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Little bit of Oxford in Jackson at Crossroads Film Fest

April 15, 2010
OXFORD TOWN – Local filmmakers and a bit of Oxford will be highlighted in Jackson this weekend at the 2010 Crossroads Film Festival. Ranging from documentaries made by locals to documentaries and music videos about locals, Crossroads has lots of Oxford connections this year. The festival kicks off Friday with Mary Warner’s “Thacker Mountain Radio: The Documentary” and closes on Sunday.
Thacker Mountain Radio:  The Documentary
Fri, 4/16, 7:00 Screen A
MS / Doc-F, 57 minutes
Directed by Mary Warner & Joe York
Produced by Mary Warner & Andy Harper
In 1997, literature and music found a home on Oxford, Mississippi’s Thacker Mountain Radio. This documentary explores the story behind the show and what it means to the Mississippi community. Includes interviews with fans, musicians, writers and the show’s staff & producer. The film premiered at the Oxford Film Festival.
Jackson Music Video Showcase (includes a video from Taylor’s own Dent May)
Fri, 4/16, 9:00 Screen A
Music video
A showcase event sponsored by Sneaky Beans featuring Mississippi made music videos. It’s a mixing of film makers from Mississippi &/or local bands from Mississippi. Local videos of local bands shown on the big screen!! Bands and filmmakers alike will be in attendance to talk about their videos and answer questions. The live audience will be the judge of what music video wins the prize, so bring your friends! Featuring music by: Law School, J Tran, Dent May, Taylor Hildebrand, TTOCCS REKARP, Storage 24, Dead Gaze, Roosevelt Noise, Spirituals, Johnny Bertram, 7even:thirty, Ape Champ, Josh Maze, Furrows Featuring filmmakers: Clay Hardwick, Daniel Guaqueta, John Matthews, Jon Leone, Jim Smith, Alex Warren, Robby Piantanida, Josh Hailey, Johnny Bertram, Scott McPherson, Azod Abedikichi, Lisa Papale.
Smoke & Ears
Sat, 4/17, 3:00 Screen B
MS / Doc-S, 20 minutes
Directed by Joe York
Produced by Joe York, Andy Harper, John T Edge, Scott Barretta, Randy Fertel
Through the history of a tiny sandwich shop in Jackson, Mississippi, the history of the African American civil-rights era experience is explored. The documentary focuses on the stories of sandwich shop regulars: civil rights leader Medgar Evers and blues legend Sonny Boy Williamson II, along with musical perfomances by R&B stars Jesse Robinson and Bobby Rush. If unable to make it to Jackson this weekend, you can see the film here:
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