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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:

Media: To receive a press pass, please email

DOWNTOWN – Macon In Oil


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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Poplar Street

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.”


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


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

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



Superhero Christmas 2012

















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


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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


Macon’s “JoJo Jones” premieres on HGTV

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

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

WATCH:  Beat The House promo

JoJo, producer Tara Canny & Christopher

on set with producer Tara Canny

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

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

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

JoJo’s Twitter

JoJo’s Facebook

Christopher’s Twitter

Christopher’s Facebook

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



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.

Macon Film Festival Makes “Coolest Film Festivals” List

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


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

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

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

The film festival board is preparing for its 9th festival. The four-day event begins on February 27, 2014. Macon Film Festival screens independent films from around the world in multiple historic theatres in the city’s downtown district. The festival features film screenings, celebrity guests, special screenings and filmmaking workshops.


About the Macon Film Festival

Founded in 2005, Macon Film Festival is an annual event held in the heart of historic downtown Macon. Surrounded by a rich musical and southern culture, the organization celebrates independent films while promoting filmmaking for entertainment, inspiration, education, and economic development. The 9th annual Macon Film Festival will take place February 27 – March 2, 2014. For more information visit or Facebook.

Call for Submissions: iPhoneography Cellphone Photography


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

For more information:


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….




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























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.


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



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

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


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

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

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


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

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

7PM – Red Carpet Interviews & photos with the stars

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

8pm – Zombie Crush screening – 30 minute version

8:30 – Q & A



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







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

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

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

Tweet-Worthy quote:

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

Get Out & SoChilize!

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


Goth & Cheese


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

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

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

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



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

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



Get Out & SoChilize!

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


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



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