For those of you interested in taking a trip to Oxford, Mississippi anytime soon, might I recommend 02.05 – 02.08 for the Oxford Film Festival.

Three films immediately jump out at me: “Prom Night in Mississippi,” a documentary about actor Morgan Freeman’s offer to pay for the Charleston High School prom it would integrate. (He made the offer in 1997 and it was finally accepted in 2008.); “Ballast,” a feature narrative from Lance Hammer about life in the Mississippi Delta. Writes Manohla Dargis of The New York Times, “it’s a serious achievement and a welcome sign of a newly invigorated American independent cinema”; and “Sunshine Cleaning” from the producers of “Little Miss Sunshine” starring Amy Adams, Emily Blunt and Alan Arkin.

You can purchase tickets online through the website. All films are shown at Malco Oxford Studio 8 at 1111 Jackson Avenue West.

There’s also a cool panel on the role of the film critic hosted by Kim Voynar of Movie city News. Panelists include: Eric Snider of, James Rocchi of American Movie Classics, Jeffrey Wells of, John Beifuss of The Commercial Appeal, Lisa Rosman of US Weekly and Scott Weinberg of