Thursday, May 7, 2020

Oxford FF Announces Films and Talks for Weekly Fest #3 (May 8-14) and new Art House Cinema Offerings

Oxford Film Festival Presents 3rd Virtual Film Festival Week (May 8-14)

Films showcased include Steve Collins’ quirky comedy I’VE GOT ISSUES,Garin Hovannisian’s I AM NOT ALONE, panel conversations, and Oxford FF’s “Hello Gorgeous” short films

Also announced are the latest slate of Oxford Film Festival’s Art House Cinema co-presentations
The Oxford Film Festival’s 3rd Weekly Virtual Film Fest showcases include Steve Collins’ quirky deadpan comedy I’VE GOT ISSUES, which intertwines a handful of stories of people dealing with self-loathing, loneliness, death, discrimination, injustice, oppression, and the atom bomb – essentially trying to survive the pain of living in this cruel world. Garin Hovannisian’s I AM NOT ALONE is a documentary about Armenian politician Nikol Pashinyan and his role in the 2018 Armenian Revolution by walking across the country in protest against the corrupt regime in power at that time. A block of short films with the theme of “Hello Gorgeous” feature women and girls in moments of finding their voice and standing or place in the world and men negotiating a world in which the the male/female dynamic is not what it once was. Oxford Film Festival will also co-present a panel conversation with the University of Mississippi focusing on what’s ahead for film students as they continue to pursue their degrees throughout this pandemic.

“This week’s films as well as the featured panels share a universal idea and experience of dealing with a new situation or in some cases – a new world order,” Executive Director Melanie Addington said. “Sometimes the effort to sort things out can be wryly and darkly funny and sometimes it can surprise us and inspire us to reach goals we never previously thought we could attain. And sometimes, just talking about it and hashing things out can do us a world of good.”

Oxford Film Festival also announced a new slate of Art House Cinema screenings including Matt Wolf’s documentary SPACESHIP EARTH about the Biodome experiment in the 1990s which premiered at Sundance this year, the New York International Children’s Film Festival (NYICFF) Kid Flicks short film blocks, the environmental documentary MOSSVILLE: WHEN GREAT TREES FALL, which recently was an award winner at EarthxFilm, Emily Cohn’s clever and inventive sex comedy CRSHD, which premiered at Tribeca FF last year, as well as being an Opening Night selection at the Women Texas Film Festival, and Jessie Jeffrey Dunn Rovinelli’s LGBTQ+ drama SO PRETTY.

Information on all of the Oxford Film Festival Art House Cinema films can be found at

Films, events and descriptions

Director: Steve Collins
Country: USA, Running Time: 92 min
I’VE GOT ISSUES is a unique comic world inhabited by sensitive souls trying to survive the pain of living in this cruel world. In a dead-pan, deeply empathetic tone, the film asks the big questions: “What are we supposed to do with all the hurt?” “What’s the point?” The film builds an answer out of intertwining stories of characters swallowed in darkness, yet still finding light.
Live Q&A set for May 8 at 8:00PM central time

Director: Garin Hovannisian
Country: Armenia, Running Time: 93 min
On Easter Day 2018, a man put on a backpack and went live on Facebook to announce that he was beginning a walk across Armenia. His mission: to inspire a velvet revolution — and topple the corrupt regime that enjoys absolute power in his post-soviet nation. With total access to all key players, I AM NOT ALONE tells the miraculous true story of what happens in the next 40 days.
Live Q&A set for May 14 at 8:00PM central time

Film Festival Strategy Panel
Panel conversation with top film festival programmers and veterans will lend insight into the tips and tricks filmmakers can utilize to have a successful fest run. Filmmakers will have an opportunity to talk to the curators and tastemakers who select films about what goes into the selection process and what they are doing now that the pandemic has shaken things up.

Moderated by film producer and programmer, Don Lewis (HOLY GHOST PEOPLE), participants will include Brian Murion (Montana FF), Kimberly Browning (Hollywood Shorts), Donna Kosloskie (Oxford FF), Lela Meadow Conner (Film Festival Alliance), Katie McCullough and Ian Bignell (Festival Formula), Rachel Morgan (Sidewalk FF), and Brighid Wheeler (Indie Memphis).

Film Festival Strategy Panel
Live conversation/panel set for May 7 at 12:00PM

Navigating Your Film Degree Through a Pandemic
University of Mississippi faculty and instructors from several departments discuss the challenges and suggest solutions for film students in the midst of pursuing their film degree during this pandemic.
Navigating Your Film Degree Through a Pandemic
Live conversation/panel set for May 14 at 4:00PM central time

Narrative Shorts – Hello Gorgeous
TRT: 65 min

Director: Kyle Cogan
Country: USA, Running Time: 26 min
Devoted Hollywood assistant, Emilee Rank, is pushed to her limits when her boss, Parker Saint Garrett, requests help moving a dead body

Director: Joanie Wind
Country: USA, Running Time: 7 min
A woman explores gender roles, heteronormativity, and the life of her deceased grandmother through horses and other visual metaphors.

Director: Karisa Bruin
Country: USA, Running Time: 7 min
In this satire, Emogen goes into labor at work and decides to keep right on working as she delivers a presentation and her baby at the same time.

Director: Giulia Gandini
Country: UK, Running Time: 6 min
A 12-year-old girl has her first period in class. Her skirt is stained red. She is next up to present her final paper in front of all of her peers. Will she find a way out of the “uncomfortable” situation?

Director: Kalah Roberts
Country: USA, Running Time: 8 min
A frenzied first time mom attends a therapy session with her toddler in tow.

Director: Cjay Boisclair
Country: Canada, Running Time: 5 min
Charming, loyal, and perpetually single Ben is tired of always being the best friend and wing-man. After deciding to shake things up, he agrees to a blind date. But, when things go awry will fate step in and keep him from forever being friend-zoned?

Director: Christopher Guerrero
Countries: USA, Running Time: 6 min
Because of the Harvey Weinstein scandal, two men realize that all of their favorite movies are now sexist, leading them down a dark path of discovery.

Narrative Shorts – Hello Gorgeous
Live Q&A set for May 9 at 8:00PM central time

The Oxford Film Festival was founded in 2003 to bring exciting, new, and unusual films (and the people who create them) to North Mississippi. The annual five-day festival screens short and feature-length films in both showcase and competition settings. The festival is a 501c3 not-for-profit organization. For more information, visit

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