February saw Dixie’s deep south premiere at the Oxford Film Festival in lovely Oxford, Mississippi. Being a couple of Yankees who made a documentary about a southern anthem, we were a little unsure what the reaction would be to the film. Luckily, we didn’t have much time to think about that because we were so excited to be part of the Oxford Film Festival. For those of you unfamiliar, the Oxford Film Festival is one of the hippest, most well-run film festival in the United States. It’s plain to see why the festival has been named to Moviemaker magazine’s list of festivals worth the entry fee. If you’re looking to enter a festival, you should definitely check it out.
Audience response was great for both the Friday and Saturday screenings of Dixie, and several representatives approached us after the screenings to ask about screening the film at universities—which was so gratifying after so many years researching and shooting this film from the ground up. We were doubly gratified when Dixie was chosen as one of the “Best of the Oxford Film Fest” selections to screen the following weekend in Ocean Springs, Mississippi.
I flew back to snowy New York still buzzing from the festival. A few weeks afterwards, Kayleigh from the festival sent me the audience comments on the film. I was pleased to read the following:
“This was FANTASTIC!”
“Dixie should be shown in every school to stimulate conversation!”
“I loved what I saw.”
“Amazing. I learned so much!”
Thanks, anonymous commenters! You made our month. Keep checking back here. Dixie will be available soon…we promise!