Mississippi-made movie to show in Oxford

Published 8:00 am Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Mississippi filmmaker Travis Mills is bringing his latest project to Oxford next week.

On Aug. 6, the film “If These Porches Could Talk” will show at the Oxford Malco Studio Cinema at 7 p.m.

The movie was written and directed by Mills, who is based in Mississippi and has produced six feature-films in the state. A sequel to the 2016 film “Porches and Private Eyes,” the movie centers around group of gossip-loving ladies who return for more family-friendly adventures in “If These Porches Could Talk.” The three ladies investigate the supernatural everywhere from Hattiesburg to Natchez and visit Witch’s Grave in Yazoo City.

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Mills has showcased the history of Mississippi in some of his other movies, such as “Blood Country,” the Dixie Mafia story titled “Conbread Cosa Nostra” and “Son of a Gun,” which takes place in Vicksburg. He is currently in pre-production on his biggest project yet, which is a set of 12 feature-length Westerns to be produced next year. Four of them will be made in Mississippi and one will include a story about the Natchez Trace.

The film premieres in Brookhaven, where the story is primarily set, on Friday and will then tour the state the rest of the month. Other stops on the theatrical tour include Oxford, Vicksburg (Aug. 10), Madison (Aug. 22) and Hattiesburg (Aug. 30). There will be more dates announced soon.

Oxford’s stop on the tour is sponsored by the Oxford Film Festival and will be followed by Q&A session with Mills and select cast members following the screening. Oxford filmmaker and actor Damon Burks is a member of the ensemble cast, along with Bill Perkins and Martha Arrington.

Tickets for Oxford’s screening can be purchased at runningwildfilms.com/porches or at the movie’s Facebook page.