The 2018 OFF Adds two more films and details on panels!

Mohawk by Ted Geoghegan will be on Sunday as a special screening.

Mohawk by Ted Geoghegan will be on Sunday as a special screening.

The 2018 Oxford Film Festival (February 7-11) has announced the the addition of two films to its schedule full schedule, with Ted Geoghegan’s MOHAWK and Jake Mahaffy’s MIDWINTER joining the lineup, as well as the full lineup and details and participants of this year’s filmmaker panels for the festival which will begin next week.

OFF also announced that the City of Oxford will issue an official proclamation naming February 5-11 “Oxford Film Festival Week” in celebration of the film festival’s 15th Anniversary.of films for this year’s 15th Anniversary edition.

On opening night, writer/director Adam Rifkin will present his latest effort, THE LAST MOVIE STAR, starring Burt Reynolds and Ariel Winter, while Carlos and Jason Sanchez’s intense drama, ALLURE, starring Evan Rachel Wood, will screen at the festival’s Centerpiece Selection and Robert Mullan’s 60s biopic MAD TO BE NORMAL, starring David Tennant Elisabeth Moss and Michael Gambon, serves as the closing night selection.

Geoghegan’s MOHAWK is the latest film from the critically-acclaimed genre filmmaker (WE’RE STILL HERE). The film is set during the War of 1812, where a young Mohawk woman and her two lovers battle a squad of American soldiers hell-bent on revenge. The film stars Kaniehtiio Horn, Ezra Buzzington, and Noah Segan, and past OFF Hoka honoree Robert Longstreet, and has made a mark at a number of genre film festivals, like Fantasia. Geoghegan is set to attend and participate in a Q&A following the screening.


Mahaffy’s MIDWINTER focuses on a pregnant woman, who returns to her family's empty cabin to spend time alone, only to find her estranged mother already there waiting for her. What begins as a tentative reunion on the shortest day of the year quickly turns dark. Memphis-based producer Adam Hohenberg will be in attendance and will take part in a Q&A after the film.

Midwinter produced by Memphis local Adam Hohenberg will play on Sunday with Mohawk.

Midwinter produced by Memphis local Adam Hohenberg will play on Sunday with Mohawk.


A total of 204 films (35 features, 169 shorts and music videos), including 29 world premieres and 6 U.S. premieres, were selected for OFF’s 15th Anniversary edition, marking an increase of more than 30 films from last year’s lineup. In addition, more than 60 female filmmakers directed or co-directed this year’s films, aided in part by the festival’s decision to offer a 50% discount for submissions by female filmmakers and the continuing Alice Guy Blaché Award for Emerging Female Filmmaker.

Panels will be held at various locations: the Malco Panel Tent (MPT), the Gertrude Ford Center for the Performing Arts, and the Powerhouse Community Arts Center. All are made free as part of the OxFilm Society unless tied to a screening and then is included in price of movie ticket.

The subjects include:


Julie Keck of Seed&Spark

Julie Keck of Seed&Spark

Crowdfunding and People Power Workshop

(Sunday, February 11, 1:00PM-3:00PM, @ MPT)

We all know crowdfunding is a powerful tool for harnessing your audience and raising the funds needed to make your film... but how do you find and engage that crowd? Seed & Spark's Head of Education and Outreach Julie Keck will talk about authentic audience building, using social media to engage and activate your crowd, and effective communication techniques to use before, during and after a crowdfunding campaign in order to sustain long-term relationships with your awesome audience.





Director Trish Adlesic of I Am Evidence

Director Trish Adlesic of I Am Evidence

Film Discussion: I AM EVIDENCE

(Saturday, February 10, 11:30AM-12:30PM, @ MPT)

Following the screening of the hard-hitting HBO documentary about the nation’s incredible number of unprocessed rape kits, I AM EVIDENCE, Oxford Film Festival’s Head Programmer for Documentary Feaures, Mark Rabinowitz will moderate a panel which will include the film’s director, Trish Adlesic, Cuyahoga County Special Investigator Nicole DiSanto, and a representative from the Oxford Police Department, and additional special guests.

Moderator: Mark Rabinowitz

Mark Rabinowitz is the co-founder of and has been a critic, journalist, producer, film festival staffer, and media consultant since 1995. He is the Oxford Film Festival’s head programmer for Documentary Features and Shorts.


Trish Adlesic is an Oscar and Emmy-nominated documentary producer for her work on Gasland and Gasland Part II. She teamed with director Josh Fox and HBO to produce these seminal documentaries exposing the environmental devastation and public safety hazards of “fracking." Gasland premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2010 and Gasland Part II premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2013 to much acclaim. Trish has over 20 years of experience working in narrative filmmaking with such notable directors as Jim Sheridan (In America, Get Rich or Die Tryin’), Sidney Lumet (Night Falls on Manhattan), Gus Van Sant (Finding Forrester), James L. Brooks (As Good as It Gets) and Michael Mann (The Insider). Trish also worked in episodic television for 15 years as the Location Manager for NBC’s Law & Order: SVU series and has been a contributing member of the Director's Guild of America for 19 years.


Nicole DiSanto

Nicole DiSanto

Special Investigator Nicole DiSanto has been employed by the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s Office, in Cleveland, Ohio, for over nine years and a member of the CODIS Cold Case Unit for the last four. She is part of a Multi-Agency Task Force assigned to reinvestigate cold case rapes after more than 6,000 sexual assault kits were located and submitted for testing as part of a backlog initiative. As one of the original CODIS Task Force members, Nicole has closed nearly 200 hundred cases. Several of which have resulted in lengthy prison sentences for numerous serial rapists.


A representative from Oxford Police Department will also be on hand.




How to Get Your Film Publicized

(Friday, February 9, 5:30PM-7:00PM, @ MPT)

Nationally known film and film festival publicists and film critics reveal the secrets of how to get their attention while on the film festival circuit. The informative panel will include the Commercial Appeal’s John Beifuss,’s Kristy Puchko, Wildworks PR and’s John Wildman,’s Brian Tallerico, and Paste Magazine’s Mark Rabinowitz and Crookedmarquee's Eric Snider. 

Eric D. Snider is a writer and film critic in Portland, Ore., though he originally hails from the South (Southern California). He is the managing editor of, co-host of the podcast Movie B.S. with Bayer and Snider (he plays Snider), and an occasional contributor to Vanity Fair, Complex, Thrillist, and various church newsletters. He is honored to be participating in the Oxford Film Festival for the 10th time and getting a free one on his punchcard. Visit him online at

John Beifuss has been a reporter in Memphis since 1981, and the film critic for the daily newspaper, The Commercial Appeal, since 1996. His work has appeared in such publications as The New York Times, TV Guide, USA Today, American Film and – most important – Famous Monsters of Filmland magazine. He has contributed entries on film to The New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture, and has served as a film festival juror from sea (Oregon) to shining sea (North Carolina). He is the author the children’s book, “Armadillo Ray” (Chronicle Books).

Kristy Puchko is a New York-based film critic and entertainment journalist whose work has appears on Vanity Fair, Pajiba, Nerdist, IndieWire, and Riot Material. She is also teaches Film Criticism at the NYC's Fashion Institute of Technology. You can keep up with her on Twitter: @KristyPuchko

John Wildman is a filmmaker, film publicist, film journalist and critic. His feature film directorial debut, the grindhouse art-horror thriller The Ladies of the House was released to critical acclaim in 2015. He also runs and was formerly a contributor to, Film Threat and several prior publications including Movie City News and Moving Pictures

Brian Tallerico has covered television, film, video games, Blu-ray/DVD, interviews, and entertainment news for almost two decades online, on radio, and in print. Tallerico is the Editor of In addition, he is the Editor of Magill's Cinema Annual, a regular guest on radio stations throughout the Midwest, a TV writer for, a contributor at Rolling Stone, and freelancer for multiple outlets. He also serves as Vice President of the Chicago Film Critics Association and co-produces the Chicago Critics Film Festival every May. Everything is possible because of his wife Lauren and three boys: Lucas, Miles, and Noah. You can follow him on Twitter @Brian_Tallerico. co-founder Mark Rabinowitz has been a programmer, journalist and producer for over 20 years and has also been a publicist since 2013. He has attended more than 175 film festivals around the world and written extensively on film and TV for, E! Online, Paste Magazine, Screen International, Variety and many others. His past and present PR clients include Knitting Factory Entertainment, Marriott Content Studios, Amy Berg’s An Open Secret, Delia Vallot’s Mighty Ground, Bob Zmuda, writer Virgil Williams (Mudbound), producer Mark Sayre, Apothic Wines and Treehouse Masters host Pete Nelson.  He currently serves on the Louisville Film Commission. He also produced Jimmy Kimmel’s first ever appearance on screen in 1994.



Lobaki Virtual Academy

(Friday, February 9, 11:00AM-5:00PM, @ MPT)

The VR Academy has been designed to provide students an immersive introduction to Virtual Reality and the tools and techniques used to create VR experiences. The exciting aspect of creating VR experiences is that not everyone has to have a computer science interest or be a coder. Festival participants will learn about the immersive effects of VR and learn more about the work that Lobaki Inc. is doing in Clarksdale, Mississippi to focus on economic development through Virtual Reality opportunities.



Queer Filmmaking

(Sunday, February 11, 3:30PM-4:30PM, @ MPT)

Attending filmmakers and actors from the LGBTQ juried competition will discuss the challenges, advantages of queer filmmaking as well as the state of LGBTQ cinema in today's climate. Moderated by Eric D. Snider, the panel will include:

Lucas Omar of The Cleanse.

Lucas Omar of The Cleanse.

2017 Lexus Short Films Competition finalist Lucas Omar, and Emmy Award winning commercial and film director Jill Salvino (BETWEEN THE SHADES).

Lucas Omar is a gay writer/director whose work aims to redefine queer representation by breaking societal norms on gender and sexuality. His style is indulgent, aggressive, and electric. Lucas is a recent MFA graduate of the Florida State University College of Motion Picture Arts and currently lives in New York. His films have screened globally and won numerous awards. Most notably, he was a finalist in the 2017 Lexus Short Films Competition. my short "The Cleanse" playing in the LGBTQ Shorts Block on Friday at 64

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Jill Salvino is an Emmy award winning commercial and film director. Jill has directed three short films. Taking it for Granted screened in over a dozen film festivals including a special screening at NYC’s “Downtown Film Festival” after taking home Best Drama. The Sonnet Project, presented by the New York Shakespeare Exchange toured the United Kingdom. Lies People Tell premiered in the San Pedro International Film Festival and was chosen by New York Women in Film and Television as one of their “Top Short Films of the Year.” Between the Shades is her feature length documentary debut and takes a look at the LGBT community and what connects us all.


The Role of Audio in Visual Storytelling

(Saturday, February 10, 1:15PM-3:15PM, @ MPT)

Bad sound can ruin a great film or make a great film a next-level experience. As filmmakers become more independent, quality audio becomes more important than ever. Re-Recording Mixers Jeffrey Reed (YA ALIBI, SHAKE ‘EM ON DOWN), Eric R. Fischer (“Pearl Jam Twenty”) and Kevin Houston (BLACK SNAKE MOAN) will offer insight into the process of the often-overlooked role of audio in visual storytelling. Eric D Snider will moderate the discussion.

Eric Fischer

Eric Fischer

Eric R. Fischer

Eric R. Fischer is a film and TV Re-Recording Mixer based in Los Angeles, and is a 25 year veteran of the Los Angeles audio community. He has mixed a wide range of projects, including the Pearl Jam bio "Pearl Jam Twenty”, a music series for AXS TV, indie features, and concert films. Recent projects include:


The Glamour And The Squalor (Seattle DJ Marco Collins), The Cadillac Tramps: Life On The Edge, Living On Soul (concert film/doc about Daptone Records and the late Sharon Jones), and Foreman - a documentary about George Foreman."


Kevin Houston

Kevin Houston

Kevin Houston

Kevin Houston is a Grammy-nominated audio professional working in music and film for over 20 years. His selected film credits include Craig Brewer's Black Snake Moan, The Poor and Hungry, and $5 Cover, independent films such as NSecure, Butterfly Rising, and See The Keepers, television work for companies such as PBS, ABC & MTV, and episodic projects such as Feral and You Look Like, among many others.



Jeff Reed

Jeff Reed

Jeffrey Reed

Jeffrey Reed is a multi-faceted audio engineer and 25 year sound veteran, who specializes in 5.1 audio post-production/sound design for film, and mastering for music releases. He is based in Oxford, Mississippi and operates from his studio, Taproot Audio Design. Some of his most recent works include the award-winning PBS music documentary Shake 'Em On Down, and the Oscar-sanctioned short film, Ya Albi (My Heart), and numerous indie shorts and features, including the "Mississippi Western" feature film, Blood Country. Reed is also known for his work as the broadcast and post-production engineer for Oxford's own Thacker Mountain Radio Hour.




(Friday, February 9, 10:30AM-12:30PM, Malco Screen 1)

An in-depth panel discussion with an impressive group of award-winning filmmakers following the film’s screening. Participants include: SEEING IS BELIEVING: WOMEN DIRECT director, and two-time Emmy winner (“All My Children”) Cady McClain, documentary director (THE LONG SHADOW, HEIST: WHO STOLE THE AMERICAN DREAM?) Frances Causey, documentary director (FOREVER ’B’, JUNK DREAMS) Skye Borgman, Experimental film director (LOVE SOLILOQUY: A VISUAL ALBUM, LETTERS FROM A TRANSIENT) Astin Rocks, Emmy Award winner Jill Salvino (BETWEEN THE SHADES, TAKING IT FOR GRANTED), Diane Cignoni (Ground Hero Film), and last year’s Lisa Blount Acting Award honoree, Victoria Negri (PARALYSIS, GOLD STAR) An in-depth panel discussion with female directors following the film’s screening (55 min.).

Cady McClain is a two-time Emmy award winning actor, filmmaker, musician and author whose professional career spans 30 years. Her credits include studio and independent films, network and cable television, new media, OFF-Broadway theater and even performance art. She is also the director of Seeing is Believing: Women Direct.

Frances Causey is a documentary filmmaker who began her career with CNN.  Frances has directed several feature length documentaries including her 2012 documentary, HEIST:WHO STOLE THE AMERICAN DREAM?” which was a 2012 New York Times Critic’s Pick. Frances' latest documentary, THE LONG SHADOW, chronicles how the failure to end slavery at the United States' founding defined the nation and created tragic legal and political consequences for African-Americans throughout our history and in the present.

Skye Borgman is an award winning filmmaker who creates both narrative and documentary films.  Forever 'B" is Skye's first foray into true crime documentaries, and she is hooked.  She received several “Best Documentary” awards for her first documentary feature, "Junk Dreams"  (2007) Skye was cinematographer on “Quiet Riot: Well Now You’re Here, There’s No Way Back," (Showtime) as well as  “Nothing Like Chocolate”, “Intervention” “Mumia: Long Distance Revolutionary”, “The People of the Galapagos"  and "Science for Monks."  When she is not filming, Skye teaches cinematography at the University of Southern California.

Astin Rocks. doubles as an award-winning Independent Filmmaker and lead singer for Jackson-based duo, Clouds & Crayons.  Her critically acclaimed directorial debut, Letters from a Transient, premiered in 2015, receiving critical acclaim and accolades from media outlets including ForHarriet: Shine. She has won over five awards for producing experimental drama,Vocabulary of the Mysteries, including Best Experimental at Crossroads Film Festival, and Audience Favorite at both Brooklyn and BlackStar Film Festivals.   “Love Soliloquy: A Visual Album” uses avant-garde storytelling to reveal the psyche behind young women navigating their relationships, and it's is her proudest work yet.

Jill Salvino is an Emmy award winning commercial and film director. Jill has directed three short films. Taking it for Granted screened in over a dozen film festivals including a special screening at NYC’s “Downtown Film Festival” after taking home Best Drama. The Sonnet Project, presented by the New York Shakespeare Exchange toured the United Kingdom. Lies People Tell premiered in the San Pedro International Film Festival and was chosen by New York Women in Film and Television as one of their “Top Short Films of the Year.” Between the Shades is her feature length documentary debut and takes a look at the LGBT community and what connects us all.

Diana Cignoni modeled in Europe and the USA for many years before she started directing. Diana has a unique educational background, having been taught by mentor Charlie Laughton (friend & mentor to Al Pacino) Penelope Allen, Mark Rydell and Martin Landau at The Actor's Studio. Elisabeth Dillon @ The HB Studio NYC, Geraldine Baron & Lance Lane. Diana also won multiple awards as a KOAN member of the Odyssey Theatre Los Angeles under the direction of Ron Sossi. Born and raised in Germany Diana now resides and works in Los Angeles. She is the founder of Ground Hero Film.

Victoria Negri is an award-winningwriter/director/producer/actress. Her feature directorial debut, Gold Star, which she wrote, directed, produced, and starred in, features Oscar nominated actor Robert Vaughn in his last on-screen performance. The film has gone on to win five awards on the festival circuit, including two Audience Awards, Best Feature Film Award, theLisa Blount Memorial Award for Acting at the Oxford Film Festival, and Best Supporting Actress for Catherine Curtin at the Blue Whiskey Independent Film Festival. Gold Star was selected by incubator Big Vision Empty Wallet as an Inaugural Kickstart Diversity Film. Additionally,Victoria has directed and produced numerous short films, music videos and webseries featured at the Lower East Side Film Festival, Nashville Film Festival, Cleveland Film Festival, Cucalorus, Nitehawk Shorts Festival and more. She’s acted in award-winning features, shorts and webseriesfeatured at: Cinequest Film Festival, Clermont-Ferrand, Tribeca and more. Always a cinephile, Victoria is looking forward to serving as Guest Director of the 2018 Art of Brooklyn Film Festival. Additionally, Victoria has written pieces on filmmaking for NoFilmSchool, BtchFlicks, Women and Hollywood, and The Talkhouse. She is a proud member of The Film Fatales, NYWIFT and The FilmShop.


Table Read of the Oxford Film Festival ScreenPlay Contest Winners (Wednesday, February 7, 7:00PM, Powerhouse)

Presented with actors from Theater Oxford, John M. Tyson’s Grand Prize winning script, “Twirling at Ole Miss” will be read by: George Kehoe, Matt King, Josh Heylin, Jacob Hall, Faith Janicki, Monte Boga, Geoff Knight, Brian Whisenant, Elise Fyke, and Matt Gieseke.

John Bateman’s Runner Up script, “Not Everything Was Burning” will be read by: Brian Whisenant, Mary Knight, Geoff Knight, George Kehoe, and Matt King.

Twirling at Ole Miss:

Following the publication of The Magic Christian in 1962, Terry Southern was commissioned by Esquire Magazine to travel to the University of Mississippi and write an article about the Dixie National Baton Twirling Institute. Terry Southern arrived in Oxford, Mississippi the day after William Faulkner’s funeral, discovering a town steeped in the segregated values of the “Old South.” African-American sharecroppers driving mule pulled carts through town contrasted sharply with the opulence of the National Baton Twirling Institute. With his keen journalistic eye, Southern observed the complacent bigotry of a society on the verge of a civil rights explosion. Southern’s cool deliberate prose poignantly foreshadowed the desegregation riots that occurred only a few months later on the campus of Ole Miss. Twirling at Ole Miss has been cited by Tom Wolfe as one of the defining works of the New Journalism and as such it was included in Wolfe and A.W. Johnson’s anthology The New Journalism.

As winner of the ScreenPlay contest, John M. Tyson received a trip to the festival, the table read and a cash prize of $1000 in addition to a mentorship from screenwriter/producer John Norris (profiled below with Saturday’s 4:00 panel).

Theatre Oxford is a community theatre dedicated to bringing dramatic art to the Oxford/Lafayette/University community through readings, demonstrations, workshops and productions.


Tav Falco

Tav Falco

Thacker Mountain Radio Hour

Location: Gertrude C. Ford Center for the Performing Arts, Thursday 6 pm

The Thacker Mountain Radio Hour is a weekly live radio show featuring author readings and a wide array of musical performances from the Courthouse Square in Oxford, Mississippi. The free show is taped and broadcast every Thursday at 6:00 p.m. during the fall and spring and rebroadcast every Saturday at 7 pm on Mississippi Public Broadcastin


Dan Mirvish of Bernard & Huey

Dan Mirvish of Bernard & Huey

Tav Falco

Tav Falco is one of the truly original and romantic forces in American music - the voice that America lost and found. He is tender and virile, flamboyant, witty and dangerous. Falco brings daggers back to the stage.  HE is the one who always holds out a hand to the enemy.



Dan Mirvish

Mentored by Robert Altman on his first film, OMAHA (THE MOVIE), Dan Mirvish's film OPEN HOUSE led the Oscars to rewrite their rules for Best Original Musical. He co-wrote the political novel I AM MARTIN EISENSTADT and he recently wrote the non-fiction book THE CHEERFUL SUBVERSIVE’S GUIDE TO INDEPENDENT FILMMAKING. Dan's newest film BERNARD AND HUEY, which was written by Oscar/Pulitzer winner Jules Feiffer, is screening at the Oxford Film Festival

John Norris, movie producer and mentor to screenplay winner at the 2018 festival.

John Norris, movie producer and mentor to screenplay winner at the 2018 festival.

Visual Effects Conversation with John Norris/Andre Leblanc

(Saturday, February 10, 4:00PM, @ MPT)

Eric D. Snider will moderate a deep dive discussion on visual effects in film today with celebrated Mississippi-based film producer John Norris (THE HELP, GET ON UP: THE JAMES BROWN STORY), and VFX Artist Andre LeBlanc (Blur).

John Norris is a film producer who splits his time among New York, Los Angeles and Church Hill, Mississippi, where he has had a residence since 2009. He has produced films such as the Academy Award nominated The Help, Get On Up: The James Brown Story, and the upcoming American Pain, based on John Temple’s book about the American OxyContin epidemic, which Tate Taylor will direct. He is also producing The Battle of Versailles at Fox, MGM’s In the Heat of the Night, and an adaptation of Coffee Will Make You Black, April Sinclair’s seminal novel about an African-American girl growing up in 1960’s Chicago, adapted and to be directed by Deborah Riley Draper. During his career as a film producer, he also served as a visual effects producer on films like Planet of the Apes, 300, The Amazing Spiderman, Clash of the Titans, The Incredible Hulk, I Am Legend, and The Chronicles of Narnia. Additionally, he founded the management company Artists & Directors Cooperative and managed such auteur writer/director clients as Ti West, Tate Taylor and Robert Krzkowski.

Also featured is Andre LeBlanc: VFX artist and lead for 15 years for both major and small studios. He currently works at Blur, which is run by Tim Miller (director of Deadpool).  

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