Hill Country Network spent from February 6th thru 10th at the Oxford Film Fest, interviewing filmmakers, producers, directors, actors, and cast members from around the world, along with those involved with the running of the festival and the volunteers. Melanie Addington, the executive director of the film fest, and staff brought a high class, a highly organized festival to North Mississippi. The festival was held at three different locations: Wednesday was at the Power House for the Community shorts entries, Thursday was at the Power House in the morning and The Ford Center that night; Friday was all day at the Malco Theater just off of Sisk Avenue: Saturday started at the Malco Theater and ended at the Power House: Sunday was all day at the Malco.
The staff of HCN, Evelyn Mason and Kendall Cook filmed and interviewed some famous and infamous people. They met people from all over the United States, Canada, England, Korea and other places near and far. The people were diverse in their backgrounds but they all stated they felt very welcomed in Oxford and spoke highly of the festival. HCN station owner, Jean Ashcraft came to the festival and helped with red carpet interviews and informing festival goers about the purpose of HCN, which is to encourage and showcase local talent. Sandy Shaddinger and Shawn Vaughn were at the festival with Jean to tell others about HCN and support budding Creative’s talent.
On Friday night, The Music Video block aired at the Malco Theater in Oxford. Sam Mosley participated in a question and answer section for the video made about the Mosley and Johnson band with the song “Going to Mississippi” filmed by Roslynn Clark Copeland. His presence, as a guest of HCN, was a surprise to the filmmaker and he was received by all with excitement that they got to meet the blue’s legend.
HCN’s own Jonathan Smith had 3 entries in the festival and the staff was excited for him. The staff of HCN got the chance to have their picture taken with Jonathan on the red carpet opening night. There were three red carpet opportunities during the festival. They were: the Community Festival entries in the Festival, opening night on Thursday with the showing of “Ghost Light”, and the award ceremony on Saturday night.
They captured dozens of interviews which will start showing on their TV station starting in March. You can also watch HCN on their website, hillcountrynetwork.net:, on Roku or on YouTube starting in March. They have posted pictures of the festival on Instagram.
HCN was a proud sponsor of the festival this year. They look forward to being a part of it again.