By: Veneshia Gillespie, Public Relations Coordinator, MaxxSouth Broadband
The Oxford Film Festival will be celebrating its 16th year as one of the Finest Film and Theatre Arts Festivals in the area this year, and MaxxSouth Broadband is proud to be named Screen Presenter Sponsor of this event!
The 2019 Oxford Film Festival (February 6-10) announced a special screening of Tom Huckabee and Kent Smith’s TAKING TIGER MOUNTAIN REVISITED, a gonzo futuristic film project co-written by William S. Burroughs and starring Bill Paxton made in the late 70s/early 80s, and recently updated by Huckabee. Steve Young, the subject of Dava Whisenant’s award-winning documentary, BATHTUBS OVER BROADWAY is now slated to attend the screening of that film, and the film lineups for the Oxford Community Film Night, Family Film Festival, UM Film & Theatre Shorts, Louisiana and Memphis Film Prize Shorts program, and Filmmaker Panels were also announced.
Regarding the programming announcements, Oxford Film Festival’s Executive Director, Melanie Addington, said, “We’re thrilled to have Tom Huckabee return to Oxford with a true film rarity, his fascinating film, TAKING TIGER MOUNTAIN REVISITED. Offering special one-of-a-kind moments in film like that, as well as being able to put forward the best locally made projects, celebrating our homegrown talent is one of the things that make this film festival great. Having Steve Young here for BATHTUBS OVER BROADWAY, one of the most crowd-pleasing films from the past year, and being able to offer filmmaker panels offering an insider’s view into the making of film and sustaining a career in the industry fully rounds out the five-day film festival experience we pride ourselves in offering, when combined with our galas and competition selections. This will be an exciting and entertaining five days in February and anyone that considers themselves a true film fan will not want to miss a single moment.”
The announcements come on the heels of news that roughly three weeks from Opening Night, the Oxford Film Festival looks to have a record-breaking year with near-sell outs of films and film blocks, scheduled filmmaker attendance set to double the previous year’s high, and 3 hotels in the area also sold out to accommodate the influx of filmmakers and film fans for the event.
The UM Film & Theatre Shorts program will highlight some of the best work to come out of the University of Mississippi this past year and highlights of alumni, faculty and competitions from the fall. The new partnership was set this year to help launch the new film major in the department
Filmmaker panels are all free-to-the-public due to sponsors and include; My First Film with Zia Anger with the celebrated filmmaker, the Short Screenplay Winner “The Golden Years” live reading with SAG Actors Johnny and Susan McPhail and a partnership with Ghost Light Repertory Theatre, a Female Filmmaker Forum, and the new Film School Confidential delivering the inside scoop from local film school instructors and students.