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The Oxford Film Festival and Thacker Mountain Radio – two of Oxford’s arts and entertainment traditions – have teamed up to celebrate a weekend of movies with an opening night extravaganza on Thursday, Feb. 10 at the Lyric Theatre. The Oxford Film Festival is also proud to announce their Feb. 10-13, 2011 festival films, panels, workshops and conversations to play at the Malco Theater from Feb. 11-13.
Opening the festival on Thursday, Feb. 10 will be a special Thacker Mountain Radio show from 6 to 7 p.m. with special guests Les Blank (documentary filmmaker), Michael Adams (author of Showgirls, Teenwolves and Astro Zombies) and musical guests Robert Belfour, Kenny Brown and more special guests. The evening will continue with a screening of two short films. Les Blank’s “Werner Herzog Eats his Shoe,” and Ray McKinnon’s “Spanola Pepper Sauce Company,” before the feature film “Brother’s Justice,” starring and co-directed by Dax Shepard (currently a star of the popular television show “Parenthood.”).
“The Oxford Film Festival is pleased to be teaming up with Thacker again for our opening night. We are excited to introduce our guests to one of our local treasures,” Executive Director Molly Fergusson said.
Afterwards, guests may mingle at the after-party with filmmakers and musical guests until closing at 1 a.m. The cost for the entire Thursday evening’s events is $20 and goes to benefit both non-profit events, Oxford Film Festival and Thacker Mountain Radio. Guests will receive a wristband so they may come and go through the evening.
For the festival, tickets are:
Thursday night = $20 for all; no student discount
Multi-day, Fri-Sat-Sun = $30; student discount (with valid ID) $25
Day pass (cannot be used on Thursday) = $15; student discount (with valid ID) $12
Saturday night party = $15, no student discount
Individual film pass = $8; student discount (with valid ID) $6.50
Tickets are now available at www.oxfordfilmfest.com. Screening times will be available in January at www.oxfordfilmfest.com. The entire film and panel schedule is as follows with premiere status, director and Mississippi connection listed if available:
(* = Non-Competition)
All in Your Head; regional premiere; Director John Spottswood Moore
Amazonia; Mississippi premiere; Director Sam Chen
The Birds Upstairs; regional premiere; Director Christopher Jarvis
For a Fistful of Snow; regional premiere; Director Julien Ezri
Irasshai; regional premiere; Director Annie Tu
The Life and Times of a Dust Bunny; regional premiere; Director Emily Hamel
Ninjas vs. Guilt; regional premiere; Director David Chai
Prayers for Peace; regional premiere; Director Dustin Grella; subject’s mother is from Pontotoc, Miss.
The Sasquatch and the Girl; regional premiere; Director Trevor Knapp Jones
Stationary Guard Robot; regional premiere; Director Randall Hopkins
The Thomas Beale Cipher; regional premiere; Director Andrew S. Allen
Beijing Taxi; Mississippi premiere; director Miao Wang
Everyday Sunshine: The Story of Fishbone; regional premiere; directed by Lev Anderson & Chris Metzler.
The Girls in the Band; world premiere; Director Judy Chaikin; subject is from Piney Woods
Mississippi Innocence*; special screening; Director Joe York; film tells the story of two men released from prison after spending a combined 30 years behind bars for crimes they did not commit. Features interviews with John Grisham and Innocence Project founders Peter Neufeld and Barry Scheck.
The Pruitt-Igoe Myth: An Urban History; world premiere; Director Chad Friedrichs
The Secret to a Happy Ending*; regional premiere; Directed by Barr Weissman; based on Drive-By Truckers
Southern Belle; Directors Kathy Conkwright & Mary Makley
What If Cannabis Cured Cancer; regional premiere; Director Len Richmond
Worst in Show; world premiere; Directors Don R. Lewis and John Beck
The Blues According to Lightning Hopkins*; Director Les Blank
Dry Wood*; Director Les Blank
God’s Square Mile; regional premiere; Director Rachel Julkowski
Grounded by Reality; regional premiere; Directors Phoebe Brown and Elizabeth Strickler
Mozambique; Director Chris Zalla
The Mud and the Blood; regional premiere; Director George Motz
Robert Box-Perfect for the Kitchen; regional premiere; Director James Reford
Robyn Hitchcock in Memphis*; Director Peter Gilbert
Skimming the Surface; Directors Tim Arnold and Landon Lott
Werner Herzog Eats His Shoe*; Director Les Blank
Aliki; regional premiere; director Richard Wiebe; director’s mother raised in Bruce, Miss
The Conjure Woman*; national premiere; Director Christen Goguen; John Latartara, a member of the band Cornstar, is an associate professor of music theory and music technology at the University of Mississippi, Oxford
The Dance of Princess Hiroshibelle; national premiere; Director Volker Schütz
Flutter; Director Jaime Johnson; University of Mississippi student
Inside Out/Side One; regional premiere; Director Matt Meindl
A Movie by Jen Proctor; regional premiere; director Jennifer Proctor
Roundabout; regional premiere; Peter Byrne, Carole Woodlock
Sand; regional premiere; Director Cari Ann Shim Sham
Self-Portrait, world premiere; Director So Hyung Choi
Self-Portrait, Director Kory Drahos; University of Mississippi Department of Art student
Voice on the Line; Director Kelly Sears
Wrestling with my Father; regional premiere; Director Charles Fairbanks
Yellow Moon; national premiere; Director Dan Inglis
This category is screening for free at the Lafayette-Oxford Public Library on Saturday, Feb. 12 and is not in competition.
My Dog Skip
The North Star
Safety Smart: About Fire
This Way Up
Blood Therapy; Director Valarie O. Morris; Duane P. Craig (actor, makeup f/x artist) lives in Horn Lake, MS.
Happy Face; Director Franklin Laviola
Monster Hunt with James and Kevin; Director Stacey Shirley
Murderabilia; Director David Matthews; Crew from Jackson, Miss which was filming location
Night of the Punks; Director Dan Riesser
River City Dead; Director Daniel Lee; crew is from Blue Springs and Tupelo area which was filming location.
Shock; Director Chris Spear; The film was shot entirely in Jackson, during which all cast and crew lived in the city.
Bill Lilly Builds a Green House; world premiere; Director Thad Lee; filmed in Oxford, Miss
Brown Family Dairy; World Premiere; Directors Eric Griffis, Tyler Keith, and Meghan Leonard; subject and crew are from Oxford, Miss.
The Sad Waltz; world premiere; Director Richard Ward; Director lives in Pass Christian, Miss.
When Cotton Blossoms; Director Scott Magie; subject is Piney Woods School in Mississippi.
Smokes and Ears*; Director Joe York, filmmaker from Oxford, Miss and on festival staff, subject from Jackson, Miss.
The South Will Rise Again; Director Ben Guest; filmed in Oxford, Miss and at the University of Mississippi.
Valentease; world premiere; Director Tobie Baker; filmed in Oxford, Miss.
Mississippi Music Video (listed by band)
All will screen Saturday, 11:10am (S1)
Jeff Allen (Oxford) / There Goes Santa Claus
Astrocasket (Tupelo) / 976-EVIL; world premiere; directed by Daniel Lee
Avenue Hearts (Oxford) / Hold On
The Cooters (Oxford) / Carpetbaggers Live in Mississippi
Cory Taylor Cox (Oxford) / If Snakes Were On Your Plane, I’d Be The First In Line To Administer The Anti-Venom
Good Paper (Oxford) / Line Up
Junk Culture (Oxford) / West Coast
Nash Street (Starkville) / Mississippi Queen
Stacy Robinson (Southaven) / Acting Out for Love
Stork & Nick B. (Oxford) / Intent to Distribute
TTOCS Rekarp (Jackson) / Coma Boy
T.B. Ledford (Jackson) /Cold Red Clay; Directed by Ron Blaylock
Tyler Keith and the Apostles (Oxford)/Shadow of a Cross; Directed by Thad Lee
25K *; world premiere; director Billy Chase Goforth; filmed on location in Oxford and Holly Springs, Miss. Cameo from UM Football Coach Houston Nutt.
All Work; regional premiere; Director Robert Davis, Produced by Alexander Mullen; Cast and crew were students at Oxford High School when filmed. Filmed on location in Oxford, Miss.
Blood Feud; Director Johnson Thomasson; Crew was from Mississippi and some portions of the film were shot on location in state.
The Hanging of Big Todd Wade*; world premiere; Director Micah Ginn; film created by Oxford Film Festival as a community film.
Lukos; Director Michael Williams; Cast and crew from Mississippi and filmed in state.
The Mistake; Director April Wren; cast and crew from Mississippi and filmed in state.
Treat or Eat; Director April Wren; cast and crew from Mississippi and filmed in state.
Where I Begin*; work in progress screening; Director Thomas L. Phillips; co-producer and co-writer Melanie L. Addington is from Oxford, Miss and the film was shot on location in Oxford, Scobie and Sardis, Miss.
Brotherhood; Mississippi premiere; Director Will Canon
Brother’s Justice*; regional premiere; Directors Dax Shepard and David Palmer
The Happy Poet; Mississippi premiere; Director Paul Gordon
Passenger Pigeons; Mississippi premiere; Director Martha Stephens
S&M Lawn Care; regional premiere; Director Mark Potts
Two Gates of Sleep; regional premiere; Director Alistair Banks Griffin; filming done in Poplarville, Miss.
Antiquities; Mississippi premiere; Director Daniel Campbell; star Jennifer Pierce Mathus lives in Oxford, Miss.
April; regional premiere; director Mike Piccirillo; Producer Barry Barclay from Jackson, MS.
Arkansas Traveler*; Mississippi premiere; directors Sean Bridgers & Michael Hemschoot
Conlang; Director Marta Masferrer
First Sunrise; regional premiere; Director Kenneth Price
God of Love; Mississippi premiere; Director Luke Matheny
Our Time Together; world premiere; Director David Lipson
Pillow; world premiere; Directors Miles B. Miller and Joshua H. Miller
Queen’s Day; regional premiere; Director Jeffrey Ruggles
Seeing; regional premiere; director Tony Bloodworth; Producer Barry Barclay from Jackson, MS.
Sexting; regional premiere; Director Neil LaBute
Skip Town; Director Banner Gwin; Actor Jimmy Hall is a University of Mississippi alumni and former football player for the Rebels.
Spanola Pepper Sauce Company*; Mississippi premiere; Director Ray McKinnon
Untitled; regional premiere; Director Chad Hartigan
When The Hurlyburly’s Done; Directors Hanna Maria Heidrich, Alex Eslam
The World of Film Festivals; Mississippi premiere; Director Jim Jacobs
Panels and Workshops
Conversation with Tracy Kilpatrick (casting agent)
Conversation with Andrew Meyer (film and music producer)
Conversation with Michael Adams (film critic and author)
How to Cut a Great Trailer and Promote Your Film on the Festival Circuit (Master class)
Speed Pitch Panel (distribution and production help)
The Oxford Film Festival program will soon be available on the oxfordfilmfest.com Web site.
June 7 – June 9, 2011 (9:00am-12:00pm) for ages
10 through 18 — ages expanded!
Instructor: Sim Dulaney, Jackson Academy
Location: Univ. of Mississippi (classroom TBD)
Cost: $100 for 9 contact hours + course materials
Space limited to 20 participants
Learn how some of your favorite cartoon characters – Mickey Mouse, Bugs Bunny, Tom & Jerry – became a reality on the silver screen and gain an understanding as to the skill and knowledge required to produce an animated cartoon.
Participants will learn the history of animation, the basic principles of animation, the basic elements of character design, the elements of a storyboard, and the basics of movement when creating the illusion of life in a two-dimensional character drawing. In addition, participants will create a character of their own design, a model sheet of their character in various poses, and a series of drawings on animation bond paper that when flipped show their character in action.
Participants will receive a sketch book, color pencils, and an animal figurine upon which their character creation is based.
DAY 1 – TUESDAY, JUNE 7TH
DAY 2 – WEDNESDAY, JUNE 8TH
DAY 3 – THURSDAY, JUNE 9TH
The Oxford Film Festival has announced their partnership with Los Angeles-based management production company Cundiff & Company, in an effort to bring quality industry exposure to participants in the festival.
The grand-prize winners in Feature Narrative, Short Narrative, Feature Documentary, and Short Documentary will all have their films reviewed by the agency.
“It’s an awesome way for us to see great film projects from all over” Jimmy Cundiff, a former William Morris agent and founder of Cundiff & Company, said. “Getting a look at the top films from the Oxford Film Festival is a fantastic chance for us to meet undiscovered talent.”
Micah Ginn, a co-director of the festival, emphasized the importance of strong industry ties for the Oxford Film Festival.
“What we strive for here is to create opportunities for the filmmakers,” Ginn said. “We have some incredible films screen here and it is critical that we provide an atmosphere for talented filmmakers to have every break possible to continue growing their careers.”
“This is a huge part of why we exist,” Executive Director Molly Fergusson said. “Film can entertain, educate, advocate…it can have such a wonderful impact…and as much as we like bringing films and filmmakers to Oxford so that our community and region can enjoy them, we also want to make sure when the filmmakers leave here that we’ve helped them. It’s a major part of our mission, and having Cundiff & Company working toward that goal with us is very exciting.”
The festival will be held February 10-13, 2011 this year and includes over 75 films, a variety of panels including the popular Speed Pitch Panel, and numerous parties where filmmakers can mingle.
For more information, contact Melanie@oxfordfilmfest.com or by phone at 662-801-6007.
Here’s a little bit of behind-the-scenes action from the OFF Children’s Filmmaking Workshop we put on last month. We worked with the Boys & Girls Club, UM Media & Documentary Projects, and local filmmakers Nitin and Deepak Mantena of Celery Studios in creating a day-long filmmaking camp for local children. Look for the finished result sometime in August (fingers crossed!)
This past Saturday, the Oxford Film Festival’s Kid’s Filmmaking Workshop went off with flying colors. The event was hosted by the Boys & Girls Club of Oxford, with many of their members taking part in the production, as well as non-members from the community. The children worked with local filmmakers Nitin and Deepak Mantena, of Celery Studios, in the creation of a short film which will have it’s debut later this summer. Everyone had a great time, and we look forward to doing this again soon!
The workshop was sponsored by OFF, Media & Documentary Projects, YAC, Papa John’s Pizza, The Downtown Oxford Inn, and Rock Star Taxi & Limo.
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