The official selections for the Animation Shorts, Documentary Feature and Documentary Shorts competition for the 2015 Macon Film Festival (July 16 – 19) have been announced.

The complete listing of official selections are both domestic and international, including selections from Afghanistan, Australia, Belgium, Canada, Cyrus, France, Germany, Israel, Italy, South Korea, Spain, Syrian Arab Republic, Turkey United Kingdom, and the USA. All films will screen twice during the festival, except for the special screenings and the Central Georgia Showcase films, which will only screen once.

"It is always an exciting time of the festival year when the official selections list is announced," said festival programmer Tabitha Lynne Walker. "The festival began receiving submissions for the 2015 festival last October and screeners comprised of festival supporters, industry professionals, and filmmakers were tasked with viewing each of the submissions through March. With a record number of submitted films for the festival’s 10th year it made for a daunting task to narrow down this festival’s official selection films. The end result is one of the strongest line ups the festival has ever had and is sure to delight festival audience members from Central Georgia and beyond.”

In addition to those announced today, the festival presents Music Documentary, Music Video, Narrative Feature, Narrative Shorts, Southern Documentary, Central Georgia Showcase, LGBT Shorts, and Student Shorts categories. Those announcements are forthcoming.

Macon Film Festival is July 16 – 19. Passes are now available. See the festival’s website http://www.maconfilmfestival.com or this Ticket Derby link: http://www.ticketderby.com/event/?id=248709&mode

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ANIMATION SHORTS

Better Than Equal / USA (Director:    'Be Better Than Equal' is an orientation film for Anfarm International, the world's first animal owned and operated company. You'll be introduced to the company, what it does, and how it does it, along side the company's latest employee. Follow along as an ordinary pig is brought from the feed trough to the corporate cafeteria.

Between Times / USA (Directors: Max Porter & Ru Kuwahata) - From the wall of a small town bakery, a cuckoo clock recounts a day where bread was sliced one second thick, lovers fell in sync and time rarely flowed at an even

Dirty Laundry Day / USA (Director: Jamil Lahham) - After a sequence of unfortunate mishaps, an ordinary trip to the laundromat turns abnormal, especially when Ken tries to exchange some bills for coins to wash his clothes and the change machine displays a cryptic message: “Change is not free.” Suddenly, things begin to change.

The Fallen Phoenix / USA (Directors: Gwen Barriac & Heather Larkin) - 'The Fallen Phoenix' is the story of an established composer who struggles to write a masterpiece that pleases both himself and his sponsor. Ultimately, he realizes he has to choose between staying true to his art and pleasing those around him. The fable of the Phoenix is used as a framework for the story. Though the Phoenix may fall in flames, his music lives on triumphantly!

Jinxy Jenkins, Lucky Lou / USA (Directors: Michael Bidinger & Michelle Kwon) - When the chaotically misfortunate Jenkins and the monotonously lucky Lou run into each other one morning, they find a thrilling and fulfilling change of pace as they hurtle down the hills of San Francisco in an ice cream cart.

Mirror In Mind / South Korea (Director: SeungHee Kim) - A woman looks into her mind. Chasing her ideals on a tightrope. Every imperfect piece of her mind completes herself.

Proximity / USA (Director: Joshua Cox) - Proximity is a suspenseful romantic crime drama involving ceramic statues. Two of the figures a Victorian gentlemen and a sixties cowgirl explore the depths of love and betrayal.

September Sketch Book / USA (Director: Ronnie Cramer) - SEPTEMBER SKETCH BOOK is an experimental film created using old school animation; over 5,400 drawings made with pen and paper. The film is abstract in nature, with sequences based on flags from around the world.

Sumer / United Kingdom (Director: Alvaro Garcia) - For unknown reasons, the Earth's ionosphere has weakened dramatically during the course of the last century. All animal and plant species perished decades ago. All that remains is one small group of humans who attempt to resist the hostility and hardness of the external environment from SUMER, the last hive city in the world. A young boy, Hermes, lives alone close to the wall that delimits the city, an area that is highly guarded by the SSW (SUMER Security Watchers). While observing the desert from the roof of a building, Hermes suddenly sees something that looks a lot like a blue feather floating in the air...

Thundercluck: Chicken Of Thor / USA (Director: Paul Tillery) - Half mortal. Half god. All natural chicken.

DOCUMENTARY FEATURE

Coming Back to the Hoop / USA (Director: Jane Pittman) - 43 years ago, Jane Pittman, a promising basketball star at her small town high school, ran off the court during a holiday tournament game never to return ... until now. When Jane stumbles across the NOVA United Senior Women's Basketball Association, old passions are reignited. Vowing to get into the best shape of her life, she is determined to play competitive ball again. What she never expected to find on that journey was a passionate group of senior adults who had decided to “wear out, before we rust out”. Choosing basketball over Canasta and Bingo, these women come together for much more than sports. "Coming Back To The Hoop" is a film about the transformative power of basketball and the healing it brings when you connect with something larger than yourself and then give yourself over to the team. Divided Time / USA (Director: W. Feagins, Jr.) - "Divided Time" captures the lives of nine fathers who share their experiences in parenthood and their pursuit of success in the music industry while being accountable to their families.

Frame By Frame / USA/Afghanistan (Directors: Alexandria Bombach & Mo Scarpelli) - After the repeal of a devastating media blackout enforced by the Taliban, four local photojournalists face the realities of building Afghanistan's first free press.

Michael Des Barres: Who Do You Want Me To Be? / USA (Director: J. Elvis Weinstein) - The son of a junkie aristocrat and a schizophrenic showgirl becomes a master of reinvention on a 50+ year journey through rock and roll, TV, and movies.

Mimi & Donna / USA (Director: Sophie Sartain) - What happens when love runs out of time? For a 92-year-old mother, Mimi, who has cared 64 years for Dona, a daughter who has an intellectual disability, it means facing the inevitable – she will not outlive her daughter – and finding her daughter a home. This poignant, heartbreaking and, at times, humorous documentary traces this process through the story of a quirky and deeply connected mother-daughter duo. The film spotlights the challenges of aging caregivers of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities – some 4.6 million Americans, 75% of whom live at home with family – and details the ripple effects of Dona’s disability on three generations of a Texas family.

Urban Century / USA (Director: Ryan Jones & Shawn Willis) - After decades of decline due to suburban sprawl, downtown communities all across the country are once again becoming vibrant, desirable destinations to live, work, and play, Examining this current rebirth of Main Street through the lens of several towns, including Flint, MI and Joplin, MO, Urban Century takes a refreshingly hopeful look at how these places from our past are becoming the key to our country's future. This isn't a story about saving Main Street, but about how Main Street just might save us. Whether it's economic downturn, climate change, or a glowingly unhealthy population, could the solutions to our biggest problems be as simple as returning to our urban roots?

DOCUMENTARY SHORTS

The Burden / USA (Director: Roger Sorkin) - The Burden tells the story of fossil fuel dependence as our greatest long-term national security threat, and why the U.S. military is leading the fight for clean energy.

Everyone Has A Place / USA (Directors: Dennis Scholl & Marlon Johnson) - Everyone Has A Place is a short musical documentary featuring a ground-breaking collaboration of jazz, gospel and vocals. This body of work is entitled, Abyssinian: A Gospel Celebration. It was composed by the American musical treasure, Wynton Marsalis. This inspirational work of art was performed by a unique paring of the Jazz At Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis and choir Chorale Le Chateau. The film features a series of in-depth interviews, moving concert footage and a candid peek backstage. Everyone Has A Place is a toe-tapping, hand-clapping, musical tapestry that will entertain, uplift and inspire.

Free Art 4 U / USA (Director: Nicole Powell) - Free Art Friday ATL is an ongoing city-wide social art scavenger hunt. Art pieces are hidden around the city and photos are posted on social media using #FAFATL. If you are first to find the art, you get to keep it and take it home with you absolutely free. This not only happens in Atlanta, but in many other cities as well. In my

short documentary, I follow the stories of 5 free art makers and a piece of their art from its creation to the hands of its new owners.

Not Anymore: A Story Of A Revolution / USA/Syrian Arab Republic/Turkey (Director: Matthew VanDyke) – A short film about the conflict in Syria as experienced by a 32 year old rebel commander, Mowya, and a 24-year-old female journalist, Nour, in Aleppo, Syria. The film clearly and concisely shows why Syrians are fighting for their freedom, told through the emotional words of two powerful characters whose lives have been torn apart by war. Winner of over 80 awards and screened in more than 200 film festivals around the world.

Snow Wars / Canada (Director: Frank Mirbach) Year after year, there’s war going on in the Canadian Rockies. The war against nature in one of the most snowy places in the world: British Columbia. On land and in the air, Canadians do battle against massive amounts of snow, threatening the infrastructure and the lives of their people. A handful of men and women risking their lives to protect the streets, railways and public against mother nature’s forces. 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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