The official selections for the Southern Documentary competition and the Central Georgia Showcase for the 2015 Macon Film Festival (July 16 – 19) have been announced.

“As a festival we’ve seen a rise in submitted documentary films with a focus on living life in the South. This year’s selection of Southern themed documentary films highlights both the uniqueness of the new and old South along with a good mixture of characters and stories you aren’t soon to forget,” said festival programmer, Tabitha Walker. 

Walker added, “Since it’s inception one of the main goals of the film festival has been to create an annual event that introduces filmmakers and artists to locations around the region. In celebration of the festival’s 10th Anniversary the festival is excited to curate a free special screening event during the week leading up to the Bragg Jam Music and Arts Festival. The Central Georgia Showcase screening event will highlight two films made in and around Central Georgia and will feature filmmaker Q&A sessions after each screening.”

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 Narrative Feature, Narrative Shorts, 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

SOUTHERN DOCUMENTARY

The Disease / USA (Director: Nathaniel Maddux) – For the past 27 years, Dean Redbeard Mundhenke has returned to his sacred Georgia hunting ground in pursuit of a wild turkey. Over the year, his passion has become an obsession as he built a custom turkey call making business. For the first time ever, Redbeard lets a camera into his world as we venture to his remote hunting camp to pursue wild game, reflecting on many years of turkey hunting and cigar smoking. Not only has he become consumed with the chase, but he reflects on how his life has changed by continuing to return to his haven in the wild.

 The Doll Dilema / USA (Director: Jacob Rosdail) - Jo Maeder left a life and career in New York City to take care of her aging mother in rural North Carolina. Now, years after her mother has passed, Jo feels trapped by the enormous doll collection that was left behind.

 I Will Not Pull Out Kelly’s Hair / USA (Director: Josef Lorenzo) – A road trip with a local artist/historian that photographs rural abandoned homes. Kelly follows the back roads around railroad tracks to photograph the forgotten homes and dig up their history.

 Old South / USA (Director: Danielle Beverly) - Hope is 30 years old and fighting to save her historic African American neighborhood from encroachment by an elite white fraternity, one known to fly a Confederate flag and hold an annual antebellum parade. Since the post-racial glow of the election of Obama, and now in the aftermath of Ferguson, everyone’s talking about race. But is it really so easy to speak openly and honestly? Or to change? On one block in Athens GA two communities steeped in history - one black, one white - strive to keep their respective legacies relevant in a changing American South. "Old South" provides, through a 3+ year unfolding story, a window into the underlying dynamics of race relations that influence so many American communities.

 Paradise Garden / USA (Director: Ava Leigh Stewart) – Paradise Garden is a documentary film starring Howard Finster, Johnny Carson, Chris Frantz (Talking Heads/Tom Tom Club), Mike Mills (REM), Amy Ray (Indigo Girls), Cindy Wilson (B52s), and many more. The film shows the world that art thrives outside of museums in ordinary places and everyday objects. Howard Finster, the grandfather of Southern Folk Art, is remembered for creating the largest art installation in the United States. It continues to serve as inspiration to generations of iconic musicians and artists, as we capture his legacy through their stories.

Raised In The South of Normal / USA (Director: Daniel Espeut) – Award-winning filmmaker Daniel Espeut interviews Lauretta Hannon about stories from her bestselling book, “The Cracker Queen – A Memoir of a Jagged, Joyful Life.” Even after writing her story about growing up on the wrong side of the tracks, Lauretta has yet to set food on the grounds of her youth, until now. Plagued with a family history of attempted abortion, abandonment, alcoholism and violence, Lauretta discovers a new affirmation to her life by returning to her childhood home. In “Raised in the South of Normal,” we find out how Lauretta is able to confront discord and deaths of her parents and realize her purpose as a writer.

 Spearhunter / USA (Directors: Adam Roffman & Luke Poling) – Deep in the wilds of rural Alabama, a spear-hunter proclaims himself the world’s greatest and erects a museum dedicated to his own obsession. In this atmospheric and darkly funny documentary, an offbeat cast of lovers, acolytes, and critics of the megalomaniacal spear-hunter remember his distinctive tactics both for killing and for leaving a legacy.

 You Belong To Me / USA (Director: John Cork) - The You Belong To Me Documentary tells the 1952 story of Ruby McCollum, an African American woman who killed a prominent white doctor in Live Oak, Florida and the remarkable secrets and terrible truths revealed during her trial and incarceration. Her case haunted jurors and prosecutors for decades. Ruby McCollum was the wealthiest black woman in Suwannee County, Florida. Her husband, Sam, ran the local Bolita numbers racket. Was Ruby insane or was the killing of Dr. Clifford Leroy Adams the last sane act of a woman whose wealth and status could not protect her from the blind indifference and humiliations of the Jim Crow South? The ghost of Ruby McCollum still roams the streets of Live Oak, Florida.

CENTRAL GEORGIA SHOWCASE

Zombie Crush / USA (Director: Tendal Mann) – In this coming of age, PG Zomedy-romance, Bobby Green, a 13 year-old boy, gets his first case of puppy love when Sarah, an attractive 16 year old girl, wakes him from a coma. To make things worse he has awakened into a world where adults are nowhere in sight and kids are open-armed walking zombies. Bobby and Sarah are seemingly the only remaining humans and he tries to win her affection as they adapt to this new world; along the way, they learn how to divert the zombies and discover that these zombies aren’t what they seem. There are numerous twists and turns which have never been seen before: the half-hour short ends with something more sinister and more evil than they could ever have imagined.

 The Legend of Seven Toe Maggie / USA (Director: Joseph Lavender) – The spirit of a native American girl haunts a South Georgia haunted house. When a group of amateur paranormal investigators come to town to uncover its secrets, they get a lot more than they bargained for.

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AuthorTim Regan-Porter