The Mississippi Film and Video Alliance is dedicated to fostering film and television production in our state. We administer the Emerging Filmmaker Grant program as well as provide 501(c)(3) services to film makers wishing to apply under not-for-profit status for other grant funding.
Melanie Addington - President
Melanie has worked with the Oxford Film Festival since 2006 in various capacities and serves as Executive Director since August 2015. She also directs, writes, and produces films. She co-founded OxFilm, the Yoknapatawpha Arts Council's program to lend equipment to Oxford filmmakers.
Philip Scarborough - Vice President
Philip Scarborough is a filmmaker from Jackson Mississippi. He attended the film program at the University of Southern Mississippi and is the co-owner of Spot On Productions, LLC. Spot On Productions, a Jackson based company, is composed of Philip Scarborough and Tom Beck, two Mississippians who love telling stories about their state. With over 35 years of combined experience in visual and cinematic storytelling, Spot On has a passion for working on projects ranging from commercials to feature films. Their works have won numerous awards from local to international and have been featured globally in numerous film festivals.
Michael Williams- Treasurer
Michael Williams is a writer, director, and cinematographer living in West Point, MS. After writing and directing more than 25 short films, Williams broke into feature filmmaking with the post-apoclyptic, award-winning drama “OzLand”. Currently, Williams is preparing his 2nd feature, a supernatural thriller titled “The Atoning” for release while developing several scripts for future projects.
Cat Leatherwood is a director of photography and filmmaker based out of Long Beach, MS. After attending the University of Southern Mississippi's film program she began working locally in news, as a production assistant and then in camera and electrical departments on various sizes productions in Mississippi. She also recently began DPing local projects and is also prepping for a locally shot feature-length documentary "Fresh off the Boat" and is excited to be apart of the MFVA to help provide other filmmakers the same opportunities.
MILES DOLEAC, a native of Hattiesburg, Mississippi, is an actor, director, writer and producer in television, theatre and film and a professor of Classical Studies at the University of Southern Mississippi. Miles’ feature-length directorial debut The Historian, received a theatrical release and was distributed in various video, internet and retail outlets in North America and internationally by Devolver Digital Films. Miles’ second feature, The Hollow, a southern noir murder thriller, which he also wrote, directed and produced was released in October 2016, by Uncork’d Entertainment in select theaters, on VOD, iTunes and Amazon and can now be found at a Redbox kiosk near you. Miles shot his third feature, Demons, in the Hattiesburg area in December 2016.
A native of Clarksdale, Mississippi, Coop Cooper earned his BFA in Cinema at Southern Methodist University and an MFA in Screenwriting at the American Film Institute in Hollywood. Feeling that Mississippi was becoming an opportune location for film production, he returned to Clarksdale where he wrote and directed the award-winning shorts “The Best Day” (2012) and “Regress” (2013). He has since devoted his energy to freelance video production and producing/directing the filming of live music events. Striving to promote filmmaking in Clarksdale and the Mississippi Delta, Coop is a frequent speaker and host at festivals. For 17 years + he has also worked as a published film critic for the Clarksdale Press Register (and his own website, Smalltowncritic.com).
Casey Dillard is an actor, writer, filmmaker, and improviser who has been working out of Mississippi for several years. She is active in the independent film community and appears with her improv teams "Stranger, Are You Smiling" and "West of Shake Rag" around the southeast. Because storytelling is her biggest joy working in a place with so many talented artists and memorable characters is a goldmine of inspiration.
Nina Parikh - Film Office Liason