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Macon Film Festival 2016 Spotlight Films

MFF-logo-225x225Macon, GA — The Spotlight Films for the 2016 Macon Film Festival (July 21–24) have been announced.

“This year’s spotlight feature films are sure to entertain and inspire our festival audience. This collective represents examples of outstanding independent films that have been showcased at film festivals throughout the year. Our programming committee is excited to provide Macon a sneak peek of these films before they are released on a national scale,” said Tabitha Lynne Walker, 2016 Festival Programmer.


The ArbalestNarrative Feature Spotlight: THE ARBALEST

Director: Adam Pinney

Synopsis: When an unexpected tragedy befalls an amateur game inventor, his wife and a rival make a pact to share in the spoils of his invention. But when that invention becomes an international sensation, the pair charts different courses in their own lives, until desire brings them together again for one final game. Adam Pinney’s THE ARBALEST is a wildly inventive comedy that takes the details and design of the 1960’s and 70’s to new heights, turning a tale of unrequited love into an alternate reality where a beloved toy brings wild success and never-ending suffering.

ContemporaryColorMusic Spotlight: CONTEMPORARY COLOR

Director: Bill & Turner Ross

Synopsis: Ten of the country’s elite color guard teams—the flag-flipping, sequin-studded crème de la crème of the “sport of the arts”—sync steps with musical luminaries for a bacchanalia of beats, sabre-spinning, and glitter cannons. Live performances by David Byrne, Nelly Furtado, How to Dress Well, Devonté Hynes, Money Mark + Ad-Rock, Zola Jesus, Lucius, Nico Muhly + Ira Glass, St. Vincent, and tUnE-yArDs!

Harry BensonProgrammer’s Choice Spotlight: HARRY BENSON: SHOOT FIRST

Director: Matthew Miele and Justin Bare

Synopsis: The film charts the illustrious career of the renowned photographer who initially rose to fame alongside The Beatles, having been assigned to cover their inaugural trip to the United States in 1964. With unprecedented “behind the scenes” access, Benson captured some of the most vibrant and intimate portraits ever taken of the most popular band in history. His extensive portfolio includes iconic images of Winston Churchill, Bobby Fischer, Muhammad Ali, Greta Garbo, Michael Jackson, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and the Robert F. Kennedy assassination, and his work has appeared in publications including Life, Vanity Fair and The New Yorker. Now 86, workaholic Benson has no intention of stopping.

The SeerSouthern Spotlight: THE SEER

Director: Laura Dunn

Synopsis: Henry County, Kentucky, like many rural landscapes across America, has become a place of quiet ideological struggle. In the span of a generation, virtues of simplicity, land stewardship, local economies and rootedness to place have been supplanted by a capital-intensive model of industrial agriculture characterized by machine labor, chemical fertilizers, soil erosion and debt – all of which have frayed the fabric of communities. Writing from a long wooden desk beneath a forty-paned window, Wendell Berry has watched this struggle unfold, becoming one the most passionate and eloquent voices in defense of agrarian life.

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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 11th annual Macon Film Festival will take place July 21-24, 2016. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for up to the minute updates, and visit our website

Macon Film Festival announces 2016 Official Selections


The official selections for the 2016 Macon Film Festival competition have been announced.

The complete listing of official selections will compete in the following categories: Southern Documentary, Music Category, Documentary, LGBT, Narrative Shorts, Narrative Feature and Student Shorts. The selections are both domestic and international, including selections from Afghanistan, Argentina, Canada, Germany, Hong Kong, Israel, Italy, Norway, Serbia, Singapore, Spain, Ukraine, United Kingdom, and the USA. All competition films will screen twice during the festival.


EAT WHITE DIRT / USA (Director: Adam Forrester) – Eat White Dirt weaves the story of Tammy Wright, a 37 year old addicted to eating kaolin, with that of scientists, local historians, a physician, an artist, and other practitioners of earth-eating. Each is connected by their own unique kinship with kaolin, or ‘white dirt.’ The film focuses on this practice within the American South while also referencing its global perspective.

FARMER/VETERAN / USA (Director: Alix Blair) – After three combat tours in Iraq, Alex Sutton attempts a fresh start hatching chickens and raising goats on 43 acres in rural North Carolina. Alex embraces life on the farm with his new love Jessica, but cycles between a state of heightened alert and “feeling zombified” from a cocktail of prescriptions meant to stabilize his injured mind.

HOTEL CLERMONT / USA (Director: Heather Hudson) – This film honors the Clermont: a place all Atlantans know of, but few know. The hotel intrigues all walks of life. Part of the fascination is due to its basement tenant: Atlanta’s oldest strip club. The residents who rented rooms in the hotel upstairs occupied even further-outlying corners of Atlanta society. It is their stories we aim to tell.

YAZOO REVISITED: INTEGRATION AND SEGREGATION IN A DEEP SOUTHERN TOWN / USA (Director: Rae Morris) – History of race relations and the 1970 integration of the public schools in Yazoo City, Mississippi, the hometown of the filmmaker’s father, the late writer, Willie Morris.


BRANCHES/ USA (Director: James Kicklighter) – When a young girl answers the siren song of a boy, she loses and finds herself in the forest.

CAB ELVIS / USA (Director: Andrew Franks) – Dave Groh, a cab driver who dresses like Elvis, finds himself not only in a battle with the city of Seattle but also the dark side of Elvis.

HAMMEL ON TRIAL ‘AN ARTIST IN AMERICA’ / USA (Director: Vic Campos) – Documentary short on legendary NYC musician/artist/punk poet/anti-folk hero Hamell on Trial who has defied any easy categorization in a career that is now entering its 30th year. Along with live performances, it’s time to see and hear what everyone has been talking about.

NATHAN EAST: FOR THE RECORD / USA (Director: Chris Gero) – a film that takes viewers behind-the-scenes as one of the most influential bass players in modern music recorded his debut solo album. The film chronicles Nathan’s career from when he hit the road at age 16 with Barry White, his session and touring work across musical genres, and membership in the legendary jazz quartet Fourplay.

SWEET DILLARD / USA (Director: Jim Virga) – From the first day of class to a national competition, Sweet Dillard provides an inside look at one of the nation’s best public high school jazz bands.


THE BIRTH OF AN ARTIST / Ukraine (Director: Natasha Babenko) – Handicapped 17 year old Dasha as she lives her ordinary day: waking up, taking bath, dressing up, eating, playing with her little brother and doing what she does the best – painting with her toes. Dasha was diagnosed with cerebral palsy at birth. Dasha’s day is full of struggle but she manages to emerge herself into a world of hope.

KANDAHAR JOURNALS / Afghanistan/Canada (Director: Louie Palu) – Arriving in Kandahar, Afghanistan as the war’s violence spirals out of control, photojournalist Louie Palu is unaware that he will spend the next five years covering the conflict. Kandahar Journals is the story of Palu who reflects on the events behind his psychological transformation after covering frontline combat from 2006 to 2010.

LEGS: A BIG ISSUE IN A SMALL TOWN / USA (Director: Beatrice Alda & Jennifer Brooke) – When a very large and controversial piece of art gets publicly displayed in a small town, opinions start flying and feisty people take legal action. Experienced through the eyes and voices of one small town’s colorful residents, both newcomers and established folk reveal struggles to fit in, to have a voice, to be respected, to be heard.

MIND/GAME: THE UNQUIET JOURNEY OF CHAMIQUE HOLDSCLAW / USA (Director: Rick Goldsmith) – Basketball super-star Chamique Holdsclaw’s roller-coaster attempts at recovery from near-suicide reveal an uphill battle against the stigma of mental illness.

THE REBOUND / USA (Director: Shaina Allen) – For the Heat Wheels, Miami is a city of opportunity, second chances, and a call to win – against all odds. The Rebound is an account of Heat Wheels’ quest during the year following defeat at the national championships. A story of unwavering resolve and a testament to our ability to overcome life’s toughest challenges.

THE SAMARITAN / USA (Director: Kevin McAfee) – Desperate to escape a communist country, a man defects and leaves everything behind him to seek freedom. Once free, he now needs help to free his family but does not know how to get it. Soon he will meet the young lawyer Eddie Roush who will be willing to take a chance to help this man and free his family.

YOU SEE ME / USA (Director: Linda J. Brown) – Filmmaker Linda Brown’s father embodied 1960s masculinity. But when a devastating stroke leaves him vulnerable and dependent, Linda decides to confront the silence surrounding his troubled and violent past. The result is an engrossing journey about the danger of carrying unresolved grief to our graves.


BULLIED TO DEATH / Italy (Director: Giovanni Coda) – BULLIED TO DEATH depicts a 24 hour performance against homophobia through the real stories of teenagers worldwide that experience severe bullying episodes at school, from their own families and on the web, as a result of their coming out about their sexuality.

DAWN / United Kingdom (Director: Jake Graf) – As dawn creeps across London, two outcasts meet, more afraid of themselves than each other. As the veil of night is lifted, the pair is forced to look at themselves and face the reality that life is sometimes what you make it, and that in the light of day, it takes more than the eyes to see inside a soul.

EASY: A THREE-MINUTE LOVE STORY / USA (Director: Robert Guthrie) – Two high school guys are in love. One’s Christian, one’s Jewish. A father disapproves, the other’s parents are thrilled. Who cares that it’s not perfect? They got this.

HOW TO BE ALONE / Israel (Director: Erez Eisenstein) – “Listen to me: there is life without love. Loneliness is the soul’s forgotten desire. You don’t need anyone. Don’t search, don’t hope, don’t dream; and only then, perhaps, you too will learn how to be alone.

RSVP / USA (Director: Shannon Beeby) – A gay widower attempts to fulfill his husband’s final request: To spread his ashes on his hometown beach, in the company of the family that disowned him.

UNCONDITIONAL / USA (Director: Kent Igleheart) – The single largest group of homeless youth is LGBT. Kicked out or run away because of who they are. This is the story of one.


A KING’S BETRAYAL / USA (Director: David A Bornstein) – The final 24 hours in the life of a Piñata, as told from the Piñata’s perspective.

ACROSS THE TRACKS / USA (Director: Michael Cooke) – Two African American sisters grow up in racially charged 1960s Georgia. But one is born with fair skin and when schools integrate in their small town, she decides to change her destiny – by passing for white.

ALMOST HOME / USA (Director: BJ Golnick) – After years of battle on the front lines of Afghanistan, a Marine returns home to mend a broken relationship with his dying father. He carries with him the haunting memories of war and a promise he kept to a fallen brother in arms. If he can make things right with his father, maybe he can find peace within himself.

THE BARRY & RO SHOW / USA (Director: Jordan Liebowitz) – Married TV stars Barry and Ro try to shoot a promo for their 1970’s variety show.

BEAT AROUND THE BUSH / Canada (Director: Brianne Nord-Stewart) – A short adventure comedy that follows UNA, a 75 year old widow recently diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, who struggles to stay optimistic as she tries her hand at achieving her very first orgasm ever. Fortunately, her two best friends, GOLDIE and BEATRICE, are there to cheer her on.

BOTTOMLESS / USA (Director: Veronquie Vanblare) – A Belgian woman seeks citizenship in the United States, and finds that her experiences are bottomless.

BUMBLEBEES / USA (Director: Jenna Kanell) – Despite being told as a child he would never speak or walk, Vance accomplished what doctors thought was impossible. But now he has a new challenge: dating.

COUGAR / USA (Director: Jane Merrow) – A young man meets an older woman in the bar with interesting results.

COWBOYS / Spain (Director: Bernabe Rico) – Martin is a finished actor, both professionally and personally. He’s divorced, has no friends and a son he hasn’t talked to for more than a year. But one fine day he’ll get a working offer his agent will not let him pass: to be companion of a 5-year-old boy in a costume contest at the Amusement Park.

DUO / USA (Director: Karl E. Landler) – When Melanie begrudgingly agrees to give Marcel, a French mime who doesn’t speak English, a ride to his audition in Las Vegas, they both have to overcome their differences to prevent this trip from being a disaster.

EL CHEVERE / USA (Director: Tony Reames) – Down south they only whisper his name. A stranger comes to town to stop a mythical creature known only as “El Chévere”.

HEART LAND / USA (Director: Sheri Mann Stewart) – An estranged mother and daughter who have lost touch with their roots rediscover the meaning of family and love.

HELLO CHARLES / USA (Director: Hamish Grieve) – The film tells the story of George, a young man who has arrived at a low moment in his life after years of mistakes and bad choices. About to make another really bad decision George gets a rather unexpected visit from Charles, his imaginary friend from childhood.

HUX / USA (Director: Mageina Tovah) – Hux, longing to connect, rebels against the lonely isolation of her autism. Braving the confusing, chaotic world of others, her attempts at interaction are repeatedly thwarted – by her powerful aversion to stimuli, and by an epidemic that decimates the population. But when all seems lost, Hux finds one final chance to connect.

IN MEMORY / USA (Director: Robert Kirbyson) – In a seemingly utopian future, an elderly woman struggles to accept that it seems like it’s her turn to die.

IN THE CLOUDS / Argentina (Director: Marcelo Mitnik) – The difference between how we think romance should work and how it actually does is at the comedic heart of IN THE CLOUDS, an exploration of cultural disagreements about intimacy, love, and marriage proposals in the age of YouTube.

IT HAS TO BE YOU / USA (Director: Conrad Rothbaum) – One night at the Lindenwood Diner, three shots ring out. Six people. One crime. Everyone has their own perspective.

JACKDAW / USA (Director: Travis Champagne) – A father mourns on the one-year anniversary of his wife’s disappearance.

LAND OF EXODUS / USA (Director: Skinner Myers) – Obed, a Mexican street kid with hopes of making it to America, leads a recently kidnapped American teenager to the Mexico/United States border.

LITTLE STICKER / USA (Director: Michael Jackson Chaney) – An ordinary icon takes on new meaning as a couple wrestles with different methods of grieving over a tragic loss.

THE MOTHER LOAD / USA (Director: Nicole Kemper & Grant McGowen) – The web series follows Carrie, a by-the-book first time parent, as she stumbles through the first year of her baby’s life. She finds camaraderie and support in her best friend, Astrid- a parent with two kids, who’s “embrace the chaos” philosophy often conflicts with Carrie’s drive to do everything right the first time.

THE PERFECT HOUSEGUEST / USA (Director: Ru Kuwahata & Max Porter) – A house is visited by a clean, organized, well-mannered guest.

PRACTICE / USA (Director: Mark Maloney) – Love needs time to flower, but when desperately single Abby meets desperately undersexed Chandler, their relationship buds, blooms and wilts within six minutes.

SEAGULLS / United Kingdom (Director: Martin Smith) – When a young showman visits a new town he struggles to fit in. We follow Ryan as he attempts to bond with a group of local boys. The film explores the subtle differences in the lives of these teenage boys and how cultural bonds that are deeply ingrained are never far from the surface.

SUPER DOG / USA (Director: Lawayne Bontrager) – A sweet movie about a young boy with post traumatic stress disorder who struggles to let his imaginary dog go. A unique twist reveals what caused his disorder while intertwining supernatural and spiritual influences.

WINTER LIGHT / USA (Director: Julian Higgins) – When an aging college professor confronts two hunters trespassing on his property, he begins an escalating battle of wills that will test his faith in everything he holds dear. Adapted from a short story by acclaimed author James Lee Burke, WINTER LIGHT is a modern-day revisionist Western set in the frozen wilderness of Montana.

ZERO GRAVITY: HOW KIDS FEEL ON SNOW DAYS / USA (Director: Hank Williams) – Encapsulating the feeling kids have on snow days.


AUTUMN FALL / Norway (Director: Jan Vardoen) – Ingvld works as a lightning technician at the National Theatre but dreams of writing for the stage. However she can’t stand actors. She still manages to entangle herself with two thespians, one a notorious hell raiser and she embarks on an exciting, scandalous, and ultimately very dangerous journey that changes her life forever.

ENCLAVE / Serbia/Germany (Director: Goran Radovanovic) – Ten years after the war in Kosovo and unfolding through the eyes of a lonely lad, this is a poignant and intense coming-of-age story that shows young boys in their struggle to follow the blood feuds of their parents and questions whether co-existence is possible between two communities.

JASMINE / Hong Kong/United States (Director: Dax Phelan) – A year after his wife’s murder, once-successful Hong Kong businessman Leonard To is still reeling from the tragedy. Having lost his job, friends and all sense of order in his life, Leonard becomes obsessed with a mysterious stranger he sees at his wife’s grave, believing him to be responsible for her death.

JERICO / United States (Director: Seckeita Lewis) – Jerico and Jarvis set out on the morning of the signing of the civil rights act of 1964 with aspirations to capture a newly available promotion. With the dangers of the Jim Crow South, a simple trip to work becomes a fight for survival. JERICO is a dramatic comedy that satirizes the dogma of our American history in an effort to overcome racial division.

MANIFEST DESTINY / United States (Director: Anthony Parisi) – This musical comedy weaves together both sharp satire and heartfelt storytelling into a grand adventure. The film follows gruff explorer William Clark and his naturalist companion Meriwether Lewis as they blaze a trail to the Western waters. Along the way they encounter the lovely Sacagawea, battle the elements, and find that President Jefferson has some surprises up his sleeve.

REMITTANCE / Singapore (Director: Patrick Daly & Joel Fendleman) – REMITTANCE follows Marie, a foreign domestic worker from the Philippines as she struggles to cope with demanding employers, long hours of work, and separation from her family. Breaking from the conventional image of maids as labor, the story explores the transformations Marie goes through as a woman dealing with conflicting obligations and aspirations.

THE RAINBOW KID / Canada (Director: Kire Paputts) – Eugene, a young man with Down syndrome, sets out on a life altering journey to find the end of the rainbow.


THE APOLOGY SERVICE / USA /University of North Georgia (Director: Luke Pilgrim) -Set in the near future, Jackson is the top “apologist” at a personalized apology firm. Jackson is a loner with his only companion being a quiet robot named AL-X or Alex. Along the way Jackson becomes overwhelmed by romantic daydreams of a friendly co-worker. This shatters his identity and causes him to question his career choice and his reclusive lifestyle.

BIRD DOG / USA / New York University (Director: Katrina Whalen) – Rose is happy at home hunting birds with her family. When she rises to her brother’s dare and swallows a dove heart, she worries that the heart in her belly will sprout into a fully formed dove. The conviction that she is carrying a bird alters the hunting experience, and drives her to confront her fears about growing older.

CONFESSION: 5pm OR BY APPOINTMENT / USA / Savannah College of Art & Design (Director: Joseph Brennan) – A young Catholic priest is approached by his lover in the confessional to discuss where the relationship is headed.

KARKASS CARTS / USA / New York University (Director: Ben Nelson) – When the Birch brothers inherit a failing funeral home from their decaying father, they must resort to sinister means in order to save the family business.

RIDGELAND / USA / Savannah College of Art & Design (Director: Taylor MacDonald) – A restless young man lives aimlessly in a rural town, wanting desperately to escape his dead-end life. As he escapes to the North, life catches up.



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 11th annual Macon Film Festival will take place July 21-24, 2016.







Passes are now available on the festival website or at this Ticket Derby link:

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The 27 Club


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.



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 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 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



Burt Reynolds to headline 2015 Macon Film Festival


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

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 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

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.

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

December 31, 2015
Contact: Terrell Sandefur, (478) 319-0243;


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


“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


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 or call (478) 256-3809. For more information, follow us on Facebook 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 or contact them: or 478-256-3809.

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Macon Film & Music Festivals to Partner

For Immediate Release – June 30, 2014
Media Contacts: Macon Film Festival: Terrell Sandefur, 478.319.0243,; Bragg Jam: Leila Regan-Porter,; Tess Harper,

MACON, Georgia – Macon Film Festival will celebrate its tenth anniversary with a tan and some tunes.  The film festival will move from its traditional February date to July 16 – 19, 2015, and collaborate with Bragg Jam Music, Arts and Kids Festival to create a ten-day film and music event in Macon.

“We have been discussing the benefits of a summer festival for some time,” said Julie Wilkerson, president of Macon Film Festival. “Gaining the support of Bragg Jam makes it possible for us to collaborate and present a week of arts programming that reflects our separate yet similar missions.”

The first collaboration will take place this summer.  Macon Film Festival will host the Georgia premiere screening of The Ballad of Shovels and Rope at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 26, at The Douglass Theatre, prior to the Bragg Jam concert crawl. Admission is $5 or free with a 2014 Bragg Jam Concert Crawl wristband or VIP pass. Filmmaker Jace Freeman, who co-wrote and directed the film will attend the event along with fellow co-writer, Sean Clark.

“Bragg Jam Music, Arts and Community Festival is thrilled by this collaboration,” said Jamie Weatherford, president of Bragg Jam Music, Arts and Kids Festival. “Both festivals are widely acknowledged as major tourism draws, attractors of the creative class and huge economic drivers for the City of Macon and beyond. By marrying the two festivals into a one week series of events, both Bragg Jam and Macon Film Festival will be able to provide a level of programming and entertainment that is unprecedented in the beautiful state of Georgia.”

“This summer’s screening of ‘The Ballad of Shovels and Rope’ is just a taste of what is to come when we put our collective heads together,” Wilkerson added.

“We’re excited to have our Georgian premiere in Macon,” said The Ballad of Shovels and Rope co-writer and director Jace Freeman.  “We’ve already been having a great response on the festival circuit, and can’t wait to share it with an audience that appreciates a good Southern musical story.” Sean Clark, co-writer and producer is also scheduled to appear.


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; Danny Davis, Heidi Lancaster, Tony Long, Sr:  Tim Regan-Porter and Tabitha Lynne Walker, Festival Programmer. Learn more at or call (478) 256-3809. For more information, follow us on Facebook  and Twitter .

About Bragg Jam Music, Arts and Kids’ Festival

Inspired by late musicians and brothers Brax & Tate Bragg and operated as a 501c3 under a volunteer board of directors, Bragg Jam has now given over $150,000 back to local charities in memory of Brax and Tate. Proceeds will continue to benefit the Ocmulgee Heritage Trail and other efforts that promote nature, art and music in the community. Since 1999, Bragg Jam has evolved from an impromptu jam session to citywide music festival to a full-scale arts festival and Macon’s premier music event. For more information, visit, like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.


Macon Film Festival Announces 2014 Official Selections


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.



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.



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.



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.



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.



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.



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.



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.



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 or the Ticket Derby link:


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.

Mandra Pictures Announces Psychological Thriller INSTALLATION

For Immediate Release 11/30/2013
Contact: Chad Darnell 818-720-2915

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 (, 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.

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