Oxford Film Festival

Published on July 30th, 2020 | by TLV News


Oxford Film Festival Presents Short Film Programs: August 1–17

This is America Block – Global

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Director: Katrina Blair
Band: Bandrunna’ Gwaup
Country: USA
Runtime: 2 minutes

iMOB Entertainment x Artist Vodka collaboration

Pain (Hoka Winner)
Director: Katrina Blair
Band: BandRunna Gwaup
Country: USA
Runtime: 3 minutes

A life story.

What If Black Boys Were Butterflies
Director: DaeQuan Alexander Collier
Country: USA
Runtime: 4 minutes

What If Black Boys Were Butterflies is an experimental short film centered around a conversation between two Black men, displaying what Black Boyhood is and what it ultimately could be.

Man in Hoodie

Man in Hoodie
Director: Yaz Canli
Country: USA
Runtime: 18 minutes

Man in Hoodie tells the story of a young man faced with the challenges of being stereotyped as a black actor, navigating a relationship with an alcoholic, and owning his masculinity. In a moment of rage, when he is pushed to his limit, we glimpse the struggle and strength within him to face and conquer the boundaries society imposes on him.

Singing for King
Director: Yalonda M. James
Country: USA
Runtime: 6 minutes

Members of the Prairie View A&M choir, in Prairie View, Texas, share their experiences performing for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee, in March 1968.

Director: Ethan Payne
Country: USA
Runtime: 4 minutes

Louisiana Pettway Bendolph tells the story of how she came to embrace her place in the great legacy of “Gee’s Bend Quilt-Makers” who came before her.

Mississippi Films – USA only

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38,600 MPH
Director: West Givens
Country: USA
Runtime: 14 minutes

A misunderstood space enthusiast wishes to leave his small hometown behind, but his ambitions damage his closest relationships.

Soccer in Cleveland
Director: Elisabetta Zengaro and Matteo Zengaro
Country: USA
Runtime: 4 minutes

In a small Mississippi Delta town, a pick-up soccer team serves as an unlikely community builder through social media. The team is made of college students and community members from across the country and the world. Together, they are doing their part to break barriers and grow the popularity of soccer in their town.

Lessons from a Moonwalk
Director: Brad Ellis
Country: USA
Runtime: 11 minutes

Against the backdrop of the Apollo 16 moon mission, a young girl in Mississippi explores a budding interest in a fellow classmate.

Sweet Sorghum
Director: Jonathan P. Smith
Country: USA
Runtime: 9 minutes

Sorghum molasses is a traditional home-grown sweetener in parts of the South. It’s unique, with a little bitter mixed in with the sweet. The unique flavor isn’t the only reason for growing the sorghum and harvesting, crushing, and boiling it into syrup though. Two sorghum makers give insight into this tradition.

Out of Darkness
Director: Maggie Bushway
Country: USA
Runtime: 6 minutes

Former addict Bobby Pepper shares his journey of hope and healing through Celebrate Recovery.

Revelation Alabama
Director: Glenn Payne
Country: USA
Runtime: 24 minutes

Is Revelation, Alabama a place or a state of mind? In this short-film you will find a recipe for Southern-fried spirituality, with a New-Age twist. It is a film with a powerful, inspirational message. Stories of heartbreak and redemption never go out of style. World Premiere.

Recovery Inc
Director: John Reyer Afamasaga
Country: USA
Runtime: 30 minutes

At the height of the opioid epidemic, clean-cut and well educated Ryan, from a conservative background in Mississippi, got hooked on his pain meds. He was forced into cleaning houses. It was the start of a journey of redemption for Ryan and others.

Eclectic Shorts Mix – Global

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Director: Nicola Rose
Country: USA
Runtime: 13:31

When 13-year-old Gabrielle signs up for ballet, she encounters bullying from her teacher and friendship in an unexpected place. A story about resilience, friendship, body image, and knowing your worth.

Director: Addie Kopsidas
Country: USA
Runtime: 10 minutes

When Amy has an argument with her boyfriend over the phone right before her hobby improv class, she ends up channeling her frustrations about her relationship into the exercise in class, much to the confusion and awe of her classmates.

Milk Tea
Director: Chien-Ni Yang
Country: USA
Runtime: 13 minutes

Milk Tea is a drama set in Taiwan about an 11-year-old girl, Hsuan, who is suffocated by her dysfunctional family and decides to lighten the mood at home. However, this only causes her dad to lose control and things get out of hand. Ultimately, Hsuan realizes she can’t fix her family but at least she and her brother have each other.

When We Grow Old
Director: Stace and Cassie Shook/J.B. Lawrence
Country: USA
Runtime: 6 minutes

Music Video for the single by Stace & Cassi

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