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Don’t You Forget About Andy Meyer

breakfast5Executive producer of The Breakfast Club screens film at special, interactive event at Powerhouse, March 9

Some high school experiences are those you can return to anytime. The Breakfast Club is one of those experiences. While not a high school reunion, a new fun interactive screening of the film will be held on March 9 at the Powerhouse Community Arts Center in Oxford.

The Yoknapatawpha Arts Council is partnering with OxFilm to bring Andy Meyer, the executive producer of the popular film The Breakfast Club, to Oxford for the special event. The evening will feature a dinner, a screening of the film, and a talk by Meyers, who is credited with launching John Hughes’s career.

The dinner is a special menu created by Chef Lee Craven who has crafted a brunch-style menu including Cathead Vodka Bloody Marys.

The event is the first program hosted by OxFilm, a new organization, which seeks to promote film making in Oxford and Lafayette County. Proceeds of the event will go towards purchasing film equipment that will be leased out to filmmakers or loaned out to OxFilm members.  

OxFilm is comprised of local film makers, screen writers, technicians, and actors who have organized a year of programs. The programs have a dual purpose of engaging the public in events to impart the depth of skills that go into making films while building relationships with industry professionals. Organizers hope that by offering programs that invite film professionals to give talks, screenings, or workshops that they will learn about the community and the support filmmaking has in the community—raising the profile of the region as a location for commercial shoots or films.

The region currently has a vibrant independent film community with original works being produced on a regular basis from documentaries, shorts, and feature length films. The music of the region is highlighted in three film projects: Oxford Sessions, which does music videos of local musicians in famous Oxford locations; Music in the Hall which is an internet concert series showcasing filmed performances of local musicians; and Oxford Sounds, a television show filmed last year and scheduled to appear on PBS.

Andy Meyer produced movies that featured young stars, from John Cusack in Better Off Dead to Anthony Michael Hall and Molly Ringwald in The Breakfast Club, to movies such as Fried Green Tomatoes, which made Mississippian Kathy Bates a star. Fans of these and other movies produced by Andy Meyer can join him for an evening to watch one of his most popular movies, hear his stories, and ask questions about the films. Tickets range from $40 to $25, depending on OxFilm membership and student discounts. Tickets to the event are on sale now through the Arts Council in Oxford at 662-236-6429 or online at oxfordarts.com.

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