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Mississippi filmmaker captures oxford on film

December 3, 2009

When the Chamber of Commerce and Convention and Visitors Bureau needed an overhaul of their Oxford promotional video, they knew to turn to Mississippi filmmaker Jim Dollarhide.
“Over the years I have done many tourism or economic development projects. As recently as last summer, we did Vicksburg,” Dollarhide said. “And what a cooler place to come and hang out than Oxford.”

Dollarhide will complete filming today and tomorrow and then begin editing the footage.

“We loved our last video and have use it a lot for group tours, travel writers and conferences but are excited to have something new and fresh,”

Director of Tourism Mary Kathryn Millner said. “Oxford has changed a lot since our previous video and we are excited to showcase some new things that we feel make oxford a unique destination and place to live.”

The production of this video is being funded by the Oxford–Lafayette County EDF, Oxford Tourism/CVB, Grant from state’s Hometown MS Retirement Program and Community Economic Development Award grant monies, Vice-President of the EDF Christy Knapp said.

The last video made about Oxford was in 2002 but Knapp said it was time for an updated video.

The video will be used to promote Oxford through numerous initiatives including attracting retirees to the area,  promoting new business and to send to travel writers to gain interest in feature stories on Oxford.
Knapp said that the video footage will include the Square, tourism attractions, Baptist Memorial Hospital–North Mississippi, local businesses and the University of Mississippi.

“It’s very obvious that Jim has a special place in his heart for Oxford, and he really communicated to us how much he wanted to be a part of this project,” Knapp said. “That was very important to us. Jim is an absolute “pro” and we are fortunate to collaborate with him on this important marketing piece for Oxford.”

Millner said that Dollarhide’s work is what helped them decide he was right for the job. Dollarhide has worked as a filmmaker for over 25 years and has made several state tourism commercials and other notable projects such as the recent BB King documentary that is now part of the BB King Museum in Indianola and also won Best Documentary at the Crossroads Film Festival.

“We felt he could capture the feel of Oxford and translate that into video. It’s been fun working with him and seeing the different shots unfold- especially during this time of year, it all looks beautiful,” Millner said.

The video will be released this spring and will be available through the Tourism office and Chamber of Commerce office.

As published in the Oxford Town

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. December 8, 2009 10:51 am

    Looking forward to this Tourism film of Oxford. Oxford is just a wonderful place to live. This film will be the best one yet. Great content you have here, keep up the good work.

    Sincerely,

    Jason Braud

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