at Kenco Logistics 14 weeks before race day. Couch to Ironman in just 3 months is an unprecedented endeavor. Jackson rose to the challenge.
4 minutes                                                                                                                                 

Jim Dickinson: The Man Behind the Console                        
Directed by Nan Hackman
Legendary record producer Jim Dickinson (1941-2009) discusses how working with producer Sam Phillips and, later, watching the Rolling Stones record "Sticky Fingers" influenced his role as a future producer, how he taught his sons Luther and Cody of the North Mississippi Allstars, about the world of music, and how he values his work as a producer with Alex Chilton on Big Star's "Third" album.          
16 minutes         

Mr. X   
Directed by Alex Nicholson          
The study of a London tattooist.               
7 minutes  

Shirley's Kids 
Directed by Michael Paulucci      
Shirley Chambers gained nationwide publicity because of the tragic loss of her four children to gun violence in America's most dangerous city, Chicago. 
10 minutes         

Wagonmasters                 
Directed by Sam Smartt and Chris Zaluski              
WAGONMASTERS tells the story of the station wagon as it represents a changing America over the last hundred years, and offers glimpses into the lives of lingering wagon enthusiasts.      
19 minutes                                         

Animated Short Competition                                                                                

Between Times                
Directed by Ru Kuwahata and Max Porter            
From the wall of a small town bakery, a cuckoo clock recounts a day where bread was sliced one second thick, lovers fell in sync and time rarely flowed at an even rate.       
15 minutes  

Humanexus
Directed by Ying-Fang Shen
Tools and technologies have made it easier to reach out and share ideas, but each one presents a new, unforeseen challenge to forming meaningful interpersonal connections.                      
11 minutes

Jinxy Jenkins, Lucky Lou                
Directed by Michael Bidinger and Michelle Kwon              
When the chaotically misfortunate Jenkins and the monotonously lucky Lou run into each other one morning, they find a thrilling and fulfilling change of pace as they hurtle down the hills of San Francisco in an ice cream cart. 
4 minutes           

Love in the time of March Madness         
Directed by Melissa Johnson      
The true-life story of a 6'4'' woman who is a star on the basketball court but struggles to find true love.  
10 minutes         

Proximity             
Directed by Joshua Cox          
Two ceramic figures, a Victorian gentleman and a sixties cowgirl, explore the depths of love and betrayal.  
4 minutes           

Zuzumi 
Directed by Mengyi Xu  
A story about the friendship between pets and humans, a pet pig turns into a super pig woman save the day and her master.
3 minutes                                                                                                                

Experimental Short Competition

Displacements
Directed by Manuel Alvarez Diestro
In Hong Kong, one of the densest cities in the world, new towns are adjacent to cemeteries. The world of the living coexists with that of the dead. Meanwhile, Hong Kong inhabitants move from place to place, awaiting their final displacement.
10 minutes

Flipping               
Directed by Jin Kyu Ahn
Using a hand-drawn animation technique called “flipping,” physical objects collide with the sounds made by playing two improvised scores.
8 minutes

Interstates                          
Jeffery Chong
INTERSTATES captures the essence of a winter drive through rural New Hampshire and Maine by focusing on the journey’s ever-fleeting scenery. 
3 minutes         

Left       
Directed by Daniel Winter
A 3075 individually left-hand drawn rotoscoped frame by frame silent short film about a child, their bear, and moving away from home.
3 minutes                                                                                                       

Memory V: Sodankylä                   
Directed by Gloria Chung              
Recollections of a week spent north of the Arctic Circle, under the midnight sun: hazy, dreamlike, disorienting, lovely and surreal.
6 minutes                                                                                                                                

Memory VI: An Ostrich's Eye Is Bigger Than Its Brain        
Directed by Gloria Chung              
How does our memory function? Why do we remember certain trivial or mundane things but cannot recall other seemingly larger ideas, information, events or experiences?
5 minutes                                                                            

On the Train to Kutná Hora...and Back                    
Directed by Ann Deborah Levy  
Footage shot from a train barreling through the Czech countryside on a gray morning evolves to a dazzling show of abstract reflections juxtaposed on the scenery at sunset. 
8 minutes  

A Perfect Day
Directed by Oguzhan Kaya
In a city far away from nature, a man wakes up, has his breakfast, and starts a perfect day.

5 minutes

The Stars and Stripes Forever in the Eternal City                                
Directed by Rebekah Flake          
This film explores tendencies of exuberance and patriotism "and throwing away money" in Rome, the ancient seat of Western imperialism. 
5 minutes                                                                              

Mississippi Films (music videos, narrative shorts and documentary shorts)

85% Broken        
Mississippi Documentary              
Directed by Alison Fast and Chandler Griffin        
What happens when a classical composer from Japan adopts a small Mississippi town?  85% BROKEN is a magical film about one artist's interpretation of place through sound and a found accordion. Filmed in Water Valley, Miss. 
15 minutes                                                                                                             

Barry     
Mississippi Narrative      
Directed by Matthew Graves     
Deep beneath a cold, dark forest lies Barry. His world is a dusty coffin and a cherished locket from his dear wife, Mary. He has come to terms with his present situation but strange new noises are coming from outside his solitary home.
10 minutes, non-competition    

A Different Kind of Festival          
Mississippi Documentary              
Directed by Ellen Phillips               
The first ever Art-er Limits Fringe Festival opens its doors for artists, performers, and musicians from all over Mississippi to come and showcase their work in a different and unique way.   
7 minutes, non-competition        

From Tribulation to Triumph       
Mississippi Music Video                
Directed by Jake Wood / Music by Jake Wood
5 minutes                                                                                                              

Garage Sale
Mississippi Narrative      
Directed by Meaghin Burke         
Lydia and her father struggle to heal a fractured relationship while preparing to sell his house.  Packing and selling cherished childhood objects conjures a host of memories for Lydia, who is still reeling from the death of her sister.  As she tries to accept her complicated relationship with her father, she also celebrates the opportunity to make amends across the generations.
13 minutes                                                                                                   

A Horror Movie 
Mississippi Narrative      
Directed by Casey Dillard              
Six "teens" are expecting a night of fun, but their cabin party quickly turns into a night of terror, danger and clichés.        
11 minutes                                                                                                    

In Ten  
Mississippi Documentary              
Directed by Melanie Addington 
For 15 years, Oxford's theater community has held a national 10-minute play contest, with a festival of the winners produced with local talent. 
15 minutes, non-competition                                            

Inside Your Head              
Mississippi Music Video                
Directed by Newt Rayburn / Music by The Heard                              
3 minutes

Leadway
Mississippi Documentary              
Directed by Robbie Fisher and Dudley Percy Olsson
Cindi Quong Lofton, a Chinese-American woman in a small town in the rural Mississippi Delta, deals with the violent murder of her father, an iconic figure in the community known simply by the name 'Leadway', the name of his store.     
10 minutes

A Long Journey 
Mississippi Music Video                
Directed by Shannon Cohn / Music by Leo ‘Bud’ Welch
4 minutes 

Lord Knows I'm a Soldier     
Mississippi Music Video                
Directed by Danny Klimetz/Oxford Sessions / music by Sean Apple 
4 minutes

A Mississippi Love Story                
Mississippi Documentary              
Directed by Robbie Fisher            
Against the backdrop of legal battles about same-sex marriage, Eddie and Justin share their personal take on what love really means in their Deep South hometown.     
14 minutes

Mississippi Milk 
Mississippi Documentary              
Directed by David Rogers and Brittany Retherford             
A family farmer's struggle to produce a local product and bring it to the communities of North Mississippi.
13 minutes

PEAs      
Mississippi Narrative      
Directed by Kelly Buckholdt         
A woman goes to a meeting of Picky Eaters Anonymous looking for relationship advice.  
10 minutes

Statesboro Blues
Mississippi Music Video                
Directed by Danny Klimetz/Oxford Sessions / music by Will Echols
3 minutes                                                                                                                

Unquantifiable
Mississippi Documentary
Directed by Ed Foose     
Art Place Mississippi is an organization that promotes art education in adolescent offender programs, alternative schools, and senior citizen centers.
21 minutes


Titles may be added and are subject to change. The online schedule will be posted to oxfordfilmfest.com in January 2015 and maintained for accuracy through the festival.