Archive of Category ‘The SoChi District‘

 
 

Size Matters: Events & Venues

wedding-reception-hardwick-weddingWhen it comes to event planning, size matters when it comes to the venue. Successful events are ones that are ‘full’ of people. Before booking a venue, you need to have a really good idea about the number of attendees.

If you are inviting 100 people, don’t book a venue that has a capacity for 500. Nobody wants to stay at that party … you know, the one that nobody came to.

Have that same party of 100 people at a smaller venue, where the space if full of people, and you’ve thrown the “it” party because it’s packed. It’s psychological I know, but trust me, it’s true. Going too BIG will make your guests want to go HOME.

maga2016_sochiFor instance, you go to a restaurant that has 50 tables and only 10 tables are occupied. You think that there has to be something wrong with the food or the service. A “Nobody Is Here” feeling influences the experience you have. If you poll diners at a taqueria with 10 tables, serves $2 tacos and has a line of people out the door waiting to get in, they will rate the food as “excellent.” In their mind, this is the best food in town because everyone wants to be here.

People want to be ‘where it’s at’ – Bigger isn’t always better when it comes to event venues. Intimate settings are like chicken soup for social gatherings.

 

About the Author

Terrell Sandefur is the owner/event planner at The SoChi Gallery in Macon, Georgia.

SoChi Gallery is an event venue that hosts weddings, receptions, holiday parties, corporate events, birthday parties, cocktail parties and pop-up shops.

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Blane McDonough & the Sundance Kid

Terrell Sandefur. Andrew McCarthy. Macon Film Festival 2016Eleven is in the can and aside from the Hotter than Hell temperatures,  2016 Macon Film Festival was a success. Kicking off with a Sundance Institute Short Film Master Class presented by the Knight Foundation and a 30th anniversary screening of “Pretty in Pink” with special guest Andrew McCarthy.

 

Sundance Institute Short Film Master Class at Macon Film Festival

© Sundance Institute | Photo by Maryann Bates

The festival opened with a max capacity crowd for the Short Film Master Class presented by the Sundance Institute at Theatre Macon. This educational workshop featured real world advice from Sundance Short Film Programmer, Mike Plante, and acclaimed film director, James Ponsoldt. Followed by a Sundance sponsored filmmaker mixer at the festival’s VIP Lounge.

© Sundance Institute | Photo by Maryann Bates

© Sundance Institute | Photo by Maryann Bates

Pretty In PInk posterMore than any other, the ’80s was the decade that defined me. It was during this time period that I was in high school and college and it was also the decade that the Brat Pack ruled silver screen and pop culture. This was “my generation.” I am still an 80s alternative at heart. Thanks to SiriusXM’s 1st Wave, it’s still 1985 to me … but when you look at the offerings of today’s artists they are not nearly as cool as The Smiths, The Cure & The Psychedelic Furs. Arguably, the best movie soundtrack of all time is “Pretty In Pink.” With 2016 being the 30th anniversary of the film, I felt compelled to bring it to Macon Film Festival. Since the early days of the film festival, long before we could get any special guests, I had a personal goal of bringing a Brat Packer to the festival. I reached out to Andrew McCarthy two days after the 2015 festival ended and invited him to be our special guest for 2016. He agreed to come. So for me, personally, this was a big deal. I picked him up at the Atlanta airport and on the ride back from the Atlanta airport I felt like we bonded, I mean, this guy could be my best friend.

We arrived in Macon and immediately went to the media room for interviews followed by a press conference and then a VIP Meet & Greet. The media and VIPs were predominately female and it was obvious that Andrew was their 80’s crush. It was cute.

Terrell Sandefur. Andrew McCarthy. Macon Film Festival press conference

Press Conference with Andrew McCarthy

Prior to the PRETTY IN PINK screening, I did a Q&A with Andrew in front of a sold out crowd. He was fully engaged, his comments were thoughtful and funny. Personally, I think it was an exceptional Q&A, and I’d dare to say it was one of the best we’ve ever had at the Macon Film Festival. Ultimately, the most important question was answered:

“Do you still have the linen jacket (that Blane wore in Pretty in Pink)?” He responded, “Yes, it’s hanging in my closet.”

Andrew McCarthy, Terrell Sandefur, Macon Film Festival Q&A

Over the last eleven festivals, I’ve had some pretty amazing Q&As with our guests, but I think this was the best one I’ve ever done. Say what you want,  I don’t care, I did a Q&A with the star of my favorite movie of all time, Less Than Zero. It was a big deal. Mr. McCarthy is currently directing the Netflix series Orange Is The New Black and ABC’s The Black List.

 

 

Billion Dollar Baby: Georgia Film Industry panel at Tubman Museum. Macon Film Festival 2016

Billion Dollar Baby: Georgia Film Industry panel at Tubman Museum

Aside from the Sundance Master Class, three other filmmaking workshops were offered throughout the weekend to educate filmmakers & festival attendees. I arranged one of the workshops, presented by the Macon Film Commission, entitled “Billion Dollar Baby: Georgia Film Industry,” to educated festival goers on the current state of filmmaking in Georgia and how to get involved.

Billion Dollar Baby panelists

Billion Dollar Baby panelists

Our esteemed panel of Georgia film power players included: Alison Fibben (GA Film Office), Clark Cofer (Georgia Production Partnership), Elliott Dunwody (Bright Blue Sky Productions and Macon Film Commissioner), Jeffrey Stepakoff (Georgia Film Academy), Jeremiah Bennett (Glass Door Studios; Milledgeville Film Festival), LaRonda Sutton (Film City,LLC), and Shelbia Jackson (Dekalb County Entertainment Office).

 

After parties are always a staple of our festival. Party planner, Priscilla Esser, always pulls out the stops and delivers a great time in spite of the horrific heat this year. Our famous signature cocktail, the MAGATINI,  is a staple.

After Parties: Macon Film Festival 2016. Terrell Sandefur, Priscilla Esser, Michael Dunaway, Dewayne Bontrager, Kathleen Morgan, Danny Effin Davis

After Parties: Thursday, Friday, Saturday

I have to give a big shout out to my dear friend, Kathleen Morgan, who made the trip from Los Angeles to support me and the festival this year. It means a lot.

Kathleen Morgan, Terrell Sandefur & Cameron King Thompson at Macon Film Festival media room. #maconfilmfestival

with Kathleen Morgan + Cameron King Thompson at festival media room

The Jury and Audience Award winners have been released, with no film taking more than one prize. “Jasmine” won the Narrative Feature jury award, while Linda J. Brown’s “You See Me” took home the Documentary jury prize. Georgia-lensed documentary “Hotel Clermont” was the audience’s choice in the nonfiction lineup. “Jerico” won the Karen Black Audience Choice Award for Narrative Feature.

Check out the full list of winners after the jump.

Best Student Short Film

  • “Bird Dog” directed by Katrina Whalen

Best LGBT Film

  • “How to Be Alone” directed by Erez Eisenstein

Best Documentary

  • “You See Me” directed by Linda J. Brown

Best Narrative Short

  • “Cowboys” directed by Bernabe Rico

Best Narrative Feature

Best Music Documentary
  • “Cab Elvis” directed by Andrew Franks
Best Southern Film
  • “Farmer/Veteran” directed by Alix Blair

Melvyn Douglas Best in Show Award

  • “Autumn Fall” directed by Jan Fardoen
Audience Choice Award for Documentary
Audience Choice Award for Narrative Short
  • “Almost Home” directed by BJ Golnick
Karen Black Audience Choice Award for Narrative Feature
  • “Jerico” directed by Seckeita Lewis
Georgia Film Legend Award
  • JL & Cindy Parker
ICON Lifetime Achievement Award
  • Andrew McCarthy

 

The festival is over and I’m cooling off in the pool with Ned & Priscilla Esser. #ItsHotterHere for sure!

Pool: Ned Esser, Priscilla Esser, Terrell Sandefur

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.

Macon Film Festival is July 21 – 24. Passes are now available on the festival’s website http://www.maconfilmfestival.com or at this Ticket Derby link: http://www.bit.ly/MFF_2016

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

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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 http://www.maconfilmfestival.com

DOWNTOWN – Macon In Oil

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

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

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

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

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Mulberry & 2nd

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

For private appointments, click HERE

 

The 27 Club

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

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

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

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

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

Macon Film Festival Announces Special Screenings & Spotlight Films

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

Director: Bill Ross IV and Turner Ross.

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

 

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

Director: Bao Nguyen

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

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

 

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

Director: Leslie McCleave

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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The Mod Squad

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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Tweet-worthy quote:

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

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2014 Sandefur Christmas Card

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

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

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

Michael Jackson, Madonna, Prince 2008

 

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

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2014 Sandefur Christmas

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

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Christmas Card Wall

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Merry Christmas!

Tweet-worthy quote:

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

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I’d Hit That

Poster_2015Filmmakers, it’s time to “Hit It!”

Macon Film Festival is now taking submissions for the 2015 festival. The festival, which will celebrate it’s 10th anniversary in July, will be awarding $13,000 in prize money.

Film categories include: Animation, Music Video, Music Documentary, Documentary Shorts, Documentary Feature, Southern Documentary,  Student Shorts, Narrative Feature, Narrative Shorts, and LGBT Shorts.

New this year: the addition of the LGBT Shorts category and in addition to Withoutabox, filmmakers can also submit through FilmFreeway.

 

Submission dates:

– November 17th: Early Bird Deadline

– January 12th: Regular Deadline

– February 9th: Late Deadline

– March 9th: Extended Deadline

Click here for info on how to submit your film.

Filmmakers will be notified by May 11, 2015.

Macon Film Festival, named one of the “Coolest Film Festivals in the World” by MovieMaker Magazine, is a walkable festival screening independent films from around the world in multiple historic theaters in the city’s downtown district. The festival features film screenings, celebrity guests, special screenings, filmmaking workshops and kick ass after parties.

For the latest up-to-date happenings, follow them on social media: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest

2015 Macon Film Festival: July 16-19, 2015

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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

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