Athens set for premiere screening of "Oxford American DVD No. 1"

Through the e-mail from the Rural Pen blogger:

The Oxford American magazine--"the Southern magazine of good writing"--is proud to announce the premiere of its first ever "Oxford American DVD No. 1" on Wednesday, May 2, 2007 at The 40 Watt Club in Athens, GA.

Inspired by the popularity of the magazine's Southern CD sampler, the first OA film collection is a "visual mix tape" featuring scenes from independent Southern films, avant-garde experiments, early cartoons, musical documentaries, historic footage, and bizarro celluloid fantasies. Special highlights include works by such directors as Craig Brewer (Black Snake Moan, Hustle & Flow), Ross McElwee (Sherman's March), Joey Lauren Adams (Come Early Morning), Ray McKinnon (the Academy Award-winning The Accountant), Phil Chambliss (backwoods Arkansas folk auteur), and Hollywood legend Roger Corman (The Intruder, The Wild Angels).

Come out to an Athens landmark to enjoy all things Southern. Watch an over-sexed Christina Ricci wrap herself in chains, William Shatner ham it up as a Dixie demagogue, the incomparable Peg Leg Sam dance a mean jig, and Beelzebub himself demonstrate an abiding interest in deer hunters. Oh, and don't miss the piney woods Bigfoot!

The Oxford American is the only magazine in the nation whose entire focus is Southern culture. It has been called The New Yorker of the South and was praised most recently by The New York Times as "perhaps the liveliest literary magazine in American." It is also the winner of the ASME National Magazine Award for the 1999 and 2003 Southern Music issues.

The Oxford American magazine is published by The Oxford American Literary Project. Through its quarterly magazine, the nonprofit aspires to study, explore, and elucidate Southern Culture via the best writing, music, photography, and art. The Literary Project itself is intended to promote the literary arts and encourage young minds to pursue literature and literary journalism through fellowships, educational programs, and other unique projects.

Doors open at 7:30 p.m., program starts at 8:00. Tickets are $5.00 and serve as tax-deductible donations to the nonprofit OXFORD AMERICAN LITERARY PROJECT.

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