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Oxford Film Festival 2022 announces winners of sold-out event

From left to right: Hunter Heath, Emily White (Every Breath You Take), Lance Kramer (The first step), Max Walker-Silverman (A Love Song), Luis Agusto Figueroa (“Nando”), Christina Huff (Slade Kyle), Tom Huang (deal with dad), Ashley E. Gibson (The Intrepid 11), Antonio Terrell of Oxford FF, Dale Dickey (A love song), Brandon Kramer (The first step). Photo by Joey Brent

The 2022 Oxford Film Festival announced the award-winning films and filmmakers following the in-person portion of this year’s edition of the film festival during a warmly hosted Filmmakers Brunch on Sunday March 27 at the Lyric .

Anna Baumgarten’s “Disfluency” was named Best Narrative Feature, which included a $15,000 camera rental package from Panavision, and Brandon Kramer’s “The First Step” won Best Documentary Feature. The Best Documentary Feature award also included a $15,000 camera rental package from Panavision.

Ashley E. Gibson’s “The Fearless 11” won Mississippi’s Best Feature Award. Its prize came with a one-year membership and free equipment rentals from OxFilm Society.

Later, it was announced that Alysia Nahmias’ “Krimes” had been named the winner of the Barton Segal People’s Choice Award.

Brandon and Lance Kramer’s film, “The First Step,” won Best Documentary Feature. Photo by Joey Brent

For Baumgarten’s ‘Disfluency’, the jury said: “With subtlety and a distinct sense of place, this film thoughtfully explores the nuances of being shaken and beginning the ongoing process of healing from trauma. This film Deeply Empathic also manages to affirm the possibilities of language outside of speech by showing how forms of communication like ASL allow us to be open and embody our truth in ways that our voice cannot.

Kramer’s documentary about Van Jones’ efforts to achieve prison reform, The First Step elicited the following from the jury during its presentation; “As they advocate at the highest levels of government for the First Step Act, Van Jones and his team remind us that everyone has a responsibility to recognize each other’s humanity and dignity through perceived differences and backgrounds. that currently serve to divide us. The First Step documents the tenuous nature of coalition building around issues of social justice, offering no easy solutions to complex problems and, at the same time, refusing to accept inaction as way forward.

‘A Love Song’ star Dale Dickey and the film’s director Max Walker-Silverman were the first winners of the Oxford Film Festival’s Breakthrough Award and Rising Star Award, respectively. Acting Executive Director Jim Brunzell made heartfelt introductions to Dickey, and Walker-Silverman was visibly touched by his words on their behalf.

Jim Brunzell of Oxford FF with Dale Dickey. Photo by Joey Brent

That emotion carried over to the Oxford FF’s annual Volunteer of the Year award, which went to video team leader Antonio Terrell, who was clearly surprised and delighted by the announcement and presentation.

Commenting on this year’s edition of the popular event, Oxford Film Festival programming director Justina Walford said: “I’m so proud of what the programming team has brought to this festival. , and I love every movie and filmmaker I’ve met this year. I wish we could give an award to each film for the unique voice and vision they brought to our festival.

Awards for shorts, student films and music videos included Jack Reynor’s Bainne (BEST SHORT); Nighthawks by Nolan Dean (BEST SHORT MISSISSIPPI); Christina Huff’s Slade Kyle (BEST STUDENT FILM); and Hunter Heath’s Every Breath You Take by Emily White (BEST MUSIC VIDEO).

Among the films and filmmakers that received honorable mentions was Tom Huang’s comedy-drama Dealing with Dad.

The jury said: “This engaging family comedy-drama turns the cultural norm on its head with a wonderful performance from the middle child, the only one their patriarch respects. His perspective is a welcome change that moves the culture forward.

Max Walker-Silverman, director of “A Love Song”, won the Rising Star Award. Photo by Joey Brent

Other honorable mentions include Pia Andell’s short Rekonstruktio (for Narrative Direction), Jonathan Thomason’s Divine Intervention: The Story of D-Vine Spirituals (SHORT DOCUMENTARY); God’s Daughter Dances by Sungbin Byun (LGBTQIA+ SHORT) and Sam Wang: Centrpetal Persistence by John Rash (MISSISSIPPI SHORT).

This year’s Oxford film festival had a decidedly different style, from the ringing of a gong to start the proceedings to the final screening, while retaining the heart and joy on which the film festival was built. its reputation for nearly two decades.

Beginning with a raucous opening night screening of Hugo Sobelman’s Soul Kids that brought Memphis to town (as the film festival often does), including a performance by Stax Music Academy, the music was l one of the many highlights of this year, with performances ahead of a number of screenings and the return of the festival’s long partnership with Thacker Mountain Radio. On Sunday, indie music icon Suzanne Vega made an appearance with the screening of her film Lover, Beloved about the legendary Carson McCullers, starring director Michael Tully.

Other screening highlights with filmmakers in attendance included The Automat with director Lisa Hurwitz, Being BeBe with director Emily Branham and producer Marc Smolowitz, Cat Daddies with director Mye Hoang (which included the filmmaker’s introduction to acting executive director Jim Brunzell’s chat, Bruce) and Dealing with Dad with director Tom Huang.

Once again the red carpets were a hit with filmmakers who flocked to Oxford for the film festival, as was the infusion of creative theme nights and special events throughout the film festival, including including a “Roaring Twenties Celebration”, a panel discussion of filmmakers and songwriters in the round, and a “Casino Royale Night”.

However, no event has embodied the spirit and soul of the Oxford Film Festival more than the tribute to Bill Luckett. The nearly sold-out event celebrated the life of the beloved Mississippi film producer, actor, businessman, arts supporter, former mayor of Clarksdale and ever-present presence in the community.

The evening reminded everyone of the strength of cinema in Mississippi and the people who continue to make it grow through history and the memory of Luckett’s life that evening.

The Oxford Film Festival’s virtual presentation continues until Sunday, April 3. For more information, visit OXFF online.



Individual awards

Dale Dickey – Oxford Film Festival Breakthrough Award

Max Walker-Silverman – Oxford Film Festival Rising Star Award

Antonio Terrell – Volunteer of the Year at the Oxford Film Festival

Feature Film Award


Director: Anna Baumgarten

$15,000 camera rental package from Panavision

deal with dad – HONORABLE MENTION

Director: Tom Huang


Director: Brandon Kramer

$15,000 camera rental package from Panavision


Director: Ashley E. Gibson

One-year membership and free equipment rental at OxFilm Society

Barton Segal Audience Award


Director: Alysia Nahmias

Short Film and Music Video Awards


Director: Jack Reynor

Three days of Taproot Design audio post-production in Oxford


Director: Nolan Dean

One-year membership and free equipment rental at OxFilm Society


Director: Christina Huff

Three days of Taproot Design audio post-production in Oxford

Every Breath You Take by Emily White – BEST MUSIC VIDEO

Director: Hunter Heath

Reconstruction– HONORABLE MENTION (for narrative achievement)

Director: Pia Andell

Divine Intervention: The Story of D-Vine Spirituals – HONORABLE MENTION


Director: Jonathan Thomasson

The daughter of God is dancing – HONORABLE MENTION (LGBTQIA+ SHORT)

Director: Sungbin Byun

Sam Wang: central persistence – HONORABLE MENTION (MISSISSIPPI SHORT)

Director: John Rash

Screenplay competition


Screenwriter: Luis Agusto Figueroa

$1000 cash prize

Staff report