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.  



Oxford Film Fest named to Top 50 for 3rd year!

For the third year in a row, Oxford Film Festival has been named to MovieMaker Magazine's "50 Film Festivals Worth the Entry Fee, 2016." Submissions for the 2017 film festival open on May 1 and more information is available at http://oxfordfilmfest.com/get-involved/submit/

This year we have added three new categories: Music Documentaries and New Media and LGBT films. 

Read the full article at http://www.moviemaker.com

Oxford Film Festival Official Stance on HB 1523

The Oxford Film Festival is deeply troubled and disheartened by the passage of HB 1523 signed into law today by Governor Phil Bryant. It is morally reprehensible. The Oxford Film Festival’s mission is not only to entertain with independent cinema but to enlighten with a range of diverse voices. We are committed to making sure the voices of our LGBT friends are heard and better served in this state and, toward that end, we are adding a new LGBT series to our February film festival. We are proud to stand with so many in Mississippi who are working to build a more promising, more enlightened, and open state for all. Please join us and encourage your friends not to abandon our state in its time of need but, instead, to stand up and be heard. 



Melanie Addington, Executive Director


By Margot Aliff


To kick off the year-round monthly film series, Oxford Film Festival is hosting the 400th anniversary celebration of William Shakespeareby presenting three free movies.

This free film series will commemorate the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death.  There will be three separate screenings over three days at Shelter on Van Buren, 1112 Van Buren.

The Shakespeare screening will kick off on April 11th at 7:30pm with the 1963 “As You Like It” staring Vanessa Redgrave and Ian Richardson. The film is about the overthrowing of Duke Senior and his daughters quest to find him after he was banished.

The April 12th film is the 1971 “Midsummer Night’s Dream” staring Lynn Redgrave, Edward Fox, Robert Stephens, and Michael Gambon. The comedy portrays events surrounding the marriage of mythical Gods. The New York Times says, “The allure and cleverness of that film, not to mention its far more Shakespearean spirit, make it a hard act for a hodgepodge to follow.”

The final showing of the series will be the 2012 Shakespeare and Us by Simon Schama’s. “Shakespeare and Usis a fun exploration of Shakespeare and what his role was in shaping British culture.

While the film series is free, donations are appreciated. For more information visit oxfordfilmfest.com.