An open casting call will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday at The Inn at Ole Miss board room for some new commericals promoting the University of Mississippi. All current and former students, faculty, administration and their families are invited to be a part of the casting call. The organizers are looking for Ole Miss enthusiastis of all ages — from the very youngest to the very oldest. A true cross section of UM’s base will be reflected in upcoming commercials, so all ethnicities and both genders are encouraged to attend this casting call. Those planning to attend must be available for filming a minimum of a half-day on Aug. 1 or Aug. 2 in Oxford. (July 21, 2011)
St. Peter’s Episcopal Church will show the film, “Intruder In The Dust,” on Feb. 25. A light supper of hot dogs and trimmings will be served and you may bring your own adult beverage if you chose. RSVP to the church at 234-1269 or e-mail email@example.com so the church may know how many to prepare for. Supper will start at 5:30 followed by an introduction by a Faulkner scholar before the film. This event is part of the 150-year celebration of St. Peter’s. (February 18, 2011)
The annual Oxford Film Festival returns Feb. 10 to 13. An online schedule and ticketing information for all films is at www.oxfordfilmfest.com. (January 28, 2011)
The Lafayette County & Oxford Public Library will host a free screening of “Akeelah and the Bee” at 3:30 this afternoon for its Kids’ Afternoon Movie. For more information, call the library at 234-5751. (January 5, 2011)
Micah Ginn and the Oxford Film Festival will have an informational meeting at 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Powerhouse Community Arts Center to discuss how residents can get involved with the making of the short comedic film, “The Hanging of Big Todd Wade.” A short film set in Oxford in 1895, the period piece will be one of the highlights at next year’s Oxford Film Festival. Extras are needed for the angry mob scene as well as people interested in getting involved behind the scenes. For more information, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. (December 10, 2010)
The Japan Foundation and the Croft Institute for International Studies are hosting the sixth annual “Japan Foundation Film Series: Japanese Films of the 1960s.” The final film, “Kwaidan,” will be shown Thursday at 7 p.m. at the Oxford Malco Studio Cinema. This event is free and open to the public. (November 10, 2010)
The Japan Foundation and the Croft Institute for International Studies will host the sixth annual “Japan Foundation Film Series: Japanese Films of the 1960s.” The second film, “The Fort of Death,” will be shown at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Oxford Malco Studio Cinema. This event is free and open to the public. (September 27, 2010)
The University of Mississippi Museum presents a screening of “Citizen Architect: Samuel Mockbee and the Spirit of the Rural Studio” at the Lyric Theatre Oxford on Tuesday, Aug. 17, at 7 p.m. This moving documentary film chronicles the late architect and MacArthur foundation “genius grant” recipient Samuel “Sambo” Mockbee and the radical educational design/build program called the Rural Studio that he founded in Hale County, Alabama in 1992.
The film follows Jay Sanders, a young, first-time instructor at the Rural Studio as he leads a group of students in the process of crafting a home for their charismatic client, Jimmie Lee Matthews, known within the community as Music Man because of his passion for soul music. Citizen Architect explores Mockbee’s effort to provide students with an experience that forever inspires them to consider how they can use their skills to better their communities. To view the film’s trailer, visit: www.citizenarchitectfilm.com
Mockbee was a fifth-generation Mississippian, winning many national awards for innovative architecture. Oxonian Carol Mockbee, producer of Thacker Mountain Radio (and Sambo’s daughter) is also in the film bringing one of her father’s last designs to life. Sam Douglas, the film’s director will lead a Q & A session with Carol to follow the film. The evening’s music is by Oxford musician Jake Fussell, who composed the film’s soundtrack.
Event tickets are $20 Reserved Seating, $10 General Admission, and $5 General Admission for Students with valid student ID, and may be purchased at the Lyric Theatre box office or online by visiting www.thelyricoxford.com. Tickets are also available at the University of Mississippi Museum, located at University Avenue and Fifth Street in Oxford. (August 9, 2010)
The Oxford Park Commission and Oxford Film Festival will host the final “Movie Night” in the parks of the summer this week. The movie, “Field of Dreams,” will be screened Friday at FNC Sports Complex.
The film is free due to sponsorships by Newks, the Ford Center for the Performing Arts, Oxford Printwear and Oxford Orthopedics and Sports Medicine.
Live music will be performed before the film is shown. Music is sponsored by the Yoknapatawpha Arts Council. On Friday, Donovan McCain and the Troubadour Band will provide the live music.
Attendees can bring their lawn chairs, blankets and movie pals to enjoy a night of free entertainment. The movie will start at dusk. For more information, visit www.oxfordparkcommission.com. (July 29, 2010)
A show of Modern Day Silent Comedies, with live musical accompaniment, will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Powerhouse Community Arts Center. The films are part of a series by a Tupelo filmmaker called, “Haphazard Happenings with Purdie & Friends.” Two shorts, “Backstage” and “Girl Trouble” will accompany the company’s first feature film production, “Purdie & Pepper.” The music will be provided by Donald Sosin, a composer and accompanist from New York. (July 23, 2010)