OXFORD FILM FESTIVAL PUTS ON FREE SHAKESPEARE SCREENINGS

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. 

HELP TELL THE 14TH OXFORD FILM FESTIVAL COMMUNITY FILM STORY

Oxford Film Festival is looking for Oxford-based story ideas for the seventh annual community film that will be made in conjunction with the 14th Annual Oxford Film Festival. Every year, the Oxford Film Festival, in conjunction with the OxFilm Society, produces and supports a community film that showcases the film talents of the Oxford community and provides opportunities for community members to gain experience working on a film and learning how a film is made. The completed film is then screened multiple times during the annual Oxford Film Festival, giving audiences the ability to experience the fruit of the community's creativity.

This year, the festival is looking to base the narrative of the community film around a story about Oxford and the people who live in or have lived in Oxford. If you have a family story or a folk-tale about Oxford, it’s inhabitants, or the surrounding area, Oxford Film Festival wants to hear it!
Story ideas can be submitted to info@oxfordfilmfest.com. Submissions can be a simple sentence or a paragraph that highlights the story, or a full script if you have it lying around! Please include your name, number, and email address with the submission.

Deadline is April 15, 2016. The selected concept will be announced shortly after and a script will be drawn up in an OxFilm Society workshop. 

Looking for a few good people

The Oxford Film Festival is looking for a few good volunteer staff members.  We are looking for people to join our seasonal team. Starting in July, we will meet monthly with staff to begin recruiting volunteers, preparing for their area and getting ready for February 2017. 

We are looking for a:

Transportation Coordinator

  • Help find volunteers July-December
  • Coordinate travel with filmmakers and special guests December-January
  • Help manage vans, drivers and transportation issues - February

Print Traffic Coordinator

  • Meet Staff and sort logistics July-December
  • Coordinate print traffic delivery December-January
  • Help coordinate print traffic returns and work with projection staff - February

Assistant Volunteer Coordinator

  • Recruit July-December
  • Coordinate Volunteer trainings and assignments December-January
  • Help coordinate Shiftboard check ins and volunteer needs at fest- February

Merchandise Coordinator

  • Recruit volunteers and coordinate inventory July-December
  • Set up for venues and merchandise sales
  • Help coordinate volunteers in merchandise and do daily inventory at festival

Gift Bag Coordinator

  • Coordinate in-kind donations July- December
  • Coordinate gift bags pre-fest

Fundraising Party Coordinator

  • Help coordinate 3 seasonal fundraiser events March - November
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Best of Oxford shorts at the Shelter March 5 FREE!

Join us as we showcase the winning Oxford Film Festival shorts at Shelter on Van Buren on Saturday, March 5 at 7:30 p.m.  Enjoy some coffee or beer with a slice of Ron Shapiro's cheesecake while watching some award winning films, all for free! Donations will be accepted for the Oxford Film Festival at the counter. 

2016 OXFORD FF AWARD-WINNING FILMS

BLAZING SUN (2015) – BEST NARRATIVE SHORT Director: Fred Castadot Country: Belgium; Running Time: 24 min

Under the leaden sky of a summer day, Eric goes to work to defend a great issue. But, blinded by stress, Eric is forgetting the most important thing...

CYBERGENESIS (2015) – BEST EXPERIMENTAL FILM Director: André Silva Country: USA, Running Time: 13 min

CYBERGENESIS is a fantastical, animated journey (segments of which have been creatively crowd-sourced) that imagines a future creation myth, crafted by cyber consciousness from bits and pieces of humanity's online legacy.

 

FALLEN STAR (2016) – BEST MUSIC VIDEO Director: Clay Hardwick Country: USA, Running Time: 8 min

FALLEN STAR is what happens when you make it to the top. This music video combines three original songs into a cinematic narrative, following AJC into a world of bitter famedom. Of course, making a deal at the crossroads has its costs.

FINDING CLEVELAND (2016) – BEST MISSISSIPPI DOCUMENTARY FILM Director: Larissa Lam Country: USA, Running Time 12:24 min

Finding Cleveland is a documentary short film that follows Charles Chiu and his family on an emotional journey as they take a trip to Cleveland, Mississippi to visit the grave site of Charles’ father, KC Lou.

THE GIFT (2016) – BEST MISSISSIPPPI NARRATIVE FILM Director: Gabriel Robertson Country: USA, Running Time: 12:48 min

To celebrate his eleventh birthday, a young boy selects his gift - little knowing that his choice will change the world.

THE HOUSE IS INNOCENT (2015) – BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT Director: Nicholas Coles Country: USA, Running Time: 12:15 min

Meet Tom and Barbara, the proud new owners of a serial killer’s house — the most infamous residence in Sacramento, California. The middle-age couple soon realizes it's going to take more than a fresh coat of paint to whitewash their home's macabre history.

THE SEAFARER AND THE MOONLIGHT (2015) – BEST ANIMATION Director: James Dastoli Country: USA, Running Time: 2:30 min

An ancient mariner does battle with a behemoth from the deep.

VIOLA: A MOTHER’S STORY OF JUVENILE JUSTICE (2015) – BEST EDITING (Christopher Reyes) Directors: Sarah Fleming, Joann Self Selvidge Country: USA, Running Time: 7:55 min

A mother shares personal stories about her life and her struggles with her son Edward, who has been involved with the juvenile justice system in Memphis, Tennessee.

YALO (2015) – RON TIBBETT AUDIENCE AWARD Director: Alison Fast Country: USA, Running Time: 10 min

A small town craft brewery hits it big, producing bold new tastes like Miss-issIPA, River Ale and small-batch, bourbon barrel-aged stout, in what is formerly a dry county. YALO showcases the persistent rise of creative entrepreneurs in Water Valley, and the importance of small businesses to revitalize Main Street.

Oxford Film Festival Best of in Ocean Springs this weekend!

The Best of Oxford Film Festival travels down to the coast this Saturday and Sunday, February 27-28, to highlight winners and great films. Join at the Mary C. O’Keefe Cultural Arts Center in Ocean Springs for two days to watch great movies. Each block is $5 or $15 for all three blocks with the opportunity to see many great movies.

The festival kicks off Saturday evening from 6-7 p.m. with a reception hosted by Green House on Porter at the Becky Feder kitchen at Mary C. O’Keefe Cultural Arts Center at 1600 Government Street.

“I am so excited to bring the best of the festival down to the coast to share with audiences. Many of these films were the award winners or personal favorites, and we are happy to have filmmakers attending this year,” Melanie Addington, Oxford Film Festival Executive Director said.

After the reception on Saturday, the Oxford Film Festival will introduce the films and show a special screening of Yalo, the Audience Award winner by Chandler Griffin and Alison Fast with a special discussion afterwards about film and small business in Mississippi alongside the Main Street Association.

After the discussion, the films continue with Casey Spradling Memorial Winner The Gift filmed in Tupelo about Elvis and narrative feature winner, Embers starring Jason Ritter.

On Sunday, several film blocks will be hosted after breakfast is served in the café from 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m.

The first block of films from 10 a.m. to noon are family friendly and will include animation winner The Seafarer and the Moonlight, experimental winner cybergenesis, as well as Si, Snow Day, Sweetly Broken, Borrowed Time, The Present, Bottomless and feature documentary The Keepers.

A short lunch break will occur from noon to 12:30 in the Becky Feder kitchen provided by Green House on Porter. Block one will then continue with narrative short winner Blazing Sun, documentary short winner The House is Innocent will play before documentary feature winner Children of the Arctic.

A coffee break will be held from 2:30 to 3 p.m. before the final block of films plays from 3-6 p.m. including online contest winner West of Elvis, music video winner Fallen Star, Mississippi documentary winner Finding Cleveland, editing award winner Viola: A Story of Mother’s Justice and crowd favorite Dixie.

For more information on how to buy tickets, visit http://themaryc.org/. To learn more about Oxford Film Festival, visit www.oxfordfilmfest.com.


Description of films:

Blazing Sun (2015)

Director: Fred Castadot

Country: Belgium; Running Time: 24 min

Under the leaden sky of a summer day, Eric goes to work to defend a great issue. But, blinded by stress, Eric is forgetting the most important thing...


Borrowed Time (2015)

Director: Lou Hamou-Lhadj, Andrew Coats

Country: USA, Running Time: 6:45 min

A weathered Sheriff returns to the remains of an accident he has spent a lifetime trying to forget. With each step forward, the memories come flooding back. Faced with his mistake once again, he must find the strength to carry on.

Bottomless (2015)

Director: Véronique Vanblaere

Country: USA, Running Time: 2:03 min

A Belgian woman seeks citizenship in the United States, and finds that her experiences are bottomless.

Children of the Arctic (2015)

Director: Nick Brandestini

Country: Switzerland, Running Time: 93 min

Children of the Arctic is a portrait of Native Alaskan teenagers coming of age at America's northernmost edge. As their climate and culture undergo profound changes, they strive to be both modern American kids and the inheritors of an ancient whaling culture.

cyberGenesis (2015)

Director: André Silva

Country: USA, Running Time: 13 min

CYBERGENESIS is a fantastical, animated journey (segments of which have been creatively crowd-sourced) that imagines a future creation myth, crafted by cyber consciousness from bits and pieces of humanity's online legacy.

Dixie (2015)

Director: Ryan Kelley

Country: USA, Running Time: 93 min

The song “Dixie” has haunted the United States for over 150 years. Written in 1859 by a blackface minstrel, the song became the national anthem for the confederacy during the American Civil War. Modern musicians, both black and white, have reinterpreted the song and offered new insights into what it means to be an American, and what the future holds for America's most dangerous song.

Embers (2015)

Director: Claire Carré

Country: USA, Running Time: 85 min

After a global neurological epidemic, those who remain search for meaning and connection in a world without memory. Five interwoven stories explore how we might learn, love and communicate in a future that has no past.

Fallen Star AJC & THE ENVELPE PUSHERS (2016)
Director: Clay Hardwick

Country: USA, Running Time: 8 min
FALLEN STAR is what happens when you make it to the top. This music video combines three original songs into a cinematic narrative, following AJC into a world of bitter famedom. Of course, making a deal at the crossroads has its costs.

FINDING CLEVELAND (2016)

Director: Larissa Lam

Country: USA, Running Time 12:24 min

Finding Cleveland is a documentary short film that follows Charles Chiu and his family on an emotional journey as they take a trip to Cleveland, Mississippi to visit the grave site of Charles’ father, KC Lou.

The Gift (2016)
Director: Gabriel Robertson

Country: USA, Running Time: 12:48 min
To celebrate his eleventh birthday, a young boy selects his gift - little knowing that his choice will change the world.

THE HOUSE IS INNOCENT (2015)

Director: Nicholas Coles (OFF Alum: Town Planner 2005)

Country: USA, Running Time: 12:15 min

Meet Tom and Barbara, the proud new owners of a serial killer’s house — the most infamous residence in Sacramento, California. The middle-age couple soon realizes it's going to take more than a fresh coat of paint to whitewash their home's macabre history.

THE KEEPERS (2015)

Directors: Sara Kaye Larson, Joann Self Selvidge

Country: USA, Running Time: 70 min

The Keepers is a portrait of the personalities and work of zookeepers shot with unprecedented behind-the-scenes access at the Memphis Zoo. A bittersweet, nonjudgmental look at what it means to find a place for yourself, working a job that you love.


THE PRESENT (2015)

Director: Jacob Frey

Country: Germany, Running Time: 4:20 min

Jake spends most of his time playing video games indoors until his mum decides to give him a present.

THE SEAFARER AND THE MOONLIGHT (2015)

Director: James Dastoli

Country: USA, Running Time: 2:30 min

An ancient mariner does battle with a behemoth from the deep. 

SI (2015)

Director: Samantha Smith

Country: USA, Running Time: 4:34 min

A magical tale that follows Si, a temperamental 6-year old, who gets a goldfish from her parents after begging for a puppy.

Snow Day (2015)

Director: Drew Smith

Country: USA, Running Time: 3:06

Nothing's more exciting to a kid in Memphis than the one snow day they get a year. But when a bully tries to ruin it for one five-year old, he decides to get even.

Sweetly Broken (2015)

Director: Chung Lam

Country: Czech Republic, Running Time: 5:25 min

It's what happens when a boy puppet gets separated from the girl puppet of his love and the lengths he goes to to reunite with her.

VIOLA: A MOTHER’S STORY OF JUVENILE JUSTICE (2015)

Directors: Sarah Fleming, Joann Self Selvidge

Country: USA, Running Time: 7:55 min

A mother shares personal stories about her life and her struggles with her son Edward, who has been involved with the juvenile justice system in Memphis, Tennessee.

WEST OF ELVIS (2015) -  Audience Awards Winner

Director: Louis Bourgeois

Country: USA, Running Time: 8:05 min

West of Elvis is the last documentary made of Paul MaCleod, the curator of Graceland Too, arguably the largest and strangest collection of Elvis memorabilia in the world.

YALO (2015)

Director: Alison Fast

Country: USA, Running Time: 10 min

A small town craft brewery hits it big, producing bold new tastes like Miss-iss-IPA, River Ale and small-batch, bourbon barrel-aged stout, in what is formerly a dry county. YALO showcases the persistent rise of creative entrepreneurs in Water Valley, and the importance of small businesses to revitalize Main Street.