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Oxford Movie Night Begins Friday

June 18, 2009


Oxford movie night promotes local talent
By Melanie Addington
As Published in the Oxford Town

Nitin and Deepak Mantena had been making their own short films for the past few years, but last year began their own production company, The Celery Studios. The brothers began brainstorming recently on how more local films could be shown in Oxford.

Nitin Mantena’s short film, “Menendez,” played in the third year of the Oxford Film Festival. Since the festival is only once a year, they agreed it would be nice to be able to screen to more than just friends and family throughout the rest of the year. Out of their discussion came the idea of Oxford Movie Night. The first of these local filmmaker events is this Friday at 8:30 p.m. at The Amp.

“We went on to talk about how it would be great for there to be a place where people could submit the stuff they’ve done and have it played to a wider audience; they can also network with fellow filmmakers at these gatherings and hopefully this would motivate new filmmakers to make more stuff,” Nitin Mantena said.

Both brothers grew up in Oxford and attended the Mississippi School for Math and Science. Nitin is a senior pharmacy major at Ole Miss and Deepak just graduated with a degree in computer science.

“Oxford Movie Night is a night where we all get together and watch fun short films that we’ve made. It’s not like a film festival where you’re watching the same work someone submitted to 50 different festivals. Movie Night is about making a short film specifically for Movie Night and then having fun sharing it with a bunch of people,” Nitin Mantena said.

The two hope to showcase more of the local talent and are actively seeking submissions for future movie nights. The first event tomorrow will include work from the Mantenas as well as short films from Blake Buck and Micah Ginn.

Work is generally asked to be under six minutes. Longer formats will be considered if good, Nitin Mantena said.

To submit your work, e-mail for an address to mail your work in on MiniDV tape (preferred) or DVD. The Mantenas ask you not to submit the only copy as it does not get returned. Be sure to label your tape or DVD with the title of your work, your name, and e-mail address.

“You’ll probably have a better chance of having your work screened at Movie Night if it’s funny, but you’re welcome to submit anything you’d like,” Nitin Mantena said.
The films playing on Friday are not rated but if they were would fall somewhere between a PG-13 and R, so kids are not recommended for much of the adult humor.

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