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Published on May 6th, 2020 | by TLV News


Oxford Film Festival Presents 3rd Virtual Film Festival Week (May 8–14)

Films showcased include Steve Collins’ quirky comedy I’ve Got Issues, Garin Hovannisian’s I Am Not Alone, panel conversations, and Oxford FF’s “Hello Gorgeous” short films

Also announced are the latest slate of Oxford Film Festival’s Art House Cinema co-presentations


Film Festival Strategy Panel
Live conversation/panel set for Thursday, May 7 at noon CST

I’ve Got Issues
Live Q&A set for Friday, May 8 at 8 pm CST

Narrative Shorts – Hello Gorgeous
Live Q&A set for Saturday, May 9 at 8 pm CST

Navigating Your Film Degree Through a Pandemic
Live conversation/panel set for Thursday, May 14 at 4 pm CST

I Am Not Alone
Live Q&A set for Thursday, May 14 at 8 pm CST

The Oxford Film Festival’s 3rd Weekly Virtual Film Fest showcases include Steve Collins’ quirky deadpan comedy I’ve Got Issues, which intertwines a handful of stories of people dealing with self-loathing, loneliness, death, discrimination, injustice, oppression, and the atom bomb—essentially trying to survive the pain of living in this cruel world. Garin Hovannisian’s I Am Not Alone is a documentary about Armenian politician Nikol Pashinyan and his role in the 2018 Armenian Revolution by walking across the country in protest against the corrupt regime in power at that time. A block of short films with the theme of “Hello Gorgeous” feature women and girls in moments of finding their voice and standing or place in the world and men negotiating a world in which the the male/female dynamic is not what it once was. Oxford Film Festival will also co-present a panel conversation with the University of Mississippi focusing on what’s ahead for film students as they continue to pursue their degrees throughout this pandemic.

“This week’s films as well as the featured panels share a universal idea and experience of dealing with a new situation or in some cases—a new world order,” Executive Director Melanie Addington said. “Sometimes the effort to sort things out can be wryly and darkly funny and sometimes it can surprise us and inspire us to reach goals we never previously thought we could attain. And sometimes, just talking about it and hashing things out can do us a world of good.” 

Spaceship Earth
Mossville: When Great Trees Fall
So Pretty

Oxford Film Festival also announced a new slate of Art House Cinema screenings including Matt Wolf’s documentary Spaceship Earth about the Biodome experiment in the 1990s which premiered at Sundance this year, the New York International Children’s Film Festival (NYICFF) Kid Flicks short film blocks, the environmental documentary Mossville: When Great Trees Fall, which recently was an award winner at EarthxFilm, Emily Cohn’s clever and inventive sex comedy CRSHD, which premiered at Tribeca Film Festival last year, as well as being an Opening Night selection at the Women Texas Film Festival, and Jessie Jeffrey Dunn Rovinelli’s LGBTQ+ drama So Pretty.

Information on all of the Oxford Film Festival Art House Cinema films can be found at https://oxfordac.eventive.org/welcome.

I’ve Got Issues

Director: Steve Collins
Country: USA
Running Time: 92 min

I’ve Got Issues is a unique comic world inhabited by sensitive souls trying to survive the pain of living in this cruel world. In a dead-pan, deeply empathetic tone, the film asks the big questions: “What are we supposed to do with all the hurt?” “What’s the point?” The film builds an answer out of intertwining stories of characters swallowed in darkness, yet still finding light. 

I Am Not Alone

Director: Garin Hovannisian
Country: Armenia
Running Time: 93 min

On Easter Day 2018, a man put on a backpack and went live on Facebook to announce that he was beginning a walk across Armenia. His mission: to inspire a velvet revolution—and topple the corrupt regime that enjoys absolute power in his post-soviet nation. With total access to all key players, I Am Not Alone tells the miraculous true story of what happens in the next 40 days.

Film Festival Strategy Panel

Panel conversation with top film festival programmers and veterans will lend insight into the tips and tricks filmmakers can utilize to have a successful fest run. Filmmakers will have an opportunity to talk to the curators and taste makers who select films about what goes into the selection process and what they are doing now that the pandemic has shaken things up. 

Moderated by film producer and programmer, Don Lewis (Holy Ghost People), participants will include Brian Murion (Montana Film Festival), Kimberly Browning (Hollywood Shorts), Donna Kosloskie (Oxford Film Festival), Lela Meadow Conner (Film Festival Alliance), Katie McCullough and Ian Bignell (Festival Formula), Rachel Morgan (Sidewalk Film Festival), and Brighid Wheeler (Indie Memphis).

Navigating Your Film Degree Through a Pandemic

University of Mississippi faculty and instructors from several departments discuss the challenges and suggest solutions for film students in the midst of pursuing their film degree during this pandemic.

Narrative Shorts – Hello Gorgeous
Total Running Time: 65 min

Director: Kyle Cogan
Country: USA
Running Time: 26 min

Devoted Hollywood assistant, Emilee Rank, is pushed to her limits when her boss, Parker Saint Garrett, requests help moving a dead body 

Director: Joanie Wind
Country: USA
Running Time: 7 min

A woman explores gender roles, heteronormativity, and the life of her deceased grandmother through horses and other visual metaphors.

Director: Karisa Bruin
Country: USA
Running Time: 7 min

In this satire, Emogen goes into labor at work and decides to keep right on working as she delivers a presentation and her baby at the same time.

My Time

Director: Giulia Gandini
Country: UK
Running Time: 6 min

A 12-year-old girl has her first period in class. Her skirt is stained red. She is next up to present her final paper in front of all of her peers. Will she find a way out of the “uncomfortable” situation?

Director: Kalah Roberts
Country: USA
Running Time: 8 min

A frenzied first time mom attends a therapy session with her toddler in tow.

Stood Up

Director: Cjay Boisclair
Country: Canada
Running Time: 5 min

Charming, loyal, and perpetually single Ben is tired of always being the best friend and wing-man. After deciding to shake things up, he agrees to a blind date. But, when things go awry will fate step in and keep him from forever being friend-zoned?

White Guys Solve Sexism

Director: Christopher Guerrero
Countries: USA
Running Time: 6 min

Because of the Harvey Weinstein scandal, two men realize that all of their favorite movies are now sexist, leading them down a dark path of discovery.

The Oxford Film Festival was founded in 2003 to bring exciting, new, and unusual films (and the people who create them) to North Mississippi. The annual five-day festival screens short and feature-length films in both showcase and competition settings. The festival is a 501c3 not-for-profit organization. For more information, visit www.oxfordfilmfest.com.

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