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The intense cold and threat of rain did little to combat the warmth and excitement of the Oxford Film Festival’s Opening Night Gala screening of THE LAST MOVIE STAR at the Gertrude Ford Center. Several filmmakers attended and made their presence known on the red carpet as the 15th Anniversary edition of the fest kicked off in style.

 

Last minute notes with Oxford Film Festival Executive Director Melanie Addington before the red carpet...and the fest begins. (Photo by Joey Brent)

Last minute notes with Oxford Film Festival Executive Director Melanie Addington before the red carpet…and the fest begins. (Photo by Joey Brent)

 

Director Adam Rifkin of the Opening Night Gala selection, THE LAST MOVIE STAR, actually led off the carpet. rare, but he's a rare guy. (Photo by Joey Brent)

Director Adam Rifkin of the Opening Night Gala selection, THE LAST MOVIE STAR, actually led off the carpet. rare, but he’s a rare guy. (Photo by Joey Brent)

 

Adam Rifkin (DIR), Orlan Williams (Co-PROD) of THE LAST MOVIE STAR) (Photo by Joey Brent)

Adam Rifkin (DIR), Orlan Williams (Co-PROD) of THE LAST MOVIE STAR) (Photo by Joey Brent)

 

Adam Rifkin (THE LAST MOVIE STAR) being interviewed (Photo by Amanda Haley)

Adam Rifkin (THE LAST MOVIE STAR) being interviewed (Photo by Amanda Haley)

 

Flip it around: Adam Rifkin talks about working with Burt Reynolds on THE LAST MOVIE STAR. (Photo by Joey Brent)

Flip it around: Adam Rifkin talks about working with Burt Reynolds on THE LAST MOVIE STAR. (Photo by Joey Brent)

 

John Wildman pointing (Photo by Amanda Haley)

Pointing the way to the cameras – as always. (Photo by Amanda Haley)

 

Catya Plate, director of MEETING MACGUFFIN (Photo by Joey Brent)

Catya Plate, director of MEETING MACGUFFIN (Photo by Joey Brent)

 

Catya Plate (MEETING MACGUFFIN) being interviewed. (Photo by Joey Brent)

Catya Plate (MEETING MACGUFFIN) being interviewed. (Photo by Joey Brent)

 

BITCHES LOVE BRUNCH director Sasha Leigh Henry (Photo by Joey Brent)

BITCHES LOVE BRUNCH director Sasha Leigh Henry (Photo by Joey Brent)

 

Jenni Smith and Robbie Fisher, the co-directors of DEAR MR. BRYANT. (Photo by Joey Brent)

Jenni Smith and Robbie Fisher, the co-directors of DEAR MR. BRYANT. (Photo by Joey Brent)

 

Tracy Facelli, the director of FAVORITES. (Photo by Joey Brent)

Tracy Facelli, the director of FAVORITES. (Photo by Joey Brent)

 

FAVORITES director Tracy Facelli with her film's poster. (Photo by Joey Brent)

FAVORITES director Tracy Facelli with her film’s poster. (Photo by Joey Brent)

 

Screenwriter John W. Bateman ("Not Everything Was Burning") brings some style to the red carpet. (Photo by Joey Brent)

Screenwriter John W. Bateman (“Not Everything Was Burning”) brings some style to the red carpet. (Photo by Joey Brent)

 

Skye Borgman (DIR), Stephanie Tobey (PROD) of FOREVER 'B' (Photo by Joey Brent)

Skye Borgman (DIR), Stephanie Tobey (PROD) of FOREVER ‘B’ (Photo by Joey Brent)

 

FOREVER 'B' director Skye Borgman, and producer Stephanie Tobey being interviewed (Photo by Joey Brent)

FOREVER ‘B’ director Skye Borgman, and producer Stephanie Tobey being interviewed (Photo by Joey Brent)

 

Marzy Hart (CAST) with one of last year's award-winning filmmakers - Victoria Negri (DIR) of PARALYSIS. (Photo by Joey Brent)

Marzy Hart (CAST) with one of last year’s award-winning filmmakers – Victoria Negri (DIR) of PARALYSIS. (Photo by Joey Brent)

 

PARALYSIS's Marzy Hart and Victoria Negri give the photographers something to work with on the red carpet. (Photo by Joey Brent)

PARALYSIS’s Marzy Hart and Victoria Negri give the photographers something to work with on the red carpet. (Photo by Joey Brent)

 

Billy Chase Goforth, director of DOOR IN THE WOODS (Photo by Joey Brent)

Billy Chase Goforth, director of DOOR IN THE WOODS (Photo by Joey Brent)

 

Billy Chase Goforth (DOOR IN THE WOODS) being interviewed (Photo by Bill Dabney)

Billy Chase Goforth (DOOR IN THE WOODS) being interviewed (Photo by Bill Dabney)

 

ALTMIR director Kay Hannahan and producer Tyler Hurley (Photo by Joey Brent)

ALTMIR director Kay Hannahan and producer Tyler Hurley (Photo by Joey Brent)

 

Henrik A. Meyer, director of THE BLUE CAR. (Photo by Joey Brent)

Henrik A. Meyer, director of THE BLUE CAR. (Photo by Joey Brent)

 

THE BLUE CAR's Henrik A. Meyerwith his film's poster. (Photo by Joey Brent)

THE BLUE CAR’s Henrik A. Meyer with his film’s poster. (Photo by Joey Brent)

 

Dan Mirvash, director of BERNARD AND HUEY (Photo by Joey Brent)

Dan Mirvish, director of BERNARD AND HUEY, bringing a camera to the other side of the red carpet (Photo by Joey Brent)

 

Dan Mirvash with John Wildman (BERNARD AND HUEY) poster shot (Photo by Bill Dabney)

Dan Mirvish with John Wildman (BERNARD AND HUEY) poster shot (Photo by Bill Dabney)

 

Director Jill Salvino of BETWEEN THE SHADES (Photo by Joey Brent)

Director Jill Salvino of BETWEEN THE SHADES (Photo by Joey Brent)

 

BETWEEN THE SHADES director Jill Salvino and Executive Producer Susan Padva Yosca (Photo by Joey Brent)

BETWEEN THE SHADES director Jill Salvino and Executive Producer Susan Padva Yosca (Photo by Joey Brent)

 

Jill Salvino (DIR) and Susan Padva Yosca (EXEC PROD) with their poster for BETWEEN THE SHADES. (Photo by Joey Brent)

Jill Salvino (DIR) and Susan Padva Yosca (EXEC PROD) with their poster for BETWEEN THE SHADES. (Photo by Joey Brent)

 

Oxford FF's Brian Whisenant (Photo by Joey Brent)

Oxford FF’s Brian Whisenant (Photo by Joey Brent)

 

John Molton was somehow convinced by Brian Whisenant to join him on the red carpet for one shot. (Photo by Joey Brent)

John Melton was somehow convinced by Brian Whisenant to join him on the red carpet for one shot. (Photo by Joey Brent)

 

Director Daniel Perea with his trusty researcher Paulina Afentakis (THE PIZZA MAGAZINE). (Photo by Joey Brent)

Director Daniel Perea with his trusty researcher Paulina Afentakis (THE PIZZA MAGAZINE). (Photo by Joey Brent)

 

Astin Rocks, director of LOVE SOLILOQUY: A VISUAL ALBUM) (Photo by Joey Brent)

Astin Rocks, director of LOVE SOLILOQUY: A VISUAL ALBUM) (Photo by Joey Brent)

 

Astin Rocks shows off her poster for LOVE SOLILOQUY: A VISUAL ALBUM (Photo by Joey Brent)

Astin Rocks shows off her poster for LOVE SOLILOQUY: A VISUAL ALBUM (Photo by Joey Brent)

 

Daniel Perea (THE PIZZA MAGAZINE) & Astin Rocks (LOVE SOLILOQUY: A VISUAL ALBUM) being interviewed. (Photo by Joey Brent)

Daniel Perea (THE PIZZA MAGAZINE) & Astin Rocks (LOVE SOLILOQUY: A VISUAL ALBUM) being interviewed. (Photo by Joey Brent)

 

Astin Rocks (LOVE SOLILOQUY: A VISUAL ALBUM) (Photo by Amanda Haley)

Astin Rocks (LOVE SOLILOQUY: A VISUAL ALBUM) (Photo by Amanda Haley)

 

Director Mark Potts of COP CHRONICLES: LOOSE CANNONS: THE LEGEND OF THE HAJ-MIRAGE (Photo by Joey Brent)

Director Mark Potts of COP CHRONICLES: LOOSE CANNONS: THE LEGEND OF THE HAJ-MIRAGE (Photo by Joey Brent)

 

Mark Potts (COP CHRONICLES) (Photo by Bill Dabney)

Mark Potts (COP CHRONICLES) works it for the camera. (Photo by Bill Dabney)

 

Joe LoCicero (CAST), Mark Potts (DIR), Samir Forghani (CAST), Ben Crutche (CAST) return to the Oxford Film Festival with COP CHRONICLES: LOOSE CANNONS: THE LEGEND OF THE HAJ-MIRAGE (Photo by Joey Brent)

Joe LoCicero (CAST), Mark Potts (DIR), Samir Forghani (CAST), Ben Crutcher (CAST) return to the Oxford Film Festival with COP CHRONICLES: LOOSE CANNONS: THE LEGEND OF THE HAJ-MIRAGE (Photo by Joey Brent)

 

Joe LoCicero, Mark Potts, Samir Forghani, Ben Crutcher with their COP CHRONICLES poster (Photo by Joey Brent)

Joe LoCicero, Mark Potts, Samir Forghani, Ben Crutcher with their COP CHRONICLES poster (Photo by Joey Brent)

 

Director Brian Ratigan of COLLAPSING (Photo by Joey Brent)

Director Brian Ratigan of COLLAPSING (Photo by Joey Brent)

 

The most animated guy on the red carpet: Director Wally Chung (WHAT'S THAT IN THE GROUND?) (Photo by Joey Brent)

The most animated guy on the red carpet: Director Wally Chung (WHAT’S THAT IN THE GROUND?) (Photo by Joey Brent)

 

The creative trio responsible for HEARTLESS: Stacy Snyder (CAST), Kevin Sluder (DIR), and Jennifer Sluder (PROD) (Photo by Joey Brent)

The creative trio responsible for HEARTLESS: Stacy Snyder (CAST), Kevin Sluder (DIR), and Jennifer Sluder (PROD) (Photo by Joey Brent)

 

Ready for their close up: Star Stacy Snyder, director Kevin Sluder, and producer Jennifer Sluder (HEARTLESS) (Photo by Joey Brent)

Ready for their close up: Star Stacy Snyder, director Kevin Sluder, and producer Jennifer Sluder (HEARTLESS) (Photo by Joey Brent)

 

Stacy Snyder, Kevin Sluder, and Jennifer Sluder (HEARTLESS) with the poster shot. (Photo by Joey Brent)

Stacy Snyder, Kevin Sluder, and Jennifer Sluder (HEARTLESS) with the poster shot. (Photo by Joey Brent)

 

Team HEARTLESS (Stacy Snyder, Kevin Sluder, and Jennifer Sluder) being interviewed. (Photo by Joey Brent)

Team HEARTLESS (Stacy Snyder, Kevin Sluder, and Jennifer Sluder) being interviewed. (Photo by Joey Brent)

 

Justin Possenti, director of "Spinning" (Photo by Joey Brent)

Justin Possenti, director of “Spinning” (Photo by Joey Brent)

 

Justin Possenti (DIR) and Thomas Queyja (CAST) of "Spinning". (Photo by Joey Brent)

Justin Possenti (DIR) and Thomas Queyja (CAST) of “Spinning”. (Photo by Joey Brent)

 

Dressing llke a rock star: Tav Falco, director of URANIA DESCENDING (Photo by Joey Brent)

Dressing llke a rock star: Tav Falco, director of URANIA DESCENDING (Photo by Joey Brent)

 

Tav Falco (URANIA DESCENDING) shows off the poster. (Photo by Joey Brent)

Tav Falco (URANIA DESCENDING) shows off the poster. (Photo by Joey Brent)

 

Director Tav Falco (URANIA DESCENDING) being interviewed. (Photo by Joey Brent)

Director Tav Falco (URANIA DESCENDING) being interviewed. (Photo by Joey Brent)

 

Screenwriter John Matthew Tyson ("Twirling at Ole Miss") (Photo by Joey Brent)

Screenwriter John Matthew Tyson (“Twirling at Ole Miss”) (Photo by Joey Brent)

 

Doesn't mater if it's the end of the red carpet, it's the beginning of the party if Richie Montgomery shows up. (Photo by Joey Brent)

Doesn’t mater if it’s the end of the red carpet, it’s the beginning of the party if Richie Montgomery shows up. (Photo by Joey Brent)

 

Posing with the star of the upcoming epic, SANTA JAWS, Richie Montgomery. (Photo by Joey Brent)

Posing with the star of the upcoming epic, SANTA JAWS, Richie Montgomery. (Photo by Joey Brent)

 

A really nice reunion on the red carpet with someone that I attended my very first Sundance Film Festival with close to 20 years ago: Jolie Curtsinger, star of THE PERFECT FIT. (Photo by Joey Brent)

A really nice reunion on the red carpet with someone that I attended my very first Sundance Film Festival with close to 20 years ago: Jolie Curtsinger, star of THE PERFECT FIT. (Photo by Joey Brent)

 

Jolie Curtsinger of THE PERFECT FIT. (Photo by Joey Brent)

Jolie Curtsinger of THE PERFECT FIT. (Photo by Joey Brent)

 

THE PERFECT FIT's Jolie Curtsinger with the film's poster. (Photo by Joey Brent)

THE PERFECT FIT’s Jolie Curtsinger with the film’s poster. (Photo by Joey Brent)

 

Director Jeff Dennis (THE PROCESS: THE WAY OF PABLO SIERRA) (Photo by Joey Brent)

Director Jeff Dennis (THE PROCESS: THE WAY OF PABLO SIERRA) (Photo by Joey Brent)

 

The gang's all here: Matt Wymer (PROD/DP), Andrew George (ASSOC PROD), Jeff Dennis (DIR), Derek Brown (PROD), Brad Roberts (EXEC PROD), Doug Noble (EXEC PROD), John Scott (EXEC PROD) of THE PROCESS: THE WAY OF PABLO SIERRA (Photo by Joey Brent)

The gang’s all here: Matt Wymer (PROD/DP), Andrew George (ASSOC PROD), Jeff Dennis (DIR), Derek Brown (PROD), Brad Roberts (EXEC PROD), Doug Noble (EXEC PROD), John Scott (EXEC PROD) of THE PROCESS: THE WAY OF PABLO SIERRA (Photo by Joey Brent)

 

Posing with the poster: Matt Wymer (PROD/DP), Andrew George (ASSOC PROD), Jeff Dennis (DIR), Derek Brown (PROD), Brad Roberts (EXEC PROD), Doug Noble (EXEC PROD), John Scott (EXEC PROD) of THE PROCESS: THE WAY OF PABLO SIERRA (Photo by Joey Brent)

Posing with the poster: Matt Wymer (PROD/DP), Andrew George (ASSOC PROD), Jeff Dennis (DIR), Derek Brown (PROD), Brad Roberts (EXEC PROD), Doug Noble (EXEC PROD), John Scott (EXEC PROD) of THE PROCESS: THE WAY OF PABLO SIERRA (Photo by Joey Brent)

 

Jeff Dennis, director of THE PROCESS: THE WAY OF PABLO SIERRA being interviewed. (Photo by Joey Brent)

Jeff Dennis, director of THE PROCESS: THE WAY OF PABLO SIERRA being interviewed. (Photo by Joey Brent)

 

BLOOD WOLF director Diana Cignoni (Photo by Joey Brent)

BLOOD WOLF director Diana Cignoni (Photo by Joey Brent)

 

The carpet was over and they had turned off the lights, but we still managed to get a shot of producer Christy McGill (SERENADE FOR HAITI) (Photo by Joey Brent)

The carpet was over and they had turned off the lights, but we still managed to get a shot of producer Christy McGill. (SERENADE FOR HAITI) (Photo by Joey Brent)