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.

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


ModSquad_3.TerrelSandefur, Priscilla Esser, Harold Goodridge-Maryann Bates


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.


Tweet-worthy quote:

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


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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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:


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


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




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’s “JoJo Jones” premieres on HGTV

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

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

WATCH:  Beat The House promo

JoJo, producer Tara Canny & Christopher

on set with producer Tara Canny

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

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

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

JoJo’s Twitter

JoJo’s Facebook

Christopher’s Twitter

Christopher’s Facebook

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



Macon Film Festival Announces 2014 Official Selections


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.

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