Strange Weather to brew at Oxford Film Festival

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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.

Folk Hero & Funny Guy. Photo courtesy of the Oxford Film Festival.

Folk Hero & Funny Guy. Photo courtesy of the Oxford Film Festival.

In addition to the traditional feature film, short film, and music video categories, the festival will also feature three new sections this year: new media, virtual reality, and LGBTQ films. LGBT features include John Serpe’s “The Happys,” about a woman who tries to negotiate a dubious arrangement with her husband after she catches him with a man, and Michael McIntee’s documentary “How Love Won: The Fight for Marriage Equality.”

“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 Atoning. Photo courtesy of the Oxford Film Festival.

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.


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<p>Ashton is a native of Kokomo, Mississippi (yes, that’s a real place; no, the Beach Boys never sang about it). While he was a journalism student at the University of Southern Mississippi, he made a name for himself as the creator and Editor-in-Chief of Deep South Daily, an online publication centered around progressive Southern politics that reached millions. At various points, he’s been a contributor to the New York Times, a freelance videographer and production assistant with Showtime, and a social media pot-stirrer. He has been retweeted by the likes of Hillary Clinton and J.K. Rowling. He is also proud to have been mocked and blocked by Roseanne Barr.</p>

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