Oxford Film Festival

Published on June 3rd, 2020 | by TLV News


Oxford Film Festival Presents Week 7 of Virtual Film Festival: June 6–12

Highlights include the introduction of the brand new OFF to the DRIVE IN, which kicks off with Ed Wood’s Plan 9 from Outer Space, and Loki Mulholland’s  documentary The Evers.

Oxford Film Festival continues to embrace and expand upon its role as the region’s film culture lifeline, by introducing the debut of its brand new OFF to the DRIVE IN with Ed Wood’s cult classic Plan 9 from Outer Space kicking off the drive-in on June 11 and Loki Mulholland’s timely documentary The Evers about the family of slain Civil Rights activist Medgar Evers, shown on June 12–13.

Presenting Sponsor Cannon Motors will host the drive-in screenings at the Cannon Lot located at 100 Thacker Loop in Oxford.

Parkland Rising

This week’s Virtual Art House offerings are highlighted by Josephine Decker’s Sundance hit Shirley, starring Elizabeth Moss as a renowned horror writer who, with her husband, toys with a young couple staying at her estate, Abel Ferrara’s drama Tommaso, which marks another pairing of the bad-boy director with the Oscar-nominated Willem Dafoe, and two-time Emmy winner Cheryl Horner McDonough’s documentary Parkland Rising, which traces the international movement spawned by the tragic high school shooting massacre to fight for better gun control laws.

Week 7 of Oxford Virtual Film Fest showcases celebrate documentaries once again with Erin Palmquist’s From Baghdad to the Bay, about an Iraqi refugee and translator for the Army and his struggles compounded by coming out as a gay man, and Larissa Lam’s Mississippi documentary Far East Deep South, about a Chinese-American man’s journey from California to Mississippi to make a connection to his past, which reveals the South’s connection to the Chinese and the early segregated South, as well.

From Baghdad to the Bay

Two shorts programs include the Music Rocks music video package and an encore of the popular American Lens short film program—back by popular demand.

Executive Director Melanie Addington said. “We are very excited to debut our OFF to the DRIVE IN film presentations, as I’m sure many of our locals are ready to get out of the house and see some films while safely following CDC guidelines.

“Most importantly, in this climate and in Mississippi, highlighting the great Mississippi-produced film The Evers on the anniversary of Medgar Evers’ death is crucial to further the conversation to improve our lives. A special conversation will be included with the film from the family and director.”

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.

Read more about each film / block here:

Music Rocks Block
From Baghdad to the Bay
Virtual Art House
Far East Deep South

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