As I Lay Dying

What: Mississippi premiere of James Franco's film adaptation of William Faulkner's AS I LAY DYING

Where: Lyric Oxford (1006 Van Buren Ave., Oxford MS) 

When: Monday, October 21, 2013 -- ONE NIGHT ONLY
Seating begins at 6 p.m. and the film begins promptly at 7 p.m.
6:00-7:00 p.m. Cocktail Hour to meet the producers; Yalobusha Brewing Company will provide a free tasting of their new beer with a full cash bar also available.  

Price: $20/person, benefiting the Oxford Film Festival (Feb. 6-9, 2014). Tickets purchased in advance will be at the Will Call table at the Lyric starting at 5:30pm the night of the event. Tickets will be available for purchase at the door

Guests: the film's producer Lee Caplin and executive producer Heidi Jo Markel, as well as local actors with roles in the film and other special guests to talk about their experience during a Q&A after the film.

 UPDATE: Online ticket sales for this event were disabled at 3:30pm, Monday, October 21. Tickets are still available, and may be purchased onsite at the Lyric after 4:30pm.

See the film on the big screen before its iTunes release!

The film stars James Franco as Darl Bundren, Logan Marshall-Green as Jewel Bundren, Danny McBride as Vernon Tull, Tim Blake Nelson as Anse Bundren, Beth Grant as Addie Bundren, Jim Parrack as Cash Bundren, Jesse Heiman as Jody and Scott Haze as Skeet MacGowan.

The New York Times recently wrote that Franco has “accomplished something serious and worthwhile.” The script was written by Franco with Matt Rager.

The multi-voiced story is about a family on an errand to haul the dead body of one of its members through rough Mississippi terrain in the 1930s. Written while working at the power plant at the University of Mississippi, Faulkner wrote the novel in six weeks. It is consistently ranked among the top novels ever written. The story is set in Yoknapatawpha County or what those of us in Oxford like to call the "alternate version" of our home, Lafayette County.

The film premiered in May at Cannes Film Festival and has been seen in New York and Los Angeles.

The Lyric is perhaps best known as the place where William Faulkner world premiered “Intruder in the Dust” in 1949 and has since been the home of many a movie before transitioning to an office building and then to a large-scale music venue and occasional movie house.

The film is a fundraiser for the Oxford Film Festival which is set for Feb. 6-9, 2014. Donations for the festival will be accepted at the door and will be tax-deductible. 

For more information, contact info[at] or call 877-560-FILM.