*Please note: Mike Mills will be unable to attend as earlier anticipated. 
Photos of the Film Festival and Diana Reichenbach’s ‘Infinite Horizons’ fulldome film are attached.
 
Macon, GA – Macon Film Festival attendees will enjoy an unprecedented experience for the city at the festival’s kickoff event this year with the screening of a new fulldome film, Stardancer’s Waltz, at the Museum of Arts and Sciences’ Mark Smith Planetarium on Thursday evening, July 20, at7:45 p.m.

Stardancer’s Waltz will be shown multiple times throughout the evening with a reception throughout to accommodate an expected large audience and will be followed by the festival’s ever-popular after-party, also taking place at the Museum. Tickets for the Macon Film Festival as well as a special Opening Night Screening and Party Pass are available atwww.maconfilmfestival.com

The 10-minute fulldome animated film by Savannah-based independent filmmaker Diana Reichenbach was inspired by a recorded concerto movement included on the 2016 released album by R.E.M. founding member Mike Mills, “Concerto for Violin, Rock Band and String Orchestra," featuring Grammy-nominated violinist Robert McDuffie.

“I’m thrilled to be presenting in the city of Macon,” says Reichenbach. “We are hoping that this event will spark interest amongst Georgia-based artists to create artistic projects for the dome.”

Reichenbach, a professor of animation at Savannah College of Art and Design, will present her work followed by Q&A sessions after each screening that night and will conduct workshops for the community and film industry professionals the next day at the Museum.

“Emerging technology and the uniqueness of the Planetarium dome will allow us to offer our patrons a unique film experience on Opening Night,” says Julie Wilkerson, president of the Macon Film Festival. “We are celebrating the sphere as a form of artistic expression and expect this to be the beginning of a great partnership with the Museum of Arts and Sciences.”

Currently the Museum of Arts and Sciences (MAS) is partnering with the Macon Film Festival to develop an annual Fulldome Festival hosted in the Museum of Arts and Sciences’ Mark Smith Planetarium. That initiative will be announced in July of 2017 and fully implemented in July of 2018.

The Museum’s Planetarium features the industry’s leading planetarium projection technology – the Konica Minolta Super MediaGlobe II – plus a 44-foot dome, the largest in Central Georgia or within a 100-mile radius of Macon.  
“We are excited about the premiere of Stardancer’s Waltz,” says Museum of Arts and Sciences Executive Director Susan Welsh. “Thanks to the financial support of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the Museum was able to commission Diana Reichenbach to create a fulldome animated film to complement the music of Mike Mills and Robert McDuffie. We hope the resulting multimedia artistic experience will serve as an example of how artists can collaborate to create new immersive forms of artwork for a fulldome venue.”

Following the opening night's festivities, films programmed expressly for the festival's 12th annual audience will be screened daily at downtown Macon’s Cox Capitol Theatre, Douglass Theatre, Theatre Macon and the Macon-Bibb County Convention and Visitors Bureau during the 4-day event, with special screenings and celebrity guest appearances throughout. Additionally, 56 films from all over the U.S, plus several international countries, will compete in categories including Music, Documentary, LGBT, Narrative Feature, Narrative Shorts, Southern and Student Shorts.

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.

For more information about Reichenbach’s and other workshops, the complete screening schedule and tickets, visit www.maconfilmfestival.com.


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The Spotlight Films for the 2016 Macon Film Festival (July 21–24) have been announced.

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

Narrative Feature Spotlight: THE ARBALEST

Director: Adam Pinney

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

Music Spotlight: CONTEMPORARY COLOR

Director: Bill & Turner Ross

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

Programmer’s Choice Spotlight: HARRY BENSON: SHOOT FIRST

Director: Matthew Miele and Justin Bare

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

Southern Spotlight: THE SEER

Director: Laura Dunn

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

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

Media: If you are interested in covering the film festival please send an email to Terrell@TerrellSandefur.com
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About the Macon Film Festival
Founded in 2005, Macon Film Festival is an annual event held in the heart of historic downtown Macon. Surrounded by a rich musical and southern culture, the organization celebrates independent films while promoting filmmaking for entertainment, inspiration, education, and economic development. The 11th annual Macon Film Festival will take place July 21-24, 2016. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for up to the minute updates, and visit our website http://www.maconfilmfestival.com

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The official selections for the Southern Documentary and Music Category competition for the 2016 Macon Film Festival (July 21–24) have been announced. 

"An important element of the mission of Macon Film Festival is to celebrate the Southern and Musical heritage of Central Georgia. We appreciate these filmmakers for entering their films into our competition, and we congratulate them their teams for being selected in these two special categories,” said Macon Film Festival board president, Julie Wilkerson. 

The complete listing of official 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 films will screen twice during the festival, except for the special screenings and spotlight films, which will only screen once. 


SOUTHERN DOCUMENTARY

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 & Jeremy Lange) – 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. 

 

MUSIC CATEGORY 

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. 

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About the Macon Film Festival
Founded in 2005, Macon Film Festival is an annual event held in the heart of historic downtown Macon. Surrounded by a rich musical and southern culture, the organization celebrates independent films while promoting filmmaking for entertainment, inspiration, education, and economic development. The 11th annual Macon Film Festival will take place July 21-24, 2016. 

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Passes are now available on the festival website http://www.maconfilmfestival.com or at this Ticket Derby link: http://www.bit.ly/MFF_2016   
Media: To receive a press pass, please email Terrell@TerrellSandefur.com 

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The official selections for the Narrative Feature and Student Shorts competition for the 2016 Macon Film Festival (July 21–24) have been announced. 

The complete listing of official 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 films will screen twice during the festival, except for the special screenings and spotlight films, which will only screen once. 


In addition to those announced today, the festival presents Documentary, LGBT, Southern and Music categories. Those announcements are forthcoming.


Macon Film Festival is July 21 – 24. Passes are now available.  


Media: If you are interested in covering the film festival, please email Terrell Sandefur at Terrell@TerrellSandefur.com 


NARRATIVE  SHORTS  

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.

 
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About the Macon Film Festival
Founded in 2005, Macon Film Festival is an annual event held in the heart of historic downtown Macon. Surrounded by a rich musical and southern culture, the organization celebrates independent films while promoting filmmaking for entertainment, inspiration, education, and economic development. The 11th annual Macon Film Festival will take place July 21-24, 2016. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for up to the minute updates, and visit our website http://www.maconfilmfestival.com 

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