For those of you interested in taking a trip to Oxford, Mississippi anytime soon, might I recommend 02.05 - 02.08 for the
Oxford Film Festival.
Three films immediately jump out at me: "Prom Night in Mississippi,"
a documentary about actor Morgan Freeman's offer to pay for the Charleston High School prom it would integrate. (He made the offer in 1997 and it was finally accepted in 2008.); "Ballast,"
a feature narrative from Lance Hammer about life in the Mississippi Delta. Writes Manohla Dargis of The New York Times
, "it’s a serious achievement and a welcome sign of a newly invigorated American independent cinema"; and "Sunshine Cleaning"
from the producers of "Little Miss Sunshine" starring Amy Adams, Emily Blunt and Alan Arkin.
You can purchase tickets online through the website
. All films are shown at Malco Oxford Studio 8 at 1111 Jackson Avenue West.
There's also a cool panel on the role of the film critic hosted by Kim Voynar of Movie city News
. Panelists include: Eric Snider of Cinematical.com
, James Rocchi of American Movie Classics
, Jeffrey Wells of Hollywood-Elsewhere.com
, John Beifuss of The Commercial Appeal
, Lisa Rosman of US Weekly
and Scott Weinberg of eFilmCritic.com