Oxford is legendary for the talented roster of Mississippi-bred writers it has produced, from the likes of Nobel Prize laureate William Faulkner to legal thriller author John Grisham. But for the 14th year, the resplendent little art town is going to remind the world that it loves film, too, as it From up a phantasmagoria of reels over four days at the Oxford Film Festival beginning February 15th.
Actress Holly Hunter opens the festival as a tragedian, portraying a grieving mother traveling the backroads of the Deep South, searching for answers about her son’s death in Katherine Dieckmann’s “Strange Weather.” The drama, which was shot in Mississippi, recalls the indie road films that loom large over our recollection of ’90s cinema.
The festival will also include Jeff Grace’s comedy, “Folk Hero & Funny Guy,” a story about a singer (Wyatt Russell) who convinces his depressed comedian friend (Alex Karpovsky) to travel on tour with him in hopes of lifting his spirits.
“The Oxford Film Festival is always looking to continue to build and grow based on past successes, the new interests of our audiences, and as a reaction to the changing world around us,” said Oxford Film Festival Executive Director Melanie Addington.
“This year’s programming – with the expansion of our virtual reality and new media sections, as well as the addition of the LGBTQ features and short film sections – demonstrate that. Those sections, combined with very strong competition films and another strong showing from our local Mississippi filmmakers, have us counting the days until February.”
The festival will feature the world premiere of Michael William’s “The Atoning,” a film about a family battling both personal demons and haunting apparitions.
All told, the festival will feature 151 films, including 34 feature length films as well as 19 U.S. and world premieres. The festival runs February 15th-19th, 2017.
A full list of the festival’s lineup is available at the Oxford Film Festival’s official website.