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Oxford Film Festival: Coming Soon!

January 22, 2008


(Photo Courtesy of Oxford Film Festival)

Article originally ran in Lafashopper


In less than a month, Oxford rolls out the red carpet for its fifth annual film festival. With almost 90 movies lined up, several noteworthy panel discussions, children’s workshops, and more, there is something for every movie lover.

While the three co-directors, Michelle Emanuel, Molly Fergusson, and Micah Ginn, are well underway with prepara tions for the Feb. 7-10 film festival, there is still time to get involved. A volunteer meeting will be held at the Powerhouse on Wednesday, Jan. 23, at 7 p.m. Volunteers are needed for a range of activities includ ing ushering and merchandise sales to providing hospitality at film festival par ties and transportation for filmmakers. There are perks to volunteering, including day and full event passes, but the main reward is a fun time at this great four-day event.

The festival begins with a two day workshop on intellectual property. According to Emanuel, co-director of the film festival, “Many of our panels are associated with a two-day workshop on Intellectual Property and will be held on campus at the Yerby Center. The attend ing attorneys will have to pay a fee to receive CLE credit, but everyone else can get in with their regular festival pass.” Thursday night the movies kick off at Malco with Scott Prendergrast’s fea ture, Kabluey, starring Lisa Kudrow (Phoebe from Friends). Also premier ing on Thursday are two local films, Joe York’s Sorry, We’re Open, a tribute to the Hoka, and Blue Mountain, a docu mentary short on the great local band. Friday and Saturday host a bevy of films, including animal, children’s, documen tary, experimental, features, and even music videos, as well as panel discussions where industry guests will discuss issues such as music and film, film funding, and writer’s issues.

While you are relaxing in the the ater, children have the opportunity to get hands on with filmmaking in a special workshop to be held at the Powerhouse on Saturday, Feb. 9. The morning work shop (for ages 6-11) will focus on telling a story through film. Participants will create a story and then shoot a short film. The afternoon workshop (for ages 12-18) will focus on the structure of filmmaking. Participants will work on creating their own short film. Advance registration is required for both children’s workshops. Call the Yoknapatawpha Arts Council at 662-236-6429 for information or registra­tion.

An exciting new feature of the festival this year is the new online community. Not only can you see the full schedule of events but you can read film synopsis and explore web­sites for all of the movies that will be showing. You can even blog about the movies that interest you. According to Emanuel, the new website “…lets you create a personal schedule which you can printout. You can also see which films have the most ‘buzz‘, in that you can see what other people have added. Also new is that it gives you the opportunity to give direct feedback to the filmmakers, even the ones who can’t join us during the festival.” You can see for yourself at

As thrilling as the changes to this year’s film festival may be, the best part about the event hasn’t changed: the opportunity to interact with the filmmakers. “I’m looking forward to meeting all of the filmmakers that are attending. It is a great opportunity for the filmmaker to attend a screen­ing and get the audience reaction – as well as a unique opportunity for the audience members to talk to the filmmakers about their inspira­tion and processes,” said Fergusson, co-director.

Oxford Film Festival tickets will be on sale soon on the website or you can purchase the weekend of the event. Tickets are $10 a day ($7 for students with valid I.D.), or $30 for a festival pass ($20 for students with valid I.D.).

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