Macon, GA – Today the Macon Film Festival announced that film and television actor Matthew Modine, will be a special guest at the ninth annual festival, which will be held Feb. 27 – March 2, 2014. Mr. Modine will headline the Special Screening of Birdy, which won the Grand Prize of the Jury at the 1985 Cannes Film Festival, on Saturday, March 1, at the Cox Capitol Theatre, located at 382 Second St. In the film that was directed by Alan Parker, Mr. Modine plays the title character who, along with co-star Nicholas Cage, is plucked from an idyllic suburban life and sent to Vietnam during the war. The special screening will begin at 7:30 p.m. Mr. Modine will also be a featured guest at the Art Matters Film Symposium, an official festival event, on Saturday, March 1, at 5:30 p.m. at The 567 Center for Renewal, located at 533 Cherry St.

“It's Birdy's 30th anniversary and I’m excited to bring it to Macon," said Modine. “It's been 30 years since BIRDY won the Gran Prix award at the Cannes Film Festival. Birdy is a masterpiece of director Alan Parker's (Fame, Bugsy Malone, Midnight Express) with an amazing score by Peter Gabriel (Genesis)."

“We are extremely excited to welcome Matthew to be a part of the 2014 Macon Film Festival,” said Festival president, Terrell Sandefur. “We have been pursuing him for four years and it is awesome to see this come to fruition.” Mr. Modine has family in Macon and he became a part of Georgia filmmaking history when he starred in Fluke which was filmed in Atlanta in the 1990’s.

Matthew Modine has been called "one of the best, most adaptable film actors of his generation" by legendary New York Times film critic Vincent Canby. He has worked with many of the film industry’s most acclaimed directors including Oliver Stone, Sir Alan Parker, Stanley Kubrick, Robert Altman, Alan J. Pakula, John Schlesinger, Tony Richardson, Robert Falls, Sir Peter Hall, Abel Ferrara, Spike Lee, Tom DiCillo, Mike Figgis, Jonathan Demme and John Sayles. Mr. Modine has been nominated for three Golden Globe Awards and he was part of the cast of Robert Altman’s Short Cuts, which was presented a Special Award at the 1994 Golden Globe Awards ceremony. He is perhaps best known for his role as Private Joker, the central character of Stanley Kubrick's 1987 war movie Full Metal JacketMr. Modine’s work in Alan Rudoplph’s film, Equinox, helped to earn the film four Independent Spirit Award nominations including Best Film and Best Actor. In 2012, Mr. Modine starred in The Dark Knight Rises, Family Weekend and Girl in Progress opposite Eva Mendes. His latest short film, Jesus was a Commie, is “an avant garde dialectial conversation about the world and the prominent issues of modern society.” It won the Founders Prize for Best Short Film at Michael Moore's Traverse City Film Festival and is currently playing the international film festival circuit. Mr. Modine’s most recent acting work includes the role of “Sculley” in the Steve Jobs biopic JOBS, a film that premiered at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival; as well as Reelz Channel mini-series, CAT. 8 and the upcoming feature film Altar.

Tickets and festival passes are currently available. Purchase tickets or preview the festival schedule at Tickets are $8 for one-block screenings, $25 for one-day passes; $50 for Screening passes, valid all four days; and $100 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, Feb. 26, through Sunday, March 2.


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 Terrell Sandefur, President; Elliott Dunwody, Vice President; Julie Y. Wilkerson, Treasurer; Priscilla Esser, Secretary; and at-large members, Jeffrey Bruce, Danny Davis, April Hornsby, Heidi Lancaster, Tony Long, Sr., Sam Macfie Tim Regan-Porter and Tabitha Lynne Walker. Learn more at or call (478) 256-3809.


About Art Matters

Art Matters is an arts journalism partnership of Macon Arts Alliance and Mercer’s Center for Collaborative Journalism that seeks to engage the community through embedded arts journalists. This project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts, Art Works. Matching funding is provided by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. 

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AuthorTerrell Sandefur