Saturday, February 27, 2021

Oxford Film Festival Heads South for a Best of Festival Preview

After a fabulous and successful week of festivities in Oxford, the Best of Oxford Film Festival travels down to the coast this Saturday and Sunday, February 27-28, to highlight winners and great films.

The event will take place at the Mary C. O’Keefe Cultural Arts Center in Ocean Springs for two days and will be a great way to re-visit the 2016 Oxford Film Festival and watch a few of its great movies. Each block is $5 or $15 for all three blocks.

The festival kicks off Saturday evening from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. with a reception hosted by Green House on Porter at the Becky Feder kitchen at Mary C. O’Keefe Cultural Arts Center at 1600 Government Street in Ocean Springs.

Oxford Film Festival Executive Director Melanie Addington
Oxford Film Festival Executive Director Melanie Addington
“I am so excited to take the best of the festival down to the coast to share with audiences. Many of these films were the award winners or personal favorites and we are happy to have filmmakers attending this year,” Melanie Addington, Oxford Film Festival Executive Director, said.

After the reception on Saturday, the Oxford Film Festival will introduce the films and show a special screening of Yalo, the Audience Award winner by Chandler Griffin and Alison Fast with a special discussion afterward about film and small business in Mississippi alongside the Main Street Association.

'Yalo' the audience award winning film at OFF this year, will play at the Mary C. O’Keefe Cultural Arts Center in Ocean Springs on Saturday.
‘Yalo’ the audience award winning film at OFF this year, will play at the Mary C. O’Keefe Cultural Arts Center in Ocean Springs on Saturday.

After the discussion, the films continue by featuring the Casey Spradling Memorial Winner, The Gift, which was filmed in Tupelo about Elvis – and the narrative feature winner, Embers, starring Jason Ritter.

the Casey Spradling Memorial Winner, 'The Gift,' will screen on Saturday at the Mary C. O’Keefe Cultural Arts Center in Ocean Springs.
the Casey Spradling Memorial Winner, ‘The Gift,’ will screen on Saturday at the Mary C. O’Keefe Cultural Arts Center in Ocean Springs.

The narrative feature winner, 'Embers,' will also screen on Saturday at the Mary C. O’Keefe Cultural Arts Center in Ocean Springs.
The narrative feature winner, ‘Embers,’ will also screen on Saturday at the Mary C. O’Keefe Cultural Arts Center in Ocean Springs.

On Sunday, several film blocks will be hosted after breakfast is served in the café from 8:30-10 a.m.

The first block of films which will be screened from 10 a.m.- noon are family friendly and will include the OFF animation winner, The Seafarer and the Moonlight; experimental winner cybergenesis; as well as Si, Snow Day, Sweetly Broken, Borrowed Time, The Present, Bottomless and the feature documentary, The Keepers.

The experimental winner 'Cybergenesis' will screen on Sunday at the Mary C. O’Keefe Cultural Arts Center in Ocean Springs.
The experimental winner ‘Cybergenesis’ will screen on Sunday at the Mary C. O’Keefe Cultural Arts Center in Ocean Springs.

The feature documentary, 'The Keepers' will screen on Sunday at the Mary C. O’Keefe Cultural Arts Center in Ocean Springs.
The feature documentary, ‘The Keepers’ will screen on Sunday at the Mary C. O’Keefe Cultural Arts Center in Ocean Springs.

From noon-12:30 p.m., there will be a short lunch break in the Becky Feder kitchen provided by Green House on Porter. Block 1 will then continue with narrative short winner Blazing Sun; and the documentary short winner, The House is Innocent, will play before the documentary feature winner, Children of the Arctic.

The narrative short winner 'Blazing Sun' will be screened at the Mary C. O’Keefe Cultural Arts Center in Ocean Springs on Sunday.
The narrative short winner ‘Blazing Sun’ will be screened at the Mary C. O’Keefe Cultural Arts Center in Ocean Springs on Sunday.

The documentary short winner 'The House is Innocent' will be screened on Sunday at the Mary C. O’Keefe Cultural Arts Center in Ocean Springs.
The documentary short winner ‘The House is Innocent’ will be screened on Sunday at the Mary C. O’Keefe Cultural Arts Center in Ocean Springs.

The documentary feature winner 'Children of the Arctic' will screen on Sunday at the Mary C. O’Keefe Cultural Arts Center in Ocean Springs
The documentary feature winner ‘Children of the Arctic’ will screen on Sunday at the Mary C. O’Keefe Cultural Arts Center in Ocean Springs

A coffee break will be held from 2:30- 3 p.m. before the final block of films plays from 3-6 p.m. including online contest winner, West of Elvis; the music video winner, Fallen Star; the Mississippi documentary winner, Finding Cleveland; the editing award winner Viola: A Story of Mother’s Justice; and the OFF crowd favorite, Dixie.

The OFF crowd favorite, 'Dixie,' will play on Sunday at the Mary C. O’Keefe Cultural Arts Center in Ocean Springs.
The OFF crowd favorite, ‘Dixie,’ will play on Sunday at the Mary C. O’Keefe Cultural Arts Center in Ocean Springs.

For ticket information, visit TheMaryC.org

To learn more about Oxford Film Festival, visit OxfordFilmFest.com


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