2011 Festival Line-Up

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

Documentary Feature

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

Documentary Short

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

Family-Friendly *

This category is screening for free at the Lafayette-Oxford Public Library on Saturday, Feb. 12 and is not in competition.

Second Chances My Dog Skip The North Star Opposite Day Safety Smart: About Fire This Way Up The Trampoline

Late Night

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.

Mississippi Documentary

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

Mississippi Narrative

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.

Narrative Feature

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.

Narrative Short 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.