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. 

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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


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 <>, 662-487-1512

Jay Hughes <>, 601-359-3339

"Sen. Gray Tollison" <>, 601-359-2395

Steve Massengill <>,,, (601) 359-3335


and share your support with: Malcolm White , Director Mississippi Arts Commission


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.





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

Pop Up Oxford Movie Night on January 25!

Pop Up Oxford Scheduled for January 22-28, 2017

OXFORD, MISSISSIPPI—NOVEMBER 2016—Pop Up Oxford will kick off Sunday, January 22, and continue through Saturday, January 28, with events and programs celebrating Oxford’s rich cultural scene. The idea stemmed from discussion within the Visit Oxford office about how to generate more visitation to Oxford during an otherwise slow time of year. Pop Up Oxford was born through the idea of a Chautauqua \ an adult education movement that began at the beginning of the 20th century and brought together culture and entertainment in various formats including lectures, events and programs. Pop Up Oxford will encompass the idea of the Chautaqua movement by hosting various events, speakers, exhibits and musical components—all of which Oxford has become known for in celebrating its literary, musical and cultural heritage—and all within a week’s time. Visit Oxford has collaborated with various organizations, attractions and events to create a week-long schedule of activities for visitors and locals.

“Visit Oxford is excited to collaborate with so many different organizations and events to bring people to Oxford during an otherwise slow time of year. Pop Up Oxford highlights so many different things that Oxford has become known for culturally and offers something for everyone,” said Director of Visit Oxford, Mary Allyn Hedges.

The week-long cultural celebration will begin Sunday, January 22, with the Hotel Hop from 3:30 -7:30 p.m. Hotels around the Square will host a progressive food and drink tasting. The Hotel Hop will begin at the Visit Oxford office (1013 East Jackson Ave.) and will be hosted by the Chancellor’s House, which will offer fine wine and cheese pairings, followed by a stop at the Inn at Ole Miss, which will serve a hot soup and adult beverage combo to warm you up. The Green Roof Lounge at the Courtyard Marriott will host the next stop with a tapas menu and cocktail tasting. Finally, The Coop at the Graduate Hotel will round out the evening with a mixology demonstration and desserts. Participating hotels will be offering shuttle service and the Double Decker Bus will also be providing transportation to each stop. To purchase tickets for this event visit,

“Pop Up Oxford is going to be a great event reminding everyone of all the amazing things Oxford has to offer. With the Hotel Hop to kick off the week, we look forward to showing tourists and residents in the area what incredible hotels we have. Every hotel has something unique to feature and we look forwarding to sharing that,” said Nadia Thornton, assistant general manager for the Inn at Ole Miss.

On Monday, January 23, the University Museum, in partnership with the Fiber Arts Festival, will host a filming of “A Century of Quilts: America in Cloth” at 7 p.m. which documents several of the 100 best quilts of the 20th century.

Pop Up Oxford will continue with a Pre-Art Crawl discussion with artist, Charlie Buckley at Southside Gallery at 4:30 p.m. prior to the free monthly Oxford Art Crawl on Tuesday, January 24. The Oxford Art Crawl will take place from 5-6:30 p.m. (note the special time), ending at the Ford Center for a reception prior to the performance of In the Mood: A 1940’s Musical Revue at 7:30 p.m.  Mini Bits at The Edison will also be hosting an opening reception for new media artist, Mark Ramos, on Tuesday from 5-7p.m.

On Wednesday, January 25, there will be a screening of Sorry We’re Open” sponsored by the Oxford Film Festival and “Eat or We Both Starve” and “Smoke and Ears” both by Joe York, followed by a discussion about food and film in Oxford and how it has changed with Ron Shapiro, Joe York, Alan Arrivee, and John T Edge at the Oxford Conference Center from 5:30-7 p.m.

The week culminates with the Fiber Arts Festival kicking off on Thursday, January 26, through Saturday, January 28. In addition to Fiber Arts Festival starting on Thursday, Thacker Mountain Radio will kick off their spring season at Off Square Books at 6 p.m. with author Tim Gautreaux and Diane Williams with the Mississippi Arts Commission. On Friday, the Fiber Arts Festival will host a breakfast and lecture with Diane Williams at the Powerhouse. Also on Friday, January 27, there will be a special shopping and dining event on the Square called Shop Up Oxford. Details for this event are underway.

Said Andi Bedsworth, Oxford Fiber Arts Fest coordinator, “We are so pleased that our seventh annual Oxford Fiber Arts Festival is being offered as part of Pop Up Oxford. With 16 vendors from eight states, 28 classes, children's activities, lectures and receptions offered to celebrate traditional and modern fiber arts, there is sure to be something appealing to all ages.”

Pop Up Oxford rounds out the week on Saturday, January 28, with TEDx University of Mississippi at the Ford Center from 1-4 p.m. The Ole Miss Men’s Basketball team hosts Baylor University at the Pavilion at Ole Miss at 5 p.m.

“The Ford Center is pleased to be part of the Pop Up Oxford event. We welcome all who participate on January 24 to end the day at the Ford Center with a special reception and entertainment at 6:45 p.m. before our presentation of In the Mood at 7:30 p.m. This production includes a live band on stage with singers and dancers presenting songs from the 1930s and 1940s. Help us celebrate our men and women in uniform as part of this military appreciation event. Tickets are on sale now on line and at the UM Box Office,” said Julia Aubrey, director, Ford Center for the Performing Arts.

Off Square Books will also be hosting a variety of authors’ book signings throughout the week all beginning at 5pm including: Monday, January 23, with Susan Rivers signing The Second Mrs. Hockaday; Tuesday, January 24, with Mary Miller signing Always Happy Hour; and, Wednesday, January 25, with Kevin Wilson signing Perfect Little World.

There are additional events still being planned in conjunction with Pop Up Oxford, so visit for the latest event information or call the Visit Oxford office at 662-232-2477. For additional information on the Fiber Arts Festival, visit

Participating hotels will be offering a discount to their regularly priced rooms to encourage visitors to come and enjoy many of these events. Hotels will offer 10% off of a one-night stay, 15% off of a two-night stay and 20% off of a three-night stay. Mention “Pop Up Oxford” when booking.

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MEDIA CONTACT: Mary Allyn Hedges, 662-232-2477

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About Oxford | Easily accessible from Interstate-55 in north Mississippi, about an hour from Memphis, Tennessee, Oxford welcomes visitors with quintessential southern charm and the convenience of big city amenities. Embrace the area’s literary heritage with a visit to Rowan Oak, the estate of Nobel Prize winning author, William Faulkner. Walk in the steps of the town’s other literary greats like John Grisham, Willie Morris and Barry Hannah. Channel your inner bookworm at Square Books, voted bookstore of the year in 2013 by “Publisher’s Weekly.” Shout “Hotty Toddy,” in the Grove as you join University of Mississippi tailgaters to cheer on the Ole Miss Rebels. Browse the finest collection of Greek and Roman antiquities in the South at the University of Mississippi Museum. Get outdoors in the Bike Friendly Community where trails are an excellent way to explore the city on two wheels. Peruse unique boutiques and stores galore surrounding the town square, such as Neilson’s, the oldest department store in the South. Tempt taste buds at appetite-enticing restaurants, several under the direction of John Currence, James Beard award-winning chef. Plan a visit during events like February’s Oxford Film Festival or April’s Double Decker Arts Festival. At the end of the day, rest easy at one of Oxford’s brand name hotels or cozy up in a bed and breakfast. Learn more about this Mississippi treasure at