Oxford Film Fest announces special screening

OXFORD — With three weeks remaining before the 16th annual Oxford Film Fest begins, more surprises have been revealed. An addition of a special screening of the film ‘Taking Tiger Mountain Revisited’ was announced on Tuesday that will take place during the final day of the festival.

The film was made during the late 1970s/early 1980s and stars a young Bill Paxton. It is directed by Tom Huckabee and Kent Smith. The film, which is described as a gonzo futuristic film, was released in 1983 and is set in a dystopian future. Paxton plays an American draft dodger named Billy Hampton who is brainwashed and programmed by militant feminists to assassinate the Welsh minister of prostitution. While encountering people throughout his journey of reaching his ultimate goal, Paxton’s character is forced to face the dilemma of to kill or not to kill.

The film will screen on Feb. 10 at 12:45 p.m. at the Malco Oxford Commons and will include a Q&A session with Huckabee who is returning to the festival for the first time since 2009.

The second announcement noted Steve Young, the subject of the documentary ‘Bathtubs over Broadway’, is now slated to attend the screening during the festival. The award-winning documentary gives a funny and informative look at the history and phenomenon of Industrial musicals courtesy of Young, a longtime writer for ‘Late Night with David Letterman.’ ‘Bathtubs over Broadway’ will screen on Feb. 9 at 4 p.m. at the Malco Oxford Commons and Young will hold a Q&A session following the screening.

Opening Night of the festival takes place at the Powerhouse Community Arts Center on Feb. 6. It includes the festival’s traditional Community Night kickoff featuring 10 locally shot and produced short films, including six films making their world premiere.

The Oxford Film Festival, which is Feb. 6-10, is on track to have a record-breaking year with near sell-outs of films and film blocks. Scheduled filmmaker attendance is set to double the previous year’s high. Three Oxford hotels are already sold out to accommodate the influx of filmmakers and fans attending the festival.

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