Macon’s “JoJo Jones” premieres on HGTV

BTH_HGTV Macon “Real-i-tur” Joanna Jones, of Sheridan Solomon and Associates, launches into the national spotlight tonight!  She’s co-starring in HGTV’s  “Beat The House” with New York based realtor Christopher Kromer.

“Beat The House” is one of three new real estate shows HGTV is premiering this month.  “JoJo” has been burning up the media circuit promoting the show.  And, if her interviews are any indication of how she’ll be presented on the show, there is little doubt that she’s destined to become the new darling of HGTV.

WATCH:  Beat The House promo

JoJo, producer Tara Canny & Christopher

on set with producer Tara Canny

I can’t wait for everyone to watch BEAT THE HOUSE!! I’m fired up to see which house the couple will decide! Love me some Christopher Kromer but just got to win!!  Thank y’all from the bottom of my heart for all the support and love!!! Can’t wait to rock this show!! Don’t forget!! HGTV’S BEAT THE HOUSE @11:00 and 11:30!!” said JoJo.

Owning a home remains one of the most important aspects of living the American Dream. HGTV’s fun and informative new real estate series puts a twist on the home buying experience as JoJo and Christopher apply their expertise while competing against each other to convince couples who think they’ve already found their dream home that they have better options for them.

Follow JoJo & Christopher on social media to keep up with their adventures by clicking the links below:

JoJo’s Twitter

JoJo’s Facebook

Christopher’s Twitter

Christopher’s Facebook

BTH_logoBEAT THE HOUSE premieres tonight, January 7th at 11pm ET on HGTV.  Y’all need to watch!

 

 

Macon Film Festival Announces 2014 Official Selections

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 5, 2014
Contact: Terrell Sandefur

Macon, GA — The Macon Film Festival board of directors have been announced their official selections for the 2014 festival.  Categories are Narrative Feature, Narrative Shorts, Animation, Documentary Feature, Documentary Shorts, Music Video, Music Documentary, and Student Shorts.

The complete listing of official selections are both domestic and international, including selections from Austria, France, Canada, Lebanon, Italy, Sweden, Iceland, Australia, Netherlands, India, Russia, Spain, and the United Kingdom. All films will screen twice during the festival, except for the special screenings, which will only screen once.

 

NARRATIVE FEATURE

Birthday Cake / USA (Director: Chad Darnell) – Feature length sequel to the multi award-winning short film GROOM’S CAKE. A mockumentary following the three days leading up to the first birthday party of a child with two gay parents: television actor Steven James and his screenwriter husband, Daniel Ferguson. A movie about the family we are born into and the family we create.

Congratulations! / USA (Director: Mike Brune) – Veteran Detective Dan Skok of the Missing Persons Bureau lands the case of his career – a six-year old boy who disappears inside his own house. What should be a traditional investigation becomes an absurd and comic exploration of a man whose profession is a perpetual search.

Desires of the Heart / India/USA (Directors: James Kicklighter & Rajesh Rathi) – Dr. Kris Sharma is a psychiatrist from India practicing in Savannah, Georgia when he meets Madeline, a local artist with a mysterious past. But as their relationship begins to blossom in America, Kris is summoned home to marry the woman chosen by his parents. But as he begins to make decisions about his future, he discovers centuries old secrets that may seal the fate of his destiny.

Il Rosa Nudo / Italy (Director: Giovanni Coda) – An experimental film inspired by the life of the French ‘Pink Triangle’ deported Pierre Seel. At the very young age of seventeen, Sell was arrested by the Nazis during the war on charges of homosexuality and sent to a concentration camp. In 1982 he was the first homocaust survivor to denounce the atrocities he witnessed.

The Last of the Great Romantics / USA (Director: Duncan Skiles) – Cameron Hill is plumbing the depths of heartbreak, loneliness, and despair. Or so he informs the loyal viewers of his video blog after being dumped by his girlfriend Marla. Wearing Marla’s old pink terrycloth bathrobe, Cameron is completely disconnected from the real world until he strikes up an unlikely friendship with his new neighbor Kate, but their relationship is put to the test when Marla returns and wants Cameron back.

The Space Jockey Pursuit / USA (Director: Brian Titshaw) – Space Jockey is Hollywood’s next big blockbuster and the producers want to cast an unknown. And no one is more unknown than Alvin Bernstein. A strict method actor, Alvin always commits himself completely, and in this case literally. For the past year, he has lived in a mental institution doing character research. But to break into Hollywood, Alvin must first break out of the nuthouse. He finds an accomplice in his brother Tom, a recent college graduate. Tom is uncertain about his future. His father wants him to take over the family’s failing automotive business, but Tom wants something different.

Tu Seras Un Homme / France (Director: Benoit Cohen) – Leo is 10 and wise beyond his years. A solitary dreamer who seeks refuge in books. When the carefree 20-year-old Theo steps into his life, it forces Leo out of his shell. Despite their age difference, the two becomes best friends, helping each other face up to their responsibilities.

 

­­­­­NARRATIVE SHORTS

Alice /  USA (Director: Candy Li) – A young French girl, Alice, comes out of an Expressionist painting and forms a friendship with the lonely elder security guard, Tom, who has been longing for his missing daughter.

Boxes / USA (Director: Jason Winn) – Boxes examines homelessness through the eyes of two young boys whose parents have lost their sense of family. But in the end, their parents learn what’s important and restore our hope in them, and therefore, in ourselves.

Consumed / United Kingdom (Director: Tariq Nasir) – Consumed observes one woman’s overpowering addiction. The kind covered up with charm and hospitality… until night comes. Until guests go to sleep. Until this woman’s needs cannot remain unaddressed.

Crossroad / Australia (Director: Mehran Rows) – Ethan, a loving father and husband, risks destroying himself and his family as he deals with an addiction that will change everything.

Discover Kasper / USA (Director: Seth Christian) – the story of how a sad, quirky man breaks out of his comfort zone in search of not only his identity, but friendship. As Kasper oddly finds hope through a toy firefly, the relationship reveals a truth about himself and the world.

Drain / USA (Director: Eric Otten) – A young woman is desperate to save her father in the dry, post-apocalyptic world where water is running out…

El Lado Frio de la Almohada / Spain (Director: Herminio Cardiel) –  A couple who just met is going to share a bed and its pillow that same night…

Exposures / USA (Director: Jonathan P. Gribbin) – Harper Lowell is a photographer who peaked early in his career with a controversial photo. The source of his success led to his eventual downfall and status as a pariah. His search for his next big picture drives him into insanity.

Flicker / United Kingdom (Director: Bouha Kazmi) – A fragmented story of loss and self-discovery, following a vulnerable drifter girl as she treads desolate hollow ground.

Flip Fantasia / USA (Director: Cady McClain) – A short film about love and death, Flip Fantasia follows four young urban men through the after effects of a wild night out in NYC and the emotional process of letting go.

Grace / USA (Directors: Faye Viviana & Haley Sims) –  In an artistic depiction of the beauty found in the grittiness and struggles of life, the day of a prostitute and a ballet dancer are juxtaposed against the poignant sound of ‘Amazing Grace’, illustrating the way in which we ultimately persevere with grace.

Ham / United Kingdom (Director: Robert Ford) – Cover me in mayo, cover me in cheese, make a sandwich out of me, Linda.

Lapsus / France (Director: Karim OUARET) –  Terry is a psychologically disturbed predator whose sinister playground is a laundromat. Terry thinks he is the hero of a comic gangster that is reading : Terry Lawrence, Gentleman Gangster.
That is when his memory playing tricks on him. Terry is a victim of an unknown phenomena that literature considers as a Lapsus Memoriae : a slip of memory.

Morales / Spain (Director: Roger Villarroya) – Morales doesn’t pay attention in class and his teacher’s patience is running out. If he continues to have that lack of discipline, he will be punished without recess for the rest of the course.

Only Fair / Austria (Director: Peter Rautek) – The short film Only Fair travels through the history of mankind. During this journey, man has increasingly distanced from nature and lost the sense for what really matters in the end. But fatal actions of the past do not remain unpunished – stress, diseases, addiction, greed, power and fear are hard on our heels. Is it only fair that one little mistake could erase mankind forever from the blue planet? Or is the question rather when we take this final step? Will the world be a better place after creations crowing glory has vanished?

Picture Show / USA (Directors: Jonathan Hicks & Robyn Young) – An elderly couple, confined to their home for years, venture out for one last date in hopes of rediscovering the romance of their youth. Recreating their first date at the Picture Show, they return home only to face the reality of their impending mortality. Set in the midst of a small, aging Southern town, the story is simple, yet sweet, and examines the lives of often forgotten, but immensely profound characters.

Plan B / USA (Director: Lawayne Bontrager) – An elderly couple down on there luck have to resort to some creative financing.

Restitution / USA (Director: Justin Miller) – Still recovering from the recent loss of a child, architect Preston Sanders discovers that his wife has cloned their son without his consent.

Rose, Mary, and Time / United Kingdom (Director: Hardeep Giani) – a story of second chances. Barney is married – unhappily. He lost the love of his life around six years ago – she was murdered. Through the magic contained within a clock he inherited, and with the help of an old Indian shop keeper, Barney finds himself back in time, with the opportunity to save her… but life isn’t always as easy as that.

Searching for Signals / USA (Director: ByronErwin) – the disturbing story of a boy named Cameron that is mourning the loss of his mother, who died by the hand of his violent father. No longer able to keep the abuse a secret, Cameron’s life comes crashing down around him when the authorities move in on their little home.

Sticks & Stones / USA (Director: Chloe Dahl) – This is a true story about a fourteen year-old girl named Emma. Just like any other girl, Emma has a crush; only this crush is on a girl named Alice. Although Emma is a great kid, no matter how hard she tries, she is socially rejected and bullied by her peers. Never the less, her attempts to fit in are relentless.

The Bash / USA (Director: Tyson FitzGerald) – A gay couple leaving a midnight screening in a seedy area of town get gay bashed and then turn the tables on their attackers and fight back.

The Redwoods / USA (Director: Anderson Boyd) – While confined to an institution for troubled youth Evan and Christopher find themselves in the throes of young love. Through their bond the two lovers find refuge and meaning within the stifling walls but the machinations of Peggy, the staff psychiatrist, may threaten all that they know.

The Watch / USA (Director: Roger Franks) – a powerful story detailing how the past and the present can be connected by a simple item.

Til Death / USA (Director: Jason Tostevin) – A short horror comedy about four unhappily married husbands who wake up to a gruesome surprise the night after killing each others’ wives – ‘Til Death.

Trois Nuits Et On Mort / Canada (Director: Stéphane Dirschauer) – When his estranged sister shows up at the doorstep of his downtown Toronto bistro, Patrick only wishes for one thing – to get her on a bus straight back to Quebec. Her chaotic existence and wild ways spell disaster for them all.

 

ANIMATION

Baxter / USA (Director: Ty Coyle) – The story revolves around a raccoon and a candy store. Baxter, the obsessive-compulsive raccoon, breaks into Granny’s Sweet Shop to clean, color coordinate, and reorganize the disorderly candy store.However, Baxter’s compulsiveness to clean everything ultimately leads to the destruction of the shop itself. In the end, Baxter is so upset he breaks the last remaining unbroken jar of candy.

Building a Relationship / USA (Director: Brittany Portman) – Red Brick, a dilapidated red brick building, is part of urban blight. Steele N. Glass is a magnificent structure that adorns the skyline and stands next to Red Brick. Red Brick is infatuated with Steele and wishes to win her. Watch Red Brick as his transformation unfolds in this Eco romantic film short. Ah…love is in the air!

The Mega Plush / USA (Director: Matt Burniston) – As night falls over the city, an epic showdown is about to take place. The evil Monkey Foot clan has been laying a trap for Mega Bear, one of the four heroes who makeup The Mega Plush, four vigilante plush toys with an attitude.

Light Me Up / USA (Director: Derek Dolechek) – Meet the Wattsons, a family of light bulbs that work in an antique shop. Frank and Linda run a business of managing all the bulbs in the store. When they ask their son, Louie, to take over, they find out he has bigger dreams of traveling across the street to be a spotlight in the local theater.

Sole Searching / USA (Directors: Aaron Cullen, Erica Bardin) -Sole, a lone white sock, sets out to make the journey of his life as here counts the horrible day when his other half named Mate went missing. What lies outside the sock drawer is a scary mystery but one this right tube must face to find his love.

 

DOCUMENTARY FEATURE

A Fragile Trust / USA (Director: Samantha Grant) – The shocking story of Jayson Blair, the most infamous serial plagiarist of our time, and how he unleashed the massive scandal that rocked the New York Times and the entire world of journalism.

Bittersweet / Netherlands (Director: Marieke Niestadt) – Female boxer Diana Prazak always want to fight the best in her league, therefore she accepts the invitation by the number one in the world Frida Wallberg to fight her for the WBC world title in Stockholm. Lucia Rijker, former 6x world champion, coaches Dianato prepare her physically and mentally for the toughest fight of her life and her biggest and most paralyzing fear: losing. In Stockholm they are confronted with the picture-perfect Frida and her glamorous and extended entourage. The brutal fight however, takes a dramatic turn. Diana is left to consider if she truly got what she wished for.

Landfall: The Eyes of Sandy / USA (Director: Andrew Pearson) – The resurgence of the Long Beach Island Communities and Stafford Township, New Jersey following the wake of Super Storm Sandy.

Linar / Russian Federation (Director: Nastia Tarasova) – Linar doesn’t have a heart. The boy can’t grow up without it. Linar embarks on a journey to another country in search of a heart. It is a long and gradual initiation ceremony for a boy to wait for the heart transplantation and to get accustomed to a new organ. One by one his guardians accompany Linar from death to adult life. In two years Linar comes back to his huge Motherland, where hundreds of children are waiting for new hearts.

 

DOCUMENTARY SHORTS

Herd in Iceland / Iceland/USA (Director: Lindsay Blatt) – For over 1,000 years, Icelandic law has made it illegal to import horses onto the island. For that reason, Icelandic horses are a pure breed, isolated by oceanic borders. During the summer months, the horses live a remote and wild existence,grazing in the highlands and raising their young. Every September, they are rounded up by local farmers and directed across the rugged terrain to reunite with their owners. It’s a breathtaking tradition that unites the country. HERD IN ICELAND, a film by Lindsay Blatt and Paul Taggart, documents the annual horse round-up. The result is a unique and moving portrait of Iceland’s people, horses, and stunning landscape.

Humanexus / USA (Directors: Katy Borner, Ying-Fang Shen) – The human race has long searched for meaningful interpersonal connections. Tools and technologies have made it easier to reach out and share ideas, but each presents a new, unforeseen challenge. We must always ask: ‘Is this what we want? What do we want?’

I’ll Be Fine / USA (Director: Micha Hilliard) – A family, their home, and the trials of living with a nineteen-year-old son who has autism. In the past, Tim’s behavior was deeply upsetting. Rarely did a day pass without confrontation. His parents,Richard and Rebecca, awaited the school bus with tense shoulders and baited breath. Tim is doing better now. Years of experience have helped him to bring his behavior under control. His progress, however, is still tenuous to his parents. They remember his earlier behavior and fear that he could regress.There is a delicate peace in their home, but Tim’s autism constantly threatens to undermine it all. Love alone holds their family together as they face everyday exhaustion and an unknown future.

Jungle Warfare College / USA (Director: Jesse Veverka) – When people think of India they think of spiritual awakening, “the world’s largest democracy,” lush jungles and the towering Himalaya. But inside this country of 1.1 billion is an ongoing insurgency that tests the limits of India’s constitutional democracy. Chhattisgarh, a new state formed in 2000 is the center of a Maoist uprising that has continued since the 1960’s. “Jungle Warfare College” is a documentary short that shows a cross section of this conflict and Brigadier BK Ponwar who vows to fight it.

Soaring on Invisible Wings / USA (Director: Jamari Perry) – Her entire life Jamari Perry has watched her mother struggle with Lupus. Now, an adult, she wonders how to best help her aging mother, all the while knowing that she has a 10% chance of getting this chronic illness. There is no cure for lupus. An autoimmune disease, it can attack any organ of the body.Primarily a disease of African American women, until recently there was very little information about lupus. It is called a quiet disease because its effects vary from person to person and its painful symptoms are sometimes invisible. Soaring on Invisible Wings follows Jamari’s journey into the lives of four women and their families as they grapple with an incurable disease and uncover the courage to keep living.

 

MUSIC VIDEO

Dark Comedy / USA (Directors: Jeremy Oliver Miller, Lawayne Bontrager) – The story of a domestic violence victim who gets by with a little help from a friend.

Eve / USA (Director: Nicholas Goodman) – Who is Eve really, but the essence of all women?

Found / USA (Director: Shawn Ketcham) – A personal struggle of one wanting to be a good person but still finding faults in oneself.

From One Island to Another / Sweden (Director: Paul Jerndal) – What could seem to be the largest contrasts sometimes are not. By taking the audience from a Swedish Island to the island of Manhattan through buildings, design and fashion, the contrasts are suddenly erased. And finally it seems like very similar places.

Hey Amariah / USA (Director: Bobby McCullough) – Death On Two Wheels, a rock-n-roll band from Atlanta, visits the historical Grant’s Lounge to get day drunk and ends up having a vision of themselves becoming the next legendary band to hit the stage.

Never Be That Tough / USA (Director: Nancy Jean Tucker) – You could lose everything and it will still be alright.

Switzerland / USA (Director: Brady Bigalke) – compares the internal battles in one’s self to the historical battles in World War II.

Under Cold Bright Stars / USA (Director: Jeremy Rourke) – This animated video uses archival imagery, paint, light, photographs and time. The lyrical words materialize and evaporate, the sun rises, the moon sets, we go into the woods, go deeper into them, come out of them, go into a stone house and see the faces of folks eighty years in the past.

Upon Your Enemy / United Kingdom (Director: Dan Shipton) – Doll invites three military generals to dine at her disused mansion as a means to get revenge for her war-scared face. Her dual personality leads us through the video as she feeds the generals a blood filled meal, ending in a visual depiction of how war dines on the young and innocent-quite literally.

 

MUSIC DOCUMENTARY

Brothers Hypnotic /Netherlands/USA (Director: Reuben Atlas) – For the eight young men in the Hypnotic Brass Ensemble, ‘brotherhood’ is literal:they’re all sons of anti-establishment Chicago jazz musician, Phil Cohran. They grew up in the same house, in a family of 24 siblings, on a strict diet of jazz, funk, and Black Consciousness. Family band practice began at 6 AM. Now grown, as they raise eight brass bells to the sky– whether playing in the streets of New York City, collaborating with Mos Def or Prince, or wowing Atlantic records– they find the values their father bred into them constantly tested. They must decide whether their fathers’ principles really are their own.

Open Mic Night After the Apocalypse / USA (Director: Mike James) – The story of three independent filmmakers who invited seven indie rock bands from LA –and their biggest fans– out to the edge of the Mojave desert to film a one-of-a-kind musical, spiritual experience.

Scarred But Smarter / USA (Director: Eric Von Haessler) – Von Haessler spent three years looking for reasons why his favorite band, Drivin N Cryin, hadn’t enjoyed more national success. With the help of fellow fans Peter Buck, Darius Rucker, Ed Roland, Ty Pennington and others – he uncovers the fascinating, behind – the – scenes story of a band that has spent the last 28years both creating great music and making questionable career moves. Along the way he finds that Drivin N Cryin is a true rock & roll success.

When My Sorrow Died: The Legend of Armen Ra & The Theremin / USA (Director: Robert Nazar Arjoyan) – Glamorously eccentric and enigmatic Theremin master Armen Ra recounts his dynamic journey in this life-spanning documentary that mixes rare concert performances, candid interviews, and archive material with the magical power of music that canal chemize ancient sorrow into timeless beauty.

 

STUDENT SHORTS

A Call / USA (Director: Len Chi) – A fugitive’s botched crime. An officer’s pursuit. Two characters search for righteousness but in their own vastly different ways -shining light on the true natures of each.

A Tibetan Marriage / USA (Director: Lu Liu) – This is a story about a Tibetan Polyandrous Marriage. Gongbu spent a couple of years in the city and changed his mind about the idea of a Tibetan marriage. He doesn’t want to share the wife with his younger brother anymore. Will he be able to achieve what he wants?

Border Patrol / United Kingdom (Director: Peter Baumann) – Carl and Franz are all ready to get off work and watch the big match against Austria when they make an unwelcome discovery. So, deal with it, or make it someone Else’s problem?

Deep Emotion / United Kingdom (Director: Justin Litton) – Deep Emotion is an exploration of people’s perceptions of student filmmakers and short films in general. Both hilariously funny and thought-provoking, the twin narratives ofthe film and its audience provide a playful discourse between the sublime and the ridiculous.

The Dress / USA (Director: Alvaro Congosto) – Jamie loves Laura from the bottom of his heart, but he also has another passion: No, it’s not dresses,it’s photographs. Jamie is obsessed with the image of a girl, and unfortunately, that girl is not Laura. In a visually striking journey through his deepest obsession, Jamie will discover what is so fascinating about images that he can’t find in real life.

Echoes / Lebanon (Director: Diane Bou-Chedid) – After finding the tapes of her deceased father, the young woman decides to visit his place and collect his memories through his echoes.

Lost Swag / USA (Director: Rachel Foley) – After a social networking faux paus with the girl of his dreams, straight edge Will unravels and finds himself chasing after a cop, and swagger.

Peach Creek Show / USA Director: Jeremy Tuttle) – In the 1950′s rural town of Peach Creek, Georgia, Deputy Wilbur Moss struggles to put on a funeral for his father, following his father’s death in a moonshine explosion.

The Promise / USA (Director: Nongkhran Meecharoen) – An old man struggles to take care of his wife who is suffering from Alzheimer’s disease. Although she can’t remember him, she still feels his love for her.

The Spectator / United Kingdom (Director: Mirco Valenza) – A thief breaks into an apartment but,when the owner unexpectedly returns home, he becomes witness to a series of unsettling events that call for his intervention.

Until the Dust Settles / USA (Director: Alexander Gangi) – A father and his two sons reconnect while traveling through the heart of the American Dust Bowl in 1932.

 

The Macon Film Festival is February 27 – March 2. Passes are now available. See the festival’s website http://www.maconfilmfestival.com or the Ticket Derby link: http://www.ticketderby.com/event/?id=247848

 

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 9th annual Macon Film Festival will take place February 27 – March 2, 2014. Join Macon Film Festival on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram as well as our website.

Orange is the New Black

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Yes, I was arrested, handcuffed and taken to jail and here’s the mugshot to prove it. I’ve heard this mugshot has been “passed around more times than a joint at an Allman Brothers concert.”  There has been much speculation & many wild rumors as to why this occurred. My arrest was no fault of the Macon Police Department. I was handled by 2 different police officers – both of whom were extremely respectful of me.

For those of you who have not already heard the true story, here it is:

Kim & I took our kids to the Redskins/Falcons game in Atlanta last Sunday. On the way home to Macon, I was pulled over for speeding. My wife was burning up with fever and I was well exceeding the speed limit trying to get her home and medicated. (Truth be told, I would have been speeding regardless as I am a Speed Racer – I need to work on that as it doesn’t set a responsible example for my 15 year old twins who will be driving soon.) Speed_Racer__Front_Color_by_residentlillyAfter the police officer ran my license, he came back to my car and said that there was a warrant for my arrest for failure to appear in court. I knew this to be false information but the officer had his orders. He handcuffed me and put me in the back of the police car and took me to the Macon jail. They “processed” me and a few hours later I was released after my wife bailed me out. The next morning I went to the Solicitor’s Office to find out why I had been arrested. REASON: One night in 2012, I received two citations, I paid both citations within days of receiving them. The Solicitor’s office overlooked documenting the payments properly…they only documented that ONE of the citations were paid. Clearly an oversight on their part. Mistakes happen but the Solicitor’s office has been extremely helpful in making everything right. They overturned the conviction Monday morning and got the bond refunded to my wife. They are still attempting to get the mugshot removed from Mugshots.com.

I can now scratch “going to jail” off my bucket list .. been there, done that. And at the end of the day, it will make for a good story that I never thought I would ever be able to tell. Ultimately, the arrest leaves me with some “Breaking Bad” street cred and a killer mug shot!

Apparently, Orange IS the new Black. I’ve gotten a lot of requests for Signed Mugshots. So, I’m putting it out there…I will give a signed mugshot to everyone who buys an All-Access Pass to the Macon Film Festival before Dec 31st. Buy your pass online at this link: http://www.maconfilmfestival.com

Holiday Special

Mandra Pictures Announces Psychological Thriller INSTALLATION

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Mandra Pictures Announces Psychological Thriller INSTALLATION

Mandra Pictures LogoATLANTA – Mandra Pictures will begin filming the psychological thriller, Installation, in Atlanta and Macon, Georgia in April 2014. The film will be directed by Chad Darnell, based on his screenplay. The film will be produced by Patrick Murray, Cynthia Fritts Stillwell, Kathy Weiss, Terrell Sandefur and Chad Darnell.

The film will star international star Jo Weil (Germany’s hit soap, Verbotene Liebe). The film will mark Weil’s American feature film debut. Weil currently stars on Verbotene Liebe as “Ollie Sabel,” a beloved gay character, who has found fans all over the world. Weil has a very large American fan base as well and was recently voted one of the “Hottest Men” by readers of After Elton.

The thriller revolves around the deadly consequences after “Charlie Cooper” (Jo Weil) and “Jackson Garner” (Chad Darnell) open their long-term relationship up for one evening with a stranger. More casting will be announced soon.
Mandra Pictures has launched a website for the film (www.installationmovie.com), allowing actors interested in auditioning for the film to submit taped reels from sides of the script. As part of the film’s Indiegogo Campaign, donors who support at a level of $20 or more will receive access to a special “members only” section of the film’s website, where they can watch incoming audition tapes from potential actors, as well access behind the scenes videos and pictures from all stages of production.

“We want our supporters to really feel like they are part of our team. This is the new brand of filmmaking. This is not about ego. This is about collaboration. We want their input on casting and even down to suggestions on wardrobe. It’s a way for them to be actively involved in the making of a movie,” said Cynthia Fritts Stillwell, producer and casting director for the film. “So many times when we donate to a crowd-sourcing project, we get a hat and that’s it. We want to share every step of our journey.”

Mandra’s first feature film, Birthday Cake is currently playing film festivals all over the country and has won numerous awards including “Best Comedy Film” and “Best First Feature Film” for writer/ director, Chad Darnell at Out on Film in Atlanta; “Best Comedy Film” at the Kansas City Gay and Lesbian Film Festival; “Fan Favorite Best Film” at Cinema Diverse in Palm Springs, California; and “Best Film (Programmer’s Choice)” at Fort Worth International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival.

Mandra’s web series Project: Phoenix (starring Sherilyn Fenn, Lee Meriwether, Ian Roberts, and Susan Blakely) will be released in February 2014. The series follows a black ops organization assembled to create an anti-viral in order to stop a zombie apocalypse.

Mandra Pictures expects to begin production on the much anticipated Joey Stefano biopic, X-Rated in Atlanta and Los Angeles in Summer 2014. The film follows the lives of the infamous “porn brat pack” of the early 90s and the death of porn star, Joey Stefano.

Macon Film Festival Makes “Coolest Film Festivals” List

MovieMaker Magazine-coolest-fest-The Macon Film Festival has made MovieMaker Magazine’s list of “The Top 25 Coolest Film Festivals in the World.” Other film festivals that made the list include Tribeca Film Festival, Indie Grits and Austin Film Festival. The list was compiled and voted on by the magazine’s readers. The original list of 76 nominees was narrowed down to a final list of 25 festivals. The coolest film festivals article appears in the magazine’s Fall 2013 issue.

 

Based in Santa Monica, California, MovieMaker is a magazine focused on the art and business of making movies with special emphasis on independent film. The magazine is well known for its annual list of the top film festivals worth the entry fee, which has included Atlanta Film Festival, Savannah Film Festival and Rome International Film Festival in recent years.

“The Macon Film Festival board is honored and excited to have made the magazine’s “Coolest” list,” said festival president, Terrell Sandefur. “It’s thrilling to have your work acknowledged on a national stage. We would like to thank all those who voted.”

The 2013/2014 Macon Film Festival board directors include Terrell Sandefur, Elliott Dunwody, Julie Wilkerson, Priscilla Esser, Tabitha Walker, Danny Davis, Tony Long, Sam Macfie, Heidi Lancaster, Jeff Bruce, Tim Regan-Porter and April Hornsby

The film festival board is preparing for its 9th festival. The four-day event begins on February 27, 2014. 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 filmmaking workshops.

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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 9th annual Macon Film Festival will take place February 27 – March 2, 2014. For more information visit MaconFilmFestival.com or Facebook.

Meet the Macon Film Festival

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The Macon Film Festival is in full swing as they prepare for the 9th annual film festival beginning February 27, 2014 and lasting through March 2.

The organization held it’s 2014 kickoff event at The SoChi Gallery on October 10, where they proudly announced their 2013-2014 board of directors, the festival’s new mission and one of the special screenings.

 

 

The 2013/2014 board of directors is:
Terrell Sandefur, President
Elliott Dunwody, Vice President
Julie Wilkerson, Treasurer
Priscilla Esser, Secretary and Special Events Coordinator
Tabitha Walker
Danny Davis
Tony Long
Sam Macfie
Heidi Lancaster
Jeff Bruce
Tim Regan-Porter
April Hornsby

Along with new members, the Macon Film Festival introduced their new mission statement:
“Surrounded by a rich music and Southern culture, the Macon Film Festival celebrates independent films while promoting filmmaking for entertainment, inspiration, education, and economic development.”

Festival organizers are excited to announce the first Special Screening for the 2014 film festival is Muscle Shoals, a music documentary featuring several Macon, Georgia connections. The film screened at the 2013 Sundance, SXSW, and HotDoc festivals. More information about the special guests that will be in attendance will be announced soon. For more information about the film Muscle Shoals, please visit their website: http://www.magpictures.com/muscleshoals/

About the Macon Film Festival
The Macon Film Festival was founded in 2005 to celebrate the art and craft of the moving image, and to introduce independent films that rarely appear in Macon. The festival is open to filmmakers working in all media, genres, and themes. The 9th annual Macon Film Festival will take place February 27 – March 2, 2014. For more information visit MaconFilmFestival.com

Call for Submissions: iPhoneography Cellphone Photography

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Macon, GA - The SoChi Gallery presents it’s second annual iPhoneography Cellphone Photography Exhibition. Call for submissions are open now through October 29th.

This exhibition is open to all cellphone users. All photos must be taken using a cellphone camera. Use of all cellphone apps is acceptable.

Submission Fee is $10 per photo.
Limit 5 submissions per person.

Each submission will enter you into a drawing to win a FREE iPad Mini.
Eight submissions will win prize packages provided by our sponsors.

Photos must be no larger than 8.5″ x 13″ and must be backed on a white mat. Please use our sponsor Ocmulgee Arts to mat your photos. *We suggest you let them also shrink wrap your photos and have them attach a hanging tab.
Ocmulgee Arts
2242 Ingleside Avenue
Macon, Georgia 31210
Business Hours: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Phone (478) 746-3541

Submit your matted photos in person to: The SoChi Gallery located at 534 Second Street, Macon, Georgia 31201. 478-238-6630.
Submission Deadline: October 29, 2013

iPhoneography Exhibit Opening & Cocktail Reception: November 1, 2013
iPhoneography Exhibition: Nov 1 – 13, 2013

For more information: https://www.facebook.com/events/499579913473793/
 

 

The First Cut is the Deepest

SoChi_Dexter_EnhanceI was hooked from the opening scene when Dexter drove down Miami’s Ocean Drive, “Tonight’s the night. And it’s going to happen again. and again. has to happen.” Michael C. Hall’s detached voice alone will send a chill down your spine. The show’s ‘killer’ intro is brilliant! Who could turn away from this show…it’s a flame and I’m a moth.

Dexter is a homicidal blood spatter analyst for the Miami Metro Police Department  who also leads a secret life as a vigilante serial killer.  He manages his “Dark Passenger” (what he calls his need to kill) by adhering to “The Code” which is, he can only kill people who are proven murderers. He justifies his murders on the grounds that his victims all deserved it, which is arguably true. For the most part, his victims are murderers who beat the system.  His kills are always done in a Kill Room, followed by dismembering the body, stuffing the body parts into plastic bags, boarding the Slice of Life (his boat) and dumping the ‘trash’ in the ocean. Nice and clean like.

“I am a very neat monster.”Dexter Morgan

However, the end is near for Dexter. Season 8 will be the serial killer thriller’s last season. Showtime has confirmed that America’s favorite psychopath will make his final trip to the kill room this summer. No more dark passenger, no more plastic sheeting, no more blood spatter and no more hidden blood slides in the air conditioner.

Flo-DexterIt’s been a good run and I’ve celebrated this show on several occasions. There was The Kill Room Halloween party at The SoChi Gallery a few years ago. Another Halloween, I covered the front of my house in plastic sheeting and drenched it with blood to create a “Kill Room” and played the part of Dexter to scare the dark passengers out of the trick-or-treaters. That year was the first year we didn’t run out of candy!  There were the multiple Facebook posts & Twitter updates on Dexter news. And of course, there were the photo shoots….

 

 

2010

It all began with a call from Priscilla Esser in 2010.  She & her husband, Ned, were renovating their bedroom. She called and said her bedroom looked like  a “kill room” – the plastic sheeting was up. Before they could tear open any walls I was their with a knife, an electric hedge trimmer (i don’t have a chain saw), a gallon of fake blood and photographer Maryann Bates.  We needed a victim for the kill table and Ned was a good sport. We got all sinister,  “cut his arm off” and made serial killer love to the camera! What to do with the photos? Make a Dexter ad promoting the new season, of course! Dexter-Season-Premiere_SoChilite-Blog.923

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2013

In a final tribute I felt compelled to do one last photo shoot. I designed a Kill Room in a raw space in downtown Macon. Photographer Maryann Bates brought her killer lense & interrogation lights and the stage was set for a last kill.

Dexter_Final_NoScript_2013_watermarkSpecial thanks to all who contributed to my Dexter photo shoot:

Maryann Bates for her photographic skills & enthusiastic support of my crazy ideas! Marc Childs for portraying my ‘victim’ and going along with the whole naked & bound look that any Dexter fan will agree is a must. Restaurant & Kitchen Supply for loaning me their “Dexter” meat cleaver and knife kit, and the rolling table. (Yes, there is a “Dexter” knife line...who knew. It’s genius.) Perhaps the meat cleaver would make a good Father’s Day gift. Christian Losito at The Back Burner Restaurant for loaning me his butcher knife. Mitch Kersey at Amanda Jane Salon for lending me his apron & latex gloves. Downtown developer, Tony Long, for donating a building on Second Street for this photo shoot. My assistant, MaryBrooke Lowe, for putting up with me.

DEXTER FINAL SEASON PREMIERES SUNDAY, JUNE 30TH ON SHOWTIME.

Goodbye, Dexter Morgan! So long, dark passenger.

 

Tweet-Worthy quote:

I will not kill my sister. I will not kill my sister. I will not kill my sister.” – Dexter Morgan

Get Out & SoChilize!

So-Chi-lize [soh-chee-lies] verb, -ized, -izing. –verb (used with object)
1. The art of mixing and mingling in The SoChi District.

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RECTIFY

rectifytv257780681largeIf you aren’t watching RECTIFY, you should be.  The original series created by Georgia native, Ray McKinnon, airs Mondays at 10p on The Sundance Channel.

After 19 years on Georgia’s Death Row for the rape and murder of his teenage girlfriend, Daniel Holden is released after new DNA evidence is discovered.  Having spent his adult life waiting to die, Daniel must now learn how to live again in a world he no longer knows. But, his reentry into the outside world may be as unforgiving as prison.  As he struggles to adapt to his new life, his return will reignite the fears of a small town and threaten to shatter his family’s fragile peace. Daniel’s alleged crime divided a community. His freedom could tear it in half. RECTIFY is filmed in Griffin, Georgia.

 

Macon native, True Blood & The Good Wife star Carrie Preston‘s ‘chick flick with balls’ That’s What She Said premieres this week on Showtime.  If you didn’t see it last year at Sundance Film Festival or Macon Film Festival, rectify that and be sure to tune in.

Robert Redford & Mia Farrow In 'The Great Gatsby'“Good Flick, Old Sport.”

The Great Gatsby remake a bright, sparkly Big Hollywood Picture with very interesting visual effects. Certainly this film will get Oscar nominations for Costume Design & Set Design. They are Brilliant!
However … Robert Redford & Mia Farrow will always be Gatsby & Daisy to me.

FUTURE LOVE PARADISE

Zombie Crush PosterZombie Crush (filmed in Macon) Test Screening. Friday, May 17th at the Cox Capitol Theatre.

There will be two screenings: a fifteen minute and thirty minute versions. For the test screening, we need as many young people (8-17 years old) as possible, so please bring your kids and their friends.  The show is FREE but we are taking donations to help us with the rental of the theater and film festival submissions. We will also be selling Zombie Crush T-shirts, walking tacos (Frito bags topped with chili, cheese & onions) and raffling off a couple of our movie posters. Oh…and there may be a zombie or two in attendance.

7PM – Red Carpet Interviews & photos with the stars

7:30PM – Zombie Crush screening – 15 minute version

8pm – Zombie Crush screening – 30 minute version

8:30 – Q & A

 

 

962861_10151629634079873_413125940_nThe Jazz Association of Macon‘s annual patron’s party Bourbon & Brass featuring live jazz and mint juleps! Saturday, May 18th at 7p.

 

 

 

 

 

I’M WITH THE BAND

Rebel yeller, Billy Idol. June 11th @ The Tabernacle, Atlanta.

New Order. July 21st @ Chastain Park Amphitheater,  Atlanta

The Psychedelic Furs. July 23rd @ Variety Playhouse, Atlanta.

Tweet-Worthy quote:

“I like large parties. They’re so intimate. At small parties there isn’t any privacy.” – The Great Gatsby

Get Out & SoChilize!

So-Chi-lize [soh-chee-lies] verb, -ized, -izing. –verb (used with object)
1. The art of mixing and mingling in The SoChi District.

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Goth & Cheese

 

577487_10151571919874174_1886668769_nIt was a black night. I was introducing my son to the awesomeness of goth rocker Peter Murphy. I really love that my 14-year old loves the classic alternative music that I’m all about. Peter Murphy is just about as good as it gets for me and I was happy to be ushering Wyatt into the dark world of goth. He was totally in … dressed in black from head to toe.  He even asked if we should be wearing black eyeliner. I love this kid! He gets it.
This was the Mr. Moonlight Tour celebrating 35 years of Bauhaus. I mean, goth rock doesn’t get any goth-er. Bela Lugosi’s dead, but Peter Murphy’s locked in the cold dark cellar voice is very much alive! Surrounded by a coven of middle-aged goths, Wyatt was feeling pretty cool that he was the youngest person in the room. The concert was at the relatively new Terminal West venue at King Plow Arts Center.  A awesomely intimate venue by the way.
photoBefore the sun went down on Thursday night, a group of us went to West & Mill Bistro  for a pre-concert dinner.  We were the only ones there when we arrived which raised suspicions as to the quality of the food.
The decor is minimalist cool, which is to be expected in this trendy area of Atlanta. We ordered several tapas and shared them.  We all enjoyed the offerings. Why isn’t this place packed with diners?
Definitely order the Charcuterie – the cheese & meats selection are delicious. Also, their fries with the Green Goddess sauce are addictive.
HAPPENING TONIGHT …

ferris-bueller-quote$1 Movies at the Cox Capitol Theatre

Saturday, May 4th:
7p – Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
9p – Top Gun

*All tickets are a $1 donation. The Cox Capitol Theatre is doing a movie test run before officially bringing movie night back on the permanent rotation.

 

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One Horse Parade, a local alternative band, will be performing at Roasted Cafe tonight at 9p. Downtown Macon.

One Horse Parade is a four piece, instrumental, indie rock band from Macon, Ga. Their sound covers atmospheric, dance rock to ethereal, shoegaze pieces. They feature layered, effects heavy guitars, melodic bass lines, sparse, spacey synths and danceable, yet rock oriented beats. I’ve never heard them live and look forward to checking them out tonight!

 

 

Get Out & SoChilize!

So-Chi-lize [soh-chee-lies] verb, -ized, -izing. –verb (used with object)
1. The art of mixing and mingling in The SoChi District.

 

Tweet-Worthy quote:

“The start is what stops most people.” ~ Don Shula

 

YOUR COMMENTS ARE AMUSING & WELCOME!

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