Oxford Film Festival announces Matthew Graves tribute night

Published 12:00 pm Friday, May 27, 2016

The Oxford Film Festival will show eight of Matthew Graves’ films on June 4 including “‘til death,” “Barry,” “The Embalming,” “Oh, Christmas Triage,” “Ole Miss Monsters” “Bury the Show,” “The Show Must Go On” and “Trick or Treat.”

The Oxford filmmaker’s films have been made known all over the country. Graves has won several awards as a filmmaker due to his successes in writing, producing and directing.

Outside of his cinema work, Graves teaches at the University of Mississippi as an adjunct professor in the theater department. Graves also has produced commercial work and documentaries. He received his master’s degree from the University of Mississippi after receiving his bachelor’s degree from Hardin-Simmons University.

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Graves said he is pleased to be a part of Oxford Film Festival.

“It’s been such an honor to work with the Oxford Film Festival and to be a part of the Oxford film community for the past decade,” he said. “The incredibly talented people that I’ve been blessed to work with here have made me better in so many ways. The opportunities for anyone to get involved in filmmaking in Oxford have never been higher.”

Graves said Oxford is a special place for him.

“From the Southern Documentary Project, where I’ve called home, to other groups creating and teaching film like OxFilm, The University of Mississippi Cinema Minor, the  Southern Foodways Alliance and the Oxford Film Festival, it’s exciting to see the passion for visual storytelling continue to grow here,” he said. “I’m proud of the work I’ve been able to make but I’m more proud that I’ve been able to play a small part in the growth of this creative community in Oxford.”

The Oxford Film Festival was founded in 2003 to bring exciting, new and unusual films to North Mississippi.

The annual four-day festival screens short and feature-length films in both showcase and competition settings.