Two festivals, one weekend

By Sheena Barnett/NEMS Daily Journal

The city of Oxford is spoiling movie buffs and music fans with not one, but two festivals next weekend.
The Oxford Film Festival and the Oxford Music Festival are full of entertainment, whether it’s documentaries and shorts and feature films, or rock, country and blues bands.
“Every night the music festival takes over. It’s an alternative to the movies,” said film festival director Molly Fergusson, “for those who get tired of sitting in a dark theater, you can go hear loud rock music.”
Both festivals kick off at Thacker Mountain Radio at 6 p.m. at The Lyric Oxford. Young Buffalo, Afrissippi and, of course, the Yalobushwackers are all scheduled to perform.
The Oxford Film Festival Community Film will be screened immediately following Thacker Mountain Radio.
The festival is offering a variety of films, from documentaries to comedies to shorts and music videos. Highlights include “Gypsy Heart,” written by Tupelo musician and writer April Perea and directed by Daniel Lee. The film, starring Courtney Cheek and Glenn Payne, was filmed in Tupelo.
Fergusson said she enjoys the documentary “Holy Rollers: The True Story of Card Counting Christians,” a documentary about Churchteam, the largest blackjack team in America.
Making its world premiere is “Perfection,” a feature-length film written and directed by and starring Christina Beck.
“Perfection” is the story of a young woman living in L.A. and dealing with the ideas of love and society’s beauty standards. The film deals with a heavy behavioral health issue, but really, Beck said, it’s a romantic comedy.
“(The main character) is so tragic in one way, and she meets up with someone who shows her you don’t have to take your life or yourself so seriously, which is such a gift,” Beck said.
The Los Angeles-based writer, director and actress is excited for the film’s world premiere at the Oxford Film Festival.
“I’ve never been to the south, so this is a great opportunity,” she said.
More, more, more
Each night of the film festival, the spotlight turns to the Lyric Oxford and Proud Larry’s for the music festival.
Artists like Young Buffalo, Silas Reed N Da Books, Shooting Out the Lights, the Minor Adjustments, the Eric Deaton Trio, Rocket 88 and Chauncey and the Beast are all on the Music Festival line-up.
In addition to the movies and music, workshops will be happening throughout the weekend. Topics include documentary filmmaking and screenwriting.
As always, many filmmakers will be on hand so audiences can mix, mingle and ask lots of questions.
“Filmmakers really love the screenings because our audiences do ask questions and they are involved,” Fergusson said. “It’s a good experience.”

Dim the Lights
WHAT: Oxford Film Festival
WHEN: Events begin at 6 p.m. Feb. 9, 10 a.m. Feb. 10 and Feb. 11 and noon Feb. 12. For a complete schedule of films and workshops, visit
TO SEE TRAILERS and for more information, check

Turn It Up
WHAT: Oxford Music Festival
WHEN: Begins with Thacker Mountain Radio at 6 p.m. Feb. 9, 8:30 p.m. Feb. 10 and 8 p.m. Feb.11, with special gigs at VIP tents at 2 p.m. Feb. 10, Feb. 11 and on Feb. 12. For complete schedule, visit

Cost of the Events
TAKE YOUR PICK: $75/film festival, Thacker Mountain Radio event and Music Festival ($70/students); $50/Film Festival and Thacker Mountain Radio event ($45/students); $30/Friday-Sunday Film Festival ($25/students); $15/Film Festival day pass
($12/students); $8/Film Festival single film pass ($6.50/students); $25/Thursday-

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