Dancing Stars, Hot Chicken & Paula Deen, Y’all!

Dancing Stars poster 2016The 5th annual Dancing Stars of Central Georgia, an Alzheimer’s Association fundraiser, took place this past weekend at the Macon City Auditorium to a sold out crowd. I had the dual honor of dancing the opening dance with the alumni stars as well as serving as one of the judges alongside celebrity chef, Paula Deen; Dancing With The Stars pro, Louis van Amstel; and Paste Magazine movies editor, Michael Dunaway.

I competed as a ‘star’ during the first year of this event with pro Colby Marshall. It was one of the hardest and most fun things I’ve ever done. So, when the director of Alzheimer’s Assoc in Macon, Karen Kinsler, asked if I would judge this year and dance in the opening number, I jumped at the offer. Weekly dance practices began with choreographer Spencer Maddox herding us like the cats that we are. Fast forward … it was so worth it! I loved getting to know a really cool and fun group of folks and work on perfecting this dance as a team.

The night before the big event was our final practice and dress rehearsal on the stage at the auditorium. The ‘alumni stars’ met up at Tic Toc Room for pre-rehearsal drinks & dinner with Paula Deen.  Did I mention that I love these people? Such a fun and dedicated group of folks that I had the pleasure to work with: Joanna Jones, Ashley Copelan, Dean Copelan, Ellie Farriba, Mark Farriba, Jennifer Duke, Charles Olson, Lisa Harris, Jackson Walker, Anne Hansen and Chris Wilson. All of them are killer cool and dedicated to perfecting the dance.Paula Deen : Dancing Stars

Night of the event …we do it…we kill it. Except for the fact that I missed my entrance and left Anne hanging to start the dance without our grand entrance. Sorry, Anne! The audience deserved to see your twirl. Regardless of the late entrance, I jumped right in as if I hadn’t missed a beat. And I’ll confess, it was the FIRST TIME that I got all the steps right.

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From the stage it was on to the judges table for me. Sitting with Louis, Paula and Michael, I was definitely the least seasoned judge. But hey, you gotta start somewhere. And judging with this group of superstars isn’t a bad way to get my feet wet.

 

Dancing Stars.Judges 2016-judges9 Star/Pro couples took their shot at the mirror ball and most were pretty darn good. Edward Clark and his pro Mary Mattmann came out and completely blew us all away with a high stepping swing. As I said from the judges table, he “kicked ass!” After all competed, we all went into a judges’ room to select the Judges’ Choice winner of the mirror ball … unanimously it was Edward. Elizabeth Coplen, the youngest of all the stars, and her partner Clay Mote, walked away with 2 mirror balls: People’s Choice and Night of event Top Fundraiser. Y’all, if you haven’t been to one of these, you should definitely go next year. It’s great entertainment and I think y’all would love it.

This event raised $240,685 for Alzheimer’s Association of Georgia. Over the 5 years, Dancing Stars of Central Georgia event has raised $1,112,000 – we surpassed the $1 Million mark this year.

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Hot ChickenAfter Dancing Stars event was over, a group of us went over to H&H Restaurant for Chef Kevin McCauley’s late night Hot Chicken Pop-Up which was a one-time deal. 10:30pm to 12:30am. I can’t help it, but a late night pop-up has a big city ring to it and I like it!  My aunt Brenda said, “We are eating fried chicken at midnight?” Yes, we are, Aunt Brenda! If my 92 year old grandmother is fine with it, so am I. Hot Chicken is the rage in Nashville, if it’s good enough for the country music capitol it should be well received in Macon, GA; the Song & Soul of the South. I’ve been wanting to try it and all I can say is…DAMN, this is a good bird. I now understand what the fuss is all about. It was some kickin’ chicken.

This is what satisfied customers look like at one o’clock in the morning:

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(L-R)  Louis van Amstel, Anita Sandefur (my mom), Margaret Bickerstaff (my grandmother), Paula Deen, me, Wyatt (my son), Ron Yarbrough (my uncle) and Brenda Yarbrough (my aunt) at H&H Restaurant in Downtown Macon, Georgia.

 

 

DOWNTOWN – Macon In Oil

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Pro Ice Hockey player Mike Wills, Macon Mayhem Defenseman: Artist on and off the Ice

Downtown Macon’s beauty is often overlooked by the people who call this town home. It’s nice to be reminded what a cool place this is by tourists and visitors. But it’s especially meaningful when it comes from someone who calls this place home. Mike Wills, a 25-year old rookie with the Southern Professional Hockey League team, recently relocated to Macon to play hockey and hasn’t been here long enough for the awe of downtown to go unnoticed. He is showcasing his vision at an art show at The SoChi Gallery on Saturday, April 2. The show will remain up for 2 weeks.

“This is kind of a dream come true,” Wills said. “It’s the first stepping stone to being a pro artist. I kind of could draw before I could talk.”

He earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts from Oswego State in New York, and says he has a variety of artistic styles which will be on display in the show.

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“There’s a modern flair but also elements of impressionism,” he said. The show will display some of the cityscapes he has done since coming to Macon to play for the Mayhem. “I want to let the people see things they are familiar with and get the viewers intrigued.”

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With his lifelong fascination with art, Wills discovered oil painting in high school with the help of his art teacher. He then developed his skill and technique in college. It is something, just like his play on the ice, he strives to improve with every stroke of the brush.

He credits SoChi Gallery owner Terrell Sandefur for boosting his budding art career, much as early hockey coaches helped him on the ice.

“No, I did not,” Sandefur said when discussing if he ever thought he would ever be featuring a hockey playing artist. “But I think it’s very cool. And he’s a very talented artist.

“When Mike came in I didn’t know he was with the Macon Mayhem,” Sandefur said.

“One, I’m a fan of the team,” he explained for his rationale in booking the Wills’ display. “And two, I like partnerships and am very happy to partner with the Macon Mayhem on this show.”

He joked that he isn’t sure if Wills is a hockey player who paints, or if he is an artist who plays hockey. “That’s the question,” he laughed. “For this show, he’s an artist who plays hockey.”

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DOWNTOWN
Art works by Mayhem defenseman Mike Wills
presented by Macon Mayhem & The SoChi Gallery

Opening Exhibit & Art Sale
April 2 – 16, 2016
The SoChi Gallery
534 Second Street
Macon, GA 31201

For private appointments, click HERE

 

STAR WARS & SoChilites

star-wars-logoJingle Bells and Lightsabers! In between all the holiday parties, December is STAR WARS month at The SoChi Gallery. With the December 17th premiere of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” it only seemed fitting to do a little celebrating.

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Darth Vader, Princess Leia, Hans Solo and others make an appearance at a galactic art exhibition opening on First Friday, December 4th at The SoChi Gallery. The Star Wars Art Show opening is 6-9pm at 534 Second Street in Downtown Macon. Admission is free and open to the public. Star Wars costumes are welcome.

 

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Hans Solo by Ocean Clark

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Leia by Priscilla Esser

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The exhibit will feature art works by Ocean Clark, Daniel Dussault,  Priscilla Esser, Terri Goodridge, Bobby Hedges, Daniel Montoute, Shannon Riddle, John Saude, Beth Smith, Kathy Wimberly and more. The exhibit will remain up through December 18th. For more info on the exhibition, see the Facebook event page: http://bit.ly/SoChiStarWarsArt

 

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On the eve of the film’s theatrical premiere, AmStar Cinemas is throwing a STAR WARS GALA at The SoChi Gallery on December 16th from 5:30pm until 8:30pm. Proceeds from the Gala will benefit Joshua’s Wish Foundation.

Movie fans are invited to enjoy this free red carpet gala. Photo opportunities with Star Wars characters, themed signature cocktails including “The Dark Side” and hors d’oeuvres. Star Wars cosplay is encouraged. This will be a family-friendly experience that caters to adults.
Activities will include: Silent Auction, Cosplay Contest, Movie Premiere Ticket Giveaways and Prize Raffles.

For more event information, see the Facebook page: http://bit.ly/StarWarsGala
Star Wars: The Force Awakens premieres on Thursday, December 17 at AmStar16 Macon.

About The SoChi Gallery
An event space and art gallery, The SoChi Gallery is located at 534 Second Street in Downtown Macon, Georgia. The gallery hosts a variety of events including cocktail parties, wedding receptions, birthday parties, art shows, corporate functions and pop-up retail. For more information, call us at 478-238-6630 or go to our website and for up to date information about events, follow us on social media: Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

The 27 Club

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Dead rock stars make an appearance at THE 27 CLUB, an art exhibition opening on First Friday, October 2, 2015 at The SoChi Gallery. The event is 6-9pm at 534 Second Street in Downtown Macon. Admission is free and open to the public.

The 27 Club is a term that refers to a group of famous musicians who died at age 27 as a result of drug and alcohol abuse. They were some of the most impactful talents of their generation. Although dozens of musicians have died at 27, these are these are the musicians and artists who are considered “The 27 Club”: Robert Johnson, Brian Jones, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Jim Morrison, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Kurt Cobain and Amy WinehouseThe 27 Club poster

The exhibit will feature art works by Daniel Dussault, Priscilla Esser, Daniel Montoute and Shannon Riddle. The exhibit will remain up through October 30th. For more info on the exhibition, see the Facebook event page HERE.

“I was inspired to do this show when we (Macon Film Festival) partnered with Macon Film Guild and Bragg Jam to bring the documentary AMY to The Douglass Theatre on October 20th,” said Terrell Sandefur, owner of The SoChi Gallery.  “A show of this theme has never been done in Macon, to my knowledge, and I think it will make for a cool exhibit and a nice compliment and precursor to the AMY movie screening on October 20.”

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About The SoChi Gallery
An event space and art gallery, The SoChi Gallery is located at 534 Second Street in Downtown Macon, Georgia. The gallery hosts a variety of events including cocktail parties, wedding receptions, birthday parties, art shows, corporate functions and pop-up retail. For more information, call us at 478-238-6630 or go to our website and for up to date information about events, follow us on social media: Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Macon Film Festival Announces Special Screenings & Spotlight Films

Macon Film Festival announced the Special Screenings & Spotlight Films that will headline the tenth annual festival, held July 16-19, 2015.

mavis-posterThe Opening Night special screening on Thursday, July 16, is the documentary MAVIS! Directed by Jessica Edwards, the film is about Mavis Staple of the Staple Singers, who inspired millions and helped propel the civil rights movement with their music. After 60 years of performing, legendary singer Mavis Staples’ message of love and equality is needed now more than ever. The film screens on Thursday, July 16 at 8pm. The Douglass Theatre.

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Friday night’s Special Screening is the iconic Southern thriller, DELIVERANCE. Filmed in Georgia in 1972, four city-dwelling friends (Burt Reynolds, Jon Voight, Ned Beatty, Ronny Cox) who decide to get away from their jobs, wives and kids for a week of canoeing in rural Georgia. When the men arrive they are not welcomed by the backwoods locals who stalk the vacationers and savagely attack them in the woods. Reeling from the ambush, the friends attempt to return home but are surrounded by dangerous rapids and pursued by a madman. Soon, their canoe trip turns into a fight for survival. The film screens at 8pm on Friday, July 17, at the Douglass Theatre. Burt Reynolds will do a Q&A with the audience following the screening

slow-west-posterSpecial Screening for Saturday night, July 18, is SLOW WEST, directed by John Maclean. ‘Slow West’ follows a 16-year-old boy on a journey across 19th Century frontier America in search of the woman he loves, while accompanied by mysterious traveler Silas. The film stars Michael Fassbender and Kodi Smit-McPhee. The film screens at 7:45pm on Saturday, July 18, at the Douglass Theatre.

Sharky's MachineThe closing night Special Screening on Sunday, July 19, is SHARKY’S MACHINE, directed by Burt Reynolds. An Atlanta vice-squad detective (Burt Reynolds) loves a high-class call girl (Rachel Ward) linked to politics and a mob boss (Vittorio Gassman). The film screens at 5:00pm on Sunday, July 19, at the Douglass Theatre. Reynolds will be available for a Q&A following the screening.

 

Western.filmSpotlight films will be a new addition to the 2015 Macon Film Festival. SOUTHERN DOC SPOTLIGHT – WESTERN (Friday, July 17th 3:00pm @ Cox Capitol Theatre)

Director: Bill Ross IV and Turner Ross.

Synopsis: For generations, all that distinguished Eagle Pass, TX, from Piedras Negras, MX, was the Rio Grande. But when darkness descends upon these harmonious border towns, a cowboy and lawman face a new reality that threatens their way of life.

 

PROGRAMMER’S CHOICE SPOTLIGHT – LIVE FROM NEW YORK! (Sunday, July 19th 1:30pm @ Douglass Theatre)

Director: Bao Nguyen

Synopsis: “Saturday Night Live” has been reflecting and influencing life in the United States for 40 years. Live From New York! goes deep inside this cultural phenomenon exploring the laughter that pulses through American politics, tragedy and popular culture.

live-from-new-york-posterLive From New York! explores the early years of “Saturday Night Live”, an experiment from a young Lorne Michaels and his cast of unknowns, and follows its evolution into a comedy institution. The film looks at SNL as a living time capsule, encompassing decades of American politics, media, tragedy, and popular culture with an irreverent edge. Archival footage is interwoven with stolen moments and exclusive commentary from SNL legends, journalists, hosts, musical guests, crew and others influenced by the comedy giant. Live From New York! captures what has enabled SNL to continually refresh itself over nearly 800 episodes and keep America laughing for 40 years.

 

FESTIE BESTIE SPOTLIGHT –  HOW SWEET THE SOUND: BLIND BOYS FROM ALABAMA (Sunday, July 19th 10:00am @ Douglass Theatre)

Director: Leslie McCleave

Synopsis: Directed and Produced by Leslie McCleave  Filmed over the course of ten years, How Sweet the Sound tells the story of The Blind Boys of Alabama. They met as children in the 1930’s at a state-run segregated vocational school and would become one of the last great gospel quartets, traversing the famed “gospel highway” and beyond. As the surviving band members recount their unlikely success story, we see a rare, frank view of life on and off the road with these renowned performers, now in their 70’s and 80’s.

 

The four-day Macon Film Festival was named one of the Top 25 Coolest Film Festivals in the world by Moviemaker Magazine. The festival includes screenings independent films that you can’t see in any other theatres, including short and long format narratives and documentaries. Screenings are held at three venues located within three blocks in downtown Macon: Cox Capitol Theatre, the Douglass Theatre and The 567 Center. Filmmaking workshops, networking events and legendary after-parties combine to make this an event that draws audiences and artists from around the globe.

Purchase tickets or preview the festival schedule at MaconFilmFestival.com. Tickets are $10 for one-block screenings, $25 for one-day passes; $75 for Screening passes, valid all four days; and $150 for All-Access passes that include admission to all screenings and after-parties. Purchase tickets online at www.MaconFilmFestival.com. To keep up with the latest festival news follow us on Facebook (Macon Film Festival) or Twitter (@MaconFilmFest). Tickets, programs and merchandise will be available at Macon Film Festival Headquarters located at 567 Cherry St., from Wednesday, July 15, through Sunday, July 19.

 

About Macon Film Festival
Founded in 2005, Macon Film Festival is an annual event held in the heart of historic downtown Macon. Surrounded by a rich musical and southern culture, the organization celebrates independent films while promoting filmmaking for entertainment, inspiration, education, and economic development. The 10th annual Macon Film Festival will take place July 16 – 19, 2015. Join Macon Film Festival on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram as well as our website maconfilmfestival.com

 

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Burt Reynolds to headline 2015 Macon Film Festival

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Macon, GA – Today the Macon Film Festival announced that Academy Award nominee and Golden Globe winner Burt Reynolds will be a special guest at the tenth annual festival, which will be held July 16-19, 2015. Mr. Reynolds will headline the Special Screening of DELIVERANCE, which was filmed in Georgia, on Friday, July 17, at the Douglass Theatre, located at 355 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd.

deliverance posterDELIVERANCE is an iconic Southern film about four city-dwelling friends (Reynolds, Jon Voight, Ned Beatty, Ronny Cox) who decide to get away from their jobs, wives and kids for a week of canoeing in rural Georgia. When the men arrive they are not welcomed by the backwoods locals who stalk the vacationers and savagely attack them in the woods. Reeling from the ambush, the friends attempt to return home but are surrounded by dangerous rapids and pursued by a madman. Soon, their canoe trip turns into a fight for survival.

DeliveranceReynolds, who portrays alpha male Lewis Medlock in the 1972 backwoods thriller, will be available for a Q&A following the screening. The special film print secured from Warner Brothers Pictures will screen at 8:00pm.

“I love Georgia! I’ve made most of my movies there, and I’m very proud that the Macon Film Festival has selected two films that show two very different sides of what I call my lucky state,” said Burt Reynolds. “Deliverance shows a “good ole boy south” in transition, as well as the power of nature, while Sharky’s Machine features Atlanta as a modern city in the new emerging south. I was lucky to work with many friends in each of these pictures – while directing “Sharky,” I was able to work with Charles Durning, Brian Keith, and introduce the beautiful Rachel Ward to the world in her film debut.” Reynolds added, “Playing Lewis in Deliverance was a once in a lifetime experience. John Boorman is a master at directing, and working on the river created a bond between Jon Voight, Ned Beatty, Ronny Cox, and me that few have ever had on a film set. I look forward to sharing these with you this summer!”

Julie Wilkerson, Macon Film Festival president said, “For our 10th Festival, we wanted to celebrate an impactful Georgia film, continue our tradition of hosting industry respected and interesting celebrities, and pay homage to our first festival. Screening Deliverance with Burt Reynolds as our guest accomplishes all three goals. Forty-three years later the film is still generating huge tourist dollars for North Georgia and the rafting industry. Burt Reynolds is an icon, and Deliverance was the film that secured his spot in stardom. It was also the first special screening at the 2006 Macon Film Festival, so showing it this year brings us full circle. We are honored to welcome Burt Reynolds to Macon to help us celebrate this milestone year.”

Sharky's MachineReynolds will also be screening SHARKY’S MACHINE on Sunday at 5pm at The Douglass Theatre. A Question & Answer session will follow the screening.

Macon Film Festival is July 16 – 19. Passes are now available on the festival’s website or at this Ticket Derby link. Tickets are $10 for single blocks (Single Block tickets do not provide admission to Special Screenings), $25 for one-day passes; $75 for Screening passes, valid all four days; and $150 for All-Access passes that include admission to all screenings and after-parties. Day passes are Free to Students with a valid I.D.

Media: If you are interested in covering the film festival please send an email to Terrell@TerrellSandefur.com

To keep up with the latest festival news follow us on Facebook (Macon Film Festival) or Twitter (@MaconFilmFest). Tickets, programs and merchandise will be available at Macon Film Festival Headquarters located at 567 Cherry St., from Wednesday, July 15, through Sunday, July 19.

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About the Macon Film Festival

Founded in 2005, Macon Film Festival is an annual event held in the heart of historic downtown Macon. Surrounded by a rich musical and southern culture, the organization celebrates independent films while promoting filmmaking for entertainment, inspiration, education, and economic development. The 10th annual Macon Film Festival will take place July 16 – 19, 2015. Join Macon Film Festival on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram as well as our website maconfilmfestival.com

North Hollywood Int’l Film Fest Call for Entries & Free Summer Movies

Logo_NoHoFFThe inaugural North Hollywood International Film Festival (NHIFF) is now accepting submissions. The Festival will take place April 28 – May 1, 2016 in the NoHo Arts District of North Hollywood, California. The earlybird deadline for submissions is September 1, 2015, the regular deadline is January 1, 2016, the late deadline is February 1, 2016 and the extended deadline is March 1, 2016. Please visit FilmFreeway for submission guidelines.

MAY16_AHDN_FinalAlso announced, the festival will host a series of free outdoor movies this summer in public spaces in and around North Hollywood. Kicking off with A Hard Day’s Night on May 16 in NoHo Plaza located at 5225 Lankershim Blvd. The movie series is presented in association with City Councilman Paul Krekorian, the Midtown NoHo, NoHo NorthEast & NoHo West Neighborhood Councils. Get food specials by nearby restaurants Pitfire Pizza NoHo and Vicious Dogs.  Free popcorn provided by FilmLA.

Summer_Sched_Flyer_FINALJoin us for a full summer of free outdoor movie screenings in public spaces throughout North Hollywood. A Hard Day’s Night on May 16th in NoHo Plaza, The Princess Bride on June 13th in North Hollywood Park, Rocky on July 3rd in North Hollywood Park, Babe on July 25th in Jamie Beth Slavin Park, Guardians of the Galaxy on August 22nd in North Hollywood Park and Spy Kids on September 19th at Victory/Vineland Recreation Center.

NHIFF is designed to be a launch platform for International and North American premieres of important new films, as well as an expertly programmed showcase in all genres with a focus on music, food, and dance, reflecting the diversity of the people of North Hollywood.

About North Hollywood International Film Festival
The North Hollywood International Film Festival (NHIFF) celebrates the art of filmmaking, helps support a community of artists and showcases North Hollywood as an entertainment and tourist destination. NHIFF supports and nurtures emerging independent filmmakers and their stories from around the world not currently found in mainstream American cinema. Our goal is to collaborate with community partners to build social cohesiveness, philanthropy and volunteerism using film as the catalyst. The North Hollywood International Film Festival is a 501c(3) non-profit organization. Learn more at the website and follow us on social media: Facebook and Twitter.

The Mod Squad

Mod_Squad-logoMy very first memory of “COOL” or “HIP” was the 60s/70s counter-culture television show The Mod Squad.  To this day I still dig the hippie style, vernacular and all things Groovy.  

And one very groovy thing I like about Macon, Georgia is my little band of brothers (and sisters) that like to create Far Out photo shoots.

 

Terrell Sandefur, Priscilla Esser, Harold Goodridge. photo: Maryann Bates

Terrell Sandefur, Priscilla Esser, Harold Goodridge. photo: Maryann Bates

Priscilla Esser, Harold Goodridge and I have dubbed ourselves  “The Mod Squad,” an homage to the 60s/70s cop drama.  It’s a fun little reference.  I have always wanted to do a Mod Squad photo shoot and if there is one great thing about being in Macon, it’s that if you can dream it, you can do it.  I pitched the idea to the fab photographer Maryann Bates and she dug the idea too.

The Macon Mod Squad photo shoot was finally on the calendar…it was something Priscilla and I had talked about doing for years. The stars aligned, as did our schedules, and we were able to all get together and go for it.

Downtown Macon has tremendous locations not only for film, but for photo shoots.  For the Mod Squad shoot we needed a tunnel to recreate the opening sequence from the TV show.  Maryann suggested the Poplar Street tunnel which was perfect for our adventure. ModSquad, Terrell Sandefur, Harold Goodridge, Priscilla Esser

The Mod Squad Michael Cole, Clarence Williams III, and Peggy LiptonMaryann, Harold, Priscilla, Ned Esser (our lighting guy) and I met at The SoChi Gallery for a few preliminary shots (photos and MAGATINIS) and then it was off to the tunnel.  This is what we were attempting to recreate:

5 crazy cats in a downtown tunnel after dark with the Mod Squad theme song on repeat playing on Harold’s car stereo. Running through the tunnel over and over again.  Sometimes in slo-mo, other times at full speed. The amazing thing is that we were there for over an hour and The Heat never came by to see what was going on. This was Harold’s first time participating in one of our photo shoots and his comment, “Y’all are serious about this,” is all too true.  Priscilla, Maryann and I are dead serious (think back to the DEXTER photo shoot.) We don’t mess around.  We have a vision and we make it happen … and for The Mod Squad shoot, it was Tunnel Vision. modsquad05282014-455-XL

 

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b.mod+squadThe Mod Squad was an iconic counter-culture police series that aired on ABC for five years between 1968 and 1973. They were the first young undercover cops on TV. They were hipper-than-hip with a touch of menace and plenty of attitude. It starred Michael Cole as Pete Cochran, Peggy Lipton as Julie Barnes, Clarence Williams III as Linc Hayes, and Tige Andrews as Captain Adam Greer.  Aaron Spelling was the executive producer. The series was cancelled after the 1972-73 season, once hippies and 60’s counter-culture were a thing of the past.

In 1999, Claire Danes, Omar  Epps and Giovanni Ribisi starred in The Mod Squad feature film based on the television series.

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Tweet-worthy quote:

“Some people never go crazy. What truly horrible lives they must lead.” – Charles Bukowski

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Macon Film Festival & Macon Film Commission Host the Macon Premiere of “SELMA”

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Macon Film Festival & Macon Film Commission Host the Macon Premiere of “SELMA”

Macon, GA – The Macon Film Festival and Macon Film Commission are partnering with AmStar 16 Cinemas to present the Macon premiere of SELMA on Thursday, January 8. The event will include a red carpet reception from 5:00pm until 6:30pm, movie screening at 7:00pm followed by a Q&A with special guests at 9:15pm.   The event will take place at AmStar Cinemas located at 5996 Zebulon Road, Macon, GA 31210

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“Macon Film Commission is excited about our new partnership with AmStar Cinemas in promoting Georgia-filmed movies and this event celebrating SELMA is a great way to kickoff our collaboration,” said Terrell Sandefur, Macon Film Commission chair.

Justin Poole, General Manager of AmStar Cinemas said, “I’m excited to partner with the Macon Film Festival to bring awareness to movies filmed in Georgia.”

SELMA is the story of a movement. The film chronicles the tumultuous three-month period in 1965, when Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. led a dangerous campaign to secure equal voting rights in the face of violent opposition. The epic march from Selma to Montgomery culminated in President Johnson signing the Voting Rights Act of 1965, one of the most significant victories for the civil rights movement. For more information about SELMA, please visit http://www.selmamovie.com/

 

Selma, which opens in theaters nation-wide on Friday, January 9, has been nominated for four Golden Globe Awards including Best Motion Picture and Best Director.

About Macon Film Festival

Surrounded by a rich musical and southern culture, the Macon Film Festival celebrates independent films while promoting filmmaking for entertainment, inspiration, education and economic development. The Macon Film Festival screens independent films from around the world in multiple historic theatres in the city’s downtown district. The festival features film screenings, celebrity guests, special screenings, and workshops throughout the festival weekend. The board of directors includes Julie Wilkerson, President; Sam Macfie, Vice President; Priscilla Esser, Secretary; April Hornsby, Treasurer; Jeff Bruce, At Large; Terrell Sandefur, At Large; Gareth Jones, Danny Davis, Heidi Lancaster, Tony Long, Sr.; Tim Regan-Porter and Tabitha Lynne Walker, Festival Programmer. Learn more at MaconFilmFestival.com or call (478) 256-3809. For more information, follow us on Facebook www.facebook.com/MaconFilmFestival and Twitter (@MaconFilmFest).

About Macon Film Commission                                                                         

The Macon Film Commission, an arm of the Macon Film Festival, acts as a liaison to filmmakers looking to use the Central Georgia region as a potential location. The Macon Film Commissioners include Elliott Dunwody, Gareth Jones, Terrell Sandefur, Stephanie Shadden and Tabitha Walker. They provide location assistance, act as a liaison to local businesses and city officials, provide information on how to find local production crew and assist in casting calls. The Macon Film Commission and its community partners are making Central Georgia a camera-ready location. For more information, visit maconfilmcommission.com or contact them: maconfilmcommission@gmail.com or 478-256-3809.

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2014 Sandefur Christmas Card

We wanted to do something NICE this year – something elegant with a bit of Southern whismy thrown in.  Our friend, neighbor and fab photographer Jennifer Hayslip was definitely the go-to to help us create this.  We wanted to do something a bit more formal this year … tuxedos and nice dresses. Jenn suggested moving the dining room table into the yard and doing a “Christmas Dinner” photo shoot with our magnolia tree as the backdrop. The chandelier was her idea too. To see more of her work, go to PinkElliePhotography.com

Here it is, the 16th annual Sandefur Christmas card photograph:

sandefur1facebookOur Christmas photo card has become a holiday tradition that began when my kids were born and it’s been something we’ve done every year since.  Kim, Wyatt & I really like this year’s card.  Nina doesn’t like the chandelier, ‘No one has a chandelier hanging outside.” That’s the whimsy in the pic, Nina Darling. Regardless, this one is sure to make the ‘top of the pile’ of my mom’s, grandmother’s & mother-in-law’s collection this year.  And trust me, there have been a few years where our card was definitely on the bottom of the pile.  Namely the year we did a Black card with all of us dressed in costume as Madonna, Michael Jackson, Prince for the “MMP Party” at The SoChi Gallery.  I still think it’s my favorite “outside the Christmas box” card.  Or the year we did a Superhero/Super Christmas card done by Macon illustrator Coz Evan.

Michael Jackson, Madonna, Prince 2008

 

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We are hopeful this one makes the “Top of the Pile” this year:

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2014 Sandefur Christmas

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If I can impart any wisdom at all about Christmas cards, it’s to have them framed and displayed together somewhere in your home.  After the 3rd year of doing a Christmas photo card, I took them to Frameworks Gallery and had them order enough of the framing material that I could use the same frame for the next 20 years.  So they all look uniform. We have them hung together in the hall that goes into our bedroom so we can enjoy them often.  But the really cool thing about doing this annual photo card is that when displayed together on our “Christmas Card Wall” we can see, at a glance, our children grow up.  Their lives literally flashing before our eyes. That is Super Cool.

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Christmas Card Wall

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Merry Christmas!

Tweet-worthy quote:

Maybe Christmas, he thought, doesn’t come from a store. Maybe Christmas . . . perhaps . . .means a little bit more! – From the 1957 children’s classic How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr Seuss

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