SPOTLIGHT July 2020: Melanie Addington, Oxford Film Festival Director, Filmmaker, Film Activist

Melanie Addington is an unstoppable cinema activist and advocate. As festival director and programmer, she’s constantly and tirelessly pushing for positive change — for diversity and inclusion, better representation of marginalized people, and filmmaking that tells stories of various regions and cultures that enrich our American life. She’s an iconic filmenista who illuminates the way for indie filmmakers and she truly deserves to be in AWFJ’s SPOTLIGHT..

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FROM BAGHDAD TO THE BAY (OXFF2020) – Review by Diane Carson

Documentary director Erin Palmquist’s From Baghdad to the Bay takes the viewer on a roller coaster ride, following Ghazwan Alsharif from Baghdad to San Francisco, as the title accurately announces. With apologies to Charles Dickens, this modern-day tale of two cities does encompass the best of times and the worst of times for Alsharif.

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QuARTSantine: OXFF and other FFs and the PandemONIUMic – Melanie Addington (Guest Post)

It feels like March 12 was years ago now. That was the day the Governor of Mississippi limited any events that assembled 250 people or more. It was 6 days before our 2020 Oxford Film Festival was supposed to happen. And then it wasn’t happening anymore. That felt like the end of the world at the time. But since then, the film festival community has worked nonstop to rally as more than 170 film festivals scheduled for the spring and summer have had to cancel, postpone or go online. On March 27, eighty-one film festivals joined the Film Festival Alliance conference call to talk best practices and strategy moving forward.

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IN FLOWERS THROUGH SPACE (OXFF2020) – Review by Diane Carson

For anyone not conversant with the Fibonacci sequence, and that certainly includes me, In Flowers Through Space is an educational, cerebral and auditory experience that asks for one simple indulgence: abandon conventional, unadventurous ideas about music for at least its sixty-six minutes.

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