Texas Heart returns for one night only!!

Oxford, MS and Jackson, MS – May 3, 2016: Oxford Film Festival will present two special screenings of festival favorite “Texas Heart” at Malco Theaters ahead of the Hollywood premiere. The film will screen in Madison, MS on May 24th and then will return to Oxford’s Malco Studio Cinema for a special event screening on May 31st with a Q & A hosted by OFF’s Executive Director, Melanie Addington. The film will premiere in Hollywood on June 3rd before going into distribution.


Returning from a fantastic festival run, “Texas Heart,” directed by Mark David, is the Winner of the Best Picture, Jury Award and Audience Awards at both the Albuquerque and Durango film festivals, and an audience favorite in February at the Oxford Film Festival. TEXAS HEART stars John Savage (THE DEER HUNTER), Lin Shaye (INSIDIOUS), Erik Fellows (DAYS OF OUR LIVES), Kam Dabrowski (KILLING LINCOLN), Daniela Bobadilla (ANGER MANAGEMENT) and Johnny Dowers (THE BRIDGE). “Actor Kam Dabrowski’s portrayal of “Tiger,” a kind-hearted, young autistic man is as honest a performance as you will see all year,” says film programmer Rich Henrich, with the Albuquerque Film Festival.


"Texas Heart was just such a great showcase of fantastic movies that come out of Mississippi. We had such an enthusiastic response at the film festival and are glad to partner with them to do a couple special screenings. This is a rare opportunity to be able to interact with cast (and crew) after the screening so come ready with great questions," says moderator Melanie Addington.


The film features some of Mississippi’s most prominent film actors:  Johnny McPhail (THE FREE STATE OF JONES), Susan McPhail (A WALK IN THE WOODS), Rhes Low (FORCED MOVE), Michael LeCour (FORCED MOVE), Rebecca Jernigan (THE CLIENT) and Randy Weeks—all of whom will appear at the screenings and for the Q&As that will follow along with writer and producer Daniel Blake Smith.


“It’s extremely gratifying to see the film Nick (Feild) and I wrote and rewrote over a couple of years come to fruition and win awards at festivals and find audiences all over who relate to the film’s story and characters.  It may be called “Texas Heart” but it’s got some powerful and talented Mississippi blood coursing through its veins,” states the co-writer and producer of the film.


Shot almost entirely on location in Mississippi, in Charleston and Granada, TEXAS HEART tells the story of a corrupt New York lawyer (Erik Fellows) who flees the mob after losing a case.  While hiding out in a small forgotten Texas town, he stumbles upon a powerful reason to do the right thing, even if it means his life. TEXAS HEART is a moving and compelling independent film about starting over and the importance of belonging in a community no matter what the differences may be on the surface.


“TEXAS HEART was an incredible opportunity for our state. It's the first feature film to base in Charleston, Mississippi, and it has expanded the ability of our communities to stand-in for other parts of the country. Our local crew and cast members in that region continue to talk about the great experience they had during the production of the film. Screening the film in Mississippi is an honor for all of us and a testament to the good will and professionalism of the team of producers behind the project,” says Nina Parikh, Deputy Director of the Mississippi Film Office.


TEXAS HEART, is coming to Madison, MS for a special one night screening at Malco Theater’s Madison Grandview Cinema on May 24th with a special appearance by “Buddy” the beloved dog in the film. On May 31st, the film will screen at Malco’s Oxford Studio Cinema with a Q & A with members of the cast and writer/ producer Daniel Blake Smith. Both screenings will be a special presentation of the Oxford Film Festival.


Film Screenings: 


Tuesday, May 24, Madison Grandview Cinema, 221 Grandview Blvd, Madison, MS

7pm & 9:30pm

Tickets:  $9.50/$7.50/$7.50; Box Office: (601) 898-7819


Tuesday, May 31, Malco Oxford Studio, 1111 W. Jackson Ave., Oxford, MS

7pm; 9:30pm.  Q&A after the screening

Tickets:  $9.50/$7.50/$7.50; Box Office: (662) 236-5791


For more information on the event, please go to: www.oxfordfilmfest.com and to learn more about the film and the cast behind TEXAS HEART, go to: www.texasheartfilm.net


You can review the trailer here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v8RWiX72O_g


For Oxford Film Festival testimonials: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9zaNaVteyJk

Call for entries now open!

The Oxford Film Festival Festival today announced a Call for Entries for the 15th edition of the film festival which will take place in Oxford, Mississippi, February 15-19, 2017.

Led by Executive Director Melanie Addington, the Oxford FF will screen films, television, and virtual reality projects in all genres, as well as promoting and celebrating Mississippi filmmakers culminating in the presentation of the film festivals famous Hoka Awards. Through year-round programming, the festival works to encourage filmmaking in Oxford and North Mississippi while growing understanding of cinema through screenings, workshops and educational programs, during the five-day film festival.

Three new categories have also been added for the next edition of the festival. Those categories include: Music Documentaries, LGBTQ (expanded from the traditionally strong programming into its own section), and New Media.

The festival was founded in 2003 by the Yoknapatawpha Arts Council. In 2008, the Oxford Film Festival became an independent non-profit organization with 501c3 status committed to celebrating the art of independent cinema.

The festival screens short and feature-length films in both showcase and competition settings, hosts panel discussions on issues in contemporary filmmaking, and invites the filmmakers to interact with the audience at a number of social events.

Film categories include:

• Animated and Experimental

• Documentary and narrative features and shorts

• Mississippi narrative and documentary

• Music Video and Documentary


• Film Forward: A Showcase of New Media


Submission Deadlines

• Early Bird: September 1, 2016

• Regular: October 15, 2016

• Late: November 15, 2016

Seersucker Shakedown: A benefit to support the Oxford Film Festival


Seersucker Shakedown

Celebrating the release of the new book Milk & Sugar: The Complete Book of Seersucker

A benefit to support the Oxford Film Festival


Oxford Film Festival and Nautilus Publishing are teaming up for a special book launch to benefit the nonprofit Oxford Film Festival. Seersucker Shakedown will be from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Friday, June 3 at the Powerhouse Community Arts Center (413 South 14th St).


With live music, appetizers with a southern flair and Abita Seersucker beer and a special Seersucker gin cocktail courtesy of Proof Beverages, the event is sure to make you feel right at home wearing your best seersucker suit. A special presentation by Milk & Sugar: The Complete Book of Seersucker author Bill Haltom will also be held. 


“We are so excited to kick off summer with such a fun party with our friends from Nautilus Publishing,” Oxford Film Festival Executive Director Melanie Addington said. “We are already gearing up for the 2017 festival and have been hosting monthly screenings and workshops and appreciate the wonderful support Oxford provides.”


Tickets not only include admission to the event, but it also includes the book that Haltom will sign on site. Those wearing their best seersucker are entered to win two VIP passes to the 2017 Oxford Film Festival set for February 15-19, 2017.


Advance tickets can be purchased online at http://seersuckershakedown.bpt.me/. Tickets are $35 for OxFilm society and Yoknapatawpha Arts Council members or $40 for non-members. An extra ticket can be purchased with the first ticket without the book for $20 for members or $25 for non-members.  If purchased at the door, tickets are $45 for members or $50 for non-members with the option to buy a second ticket without the book for $30 for members or $35 for non-members.




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 Festival Offers Free Screening of Quentin Tarantino Film

Oxford Film Festival will show Quentin Tarantino’s “Death Proof” on April  16 at 7:30 p.m. in Shelter on Van Buren at no charge.

“Death Proof” is an action/horror film written and directed by Tarantino. The film stars Kurt Russell as Mike—a dangerous, psychopathic stuntman who stalks the many female leads, including stars Rosario Dawson, Sydney Poitier, and Rose McGowan. Mike then uses his stunt vehicles, which are “death proof”—but only to the driver—to carry out his murderous fantasies. 

“Death Proof” is part of Oxford Film Festival’s Underground screening series. This will be the second film screening offered by the festival outside of its yearly event and is set to become a monthly occurrence.

Instead of charging a set price, attendance is pay-what-you-can. The festival also reiterates that while the screening itself is free and open to all, audiences are encouraged to try a meal or drink at Shelter. 

Shelter on Van Buren is located at 1221 Van Buren Ave in Oxford, under Neilson’s Department.


Oxford Film Festival to Co-Host Screening of LGBTQ Shorts

To be held in conjunction with Oxford’s first Pride Parade, Crossroads Film Society and Oxford Film Festival have partnered to provide a free screening of five curated short films.

 The LGBTQ Shorts: Struggles and Celebrations of Being Out the Deep South will be shown on Sunday, May 8 at 4 p.m. at Shelter on Van Buren.

 The Pride Parade, organized by Matt Kessler in conjunction with the University of Mississippi Sarah Isom Center, will be held on Saturday, May 7 at 2 p.m.

 “We are so happy to partner with Crossroads during this important weekend in Oxford,” Oxford Film Festival Executive Director Melanie Addington said. “We hope that people celebrate and enjoy the screenings with us on Mother’s Day especially with films such as Instababy which address gay couples adopting in Mississippi and The Ballad of Little Pam which touches on the relationship between mother and daughter. We appreciate the support of Shelter on Van Buren for being an inclusive venue that helps support a showcase of a variety of films.”

 “These LGBTQ films were wonderfully received recently at the Crossroads Film Festival, and we are delighted that all the filmmakers involved agreed enthusiastically to have a rescreening in conjunction with the first annual Oxford Pride and in partnership with our sister Festival in Oxford”, said Robbie Fisher, President of the Crossroads Film Society. 


Film Descriptions:

Out in Alabama (12 Min., Director / Producer Bonnie Blue Edwards)

A celebration of friendships formed at Pride events in Birmingham, AL.


Instababy (12 Min., Co-Creators Lauren Cioffi and Rosie Haber)

In Episode One of The Front’s “New Deep South” series, a gay couple in Jackson, MS trying to adopt a child improvise with the best resource at their disposal: Instagram


RSVP (13 Min., Director Shannon Beeby; Producer Ryan Jonze)

A gay widower fulfills his lover’s last request to spread his ashes at the beach.


Peace in the Valley (15 Min., Directors Michael Palmieri and Donal Mosher)

Eureka Springs, Arkansas’s liberals were among the first to vote in favor of LGBT rights, but supporting the economy are conservative tourists supporting the Great Passion Play.


The Ballad of Little Pam (9 Min., Director Casey Parks; Producers Aubree Bernier-Clarke and Casey Parks)

Pam and her mother can co-exist…as long as Pam agrees not to date women.


For more information, visit www.oxfordfilmfest.com



Founded in 1999, the Crossroads Film Society celebrates the art of filmmaking in all of its diversity and depth with film screenings year-round and with its annual Crossroads Film Festival each spring.  The Society facilitates and promotes a broad spectrum of film-related events for the community, presents films from around the world, the South and Mississippi to audiences in Mississippi, promotes dialogue and educational opportunities for filmmakers and audiences, and offers a juried competition to honor films in a wide variety of genres including features, shorts, documentaries, animation, music videos, and others.



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.