Beckman at Oxford

By mattdentler | Matt Dentler's Blog February 12, 2010 at 12:04AM

Beckman at Oxford
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Our own Steve Beckman attended the annual Oxford Film Festival last weekend, in Mississippi, and he lived to tell the tale. Over on our official blog, Steve shares a few quick details about what happened at the 2010 edition of this respected regional festival:

If you've never been to Oxford, it's a very special place. The square is where most of the action can be found. Whether you're looking for home cooked Southern flavors, to shop at the iconic Off Square Books or to relive your fraternity / sorority days (and nights) with students from Ole Miss, this is where to go.

From the moment I stepped off the plane, I couldn't escape the hype that OFF vets were giving to a local restaurant called Ajax. I tend to not believe the hype, but in this instance it paid off. Best hushpuppies / fried pickles / biscuits and gravy / fried catfish / mac n cheese ever. That said, this is coming from a guy who had to ask what exactly was in a hush puppy and whether the black eyed peas were a reference to Fergie. Worth noting that the mac 'n cheese was listed on the menu as a vegetable.

I saw a number of terrific docs and narratives at the fest, including Michael Pertnoy's THE LAST SURVIVOR, which follows six survivors of genocide throughout the world as they cope and move forward with their lives. Jennifer Maas' WHEEDLE'S GROOVE was also a fascinating look at Seattle's soul scene in the ‘70s.