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Wednesday, February 17
 

6:00pm

Food + Film
Limited Capacity seats available

The Food Film Community party hosted by Southern Foodways Alliance, Oxford Film Festival, Blue Magnolia Films and City Grocery Restaurant Group is a fun kick off event for the community. We will enjoy food and beverage pairings with the short food films about them. 

Tickets are $30 and are separate from weekend passes or badges (except attending filmmakers)

The New Orleans Sazerac
Filmmaker: James Martin
Menu Item: Sazerac  

Vish 5:30
Filmmaker: Danny Klimetz
Menu Item: Appetizer

Oxford Canteen Short 5:44
Filmmakers: Brett Mizelle and Heather RichieMenu
Item: Dirty grains soup

Ready To Roll (1:39)
Filmmakers: Molly Nemer and Alexandra Lampert
Menu Item: Rolls from My Guys

Helen Turner, Pitmaster (14:01) and Cut/Chop/Cook (13:37)
Filmmaker: Joe York
Menu Item: Pulled Pork Sandwiches from Lamar Lounge

Yalo 10 minutes, Delta Flavor 8 minutes
Filmmaker: Alison Fast
Menu Item: Beer Floats 

Artists
avatar for James Martin

James Martin

filmmaker & designer
James Martin is a filmmaker and designer living in Atlanta, Georgia. He loves making movies, eating burgers, sipping bourbon, branding restaurants and playing with his dog Cilantro. He produced Bubble (2013), Call Me (music video for St. Paul and the Broken Bones, 2014), and Little... Read More →

Exhibitors
avatar for Afton Thomas

Afton Thomas

Project Coordinator, Southern Foodways Alliance
Before joining the SFA, Afton worked in Human Resources for the past 5 years and previously worked for a local theater, non-profit in Missouri. | afton@southernfoodways.org



Wednesday February 17, 2016 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Powerhouse Community Arts Center 413 South 14th St
 
Thursday, February 18
 

12:00pm

Collisions

COLLISIONS (2016)

Lead Artist: Lynette Wallworth

Country: Australia

Live action/animated documentary about Nyarri Morgan, the indigenous leader of the Martu tribe in Western Australia. Morgan recounts his profound first contact with Western culture and the dramatic collision between his traditional world view and the cutting edge of modern technology.

 


Thursday February 18, 2016 12:00pm - 6:00pm
Powerhouse Community Arts Center 413 South 14th St

12:00pm

DeFrost

DEFROST (2016)

Lead Artist: Randal Kleiser

In this futuristic, sci-fi, live-action VR adventure, viewers are put in the seat of a woman who wakes up after being frozen for nearly 30 years, to reunite with her family. The reunion is bittersweet, as the passage of time has caused her loved ones to become strangers.


Thursday February 18, 2016 12:00pm - 6:00pm
Powerhouse Community Arts Center 413 South 14th St

12:00pm

Searching for Hell - Virtual Reality Film

Searching For Hell

Special Screening

Directors: Pawel Nazaruk, Tomasz Adamski, Darek Barecki, Yuki Nakamura, Gloria Kurnik, James Kenney

Executive Producer: Pawel Nazaruk/d!film studio

Screening: February 17-21 at Powerhouse Gallery. Hours of Operation are 9 am until last movie ends in evenings.


Hell exists. It’s just not what you think it is. The world’s first full-length documentary film in virtual reality cinema.




Thursday February 18, 2016 12:00pm - 6:00pm
Powerhouse Community Arts Center 413 South 14th St

12:00pm

The Visitor

THE VISITOR (2016)

Director: James Kaelan

Country: USA

In this work of philosophical horror, at an austere compound in the desert, a woman waits for her greatest fear to materialize. 



Thursday February 18, 2016 12:00pm - 6:00pm
Powerhouse Community Arts Center 413 South 14th St

12:00pm

The Visitor

THE VISITOR (2016)

Director: James Kaelan

Country: USA

In this work of philosophical horror, at an austere compound in the desert, a woman waits for her greatest fear to materialize. 



Thursday February 18, 2016 12:00pm - 6:00pm
Powerhouse Community Arts Center 413 South 14th St

6:00pm

Opening Night: Thacker Mountain Radio
Limited Capacity seats available

FREE! 

THACKER MOUNTAIN RADIO SHOW

6 pm – 7 p.m.

Lyric Oxford

The Thacker Mountain Radio Hour is excited to partner with the Oxford Film Festival to kick off the festival weekend.  With special musical and literary guests to compliment OFF's already outstanding programming, audience members can expect an old-time radio hour style with updated and interesting content.  The Thacker Mountain Radio Hour can be heard every Saturday at 7 pm on Mississippi Public Broadcasting and online at http://www.mpbonline.org/programs/radio/listen-live. More information on upcoming shows is available at the show’s website,http://thackermountain.com.


Join us for a live performance and recording of the Thacker Mountain Radio Hour featuring  live music by Cary Hudson and live literature by Dennis Covington. Hear it on 92.1 or www.myrebelradio.com.  The show is hosted by Jim Dees and our house band, The Yalobushwhackers.  Live literature. Live music.  Hear Mississippi on the radio.

In this special edition of the Thacker Mountain Radio Hour, we partner with the Oxford Film Festival.  To find out more about the Oxford Film Festival (including schedules, ticketing, and more) visit: www.oxfordfilmfest.com.

NOTE: Thacker Mountain Radio Hour is FREE and open to the public.

LIVE MUSICCary Hudson

Cary Hudson is a singer-songwriter and guitarist from the great state of Mississippi who resides somewhere between Memphis and New Orleans. He is a former drugstore clerk, landscaper, farm hand, waiter, house painter, pizza deliverer, and fry cook who currently spends his time canoeing the creeks of south MS, riding his bike to the snowcone stand, and going for leisurely walks with his dogs.

Cary has played guitar for Bobby Rush, RL Burnside, Big Jack Johnson, Shannon MacNally, Dayna Kurtz and many others in his close to thirty years on the road. He was chosen as one of the Top Ten Alternative Country Guitar Players by Gibson magazine, and his songs have appeared in TV shows and movies including the George Clooney film “Up in the Air”. He recently released his sixth solo album,Town and Country (mixed by Multi-Grammy winner Trina Shoemaker). Blue Mountain’s tune “Mountain Girl” to be on SundanceTV series Rectify, episode #304. Cary’s sincerely trying to be a better person, and hopes to someday whistle like Professor Longhair.

Cary Hudson will perform on the Thacker Mountain Radio Hour. Live music.  Hear Mississippi on the radio.

LIVE LITERATUREDennis Convington

A powerful personal journey exploring faith and violence around the world.
Acclaimed author Dennis Covington examines the nature of faith, “the substance of things hoped for along borders where cultures and religions collide.” If religious belief is, as Christopher Hitchens argues, the cause of wars and genocide, then is faith the cure?
Traveling to countries that have unsettled borders and religious strife in common–Syria, Mexico, Israel, and the American South, to name a few–Covington searches for answers, looking not for doctrines, creeds, or beliefs–which, he says, can be irrational, contradictory, and dangerous–but for faith. Like his acclaimed “Salvation on Sand Mountain,” REVELATION is a personal journey, this time international in scope.

Dennis Covington is a journalist and the author of Salvation on Sand Mountain, a 1995 National Book Award finalist. He lives in Birmingham, Alabama. See him read from Revelation on the Thacker Mountain Radio Hour.  Live literature.  Hear Mississippi on the radio.



 




Thursday February 18, 2016 6:00pm - 7:00pm
The Lyric Oxford 1006 Van Buren Avenue

7:00pm

Opening Night: Once A Month and the making of the community film
Limited Capacity seats available

Once A Month (and Behind the Scenes documentary)

Mississippi Narrative Short/Doc Short, 25:00, Oxford, Mississippi

Director: Alice Walker

World Premiere, Community Film Project

Screening: Thursday, 7:30 p.m. Lyric Theater


Tom and Tina have their friends Bob and Betty over once a month for dinner, but this is the first time they have gotten together since Bob's death. When Betty arrives, Tom and Tina realize that the evening may be a little more "lively" than expected.


Artists


Thursday February 18, 2016 7:00pm - 8:30pm
The Lyric Oxford 1006 Van Buren Avenue
 
Friday, February 19
 

11:00am

Layers
Limited Capacity seats available

Layers

Mississippi Documentary, 12:45

Director: Christina Huff

Screening: Friday, 11 a.m. Malco (plays with A Poem is a Naked Person)


Two Mississippians talk about their lives as artists. Claire Whitehurst talks about her art and her stylistic choices, while Jonathan Kent Adams talks about his struggles with his homosexual identity within his art. Using layers within their art is a very big theme for both artists, connecting these two talented artist's stories into one narrative.



Artists
avatar for Christina Huff

Christina Huff

Filmmaker



Friday February 19, 2016 11:00am - 11:30am
Oxford Conference Center 102 Ed Perry Blvd.

11:00am

Art Reception

FREE RECEPTION!

As part of the Oxford Film Festival, we are looking for new ways to explore cinema. Join us at the Powerhouse Community Arts Center (413 South 14th St) from February 15-March 7 to see images and posters from movies made in Mississippi and our special Searching for Hell virtual and physical exhibit.

Two receptions will be held for the show, Friday, February 19 at 11 a.m. and a second reception will be held on Tuesday, February 23 as part of the Art Crawl in Oxford. The show will be open during the entire weekend of the film festival as well as regular business hours for the Powerhouse.

 

 

Searching For Hell. World’s first full-length documentary film in virtual reality cinema.

 

‘Searching for Hell’ is a feature documentary and transmedia project exploring the theme of contemporary hell through various means of artistic and social expression. The ‘Searching for Hell’  film starts out as a quest to discover the truth behind the story of digging a hole to Hell – the deepest bore hole in the world – in Siberia in the 1980s. From there, it continues across different continents, cultures and ideas, in an attempt to discover what and where Hell is today. Five film-making teams embarked on a journey to tell the personal and creative stories of people inhabiting contemporary Hells all over the world; the township-turned-theme-park of Hell in Michigan, a house converted into a morbid vision of Buddhist Hell in Japan, a deadly sulphur lake in Indonesia, and the dark present-day Congo. They are all doors to Hell. This creative and original feature documentary and transmedia project  – Searching for Hell – will walk you through those doors, examining Hell’s geographical, cultural and social realities

 

Mississippi Art on display includes images and posters from music videos, experimental, shorts, documentaries and major motion pictures made in the state:

 

25K

A Long Journey

A Mississippi Love Story

Acre Beyond the Rye

Ballast

Chasing the White Dragon

Dodge Dakota in River City Dead

I Didn't Do It

Landscape of the Mind

Night of the Loup Garou

Ocho

Saved by Grace

Texas Heart

The Youngest One

Yalobusha 


Friday February 19, 2016 11:00am - 12:00pm
Powerhouse Community Arts Center 413 South 14th St

11:00am

A Place Within a Place
Limited Capacity seats available

A Place Within A Place

Experimental, 2:22

Director: Edward Ramsay-Morin

Screening: Friday, 11 a.m. Malco; Saturday, 1 p.m. Shelter on Van Buren (in Experimental block)

Mississippi Premiere


Starting as a study in form and variability, this film soon developed into a meditation on isolation, transformation, presence and absence. It is composed from photographs of 400 exit holes from cicada nymph tunnels.



Artists


Friday February 19, 2016 11:00am - 12:45pm
Oxford Commons Malco Cinema 403 Commonwealth Blvd

11:00am

Anatomical Gifts
Limited Capacity seats available

Anatomical Gifts

Experimental, 5:58, Durham, North Carolina

Director: Michaela O'Brien

Screening: Friday, 11 a.m. Malco; Saturday, 1 p.m. Shelter on Van Buren (in Experimental block)

World Premiere


An intensely patterned silent film spanning three generations of palpable minds. All medical imagining is sourced from the related grandmother, mother, and filmmaker.





Friday February 19, 2016 11:00am - 12:45pm
Oxford Commons Malco Cinema 403 Commonwealth Blvd

11:00am

Cannot Predict Now
Limited Capacity seats available

Cannot Predict Now

Experimental, 4:38, Cincinnati, Ohio

Director: Kimberly Burleigh

World Premiere

Screening: Friday, 11 a.m. Malco; Saturday, 1 p.m. Shelter on Van Buren (in Experimental block)


Cannot Predict Now is a short experimental 3D computer animation.  It features a spherical form that continuously evolves to perform its function as a predictor of the future.



Artists


Friday February 19, 2016 11:00am - 12:45pm
Oxford Commons Malco Cinema 403 Commonwealth Blvd

11:00am

cybergenesis
Limited Capacity seats available

cyberGenesis

Experimental, 13:00

Director: André Silva

Screening: Friday, 11 a.m. Malco; Saturday, 1 p.m. Shelter on Van Buren (in experimental block)


cyberGenesis is a fantastical, animated journey (segments of which have been creatively crowd-sourced) that imagines a future creation myth, crafted by cyber consciousness from bits and pieces of humanity's online legacy.



Artists
AS

Andre Silva

Filmmaker



Friday February 19, 2016 11:00am - 12:45pm
Oxford Commons Malco Cinema 403 Commonwealth Blvd

11:00am

El Portal
Limited Capacity seats available

El Portal

Experimental, 7:52

Director: J. Robinson

Mississippi Premiere

Screening: Friday, 11 a.m. Malco; Saturday, 1 p.m. Shelter on Van Buren (in Experimental block)


El Portal is an experimental documentary about the Cedar Motor Lodge in El Portal, California (population: 474). Combining vintage analog home videos with footage shot this summer, the film spans twenty five years, weaving together the complicated and tragic story of the lodge with the filmmaker’s family history.



Artists


Friday February 19, 2016 11:00am - 12:45pm
Oxford Commons Malco Cinema 403 Commonwealth Blvd

11:00am

On Surgery
Limited Capacity seats available

On Surgery

Experimental, 7:36, Bloomington, Indiana

Directors: Russell Sheaffer, Aaron Michael Smith

Mississippi Premiere

Screening: Friday, 11 a.m. Malco; Saturday, 1 p.m. Shelter on Van Buren (in Experimental block)


The visuals for On Surgery  are an attempt to replicate the physical process of bone surgery on the body of 16mm film stock.  By wetting raw, unprocessed 16mm color negative film and then separating out the photosensitive emulsion from the base of the film using a medical scalpel and then reapplying the layers, the only images visible are representative of the scars left on the film.



Artists


Friday February 19, 2016 11:00am - 12:45pm
Oxford Commons Malco Cinema 403 Commonwealth Blvd

11:00am

Phantom Limbs
Limited Capacity seats available

Phantom Limbs

Experimental, 2:44, Seattle, Washington

Director: Reed O'Beirne

Regional Premiere

Screening: Friday, 11 a.m. Malco; Saturday, 1 p.m. Shelter on Van Buren (in Experimental block)


A cameraless film created from animated MRI scans to evoke an enveloping world of light breaking upon the mind. Peering deep into our psychic home, Phantom Limbs engineers a link between inner space and the human spirit. Set to music by Seattle band, St. Kilda.



Artists


Friday February 19, 2016 11:00am - 12:45pm
Oxford Commons Malco Cinema 403 Commonwealth Blvd

11:00am

River Moon Black Birds
Limited Capacity seats available

River Moon Black Birds

Experimental, 7:20

Director: Gloria Chung (OFF Alum: Take 5 with Memory V, 2015)

World Premiere

Screening: Friday, 11 a.m. Malco; Saturday, 1 p.m. Shelter on Van Buren (in Experimental block)


An experimental documentary on recent hurricane landfalls (2009-2014, eastern seaboard of the United States).  "An alarm sounds over a quiet river.  Supermoons are burning.  Blackouts across the city.  Storm winds carry tropical birds."



Artists


Friday February 19, 2016 11:00am - 12:45pm
Oxford Commons Malco Cinema 403 Commonwealth Blvd

11:00am

Swallowed Whole
Limited Capacity seats available

Swallowed Whole

Experimental, 4:06, Ann Arbor, Michigan

Director: Heidi Kumao

Regional Premiere

Screening: Friday, 11 a.m. Malco; Saturday, 1 p.m. Shelter on Van Buren (in Experimental block)


Swallowed Whole is a somber, animated, experimental film about surviving extreme isolation and physical limitations as a result of traumatic injury.

 



Artists


Friday February 19, 2016 11:00am - 12:45pm
Oxford Commons Malco Cinema 403 Commonwealth Blvd

11:00am

Take the Bus on a Hot Summer Day
Limited Capacity seats available

Take the Bus on a Hot Summer Day

Experimental, 4:40

Director: Gloria Chung (OFF Alum: Take 5 with Memory V, 2015)

World Premiere

Screening: Friday, 11 a.m. Malco; Saturday, 1 p.m. Shelter on Van Buren (in Experimental block)


A bus ride through Midtown. A reverie of blurred colors, kaleidoscopic movements and muffled sounds on a hot summer day in the city.



Artists


Friday February 19, 2016 11:00am - 12:45pm
Oxford Commons Malco Cinema 403 Commonwealth Blvd

11:00am

The Plastic Bag
Limited Capacity seats available

The Plastic Bag

Experimental Short, 1:00, Norway

Director: Jørgen Johansen

USA Premiere

Screening: Friday, 11 a.m. Malco; Saturday, 1 p.m. Shelter on Van Buren (in Experimental block)


Two strangers share a moment with a plastic bag.





Friday February 19, 2016 11:00am - 12:45pm
Oxford Commons Malco Cinema 403 Commonwealth Blvd

11:00am

The Puddle
Limited Capacity seats available

The Puddle

Experimental, 9:51, Turkey

Director: Serdar Yilmaz

Regional Premiere

Screening: Friday, 11 a.m. Malco; Saturday, 1 p.m. Shelter on Van Buren (in Experimental block)


A man in the flea market (Mihran Tomasyan) walks while checking walls  covered with old posters and counters full of stuff with prying eyes.  Due to the incarnating object that he sees on one of the counters just carries him away into another reality.



Artists


Friday February 19, 2016 11:00am - 12:45pm
Oxford Commons Malco Cinema 403 Commonwealth Blvd

11:00am

XO
Limited Capacity seats available

XO

Experimental, 3:30

Director: Brian Ratigan

Regional Premiere

Screening: Friday, 11 a.m. Malco; Saturday, 1 p.m. Shelter on Van Buren (in Experimental block)


Fearing her own memories, a girl begins the cerebral journey of longing for escape before completely fading away.



Artists
avatar for Brian Ratigan

Brian Ratigan

Non Films
Filmmaker



Friday February 19, 2016 11:00am - 12:45pm
Oxford Commons Malco Cinema 403 Commonwealth Blvd

11:00am

You Can Stay Here
Limited Capacity seats available

You Can Stay Here

Experimental, 2:59, Los Angeles, California

Director: John Veron

Screening: Friday, 11 a.m. Malco; Saturday, 1 p.m. Shelter on Van Buren (in Experimental block)


In a school that is no longer a school, a man is pursued by a boy who is no longer a boy.



Artists


Friday February 19, 2016 11:00am - 12:45pm
Oxford Commons Malco Cinema 403 Commonwealth Blvd

11:00am

What Lola Wants
Limited Capacity seats available

What Lola Wants

Narrative Feature, 1:21:00, Montgomery, Alabama

Director: Rupert Glasson

Mississippi Premiere

Screening: Friday, 11 a.m. Malco; Saturday, 4:15 p.m. Powerhouse


Seventeen year old Lola Franklin runs away from home but allows the world to believe she has been kidnapped. Intent on making her way across country, she meets a boyher age in a New Mexico diner. They fall instantly in love. But when Marlo learns of the reward for Lola's safe return, he must confront his own past and decide whether to take Lola back home to collect the reward or help her continue her mysterious journey.



Artists


Friday February 19, 2016 11:00am - 12:45pm
Oxford Commons Malco Cinema 403 Commonwealth Blvd

11:15am

Blazing Sun
Limited Capacity seats available

Blazing Sun

Narrative Short, 24:00, Belgium

Director: Fred Castadot

Mississippi Premiere

Screening: Friday, 11:15 a.m. Malco; Saturday, 6 p.m. Powerhouse (part of International Shorts block)


Under the leaden sky of a summer day, Eric goes to work to defend a great issue. But, blinded by stress, Eric is forgetting the most important thing...



Artists


Friday February 19, 2016 11:15am - 12:45pm
Oxford Commons Malco Cinema 403 Commonwealth Blvd

11:15am

Kingdom of Garbage
Limited Capacity seats available

Kingdom of Garbage

Narrative Short, 9:00, Iraq

Director: Yasir Kareem

Mississippi Premiere

Screening: Friday, 11:15 a.m. Malco; Saturday, 6 p.m. Powerhouse (part of International Shorts block)


Zahraa dreams of going to school. Instead she and her brother, Hassan, must scour a landfill site for valuable materials to provide for their poor family, competing against the other scavengers. When a trade between Zahraa and the self proclaimed ‘King of Garbage’ goes wrong, the sibling’s relationship is tested to breaking point – can the two overcome Zahraa’s innocent mistake?



Artists


Friday February 19, 2016 11:15am - 12:45pm
Oxford Commons Malco Cinema 403 Commonwealth Blvd

11:15am

Roubado
Limited Capacity seats available

Roubado

Narrative Short, 18:00, France and United States

Director: Erica A. Watson

Mississippi Premiere

Screening: Friday, 11:15 a.m. Malco; Saturday, 6 p.m. Powerhouse (part of International Shorts block)


Roubado tells the story of Alain Castelo, an introverted Afro-Portuguese teen growing up in the south of France. As he suffers his parents' recent breakup, the only solace he can muster is his penchant for photography.  When his mother's new live-in boyfriend crosses the line, his eyes are opened to the world and he can no longer hide behind the viewfinder of his vintage camera.



Artists


Friday February 19, 2016 11:15am - 12:45pm
Oxford Commons Malco Cinema 403 Commonwealth Blvd

11:15am

The Light Thief
Limited Capacity seats available

The Light Thief

Narrative Short, 19:00, Spain

Director: Eva Daoud

Mississippi Premiere

Screening: Friday, 11:15 a.m. Malco; 6 p.m. Saturday Powerhouse (part of International Shorts block)


What’s left of love if its soul is stolen? What’s left of a person if love is stolen? The bitter tale of victims and their executioners, as they all exchange turns.




Friday February 19, 2016 11:15am - 12:45pm
Oxford Commons Malco Cinema 403 Commonwealth Blvd

11:30am

A Poem is a Naked Person
Limited Capacity seats available

A Poem is a Naked Person

Special Screening

Documentary Feature, 1:30:00

Director: Les Blank

Screening: Friday, 11 a.m. Oxford Conference Center (plays with short film Layers)


An ineffable mix of unbridled joy and vérité realism, A Poem Is a Naked Person presents the beloved singer-songwriter and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Leon Russell as filmed by documentarian Les Blank between 1972 and 1974. This singular film about an artist and his community never got an official theatrical release and has attained legendary status. Now, after more than forty years, it can finally be seen and heard in all its rough beauty.

Artists


Friday February 19, 2016 11:30am - 1:00pm
Oxford Conference Center 102 Ed Perry Blvd.

11:30am

Help Us Find Sunil Tripathi
Limited Capacity seats available

Help Us Find Sunil Tripathi

Documentary Feature, 1:15:00, Atlanta, Georgia

Director: Neal Broffman

Mississippi Premiere

Screening: Friday 11:30 a.m. Powerhouse, Saturday 12:15 p.m. Malco (plays with Viola: A Mother’s Story of Juvenile Justice)


A family's search for their missing son and the hunt for suspects in a terror attack tragically converge in Help Us Find Sunil Tripathi, a film about truth and community in the age of social media.




Friday February 19, 2016 11:30am - 1:30pm
Powerhouse Community Arts Center 413 South 14th St

11:30am

Viola: A Mother's Story of Juvenile Justice
Limited Capacity seats available

Viola: A Mother's Story of Juvenile Justice

Documentary Short, 7:55, Memphis, Tennessee

Directors: Sarah Fleming, Joann Self Selvidge (OFF Alum, Training Wheels, 2012)

Screening: Friday, 11:30 a.m. Powerhouse, Saturday, 12:15 p.m. Malco (plays with Help Us Find Sunil Tripathi)


A mother shares personal stories about her life and her struggles with her son Edward, who has been involved with the juvenile justice system in Memphis, Tennessee.





Friday February 19, 2016 11:30am - 1:30pm
Powerhouse Community Arts Center 413 South 14th St

12:00pm

Collisions

COLLISIONS (2016)

Lead Artist: Lynette Wallworth

Country: Australia

Live action/animated documentary about Nyarri Morgan, the indigenous leader of the Martu tribe in Western Australia. Morgan recounts his profound first contact with Western culture and the dramatic collision between his traditional world view and the cutting edge of modern technology.

 


Friday February 19, 2016 12:00pm - 6:00pm
Powerhouse Community Arts Center 413 South 14th St

12:00pm

DeFrost

DEFROST (2016)

Lead Artist: Randal Kleiser

In this futuristic, sci-fi, live-action VR adventure, viewers are put in the seat of a woman who wakes up after being frozen for nearly 30 years, to reunite with her family. The reunion is bittersweet, as the passage of time has caused her loved ones to become strangers.


Friday February 19, 2016 12:00pm - 6:00pm
Powerhouse Community Arts Center 413 South 14th St

12:00pm

Searching for Hell - Virtual Reality Film

Searching For Hell

Special Screening

Directors: Pawel Nazaruk, Tomasz Adamski, Darek Barecki, Yuki Nakamura, Gloria Kurnik, James Kenney

Executive Producer: Pawel Nazaruk/d!film studio

Screening: February 17-21 at Powerhouse Gallery. Hours of Operation are 9 am until last movie ends in evenings.


Hell exists. It’s just not what you think it is. The world’s first full-length documentary film in virtual reality cinema.




Friday February 19, 2016 12:00pm - 6:00pm
Powerhouse Community Arts Center 413 South 14th St

12:00pm

The Visitor

THE VISITOR (2016)

Director: James Kaelan

Country: USA

In this work of philosophical horror, at an austere compound in the desert, a woman waits for her greatest fear to materialize. 



Friday February 19, 2016 12:00pm - 6:00pm
Powerhouse Community Arts Center 413 South 14th St

1:00pm

What's in a Name?
Limited Capacity seats available

What's in a Name

Documentary Short, 12:15 p.m. Atlanta, Georgia

Director: Daniel Robin

Mississippi Premiere

Screening: Friday, 1 p.m. Malco; Sunday, 2:45 p.m. Malco (plays with Children of the Arctic)


What's in a Name is about sculpting identities, both in terms of how the world sees us and how we view ourselves. These themes are woven into the juxtaposition of two stories that form a dialogue across generations. The question of Jewish identity and authenticity of culture is examined through home movies, archival footage, interviews and abstract recreations.



Artists


Friday February 19, 2016 1:00pm - 1:30pm
Oxford Commons Malco Cinema 403 Commonwealth Blvd

1:00pm

Araignee
Limited Capacity seats available

Araignee

Animated Short, 1:22, New York, New York

Director: Jeremy Jensen

World Premiere

Screening: Friday, 1 p.m. Shelter on Van Buren; Sunday, 12:45 p.m. Malco (part of Animation block)


Two talented spiders compete against each other. Who will be the best weaving master?




Friday February 19, 2016 1:00pm - 2:45pm
Shelter on Van Buren 1221 Van Buren Ave

1:00pm

Borrowed Time
Limited Capacity seats available

Borrowed Time

Animation, 6:45, Emeryville, California

Director: Lou Hamou-Lhadj, Andrew Coats

Mississippi Premiere

Screening: Friday, 1 p.m. Shelter on Van Buren; Sunday, 12:45 p.m. Malco (part of Animation block)


A weathered Sheriff returns to the remains of an accident he has spent a lifetime trying to forget. With each step forward, the memories come flooding back. Faced with his mistake once again, he must find the strength to carry on.




Friday February 19, 2016 1:00pm - 2:45pm
Shelter on Van Buren 1221 Van Buren Ave

1:00pm

Bottomless
Limited Capacity seats available

Bottomless

Animation, 2:03, Birmingham, Alabama

Director: Véronique Vanblaere

Mississippi Premiere

Screening: Friday, 1 p.m. Shelter on Van Buren; Sunday, 12:45 p.m. Malco (part of Animation block)


A Belgian woman seeks citizenship in the United States, and finds that her experiences are bottomless.



Artists
avatar for Veronique Vanblaere

Veronique Vanblaere

I live to paint. I began my calling as a teenager in my native Belgium by filling my bedroom walls with strange paintings.I left Belgium for the United States at the age of twenty-five. Within a couple of years, encouraged by the interest that people found in my work, I opened Naked... Read More →



Friday February 19, 2016 1:00pm - 2:45pm
Shelter on Van Buren 1221 Van Buren Ave

1:00pm

Fulfiliament
Limited Capacity seats available

Fulfilament

Animation, 7:33, United Kingdom

Director: Rhiannon Evans

Mississippi Premiere

Screening: Friday, 1 p.m. Shelter on Van Buren; Sunday, 12:45 p.m. Malco (part of Animation block)


Travel around the brain with a little, lost thought and discover what it takes to make a great idea.

Artists


Friday February 19, 2016 1:00pm - 2:45pm
Shelter on Van Buren 1221 Van Buren Ave

1:00pm

Golden Shot
Limited Capacity seats available

Golden Shot

Animation, 8:40, Turkey

Director: Gokalp Gonen

Mississippi Premiere

Screening: Friday, 1 p.m. Shelter on Van Buren; Sunday, 12:45 p.m. Malco (part of Animation block)


Rusty machines, living in their small houses, imagine that the sun will come and take them to the sky someday. A small light keeps them alive and dreaming. But one of the machines wants to see the sun itself and has a plan for that.



Artists


Friday February 19, 2016 1:00pm - 2:45pm
Shelter on Van Buren 1221 Van Buren Ave

1:00pm

Hum
Limited Capacity seats available

Hum

Animation, 8:30, Orange, California

Director: Tom Teller

Regional Premiere

Screening: Friday, 1 p.m. Shelter on Van Buren; Sunday, 12:45 p.m. Malco (part of Animation block)


A solitary dish-washing robot living out his life in the back room of a restaurant is enlightened to the world that exists beyond his four walls. With the help of a small friend he breaks free of confinement to pursue his dream of exploration.



Artists


Friday February 19, 2016 1:00pm - 2:45pm
Shelter on Van Buren 1221 Van Buren Ave

1:00pm

Needle Town
Limited Capacity seats available

Needle Town

Animation, 3:00, Norway

Director: Kaspar Synnevåg, Henrik Hylland Uhlving

Regional Premiere

Screening: Friday, 1 p.m. Shelter on Van Buren; Sunday, 12:45 p.m. Malco (part of Animation block)


Heroin addict Cato is stealing books to fund his drug habit. He has fallen in love with Goth Girl, who works at the local book shop. But the mall cop Crab Claw is about to make his life difficult.





Friday February 19, 2016 1:00pm - 2:45pm
Shelter on Van Buren 1221 Van Buren Ave

1:00pm

Olilo
Limited Capacity seats available

Olilo

Animation, 5:40, Brooklyn, New York

Director: Ao Li

Screening: Friday, 1 p.m. Shelter on Van Buren; Sunday, 12:45 p.m. Malco (part of Animation block)


Olilo is a 2D animation that tells the story of an introverted girl held captive by her own semi-transparent personal space. Created through a combination of traditional frame-by-frame and digital drawing as well as key frame animation, the film focuses on love and its capacity to transform all things.



Artists


Friday February 19, 2016 1:00pm - 2:45pm
Shelter on Van Buren 1221 Van Buren Ave

1:00pm

One Minute for Katrina
Limited Capacity seats available

One Minute for Katrina

Animation, 1:00, United Kingdom

Directors: Serafima Serafimova, Max Halley

Screening: Friday, 1 p.m. Shelter on Van Buren; Sunday, 12:45 p.m. Malco (part of Animation block)


One Minute for Katrina marks the 10 year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. The animation offers people a chance to reflect and remember those who lost their lives and many who continue to be affected.





Friday February 19, 2016 1:00pm - 2:45pm
Shelter on Van Buren 1221 Van Buren Ave

1:00pm

Perfect Houseguest
Limited Capacity seats available

Perfect Houseguest

Animation 1:35, Baltimore, Maryland

Directors: Ru Kuwahata, Max Porter

Regional Premiere

Screening: Friday, 1 p.m. Shelter on Van Buren; Sunday, 12:45 p.m. Malco (part of Animation block)


A house is visited by a clean, organized, well-mannered guest.



Artists


Friday February 19, 2016 1:00pm - 2:45pm
Shelter on Van Buren 1221 Van Buren Ave

1:00pm

The Iraqi Superman
Limited Capacity seats available

The Iraqi Superman

Animation, 6:00, Iraq

Director: Sajad Abbas

World Premiere

Screening: Friday, 1 p.m. Shelter on Van Buren; Sunday, 12:45 p.m. Malco (part of Animation block)


A tormented young man constructs an ingenious device to rescue his father from Abu Ghraib prison. What he finds there is far from his expectations, revealing the mistreatment and torture of prisoners. His hopes and dreams for a brighter future are dashed upon finding his father.




Friday February 19, 2016 1:00pm - 2:45pm
Shelter on Van Buren 1221 Van Buren Ave

1:00pm

The Present
Limited Capacity seats available

The Present

Animation, 4:20, Germany

Director: Jacob Frey

Mississippi Premiere

Screening: Friday, 1 p.m. Shelter on Van Buren; Sunday, 12:45 p.m. Malco (part of Animation block)


Jake spends most of his time playing video games indoors until his mum decides to give him a present.




Friday February 19, 2016 1:00pm - 2:45pm
Shelter on Van Buren 1221 Van Buren Ave

1:00pm

The Seafarer and the Moonlight
Limited Capacity seats available

The Seafarer and The Moonlight

Animation, 2:30, Los Angeles, California

Director: James Dastoli

Screening: Friday, 1 p.m. Shelter on Van Buren; Sunday, 12:45 p.m. Malco (part of Animation block)


An ancient mariner does battle with a behemoth from the deep.



Artists


Friday February 19, 2016 1:00pm - 2:45pm
Shelter on Van Buren 1221 Van Buren Ave

1:00pm

They Crawl Amongst Us!
Limited Capacity seats available

They Crawl Amongst Us!

Animation, 12:30, Seattle, Washington

Director: Sihanouk Mariona

Mississippi Premiere

Screening: Friday, 1 p.m. Shelter on Van Buren; Sunday, 12:45 p.m. Malco (part of Animation block)


A stop-motion documentary about life in New York City — as told by its pests!





Friday February 19, 2016 1:00pm - 2:45pm
Shelter on Van Buren 1221 Van Buren Ave

1:00pm

Casting Characters
Limited Capacity seats available

Casting Characters

Friday, February 19 1-2:45 p.m.

Malco Screen 4

Free

 

Do you have a unique face? Have you ever wanted to figure out how to break into the movies? Join Matthew Morgan of Morgan Casting alongside special character actor guests as he shares with you advice on how to audition for great character roles in the industry.

 

Moderator: Matthew Morgan (Canada)

Matthew Morgan is a native of Canton, Mississippi. He’s proudly cast two Films directed by James Franco, based on novels by William Faulkner, AS I LAY DYING & THE SOUND AND THE FURY.  Matthew has also cast for such directors as John Krasinski, Alison Eastwood and Mississippian Patrik-Ian Polk. Matthew’s company Morgan Casting has offices in Toronto, New Orleans and Canton, MS



Speakers
MM

Matthew Morgan

Casting Director, Morgan Casting



Friday February 19, 2016 1:00pm - 2:45pm
Oxford Commons Malco Cinema 403 Commonwealth Blvd

1:00pm

The Sinking of Sozopol
Limited Capacity seats available

The Sinking of Sozopol

Narrative Feature, 1:40:00, Bulgaria

Director: Kostadin Bonev

Regional Premiere

Screening: Friday, 1 p.m. Malco; Sunday, 10:45 a.m. Malco


An aging man goes back to Sozopol and brings along his memories and ten bottles of vodka. It is clear that when the vodka is over, something must happen. Something that will change his life forever.  Because when hope is gone, Miracle is the last resort.



Artists


Friday February 19, 2016 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Oxford Commons Malco Cinema 403 Commonwealth Blvd

1:00pm

'Til Death
Limited Capacity seats available

'Til Death

Mississippi Narrative, 10:05, Oxford, Mississippi

Director: Matthew Graves (Off Alum: Dummy 2007)

Screening: Friday 1 p.m. Malco; Sunday 10:30 a.m. Malco (part of the Mississippi narrative block)

On the dark and stormy night of his fiancée's funeral, a grieving man, so overwhelmed at the thought of never seeing the love of his life again, decides to bring her home.



Artists


Friday February 19, 2016 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Oxford Commons Malco Cinema 403 Commonwealth Blvd

1:00pm

Freedom Fighters
Limited Capacity seats available

Freedom Fighters

Mississippi Narrative, 16:53

Director: Wade Patterson

Screening: Friday, 1 p.m. Malco; Sunday, 10:30 a.m. Malco (part of the Mississippi Narrative block)


The newest recruit of a right-wing militia finds himself at odds with the charismatic leader when the group tries to take a government official hostage.



Artists


Friday February 19, 2016 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Oxford Commons Malco Cinema 403 Commonwealth Blvd

1:00pm

Last Night
Limited Capacity seats available

Last Night

Mississippi Narrative, 13:42

Director: Michael Ewing

Screening: Friday, 1 p.m. Malco; Sunday, 10:30 a.m. Malco (part of the Mississippi Narrative block)


A late night bar “conversation” among three friends reveals, in surprising ways, that actions have consequences.



Artists
ME

Michael Ewing

Adjunct Instructor, Guest Director, Actor, University of Mississippi, Delta State University
I wrote something about myself.



Friday February 19, 2016 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Oxford Commons Malco Cinema 403 Commonwealth Blvd

1:00pm

Stagrassle Paranormal
Limited Capacity seats available

Stagrassle Paranormal

Mississippi Narrative, 27:50

Director: Glenn Payne (OFF Alum: A Horror Movie, 2015 and more)

Screening: Friday, 1 p.m. Malco; Sunday, 10:30 a.m. Malco (part of the Mississippi Narrative block)


Welcome to Stagrassle! Meet the Colonel, Penny, Enzo and Bernice, their friends and foes, the ghosts that haunt them and Larry, the man that documents their misadventures.



Artists
avatar for Glenn Payne

Glenn Payne

Filmmaker/Improv Actor/Fine Artist, West of Shake Rag
Glenn Payne is an award winning filmmaker and artist, as well as an improvisational and film actor. He lives in Blue Springs, Mississippi where he creates artwork and produces independent films with the abundance of local talent Mississippi has to offer. His films Earthrise, Avarice... Read More →



Friday February 19, 2016 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Oxford Commons Malco Cinema 403 Commonwealth Blvd

1:00pm

The Faucet
Limited Capacity seats available

The Faucet

Mississippi Narrative, 4:28

Directors: Danny Klimetz, Samip Raval

World Premiere

Screening: Friday, 1 p.m. Malco; Sunday, 10:30 a.m. Malco (part of the Mississippi Narrative block)


A gentleman just wants to wash his hands...





Friday February 19, 2016 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Oxford Commons Malco Cinema 403 Commonwealth Blvd

1:00pm

The Gift
Limited Capacity seats available

The Gift

Mississippi Narrative, 12:48

Director: Gabriel Robertson

Screening: Friday, 1 p.m. Malco; Sunday, 10:30 a.m. Malco (part of the Mississippi Narrative block)


To celebrate his eleventh birthday, a young boy selects his gift - little knowing that his choice will change the world.



Artists


Friday February 19, 2016 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Oxford Commons Malco Cinema 403 Commonwealth Blvd

1:15pm

Fitting the Description in North Portland
Limited Capacity seats available

Fitting the Description in North Portland

Documentary Short, 25:44, Portland, Oregon

Director: Jarratt Taylor (OFF Alum: The New Debutantes, 2012)

Regional Premiere

Screening: Friday, 1:15 p.m. Conference Center; Saturday 4:45 p.m. Malco (part of the Documentary Short block)


Recently, the students of Roosevelt High School received a wake up call after a fellow student was tased by the police in the St. John's neighborhood of Portland, Oregon. The stories they had been hearing about police violence weren't just news stories from another town about people they didn't know. These events were now happening in their backyard.



Artists
JT

Jarratt Taylor

i'm a pisces!!! | | i also produce short social documentaries.



Friday February 19, 2016 1:15pm - 3:15pm
Oxford Conference Center 102 Ed Perry Blvd.

1:15pm

Life is Super Gr8
Limited Capacity seats available

Life is Super Gr8

Documentary Short, 14:58, Harrisonburg, Virginia

Director: Wade Vanover (OFF Alum: Repeater, 2015)

Regional Premiere

Screening: Friday, 1:15 p.m. Conference Center; Saturday, 4:45 p.m. Malco (part of the Documentary Short block)


Life is Super GR8 provides a glimpse into the history and workings of the Super Gr8 Film Festival in Harrisonburg, Virginia. The first festival of its kind, each year Super Gr8 gives over 40 local filmmakers the rare opportunity to shoot either a color or black/white super 8mm film using vintages cameras. Features interviews with festival founders and a diverse cast of filmmakers, including Elwood "Trip" Madison, the poster designer for the 2016 Oxford Film Festival.



Artists


Friday February 19, 2016 1:15pm - 3:15pm
Oxford Conference Center 102 Ed Perry Blvd.

1:15pm

Spearhunter
Limited Capacity seats available

Spearhunter

Documentary Short, 13:50, Boston, Massachusetts

Directors: Adam Roffman, Luke Poling

Mississippi Premiere

Screening: Friday, 1:15 p.m. Conference Center; Saturday 4:45 p.m. Malco (part of the Documentary Short block)


Deep in the wilds of rural Alabama, a spear-hunter proclaims himself the world's greatest and erects a museum dedicated to his own obsession. In this atmospheric and darkly funny documentary, an offbeat cast of lovers, acolytes, and critics of the megalomaniacal spear-hunter remember his distinctive tactics both for killing and for leaving a legacy.



Artists


Friday February 19, 2016 1:15pm - 3:15pm
Oxford Conference Center 102 Ed Perry Blvd.

1:15pm

The Button King
Limited Capacity seats available

The Button King

Documentary Short, 8:04, Bishopville, South Carolina

Director: Ava Lowrey

Mississippi Premiere

Screening: Friday, 1:15 p.m. Conference Center; Saturday 4:45 p.m. Malco (part of the Documentary Short block)


Dalton Stevens is a folk artist from Bishopville, South Carolina. An insomniac, he stumbled on his art by accident – developing a hobby of covering things with buttons when unable to sleep late at night. Now in his late 80’s, Stevens has been creating folk art with buttons for over 20 years, becoming known as “The Button King.”



Artists


Friday February 19, 2016 1:15pm - 3:15pm
Oxford Conference Center 102 Ed Perry Blvd.

1:15pm

The House is Innocent
Limited Capacity seats available

The House is Innocent

Documentary Short, 12:15, Los Angeles, California

Director: Nicholas Coles (OFF Alum)

Mississippi Premiere

Screening: Friday, 1:15 p.m. Conference Center; Saturda,y 4:45 p.m. Malco (part of the Documentary Short block)


Meet Tom and Barbara, the proud new owners of a serial killer’s house — the most infamous residence in Sacramento, California. The middle-age couple soon realizes it's going to take more than a fresh coat of paint to whitewash their home's macabre history.



Artists


Friday February 19, 2016 1:15pm - 3:15pm
Oxford Conference Center 102 Ed Perry Blvd.

1:15pm

The New Orleans Sazerec
Limited Capacity seats available

The New Orleans Sazerac

Documentary Short, 20:28, Atlanta, GA

Director: James Martin (OFF Alum)

Regional Premiere

Screening: Friday, 1:15 p.m. Conference Center; Saturday 4:45 p.m. Malco (part of the Documentary Short  block)


The New Orleans Sazerac is a short documentary that explores the expansive history and modern applications of the classic cocktail through interviews with historians, authors, experts, and bartenders.



Artists
avatar for James Martin

James Martin

filmmaker & designer
James Martin is a filmmaker and designer living in Atlanta, Georgia. He loves making movies, eating burgers, sipping bourbon, branding restaurants and playing with his dog Cilantro. He produced Bubble (2013), Call Me (music video for St. Paul and the Broken Bones, 2014), and Little... Read More →



Friday February 19, 2016 1:15pm - 3:15pm
Oxford Conference Center 102 Ed Perry Blvd.

1:15pm

Vancouver Zoetrope
Limited Capacity seats available

Vancouver Zoetrope

Documentary Short, 5:00, Canada

Director: Jeffery Chong

North American Premiere

Screening: Friday, 1:15 p.m. Conference Center; Saturday 4:45 p.m. Malco (part of the Documentary Short block)


Vancouver’s iconic Burrard Bridge is recognized for its monumental design and aesthetic details. This film reveals a hidden architectural feature of the bridge that is only visible to motorists.

Artists


Friday February 19, 2016 1:15pm - 3:15pm
Oxford Conference Center 102 Ed Perry Blvd.

1:30pm

Children of the Arctic
Limited Capacity seats available

 

Children of the Arctic

Documentary Feature, 1:33:00, Switzerland

Director: Nick Brandestini

Regional Premiere

Screening: Friday, 1 p.m. Malco; Sunday, 2:45 p.m. Malco (plays with What’s in a Name)


Children of the Arctic is a portrait of Native Alaskan teenagers coming of age at America's northernmost edge. As their climate and culture undergo profound changes, they strive to be both modern American kids and the inheritors of an ancient whaling culture.



Friday February 19, 2016 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Oxford Commons Malco Cinema 403 Commonwealth Blvd

1:45pm

Fundi: The Story of Ella Baker
Limited Capacity seats available

Fundi: The Story of Ella Baker

Special Screening Documentary Feature, 1:03:00

Director: Joanne Grant

FUNDI: THE STORY OF ELLA BAKER reveals the instrumental role that Ella Baker, a friend and advisor to Martin Luther King, played in shaping the American civil rights movement. By looking at the 1960s from the perspective of Baker, the "godmother of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee," FUNDI adds an essential understanding of the U.S. civil rights movement.




Friday February 19, 2016 1:45pm - 3:15pm
Powerhouse Community Arts Center 413 South 14th St

3:00pm

Producing Films in Mississippi
Limited Capacity seats available

Producing films in Mississippi

Friday, February 19 3 p.m. - 4:45 p.m. Malco Screen 4

Free

 

Filmmakers that have traveled to Mississippi recently to make movies talk about filming in the state. Topics include: How to use local talent to add authenticity/local flavor and character to the story, working with state film incentives, tips for filming in the state and more.

 

Moderator:

MS Film Office - Nina Parikh (MS)

Nina Parikh has served as the Deputy Director of the Mississippi Film Office for 16 years. She produced the Sundance award-winning feature film BALLAST. Co-founder of the Crossroads Film Festival and Mississippi Film & Video Alliance, she also directs the Canton Young Filmmakers Program & is an adjunct professor at Millsaps College. She is a graduate of the film program at the University of Southern Mississippi. Recently, she helped produce the first TEDx event in Mississippi. Nina lives in Jackson, Mississippi.

 

Daniel Smith, Texas Heart

Historian/book author, screenwriter and filmmaker, Daniel Blake Smith has written and produced several feature films and documentaries, including the Emmy-nominated February One:  The Story of The Greensboro Four, which was broadcast on PBS’s “Independent Lens”; Trail of Tears: Cherokee Legacy, hosted by Cherokee film star Wes Studi and narrated by James Earl Jones; Black Indians: An American Story, also narrated by James Earl Jones; and Terror of the Soul: Edgar Allan Poe, a docudrama starring Treat Williams and John Heard (with music by Philip Glass).  He is co-author and producer of Texas Heart, a feature dramatic film that was shot in Charleston and Grenada, Mississippi, starring John Savage (The Deer Hunter), Lin Shaye (Insidious), and Daniela Bobadilla (Anger Management).  See texasheartfilm.net.   A native Texan, Smith now lives in St. Louis, Mo.

 

Connie Hoy, BattleCreek (see jury profile)


Katherine Dieckmann (see jury profile)

 

Johnny Remo

Johnny Remo has worn many hats in the entertainment field and still does. He has worked as a successful actor in Stage, TV, and Films, including the Award Winning play Just Roommates that was written by Johnny, the Emmy Award winning daytime show, One Life to Live, All My Children and Steven Spielberg’s Innerspace. Johnny has also produced more than 15 features while writing and directing six of them. He has produced for such people as Debra Hill, producer of Escape from New York, Fisher King, and Escape from LA, and Robert Simonds, producer of The Spy Next Door, Pink Panther, Happy Gilmore and recently The Dog Who Saved Easter for Lionsgate. As a filmmaker Johnny has co-written, produced, and directed such feature films as A Letter to Dad, Cutback, Hardflip, Like A Country Song, and his newest movie, Saved By Grace. All were awarded five Doves from The Dove Foundation. All of his movies have won multiple awards in several categories. As a filmmaker he knows what a fellow filmmaker goes through to get a film made and as a distributor it makes him strive to get the best results from sales of movies he distributes

 

Steve Sahlein

Sahlein advises clients in key areas of media financing including film and television production, distribution, post production, music supervision, acquisitions and sponsorships. To date, Sahlein has more than twenty years of experience in the music and entertainment industries as an entrepreneur, senior level executive and project producer. He is a principal of both Primary Entertainment LLC., and Empire Media Partners LLC., entertainment consulting and business development firms partnering with clients and various major entertainment firms. Past deals include Access Hollywood, AETN International, CMT, The Emmys, Epic Records, Hollywood Reporter, Illustrated Media, NBC / Universal, The Oscars, Sony Pictures, BMG Music and VH1.


As The Executive Producer Sahlein has just completed Post Production and Delivery on the feature film Slip, Tumble and Slide with Katherine Ross (The Graduate, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid) & Scott Walker (The Walking Dead), and is now in pre-production on both the crime drama / thriller The Leash with Cuba Gooding Jr. and Lou Gossett Jr., which is set to shoot late Winter 2015 / 16, and the teen suspense thriller Block Island now set to shoot in early Spring 2016 on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Steve Sahlein now splits his time between his homes in both Hollywood, California and Oxford, Mississippi with his wife Emeline, and two teen children, daughter Rachel (19), and son Erik (17).

Moderators

Friday February 19, 2016 3:00pm - 4:45pm
Oxford Commons Malco Cinema 403 Commonwealth Blvd

3:15pm

Archie's Betty
Limited Capacity seats available

Archie’s Betty

Documentary Feature, 1:19:00, Boston, Massachusetts

Director: Gerald Peary, OFF Alumni (For The Love of Movies, 2010)

Regional Premiere

Screening: Friday, 3:15 p.m. Malco; Saturday, 10 a.m. Malco (plays with The Cut)


An independent documentary search for the real-life characters behind Archie comics.



Artists


Friday February 19, 2016 3:15pm - 5:15pm
Oxford Commons Malco Cinema 403 Commonwealth Blvd

3:15pm

The Cut
Limited Capacity seats available

The Cut

Documentary Short, 5:22, United Kingdom/Netherlands

Director: Jeroen Pool

North America Premiere

Screening: Friday, 3:15 p.m. Malco; Saturday, 10 a.m. Malco (plays with Archie’s Betty)


The Italian hairdresser Rodrigo has outspoken views on hairdressing and beauty. For him outer beauty, the sculpture, is inextricably linked with inner beauty, the soul. Anyone can cut hair, but hairdressing is about truly understanding and connecting with the person whose hair you are cutting.



Artists


Friday February 19, 2016 3:15pm - 5:15pm
Oxford Commons Malco Cinema 403 Commonwealth Blvd

3:15pm

The Week
Limited Capacity seats available

The Week

Narrative Feature, 1:37:00, Los Angeles, California

Directors:  John W. Mann, Jon Gunn

Regional Premiere

Screening: Friday, 3:15 p.m. Malco; Saturday, noon Malco


Dick Romans is a washed up TV host whose wife leaves him the day before their ten-year anniversary celebration. Alone with his thoughts, his dog, and a ton of booze, Dick decides to go through with the week-long party... by himself. The seven event-filled days become his reluctant vision quest, filled with odd characters, awkward romance, and some long-overdue self examination.



Artists


Friday February 19, 2016 3:15pm - 5:15pm
Oxford Commons Malco Cinema 403 Commonwealth Blvd

3:15pm

Affections
Limited Capacity seats available

Affections

Narrative Short, 16:08, Los Angeles, California

Director: Bridey Elliott

Regional Premiere

Screening: Friday,  3:15 p.m. Powerhouse; Saturday, 10 a.m. Malco (plays in the Relationships block)


A comedy about isolation and loneliness, Affections follows a young woman, adrift, seeking intimacy in the most unlikely places.



Artists


Friday February 19, 2016 3:15pm - 5:15pm
Powerhouse Community Arts Center 413 South 14th St

3:15pm

Atchafalaya
Limited Capacity seats available

Atchafalaya

Narrative Short, 21:00, New Orleans, Louisiana

Director: Brian C Miller Richard

Screening: Friday, 3:15 p.m. Malco; Saturday, 6:45 p.m. Malco (part of the Southern Shorts block)


With his marriage on the rocks, Game Warden Henri Judice is forced to investigate a mysterious call-out deep in the Louisiana swamp before a devastating hurricane tears through the area.



Artists


Friday February 19, 2016 3:15pm - 5:15pm
Oxford Commons Malco Cinema 403 Commonwealth Blvd

3:15pm

Broke Dick Dog
Limited Capacity seats available

Broke Dick Dog

Narrative Short, 11:00, Memphis, Tennessee

Director: G.B. Shannon, OFF Alumni (Fresh Skweezed, Pretty Monsters, Songs in the Key of Death and more)

World Premiere

Screening: Friday, 3:15 p.m. Malco; Saturday, 6:45 p.m. Malco (part of the Southern Shorts block)


Three newly acquainted brothers confront their long absent and indifferent father.



Artists
avatar for Ben Rednour

Ben Rednour

I've noticed a direct correlation to my drinking & the number of times I've been tasered in the workplace.



Friday February 19, 2016 3:15pm - 5:15pm
Oxford Commons Malco Cinema 403 Commonwealth Blvd

3:15pm

Call Me Cappy
Limited Capacity seats available

Call Me Cappy

Narrative Short, 17:34, New Orleans, Louisiana

Director: Maja Holzinger

Mississippi Premiere

Screening: Friday, 3:15 p.m. Malco; Saturday, 6:45 p.m. Malco (part of the Southern Shorts block)


Wally, a bowling alley manager in his 60s, leads a perfectly uneventful life. One day, he receives a piece junk of mail informing him that he has won a tropical cruise. Wally slowly becomes more and more intrigued by the idea of seeing the ocean for the first time.




Friday February 19, 2016 3:15pm - 5:15pm
Oxford Commons Malco Cinema 403 Commonwealth Blvd

3:15pm

Little Sticker
Limited Capacity seats available

Little Sticker

Narrative Short, 5:00, Savannah, Georgia

Director: Michael Jackson Chaney

World Premiere

Screening: Friday, 3:15 p.m. Malco; Saturday, 6:45 p.m. Malco (part of the Southern Shorts block)


A couple arrives home after a tragic loss.  As they process their situation they engage in very different methods of grieving and struggle over how to address the remnants of a kitschy family icon. Ultimately they come to terms with the possibility of reconciliation and remembrance.





Friday February 19, 2016 3:15pm - 5:15pm
Oxford Commons Malco Cinema 403 Commonwealth Blvd

3:15pm

Losing It
Limited Capacity seats available

Losing It

Narrative Short, 19:32, Los Angeles, CA

Director: Nathaniel Katzman

Mississippi Premiere

Screening: Friday, 3:15 p.m. Powerhouse; Saturday. 10 a.m. Malco (plays in the Relationships block)


Mackenzie and Alexander discover they are pregnant while on tour with their band and are forced to make a decision that feels far beyond their years.



Artists


Friday February 19, 2016 3:15pm - 5:15pm
Powerhouse Community Arts Center 413 South 14th St

3:15pm

Nirvana: A Short Film about Lung Cancer
Limited Capacity seats available

Nirvana: A Short Film About Lung Cancer

Narrative Short, 15:54, Chattahoochee, Georgia

Director: J. Michael Hicks (OFF Alum: Picture Show, 2014)

Regional Premiere

Screening: Friday, 3:15 p.m. Malco; Saturday, 6:45 p.m. Malco (part of the Southern shorts block)


Inspired by the director's own personal journey.  After running away from her home, a young cancer patient meets a grieving widower in a dilapidated cemetery. Lost in their own tragedies, the two converse about life, death and the spiritual self.



Artists
JH

Jonathan Hicks

Self-Employed



Friday February 19, 2016 3:15pm - 5:15pm
Oxford Commons Malco Cinema 403 Commonwealth Blvd

3:15pm

Paperous
Limited Capacity seats available

Paperous

Narrative Short, 8:11, Savannah, Georgia

Director: Miles Carby

Regional Premiere

Screening: Friday 3:15 p.m. Malco; Saturday, 6:45 p.m. Malco (part of the Southern Shorts block)


Michael, unnoticed, but ever-observant, is going through a transformation brought on by the divorce of his parents. In this coming of age adventure, he fights to preserve the only life he knows.

 




Friday February 19, 2016 3:15pm - 5:15pm
Oxford Commons Malco Cinema 403 Commonwealth Blvd

3:15pm

Preggo
Limited Capacity seats available

Preggo

Narrative Short, 7:52, Los Angeles, California

Director: Kristin Slaysman

Mississippi Premiere

Screening: Friday, 3:15 p.m. Powerhouse; Saturda,y 10 a.m. Malco (plays in the Relationships block)


Sam is thirty, single, broke and nine months pregnant in NYC. So... everything is fine.



Artists
avatar for Kristin Slaysman

Kristin Slaysman

Producer, Dr. Brinks & Dr. Brinks — Explosive Bolts Films
Producer/Actor | Dr. Brinks & Dr. Brinks, AFF Comedy Vanguard



Friday February 19, 2016 3:15pm - 5:15pm
Powerhouse Community Arts Center 413 South 14th St

3:15pm

Spare Rooms
Limited Capacity seats available

Spare Rooms

Narrative Short, 17:00, Baltimore, Maryland

Director: Matthew T. Bowden

Screening: Friday, 3:15 p.m. Powerhouse; Saturday, 10 a.m. Malco (plays in the Relationships block)


1985. The rural Midwest. When a same-sex family's teenage son, Will, invites his friend Walker to stay overnight, Will's parents, Rae and Marie, create elaborate plans to appear in the closet. But when those plans backfire, they discover the key to a good lie is in its details.



Artists


Friday February 19, 2016 3:15pm - 5:15pm
Powerhouse Community Arts Center 413 South 14th St

3:15pm

Take with Water
Limited Capacity seats available

Take With Water

Narrative Short, 9:55, Savannah, Georgia

Director: Tara O'Sullivan

Regional Premiere

Screening: Friday, 3:15 p.m. Powerhouse; Saturday, 10 a.m. Malco (plays in the Relationships block)


After her first one night stand, Emma navigates the awkward and unfamiliar world of casual sex and learns to embrace her sexuality.


Friday February 19, 2016 3:15pm - 5:15pm
Powerhouse Community Arts Center 413 South 14th St

3:15pm

The Bravest, The Boldest
Limited Capacity seats available

The Bravest, the Boldest

Narrative Short, 16:53, Los Angeles, California

Director: Moon Molson

Mississippi Premiere

Screening: Friday, 3:15 p.m. Powerhouse; Saturday, 10 a.m. Malco (plays in the Relationships block)


A young mother in a Harlem housing project realizes the arrival of two uniformed soldiers brings news she can't bring herself to accept.



Artists


Friday February 19, 2016 3:15pm - 5:15pm
Powerhouse Community Arts Center 413 South 14th St

3:15pm

The Favor
Limited Capacity seats available

 

The Favor

Narrative Short, 10:36

Director: Eileen Myers

World Premiere

Screening: Friday, 3:15 p.m. Powerhouse; Saturday, 10 a.m. Malco (plays in the Relationships block)


The Favor explores what it means to be a daughter, a husband and ultimately a partner. Ellen and Ralph have differing views on how to handle Ellen's dying mother's imminent passing. Finding a weathered photograph of her mother in happier times, Ellen is convinced this youthful love is what her mother needs to make her death easier.



Artists


Friday February 19, 2016 3:15pm - 5:15pm
Powerhouse Community Arts Center 413 South 14th St

3:15pm

Three Fingers
Limited Capacity seats available

Three Fingers

Narrative Short, 12:30, Nashville, TN

Director: Paul D. Hart

Mississippi Premiere

Screening: Friday, 3:15 p.m. Malco; Saturday, 6:45 p.m. Malco (part of the Southern Shorts block)


A young female Marine war veteran navigates her disintegrating life until there is nothing left but to make a choice.



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Virginia Newcomb

Actor/Producer
Oh, you know; movies, art, the South. I play serious a lot in said movies, but I'm actually pretty ridiculous. Come say HI! at the premiere of UNION or screenings of shorts FATED TO REPEAT & SPACE WIND. Also, moderating the panel, Film and Political Action.



Friday February 19, 2016 3:15pm - 5:15pm
Oxford Commons Malco Cinema 403 Commonwealth Blvd

3:15pm

Tumble Dry Low
Limited Capacity seats available

Tumble Dry Low

Narrative Short, 7:00, Dallas, Texas

Director: Jefferson Stein

Mississippi Premiere

Screening: Friday ,3:15 p.m. Malco; Saturday, 6:45 p.m. Malco (part of the Southern Shorts block)


A little girl and her father deal with loss in East Texas.





Friday February 19, 2016 3:15pm - 5:15pm
Oxford Commons Malco Cinema 403 Commonwealth Blvd

3:30pm

Forced Move
Limited Capacity seats available

Forced Move

Mississippi Narrative Feature, 1:19:00, Water Valley, MS

Director: Tony Bloodworth

World Premiere

Screening: Friday, 3:30 p.m. Conference Center; Saturday, 10 a.m. Malco


A man discovers a series of brutal murders while on his daily jog.  Realizing his home is next in the path of the killers, he races with all he's got to save his family



Artists


Friday February 19, 2016 3:30pm - 5:15pm
Oxford Conference Center 102 Ed Perry Blvd.

5:15pm

Finding Cleveland
Limited Capacity seats available

Finding Cleveland

Mississippi Documentary, 12:24

Director: Larissa Lam

Mississippi Premiere

Screening: Friday, 5:15 p.m. Conference Center; Sunday, 1 p.m. Malco (part of the Mississippi Documentary block)


Finding Cleveland is a documentary short film that follows Charles Chiu and his family on an emotional journey as they take a trip to Cleveland, Mississippi to visit the grave site of Charles’ father, KC Lou.



Artists


Friday February 19, 2016 5:15pm - 7:15pm
Oxford Conference Center 102 Ed Perry Blvd.

5:15pm

Living with HIV
Limited Capacity seats available

Living with HIV

Mississippi Documentary, 28:09

Director: Kathryn A. Rodenmeyer

Screening: Friday, 5:15 p.m. Conference Center; Sunday, 1 p.m. Malco (part of the Mississippi Documentary block)

Mississippi, the 'buckle' of the Bible Belt, ranks 7th in the U.S. for prevalence of HIV infection. Young African American men are the fastest growing group to become infected with HIV. In "Living with HIV," those infected with HIV share their stories and how they are living with this incurable condition.



Friday February 19, 2016 5:15pm - 7:15pm
Oxford Conference Center 102 Ed Perry Blvd.

5:15pm

Locked Out: A Mississippi Success Story
Limited Capacity seats available

Locked Out: A Mississippi Success Story

Mississippi Documentary, 26:53

Director: Sean W. Malone

Screening: Friday, 5:15 p.m. Conference Center; Sunday, 1 p.m. Malco (part of the Mississippi Documentary block)


Locked Out chronicles the struggles and success of Melony Armstrong, an entrepreneur who fought state restrictions to become the first professional African hair braider in Mississippi. Her victory struck down laws which required aspiring natural hair professionals to endure years of expensive licensing that only be

Artists


Friday February 19, 2016 5:15pm - 7:15pm
Oxford Conference Center 102 Ed Perry Blvd.

5:15pm

Mo About Joe
Limited Capacity seats available

Mo’ About Joe

Mississippi Documentary, 24:51

Director: Tim O'Grady

World Premiere

Screening: Friday, 5:15 p.m. Conference Center; Sunday, 1 p.m. Malco (part of the Mississippi Documentary block)


"Outsider" artist Joe Wrenn of Charleston, Mississippi is featured in this 25-minute documentary. We glimpse into his life and his amazing and storied paintings.



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John Allison

Systems Analyst, MS Dept. Rehab Services
Born in Manhattan, NY, the son of Jazz/Blues Musician, Mose Allison. | Moved to Mississippi in 2011 at age 50. | John received a Master's Degree in Telecommunications from NYU in 1986. | Co-produced, FDNY Dream Bike, documentary film, in honor of 9/11. John worked at the WTC for 11... Read More →



Friday February 19, 2016 5:15pm - 7:15pm
Oxford Conference Center 102 Ed Perry Blvd.

5:15pm

The Black Definition
Limited Capacity seats available

The Black Definition

Mississippi Documentary, 11:03

Director: Michael Fant

Regional Premiere

Screening: Friday, 5:15 p.m. Conference Center; Sunday, 1 p.m. Malco (part of the Mississippi Documentary block)


Seven black male students discuss the racial climate in America today, including stereotypes, police brutality and progression.

Artists


Friday February 19, 2016 5:15pm - 7:15pm
Oxford Conference Center 102 Ed Perry Blvd.

5:30pm

Dixie
Limited Capacity seats available

Dixie

Documentary Feature, 1:33:00, Syracuse, New York

Director: Ryan Kelley

Mississippi Premiere

Screening: Friday, 5:30 p.m. Malco; Saturday, 4:45 p.m Conference Center (plays with High Water Mark)


The song “Dixie” has haunted the United States for over 150 years. Written in 1859 by a blackface minstrel, the song became the national anthem for the confederacy during the American Civil War. Modern musicians, both black and white, have reinterpreted the song and offered new insights into what it means to be an American, and what the future holds for America's most dangerous song.



Artists


Friday February 19, 2016 5:30pm - 7:30pm
Oxford Commons Malco Cinema 403 Commonwealth Blvd

5:30pm

High Water Mark
Limited Capacity seats available

High Water Mark

Documentary Short, 3:12

Director: Tom Varisco

Mississippi Premiere

Screening: Friday, 5:30 p.m. Malco; Saturday 4:45 p.m Conference Center (plays with Dixie)


This short film contrasts sound recordings of the media’s dire Hurricane Katrina coverage with stunning views of a rebuilt New Orleans 10 years after.



Artists


Friday February 19, 2016 5:30pm - 7:30pm
Oxford Commons Malco Cinema 403 Commonwealth Blvd

5:30pm

The Missing Girl
Limited Capacity seats available

The Missing Girl

Narrative Feature, 1:29:00

Director: A.D. Calvo

Mississippi Premiere

Screening: Friday, 5:30 p.m. Powerhouse; Saturday 2:30 p.m. Malco (plays with Stockholm)


The Missing Girl  tells the story of Mort, the lonely and disillusioned owner of a comic book shop, and Ellen, the emotionally disruptive, aspiring graphic novelist he's hired. The story involves the search for a girl who isn’t missing and the discovery that it's never too late for late bloomers.



Artists


Friday February 19, 2016 5:30pm - 7:30pm
Powerhouse Community Arts Center 413 South 14th St

5:30pm

Actor Seeks Role
Limited Capacity seats available

Actor Seeks Role

Narrative Short, 19:00, Brooklyn, New York

Director: Michael Tyburski

Mississippi Premiere

Screening: Friday, 5:30 p.m. Malco; Saturday, 2:30 p.m. Malco (plays in the Fantasy block)


An aspiring method actor (Alex Karpovsky) in New York City resorts to medical acting, a part-time gig performing the symptoms of various illnesses for student doctors.





Friday February 19, 2016 5:30pm - 7:30pm
Oxford Commons Malco Cinema 403 Commonwealth Blvd

5:30pm

Flash
Limited Capacity seats available

Flash

Narrative Short, 7:00, Spain

Director: Alberto Ruiz Rojo

Mississippi Premiere

Screening: Friday, 5:30 p.m. Malco; Saturday, 2:30 p.m. Malco (plays in the Fantasy block)


When a man looks at the photo strip he just took of himself in a photo booth, he cannot believe what he sees





Friday February 19, 2016 5:30pm - 7:30pm
Oxford Commons Malco Cinema 403 Commonwealth Blvd

5:30pm

Hit & Run
Limited Capacity seats available

Hit & Run

Narrative Short, 6:40

Director: Jordan Liebowitz (OFF Alumnus, Bingo Night, 2015)

World Premiere

Screening: Friday, 5:30 p.m. Malco; Saturday, 2:30 p.m. Malco (plays in the Fantasy block)


After a car accident disrupts their plans, two low level drug dealers scramble to dispose of the evidence only to discover their unwitting victim may be far more dangerous than they first imagined.





Friday February 19, 2016 5:30pm - 7:30pm
Oxford Commons Malco Cinema 403 Commonwealth Blvd

5:30pm

Intersection
Limited Capacity seats available

Intersection

Narrative Short, 19:40, Santa Monica, California

Director: Brendan Beachman, (OFF Alum, Stasis, 2009)

Regional Premiere

Screening: Friday, 5:30 p.m. Malco; Saturday, 2:30 p.m. Malco (plays in the Fantasy block)

Two road construction workers flag for non existent vehicles on a remote intersection. The monotony of their day is smashed by the violent arrival of an object from the sky.





Friday February 19, 2016 5:30pm - 7:30pm
Oxford Commons Malco Cinema 403 Commonwealth Blvd

5:30pm

Night of the Slasher
Limited Capacity seats available

Night of the Slasher

Narrative Short, 11:16

Director: Shant Hamassian

Screening: Friday, 5:30 p.m. Malco; Saturday, 2:30 p.m. Malco (plays in the Fantasy block)


A 'shot-in-one-take' slasher film about a teenage girl who must commit horror movie sins by drinking alcohol, doing drugs, and having sex in order to lure a masked killer and exact revenge.





Friday February 19, 2016 5:30pm - 7:30pm
Oxford Commons Malco Cinema 403 Commonwealth Blvd

5:30pm

Stockholm
Limited Capacity seats available

Stockholm

Narrative Short, 9:00, Spain

Director: Álvaro Martín

Mississippi Premiere

Screening: Friday, 5:30 p.m. Powerhouse; Saturday, 2:30 p.m. Malco (plays with The Missing Girl)


Writing a school report about your father’s occupation can be a challenge, especially when his work is disturbing.



Artists


Friday February 19, 2016 5:30pm - 7:30pm
Powerhouse Community Arts Center 413 South 14th St

5:30pm

Zero
Limited Capacity seats available

Zero

Narrative Short, 29:00, Spain

Director: David Victori

Producers: Ridley Scott , Michael Fassbender, Eduardo Verástegui

Regional Premiere

Screening: Friday, 5:30 p.m. Malco; 2:30 Saturday Malco (plays in the Fantasy block)


A boy and his father are emotionally and physically separated on the day earth intermittently loses gravity. The boy is wrestling with questions about his mother's death, while his father desperately tries to find his son as the world is rising and collapsing around him.



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David Victori

Director, Zero



Friday February 19, 2016 5:30pm - 7:30pm
Oxford Commons Malco Cinema 403 Commonwealth Blvd

5:45pm

Saved by Grace
Limited Capacity seats available

Saved by Grace

Special Screening

Narrative Feature, Mississippi

Director: Johnny Remo


A retired police officer, despondent over the loss of his family, contemplates a dramatic decision which will change his life forever, until he meets a mysterious woman who, through her personal stories, gives him a reason to re-examine what is most important to him.



Artists


Friday February 19, 2016 5:45pm - 7:15pm
Oxford Commons Malco Cinema 403 Commonwealth Blvd

6:00pm

Booker Wright's Mashup
Limited Capacity seats available

Booker Wright's Mashup

Mississippi Music Video, 2:50

Director: George Gross

World Premiere

Screening: Friday, 6 p.m. The Round Table; Saturday, 4:45 p.m. Malco (part of Music Video block)


A musical video mashup of Booker Wright's infamous 1966 monologue on NBC News' TV documentary, Mississippi: A Self Portrait.





Friday February 19, 2016 6:00pm - 7:30pm
The Round Table 132 Courthouse Square, Oxford MS 38655

6:00pm

Bottle of Sunshine
Limited Capacity seats available

Bottle of Sunshine

Mississippi Music Video, 2:58

Director: Damein Wash

World Premiere

Screening: Friday, 6 p.m. The Round Table; Saturday, 4:45 p.m. Malco (part of Music Video block)


A boy, all clean and dressed up, is denied ice cream and forbidden to get dirty by his mother. She leaves him on the bench as she goes into a shop. Then, a little girl appears.



Artists


Friday February 19, 2016 6:00pm - 7:30pm
The Round Table 132 Courthouse Square, Oxford MS 38655

6:00pm

Fallen Star AJC & The Envelope Pushers
Limited Capacity seats available

Fallen Star AJC & The Envelope Pushers

Mississippi Music Video, 3:40

Director: Clay Hardwick (OFF Alum)

Screening: Friday, 6 p.m. The Round Table; Saturday, 4:45 p.m. Malco (part of Music Video block)


Fallen Star is what happens when you make it to the top. This music video combines three original songs into a cinematic narrative, following AJC into a world of bitter famedom. Of course, making a deal at the crossroads has its costs.



Artists


Friday February 19, 2016 6:00pm - 7:30pm
The Round Table 132 Courthouse Square, Oxford MS 38655

6:00pm

Fiddler's Green
Limited Capacity seats available

Fiddler’s Green

Mississippi Music Video, 5:55

Director: Thad Lee (OFF Alumni: Bill Lilly Builds a Greenhouse, 2011 and more)

Screening: Friday, 6 p.m. The Round Table; Saturday, 4:45 p.m. Malco (part of Music Video block)


A song about a mysterious afterworld for people who are too bad for Heaven and too good for Hell.



Artists


Friday February 19, 2016 6:00pm - 7:30pm
The Round Table 132 Courthouse Square, Oxford MS 38655

6:00pm

Kudzu Kings 20th Anniversary Show
Limited Capacity seats available

Kudzu Kings 20th Anniversary

Mississippi Music Video, 17:34

Director: Tate Moore

World Premiere

Screening: Friday, 6 p.m. The Round Table; Saturday, 4:45 p.m. Malco (part of Music Video block)


Kudzu Kings celebrate 20 years as a band at a special one night show at the Lyric Oxford.



Artists


Friday February 19, 2016 6:00pm - 7:30pm
The Round Table 132 Courthouse Square, Oxford MS 38655

6:00pm

Ole Miss Rebel Blues
Limited Capacity seats available

Ole Miss Rebel Blues

Mississippi Music Video, 4:52

Directors: Nancy Maria Balach, Katie McLaughlin

World Premiere

Screening: Friday, 6 p.m. The Round Table; Saturday, 4:45 p.m. Malco (part of Music Video block)


The “Ole Miss Rebel Blues” celebrates music, football, and the social culture of Oxford, Mississippi.  This Mississippi music video was created, produced, and performed by established artists (University of Mississippi faculty and alumni), who worked side by side with current UM students and children from the Oxford community.





Friday February 19, 2016 6:00pm - 7:30pm
The Round Table 132 Courthouse Square, Oxford MS 38655

6:00pm

One Star Delta Night
Limited Capacity seats available

One Star Delta Night

Mississippi Music Video, 3:40

Director: Jason Rochelle

World Premiere

Screening: Friday, 6 p.m. The Round Table; Saturday, 4:45 p.m. Malco (part of Music Video block)


A love story in the heart of the Mississippi Delta. A night where everything is just right. Where a romantic night turns into a beautiful relationship.



Artists


Friday February 19, 2016 6:00pm - 7:30pm
The Round Table 132 Courthouse Square, Oxford MS 38655

6:00pm

Preacherman
Limited Capacity seats available

Preacherman

Mississippi Music Video, 7:04

Director: Calum Macdiarmid

Screening: Friday, 6 p.m. The Round Table; Saturday, 4:45 p.m. Malco (part of Music Video block)


Music video featuring Melody Gardot, based on the story of civil rights hero Emmett Till.



Artists


Friday February 19, 2016 6:00pm - 7:30pm
The Round Table 132 Courthouse Square, Oxford MS 38655

6:00pm

Rock Me Slow
Limited Capacity seats available

Rock Me Slow

Mississippi Music Video, 3:40

Director: Edward Valibus (OFF Alumni: Songs in the Key of Death, 2014)

Screening: Friday, 6 p.m. The Round Table; Saturday, 4:45 p.m. Malco (part of Music Video Block)


Alone with her just her thoughts, a bottle of bourbon, and her music, Faith Evans Ruch dwells on heartbreak and sorrow.



Artists


Friday February 19, 2016 6:00pm - 7:30pm
The Round Table 132 Courthouse Square, Oxford MS 38655

6:00pm

RureMarm
Limited Capacity seats available

Ruremarm

Mississippi Music Video, 3:12

Directors: Josephus Martin, Melvin Robinson (Theca Jones)

Screening: Friday, 6 p.m. The Round Table; Saturday, 4:45 p.m. Malco (part of Music Video Block)


A music video about Skipp Coon, a husband, father, son, visual and performing artist.





Friday February 19, 2016 6:00pm - 7:30pm
The Round Table 132 Courthouse Square, Oxford MS 38655

6:00pm

The Happy Song
Limited Capacity seats available

The Happy Song

Mississippi Music Video, 5:25

Director: Coop Cooper (OFF Alum: The Best Day, 2012)

Screening: Friday, 6 p.m. The Round Table; Saturday, 4:45 p.m. Malco (part of Music Video block)


A music video by Blackwater Trio. Three lonely people having a bad day receive a mysterious invitation to an event which will change their lives.

 



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Coop Cooper

A native of Clarksdale, Mississippi, Coop Cooper earned his BFA in Cinema at Southern Methodist University and an MFA in Screenwriting at the American Film Institute in Hollywood. He remained in Hollywood to pursue a career in screenwriting and write script coverage for production... Read More →



Friday February 19, 2016 6:00pm - 7:30pm
The Round Table 132 Courthouse Square, Oxford MS 38655

6:00pm

Women and Work
Limited Capacity seats available

Women and Work

Mississippi Music Video, 3:23

Director: Jonathan Pekar

Screening: Friday, 6 p.m. The Round Table; Saturday, 4:45 p.m. Malco (part of Music Video block)


A music video that celebrates the great Southern band Lucero’s music and character.



Artists


Friday February 19, 2016 6:00pm - 7:30pm
The Round Table 132 Courthouse Square, Oxford MS 38655

7:00pm

Blackwater Trio Concert
Blackwater Trio will perform at Shelter on Van Buren from 7-9 on Friday. The band is also featured in a music video at the festival. Cover is $5 and cash bar! 

Friday February 19, 2016 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Shelter on Van Buren 1221 Van Buren Ave

7:30pm

Conversation with Greg Sestero
Limited Capacity seats available

JUST ANNOUNCED!

Conversation with Greg Sestero of The Room and Dude Bro Party Massacre III and writer of The Disaster Artist

FREE: 7:30-8:30 pm. MALCO, Screen 1
 


Friday February 19, 2016 7:30pm - 8:30pm
Oxford Commons Malco Cinema 403 Commonwealth Blvd

7:30pm

Tate Moore Concert and OFF Party
Join us after the music video block for a live performance from Tate Moore and enjoy appetizers from The Round Table. VIP passes and above get in free but tickets are open to the general public for $10 (includes music video block at 6 p.m.)

Friday February 19, 2016 7:30pm - 9:30pm
The Round Table 132 Courthouse Square, Oxford MS 38655

7:45pm

A King's Betrayal
Limited Capacity seats available

A King’s Betrayal

Narrative Short, 8:27, Los Angeles, California

Director: David A Bornstein

Screening: Friday, 7:45 p.m., Malco; Saturday, 12:15 p.m. Malco (in the Lighter Side block)


The final 24 hours in the life of a Piñata, as told from the Piñata's perspective.





Friday February 19, 2016 7:45pm - 9:30pm
Oxford Commons Malco Cinema 403 Commonwealth Blvd

7:45pm

Put Down
Limited Capacity seats available

Put Down

Narrative Short, Run 10:00, United Kingdom

Director: Rick Limentani

Mississippi Premiere

Screening: Friday, 7:45 p.m. Malco; Saturday, 12:15 p.m. Malco (in the Lighter Side block)


John is a socially awkward man in a downward spiral of debt, until a lucky accident propels him into a new career as a black-market pet exterminator. In these difficult times, some families can no longer afford a pet. John has some inventive ways to help them.



Artists


Friday February 19, 2016 7:45pm - 9:30pm
Oxford Commons Malco Cinema 403 Commonwealth Blvd

7:45pm

Scrabble
Limited Capacity seats available

SCRABBLE

Narrative Short, 11:25, Switzerland

Director: Cristian Sulser

Regional Premiere

Screening: Friday, 7:45 p.m. Malco; Saturday, 12:15 p.m. Malco (in the Lighter Side block)


Scrabble addresses the secret desire to break out of the routine of a loveless relationship and illuminates with irony the depths of humanity behind a traditional façade – using a simple board game.

 



Artists


Friday February 19, 2016 7:45pm - 9:30pm
Oxford Commons Malco Cinema 403 Commonwealth Blvd

7:45pm

Snow Day
Limited Capacity seats available

Snow Day

Narrative Short, 3:06, Memphis, Tennessee

Director: Drew Smith (OFF Alum: Book of Noah, 2008; Being Awesome, 2014)

Mississippi Premiere

Screening: Friday, 7:45 p.m. Malco; Saturday, 12:15 p.m. Malco (in the Lighter Side block)

Nothing's more exciting to a kid in Memphis than the one snow day the

Artists


Friday February 19, 2016 7:45pm - 9:30pm
Oxford Commons Malco Cinema 403 Commonwealth Blvd

7:45pm

Sweetly Broken
Limited Capacity seats available

Sweetly Broken

Narrative Short, 5:25, Czech Republic

Director: Chung Lam

Regional Premiere

Screening: Friday, 7:45 p.m. Malco; Saturday, 12:15 p.m. Malco (in the Lighter Side block)


It's what happens when a boy puppet gets separated from the girl puppet of his love and the lengths he goes to to reunite with her.

Artists


Friday February 19, 2016 7:45pm - 9:30pm
Oxford Commons Malco Cinema 403 Commonwealth Blvd

7:45pm

The Red Thunder
Limited Capacity seats available

The Red Thunder

Narrative Short, 6:26, Spain

Director: Alvaro Ron

Mississippi Premiere

Screening: Friday, 5:30 p.m. Malco; Saturday, 2:30 p.m. Malco (plays in the Fantasy block)


Sarah (Allie Grant, Weeds), a nerdy teenager, needs her mom's brand new car to go on a date with Danny (Miles Heizer Parenthood), the boy she is in love with. Her mom, Dr. Thun (Karen Strassman, Silicon Valley), an absent minded podiatrist, is concerned about Sarah driving by the dangerous streets of downtown Los Angeles. She tells her daughter she may need her car if one of her patients has an emergency, but Sarah decides to disobey her mom and steal the car. Little does she know the vehicle is actually part of a secret Dr. Thun keeps and this discovery will change Sarah's life forever.

 



Artists


Friday February 19, 2016 7:45pm - 9:30pm
Oxford Commons Malco Cinema 403 Commonwealth Blvd

7:45pm

The Sibling Code
Limited Capacity seats available

The Sibling Code

Narrative Short, 6:45, Altadena, CA

Director: Roberta Munroe

Screening: Friday, 7:45 p.m. Malco; Saturday, 12:15 p.m. Malco (in the Lighter Side block)


In the midst of choosing between a traditional Miyazaki funeral and letting the ashes be one with the wind,  Austin and Sheryl duke it out.



Artists

Friday February 19, 2016 7:45pm - 9:30pm
Oxford Commons Malco Cinema 403 Commonwealth Blvd

7:45pm

Twisted
Limited Capacity seats available

Twisted

Narrative Short, 5:53, Australia

Director: Stuart Bowen

Regional Premiere

Screening: Friday, 7:45 p.m. Malco; Saturday, 12:15 p.m. Malco (in the Lighter Side block)


The Good, The Bad and the Inflatable.  School reunions are strange for anyone, but especially our socially awkward hero. When the girl of his middle school dreams makes her appearance known, he will stop at nothing to win her over...even if it means going into a unique and totally bonkers balloon battle with his old bully and school nemesis one last time.





Friday February 19, 2016 7:45pm - 9:30pm
Oxford Commons Malco Cinema 403 Commonwealth Blvd

7:45pm

The Keepers
Limited Capacity seats available

The Keepers

Documentary Feature, 1:10:00, Memphis, TN

Director: Sara Kaye Larson , Joann Self Selvidge

Mississippi Premiere

Screening: Friday, 7:45 p.m. Malco; Saturday, 7 p.m. Malco; plays with Bookin'


The Keepers is a portrait of the personalities and work of zookeepers shot with unprecedented behind-the-scenes access at the Memphis Zoo. A bittersweet, nonjudgemental look at what it means to find a place for yourself, working a job that you love.





Friday February 19, 2016 7:45pm - 9:45pm
Oxford Commons Malco Cinema 403 Commonwealth Blvd

7:45pm

Bookin'
Limited Capacity seats available

Bookin'

Documentary Short, 18:03, Memphis, Tennessee

Directors: John Kirkscey and Billie Worley

Mississippi Premiere

Screening: Friday, 7:45 p.m. Malco; Saturday, 7 p.m. Malco; plays with The Keepers


Two Memphis jookers and two ballet dancers fuse their distinct dance styles to a soundtrack that mixes hip-hop beats and cello at a famous Memphis juke joint.  Shot in Memphis, Tennessee at the historic Earnestine & Hazel's.





Friday February 19, 2016 7:45pm - 9:45pm
Oxford Commons Malco Cinema 403 Commonwealth Blvd

7:45pm

Si
Limited Capacity seats available

Si

Narrative Short, 4:34, New Orleans, Louisiana

Director: Samantha Smith

Mississippi Premiere

Screening: Friday, 7:45 p.m. Malco; Saturday, 12:15 p.m. Malco (in the Lighter Side block)


A magical tale that follows Si, a temperamental 6 year old, who gets a goldfish from her parents after begging for a puppy.



Artists


Friday February 19, 2016 7:45pm - 9:45pm
Oxford Commons Malco Cinema 403 Commonwealth Blvd

8:00pm

Spaghettiman
Limited Capacity seats available

Spaghetti Man

Special Screening

Narrative Feature, 1:28:00, Los Angeles, California

Director: Mark Potts

World Premiere

Screening: Friday, 8 p.m. Conference Center


Clark doesn't care about you. He doesn't care about the world. He barely cares about himself. But after an incident with an old bowl of spaghetti and a malfunctioning microwave, he becomes a superhero that can fight crime with the power of spaghetti. However, you have to pay him.

 



Artists


Friday February 19, 2016 8:00pm - 9:30pm
Oxford Conference Center 102 Ed Perry Blvd.

8:15pm

Slip, Tumble and Slide
Limited Capacity seats available

Slip, Tumble and Slide

Special Screening

Narrative Feature, 1:36:00

Director: Max Myers

Screening: Friday, 8:15 p.m. Powerhouse


A family struggles to help the father (Scott Wilson) stop drinking and regain the close ties he once had to his sons and to his wife (Katherine Ross). With love, faith and music the come together as a family.



Artists


Friday February 19, 2016 8:15pm - 9:45pm
Powerhouse Community Arts Center 413 South 14th St

8:45pm

Embers
Limited Capacity seats available

Embers

Narrative Feature, 1:25:29

Director: Claire Carré

Mississippi Premiere

Screening: Friday, 8:30 p.m. Malco; Sunday, 3:15 p.m. Malco (plays with Mother’s Day)


After a global neurological epidemic, those who remain search for meaning and connection in a world without memory. Five interwoven stories explore how we might learn, love and communicate in a future that has no past.

 



Artists


Friday February 19, 2016 8:45pm - 10:45pm
Oxford Commons Malco Cinema 403 Commonwealth Blvd

8:45pm

Mother's Day
Limited Capacity seats available

Mother’s Day

Narrative Short, 6:51, Hicksville, New York

Director: Jeff Tan

Mississippi Premiere

Screening: Friday, 8:30 p.m. Malco; Sunday, 3:15 p.m. Malco (plays with Embers)


Tragedy forces Mary (Academy Award Winner Melissa Leo) and her son Jay (Gabriel Furman) to say goodbye forever.



Artists


Friday February 19, 2016 8:45pm - 10:45pm
Oxford Commons Malco Cinema 403 Commonwealth Blvd

10:00pm

Ladies of the House
Limited Capacity seats available

Ladies of the House

Narrative Feature, 1:33:00, New York

Director: John Wildman

Screening: Friday, 10 p.m. Malco


The Ladies of the House follows the events surrounding a birthday outing with two brothers and a friend which turns into a horrific fight for survival after they become trapped in a house with a "family" of malevolent women who enjoy a pin-up lifestyle and a special diet.



Artists
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John Wildman

Publicist/Journalist, Wildworks PR/Festworks.com
John Wildman is a multi-faceted presence in the entertainment world, known for his work as a film and film festival publicist, consultant, filmmaker, journalist, and critic. | | Currently, Wildman is the publicist and consultant for a number of national regional film festivals... Read More →



Friday February 19, 2016 10:00pm - 11:45pm
Oxford Commons Malco Cinema 403 Commonwealth Blvd
 
Saturday, February 20
 

9:00am

Kid's Film Workshop
Limited Capacity seats available

Improv genius Bruce Butler teaches children the art of improv acting and then works with them to film a short about what they have learned. Open to ages 5-12.

 The workshop will include some improv warm ups followed by a writing session to discuss what we are going to do with the film and develop a plot. We will then work on characters and scenes with an emphasis on improving them on each review. Assignments and roles will be given and then we will shoot a short film utilizing the ideas that we have created. Free.

Bruce Butler

Bruce Butler is the director of Laff Co., a local comedy group, where he has honed the craft of improv comedy and sketch writing. He has also been the director of the Southeastern Comedy Arts Festival, a gathering of comedians and groups from all around, for the last six years. His is the host of an open mic comedy night that occurs every month and has performed stand up in a wide variety of places including France and Croatia.



Speakers


Saturday February 20, 2016 9:00am - 12:00pm
Powerhouse Community Arts Center 413 South 14th St

10:00am

Preggo
Limited Capacity seats available

Preggo

Narrative Short, 7:52, Los Angeles, California

Director: Kristin Slaysman

Mississippi Premiere

Screening: Friday, 3:15 p.m. Powerhouse; Saturda,y 10 a.m. Malco (plays in the Relationships block)


Sam is thirty, single, broke and nine months pregnant in NYC. So... everything is fine.



Artists
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Kristin Slaysman

Producer, Dr. Brinks & Dr. Brinks — Explosive Bolts Films
Producer/Actor | Dr. Brinks & Dr. Brinks, AFF Comedy Vanguard



Saturday February 20, 2016 10:00am - 11:45am
Oxford Commons Malco Cinema 403 Commonwealth Blvd

10:00am

Archie's Betty
Limited Capacity seats available

Archie’s Betty

Documentary Feature, 1:19:00, Boston, Massachusetts

Director: Gerald Peary, OFF Alumni (For The Love of Movies, 2010)

Regional Premiere

Screening: Friday, 3:15 p.m. Malco; Saturday, 10 a.m. Malco (plays with The Cut)


An independent documentary search for the real-life characters behind Archie comics.



Artists


Saturday February 20, 2016 10:00am - 12:00pm
Oxford Commons Malco Cinema 403 Commonwealth Blvd

10:00am

Layers
Limited Capacity seats available

Layers

Mississippi Documentary, 12:45

Director: Christina Huff

Screening: Friday, 11 a.m. Malco (plays with A Poem is a Naked Person)
Saturday, 10 a.m. Malco (plays with Forced Move) 


Two Mississippians talk about their lives as artists. Claire Whitehurst talks about her art and her stylistic choices, while Jonathan Kent Adams talks about his struggles with his homosexual identity within his art. Using layers within their art is a very big theme for both artists, connecting these two talented artist's stories into one narrative.



Artists
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Christina Huff

Filmmaker



Saturday February 20, 2016 10:00am - 12:00pm
Oxford Commons Malco Cinema 403 Commonwealth Blvd

10:00am

The Cut
Limited Capacity seats available

The Cut

Documentary Short, 5:22, United Kingdom/Netherlands

Director: Jeroen Pool

North America Premiere

Screening: Friday, 3:15 p.m. Malco; Saturday, 10 a.m. Malco (plays with Archie’s Betty)


The Italian hairdresser Rodrigo has outspoken views on hairdressing and beauty. For him outer beauty, the sculpture, is inextricably linked with inner beauty, the soul. Anyone can cut hair, but hairdressing is about truly understanding and connecting with the person whose hair you are cutting.



Artists


Saturday February 20, 2016 10:00am - 12:00pm
Oxford Commons Malco Cinema 403 Commonwealth Blvd

10:00am

Creative Mississippi: Documenting Small Town Stories (Sponsored by the Mississippi Humanities Council)
Limited Capacity seats available

Creative Mississippi: Documenting Small Town Stories

Saturday, February 20, 10 am - noon., Oxford Conference Center

Free courtesy of the Mississippi Humanities Council

 

This film block explores a new wave of artists and influencers who are shaping the emergence of a creative economy in Mississippi.

Films are:

Delta Flavor

Short Documentary, 8 Minutes, Mississippi

Director: Alison Fast

Wednesday, 6 p.m. Powerhouse; Saturday, 10 a.m. Conference Center (part of Food Block and Missisippi Humanities Council sponsored Blue Magnolia Films panel)

Artisan ice cream maker, Hugh Balthrop of Sweet Magnolia Ice Cream Co., invents small-batch recipes like Delta Pecan, Muscadine Gelato and Sweet Tea Sorbet, linking small farmers with major markets, and mentoring youth into first time apprenticeships.

Roots

Special Screening Mississippi Documentary, 12 minutes

Director: Alison Fast

Saturday, 10 a.m. Conference Center (part of Mississippi Humanities Council panel on Blue Magnolia Flms)

Holly Springs conservationists awaken magic, history and a sense of "place" during the Strawberry Plains Audubon Hummingbird Festival, only to uncover the startling roots of ecological resilience in the heart of community.

   

Stitch

Special Screening Mississippi Documentary, 9 minutes

Director: Alison Fast

Saturday, 10 a.m. Conference Center (part of Mississippi Humanities Council panel on Blue Magnolia Flms)

An Oxford-Tupelo company specializing in bespoke, custom-raw-denim, helps to revive the garment industry in northeast Mississippi, tapping local talent, and promising growth and job creation for Mississippi.

 

Yalo

Special Screening Mississippi Documentary, 10 minutes

Director: Alison Fast

Wednesday, 6 p.m. Powerhouse; Saturday, 10 a.m. Conference Center (part of Food Block and Mississippi Humanities Council Blue Magnolia Films block)


 A small town craft brewery hits it big, producing bold new tastes like Miss-iss-IPA, River Ale and small-batch, bourbon barrel-aged stout, in what is formerly a dry county. YALO showcases the persistent rise of creative entrepreneurs in Water Valley, and the importance of small businesses to vitalize Main Street.

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A panel discussion following the screening, hosted by Malcolm White, will spark out-of-box thinking about Mississippi identity and culture, and explore how small towns are revitalizing themselves from within. What principle are we putting into practice? What can we share with communities with similar challenges and opportunities?

 

Sponsored by Mississippi Humanities Council and featuring Blue Magnolia FIlms/Corner To Corner Productions in alliance with Mississippi Office of Creative Economy. Natalie Irby is Executive Producer.

 

 

Moderator: Malcolm White

Malcolm White has served as the unofficial ambassador of Mississippi culture for more than 35 years. As a creative entrepreneur, White spent years working his way through the ranks of the hospitality industry, leading him and his brother Hal to open Hal & Mal’s, a popular downtown Jackson restaurant and entertainment venue. He is also founder of the Mal’s St. Paddy’s Parade, which benefits the Batson’s Hospital for Children and attracts more than 75,000 visitors from around the country to Jackson each year, and WellsFest, a family festival held each year in Jackson.


White recently published Little Stories, a collection of Mississippi photos and experiences from his personal perspective on his home state. White served as Director of Visit Mississippi, the Tourism office of Mississippi Development Authority (MDA) from 2013 to 2015.

 

A native of Stone County, Mississippi, White holds a bachelor’s degree in social studies from the University of Southern Mississippi. Throughout his career, he has been a member of and served on the committees of numerous civic organizations. White is presently involved in a variety of organizations including the Mississippi Freedom Trail, the Mississippi Blues Commission and Mississippi’s Bicentennial Organizing Committee.


 

Alison Fast

Alison Fast is Founder of Blue Magnolia Films, a production company dedicated to social impact filmmaking in the state of Mississippi. She earned a Peabody Award for her work as a Director/Producer at NBC in Los Angeles. Through Barefoot Workshops, she has trained organizations across Africa and Middle East to create films for education and advocacy purposes. Her goal is to use media to engage communities in transformative storytelling. Recent projects include the 45-minute documentary film, Will To Change, about a three-strikes offender who breaks the cycle of recidivism in his life, and a series of films to engage small towns in Mississippi in cultural and economic revitalization.

 

Andy O’Bryan

Andy O'Bryan is a serial entrepreneur from Oxford, Mississippi. He is the owner of Yalobusha Brewing Company, a microbrewery located in Water Valley, Mississippi, and is co-owner of Valley Vinyl, a vintage record shop.  Previous businesses he owned were the UpTop Smoke Shop in Oxford, a retail cigar and tobacco shop that included a private cigar lounge and McAnerney's, a restaurant located in the rural Carroll County community of McCarley. He serves on the Main Street Board of Water Valley and the state level board of the Mississippi Heritage Trust and the Mississippi Creative Economy Advisory Board. Andy's interests include following Ole Miss athletics, Cubs baseball, fly-fishing, beekeeping, and working on his small farmsteads in Tula and McCarley, Mississippi.

 

Hugh Balthrop

Sweet Magnolia Ice Cream Co. is a small-batch artisan ice cream company located in the heart of the Mississippi Delta and is a labor of love for ice cream aficionado and owner, Hugh Balthrop.  From our kitchen to yours, our ice creams are created using premium local ingredients for a uniquely Southern taste that's sure to leave you pleased!

 

Josh West

In 2011, Josh West and Nick Weaver purchased the remains of a long-forsaken garment operation in Memphis, Tennessee, and moved the equipment to their studio in Mississippi. Seven months later, Blue Delta Jean Co. shipped its first custom jean. With unique styles ranging from the Americana to the Cali, all Blue Delta Jeans have minimalist design features that are at the heart of CEO Josh West’s vision. “Jeans are the foundation, not the focal point” West says, “An accomplished musician once told me that if you notice the drummer, he isn’t doing his job.


Mickey Howley

Mickey Howley is the director of the Water Valley Main Street Association. He is the co-owner of Bozarts Gallery. A New Orleans native, he has lived in north Mississippi for 16 years.  He has worked as a commercial shrimper and as a history teacher in the US and overseas in Turkey.  He is starting his 9th year with the Main Street program, 7th as program director.


Mitch Robinson

After thirteen years away pursuing education and professional conservation experience, Mitchell Robinson returned to his native Mississippi in 2013 to invest his skills and energies in a familiar landscape and culture, one in great need of care and consideration. He is currently the Education and Land Manager at Strawberry Plains Audubon Center in Holly Springs, and recently spoke at the inaugural TEDxUM event, with a talk titled “Being A Conservationist in Mississippi: Diversity and Biodiversity.” In and outside of his work, he actively seeks to bridge the gap between humans and the natural world, illuminating our interactions and helping others define a sense of place.



Moderators

Saturday February 20, 2016 10:00am - 12:00pm
Oxford Conference Center 102 Ed Perry Blvd.

10:00am

Forced Move
Limited Capacity seats available

Forced Move

Mississippi Narrative Feature, 1:19:00, Water Valley, MS

Director: Tony Bloodworth

World Premiere

Screening: Friday, 3:30 p.m. Conference Center; Saturday, 10 a.m. Malco


A man discovers a series of brutal murders while on his daily jog.  Realizing his home is next in the path of the killers, he races with all he's got to save his family



Artists


Saturday February 20, 2016 10:00am - 12:00pm
Oxford Commons Malco Cinema 403 Commonwealth Blvd

10:00am

Affections
Limited Capacity seats available

Affections

Narrative Short, 16:08, Los Angeles, California

Director: Bridey Elliott

Regional Premiere

Screening: Friday,  3:15 p.m. Powerhouse; Saturday, 10 a.m. Malco (plays in the Relationships block)


A comedy about isolation and loneliness, Affections follows a young woman, adrift, seeking intimacy in the most unlikely places.



Artists


Saturday February 20, 2016 10:00am - 12:00pm
Oxford Commons Malco Cinema 403 Commonwealth Blvd

10:00am

Losing It
Limited Capacity seats available

Losing It

Narrative Short, 19:32, Los Angeles, CA

Director: Nathaniel Katzman

Mississippi Premiere

Screening: Friday, 3:15 p.m. Powerhouse; Saturday. 10 a.m. Malco (plays in the Relationships block)


Mackenzie and Alexander discover they are pregnant while on tour with their band and are forced to make a decision that feels far beyond their years.



Artists


Saturday February 20, 2016 10:00am - 12:00pm
Oxford Commons Malco Cinema 403 Commonwealth Blvd

10:00am

Spare Rooms
Limited Capacity seats available

Spare Rooms

Narrative Short, 17:00, Baltimore, Maryland

Director: Matthew T. Bowden

Screening: Friday, 3:15 p.m. Powerhouse; Saturday, 10 a.m. Malco (plays in the Relationships block)


1985. The rural Midwest. When a same-sex family's teenage son, Will, invites his friend Walker to stay overnight, Will's parents, Rae and Marie, create elaborate plans to appear in the closet. But when those plans backfire, they discover the key to a good lie is in its details.



Artists


Saturday February 20, 2016 10:00am - 12:00pm
Oxford Commons Malco Cinema 403 Commonwealth Blvd

10:00am

Take with Water
Limited Capacity seats available

Take With Water

Narrative Short, 9:55, Savannah, Georgia

Director: Tara O'Sullivan

Regional Premiere

Screening: Friday, 3:15 p.m. Powerhouse; Saturday, 10 a.m. Malco (plays in the Relationships block)


After her first one night stand, Emma navigates the awkward and unfamiliar world of casual sex and learns to embrace her sexuality.



Saturday February 20, 2016 10:00am - 12:00pm
Oxford Commons Malco Cinema 403 Commonwealth Blvd

10:00am

The Bravest, The Boldest
Limited Capacity seats available

The Bravest, the Boldest

Narrative Short, 16:53, Los Angeles, California

Director: Moon Molson

Mississippi Premiere

Screening: Friday, 3:15 p.m. Powerhouse; Saturday, 10 a.m. Malco (plays in the Relationships block)


A young mother in a Harlem housing project realizes the arrival of two uniformed soldiers brings news she can't bring herself to accept.



Artists


Saturday February 20, 2016 10:00am - 12:00pm
Oxford Commons Malco Cinema 403 Commonwealth Blvd

10:00am

The Favor
Limited Capacity seats available

 

The Favor

Narrative Short, 10:36

Director: Eileen Myers

World Premiere

Screening: Friday, 3:15 p.m. Powerhouse; Saturday, 10 a.m. Malco (plays in the Relationships block)


The Favor explores what it means to be a daughter, a husband and ultimately a partner. Ellen and Ralph have differing views on how to handle Ellen's dying mother's imminent passing. Finding a weathered photograph of her mother in happier times, Ellen is convinced this youthful love is what her mother needs to make her death easier.



Artists


Saturday February 20, 2016 10:00am - 12:00pm
Oxford Commons Malco Cinema 403 Commonwealth Blvd

12:00pm

The Week
Limited Capacity seats available

The Week

Narrative Feature, 1:37:00, Los Angeles, California

Directors:  John W. Mann, Jon Gunn

Regional Premiere

Screening: Friday, 3:15 p.m. Malco; Saturday, noon Malco


Dick Romans is a washed up TV host whose wife leaves him the day before their ten-year anniversary celebration. Alone with his thoughts, his dog, and a ton of booze, Dick decides to go through with the week-long party... by himself. The seven event-filled days become his reluctant vision quest, filled with odd characters, awkward romance, and some long-overdue self examination.



Artists


Saturday February 20, 2016 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Oxford Commons Malco Cinema 403 Commonwealth Blvd

12:00pm

Collisions

COLLISIONS (2016)

Lead Artist: Lynette Wallworth

Country: Australia

Live action/animated documentary about Nyarri Morgan, the indigenous leader of the Martu tribe in Western Australia. Morgan recounts his profound first contact with Western culture and the dramatic collision between his traditional world view and the cutting edge of modern technology.

 


Saturday February 20, 2016 12:00pm - 6:00pm
Powerhouse Community Arts Center 413 South 14th St

12:00pm

DeFrost

DEFROST (2016)

Lead Artist: Randal Kleiser

In this futuristic, sci-fi, live-action VR adventure, viewers are put in the seat of a woman who wakes up after being frozen for nearly 30 years, to reunite with her family. The reunion is bittersweet, as the passage of time has caused her loved ones to become strangers.


Saturday February 20, 2016 12:00pm - 6:00pm
Powerhouse Community Arts Center 413 South 14th St

12:00pm

Searching for Hell - Virtual Reality Film

Searching For Hell

Special Screening

Directors: Pawel Nazaruk, Tomasz Adamski, Darek Barecki, Yuki Nakamura, Gloria Kurnik, James Kenney

Executive Producer: Pawel Nazaruk/d!film studio

Screening: February 17-21 at Powerhouse Gallery. Hours of Operation are 9 am until last movie ends in evenings.


Hell exists. It’s just not what you think it is. The world’s first full-length documentary film in virtual reality cinema.




Saturday February 20, 2016 12:00pm - 6:00pm
Powerhouse Community Arts Center 413 South 14th St

12:00pm

The Visitor

THE VISITOR (2016)

Director: James Kaelan

Country: USA

In this work of philosophical horror, at an austere compound in the desert, a woman waits for her greatest fear to materialize. 



Saturday February 20, 2016 12:00pm - 6:00pm
Powerhouse Community Arts Center 413 South 14th St

12:15pm

How to be a child actor: Does your kid have what it takes?
Limited Capacity seats available

How to be a child actor: Does your kid have what it takes?

Saturday, February 20, 12:15 pm to 2:00 p.m, Oxford Conference Center

Free

 

Matthew Morgan

Join Matthew Morgan of Morgan Casting as he breaks down what you and your child need to know about the film industry and auditioning for roles.

 

Matthew Morgan is a native of Canton, Mississippi.  He’s proudly cast two films directed by James Franco, based on novels by William Faulkner,  As I Lay Dying and The Sound and The Fury.   Matthew has also cast for such directors as John Krasinski, Alison Eastwood and Mississippian Patrik-Ian Polk. Matthew’s company Morgan Casting has offices in Toronto, New Orleans and Canton, Mississippi



Speakers
MM

Matthew Morgan

Casting Director, Morgan Casting



Saturday February 20, 2016 12:15pm - 2:00pm
Oxford Conference Center 102 Ed Perry Blvd.

12:15pm

Help Us Find Sunil Tripathi
Limited Capacity seats available

Help Us Find Sunil Tripathi

Documentary Feature, 1:15:00, Atlanta, Georgia

Director: Neal Broffman

Mississippi Premiere

Screening: Friday 11:30 a.m. Powerhouse, Saturday 12:15 p.m. Malco (plays with Viola: A Mother’s Story of Juvenile Justice)


A family's search for their missing son and the hunt for suspects in a terror attack tragically converge in Help Us Find Sunil Tripathi, a film about truth and community in the age of social media.



Artists


Saturday February 20, 2016 12:15pm - 2:15pm
Oxford Commons Malco Cinema 403 Commonwealth Blvd

12:15pm

Viola: A Mother's Story of Juvenile Justice
Limited Capacity seats available

Viola: A Mother's Story of Juvenile Justice

Documentary Short, 7:55, Memphis, Tennessee

Directors: Sarah Fleming, Joann Self Selvidge (OFF Alum, Training Wheels, 2012)

Screening: Friday, 11:30 a.m. Powerhouse, Saturday, 12:15 p.m. Malco (plays with Help Us Find Sunil Tripathi)


A mother shares personal stories about her life and her struggles with her son Edward, who has been involved with the juvenile justice system in Memphis, Tennessee.





Saturday February 20, 2016 12:15pm - 2:15pm
Oxford Commons Malco Cinema 403 Commonwealth Blvd

12:15pm

A King's Betrayal
Limited Capacity seats available

A King’s Betrayal

Narrative Short, 8:27, Los Angeles, California

Director: David A Bornstein

Screening: Friday, 7:45 p.m., Malco; Saturday, 12:15 p.m. Malco (in the Lighter Side block)


The final 24 hours in the life of a Piñata, as told from the Piñata's perspective.





Saturday February 20, 2016 12:15pm - 2:15pm
Oxford Commons Malco Cinema 403 Commonwealth Blvd

12:15pm

Put Down
Limited Capacity seats available

Put Down

Narrative Short, Run 10:00, United Kingdom

Director: Rick Limentani

Mississippi Premiere

Screening: Friday, 7:45 p.m. Malco; Saturday, 12:15 p.m. Malco (in the Lighter Side block)


John is a socially awkward man in a downward spiral of debt, until a lucky accident propels him into a new career as a black-market pet exterminator. In these difficult times, some families can no longer afford a pet. John has some inventive ways to help them.



Artists


Saturday February 20, 2016 12:15pm - 2:15pm
Oxford Commons Malco Cinema 403 Commonwealth Blvd

12:15pm

Scrabble
Limited Capacity seats available

SCRABBLE

Narrative Short, 11:25, Switzerland

Director: Cristian Sulser

Regional Premiere

Screening: Friday, 7:45 p.m. Malco; Saturday, 12:15 p.m. Malco (in the Lighter Side block)


Scrabble addresses the secret desire to break out of the routine of a loveless relationship and illuminates with irony the depths of humanity behind a traditional façade – using a simple board game.

 



Artists


Saturday February 20, 2016 12:15pm - 2:15pm
Oxford Commons Malco Cinema 403 Commonwealth Blvd

12:15pm

Si
Limited Capacity seats available

Si

Narrative Short, 4:34, New Orleans, Louisiana

Director: Samantha Smith

Mississippi Premiere

Screening: Friday, 7:45 p.m. Malco; Saturday, 12:15 p.m. Malco (in the Lighter Side block)


A magical tale that follows Si, a temperamental 6 year old, who gets a goldfish from her parents after begging for a puppy.



Artists


Saturday February 20, 2016 12:15pm - 2:15pm
Oxford Commons Malco Cinema 403 Commonwealth Blvd

12:15pm

Sweetly Broken
Limited Capacity seats available

Sweetly Broken

Narrative Short, 5:25, Czech Republic

Director: Chung Lam

Regional Premiere

Screening: Friday, 7:45 p.m. Malco; Saturday, 12:15 p.m. Malco (in the Lighter Side block)


It's what happens when a boy puppet gets separated from the girl puppet of his love and the lengths he goes to to reunite with her.

Artists


Saturday February 20, 2016 12:15pm - 2:15pm
Oxford Commons Malco Cinema 403 Commonwealth Blvd

12:15pm

The Red Thunder
Limited Capacity seats available

The Red Thunder

Narrative Short, 6:26, Spain

Director: Alvaro Ron

Mississippi Premiere

Screening: Friday, 5:30 p.m. Malco; Saturday, 2:30 p.m. Malco (plays in the Fantasy block)


Sarah (Allie Grant, Weeds), a nerdy teenager, needs her mom's brand new car to go on a date with Danny (Miles Heizer Parenthood), the boy she is in love with. Her mom, Dr. Thun (Karen Strassman, Silicon Valley), an absent minded podiatrist, is concerned about Sarah driving by the dangerous streets of downtown Los Angeles. She tells her daughter she may need her car if one of her patients has an emergency, but Sarah decides to disobey her mom and steal the car. Little does she know the vehicle is actually part of a secret Dr. Thun keeps and this discovery will change Sarah's life forever.

 



Artists


Saturday February 20, 2016 12:15pm - 2:15pm
Oxford Commons Malco Cinema 403 Commonwealth Blvd

12:15pm

The Sibling Code
Limited Capacity seats available

The Sibling Code

Narrative Short, 6:45, Altadena, CA

Director: Roberta Munroe

Screening: Friday, 7:45 p.m. Malco; Saturday, 12:15 p.m. Malco (in the Lighter Side block)


In the midst of choosing between a traditional Miyazaki funeral and letting the ashes be one with the wind,  Austin and Sheryl duke it out.



Artists

Saturday February 20, 2016 12:15pm - 2:15pm
Oxford Commons Malco Cinema 403 Commonwealth Blvd

12:15pm

Twisted
Limited Capacity seats available

Twisted

Narrative Short, 5:53, Australia

Director: Stuart Bowen

Regional Premiere

Screening: Friday, 7:45 p.m. Malco; Saturday, 12:15 p.m. Malco (in the Lighter Side block)


The Good, The Bad and the Inflatable.  School reunions are strange for anyone, but especially our socially awkward hero. When the girl of his middle school dreams makes her appearance known, he will stop at nothing to win her over...even if it means going into a unique and totally bonkers balloon battle with his old bully and school nemesis one last time.





Saturday February 20, 2016 12:15pm - 2:15pm
Oxford Commons Malco Cinema 403 Commonwealth Blvd

12:30pm

Jonathan Demme Presents Made in Texas
Limited Capacity seats available

Jonathan Demme Presents Made in Texas

Special Screening, 1:43:05, Texas

Screening: Saturday 12:30 p.m. Powerhouse


Jonathan Demme Presents: Made in Texas is a series of six restored short films from Austin,Texas made during the high energy, punk rock ‘70s and ‘80s.  Demme originally curated this program in 1981 and the films have been restored and presented as they were from the original screening.




Saturday February 20, 2016 12:30pm - 2:00pm
Powerhouse Community Arts Center 413 South 14th St

1:00pm

A Place Within a Place
Limited Capacity seats available

A Place Within A Place

Experimental, 2:22

Director: Edward Ramsay-Morin

Screening: Friday, 11 a.m. Malco; Saturday, 1 p.m. Shelter on Van Buren (in Experimental block)

Mississippi Premiere


Starting as a study in form and variability, this film soon developed into a meditation on isolation, transformation, presence and absence. It is composed from photographs of 400 exit holes from cicada nymph tunnels.



Artists


Saturday February 20, 2016 1:00pm - 2:45pm
Shelter on Van Buren 1221 Van Buren Ave

1:00pm

Anatomical Gifts
Limited Capacity seats available

Anatomical Gifts

Experimental, 5:58, Durham, North Carolina

Director: Michaela O'Brien

Screening: Friday, 11 a.m. Malco; Saturday, 1 p.m. Shelter on Van Buren (in Experimental block)

World Premiere


An intensely patterned silent film spanning three generations of palpable minds. All medical imagining is sourced from the related grandmother, mother, and filmmaker.





Saturday February 20, 2016 1:00pm - 2:45pm
Shelter on Van Buren 1221 Van Buren Ave

1:00pm

Cannot Predict Now
Limited Capacity seats available

Cannot Predict Now

Experimental, 4:38, Cincinnati, Ohio

Director: Kimberly Burleigh

World Premiere

Screening: Friday, 11 a.m. Malco; Saturday, 1 p.m. Shelter on Van Buren (in Experimental block)


Cannot Predict Now is a short experimental 3D computer animation.  It features a spherical form that continuously evolves to perform its function as a predictor of the future.



Artists


Saturday February 20, 2016 1:00pm - 2:45pm
Shelter on Van Buren 1221 Van Buren Ave

1:00pm

cybergenesis
Limited Capacity seats available

cyberGenesis

Experimental, 13:00

Director: André Silva

Screening: Friday, 11 a.m. Malco; Saturday, 1 p.m. Shelter on Van Buren (in experimental block)


cyberGenesis is a fantastical, animated journey (segments of which have been creatively crowd-sourced) that imagines a future creation myth, crafted by cyber consciousness from bits and pieces of humanity's online legacy.



Artists
AS

Andre Silva

Filmmaker



Saturday February 20, 2016 1:00pm - 2:45pm
Shelter on Van Buren 1221 Van Buren Ave

1:00pm

El Portal
Limited Capacity seats available

El Portal

Experimental, 7:52

Director: J. Robinson

Mississippi Premiere

Screening: Friday, 11 a.m. Malco; Saturday, 1 p.m. Shelter on Van Buren (in Experimental block)


El Portal is an experimental documentary about the Cedar Motor Lodge in El Portal, California (population: 474). Combining vintage analog home videos with footage shot this summer, the film spans twenty five years, weaving together the complicated and tragic story of the lodge with the filmmaker’s family history.



Artists


Saturday February 20, 2016 1:00pm - 2:45pm
Shelter on Van Buren 1221 Van Buren Ave

1:00pm

On Surgery
Limited Capacity seats available

On Surgery

Experimental, 7:36, Bloomington, Indiana

Directors: Russell Sheaffer, Aaron Michael Smith

Mississippi Premiere

Screening: Friday, 11 a.m. Malco; Saturday, 1 p.m. Shelter on Van Buren (in Experimental block)


The visuals for On Surgery  are an attempt to replicate the physical process of bone surgery on the body of 16mm film stock.  By wetting raw, unprocessed 16mm color negative film and then separating out the photosensitive emulsion from the base of the film using a medical scalpel and then reapplying the layers, the only images visible are representative of the scars left on the film.



Artists


Saturday February 20, 2016 1:00pm - 2:45pm
Shelter on Van Buren 1221 Van Buren Ave

1:00pm

Phantom Limbs
Limited Capacity seats available

Phantom Limbs

Experimental, 2:44, Seattle, Washington

Director: Reed O'Beirne

Regional Premiere

Screening: Friday, 11 a.m. Malco; Saturday, 1 p.m. Shelter on Van Buren (in Experimental block)


A cameraless film created from animated MRI scans to evoke an enveloping world of light breaking upon the mind. Peering deep into our psychic home, Phantom Limbs engineers a link between inner space and the human spirit. Set to music by Seattle band, St. Kilda.



Artists


Saturday February 20, 2016 1:00pm - 2:45pm
Shelter on Van Buren 1221 Van Buren Ave

1:00pm

River Moon Black Birds
Limited Capacity seats available

River Moon Black Birds

Experimental, 7:20

Director: Gloria Chung (OFF Alum: Take 5 with Memory V, 2015)

World Premiere

Screening: Friday, 11 a.m. Malco; Saturday, 1 p.m. Shelter on Van Buren (in Experimental block)


An experimental documentary on recent hurricane landfalls (2009-2014, eastern seaboard of the United States).  "An alarm sounds over a quiet river.  Supermoons are burning.  Blackouts across the city.  Storm winds carry tropical birds."



Artists


Saturday February 20, 2016 1:00pm - 2:45pm
Shelter on Van Buren 1221 Van Buren Ave

1:00pm

Swallowed Whole
Limited Capacity seats available

Swallowed Whole

Experimental, 4:06, Ann Arbor, Michigan

Director: Heidi Kumao

Regional Premiere

Screening: Friday, 11 a.m. Malco; Saturday, 1 p.m. Shelter on Van Buren (in Experimental block)


Swallowed Whole is a somber, animated, experimental film about surviving extreme isolation and physical limitations as a result of traumatic injury.

 



Artists


Saturday February 20, 2016 1:00pm - 2:45pm
Shelter on Van Buren 1221 Van Buren Ave

1:00pm

Take the Bus on a Hot Summer Day
Limited Capacity seats available

Take the Bus on a Hot Summer Day

Experimental, 4:40

Director: Gloria Chung (OFF Alum: Take 5 with Memory V, 2015)

World Premiere

Screening: Friday, 11 a.m. Malco; Saturday, 1 p.m. Shelter on Van Buren (in Experimental block)


A bus ride through Midtown. A reverie of blurred colors, kaleidoscopic movements and muffled sounds on a hot summer day in the city.



Artists


Saturday February 20, 2016 1:00pm - 2:45pm
Shelter on Van Buren 1221 Van Buren Ave

1:00pm

The Plastic Bag
Limited Capacity seats available

The Plastic Bag

Experimental Short, 1:00, Norway

Director: Jørgen Johansen

USA Premiere

Screening: Friday, 11 a.m. Malco; Saturday, 1 p.m. Shelter on Van Buren (in Experimental block)


Two strangers share a moment with a plastic bag.





Saturday February 20, 2016 1:00pm - 2:45pm
Shelter on Van Buren 1221 Van Buren Ave

1:00pm

The Puddle
Limited Capacity seats available

The Puddle

Experimental, 9:51, Turkey

Director: Serdar Yilmaz

Regional Premiere

Screening: Friday, 11 a.m. Malco; Saturday, 1 p.m. Shelter on Van Buren (in Experimental block)


A man in the flea market (Mihran Tomasyan) walks while checking walls  covered with old posters and counters full of stuff with prying eyes.  Due to the incarnating object that he sees on one of the counters just carries him away into another reality.



Artists


Saturday February 20, 2016 1:00pm - 2:45pm
Shelter on Van Buren 1221 Van Buren Ave

1:00pm

XO
Limited Capacity seats available

XO

Experimental, 3:30

Director: Brian Ratigan

Regional Premiere

Screening: Friday, 11 a.m. Malco; Saturday, 1 p.m. Shelter on Van Buren (in Experimental block)


Fearing her own memories, a girl begins the cerebral journey of longing for escape before completely fading away.



Artists
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Brian Ratigan

Non Films
Filmmaker



Saturday February 20, 2016 1:00pm - 2:45pm
Shelter on Van Buren 1221 Van Buren Ave

1:00pm

You Can Stay Here
Limited Capacity seats available

You Can Stay Here

Experimental, 2:59, Los Angeles, California

Director: John Veron

Screening: Friday, 11 a.m. Malco; Saturday, 1 p.m. Shelter on Van Buren (in Experimental block)


In a school that is no longer a school, a man is pursued by a boy who is no longer a boy.



Artists


Saturday February 20, 2016 1:00pm - 2:45pm
Shelter on Van Buren 1221 Van Buren Ave

1:00pm

Independent Black Film Collective Panel
Limited Capacity seats available

Independent Black Film Collective Panel

Saturday, February 20, 1:00 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.., Malco, Screen 4

Free

 

Moderator: Thabi Moyo

Thabi Moyo uses what some might call OCD to bring a sharp focus to her passions in film production, event coordination, and photography. The Jackson, Mississippi native is the principal force behind the Digital Indie Girl hub – a future-ready service for artists with a strong focus on photography, event and media production and the Independent Black Film Collective – an emerging arts organization geared toward deepen the engagement of people of color with existing film communities: film festivals, funders, film crews, etc.

 

Moyo’s varied artistic trail has taken her from campaign photographer, to staff reporter; from film festival orchestrator (the first African American to coordinate Mississippi’s largest film festival Crossroads Film Festival) to Associate Producer for the award-winning documentary Prom Night In Mississippi, featuring Academy-Award Winner Morgan Freeman and more.

Moyo has also served as Assistant Director to the National Black Programming Consortium’s New Media Institute, an international transmedia project dedicated to imbuing filmmakers of color, particularly of African descent, with new skills and building authority in their digital authorship. Currently, Moyo works as a  location scout and social media manager for the Mississippi Film Office.

 

Tanya Wright 
For seven seasons, Tanya Wright played the role of Deputy Kenya Jones on HBO's TRUE BLOOD; she currently stars in the role of Crystal Burset (wife of transgender inmate Sophia Burset) on the Netflix original series, ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK. Tanya is the creator of the haircare line for women with curly/kinky/coily hair called HAIRiette and the author of I FOUND GOD IN MY HAIR: 98 spiritual principles I learned from my relationship with my hair. She screened her directorial debut--BUTTERFLY RIISNG -- at Oxford Film Festival in 2012; Tanya was born, raised and lives in New York City. 

RaMell Ross 

RaMell is an poet, filmmaker and artist living between Alabama and Rhode Island. He earned degrees in Sociology and English from Georgetown University and a MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design. He negotiates endlessly with the agnostic spirit of relativity, a nonexistent spokesperson for social etiquette, and the monosyllabic hecklers on his shoulders. He was recently a Sundance DPF fellow and named one of Filmmaker Magazine's 25 Filmmakers to watch for his upcoming feature Hale County. RaMell is currently a Visiting Scientist/Artist in the Social Computing Group at the MIT Media Lab.  




Saturday February 20, 2016 1:00pm - 2:45pm
Oxford Commons Malco Cinema 403 Commonwealth Blvd

2:15pm

The Armor of Light
Limited Capacity seats available

The Armor of Light

Narrative Feature, 1:28:00, New York and Washington D.C.

Director: Abigail Disney

What price conscience? Abigail Disney's directorial debut, The Armor of Light, follows the journey of an Evangelical minister trying to find the courage to preach about the growing toll of gun violence in America.




Saturday February 20, 2016 2:15pm - 4:15pm
Oxford Commons Malco Cinema 403 Commonwealth Blvd

2:15pm

Snow Day
Limited Capacity seats available

Snow Day

Narrative Short, 3:06, Memphis, Tennessee

Director: Drew Smith (OFF Alum: Book of Noah, 2008; Being Awesome, 2014)

Mississippi Premiere

Screening: Friday, 7:45 p.m. Malco; Saturday, 12:15 p.m. Malco (in the Lighter Side block)

Nothing's more exciting to a kid in Memphis than the one snow day the

Artists


Saturday February 20, 2016 2:15pm - 4:15pm
Oxford Commons Malco Cinema 403 Commonwealth Blvd

2:30pm

Best of Louisiana Film Prize
Limited Capacity seats available

The Best of Louisiana Film Prize will highlight the top 5 winners from the 2015 competition.

Films are:

American Virgin

Special Screening

Narrative Short, 16:44, Shreveport, Louisiana

Director: Tamzin Merchant

Screening: Saturday, 2:30 p.m. Powerhouse (part of the Best of Louisiana Film Prize block)


Allie is desperate to attend Juilliard summer school but her family can't afford it. With the help of her older cousin Ty, she decides to sell her most valuable asset…her virginity.


Honey and the Hive

Special Screening

Narrative Short, 12:00, Shreveport, Louisiana

Director:  Austin Alward

Screening: Saturday, 2:30 p.m. Powerhouse (part of the Best of Louisiana Film Prize block)


An adopted child uses her imagination to carve out a place for herself in the family where she feels she doesn’t belong.


Hut Hut

Special Screening

Narrative Short, Shreveport, Louisiana

Directors: Michael Allmon and Courtney Sandifer

Screening: Saturday, 2:30 p.m. Powerhouse (part of the Best of Louisiana Film Prize block)


Mike, a pre-teen scruffy loner, meets his neighbor, Bubba, who interrupts his solitude with unexpected companionship and life lessons.


Jackdaw

Special Screening

Narrative Short, 14:50, Shreveport, Louisiana

Director: Travis Champagne

Screening: Saturday, 2:30 p.m. Powerhouse (part of the Best of Louisiana Film Prize block)


A father mourns on the one year anniversary of his wife’s disappearance.


The Bespoke Tailoring of Mister Bellamy

Special Screening

Narrative Short, 16:14, Shreveport, Louisiana

Directed By: Alexander Jeffery

Screening: Saturday, 2:30 p.m. Powerhouse (part of the Best of Louisiana Film Prize block)


At the integration of the job market in 1964 Louisiana, a posting for a janitorial position at a local law firm and the discovery of an old sewing machine ignites a buried passion in old Mister Bellamy.



 


Saturday February 20, 2016 2:30pm - 4:00pm
Powerhouse Community Arts Center 413 South 14th St

2:30pm

The Missing Girl
Limited Capacity seats available

The Missing Girl

Narrative Feature, 1:29:00

Director: A.D. Calvo

Mississippi Premiere

Screening: Friday, 5:30 p.m. Powerhouse; Saturday 2:30 p.m. Malco (plays with Stockholm)


The Missing Girl  tells the story of Mort, the lonely and disillusioned owner of a comic book shop, and Ellen, the emotionally disruptive, aspiring graphic novelist he's hired. The story involves the search for a girl who isn’t missing and the discovery that it's never too late for late bloomers.



Artists


Saturday February 20, 2016 2:30pm - 4:30pm
Oxford Commons Malco Cinema 403 Commonwealth Blvd

2:30pm

Actor Seeks Role
Limited Capacity seats available

Actor Seeks Role

Narrative Short, 19:00, Brooklyn, New York

Director: Michael Tyburski

Mississippi Premiere

Screening: Friday, 5:30 p.m. Malco; Saturday, 2:30 p.m. Malco (plays in the Fantasy block)


An aspiring method actor (Alex Karpovsky) in New York City resorts to medical acting, a part-time gig performing the symptoms of various illnesses for student doctors.





Saturday February 20, 2016 2:30pm - 4:30pm
Oxford Commons Malco Cinema 403 Commonwealth Blvd

2:30pm

Flash
Limited Capacity seats available

Flash

Narrative Short, 7:00, Spain

Director: Alberto Ruiz Rojo

Mississippi Premiere

Screening: Friday, 5:30 p.m. Malco; Saturday, 2:30 p.m. Malco (plays in the Fantasy block)


When a man looks at the photo strip he just took of himself in a photo booth, he cannot believe what he sees





Saturday February 20, 2016 2:30pm - 4:30pm
Oxford Commons Malco Cinema 403 Commonwealth Blvd

2:30pm

Hit & Run
Limited Capacity seats available

Hit & Run

Narrative Short, 6:40

Director: Jordan Liebowitz (OFF Alumnus, Bingo Night, 2015)

World Premiere

Screening: Friday, 5:30 p.m. Malco; Saturday, 2:30 p.m. Malco (plays in the Fantasy block)


After a car accident disrupts their plans, two low level drug dealers scramble to dispose of the evidence only to discover their unwitting victim may be far more dangerous than they first imagined.





Saturday February 20, 2016 2:30pm - 4:30pm
Oxford Commons Malco Cinema 403 Commonwealth Blvd

2:30pm

Intersection
Limited Capacity seats available

Intersection

Narrative Short, 19:40, Santa Monica, California

Director: Brendan Beachman, (OFF Alum, Stasis, 2009)

Regional Premiere

Screening: Friday, 5:30 p.m. Malco; Saturday, 2:30 p.m. Malco (plays in the Fantasy block)

Two road construction workers flag for non existent vehicles on a remote intersection. The monotony of their day is smashed by the violent arrival of an object from the sky.





Saturday February 20, 2016 2:30pm - 4:30pm
Oxford Commons Malco Cinema 403 Commonwealth Blvd

2:30pm

Night of the Slasher
Limited Capacity seats available

Night of the Slasher

Narrative Short, 11:16

Director: Shant Hamassian

Screening: Friday, 5:30 p.m. Malco; Saturday, 2:30 p.m. Malco (plays in the Fantasy block)


A 'shot-in-one-take' slasher film about a teenage girl who must commit horror movie sins by drinking alcohol, doing drugs, and having sex in order to lure a masked killer and exact revenge.





Saturday February 20, 2016 2:30pm - 4:30pm
Oxford Commons Malco Cinema 403 Commonwealth Blvd

2:30pm

Stockholm
Limited Capacity seats available

Stockholm

Narrative Short, 9:00, Spain

Director: Álvaro Martín

Mississippi Premiere

Screening: Friday, 5:30 p.m. Powerhouse; Saturday, 2:30 p.m. Malco (plays with The Missing Girl)


Writing a school report about your father’s occupation can be a challenge, especially when his work is disturbing.



Artists


Saturday February 20, 2016 2:30pm - 4:30pm
Oxford Commons Malco Cinema 403 Commonwealth Blvd

2:30pm

Zero
Limited Capacity seats available

Zero

Narrative Short, 29:00, Spain

Director: David Victori

Producers: Ridley Scott , Michael Fassbender, Eduardo Verástegui

Regional Premiere

Screening: Friday, 5:30 p.m. Malco; 2:30 Saturday Malco (plays in the Fantasy block)


A boy and his father are emotionally and physically separated on the day earth intermittently loses gravity. The boy is wrestling with questions about his mother's death, while his father desperately tries to find his son as the world is rising and collapsing around him.



Artists
DV

David Victori

Director, Zero



Saturday February 20, 2016 2:30pm - 4:30pm
Oxford Commons Malco Cinema 403 Commonwealth Blvd

2:45pm

An Open Secret
Limited Capacity seats available

An Open Secret

Special Screening, Documentary Feature, 1:38:00

Director: Amy J. Berg

Screening: Saturday, 2:45 p.m. Oxford Conference Center


An Open Secret is an expose of the systemic and ongoing sexual abuse of minors in Hollywood and the investigation into the now infamous Digital Entertainment Network (DEN).


Saturday February 20, 2016 2:45pm - 4:30pm
Oxford Conference Center 102 Ed Perry Blvd.

3:00pm

Get film critics to review you
Limited Capacity seats available

“Get film critics to review you”

Saturday, February 20, 3:00 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.., Malco, Screen 4

Free

 Ever wondered how smaller independent films get glowing reviews on movie blogs? Do you have a plan in place for your PR when your film hits the festival circuit? If not, this is the panel for you as film critics and film publicists share with you tips on what to do and what not to do.

 

Moderator: John Wildman

John Wildman is a filmmaker, film publicist, and film journalist and critic. His feature film directorial debut, the grindhouse art-horror thriller The Ladies of the House  was released to critical acclaim in 2015. He was the senior publicist for The Film Society of Lincoln Center and FSLC’s New York Film Festival, New Directors/New Films, and the Chaplin Award Gala, the director of press and public relations for the American Film Institute as well as the AFI FEST International Film Festival in Hollywood, the Dallas International Film Festival and several other film festivals around the country. Wildman currently is a host on The Daily Buzz NPR broadcast on Austin's KUT station and writes a column for Festworks.com entitled “Films Gone Wild.” He was formerly a contributor to Film Comment.com and Film Threat and several publications prior to that including Movie City News and MovingPicturesMagazine.com.

 

Mark Rabinowitz

Mark Rabinowitz is the co-founder of Indiewire.com and has been a critic, journalist, producer, film festival staffer, and media consultant since 1995. He has written for CNN,com, Paste, Alternative Press and Variety, among many others and is currently account director for LA-based publicity & marketing firm PMG. He has attended over 175 film festivals, including Sundance, Cannes, Toronto, Berlin, Edinburgh and of course, Oxford! As a producer, he has projects in development with producer Darren Dean (Tangerine, Kinyarwanda) and writers/producers Jon Cryer & Richard Schenkman. He really likes cheese and worships at the Shrine of Swine. Praise the Lard.

 

 

Edward Douglas 
Edward Douglas has been a staff writer and editor at ComingSoon.net for over 12 years where he writes reviews, interviews filmmakers and actors and has written the weekly movie preview column The Weekend Warrior for the same amount of time. His specialties include box office and awards predictions. He has lived in New York City more than half his long life and still thinks it’s probably a nicer place to visit. 

 

Eric Snider
Eric D. Snider is a freelance film journalist and critic, the co-host of the podcast Movie B.S. with Bayer and Snider (he plays Snider), and an enthusiastic supporter of the Oxford Film Festival. You can find him online at EricDSnider.com, and in real life in Portland, OR. 

 

Don Lewis 
Don Lewis loves film. He is the Editor of Hammer to Nail and Managing Editor at Flick Nation. His short documentary films STRINGERS and DRAG KING have played numerous film festivals and garnered a few awards and his first documentary WORST IN SHOW played Oxford Film Fest in 2011. Don holds a Masters Degree in Cinema Studies from San Francisco State and resides in Northern California with his wife, daughter and dog named Igby. 

 

John Beifuss 
John Beifuss is a longtime journalist and the movie critic for the daily newspaper in Memphis, The Commercial Appeal. He has written for The New York Times,  TV Guide, American Film and contributed entries on Southern horror and Southern comedy to “The New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture” (University of North Carolina Press). He is the author of the children’s book “Armadillo Ray” (Chronicle Books), and, most important, his first published article appeared in Famous Monsters of Filmland magazine. 



Speakers
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John Wildman

Publicist/Journalist, Wildworks PR/Festworks.com
John Wildman is a multi-faceted presence in the entertainment world, known for his work as a film and film festival publicist, consultant, filmmaker, journalist, and critic. | | Currently, Wildman is the publicist and consultant for a number of national regional film festivals... Read More →


Saturday February 20, 2016 3:00pm - 4:45pm
Oxford Commons Malco Cinema 403 Commonwealth Blvd

4:15pm

What Lola Wants
Limited Capacity seats available

What Lola Wants

Narrative Feature, 1:21:00, Montgomery, Alabama

Director: Rupert Glasson

Mississippi Premiere

Screening: Friday, 11 a.m. Malco; Saturday, 4:15 p.m. Powerhouse


Seventeen year old Lola Franklin runs away from home but allows the world to believe she has been kidnapped. Intent on making her way across country, she meets a boyher age in a New Mexico diner. They fall instantly in love. But when Marlo learns of the reward for Lola's safe return, he must confront his own past and decide whether to take Lola back home to collect the reward or help her continue her mysterious journey.



Artists


Saturday February 20, 2016 4:15pm - 6:00pm
Powerhouse Community Arts Center 413 South 14th St

4:30pm

The Lion's Mouth Opens
Limited Capacity seats available

The Lion’s Mouth Opens

Special screening

Documentary Short, 28:00, Los Angeles, California

Director: Lucy Walker


A courageous young Scottish actress takes the boldest step imaginable to confront her risk of having inherited the fatal, incurable Huntington's Disease.




Saturday February 20, 2016 4:30pm - 6:00pm
Oxford Commons Malco Cinema 403 Commonwealth Blvd

4:45pm

Booker Wright's Mashup
Limited Capacity seats available

Booker Wright's Mashup

Mississippi Music Video, 2:50

Director: George Gross

World Premiere

Screening: Friday, 6 p.m. The Round Table; Saturday, 4:45 p.m. Malco (part of Music Video block)


A musical video mashup of Booker Wright's infamous 1966 monologue on NBC News' TV documentary, Mississippi: A Self Portrait.





Saturday February 20, 2016 4:45pm - 6:15pm
Oxford Commons Malco Cinema 403 Commonwealth Blvd

4:45pm

Bottle of Sunshine
Limited Capacity seats available

Bottle of Sunshine

Mississippi Music Video, 2:58

Director: Damein Wash

World Premiere

Screening: Friday, 6 p.m. The Round Table; Saturday, 4:45 p.m. Malco (part of Music Video block)


A boy, all clean and dressed up, is denied ice cream and forbidden to get dirty by his mother. She leaves him on the bench as she goes into a shop. Then, a little girl appears.



Artists


Saturday February 20, 2016 4:45pm - 6:15pm
The Round Table 132 Courthouse Square, Oxford MS 38655

4:45pm

Fallen Star AJC & The Envelope Pushers
Limited Capacity seats available

Fallen Star AJC & The Envelope Pushers

Mississippi Music Video, 3:40

Director: Clay Hardwick (OFF Alum)

Screening: Friday, 6 p.m. The Round Table; Saturday, 4:45 p.m. Malco (part of Music Video block)


Fallen Star is what happens when you make it to the top. This music video combines three original songs into a cinematic narrative, following AJC into a world of bitter famedom. Of course, making a deal at the crossroads has its costs.



Artists


Saturday February 20, 2016 4:45pm - 6:15pm
Oxford Commons Malco Cinema 403 Commonwealth Blvd

4:45pm

Fiddler's Green
Limited Capacity seats available

Fiddler’s Green

Mississippi Music Video, 5:55

Director: Thad Lee (OFF Alumni: Bill Lilly Builds a Greenhouse, 2011 and more)

Screening: Friday, 6 p.m. The Round Table; Saturday, 4:45 p.m. Malco (part of Music Video block)


A song about a mysterious afterworld for people who are too bad for Heaven and too good for Hell.



Artists


Saturday February 20, 2016 4:45pm - 6:15pm
Oxford Commons Malco Cinema 403 Commonwealth Blvd

4:45pm

Kudzu Kings 20th Anniversary Show
Limited Capacity seats available

Kudzu Kings 20th Anniversary

Mississippi Music Video, 17:34

Director: Tate Moore

World Premiere

Screening: Friday, 6 p.m. The Round Table; Saturday, 4:45 p.m. Malco (part of Music Video block)


Kudzu Kings celebrate 20 years as a band at a special one night show at the Lyric Oxford.



Artists


Saturday February 20, 2016 4:45pm - 6:15pm
Oxford Commons Malco Cinema 403 Commonwealth Blvd

4:45pm

Ole Miss Rebel Blues
Limited Capacity seats available

Ole Miss Rebel Blues

Mississippi Music Video, 4:52

Directors: Nancy Maria Balach, Katie McLaughlin

World Premiere

Screening: Friday, 6 p.m. The Round Table; Saturday, 4:45 p.m. Malco (part of Music Video block)


The “Ole Miss Rebel Blues” celebrates music, football, and the social culture of Oxford, Mississippi.  This Mississippi music video was created, produced, and performed by established artists (University of Mississippi faculty and alumni), who worked side by side with current UM students and children from the Oxford community.





Saturday February 20, 2016 4:45pm - 6:15pm
Oxford Commons Malco Cinema 403 Commonwealth Blvd

4:45pm

One Star Delta Night
Limited Capacity seats available

One Star Delta Night

Mississippi Music Video, 3:40

Director: Jason Rochelle

World Premiere

Screening: Friday, 6 p.m. The Round Table; Saturday, 4:45 p.m. Malco (part of Music Video block)


A love story in the heart of the Mississippi Delta. A night where everything is just right. Where a romantic night turns into a beautiful relationship.



Artists


Saturday February 20, 2016 4:45pm - 6:15pm
Oxford Commons Malco Cinema 403 Commonwealth Blvd

4:45pm

Preacherman
Limited Capacity seats available

Preacherman

Mississippi Music Video, 7:04

Director: Calum Macdiarmid

Screening: Friday, 6 p.m. The Round Table; Saturday, 4:45 p.m. Malco (part of Music Video block)


Music video featuring Melody Gardot, based on the story of civil rights hero Emmett Till.



Artists


Saturday February 20, 2016 4:45pm - 6:15pm
Oxford Commons Malco Cinema 403 Commonwealth Blvd

4:45pm

Rock Me Slow
Limited Capacity seats available

Rock Me Slow

Mississippi Music Video, 3:40

Director: Edward Valibus (OFF Alumni: Songs in the Key of Death, 2014)

Screening: Friday, 6 p.m. The Round Table; Saturday, 4:45 p.m. Malco (part of Music Video Block)


Alone with her just her thoughts, a bottle of bourbon, and her music, Faith Evans Ruch dwells on heartbreak and sorrow.



Artists


Saturday February 20, 2016 4:45pm - 6:15pm
Oxford Commons Malco Cinema 403 Commonwealth Blvd

4:45pm

RureMarm
Limited Capacity seats available

Ruremarm

Mississippi Music Video, 3:12

Directors: Josephus Martin, Melvin Robinson (Theca Jones)

Screening: Friday, 6 p.m. The Round Table; Saturday, 4:45 p.m. Malco (part of Music Video Block)


A music video about Skipp Coon, a husband, father, son, visual and performing artist.





Saturday February 20, 2016 4:45pm - 6:15pm
Oxford Commons Malco Cinema 403 Commonwealth Blvd

4:45pm

The Happy Song
Limited Capacity seats available

The Happy Song

Mississippi Music Video, 5:25

Director: Coop Cooper (OFF Alum: The Best Day, 2012)

Screening: Friday, 6 p.m. The Round Table; Saturday, 4:45 p.m. Malco (part of Music Video block)


A music video by Blackwater Trio. Three lonely people having a bad day receive a mysterious invitation to an event which will change their lives.

 



Artists
avatar for Coop Cooper

Coop Cooper

A native of Clarksdale, Mississippi, Coop Cooper earned his BFA in Cinema at Southern Methodist University and an MFA in Screenwriting at the American Film Institute in Hollywood. He remained in Hollywood to pursue a career in screenwriting and write script coverage for production... Read More →



Saturday February 20, 2016 4:45pm - 6:15pm
Oxford Commons Malco Cinema 403 Commonwealth Blvd

4:45pm

Women and Work
Limited Capacity seats available

Women and Work

Mississippi Music Video, 3:23

Director: Jonathan Pekar

Screening: Friday, 6 p.m. The Round Table; Saturday, 4:45 p.m. Malco (part of Music Video block)


A music video that celebrates the great Southern band Lucero’s music and character.



Artists


Saturday February 20, 2016 4:45pm - 6:15pm
Oxford Commons Malco Cinema 403 Commonwealth Blvd

4:45pm

Dixie
Limited Capacity seats available

Dixie

Documentary Feature, 1:23:00, Syracuse, New York

Director: Ryan Kelley

Mississippi Premiere

Screening: Friday, 5:30 p.m. Malco; Saturday, 4:45 p.m Conference Center (plays with High Water Mark)


The song “Dixie” has haunted the United States for over 150 years. Written in 1859 by a blackface minstrel, the song became the national anthem for the confederacy during the American Civil War. Modern musicians, both black and white, have reinterpreted the song and offered new insights into what it means to be an American, and what the future holds for America's most dangerous song.



Artists


Saturday February 20, 2016 4:45pm - 6:45pm
Oxford Conference Center 102 Ed Perry Blvd.

4:45pm

Fitting the Description in North Portland
Limited Capacity seats available

Fitting the Description in North Portland

Documentary Short, 25:44, Portland, Oregon

Director: Jarratt Taylor (OFF Alum: The New Debutantes, 2012)

Regional Premiere

Screening: Friday, 1:15 p.m. Conference Center; Saturday 4:45 p.m. Malco (part of the Documentary Short block)


Recently, the students of Roosevelt High School received a wake up call after a fellow student was tased by the police in the St. John's neighborhood of Portland, Oregon. The stories they had been hearing about police violence weren't just news stories from another town about people they didn't know. These events were now happening in their backyard.



Artists
JT

Jarratt Taylor

i'm a pisces!!! | | i also produce short social documentaries.



Saturday February 20, 2016 4:45pm - 6:45pm
Oxford Commons Malco Cinema 403 Commonwealth Blvd

4:45pm

High Water Mark
Limited Capacity seats available

High Water Mark

Documentary Short, 3:12

Director: Tom Varisco

Mississippi Premiere

Screening: Friday, 5:30 p.m. Malco; Saturday 4:45 p.m Conference Center (plays with Dixie)


This short film contrasts sound recordings of the media’s dire Hurricane Katrina coverage with stunning views of a rebuilt New Orleans 10 years after.



Artists


Saturday February 20, 2016 4:45pm - 6:45pm
Oxford Conference Center 102 Ed Perry Blvd.

4:45pm

Life is Super Gr8
Limited Capacity seats available

Life is Super Gr8

Documentary Short, 14:58, Harrisonburg, Virginia

Director: Wade Vanover (OFF Alum: Repeater, 2015)

Regional Premiere

Screening: Friday, 1:15 p.m. Conference Center; Saturday, 4:45 p.m. Malco (part of the Documentary Short block)


Life is Super GR8 provides a glimpse into the history and workings of the Super Gr8 Film Festival in Harrisonburg, Virginia. The first festival of its kind, each year Super Gr8 gives over 40 local filmmakers the rare opportunity to shoot either a color or black/white super 8mm film using vintages cameras. Features interviews with festival founders and a diverse cast of filmmakers, including Elwood "Trip" Madison, the poster designer for the 2016 Oxford Film Festival.



Artists


Saturday February 20, 2016 4:45pm - 6:45pm
Oxford Commons Malco Cinema 403 Commonwealth Blvd

4:45pm

Spearhunter
Limited Capacity seats available

Spearhunter

Documentary Short, 13:50, Boston, Massachusetts

Directors: Adam Roffman, Luke Poling

Mississippi Premiere

Screening: Friday, 1:15 p.m. Conference Center; Saturday 4:45 p.m. Malco (part of the Documentary Short block)


Deep in the wilds of rural Alabama, a spear-hunter proclaims himself the world's greatest and erects a museum dedicated to his own obsession. In this atmospheric and darkly funny documentary, an offbeat cast of lovers, acolytes, and critics of the megalomaniacal spear-hunter remember his distinctive tactics both for killing and for leaving a legacy.



Artists


Saturday February 20, 2016 4:45pm - 6:45pm
Oxford Commons Malco Cinema 403 Commonwealth Blvd

4:45pm

The Button King
Limited Capacity seats available

The Button King

Documentary Short, 8:04, Bishopville, South Carolina

Director: Ava Lowrey

Mississippi Premiere

Screening: Friday, 1:15 p.m. Conference Center; Saturday 4:45 p.m. Malco (part of the Documentary Short block)


Dalton Stevens is a folk artist from Bishopville, South Carolina. An insomniac, he stumbled on his art by accident – developing a hobby of covering things with buttons when unable to sleep late at night. Now in his late 80’s, Stevens has been creating folk art with buttons for over 20 years, becoming known as “The Button King.”



Artists


Saturday February 20, 2016 4:45pm - 6:45pm
Oxford Commons Malco Cinema 403 Commonwealth Blvd

4:45pm

The House is Innocent
Limited Capacity seats available

The House is Innocent

Documentary Short, 12:15, Los Angeles, California

Director: Nicholas Coles (OFF Alum)

Mississippi Premiere

Screening: Friday, 1:15 p.m. Conference Center; Saturda,y 4:45 p.m. Malco (part of the Documentary Short block)


Meet Tom and Barbara, the proud new owners of a serial killer’s house — the most infamous residence in Sacramento, California. The middle-age couple soon realizes it's going to take more than a fresh coat of paint to whitewash their home's macabre history.



Artists


Saturday February 20, 2016 4:45pm - 6:45pm
Oxford Commons Malco Cinema 403 Commonwealth Blvd

4:45pm

The New Orleans Sazerec
Limited Capacity seats available

The New Orleans Sazerac

Documentary Short, 20:28, Atlanta, GA

Director: James Martin (OFF Alum)

Regional Premiere

Screening: Friday, 1:15 p.m. Conference Center; Saturday 4:45 p.m. Malco (part of the Documentary Short  block)


The New Orleans Sazerac is a short documentary that explores the expansive history and modern applications of the classic cocktail through interviews with historians, authors, experts, and bartenders.



Artists
avatar for James Martin

James Martin

filmmaker & designer
James Martin is a filmmaker and designer living in Atlanta, Georgia. He loves making movies, eating burgers, sipping bourbon, branding restaurants and playing with his dog Cilantro. He produced Bubble (2013), Call Me (music video for St. Paul and the Broken Bones, 2014), and Little... Read More →



Saturday February 20, 2016 4:45pm - 6:45pm
Oxford Commons Malco Cinema 403 Commonwealth Blvd

4:45pm

Vancouver Zoetrope
Limited Capacity seats available

Vancouver Zoetrope

Documentary Short, 5:00, Canada

Director: Jeffery Chong

North American Premiere

Screening: Friday, 1:15 p.m. Conference Center; Saturday 4:45 p.m. Malco (part of the Documentary Short block)


Vancouver’s iconic Burrard Bridge is recognized for its monumental design and aesthetic details. This film reveals a hidden architectural feature of the bridge that is only visible to motorists.

Artists


Saturday February 20, 2016 4:45pm - 6:45pm
Oxford Commons Malco Cinema 403 Commonwealth Blvd

4:45pm

Down Down Down
Saturday February 20, 2016 4:45pm - 6:45pm
Oxford Commons Malco Cinema 403 Commonwealth Blvd

6:00pm

Blazing Sun
Limited Capacity seats available

Blazing Sun

Narrative Short, 24:00, Belgium

Director: Fred Castadot

Mississippi Premiere

Screening: Friday, 11:15 a.m. Malco; Saturday, 6 p.m. Powerhouse (part of International Shorts block)


Under the leaden sky of a summer day, Eric goes to work to defend a great issue. But, blinded by stress, Eric is forgetting the most important thing...



Artists


Saturday February 20, 2016 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Powerhouse Community Arts Center 413 South 14th St

6:00pm

Kingdom of Garbage
Limited Capacity seats available

Kingdom of Garbage

Narrative Short, 9:00, Iraq

Director: Yasir Kareem

Mississippi Premiere

Screening: Friday, 11:15 a.m. Malco; Saturday, 6 p.m. Powerhouse (part of International Shorts block)


Zahraa dreams of going to school. Instead she and her brother, Hassan, must scour a landfill site for valuable materials to provide for their poor family, competing against the other scavengers. When a trade between Zahraa and the self proclaimed ‘King of Garbage’ goes wrong, the sibling’s relationship is tested to breaking point – can the two overcome Zahraa’s innocent mistake?



Artists


Saturday February 20, 2016 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Powerhouse Community Arts Center 413 South 14th St

6:00pm

Roubado
Limited Capacity seats available

Roubado

Narrative Short, 18:00, France and United States

Director: Erica A. Watson

Mississippi Premiere

Screening: Friday, 11:15 a.m. Malco; Saturday, 6 p.m. Powerhouse (part of International Shorts block)


Roubado tells the story of Alain Castelo, an introverted Afro-Portuguese teen growing up in the south of France. As he suffers his parents' recent breakup, the only solace he can muster is his penchant for photography.  When his mother's new live-in boyfriend crosses the line, his eyes are opened to the world and he can no longer hide behind the viewfinder of his vintage camera.



Artists


Saturday February 20, 2016 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Powerhouse Community Arts Center 413 South 14th St

6:00pm

The Light Thief
Limited Capacity seats available

The Light Thief

Narrative Short, 19:00, Spain

Director: Eva Daoud

Mississippi Premiere

Screening: Friday, 11:15 a.m. Malco; 6 p.m. Saturday Powerhouse (part of International Shorts block)


What’s left of love if its soul is stolen? What’s left of a person if love is stolen? The bitter tale of victims and their executioners, as they all exchange turns.




Saturday February 20, 2016 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Powerhouse Community Arts Center 413 South 14th St

6:00pm

Texas Heart
Limited Capacity seats available

Texas Heart

Special Screening

Narrative Feature, 1:40:00, Mississippi

Director: Mark David

Screening: Saturday, 6 p.m. Malco

Presented by Ground Zero Blues Club


Texas Heart  tells the story of Peter Franklin, a crooked lawyer who's caught up in a loveless existence, loses a critical case for the mob, and runs off to hide out in a backwoods Texas town.  There he encounters a compelling story involving a mentally-challenged young man who is accused of killing a beautiful girl. Frank soon faces an agonizing choice:  ignore the case in order to remain anonymous and far from the prying eyes of the mob or reach out and try to save the young man.



Artists
avatar for Daniel Smith

Daniel Smith

CEO, DBS Films
I'm a writer/producer with a film I co-wrote and co-produced (TEXAS HEART) screening at the festival. I love to tell true stories--past, present, and possible--and look forward to meeting folks who share that passion, whether they're fellow writers and producers, or directors, actors... Read More →



Saturday February 20, 2016 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Oxford Commons Malco Cinema 403 Commonwealth Blvd

6:45pm

Atchafalaya
Limited Capacity seats available

Atchafalaya

Narrative Short, 21:00, New Orleans, Louisiana

Director: Brian C Miller Richard

Screening: Friday, 3:15 p.m. Malco; Saturday, 6:45 p.m. Malco (part of the Southern Shorts block)


With his marriage on the rocks, Game Warden Henri Judice is forced to investigate a mysterious call-out deep in the Louisiana swamp before a devastating hurricane tears through the area.



Artists


Saturday February 20, 2016 6:45pm - 8:45pm
Oxford Commons Malco Cinema 403 Commonwealth Blvd

6:45pm

Broke Dick Dog
Limited Capacity seats available

Broke Dick Dog

Narrative Short, 11:00, Memphis, Tennessee

Director: G.B. Shannon, OFF Alumni (Fresh Skweezed, Pretty Monsters, Songs in the Key of Death and more)

World Premiere

Screening: Friday, 3:15 p.m. Malco; Saturday, 6:45 p.m. Malco (part of the Southern Shorts block)


Three newly acquainted brothers confront their long absent and indifferent father.



Artists
avatar for Ben Rednour

Ben Rednour

I've noticed a direct correlation to my drinking & the number of times I've been tasered in the workplace.



Saturday February 20, 2016 6:45pm - 8:45pm
Oxford Commons Malco Cinema 403 Commonwealth Blvd

6:45pm

Call Me Cappy
Limited Capacity seats available

Call Me Cappy

Narrative Short, 17:34, New Orleans, Louisiana

Director: Maja Holzinger

Mississippi Premiere

Screening: Friday, 3:15 p.m. Malco; Saturday, 6:45 p.m. Malco (part of the Southern Shorts block)


Wally, a bowling alley manager in his 60s, leads a perfectly uneventful life. One day, he receives a piece junk of mail informing him that he has won a tropical cruise. Wally slowly becomes more and more intrigued by the idea of seeing the ocean for the first time.




Saturday February 20, 2016 6:45pm - 8:45pm
Oxford Commons Malco Cinema 403 Commonwealth Blvd

6:45pm

Little Sticker
Limited Capacity seats available

Little Sticker

Narrative Short, 5:00, Savannah, Georgia

Director: Michael Jackson Chaney

World Premiere

Screening: Friday, 3:15 p.m. Malco; Saturday, 6:45 p.m. Malco (part of the Southern Shorts block)


A couple arrives home after a tragic loss.  As they process their situation they engage in very different methods of grieving and struggle over how to address the remnants of a kitschy family icon. Ultimately they come to terms with the possibility of reconciliation and remembrance.





Saturday February 20, 2016 6:45pm - 8:45pm
Oxford Commons Malco Cinema 403 Commonwealth Blvd

6:45pm

Nirvana: A Short Film about Lung Cancer
Limited Capacity seats available

Nirvana: A Short Film About Lung Cancer

Narrative Short, 15:54, Chattahoochee, Georgia

Director: J. Michael Hicks (OFF Alum: Picture Show, 2014)

Regional Premiere

Screening: Friday, 3:15 p.m. Malco; Saturday, 6:45 p.m. Malco (part of the Southern shorts block)


Inspired by the director's own personal journey.  After running away from her home, a young cancer patient meets a grieving widower in a dilapidated cemetery. Lost in their own tragedies, the two converse about life, death and the spiritual self.



Artists
JH

Jonathan Hicks

Self-Employed



Saturday February 20, 2016 6:45pm - 8:45pm
Oxford Commons Malco Cinema 403 Commonwealth Blvd

6:45pm

Paperous
Limited Capacity seats available

Paperous

Narrative Short, 8:11, Savannah, Georgia

Director: Miles Carby

Regional Premiere

Screening: Friday 3:15 p.m. Malco; Saturday, 6:45 p.m. Malco (part of the Southern Shorts block)


Michael, unnoticed, but ever-observant, is going through a transformation brought on by the divorce of his parents. In this coming of age adventure, he fights to preserve the only life he knows.

 



Artists


Saturday February 20, 2016 6:45pm - 8:45pm
Oxford Commons Malco Cinema 403 Commonwealth Blvd

6:45pm

Three Fingers
Limited Capacity seats available

Three Fingers

Narrative Short, 12:30, Nashville, TN

Director: Paul D. Hart

Mississippi Premiere

Screening: Friday, 3:15 p.m. Malco; Saturday, 6:45 p.m. Malco (part of the Southern Shorts block)


A young female Marine war veteran navigates her disintegrating life until there is nothing left but to make a choice.



Artists
avatar for Virginia Newcomb

Virginia Newcomb

Actor/Producer
Oh, you know; movies, art, the South. I play serious a lot in said movies, but I'm actually pretty ridiculous. Come say HI! at the premiere of UNION or screenings of shorts FATED TO REPEAT & SPACE WIND. Also, moderating the panel, Film and Political Action.



Saturday February 20, 2016 6:45pm - 8:45pm
Oxford Commons Malco Cinema 403 Commonwealth Blvd

6:45pm

Tumble Dry Low
Limited Capacity seats available

Tumble Dry Low

Narrative Short, 7:00, Dallas, Texas

Director: Jefferson Stein

Mississippi Premiere

Screening: Friday ,3:15 p.m. Malco; Saturday, 6:45 p.m. Malco (part of the Southern Shorts block)


A little girl and her father deal with loss in East Texas.





Saturday February 20, 2016 6:45pm - 8:45pm
Oxford Commons Malco Cinema 403 Commonwealth Blvd

7:00pm

The Keepers
Limited Capacity seats available

The Keepers

Documentary Feature, 1:10:00, Memphis, TN

Director: Sara Kaye Larson , Joann Self Selvidge

Mississippi Premiere

Screening: Friday, 7:45 p.m. Malco; Saturday, 7 p.m. Malco; plays with Bookin'


The Keepers is a portrait of the personalities and work of zookeepers shot with unprecedented behind-the-scenes access at the Memphis Zoo. A bittersweet, nonjudgemental look at what it means to find a place for yourself, working a job that you love.





Saturday February 20, 2016 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Oxford Commons Malco Cinema 403 Commonwealth Blvd

7:00pm

Bookin'
Limited Capacity seats available

Bookin'

Documentary Short, 18:03, Memphis, Tennessee

Directors: John Kirkscey and Billie Worley

Mississippi Premiere

Screening: Friday, 7:45 p.m. Malco; Saturday, 7 p.m. Malco; plays with The Keepers


Two Memphis jookers and two ballet dancers fuse their distinct dance styles to a soundtrack that mixes hip-hop beats and cello at a famous Memphis juke joint.  Shot in Memphis, Tennessee at the historic Earnestine & Hazel's.





Saturday February 20, 2016 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Oxford Commons Malco Cinema 403 Commonwealth Blvd

7:45pm

Dude Bro Party Massacre III
Limited Capacity seats available

Dude Bro Party Massacre III

Special Screening

Narrative Feature, 1:42:07, Los Angeles, California

Directors: Tomm Jacobsen, Michael Rousselet, Jon Salmon

Screening: Saturday, 7:45 p.m. Powerhouse

 

Behold comedy troupe 5-Second Films’ hysterical twist on 1980’s slasher flicks. In the wake of two back-to-back mass murders on Chico’s frat row, loner Brent Chirino must infiltrate the ranks of a popular fraternity to investigate his twin brother's murder at the hands of the serial killer known as Motherface.

Greg Sestero will be in attendance for the Q&A.



Saturday February 20, 2016 7:45pm - 9:15pm
Powerhouse Community Arts Center 413 South 14th St

8:15pm

Spaghettiman
Limited Capacity seats available

Spaghetti Man

Special Screening

Narrative Feature, 1:28:00, Los Angeles, California

Director: Mark Potts

World Premiere

Screening: Saturday, 8:15 p.m. Malco Screen 1


Clark doesn't care about you. He doesn't care about the world. He barely cares about himself. But after an incident with an old bowl of spaghetti and a malfunctioning microwave, he becomes a superhero that can fight crime with the power of spaghetti. However, you have to pay him.

 



Artists


Saturday February 20, 2016 8:15pm - 9:45pm
Oxford Commons Malco Cinema 403 Commonwealth Blvd

9:00pm

Awards Ceremony Under the Big Top
Limited Capacity seats available

Join us under the Big Top at the Lyric Oxford for a special evening of fun and games and Hoka awards! 

VIP passes have access to the event but tickets are also available to the public.

Carnival games and entertainment provided courtesy of the festival including prizes! 

Food by Oxford Canteen, beer by Good People Brewing Company, special Big Top drink by CatHead Vodka and other special beverages by Proof Beverages. A cash bar will also be available for alternatives to the beverages provided by the festival.  

Party with us from 9 -10:30 p.m. and then join us to hear who won at the festival! 

Saturday February 20, 2016 9:00pm - 11:59pm
The Lyric Oxford 1006 Van Buren Avenue
 
Sunday, February 21
 

10:30am

Children of the Arctic - Hoka winner
Limited Capacity seats available

Winner of the Hoka on Saturday, February 20 will play. Winner announced that Saturday evening.

Food trucks and a cash bar available on site. 

Sunday February 21, 2016 10:30am - 12:30pm
Powerhouse Community Arts Center 413 South 14th St

10:30am

'Til Death
Limited Capacity seats available

'Til Death

Mississippi Narrative, 10:05, Oxford, Mississippi

Director: Matthew Graves (Off Alum: Dummy 2007)

Screening: Friday 1 p.m. Malco; Sunday 10:30 a.m. Malco (part of the Mississippi narrative block)

On the dark and stormy night of his fiancée's funeral, a grieving man, so overwhelmed at the thought of never seeing the love of his life again, decides to bring her home.

 



Artists


Sunday February 21, 2016 10:30am - 12:30pm
Oxford Commons Malco Cinema 403 Commonwealth Blvd

10:30am

Freedom Fighters
Limited Capacity seats available

Freedom Fighters

Mississippi Narrative, 16:53

Director: Wade Patterson

Screening: Friday, 1 p.m. Malco; Sunday, 10:30 a.m. Malco (part of the Mississippi Narrative block)


The newest recruit of a right-wing militia finds himself at odds with the charismatic leader when the group tries to take a government official hostage.



Artists


Sunday February 21, 2016 10:30am - 12:30pm
Oxford Commons Malco Cinema 403 Commonwealth Blvd

10:30am

Last Night
Limited Capacity seats available

Last Night

Mississippi Narrative, 13:42

Director: Michael Ewing

Screening: Friday, 1 p.m. Malco; Sunday, 10:30 a.m. Malco (part of the Mississippi Narrative block)


A late night bar “conversation” among three friends reveals, in surprising ways, that actions have consequences.

Artists
ME

Michael Ewing

Adjunct Instructor, Guest Director, Actor, University of Mississippi, Delta State University
I wrote something about myself.



Sunday February 21, 2016 10:30am - 12:30pm
Oxford Commons Malco Cinema 403 Commonwealth Blvd

10:30am

Stagrassle Paranormal
Limited Capacity seats available

Stagrassle Paranormal

Mississippi Narrative, 27:50

Director: Glenn Payne (OFF Alum: A Horror Movie, 2015 and more)

Screening: Friday, 1 p.m. Malco; Sunday, 10:30 a.m. Malco (part of the Mississippi Narrative block)


Welcome to Stagrassle! Meet the Colonel, Penny, Enzo and Bernice, their friends and foes, the ghosts that haunt them and Larry, the man that documents their misadventures.



Artists
avatar for Glenn Payne

Glenn Payne

Filmmaker/Improv Actor/Fine Artist, West of Shake Rag
Glenn Payne is an award winning filmmaker and artist, as well as an improvisational and film actor. He lives in Blue Springs, Mississippi where he creates artwork and produces independent films with the abundance of local talent Mississippi has to offer. His films Earthrise, Avarice... Read More →



Sunday February 21, 2016 10:30am - 12:30pm
Oxford Commons Malco Cinema 403 Commonwealth Blvd

10:30am

The Faucet
Limited Capacity seats available

The Faucet

Mississippi Narrative, 4:28

Directors: Danny Klimetz, Samip Raval

World Premiere

Screening: Friday, 1 p.m. Malco; Sunday, 10:30 a.m. Malco (part of the Mississippi Narrative block)


A gentleman just wants to wash his hands...





Sunday February 21, 2016 10:30am - 12:30pm
Oxford Commons Malco Cinema 403 Commonwealth Blvd

10:30am

The Gift
Limited Capacity seats available

The Gift

Mississippi Narrative, 12:48

Director: Gabriel Robertson

Screening: Friday, 1 p.m. Malco; Sunday, 10:30 a.m. Malco (part of the Mississippi Narrative block)


To celebrate his eleventh birthday, a young boy selects his gift - little knowing that his choice will change the world.



Artists


Sunday February 21, 2016 10:30am - 12:30pm
Oxford Commons Malco Cinema 403 Commonwealth Blvd

10:45am

The Sinking of Sozopol
Limited Capacity seats available

Narrative Feature, 1:40:00, Bulgaria

Director: Kostadin Bonev

Regional Premiere

Screening: Friday, 1 p.m. Malco; Sunday, 10:45 a.m. Malco


An aging man goes back to Sozopol and brings along his memories and ten bottles of vodka. It is clear that when the vodka is over, something must happen. Something that will change his life forever.  Because when hope is gone, Miracle is the last resort.



Artists


Sunday February 21, 2016 10:45am - 12:30pm
Oxford Commons Malco Cinema 403 Commonwealth Blvd

11:00am

Voicing Animation
Limited Capacity seats available

Animation Panel

Sunday, February 21, 11 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Screen 4

Free

Meet the people behind Emmy award winner Adventure Time and Oscar and Emmy winner The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore and more. Join us as we talk with people involved with numerous great animation projects and learn the secrets behind their award winning projects.

 

Moderator: Don Lewis 
Don Lewis loves film. He is the Editor of Hammer to Nail and Managing Editor at Flick Nation. His short documentary films STRINGERS and DRAG KING have played numerous film festivals and garnered a few awards and his first documentary WORST IN SHOW played Oxford Film Fest in 2011. Don holds a Masters Degree in Cinema Studies from San Francisco State and resides in Northern California with his wife, daughter and dog named Igby. 

 

Kent Osborne 
A writer and storyboard artist from Los Angeles, Kent has received multiple Emmy nominations for his work on shows like "SpongeBob Squarepants", "Phineas and Ferb", "The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack" and won an Emmy for "Adventure Time" in 2015. He is also the creator of the web-series "Cat Agent". 

 

John Durbin
John Durbin is a senior animator at Moonbot Studios. Originally from DFW, John moved to Shreveport on the notion that a start up animation studio was offering a special opportunity that he couldn't pass up. He was right; and in 2011, Moonbot Studios’ first project, “The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore” won the Oscar for best animated short film. John’s most recent contribution at the studio is on “Taking Flight,” an animated short film for which he was lead animator. John grew up making his own stop motion films on camcorders and went to Texas State Technical College in Abilene in hopes of pursuing a career in animation. During the end of school, he realized he wasn't necessarily getting an education in animation, but more of a general introduction to software. He discovered that his animation skills needed a boost and learned as much as possible through online research. He finally connected with Dallas-based Reel FX after winning an animation contest. Brandon Oldenburg, a former founding partner at Reel FX studios, worked with John on a few projects outside of Reel FX. When Oldenburg formed Moonbot Studios, he brought John to Shreveport. Since then, John has worked with Oldenburg and Moonbot on over 20 projects and counting. Moonbot is a fantastic place to work, where John gets to animate as well as help with pre-production, editing, sound design, music, motion graphics, and more. 

 Susan Hickman
Susan Hickman has worked in voice-work since moving to Los Angeles in 1981. In 1990 she started a loop group and done voice-overs on hundreds of hours of television and film. Her looping voice can be heard on such TV shows as “MacGyver”, “The Love Boat”, “Dead Like Me”, “Kyle XY”, “That Championship Season”, “Nash Bridges”, “Fame L.A.”, and most recently Dolly Parton’s “Coat of Many Colors”, which aired on NBC in December.  Her animation credits include “Family Guy”,  Hayao Miyazaki’s classic Japanese animé  films: “Kiki’s Delivery Service”, “Princess Mononoke”, and “Castle in the Sky”. She now lives in New Albany, MS, with her producer-husband, Hudson Hickman. 

Jack Pendarvis
ack Pendarvis's fourth book,Cigarette Lighter, just came out. His fifth book, Movie Stars, will appear in April. He is story editor forAdventure Time and does the voice of Root Beer Guy. 

Moderators
PL

PRESS-Don Lewis

Managing Editor, FilmThreat.com
I'm a film critic interested in film reviews, interviews, features and coverage of the MVFF as an experience.


Sunday February 21, 2016 11:00am - 12:45pm
Oxford Commons Malco Cinema 403 Commonwealth Blvd

12:00pm

Collisions

COLLISIONS (2016)

Lead Artist: Lynette Wallworth

Country: Australia

Live action/animated documentary about Nyarri Morgan, the indigenous leader of the Martu tribe in Western Australia. Morgan recounts his profound first contact with Western culture and the dramatic collision between his traditional world view and the cutting edge of modern technology.

 


Sunday February 21, 2016 12:00pm - 6:00pm
Powerhouse Community Arts Center 413 South 14th St

12:00pm

DeFrost

DEFROST (2016)

Lead Artist: Randal Kleiser

In this futuristic, sci-fi, live-action VR adventure, viewers are put in the seat of a woman who wakes up after being frozen for nearly 30 years, to reunite with her family. The reunion is bittersweet, as the passage of time has caused her loved ones to become strangers.


Sunday February 21, 2016 12:00pm - 6:00pm
Powerhouse Community Arts Center 413 South 14th St

12:00pm

Searching for Hell - Virtual Reality Film

Searching For Hell

Special Screening

Directors: Pawel Nazaruk, Tomasz Adamski, Darek Barecki, Yuki Nakamura, Gloria Kurnik, James Kenney

Executive Producer: Pawel Nazaruk/d!film studio

Screening: February 17-21 at Powerhouse Gallery. Hours of Operation are 9 am until last movie ends in evenings.


Hell exists. It’s just not what you think it is. The world’s first full-length documentary film in virtual reality cinema.




Sunday February 21, 2016 12:00pm - 6:00pm
Powerhouse Community Arts Center 413 South 14th St

12:00pm

The Visitor

THE VISITOR (2016)

Director: James Kaelan

Country: USA

In this work of philosophical horror, at an austere compound in the desert, a woman waits for her greatest fear to materialize. 



Sunday February 21, 2016 12:00pm - 6:00pm
Powerhouse Community Arts Center 413 South 14th St

12:45pm

Araignee
Limited Capacity seats available

Araignee

Animated Short, 1:22, New York, New York

Director: Jeremy Jensen

World Premiere

Screening: Friday, 1 p.m. Shelter on Van Buren; Sunday, 12:45 p.m. Malco (part of Animation block)


Two talented spiders compete against each other. Who will be the best weaving master?





Sunday February 21, 2016 12:45pm - 2:30pm
Oxford Commons Malco Cinema 403 Commonwealth Blvd

12:45pm

Borrowed Time
Limited Capacity seats available

Borrowed Time

Animation, 6:45, Emeryville, California

Director: Lou Hamou-Lhadj, Andrew Coats

Mississippi Premiere

Screening: Friday, 1 p.m. Shelter on Van Buren; Sunday, 12:45 p.m. Malco (part of Animation block)


A weathered Sheriff returns to the remains of an accident he has spent a lifetime trying to forget. With each step forward, the memories come flooding back. Faced with his mistake once again, he must find the strength to carry on.



Artists


Sunday February 21, 2016 12:45pm - 2:30pm
Oxford Commons Malco Cinema 403 Commonwealth Blvd

12:45pm

Bottomless
Limited Capacity seats available

Bottomless

Animation, 2:03, Birmingham, Alabama

Director: Véronique Vanblaere

Mississippi Premiere

Screening: Friday, 1 p.m. Shelter on Van Buren; Sunday, 12:45 p.m. Malco (part of Animation block)


A Belgian woman seeks citizenship in the United States, and finds that her experiences are bottomless.



Artists
avatar for Veronique Vanblaere

Veronique Vanblaere

I live to paint. I began my calling as a teenager in my native Belgium by filling my bedroom walls with strange paintings.I left Belgium for the United States at the age of twenty-five. Within a couple of years, encouraged by the interest that people found in my work, I opened Naked... Read More →



Sunday February 21, 2016 12:45pm - 2:30pm
Oxford Commons Malco Cinema 403 Commonwealth Blvd

12:45pm

Fulfilament
Limited Capacity seats available

Fulfilament

Animation, 7:33, United Kingdom

Director: Rhiannon Evans

Mississippi Premiere

Screening: Friday, 1 p.m. Shelter on Van Buren; Sunday, 12:45 p.m. Malco (part of Animation block)


Travel around the brain with a little, lost thought and discover what it takes to make a great idea.



Artists


Sunday February 21, 2016 12:45pm - 2:30pm
Oxford Commons Malco Cinema 403 Commonwealth Blvd

12:45pm

Golden Shot
Limited Capacity seats available

Golden Shot

Animation, 8:40, Turkey

Director: Gokalp Gonen

Mississippi Premiere

Screening: Friday, 1 p.m. Shelter on Van Buren; Sunday, 12:45 p.m. Malco (part of Animation block)


Rusty machines, living in their small houses, imagine that the sun will come and take them to the sky someday. A small light keeps them alive and dreaming. But one of the machines wants to see the sun itself and has a plan for that.



Artists


Sunday February 21, 2016 12:45pm - 2:30pm
Oxford Commons Malco Cinema 403 Commonwealth Blvd

12:45pm

Hum
Limited Capacity seats available

Hum

Animation, 8:30, Orange, California

Director: Tom Teller

Regional Premiere

Screening: Friday, 1 p.m. Shelter on Van Buren; Sunday, 12:45 p.m. Malco (part of Animation block)


A solitary dish-washing robot living out his life in the back room of a restaurant is enlightened to the world that exists beyond his four walls. With the help of a small friend he breaks free of confinement to pursue his dream of exploration.



Artists


Sunday February 21, 2016 12:45pm - 2:30pm
Oxford Commons Malco Cinema 403 Commonwealth Blvd

12:45pm

Needle Town
Limited Capacity seats available

Needle Town

Animation, 3:00, Norway

Director: Kaspar Synnevåg, Henrik Hylland Uhlving

Regional Premiere

Screening: Friday, 1 p.m. Shelter on Van Buren; Sunday, 12:45 p.m. Malco (part of Animation block)


Heroin addict Cato is stealing books to fund his drug habit. He has fallen in love with Goth Girl, who works at the local book shop. But the mall cop Crab Claw is about to make his life difficult



Sunday February 21, 2016 12:45pm - 2:30pm
Oxford Commons Malco Cinema 403 Commonwealth Blvd

12:45pm

Olilo
Limited Capacity seats available

Olilo

Animation, 5:40, Brooklyn, New York

Director: Ao Li

Screening: Friday, 1 p.m. Shelter on Van Buren; Sunday, 12:45 p.m. Malco (part of Animation block)


Olilo is a 2D animation that tells the story of an introverted girl held captive by her own semi-transparent personal space. Created through a combination of traditional frame-by-frame and digital drawing as well as key frame animation, the film focuses on love and its capacity to transform all things.



Artists


Sunday February 21, 2016 12:45pm - 2:30pm
Oxford Commons Malco Cinema 403 Commonwealth Blvd

12:45pm

One Minute for Katrina
Limited Capacity seats available

One Minute for Katrina

Animation, 1:00, United Kingdom

Directors: Serafima Serafimova, Max Halley

Screening: Friday, 1 p.m. Shelter on Van Buren; Sunday, 12:45 p.m. Malco (part of Animation block)


One Minute for Katrina marks the 10 year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. The animation offers people a chance to reflect and remember those who lost their lives and many who continue to be affected.





Sunday February 21, 2016 12:45pm - 2:30pm
Oxford Commons Malco Cinema 403 Commonwealth Blvd

12:45pm

Perfect Houseguest
Limited Capacity seats available

Perfect Houseguest

Animation 1:35, Baltimore, Maryland

Directors: Ru Kuwahata, Max Porter

Regional Premiere

Screening: Friday, 1 p.m. Shelter on Van Buren; Sunday, 12:45 p.m. Malco (part of Animation block)


A house is visited by a clean, organized, well-mannered guest.



Artists


Sunday February 21, 2016 12:45pm - 2:30pm
Oxford Commons Malco Cinema 403 Commonwealth Blvd

12:45pm

The Iraqi Superman
Limited Capacity seats available

The Iraqi Superman

Animation, 6:00, Iraq

Director: Sajad Abbas

World Premiere

Screening: Friday, 1 p.m. Shelter on Van Buren; Sunday, 12:45 p.m. Malco (part of Animation block)


A tormented young man constructs an ingenious device to rescue his father from Abu Ghraib prison. What he finds there is far from his expectations, revealing the mistreatment and torture of prisoners. His hopes and dreams for a brighter future are dashed upon finding his father.



Artists


Sunday February 21, 2016 12:45pm - 2:30pm
Oxford Commons Malco Cinema 403 Commonwealth Blvd

12:45pm

The Present
Limited Capacity seats available

The Present

Animation, 4:20, Germany

Director: Jacob Frey

Mississippi Premiere

Screening: Friday, 1 p.m. Shelter on Van Buren; Sunday, 12:45 p.m. Malco (part of Animation block)


Jake spends most of his time playing video games indoors until his mum decides to give him a present.



Artists


Sunday February 21, 2016 12:45pm - 2:30pm
Oxford Commons Malco Cinema 403 Commonwealth Blvd

12:45pm

The Seafarer and the Moonlight
Limited Capacity seats available

The Seafarer and The Moonlight

Animation, 2:30, Los Angeles, California

Director: James Dastoli

Screening: Friday, 1 p.m. Shelter on Van Buren; Sunday, 12:45 p.m. Malco (part of Animation block)


An ancient mariner does battle with a behemoth from the deep.



Artists


Sunday February 21, 2016 12:45pm - 2:30pm
Oxford Commons Malco Cinema 403 Commonwealth Blvd

12:45pm

They Crawl Amongst Us!
Limited Capacity seats available

They Crawl Amongst Us!

Animation, 12:30, Seattle, Washington

Director: Sihanouk Mariona

Mississippi Premiere

Screening: Friday, 1 p.m. Shelter on Van Buren; Sunday, 12:45 p.m. Malco (part of Animation block)


A stop-motion documentary about life in New York City — as told by its pests!





Sunday February 21, 2016 12:45pm - 2:30pm
Oxford Commons Malco Cinema 403 Commonwealth Blvd

12:45pm

The Week - Honorable Mention winner
Limited Capacity seats available

Winner of the Hoka on Saturday, February 20 will play. Winners announced Saturday night. Food trucks and a cash bar will be available on site.

Sunday February 21, 2016 12:45pm - 2:45pm
Powerhouse Community Arts Center 413 South 14th St

1:00pm

Dissecting Hollywood's Diversity Problem
Limited Capacity seats available

Dissecting Hollywood's Diversity Problem

Sunday, February 21, 1 p.m. to 2:45 p.m. Malco Screen 4

Free

The hottest Hollywood issue on social media these days is diversity - and Hollywood's lack of it. From 2015's The Hollywood Reporter award-season round-table cover featuring 100% white actresses, to the dismal statistics about decision-makers in the industry, the Hollywood's lack of diversity is perhaps its most urgent issue. Join our all-diverse panel of industry experts for a rousing, passionate discussion of the issues faced by women in Hollywood, and their ideas on how to disrupt those issues to generate real change.

 

Moderator: Kim Voynar

Kim Voynar was an internationally recognized film critic for a decade, covering the film festival circuit and independent cinema for Movie City News, Cinematical, IndieWIRE and Variety, before transitioning into producing films in 2010.  She co-hosts The Daily Buzz public radio show/podcast at Sundance and SXSW. After three years producing for a Seattle-based prodco, she's now producing independently and is currently attached to projects with The Residents, Will Calhoun of Living Colour, and other cool stuff.

 

Tanya Wright 
For seven seasons, Tanya Wright played the role of Deputy Kenya Jones on HBO's TRUE BLOOD; she currently stars in the role of Crystal Burset (wife of transgender inmate Sophia Burset) on the Netflix original series, ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK. Tanya is the creator of the haircare line for women with curly/kinky/coily hair called HAIRiette and the author of I FOUND GOD IN MY HAIR: 98 spiritual principles I learned from my relationship with my hair. She screened her directorial debut--BUTTERFLY RIISNG -- at Oxford Film Festival in 2012; Tanya was born, raised and lives in New York City. 


Rachel Morgan 
Rachel Morgan is the Creative Director and Lead Programmer for the Sidewalk Film Festival as well as an Instructor of Media Production and Telecommunication and Film at Lawson State Community College. She is also a Co-Instructor in the Documenting Justice documentary film program at the University of Alabama and is a former contributor to Film Threat. She received a BFA from The Savannah College of Art and Design in Film/Video Production and a MA in Film Critical Studies from the University of Alabama where her focus of study was on Children and Adolescence in Cinematic Horror. 

 

Justina Walford

Justina Walford has been writing for stage and film for over a decade. She is the writer and producer of the grindhouse film The Ladies of the House, scheduled for release in the spring of 2015. She is also writer/director of a number of short films, including her most recent thriller short, Dinner with Others, which is currently in post-production.

 

Rachel Raney 
Rachel Raney has served as Executive Director of the Southern Documentary Fund since 2011. Raney is a seasoned non-fiction filmmaker and public TV/radio producer with many years of experience producing content, as well as collaborating with and supporting independent producers. Fresh out of college, she landed at the highly regarded Center for Investigative Reporting in San Francisco, working on documentaries for the PBS series Frontline. After producing on multiple projects for CIR and other veteran docmakers, Raney’s directorial debut, the feature documentary Livermore, aired on PBS’ Independent Lens. Raney went on to create and produce the award-winning documentary series Truly California for KQED-TV, currently in its 10th season. Raney is currently developing a similar series in conjunction with SDF, UNC-TV, and SCETV. 

 

Connie Hoy 
Connie Hoy has worked in the film industry for over twenty-five years. She began her independent film journey by working under such directors as the Coen Brothers, Jim Jarmusch, and Kathryn Bigelow. Her latest project, Battlecreek, directed by Allison Eastwood, was filmed in Mississippi in 2015. Ms. Hoy’s producing projects include THE HEART IS A DRUM MACHINE and QUEENS OF COUNTRY. QUEENS is currently in post producton and is rumored to be a break out role for its star Lizzy Caplan. QUEENS also stars Ron Livingston, Joe Lo Truglio & Matt Walsh. Ms. Hoy was presented with the 1998 Arizona Women in Film “Vision” award for her contributions to the Arizona film community and her directorial debut “Hack”.  Ms. Hoy’s credits include; “Queens of Country”, “Touching Home”, “Jim Jarmusch’s Dead Man”, “Mystery Train”, “Raising Arizona”, “Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure” and “Near Dark”. 

 

Lela Meadow-Conner 
Lela has been with the Tallgrass Film Festival since late founder Timothy Gruver invited her to Wichita in 2003. She began her tenure as festival producer and now helms the Tallgrass Film Association as Executive Director, focusing on fundraising, marketing, artistic direction of the organization and vacuuming the office floor. In addition to 10+ years of experience in the entertainment industry in Hollywood, including marketing and publicity, she also holds a degree in the culinary arts. In her spare time, she can often be found in her kitchen producing, marketing and publicizing her culinary creations for her film festival compadres. How do you like them apples? 



Moderators
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Kim Voynar

Moderator


Sunday February 21, 2016 1:00pm - 2:45pm
Oxford Commons Malco Cinema 403 Commonwealth Blvd

1:00pm

Finding Cleveland
Limited Capacity seats available

Finding Cleveland

Mississippi Documentary, 12:24

Director: Larissa Lam

Mississippi Premiere

Screening: Friday, 5:15 p.m. Conference Center; Sunday, 1 p.m. Malco (part of the Mississippi Documentary block)


Finding Cleveland is a documentary short film that follows Charles Chiu and his family on an emotional journey as they take a trip to Cleveland, Mississippi to visit the grave site of Charles’ father, KC Lou.



Artists


Sunday February 21, 2016 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Oxford Commons Malco Cinema 403 Commonwealth Blvd

1:00pm

Living with HIV
Limited Capacity seats available

Living with HIV

Mississippi Documentary, 28:09

Director: Kathryn A. Rodenmeyer

Screening: Friday, 5:15 p.m. Conference Center; Sunday, 1 p.m. Malco (part of the Mississippi Documentary block)

Mississippi, the 'buckle' of the Bible Belt, ranks 7th in the U.S. for prevalence of HIV infection. Young African American men are the fastest growing group to become infected with HIV. In "Living with HIV," those infected with HIV share their stories and how they are living with this incurable condition.





Sunday February 21, 2016 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Oxford Commons Malco Cinema 403 Commonwealth Blvd

1:00pm

Locked Out: A Mississippi Success Story
Limited Capacity seats available

Locked Out: A Mississippi Success Story

Mississippi Documentary, 26:53

Director: Sean W. Malone

Screening: Friday, 5:15 p.m. Conference Center; Sunday, 1 p.m. Malco (part of the Mississippi Documentary block)


Locked Out chronicles the struggles and success of Melony Armstrong, an entrepreneur who fought state restrictions to become the first professional African hair braider in Mississippi. Her victory struck down laws which required aspiring natural hair professionals to endure years of expensive licensing that only benefited the cosmetology schools and didn't teach anything about hair braiding or natural hair.



Artists


Sunday February 21, 2016 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Oxford Commons Malco Cinema 403 Commonwealth Blvd

1:00pm

Mo' About Joe
Limited Capacity seats available

Mo’ About Joe

Mississippi Documentary, 24:51

Director: Tim O'Grady

World Premiere

Screening: Friday, 5:15 p.m. Conference Center; Sunday, 1 p.m. Malco (part of the Mississippi Documentary block)


"Outsider" artist Joe Wrenn of Charleston, Mississippi is featured in this 25-minute documentary. We glimpse into his life and his amazing and storied paintings.



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Sunday February 21, 2016 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Oxford Commons Malco Cinema 403 Commonwealth Blvd

1:00pm

The Black Definition
Limited Capacity seats available

The Black Definition

Mississippi Documentary, 11:03

Director: Michael Fant

Regional Premiere

Screening: Friday, 5:15 p.m. Conference Center; Sunday, 1 p.m. Malco (part of the Mississippi Documentary block)


Seven black male students discuss the racial climate in America today, including stereotypes, police brutality and progression.



Artists


Sunday February 21, 2016 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Oxford Commons Malco Cinema 403 Commonwealth Blvd

2:45pm

What's in a Name
Limited Capacity seats available

What's in a Name

Documentary Short, 12:15 p.m. Atlanta, Georgia

Director: Daniel Robin

Mississippi Premiere

Screening: Friday, 1 p.m. Malco; Sunday, 2:45 p.m. Malco (plays with Children of the Arctic)


What's in a Name is about sculpting identities, both in terms of how the world sees us and how we view ourselves. These themes are woven into the juxtaposition of two stories that form a dialogue across generations. The question of Jewish identity and authenticity of culture is examined through home movies, archival footage, interviews and abstract recreations.



Artists


Sunday February 21, 2016 2:45pm - 3:15pm
Oxford Commons Malco Cinema 403 Commonwealth Blvd

3:00pm

Longleaf: The Heart of Pine
Limited Capacity seats available

LongLeaf: The Heart of Pine

Special Screening

Documentary Feature, 53:43, Oxford, Mississippi

Director: Rex Jones

Sunday, 3 p.m. Malco


A cultural and natural history of the South's ancient primeval forest. Towering stands of old-growth longleaf pine (pinus palustris) once covered over 90 million acres while stretching from southern Virginia to eastern Texas. Today, the total acreage is about two million, with only about two thousand of that considered old growth.



Artists


Sunday February 21, 2016 3:00pm - 4:45pm
Oxford Commons Malco Cinema 403 Commonwealth Blvd

3:00pm

West of Elvis
Limited Capacity seats available

West of Elvis is the Audience Award winner. Come join us for a special screening of the documentary short made by Louis Bourgeois. Focused on the journey through Graceland Too and encountering Paul MacLeod, the doc short is a spellbinding journey through one Elvis fan's home. 

Artists


Sunday February 21, 2016 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Powerhouse Community Arts Center 413 South 14th St

3:00pm

Once A Month
Limited Capacity seats available

Once A Month (and Behind the Scenes documentary)

Mississippi Narrative Short/Doc Short, 25:00, Oxford, Mississippi

Director: Alice Walker

World Premiere, Community Film Project

Tom and Tina have their friends Bob and Betty over once a month for dinner, but this is the first time they have gotten together since Bob's death. When Betty arrives, Tom and Tina realize that the evening may be a little more "lively" than expected.


Artists


Sunday February 21, 2016 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Powerhouse Community Arts Center 413 South 14th St

3:00pm

Short Film Winners
Limited Capacity seats available

The winners of the Hoka awards on Saturday, February 20 will play at this time. Food trucks will be available and a cash bar. Winning films will be announced on the website on Saturday, February 20.

Winners are: The Seafarer and the Moonlight, cybergenesis, Fallen star, Finding Cleveland, The gift, The House is Innocent and Blazing Sun.  
This plays with Once A Month and West of Elvis. 

Sunday February 21, 2016 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Powerhouse Community Arts Center 413 South 14th St

3:15pm

Mother's Day
Limited Capacity seats available

Mother’s Day

Narrative Short, 6:51, Hicksville, New York

Director: Jeff Tan

Mississippi Premiere

Screening: Friday, 8:30 p.m. Malco; Sunday, 3:15 p.m. Malco (plays with Embers)


Tragedy forces Mary (Academy Award Winner Melissa Leo) and her son Jay (Gabriel Furman) to say goodbye forever.



Artists


Sunday February 21, 2016 3:15pm - 3:30pm
Oxford Commons Malco Cinema 403 Commonwealth Blvd

3:15pm

Children of the Arctic
Limited Capacity seats available

Children of the Arctic

Documentary Feature, 1:33:00, Switzerland

Director: Nick Brandestini

Regional Premiere

Screening: Friday, 1 p.m. Malco; Sunday, 2:45 p.m. Malco (plays with What’s in a Name)


Children of the Arctic is a portrait of Native Alaskan teenagers coming of age at America's northernmost edge. As their climate and culture undergo profound changes, they strive to be both modern American kids and the inheritors of an ancient whaling culture.





Sunday February 21, 2016 3:15pm - 4:45pm
Oxford Commons Malco Cinema 403 Commonwealth Blvd

3:30pm

Embers
Limited Capacity seats available

Embers

Narrative Feature, 1:25:29

Director: Claire Carré

Mississippi Premiere

Screening: Friday, 8:30 p.m. Malco; Sunday, 3:15 p.m. Malco (plays with Mother’s Day)


After a global neurological epidemic, those who remain search for meaning and connection in a world without memory. Five interwoven stories explore how we might learn, love and communicate in a future that has no past.

 



Artists


Sunday February 21, 2016 3:30pm - 11:30pm
Oxford Commons Malco Cinema 403 Commonwealth Blvd

5:30pm

Babysitter
Limited Capacity seats available

Closing Night Film: Babysitter

Closing Night Film, 1:20:00, Los Angeles, California

Director: Morgan Krantz

Screening: Sunday, 5:30 p.m. Powerhouse
Q&A with Morgan Krantz and star Max Burkholder 


A dysfunctional L.A. family hires a mysterious babysitter who changes their lives.



Artists


Sunday February 21, 2016 5:30pm - 7:30pm
Powerhouse Community Arts Center 413 South 14th St