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Oxford Film Festival and Yoknapatawpha Arts Council Announce Summer Film Series

June 5, 2008

Oxford Film Festival and Yoknapatawpha Arts Council Announce Summer Film Series

By Melanie Addington (as printed in the Oxford Town)

Teaming together, Wayne Andrews, new Executive Director for the Arts Council, and co-director of the Oxford Film Festival, Michelle Emanuel announced this week their new summer film series to be held at the Powerhouse. Along with the movie, concessions from The Main Squeeze Juice Bar will be available. The “Smoothie and a Movie” monthly series will showcase major films before their theatrical release. Ron Shapiro, the operator of legendary Hoka theatre, a supporter of both arts groups has agreed to serve as emcee.

“The Film Festival has raised the image of Oxford as a base for film. This film series offers fans the chance to view creative films while showcasing the regions contributions to the art and industry by highlighting writers, directors and actors from the region,” said Andrews.

“We hope this will become a tradition. It would be great to have a venue that consistently shows independent films,” added Emanuel.

First up is “War Eagle, Arkansas” starring Brian Dennehy this Friday, June 13th at 7:00 p.m. The movie is an incredible story that is actually based on true life events. The director of the film, Vincent Insalaco, will be at the screening and will do a Q&A afterwards. The film has been on the festival circuit recently and last month won the Reely Award at the Tupelo Film Festival.

The story was written by Graham Gordy who also just recently penned the upcoming “Love Guru” starring Mike Myers. “War Eagle, Arkansas is a character-driven drama about a young man’s choice of whether to leave his family and friends for a career in baseball or stay and redeem his struggling community,” according to the filmmakers.

The movie is set in the stunning Ozark Mountains and looks at two childhood friends, one with cerebral palsy and the other, an intensely talented baseball player with a stutter. The movie looks at our youth living in rural America and the choices they must face when deciding to leave home or continue to support their communities.

On July 11 is “We Are Wizards,” a documentary on Harry Potter fandom, primarily looking at the wizard rock bands that have sprung up after the books and movies. The documentary by Josh Koury has been playing at film festivals with its world premiere to a packed house at the SXSW film festival in Austin in March. Although this is about Harry Potter, there is some language in it, so parents will need to use their discretion. Otherwise, for Potter fans or anyone who’s ever had an obsession, you will enjoy this film.

On August 8, the series will wrap with a special treat in Oxford with Ole Miss Alum Tate Taylor’s film, “Pretty Ugly People” starring Missi Pyle of Boston Legal and Melissa McCarthy of Samantha Who and Gilmore Girls.

All movies will be held at the Powerhouse with the $5 tickets sold at the door. Concessions will be available from the Main Squeeze Juice bar. Doors open at 6 p.m. with movie starting at 7.

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