The official selections for the Narrative Feature and Narrative Shorts competition for the 2015 Macon Film Festival have been announced.

 “This festival’s selection of narrative feature films has a little something for everyone. With a sampling of action, comedy, and drama these films are sure to take the festival audiences on a ride of emotions. This group of festival award winning films feature faces you will recognize from large studio pictures along with faces your sure to be seeing much more of in the coming years,” said Tabitha Walker, Macon Film Festival programmer.

“The narrative shorts category is always one of the most competitive categories during the judging process. With a record number of category submissions each of this year’s programmed shorts received perfect or near perfect scores from the festival screeners. This block of programmed films is sure to take the festival audience on an journey of laughter, love, and reflection,” Walker added.

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.

In addition to those announced today, the festival presents 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

Media: If you are interested in covering the film festival please send an email to Terrell@TerrellSandefur.com

 NARRATIVE FEATURE

Day Release / Spain (Director: Geoffrey Cowper) – On his first weekend parole after 5 years in prison, Mark Rodriguez witnesses the armed robbery of a security van. His brother’s critical situation and his own feelings of remorse will lead him to take desperate measures. His only help will be a young and sexy stripper he met the night before.

Our Life in Macon Believe / USA (Director: Christopher James Lang) – Devon lives alone on the road, running from a past she wants to forget. When she gets pulled into Zander’s haphazard journey to Boston, the two form an unlikely friendship. But as they travel on together, reality starts to catch up.

Sidewalk Traffic / USA (Director: Anthony L. Fisher) – When Declan, a 30 year old husband and new father is squeezed out of a promotion, he finds himself wracked by internal crises, including career envy, bitterness over bad breaks and the still-lingering fallout from the suicide of his former creative partner. Searching for salvation, Declan surrenders to the role of stay-at-home dad, and is forced to face his demons while pushing strollers, changing diapers and heating up bottles all the while to resurrect his dreams.

Wildlike / USA (Director: Frank Hall Green) – Mackenzie, a troubled but daring teenage girl, is sent to live with her aunt in Juneau, Alaska. She longs for her struggling, absent mother, but as her mom’s phone calls become less frequent and her uncle’s care is not what it seems, she must flee. Her only thoughts art to escape her uncle’s grasp and contact her mother somewhere, but as she plunges deeper into the Alaskan interior she is suddenly helplessly alone. A chance connection with a loner backpacker, Rene Bartlett, proves to be her only lifeline. As Mackenzie shadows Barlett across the last frontier, she thwarts his efforts to cut her loose until Bart has no choice but to help her survive in the wilderness. Against the backdrop of a spectacular Alaska landscape, they discover the redemptive power of friendship. Mackenzie and Bartlett prove to be the unlikely salve for each other’s scars, until the damage Mackenzie carries with her threatens to destroy her newfound sanctuary. Returning to civilization, Mackenzie is once again at risk of capture by her uncle as he hounds with manipulative calls and messages. When Bartlett finally discovers her alarming secret, he must make a bold choice to take real responsibility for Mackenzie and help her escape her traumatic past and return home.

NARRATIVE SHORTS

5 Ways 2 Die / Cyprus (Director: Daina Papadaki) – Makis explores different way of death, struggling to achieve the most ideal result.

 Becca And Molly / USA (Director: Fabienne Bouville) – It’s Mom’s birthday. Forget about the present. It’s all about the past

 Bingo Night / USA (Director: Jordan Liebowitz) – A financially-strapped senior citizen finds a creative (and legally dubious) means of getting some quick cash in this sly and high-spirited comic caper.

The Bravest The Boldest / USA (Director: Moon Molson) – A young mother in a Harlem housing project realizes the arrival of two uniformed soldiers brings news she can’t bring herself to accept.

 Chance / United Kingdom (Director: Jake Graf) – Trevor’s life has become void, following the passing of his wife and long-term companion, Doris. Days run into weeks, as Trevor slowly finds himself isolated and alone, and unconcernedly slipping towards death. A chance encounter in the park with a mysterious stranger equally troubled by his own dark past jarringly reawakens him, and forces both men to once again start to live.

 Dad in Mum / France (Director: Fabrice Bracq) – The middle of the night. Moans are heard behind the parent’s door. Two young sisters are asking questions.

 Electric Indigo / Belgium (Director: Jean-Julien Collette) - It is sometimes complicated for a little girl to face peer pressure and becoming aware of her own identity, especially that she never knew her mother and that the only reference is the love of two heterosexual fathers united by the bonds on a “non-carnal” marriage.

 The Future Perfect / Canada (Director: Nick Citton) – Somewhere between then and now, a time traveler defies his orders, and compromises a future he cannot un-learn.

 Granny Smith / Australia (Director: Julian Lucas) – The grandmother of all excuses.

 The Gunfighter / USA (Director: Eric Kissack) – A weary gunfighter walks into a bar, looking for a drink. What he finds instead is a building full of raunchy people, and an audible, bloodthirsty narrator.

I’ve Just Had A Dream / Spain (Director: Javi Navarro) – Irene is eight and she woke up from a horrible dream.

 Rain / USA (Director: Kristen McGary) – The poetic path of a homeless man to the same field every year leads us to the devastating reason for his journey.

 Roubado / France/USA (Director: Erica Watson) – A teen photographer in the south of France develops a tense relationship with his mother’s new boyfriend.

 Schnitzel / Israel (Director: Asaf Epstein) – The story of a boy, a girl, a space alien and … fried chicken.

 Shotgun / USA (Director: Maverick Moore) – Three girls burn rubber and leave no survivors on an inexplicably wild ride.

 Spark / USA (Director: Stephen Stanley) – A robot from the future travels back in time to 1983 in order to kill the young boy who will grow up to reinvent the internet.

 Til Then / Germany/USA (Director: Benjamin Wolf) – Albert and Marta, both in their late 70s, live across the street from one another in a bustling section of Berlin’s Mitte district. Every day at 9am, the two neighbors meet – each in their perspective windows – to watch the world unfold below them. One morning, the clock strikes nine but there is no sign of Albert. Set against the backdrop of a rapidly gentrifying Berlin, Bis Gleich tells the story of two people who share a daily ritual, but have never actually met. Their unspoken connection deepens when, one day, they are forced to face the inevitable…together.

 Universal Language / France/USA – When Dan wakes up after his night in Paris after a black-out one night stand, he comes to find out that the woman in bed next to him doesn’t speak any English while he speaks no French. But the two lost people who will stop at nothing to avoid involvement, the lack of communication is the perfect scenario for staying unattached. A risk-free liason that might stay anonymous as long as the events from the night before remain unremembered.

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - May 27, 2015

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