Short Films and Music Videos

Narrative shorts in Juried Competition

ARROW OF LIGHT
Director: Christian Walker
Country: United States, Running Time: 19:53min

Following the suicide of his best friend, a father takes his two young boys to pay a grisly but sweet homage.

BIG CITY
Directors: Jordan Bond, Lachlan Ryan
Country: Australia, Running Time: 9min

Vijay, a lonely taxi driver who recently moved to Melbourne, picks up a stray drunk, Chris. Over the course of the night Chris experiences some of Vijay’s nightly troubles, and Vijay learns to see the city in a new light.

CTRL-Z
Director: James Kennedy
Country: United Kingdom, Running Time: 24min

Ed is a hopeless romantic who invents a device allowing him an infinite amount of attempts to impress the girl of his dreams. However, with each failed first impression he must kill himself before he can go back and try again.

DEATH$ IN A $MALL TOWN
Director: Mark Jones
Country: United States, Running Time: 6:52min

A mayor has a unique way to revive the fortunes of his small town that had been losing citizens, businesses and tourist prior to his taking office.

DREAMKEEEPER – WORLD PREMIERE
Director: Whitney Stephenson
Country: United States, Running Time: 9:50min

Tom is a Dream Watchman who is content with a routine life of watching and observing. When seven-year old Julie escapes her dream, Tom’s routine structure comes crashing down.

EMPTY BED
Director: Brandt Shandera
Country: United States, Running Time: 7:04min

In the dark of night, a mother searches for her son after finding his bed empty.

THE ESCAPE – U.S. PREMIERE
Director: Fabian Pinilla
Country: United States, Running Time: 11:09min

Eddie is a prisoner in a clandestine factory. He tries to escape at all costs in order to avoid being processed and sold to the public as pork meat.

FEEDING TIME
Director: Matt Mercer
Country: United States, Running Time: 13min

When a young woman fills in for her friend on a babysitting job, she begins to suspect things are not as they seem. She’s right.

FROM THE GUT
Director: Jay Hollinsworth
Country: United States, Running Time: 12:28min

FROM THE GUT is a short film that tells the tale of Gerald Lindsay, an outwardly normal guy-next-door who possesses the mysterious ability to vomit objects out of thin air.

GOODBYE NEENAW
Director: Donald Ian Black
Country: United States, Running Time: 5:59min

David and Jennifer are a brother and sister dealing with the recent and sudden loss of their grandmother who raised them from a young age in the absence of their parents. They are traveling deep into the California mountains to scatter Neenaw’s ashes when a mishap occurs.

HE COULD’VE GONE PRO
Director: McGhee Monteith
Country: United States, Running Time: 13:09min

When Debbie comes home for Christmas, she and her mother Gayle are forced to confront the truth about their family’s past over a tense holiday lunch.

KILLER SPACEMEN FROM OUTER PLANET X
Directors: Peter Campbell, Thomas Campbell
Country: United States, Running Time: 16:52min

Three brave, intergalactic explorers find themselves in uncharted celestial territory when their ship runs critically low on their much needed fuel source: plutonium.

MOVE ME
Director: Gabe Crate
Country: United States, Running Time: 22:22min

While hiking in a forest, a couple find an inexplicably immobile stranger with an antique plaque chained around his neck that reads ‘Human Contact Moves Me.’

ON SUNDAY
Director: David Lea
Country: United Kingdom, Running Time: 6:30min

An old man and his dog make their routine walk to the isolated cliff tops of deepest Cornwall…but this time they’re not alone.

THE QUANTIFIED SELF
Director: Gleb Osatinski
Country: United States, Running Time: 15:30min

When well-meaning parents turn the self-tracking into a family religion, the consequences fall outside the quantifiable.

SET ADRIFT
Director: Jennifer Sheridan
Country: United Kingdom, Running Time: 8:05min

When Patch’s beloved owner goes missing, he is forced to work out what is real and what is just a memory.

SHY GUYS
Director: Fredric Lehne
Country: United States, Running Time: 8:16min

Two strangers (2016 Tony winner Reed Birney and newcomer Blake DeLong) bring the laughs as they confront and resolve one of the most insidious scourges afflicting mankind – while standing at public urinals with their willies out.

STAY
Director: Ben Hyland
Country: United Kingdom, Running Time: 20:28min

Julian is struggling to come to terms with the death of his wife. One day, whilst sitting in his Chesterfield chair looking out of his window, he sees a dog and upon following is transported through memories from his life that spans all four seasons.

STEP 9
Director: Leonora Pitts
Country: United States, Running Time: 13:33min

Two friends, one in recovery and one decidedly not, set off on a road trip to make amends.

TEETH
Director: Melissa Sweazy
Country: United States, Running Time: 9:55min

Maddie gets a visit from the Tooth Fairy who may be interested in more than just collecting her lost tooth.

TWINSBURG
Director: Joe Garrity
Country: United States, Running Time: 15:48min

Jerry, sentimental about his fading twin identity, reunites with his reluctant brother Paul for a weekend of revelry at the world’s largest congregation of twins.

THE WITCHING HOUR
Director: Riley Geis
Country: United States, Running Time: 12:29min

On Halloween, a fearful young boy is taken by the spooky girl next door on a haunted night of mischief and adventure.

Documentary Shorts Juried Competition

THE BOATMAN
Director: Zack Godshall
Country: United States, Running Time: 13:25min

As Joseph and Selina Gonzales approach their 71st wedding anniversary, they reflect on endurance, love and fortitude after years of living outside the flood walls in Yscloskey Beach, Louisiana.

THE CAROUSEL
Director: Jonathan Napolitano
Country: United States, Running Time: 12min

In Binghamton, New York there spins a 1925 carousel that once inspired Rod Serling, and has since become a portal into…the Twilight Zone.

I, WHISKEY: THE HUMAN SPIRIT
Director: Pip Gilmour
Country: United States, Running Time: 7:38min

WHISKEY is the story of how the human spirit thrives when it has the freedom to connect and create.

LITTLE KURDISTAN
Director: Ava Lowrey
Country: United States, Running Time: 11:22min

Just off of Nolensville Pike on the southern outskirts of Music City lies Little Kurdistan – a thriving community of Kurdish immigrants and new generations of Kurdish-Americans.

LIVES RESTARTED (Sponsored by: Jewish Federation of Oxford)
Director: Waheed AlQawasmi
Country: United States, Running Time: 38:42min

LIVES RESTARTED is a documentary that traces the lives of Holocaust survivors after their release from the camps and their individual journeys to find freedom in the U.S.

PERFECTLY NORMAL
Director: Joris Debeij
Country: United States, Running Time: 11:57min

A man who often seems lost in an imaginary world works hard to keep his feet on the ground, proving that one can make deliberate choices to maintain stability.

PICKLE
Director: Amy Nicholson
Country: United States, Running Time: 15:20min

Let us reflect on the brief existence of Pickle the fish. Although he could not swim, he was lovingly cared for by a couple that kept him propped up in a sponge.

REFUGE
Director: Matthew Firpo
Country: Greece, Running Time: 20min

REFUGE is a chronicle of human stories from the European Refugee Crisis, focused on humanity and hope.

SOUL CITY
Directors: Monica Berra, SheRea DelSol, Gini Richards
Country: United States, Running Time: 19:57min

SOUL CITY tells the story of a group of civil rights activists and city slickers who attempt to build a multiracial utopia in the heart of Klan country, North Carolina in the 1970s.

THROUGH THE WALL
Director: Tim Nackashi
Country: United States, Running Time: 6:20min

A short documentary about a family divided by the US/Mexico border.

Mississippi Shorts Juried Competition

BARE KNUCKLE
Director: Wade Patterson
Country: United States, Running Time: 16min

The Boxer, a quiet man with a history of losing fights, comes to Mickey McDonnell begging to be put on a card, but the only thing he can offer the failed pugilist is an impossible match with Bruiser, an unbeaten brute twice the boxer’s size, and if he loses then he owes Mickey twenty fights as payback.

LESS HELL, MORE ANGEL
Director: Christian D’Andrea
Country: United States, Running Time: 11:20min

In Mississippi, I came across black and white biker clubs doing something surprising… hugging. And blessing each other.

MONSTERS ANONYMOUS
Director: Jeremy London
Country: United States, Running Time: 20:43min

A short film comedy about the classic monsters in a group therapy session coming to terms with the fact that they aren’t scary anymore.

OTHA TURNER
Director: Ava Lowrey
Country: United States, Running Time: 6:02min

In the late 1950’s, fife and drum legend Otha Turner began hosting annual Labor Day picnics at his property in Gravel Springs, Mississippi. This short documentary film digs into the archives to take us back in time to Labor Day 1978.

PRISMA – WORLD PREMIERE
Director: Coop Cooper
Country: United States, Running Time: 9:13min

A corporate promotional VHS tape from 1984 conceals a hidden signal which is said to grant increased health, longevity and psychic powers to those who watch it. View at your own risk.

SAMMY LONG: WOODTURNER
Director: Roy A. Adkins
Country: United States, Running Time: 3:19min

A short documentary about Sammy Long’s wood turnings and carvings.

SHABATI – WORLD PREMIERE
Director: Inés Joris
Country: United States, Running Time: 21:53min

SHABATI is a story about young love between two Computer Science students. It deals with the effect recent history and political events can have on an individual’s fate whether they choose it or not, with a touch of science fiction and the struggle between reason and spirituality.

TELEKENETIC TIM
Director: Chris Floyd
Country: United States, Running Time: 13:18min

A college student struggles to live with his new roommates, one of which claims to have telekinesis, the other a silent but loyal sidekick.

TINKER
Director: Glenn Payne
Country: United States, Running Time: 18:26min

Lenny Hale is a down on his luck inventor who just wants the world to run more smoothly and make a sale. He’s prepared to take on overly enthusiastic security guards and cutthroat cookie peddlers, but when it comes to facing his own demons it sometimes feels like there are some things tools can’t fix.

TWO BIRDS
Director: Miles Doleac
Country: United States, Running Time: 16:43min

In post-World War II America, a young woman, hiding from her abusive husband in a flophouse, receives an unexpected visitor, and proves herself far more than a victim.

Mississippi Music Videos Juried Competition

BROKEN PATHS
Director: J.B Lawrence
Country: United States, Running Time: 4:44min

Debut music video filmed in Brandon, Miss. Created by Stace and Cassie and J. B. Lawrence.

CATCHING HELL, THE GREAT DYING
Director: Alex Thiel
Country: United States, Running Time: 5min

Music video filmed at The Local Voice studios in Oxford, Miss. featuring The Great Dying (Will “Billy Shakes” Griffith and Kell “Falcon Kell” Kellum).

EMISORA
Directors: Philip Scarborough, Tom Beck
Country: United States, Running Time: 5:20min

A song that makes you feel like anything is possible.

MAGIC8
Director: Deja Samuel
Country: United States, Running Time: 3:19min

ME & MY GAL – WORLD PREMIERE
Director: Tate Moore
Country: United States, Running Time: 4:01min

SHE’S GOT SUCH A LOVELY PAIR – WORLD PREMIERE
Director: Coop Cooper
Country: United States, Running Time: 3:08min

A music video performed in Clarksdale, Mississippi by Gary Vincent.

WAYWARD WIND
Director: Rick Guy
Country: United States, Running Time: 2:57min

“Wayward Wind” by Mississippi artist Jimbo Mathus

Animation, Juried Competition

A LITTLE LOVE GOES A LONG CLAY
Director: Juliet Buckholdt
Country: United States (Mississippi), Running Time: 3:20min

This video was made as a school project about stopping social media bullying.

EVOCATION OF A NIGHTMARE – WORLD PREMIERE
Director: Wally Chung
Country: United States, Running Time: 1:20min

Entering what seems to be a deserted building, a man explores and finds an unwanted guest.

FOX AND THE WHALE
Director: Robin Joseph
Country: Canada, Running Time: 12:03min

The tale of a curious fox who goes in search of an elusive whale. A journey of pursuit, longing and discovery.

INVISIBLE
Directors: Michael Trikosko, Andrew Wilson
Country: United States, Running Time: 3:14min

Set deep in the rainforest during a school dance, a shy chameleon seeks the attention of his crush. Unfortunately, he is so nervous that he can’t help but turn invisible.

THE ITCHING
Director: Dianne Bellino
Country: United States, Running Time: 15min

In this handmade collaboration, a shy wolf tries to connect with a group of hip, party-loving bunnies, but finds her body in revolt.

PANIC ATTACK!
Director: Eileen O’Meara
Country: United States, Running Time: 3:20min

This hand-drawn animation explores anxiety, obsession, and one woman’s slippery hold on reality.

RABBIT BLOOD
Director: Yagmur Altan
Country: Turkey, Running Time: 4:36min

Just an ordinary day at an old mysterious Turkish country house where its residents have an extraordinary way of brewing tea.

STAMPED
Director: Sharmaine Urbiztondo
Country: New Zealand, Running Time: 2:37min

In a grand library, the tiny gnome librarian, Giles, stamps the few books he has left to get through the night.

Experimental Juried Competition

A STONES THROW AWAY
Director: Brian Ratigan
Country: United States, Running Time: 3:15min

Drowning in isolation, a lonely soul finds a machine that can render artificial nostalgia for a price.

BLACK RIVER
Director: Andre Silva
Country: United States; Running Time: 4min

An observational documentary, shot on high-contrast black and white film, about a largely undeveloped river in southeastern North Carolina that is home to the oldest trees east of the Rocky Mountains.

CUP OF STARS
Director: Betschart Bros.
Country: United States; Running Time: 3:30min

A vivid tableau of tenderness, CUP OF STARS finds two brothers under a cool night sky, fishing for stars and supernovas. Using dream logic under their own bizarre terms, the Betschart Bros. subtly express, through a smearing of light and the telling of folk tales, ideas of growing up as siblings in Southern California.

DEEP IN THE WOODS
Director: Soyeon Kim
Country: United States, Running Time: 2:30min

Abstract impressions of imagery of the deep woods.

ÉTUDE 1A: RELEASE (I)
Directors: Russell Sheaffer, Aaron Michael Smith
Country: United States, Running Time: 4:30min

Exploring the musical concept of “release,” this film is a haunting found-footage study in the plurality of visual and auditory meanings of the term.

FALL
Director: Bradley Rappa
Country: United States, Running Time: 6:30min

FALL is a process-oriented, high definition experimental film that incorporates time-lapse digital photography, 16mm contact printing, HD video, and an elaborate sound design to allegorically portray the detrimental environmental costs of rampant and unsustainable technological development.

HOLY GHOST
Director: Jeffrey Ruggles
Country: United States, Running Time: 1:45min

An improvisational animation set to the minimalist guitar music of Taku Sugimoto.

I OF THE STORM
Director: Thad Lee
Country: United States, Running Time: 9:10min

New Orleans poet Bill Lavender narrates his experience of Hurricane Katrina. Accompanied by footage shot from his phone.

LITHICS
Director: Edward Ramsay-Morin
Country: United States, Runninhg Time: 3:51min

Set in a timeless, ambiguous space populated with archetypal characters, LITHICS references the themes and motifs of origin myths.

NEWS FROM THE SUN
Directors: Brendan & Jeremy Smyth
Country: United States, Running Time: 3:30min

An apocalyptic narrative unfolds through the words of The Sun, a British tabloid created by media mogul Rupert Murdoch.

NOW APPEARING IN BUCHAREST
Director: Robert Lawrence
Countries: United States, Romania, Running Time: 3:38min

Bucharest may or may not be the Paris of the East, but it certainly is a daily dance between history and the present.

ODE TO THE PORT
Director: Desiree Dawn Kapler
Country: United States, Running Time: 4:37min

A filmmaker poetically recalls her experience with childhood cancer.

PERIPHERY
Director: Kimberly Burleigh
Country: United States, Running Time: 4:53min

PERIPHERY is a 3D computer animation featuring an excerpt from Sir Alfred Hitchcock’s film STAGE FRIGHT projected through a shape-shifting crystalline screen.

SWABS
Director: Christina Huff
Country: United States, Running Time: 3:24min

A short experimental film that captures the feeling of an existential, macrocosm of the universe.

THE TRADER
Directors: Manuel Alvarez Diestro, Sergio Belinchon
Country: Spain, Running Time: 12:06min

A successful stock trader decides to start a journey far from the trading floor.

UNDERBELLY UP
Director: Josh Yates
Country: United States, Running Time: 4:27min

An audio-visual threnody that occupies a reflexive space between nonfictional portraiture and ethnographic dreamscape. Inspired by the personal and collective trauma stemming from last year’s devastating flood in South Carolina (October 2016).

WE R THE WORLD/MOLD
Director: Dawn George
Country: Canada, Running Time: 6:45min

Close up, mold is an intricate mass of branching filaments and fruiting bodies creating a connected web. When viewed from a distance mold loses its complexities and a more destructive nature is realized.

LGBTQ Shorts Block

BREAKFAST
Director: Tyler Byrnes
Country: United States, Running Time: 9:44min

When a young man suffering from anorexia is pressured to eat breakfast by his boyfriend, the couple are thrust into an otherworld where their anxieties and frustrations are made horrifyingly real.

DAWN – WORLD PREMIERE
Director: Joseph Longo
Country: United States, Running Time: 22:02min

A young man returns from war after the death of his father to discover more has changed than he anticipated.

FRIDAY THE 14TH
Director: Lucas Omar
Country: United States, Running Time: 6:27min

When a closeted nerd shows up to a psychotic girl’s Valentine’s Day party, he’s trapped as the only guest for a night full of heart attacks.

MY BIG FAT LESBIAN BAT MITZVAH (Sponsored by: Jewish Federation of Oxford)
Director: Elyssa Gershman
Country: United States, Running Time: 18:04min

Fifty-eight year old Judy is having a bat mitzvah at her LGBT Jewish temple as a way to come out to her orthodox Jewish father, Joshua.

SWIRL
Director: Lance McDaniel
Country: United States, Running Time: 6:16min

SWIRL is the story of a boy’s first crush told through dance, exploring the journey your mind takes the first time you touch someone you love.

THE YOGA BRIDGE – WORLD PREMIERE
Director: Michael Orlando
Country: Canada, Running Time: 6:25min

Two friends – one white, one First Nations – fight over Vancouver’s failed attempt to close a major bridge for citizens to do yoga on National Aboriginal Day.

YOU DESERVE EVERYTHING – WORLD PREMIERE
Director: Goran Stolevski
Country: Australia, Running Time: 18:30min

A doctor’s tentative romance with the hospital’s Arabic interpreter is evolving into something deeper. But everything is not as it seems.

Additional Shorts paired with features

A DOLL’S EYES
Director: Jonathan Wysocki
Country: United States, Running Time: 12:10min

Haunted by the movie Jaws since childhood, a filmmaker discovers why the movie affected him so deeply.
Screens with THE HAPPYS

ALL ARE WELCOME HERE – WORLD PREMIERE
Director: Vincenzo Mistretta
Country: United States, Running Time: 28min

A short documentary on the Mississippi Coast’s reaction to House Bill 1523 approved by Governor Bryant that gives people the right to discriminate against LGBTQ people based on their religious beliefs.
Screens with HORIZON

CHANCE
Director: Jake Graf
Country: United Kingdom, Running Time: 16:11min

Trevor’s life has become a void following the passing of his wife and long term companion, Doris. A chance encounter in the park with a mysterious stranger equally troubled by his own dark past jarringly reawakens him, and forces both men to once again start to live.
Screens with HOW LOVE WON

HORIZON – U.S. PREMIERE
Director: Stephan Elliott
Country: Australia, Running Time: 55min

Queer as Folk meets Sydney’s Oxford Street in an explosion of color and drama. In life, love and sex, what we crave is often at odds with who we are.
Screens with ALL ARE WELCOME HERE

New Media Juried Competition

EAST COAST GROW
Director: Amy Tasillo
Country: United States, Running Time: 29:59min

In DC’s developing marijuana industry, a group of budding professionals attempt to navigate the landscape of medical cultivation and recreational legalization with well-intentioned enthusiasm, which often results in more trouble than they expect.

GUNNER JACKSON
Director: Christian Strevy
Country: United States, Running Time: 8:52min

My name is Jason Gunner Jackson, and I know without a doubt that I am a target of a multi-agency program that intends to surveil, track, and document my life.

MY MECHANICAL FRIEND
Directors: Hollie Seidel, Charles Astuto
Country: United States, Running Time: 22min

Ophelia is happy on her own, but the people around her don’t believe that a woman can ever be truly content by herself.

PACO
Director: Catalina Jordan Alvarez
Country: United States, Running Time: 12:10min

He wants you to bounce on his lap.

PETROL – U.S. PREMIERE
Director: Ant Horasanli
Country: Canada, Running Time: 10min

PETROL is a high octane action series that follows five getaway drivers from all walks of life who work for a mysterious “Employer.” In Episode 3 “Crossing Over,” we follow Ali, a refugee from Afghanistan who takes on a dangerous cross border mission.

THE OTHER KIDS
Director: Chris Brown
Country: United States, Running Time: 95min

A raw, intimate look into the struggles of six small-town teens on the verge of high school graduation, THE OTHER KIDS is a groundbreaking hybrid of fiction & non-fiction in which real teenagers collaborated with award-winning director Chris Brown to tell their own gripping, personal stories.

WELCOME TO THE THEATER COMPANY – U.S. PREMIERE
Director: Kaihei
Country: Japan, Running Time: 26:52min

An actor puts out a call for members to form a new theatre group. But his plans get scrambled when someone with no interest in the theatre shows up at his meeting.

Virtual Reality (VR) Juried Competition

ASHES
Director: Jessica Kantor
Country: United States, Running Time: 5:50min

Playing with movement, space and time, ASHES shares the tragic story of two lovers, told specifically for 360-headset environment.

BACK TO THE SUMMER – WORLD PREMIERE
Director: Jianbo Gao
Country: United States, Running Time: 4:30min

An old man recalls his deceased wife from viewing the old photos and jumps back to that memorable summer.

HAUNT
Director: Lilian Mehrel
Country: United States, Running Time: 7:39min

A short virtual reality film about presence, experienced through the eyes of a ghost.

I, PHILLIP
Director: Pierre Zandrowicz
Country: France, Running Time: 14min

In early 2005, David Hanson is developing his first android human. His name is Phil and it is simply the copy of the famous science fiction author Philip K. Dick.

NOBEL’S NIGHTMARE
Director: Chamsy Sarkis
Country: Syria, Running Time: 5:08min

One of the world’s oldest cities and for many years the heart of the Syrian economy, Aleppo is now ravaged by war. This immersive footage was shot with the Syrian Civil Defense teams of Aleppo, the unarmed volunteers performing search and rescue, recently nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize.

SAY IT WITH MUSIC – WORLD PREMIERE
Directors: Oliver Chen, Lubomir Kobomir Kocka
Country: United States, Running Time: 5:15min

Simone and Nathan work at the same restaurant, mostly unaware of each other. That is until Simone uses music as an instrument of change to bring the restaurant and its stuffy owner, Gustavo, out of their usual monotony.

SONGS OF THE VINE
Directors: Maira Clancy, Blake Montgomery
Countries: Peru, United States, Running Time: 17:56min

Shot over the span of two months in the Peruvian Amazon rainforest, SONGS OF THE VINE is a virtual reality documentary focusing on the healing modalities, cosmovision, and culture of the Shipibo, an indigenous group well-known for its rich tradition of plant spirit shamanism, including a mastery of the visionary ayahuasca brew.

THE ROCK PRESENTS: ESCAPE FROM CALYPSO ISNAD – A 360 VR ADVENTURE
Director: Scott Brown
Country: United States, Running Time: 8:15min

Put on your VR headset and take your seat as a passenger on the Calypso Island Historical Tour of Magic and Wonder. Though the island is fabled for its magic, veteran tour guide Dylan explains to fresh-faced Tracy that he doesn’t believe in any ‘hocus pocus’ anymore. Dylan is quickly proven wrong when explorer Duke Fontana (Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson) encounters our tour truck and enlists our help to fight an ancient evil that has returned to end the world.

TOMORROW
Director: Nicolas Alcala¡
Country: Spain, Running Time: 6:38min

The experience allows the viewer to enjoy an immersive story that narrates the evolution of language, taking him on a journey from the ancient caves to the middle of the jungle where Amazon tribes struggle to understand the concept of “future” due to their lack of words to express it.

UMPHREY’S MCGEE 360 VR “PUPPET STRING”
Director: Pete Herzog, Reel FX VR
Country: United States, Running Time: 12:30min

Digital studio Reel FX VR produced an experimental virtual-reality experience for Umphrey’s McGee spring tour filmed April 20th, 2016 at the House of Blues in Houston, Tex.

Community Films and Indie Grants Winners

BIG HOUSE BOOKS: PROTECTING THE RIGHT TO READ
Director: Lacey Ellinwood
Country: United States

Documentary looks at Big House Books, a non-profit volunteer organization that sends free books by request to prisoners in Mississippi correctional facilities to promote literacy and be a vehicle of change for prison reform in Mississippi.

BORN IN THE BLUES
Director: Greg Earnest
Country: United States

Short documentary that explores the music of the current generation of hill country blues artists, including some of R.L. Burnside’s children.

FIREMAX
Director: Rory Ledbetter
Country: United States, Running Time: 15min

A fire-breathing superhero discovers there’s more going on in Oxford, Mississippi than meets the eye and teams up with an uncanny group of heroes to fight an entente of super villains.

WE WILL NOT GO AWAY
Director: Louis Bourgeois
Country: United States, Running Time: 5min

Film documents a father and son as they face the everyday challenges of being homeless in the prosperous college football town of Oxford, Mississippi.

2016 Louisiana Film Prize Short Films Encore

THE MAN FROM MARS
Director: Jonnie Stapleton
Country: USA, Running TIme: 15min

A cynical podcast host hellbent on making fools of small town celebrities has just met his match: A charming woman who has her entire community believing she’s the second coming of Jesus Christ.

MEMOIR
Director: Alexander Jeffrey
Country: USA, Running Time: 16min

Memories can either fuel our existence or eat away at us like a disease. In the not-too-distant future, Dr. Theodore Maine is on the cusp of losing his job at Janus Labs where he is developing research for Alzheimer’s treatment. That is, until a mysterious visitor named Obee changes his life forever.

NATIVE
Directors: Travis Champagne, Stephen Kinigopoulos
Country: USA, Running Time: 15min

While on a ceremonial walkabout a young boy must defend his tribe against a mysterious force.

THE STAND
Director: Eva Contis
Country: USA, Running Time: 15min

Islamic extremists ambush a bus in Africa. When the Christian and Muslim passengers refuse to separate, the terrorists are faced with a dilemma.

YA ALIBI (My Heart)
Director: Christine Chen
Country: USA, Running Time: 15min

A Syrian refugee adapts to life in an unfamiliar country after her husband’s immigration visa is unexpectedly rejected.

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