By NEMS Daily Journal
OXFORD – OxFilm will use a $40,000 gift from Steve Bozeman Jr. to establish a filmmakers’ equipment rental program that will begin in May.
OxFilm was created under the Yoknapatawpha Arts Council nonprofit umbrella to promote filmmaking in the area.
Currently, film productions shooting in the region have to bring equipment with them or rent it from out of state. Members of OxFilm will receive discounted rental rates on the equipment or may apply for a grant to cover equipment use. Proceeds from rentals will fund further equipment purchases.
“We are excited to already begin securing equipment for local filmmakers so early after our kickoff in March,” OxFilm coordinator Melanie Addington said. “Along with the equipment, we will be providing a variety of workshops, panels and fun events for all filmmakers and supporters of the art.”
This gift follows OxFilm’s launch campaign, which raised nearly $7,500 from membership dues and local donors. Bozeman will be named as a founding sponsor of OxFilm, along with Yoknapatawpha Arts Council, Oxford Bank Association and the Oxford Convention and Visitors Bureau. Friends of OxFilm are Amelia Presents, Hampton Inns and Vox.
Arts Council Director Wayne Andrews said the donation and acquisition constitute both artistic and economic development.
“This donation will make it possible for local filmmakers to have the tools necessary to create films of all styles from shorts, documentaries and features,” he said. “Most importantly, having a resource for equipment will provide new filmmakers the opportunity to refine their skills, making our talent pool attractive to outside filmmakers looking to hire talent locally.”
A full list of equipment and rental fees will be available soon at oxfilmsociety.com.