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Virtual Reality Selections Added to 2016 Oxford Film Festival

The 2016 Oxford Film Festival (February 17- 21) announced today that three virtual reality (VR) projects will be joining the previously announced Searching for Hell to complete an impressive debut of VR experiences for Mississippi filmgoers at the fest which kicks off in a little over two weeks.

Two of the projects joining the previously announced feature length documentary Searching for Hell, are Lynnette Wallworth’s Collisions and Randal Kleiser’s first foray into the VR world, Defrost, which both enjoyed popular and critical acclaim at the just concluded Sundance Film Festival.

Randal Kleiser
Randal Kleiser
Lynnette Walllworth
Lynnette Walllworth

The third addition is James Kaelan’s exercise in philosophical horror, The Visitor. The four VR films will be available during the entire festival beginning Wednesday, February 17 at 6 p.m. until Sunday, February 21.

Oxford Film Festival filmgoers can experience the VR projects at the Powerhouse Community Arts Center (413 South 14th St.) Thursday-Sunday from noon-6 p.m.

A panel discussing the artistry and technology behind VR has also been added on Friday at 11 a.m. as part of the art reception at the Powerhouse with the filmmakers in attendance participating in the event.

Oxford Film Festival executive director Melanie Addington
Oxford Film Festival executive director Melanie Addington
Oxford Film Festival executive director Melanie Addington said, “I could not be more thrilled that we have been able to add to our VR offering this year to make it a full section of the film festival. A primary objective of our Sundance trip was to scout and secure virtual reality projects to bring back to Mississippi, so the fact that we were able to nab two of our favorites was a huge win for the Oxford Film Festival. This is a diverse group of projects that will virtually place audience members in foreign lands, scary situations and fascinating worlds in a way that is visceral, dynamic and exciting, and frankly – is the next technological step in connecting them with the story.”

Tickets and passes are available for purchase to attend the 2016 Oxford Film Festival. For more information, visit OxfordFilmFest.com

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