"We are thrilled to be showcasing these interesting films that have played at prestigious festivals across the country, and might not have come to Oxford otherwise," Michelle Emanuel, festival co-director, said.
The Friday night spotlight feature is "The Vicious Kind," a dramatic comedy set in small town Rhode Island, brings together elements of depression, romance and self exploration among a dysfunctional family of men. Lonely and frustrated after a bitter break up, Caleb (Adam Scott) warns his younger brother Peter (Alex Frost) against women, especially the pretty young thing (Brittany Snow) he's bringing home for the holidays. His indifferent opinion and steely resolve is put to the test as his attraction to Peter's girlfriend begins to grow. Adam Scott (Tell Me You Love Me, Party Down) has been nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for this role. Alex Frost previously appeared in Gus Van Sant's Elephant. Brittany Snow had roles in Hairspray and Prom Night. J.K. Simmons, who plays the father of Caleb and Peter, is in this year's Up in the Air, as well as Juno and the three Spiderman movies.
The closing night spotlight film, "The Scenesters," follows crime scene videographers as they set out to catch a serial killer who is picking off beautiful young hipsters on the east side of Los Angeles. "The Scenesters" is an innovative and quirky murder mystery that both honors and deconstructs the conventions of the classic "who-done-it?" film genre. Features Sherilyn Fenn (Twin Peaks) and the LA-based comedy group The Vacationeers. "The Scenesters" is also in competition in the narrative feature category.
Oxford Film Fest - After Dark
The three late night films for the 2010 festival were selected due to their quirky, yet innovative storytelling. Despite their late hours on the program, "these films always bring out the most enthusiastic crowds," Emanuel explained.
In "The Night of The Loup Garou," Dr. Dax Wingo (Rhes Low) is a down-on-his-luck anthrozooologist who has long been discounted by the scientific community as a myth-chaser. But when six college students are found viciously murdered in the tiny town of Taylor, Miss., the clues left behind point to the mysterious Cajun werewolf lore known as the "Loup Garou". Together with his savvy graduate assistant Shad (Thad Lee) and a sassy undergraduate student (Haven Nutt), Dax joins forces with Government Operative Richard English (Scott Morris) to face off with whoever, or whatever, lurks in the dark woods of Taylor. But before the investigation can begin, Dax realizes he is being teamed with anthrozooological arch-rival, Dr. Doug-Clark Paulson (Nathan Buttrey), Russian big-game hunter Ernie Sokolov (Ace Atkins), and Dax's estranged wife, Claudia (Tiffany Kilpatrick). The "team" is a powder-keg of emotions and criss-crossed interests as they set out to solve the mystery before the body count rises. Micah Ginn and Matthew Nothelfer previously directed the documentary film Undefeated: The Chucky Mullins Story, which appeared in the 2005 Festival.
"Stingray Sam," is Cory McAbee's inventive six-part series that follows Stingray Sam who reunites with his long lost accomplice, The Quasar Kid, for a dangerous mission. Follow these two space convicts as they earn their freedom in exchange for the rescue of a young girl who is being held captive by the genetically designed figurehead of a very wealthy planet.
The film "Cigarette Girl" is set in the year 2035, when cigarettes sell for $63.49 a pack and the "minority habit" of tobacco is restricted to ghettoized 'smoking sections' of cities. In it, the titular character "Cigarette Girl" quits smoking and starts killing three days later.
The Oxford Film Festival program will soon be available on the oxfordfilmfest.com
2010 Oxford Film Festival Sponsors
The 2010 Oxford Film Festival Sponsors help sustain not only the Festival but also the year-round programs of the non-profit festival. Their support is crucial to the mission of celebrating independent film. This year's Festival Sponsors include: Partner University of Mississippi Media Productions; Presenting Sponsors Yoknapataphwa Arts Council, Malco and Oak Hill Stables; Panel Level Rock River Foundation; Sponsor Level - R&B Charitable Foundation for the Beaux Arts, Wilson Roberts and Captured Photography as well as numerous sponsors at varying other levels.
Oxford Film Festival
Founded in 2003 as a project of the Yoknapatawpha Arts Council, the Oxford Film Festival is an independent non-profit 501c3 organization committed to celebrating the art of independent cinema. The Oxford Film Festival entertains and educates its participants, providing residents and visitors with the opportunity to watch independent films as well as to meet the filmmakers and learn from industry professionals. The variety of films and panels attracts filmgoers of all ages and backgrounds.
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