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Oxford Film Festival Presents 4th Virtual Film Festival Week (May 15-21)

Oxford Film Festival Presents 

4th Virtual Film Festival Week

(May 15-21)

Highlights include Christopher Wesley Moore’s Mississippi horror film A STRANGER AMONG THE LIVING, a special presentation of Oxford FF alumni low-fi superhero film, SPAGHETTIMAN

Also featured are Seed&Spark panels conversations, 

LGBTQIA+, American Lens and Fest Forward 

animated/experimental short film slates

A STRANGER AMONG THE LIVING, SPAGHETTIMAN

TICKETS:

LGBTQIA+ Shorts

https://watch.eventive.org/2020oxff/play/5e949b88aa146700317be49a/5e18124e16bf4e003789569d

Live Q&A set for May 15 at 8:00PM central time

Fest Forward Shorts #2

https://watch.eventive.org/2020oxff/play/5e95426b109cec0031cdb4fe

Live Q&A set for May 16 at 3:00PM

A STRANGER AMONG THE LIVING

https://watch.eventive.org/2020oxff/play/5e8fcb91773343002a2dbc1b

Live Q&A set for May 16 at 8:00PM central time

Seed&Spark Crowdfunding to Build Independence

https://watch.eventive.org/2020oxff/play/5ea72de0d0082e0035c2d644

Live Panel Conversation set for May 18 at 11:00AM central time

Seed&Spark Presents The Distribution Down Low 

https://watch.eventive.org/2020oxff/play/5ea738bfbb2eb30038c12616

Live Panel Conversation set for May 18 at 2:00PM central time

Filming Safely in Mississippi

https://watch.eventive.org/2020oxff/play/5eb06ff812cfb1007a4e5466

Live panel Conversation set for May 19 at 12:00PM central time

American Lens Shorts

https://watch.eventive.org/2020oxff/play/5e949b88aa146700317be49a/5e18124e16bf4e003789569d

Live Q&A set for May 21 at 8:00PM

Special Heroic Oxford FF Alumni Presentation: SPAGHETTIMAN

https://watch.eventive.org/2020oxff/play/5ebad408929bef0062f13eb9/5ebad4a4f31aaa0060db7fd3

Live Q&A set for May 21 at 9:30PM

REHEARSAL, HOME GIRL, SHADOW IN THE ROOM

WHAT:

The Oxford Film Festival’s 4th Weekly Virtual Film Fest showcases include Christopher Wesley Moore’s Mississippi-shot film with malevolent ghosts, A STRANGER AMONG THE LIVING, and the return of Mark Potts’ gonzo superhero film, SPAGHETTIMAN, which made its world premiere at the Oxford FF in 2015. Three shorts programs include a collection of LGBTQIA+ films, stories looked at through the American Lens, and the second edition of Fest Forward animated and experimental shorts. Oxford Film Festival will also co-present two back-to-back panel conversations/presentations with Seed&Spark, as well as host a helpful look at the measures being put in place and suggested for those wanting to start the cameras rolling in Mississippi once again.

“Ghostly scares, silly superheroes, LGBTQIA+ stories, Americana, animation and experimental cinema is all on tap this week,” Executive Director Melanie Addington said. “This week will be a fun, adventurous slate of programming for our audiences, as well as having a great pair of panels and presentations courtesy of Seed&Spark for truly valuable information on crowdfunding and distribution for filmmakers to soak up, and then a chance to seriously look at the reality of getting our filmmakers back on the set here in Mississippi the following day.” 

THE SPIRIT SEAM, THE WOODPECKER, FOREIGN EXCHANGE

OXFORD FILM FESTIVAL 2020 4th WEEKLY VIRTUAL FILM FEST 

Films, events and descriptions

FEATURE FILM PRESENTATIONS

A STRANGER AMONG THE LIVING

Director: Christopher Wesley Moore

Country: USA, Running Time: 101 min

Henry Lyle, a young teacher, avoids a school shooting due to a terrifying premonition. Soon, he discovers his nightmare has just begun as strange phantoms stalk him, trying to complete the job that death started. 

SPAGHETTIMAN (2015) 

Director: Mark Potts

Country: USA, Running Time: 88 min

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.

SHORT FILM PROGRAMS

American Lens Shorts

TRT:  60 min

COFFEE SHOP NAMES

Director: Seepak Sethi

Country: USA, Running Time: 8 min

Three Indian people imagine their personas as their “coffee shop names,” the names they give baristas because their real names are hard to pronounce.

DICK PICS! (A DOCUMENTARY)

Directors: Hannah McSwiggen, Russell Shaeffer

Country: USA, Running Time: 12:18 min

DICK PICS! is a short, stop-motion animated documentary that gathers men from all walks of life and asks them one of the most important questions of the modern era: ”What in God’s name compels you to send pictures of your penis to non-consenting others?”

I’M NOT SPOCK  

Director: Clem McIntosh

Country: USA, Running Time: 9 min

Struggling to embrace stardom and his new found identity as Spock, Leonard Nimoy explores alternative artistic outlets, much to his agent’s chagrin.

NOWHERE ARKANSAS

Director: Robert Linsley

Country: USA, Running Time: 10:51 min

A Confederate veteran, haunted by his past, hunts redemption in the form of a famous eagle that belongs to the Union Army.

REHEARSAL

Director: Courtney Hope Thérond

Country: USA, Running Time: 8 min

A film crew for an upcoming feature film pushes the boundaries of consent during a courtesy rehearsal for its female lead.

SHADOW IN THE ROOM

Director: Christian Walker

Country: USA, Running Time: 8 min

A woman is haunted by the memory of an ex-lover. 

Fest Forward Shorts #2

TRT: 57 min

FOREIGN EXCHANGE

Director: Corrie Francis Parks

Country: USA, Running Time: 6 min

In this tiny world build with money and sand, what you observe, and the meaning you derive from that observation, depends on where you start your journey. Look closely, it’s all in the details.

THE SPIRIT SEAM

Director: Ashley Gerst

Country: USA, Running Time: 15 min

THE SPIRIT SEAM is a short animated film about a little girl, Pollywog, and her Pap-Paw.

SYNCHRONICITY

Director: Michelle Brand

Country: UK, Running Time: 4 min

People come, people go – yet everyone is moving in the same direction. We are all sharing something that we are unaware of, creating one big picture we are unable to see.

TIDES

Director: André Silva

Country: USA, Running Time: 8 min

Filmed at Masonboro Island, an undeveloped barrier Island in southeastern North Carolina, TIDES contemplates the limited space between the modern technological world and that more ecological dimension we label as “nature” or “the environment.”

LGBTQIA+ Shorts

TRT: 56 min

A NORMAL GIRL

Director: Aubree Bernier-Clarke

Country: USA, Running Time: 14 min

1.5% of people are born with anatomy that doesn’t fit typical definitions of female or male. It is common practice for doctors to perform genital surgeries on intersex infants—often with disastrous results. A NORMAL GIRL brings the widely unknown struggles of intersex people to light, through the story of intersex activist Pidgeon Pagonis.

BELLE

Director: Eduardo Cintron

Country: USA, Running Time: 20 min

In order to find a place to stay overnight, Belle meets Karina through a dating app, but instead of a night fling, they find support and acceptance to overcome difficult moments in their lives.

HOME GIRL

Director: Poonam Brah

Country: UK, Running Time: 12 min

Roya is a British Muslim woman whose mother has just died. After the funeral she returns to a home much altered – one without her mother. Roya discovers her relationship with another woman was in fact known about all along.

THE WOODPECKER

Directors: Courtney Bush, Will Carington, Jake Goicoechea

Country: USA, Running Time: 7:13 min

On his way to Brad’s animal-themed housewarming party, Richard stops at CVS and calls a close friend for advice about his costume.

FILM AND FILMMAKING PANELS AND CONVERSATIONS

Filming Safely in Mississippi

Members from the Mississippi Film Office, Film Natchez, and Mississippi Film Alliance discuss the next steps for film production to resume in Mississippi.

Seed&Spark Crowdfunding to Build Independence

Seed&Spark’s “Crowdfunding to Build Independence” workshop is dedicated to connecting creators with their audiences. It lays out the steps toward a successful crowdfunding campaign, as well as a career-long action plan to create a lasting, flourishing, direct relationship with your audience. You’ll learn how to find and activate that audience, structure your crowdfunding campaign and pitch video. Pick the right goal and incentives, and much mire beyond marketing the campaign itself. Moderated by filmmaker Bri Casrellini (“Rosalie”, “Better With You”)

Seed&Spark Presents The Distribution Down Low

Distribution is one of the most mysterious and misunderstood topics for independent creators. Join us as we break down the current landscape of distribution for independent film and TV, including the economics of different avenues to take, the right questions to ask potential partners, and what needs to be done from pre-production through post-production to set yourself up for success. Moderated by filmmaker Christian Raia (ABOUT A DONKEY, SUMMIT)

ABOUT OXFORD FILM FESTIVAL

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


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