Oxford, MS (November 17, 2016) – The 2017 Oxford Film Festival (February 15-19) has announced Special Screenings and Presentations set to headline the 14th edition of the popular film festival in Oxford, Mississippi. Highlighted by a 20th Anniversary screening of Kevin Smith’s indie hit, CHASING AMY, with the film’s star, Joey Lauren Adams and other special guests in attendance, Malcolm Ingram’s landmark LGBT documentary, SMALL TOWN GAY BAR; and the world premiere of Mark Newton’s locally shot horror/comedy, KUDZU ZOMBIES, with several of the cast and crew on hand, the Oxford FF has already established itself as the major event for Mississippi film fans next year.

Melanie Addington, executive director of the Oxford Film Festival, said, “It’s exciting to announce these very special screenings and events that will not only add another level of celebrity for Mississippi film fans to enjoy, but also acknowledge our dedication to providing great LGBTQ programming while also putting our local talent and filmmakers front and center at the Oxford Film Festival. Establishing each of those elements before we even begin to roll out our gala selections or the rest of next year’s schedule demonstrates how special the event is already shaping up to be.”

The third installment of Smith’s "New Jersey Trilogy" from award-winning writer-director Kevin Smith, CHASING AMY follows cult comic-book artist Holden (Ben Affleck), who falls in love with fellow artist Alyssa (Adams, in a Golden Globe-nominated performance), only to be thwarted by her sexuality, the disdain of his best friend Banky (Jason Lee), and his own misgivings about himself. Filled with Smith's unique ear for dialogue and insight into relationships, CHASING AMY offers a thoughtful, funny look at how perceptions alter lives, and how obsession and self-doubt skew reality. Adams and other special guests will attend the screening on Saturday, February 18, at the Gertrude Ford Performing Arts Center (351 University Avenue) and participate in a filmmaker panel conversation afterward.

Underlining the renewed commitment to LGBTQ programming, which includes the addition of a new section to the Oxford Film Festival, Ingram’s documentary, SMALL TOWN GAY BAR, looks at the lives of gays in the Deep South, focusing on two bars in rural Mississippi that cater to a homosexual clientele. "Rumors" is in all other ways a modest neighborhood hangout; "Crossroads" is an anything goes establishment. Interviews with regular patrons portray both bars as islands of acceptance in an ocean of prejudice, exemplified by the derision of customers at nearby straight bars and the cutting homophobia of anti-gay preacher Fred Phelps. Ingram and subjects from the film will attend the screening on Friday, February 17, at Malco Oxford Commons (206 Commonwealth Boulevard) and participate in a panel discussion afterwards.

Newton’s KUDZU ZOMBIES follows the horrific turn of events when GloboBioTech tests their new herbicide, Quadoxin, in an attempt to control the growth of the kudzu vines. However, the herbicide quickly enters the food chain through goats that have had the misfortune of eating the treated kudzu. The goats then become the culprits of a zombie outbreak among the townspeople via the popular meat pies sold at the blues festival. Produced by Daniel Wood (who also produced last year’s Oxford FF hit, TEXAS HEART), the film was shot in and around Charleston, Mississippi, and will have its world premiere on Friday, February 17 at Malco Oxford Commons with Newton and several of the local actors and crew on hand to celebrate the screening and participate in a Q&A afterward.

Firemax, Photo by Derek Brown

Firemax, Photo by Derek Brown

Wednesday, October 15, the Oxford Film Festival will kick off the five-day event by screening a special selection of films during a free-to-the-public community night. Those films will include Rory Ledbetter’s Oxford Film Festival community comedy, FIREMAX, about a superhero that fights to save Oxford from a series of villains, Lacey Ellinwood’s BIG HOUSE BOOKS: PROTECTING THE RIGHT TO READ, about an organization that sends free books to Mississippi-based prisons, and Louis Bourgeois’s North Mississippi Hills Heritage Alliance Grant winning film, WE WILL NOT GO AWAY, about a father and son dealing with the challenges of being homeless in Oxford. Both BIG HOUSE BOOKS and WE WILL NOT GO AWAY have benefitted from grants courtesy of the Magnifying Glass, which is a partnership with Artless Media and Oxford Film Festival, as well as several other festivals in the south to highlight micro stories about social justice. Also screening will be Greg Earnest’s short documentary, which is currently untitled, that explores the music of the current generation of hill country blues artists, including some of R.L. Burnside's children, shot in part thanks to a grant courtesy of Mississippi Hills National Heritage Area. The free screening night will take place at the Powerhouse Community Arts Center (413 South 14th Street).

In addition, there will be a special presentation of The Louisiana Film Prize winning films from 2016. The Louisiana Film Prize is a short narrative film contest with one rule: Filmmakers must shoot their film in the Northwest Louisiana. Of the films created, twenty films are selected each year to participate in a contest and festival where they will compete for votes from the audience and a panel of industry judges in order to win $50,000 cash - the largest cash prize for a short film in the world. That winning film, in addition to others that received smaller cash prizes for their filmmakers to make another short film project, will comprise a special “encore” screening on Sunday, February 18 with many of the filmmakers in-person to talk about their films.


Upcoming announcements will include the Opening and Closing Night Gala selection, full schedule, filmmaker panels, and more. Festival passes and tickets can be purchased at:








Director: Kevin Smith

Country: USA, Running Time: 113min

Kevin Smith’s hit indie comedy stars Joey Lauren Adams, Ben Affleck, and Jason Lee. Holden (Affleck) and Banky (Lee) are comic book artists. Everything's going good for them until they meet Alyssa (Adams), also a comic book artist. Holden falls for her, but his hopes are crushed when he finds out she's gay.



Director: Mark Newton

Country: USA, Running Time: 90min

After a mysterious chemical transforms the citizens of Charleston into zombies, a mismatched group must fight for survival against the cannibalistic hordes.



Director: Malcolm Ingram

Country: USA, Running Time: 76min

The story of community in the Deep South that is forced to deal with the struggles of ignorance, hypocrisy and oppression.



Community Films and Indie Grants Winners



Director: Lacey Ellinwood

Country: USA, Running Time: 00:05:00

Documentary looks at Big House Books, a non-profit volunteer organization that sends free books by request to prisoners in Mississippi correctional facilities to promote literacy and be a vehicle of change for prison reform in Mississippi.



Director: Rory Ledbetter

Country: USA, Running Time: 15min

A fire-breathing superhero discovers there's more going on in Oxford, Mississippi than meets the eye and teams up with an uncanny group of heroes to fight an entente of super villains.



Director: Louis Bourgeois

Country: USA, Running Time: 5min

Film documents a father and son as they face the everyday challenges of being homeless in the prosperous college football town of Oxford, Mississippi.



Director: Greg Earnest

Country: USA

Short documentary that explores the music of the current generation of hill country blues artists, including some of R.L. Burnside's children.


2016 Louisiana Film Prize Encore Short Film Program

TRT: 76min



Director: Jonnie Stapleton

Country: USA, Running TIme: 15min

A cynical podcast host hellbent on making fools of small town celebrities has just met his match: A charming woman who has her entire community believing she’s the second coming of Jesus Christ.



Director: Alexander Jeffrey

Country: USA, Running Time: 16min

Memories can either fuel our existence or eat away at us like a disease. In the not-too-distant future, Dr. Theodore Maine is on the cusp of losing his job at Janus Labs where he is developing research for Alzheimer’s treatment. That is, until a mysterious visitor named Obee changes his life forever.



Directors: Travis Champagne, Stephen Kinigopoulos

Country: USA, Running Time: 15min

While on a ceremonial walkabout a young boy must defend his tribe against a mysterious force.



Director: Eva Contis

Country: USA, Running Time: 15min

Islamic extremists ambush a bus in Africa. When the Christian and Muslim passengers refuse to separate, the terrorists are faced with a dilemma.


YA ALIBI (My Heart)

Director: Christine Chen

Country: USA, Running Time: 15min

A Syrian refugee adapts to life in an unfamiliar country after her husband’s immigration visa is unexpectedly rejected.

Oxford, Mississippi to be featured in national bi-partisan documentary, 11/8/16 about the Election Day

Oxford, Mississippi to be featured in national bi-partisan documentary, 11/8/16 about the Election Day

Local filmmakers hired to support the project

Oxford, MS (November 9, 2016) – Oxford, Mississippi took center stage as part of a national bi-partisan documentary about the election and the events surrounding it on Tuesday, November 8. Titled 11/8/16, the project was created by producer Jeff Deutchman, who hired 30 filmmakers from across the country to show how people voted, behaved, and responded to Election Day.

Included in the group of directors are PETE’S DRAGON director David Lowery, “Girls” creator and star, Lena Dunham and Yung Chang (UP THE YANGTZE). The Orchard Film and TV distribution company will both fund and produce the project, which is being executive produced by Dana O’Keefe, Brad Navin, Paul Davidson, and Danielle DiGiacomo.

Deutchman contacted the Oxford Film Festival to connect him with and help hire local filmmakers to work on the coveted project. Executive Director, Melanie Addington, and Derek Brown were then hired to follow a subject in Oxford, Mississippi. After reaching out to a diverse group of potential subjects, ranging from student groups, local Republican and Democratic leaders, and community groups, Cristen Hemmins, the local Democratic Chair, agreed to participate. The film was produced in the cinema vérité style, where filmmakers followed the subject throughout the day.

Cristen Hemmins is Chair of the Lafayette County Democratic party, is on the State Democratic Executive Committee, is Chair of the State Education & Membership Committee, and was a delegate to the 2012 and 2016 DNC. She graduated from Vanderbilt University and has a Master's degree in Southern Studies from the University of Mississippi. She is a small business owner of Hemmins Hall, Inc., an advertising sales agency and is on the board of LOU-Home, a non-profit organization, which looks to provide affordable housing to the low-income population of the Lafayette-Oxford-University community. 

Addington said, “We take great pride in the fact that, beyond showing films and celebrating cinema, the Oxford Film Festival also assists with bringing jobs to filmmakers in the area. The Oxford Film Festival was contacted to help with this project as we have a national reputation as one of the top festivals in the country, This was an occasion where we were able to provide concrete support to local film crews in finding jobs.”  Oxford, Mississippi was selected as one of the 30 communities to be represented in the film.

More than 30 filmmakers across the country documented Election Day, from early morning until the polls close and the results are announced, in a follow-up to Deutchman’s earlier film, 11/4/08.

Other directors taking part are Daniel Junge, Eugene Jarecki, Martha Shane, Lana Wilson, Peter Gilbert, Margaret Brown, Alison Klayman, Alma Har’el, Bassam Tariq, Don Argott, Sheena Joyce, Donal Mosher, Douglas Tirola, Henry Joost, Malika Zouhali-Worrall, Michael Tucker, Petra Epperlein, Sterlin Harjo and Vikram Gandhi.

11/8/16 is set to be released in early 2017 by The Orchard.

Part of the film on Election Day was a partnership with Periscope where filmmakers checked in with their subjects on 11/8/16 for a live broadcast. For more about the film visit




Oxford, Miss.— The Mississippi Day of Giving is a statewide day to connect Mississippians with the charities that make an impact in their community.  On Thursday, October 20th as part of the Day of Giving,  the Oxford Growler will host a competition benefiting the Oxford Film Festival and Yoknapatawpha Arts Council. 

“This will be a great way to help two good causes while having fun with this new event to help raise money for the arts.” said Oxford Film Festival Director Melanie Addington.

The Oxford Growler, 265 North Lamar Blvd Suite Y, will host a Countdown Party encouragingfrom 6 p.m. to midnight on October 20th.  A different craft brewers from Mississippi will offer a special with the proceeds benefitting the charity.  Come and show your support 12oz at a time while sampling beers from Chandelier, Lazy Magnolia, Lucky Town, Yuengling, Yalobusha, and Southern Prohibition.  Along with beer specials, there will be prizes given out throughout the evening including two tickets to New Orleans on Southwest Airlines, Satterfield Pottery, Oxford Film Fest and Yoknapatawpha Arts Council swag, Locals gift card and much more.

“We are so excited that by working together,  with the Oxford Film Festival and The Growler, we can keep the idea behind the Day of Giving in focus.  That together as Mississippians we can make our community great!” shared Wayne Andrews, Director of the Arts Council.

Yoknapatawpha Arts Council: Founded in 1975 the Yoknapatawpha Arts Council remains committed to a diverse offering of artistic and cultural opportunities. Each year, YAC creates and delivers an exciting package of projects, programs and good works in the spirit of its mission to the community. Each year the staff, the board and volunteers work to present over 320 days of art programs ranging from student programs, exhibits by emerging artists, live theatre productions, concerts, classes, and independent film screenings.

Oxford Film Festival: The Oxford Film Festival celebrates the art of independent cinema. 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, culminating in the annual five-day festival. This year’s festival will be the 14th to be put on. 


Oxford, Miss. – Oxford Film Festival will be hosting three screenings this October as part of their monthly film series. Screenings of of Masculinity/Femininity, Porches and Private Eyes and Rocky Horror Picture Show will be held.   

Feature film Masculinity/ Femininity by Russell Sheaffer is screening for free on Thursday, October 20th at 7 p.m. the Overby Center for Southern Journalism and Politics at the University of Mississippi. This screening includes a Q&A with the director of the film, Russell Sheaffer. This film interrogates normative notions of gender, sexuality and performance.

Porches and Private Eyes is screening at the Powerhouse on October 21st at 7PM.  The film about two women working to solve a mystery was filmed in Brookhaven, Mississippi. Director Travis Mills has said about the film screening, “Our experience filming and premiering Porches and Private Eyes in Mississippi has been inspiring and our opportunity to introduce our work to Oxford’s vibrant culture for the first time is very exciting.” Tickets for this screening are $10 and proceeds will go towards supporting the filmmaker and Oxford Film Festival.

The cult classic Rocky Horror Picture Show will be screening on Halloween Night, October 31st at the Powerhouse and will serve as a fundraiser for the Oxford Film Festival. Doors will open at 9 p.m. and the show will start at 9:30 p.m. This film details the travails of a nice couple stranded in a creepy castle, a mix of fun musicals and horror in one film. This showing of The Rocky Horror Show will include props and a bar. Join Oxford Film Festival for terrible late night thrills on Halloween Night. Regular admission tickets are $8 for members and $10 for non-members, Movie and Bottomless Beer Cup admission tickets are $15 for members and $20 for non-members. Props can be purchases at the door for $5.

Details on all screenings can also be found at  


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.

Day of Giving on October 20!

Mark your calendar for October 20. It is the one day that you can do two things for the Oxford Film Festival.

#1 help us raise funds for Mississippi Day of Giving and

#2 save $50 on your VIP badge.

VIP badges have a value of $500 but we give them away at $150. On Oct. 20 you can get it for $100 only. This lets you into every event including private parties with celebrities (and we have some doozies this year which I will announce soonish!), every screening, priority access in line, food tent (it's coming back this year!), and more.

Last year we raised $9,050. Our goal is $7,500 this year. So if only 75 of you buy your VIP passes in advance, we hit our goal. That is it. Simple. A huge help to us, but a great savings for you.

Oh, and did I mention we are also giving away prizes to those who donate at any level? Yeah. All kinds of goodies.

Oh and did I mention we are also throwing a huge party on Oct. 20 from 6-midnight at The Growler where we are competing with Yoknapatawpha Arts Council to win the proceeds from beer sales that evening? Yeah. You can literally drink beer while helping two major non profits. Win-win.

Another way you can help? Get the word out. Share our website for Day of Giving (listed below) all day on Oct. 20 on all social media. Email your friends. Become a fundraiser and help us raise $500 of the $7,500! There are so many great ways to get involved. Help us prove just how generous Mississippi can be!