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Oxford Film Festival announces 2016 state filmmaking selections

The 2016 Oxford Film Festival has announced the official selections in its Mississippi Narrative, Documentary and Music Video sections, including nine selections which will make their world premieres at the popular film festival Feb. 17-21.

Among those films making their world premieres will be Tony Bloodworth’s thriller “Forced Move.”

“One of the most enjoyable and satisfactory moments we have this time of year is announcing the list of local films and filmmakers we have selected for the next edition of the Oxford Film Festival,” Oxford Film Festival Executive Director Melanie Addington said. “This group of locally produced films and music videos is one of the best we’ve had to date and it will be a thrill to share it with the film fans and theater goers, as well as welcome back more than a few Mississippi filmmaking alumni returning to the fold in February.”

Written and directed by Bloodworth, “Forced Move” is the lone feature film among the Mississippi selections. The film follows the desperate race against time a man must make to save his family, after discovering a series of brutal murders while on his daily jog — and realizing his home is next in the path of the killers. The film will make its world premiere at Oxford, screening on Friday, Feb. 19, at 3:30 p.m. at the Conference Center.

Among the local filmmakers returning to the Oxford Film Festival are:

• “Down Down Down” director Coop Cooper (THE BEST DAY/2012)

• “Fallen Star AJC & The Envelope Pushers” Fdirector Clay Hardwick

• “Fiddler’s Green” director Thad Lee (BILL LILLY BUILDS A GREENHOUSE/2011)

• “The Happy Song” director  Coop  Cooper  (THE  BEST  DAY/2012)

• “Living With H.I.V.” director Kathryn A. Rodenmeyer (UPROOTED/2005)

• “Rock Me Slow” director Edward  Valibus  (SONGS  IN  THE  KEY  OF  DEATH/2014)

• “Stagrassle Paranormal” director Glenn Payne (A HORROR MOVIE/2015)

• “‘Til Death”  director Matthew Graves (DUMMY/2007, THE SHOW MUST GO ON/ 2012, BARRY/2015).

The 2016 Oxford Film Festival’s full slate of films is set to be announced following the holiday season. For more information on the Oxford Film Festival, visit www.oxfordfilmfest.com.