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Oxford Film Festival to hold pop up drive-in this summer

With movie theatres still closed, the Oxford Film Festival is aiming to fill the entertainment void this summer with a pop-up drive-in.

The festival had their permit approved to host a drive-in at two different locations, beginning June 11. The first drive-in will take place at Cannon Motors off Highway 6, and the second drive-in will be held at the Oxford Conference Center parking lot.

The drive-in, called “OFF to the Drive In,”  kicks off the seventh week of the Oxford Virtual Film Festival, that has been running since April.

A Mississippi-produced film about Medgar Evers and a movie by director Ed Wood will be the first two films shown at the drive in.

Wood’s cult-classic, “Plan 9 From Outer Space,” will play on June 11, with Loki Mullholland’s documentary, “The Evers,” playing on June 12 and 13.

In “Plan 9,” aliens attack Earth and set their plan into action, resurrecting the dead. Mullholland’s film features the family of slain Civil Rights Activist Medgar Evers. A conversation with members of the Evers family and Mullholland will be included in the screening.

“We are very excited to debut our OFF to the Drive In film presentations,” OFF executive director Melanie Addington said. “I’m sure may of our locals (are excited) to get out of the house and see some films but safely following CDC guidelines, but most importantly in the this climate and in Mississippi, highlighting the great Mississippi-produced film “The Evers” on the anniversary of Medgar Evers’ death is crucial to further the conversation to improve our lives.

Cannon Motors will be the location for the drive-in from June 11 through 13, then the Oxford Conference Center will host the drive-in from June 25 through July 5. The screenings will begin around 8:20 p.m., or sunset, and run through 1 a.m., according to Oxford Police Chief Jeff McCutchen, who presented the permit request to the Board of Aldermen on Tuesday.

A maximum of 40 to 50 cars will be allowed to attend each screening and vehicle radios will be able to tune to a specific frequency to hear the movie.

Tickets to attend the drive in are $20 per car, before fees. For more information on the drive-in or the ongoing virtual film festival and to purchase tickets, visit oxfordfilmfest.com.