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Homecoming for The Hoka

September 30, 2008

Homecoming (near) the Hoka to benefit the Oxford Film Festival


Friday, October 3

Powerhouse Community Arts Center

$15.00 at the door, includes non-round pizza from Square Pizza and beer from Lazy Magnolia

Doors open at 6:00pm; films start at 7:00pm, second screening at 9:15pm


The Oxford Film Festival kicks off its fall fundraising campaign with an encore presentation of Joe York’s documentary SORRY WE’RE OPEN on Friday, October 3.  The film, which celebrates the halcyon days of Ron Shapiro’s Hoka Theater through the recollections of some of its most loyal patrons, premiered to an enthusiastic crowd at the February 2008 Film Festival. 


It will screen after York’s latest project with the University of Mississippi’s Center for Documentary Projects: EAT OR WE BOTH STARVE, a short documentary about Taylor Grocery’s Lynn Hewlitt. A music video from Oxford’s own Lexington Brothers, featuring festival co-director Micah Ginn, will also be screened.


The films will screen at 7:00 and again at 9:15 at the Powerhouse Community Arts Center, across the street from the Hoka’s former location, which was demolished in 2007.


Festival organizers hope to reach out to alumni returning to Oxford for Homecoming events as well as members of the Oxford community who may have missed the film’s premiere February or its airing on Channel 99. “We had such a great response to SORRY WE’RE OPEN at the 2008 festival and are excited to be able to show it again to those who may have missed it,” said Molly Fergusson, festival co-director.  “Audiences are sure to enjoy the Taylor Grocery documentary and the Lexington Brothers’ video as well.”


The 6th annual Oxford Film Festival, February 5-8, 2009 at Malco’s Oxford Studio Cinema, will host filmmakers, industry professionals, journalists and film enthusiasts for three days of films, panels, and special events.  Sponsors, both cash and in-kind, individual and corporate, are needed to build on the success of previous years.  Sponsorship levels are available from $100 to $10,000.  Those who want to show their support of the Film Festival without a huge financial commitment are invited to become a “Film Freak”.  For an additional $10 donation, film freaks will receive a listing in the festival’s printed program and a subscription to the Festival’s new e-newsletter, which will launch this fall.


The Oxford Film Festival, which began in 2003 as a project of the Yoknapatawpha Arts Council, has recently become an independent, non-profit organization with pending 501c3 status.  To sponsor the festival, or for more information about the Homecoming (near) the Hoka event, please contact or call 877-560-FILM.


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