Greg Earnest took home the top prize of $500 for his 2-minute film on sharing the road during the first OxFilm Challenge Tuesday night. The People’s Choice award went to Oxford’s youngest filmmakers, 10-year-olds Josephine Gladden and Adele Johnson. (July 31, 2013, Page 1, 10)
It’s time once again, Editor Don Whitten writes, for the annual birthday party for the United States of America. Whitten takes a look at the upcoming holiday break, the activities and the people we should be thanking for the freedom we enjoy today. (July 3, 2013, Page 4)
The Downtown Oxford Parking Commission agreed to research the best answer on where to put band tour buses and catering trucks on the crowded Square. (December 10, 2012, Page 1A, 3A)
Hundreds of local residents and out-of-town visitors attended the full-day of events associated with the special day of remembrance for William Faulkner on Friday, the 50th anniversary of the Nobel Prize-winning writer’s death. (July 9, 2012, Page 1)
The decision to merge the Oxford Film Festival and the Oxford Music Festival this year was a good idea, according to organizers of both festivals. (February 24, 2012, Page 3A)
This year’s community film project, “The Show Must Go On,” will feature about 130 Oxonians. The 25-minute dark comedy will be shown at various times this weekend during the Oxford Film Festival. For more about film, turn to today’s Oxford Living section on 1B. (February 10, 2012, Page 1B)
“Local” seems to be the key word for a lot of the entries in this year’s Oxford Film Festival. Editor Don Whitten takes a closer look at the ninth-annual event set for this weekend in conjunction with the Oxford Music Festival. (February 8, 2012, Page 4)
The Lafayette County Literacy Council will be holding its annual Mardi Gras Bash this weekend at 8 p.m. Saturday at The Lyric Theatre in Oxford. New Orleans’ band Rockin’ Dopsie Jr. & The Zydeco Twisters will be returning for this popular fund raiser that helps fund literary projects for area children. Tickets are $50 per person or $90 for a couple. For more information, visit www.oxfordreads.org. (January 24, 2012, Page 3)
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)