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Free Film Screening: Marvelous and the Black Hole

Arts and Culture: Filmmaker and Emmy-nominated writer Kate Tsang brings her debut film to Oxford.

7:00 PM Nov. 3, 2021
Malco Studio Cinema
Open to the public
Ticket Required

The Sarah Isom Center for Women and Gender Studies at the University of Mississippi will host a screening, craft talk and public reception for filmmaker and Emmy-nominated writer Kate Tsang on Nov. 3-4.

Her debut film, “Marvelous and the Black Hole,” will be screened at 7 p.m. Wednesday (Nov. 3) at the Oxford Studio Cinema on West Jackson Avenue. Her craft talk will be at 4 p.m. Thursday (Nov. 4) in Lamar Hall, Room 327, with a reception to follow in the Stark Family Garden at The Inn at Ole Miss. All events are free and open to the public.

“While Tsang’s film explores girlhood and the coming-of-age narrative, her DIY ethos as a filmmaker fits with the spirit of Sarahfest,” said Theresa Starkey, associate director of the Isom Center. “Tsang had a story she wanted to tell and figured out how to do it.

“She did it by winning a AT&T/Tribeca Film Institute’s Untold Stories million-dollar grant, which is exciting and inspirational for our students. Through her visit we get to celebrate her and her work and introduce a talented artist to our campus and larger Oxford community.” 

Tsang is known for creating imaginative, offbeat stories with heart. On the television side, she has written on the hit shows “Adventure Time: Distant Lands” (HBO Max) and “Steven Universe Future” (Cartoon Network), for which she was nominated for a Primetime Emmy.

Her award-winning live action and animated shorts “So You’ve Grown Attached” and “Welcome to Doozy” have been watched by millions online and broadcast nationally on PBS.

“Marvelous and the Black Hole,” which was a favorite at the 2021 Sundance Film Festival, blends fantasy and realism to capture the world of a troubled teen named Sammy, who is befriended by a kid’s party magician named Margot, played by Rhea Perlman, of “Cheers” fame. Their unexpected friendship enables Sammy to learn magic and heal from her mother’s untimely death and her family’s dysfunction.

The film is being brought to Oxford as part of Sarahfest through the Isom Center’s partnership with OxFilm and the Department of Theatre and Film. The event is sponsored by the UM Department of English, Division of Diversity and Community Engagement, Gertrude C. Ford Ole Miss Student Union and the academic minor program in cinema.

Fans of Tsang’s work on the animated series “Adventure Time” will appreciate how the occasional animated elements in the film give a glimpse into Sammy’s interior life and add an unexpected touch of whimsy and delight.

“I was … influenced a lot by fantasy films by Tim Burton and (Steven) Spielberg, but they never had anybody that looked like me in them,” Tsang said in an interview for the Sundance Festival on, “So I wanted to make ‘Marvelous’ as a way to make something for my younger self, to see myself in a film like this.”

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