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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - May 28, 2015

Contact: Terrell Sandefur, (478) 319-0243; Terrell@TerrellSandefur.com

 

 

2015 Macon Film Festival Announces Official Selections in Narrative Feature & Narrative Shorts Competition

Macon, GA — 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.

 The Preppie Connection / USA (Director: Joseph Castelo) – Based on a true story of a prep school student who smuggled $300k of uncut cocaine into the US in 1984, The Preppie Connection chronicles the exploits of a group of private school students who ran a drug distribution operation in the early 1980s. The story centers on Toby, the lower-class scholarship student, who uses his street cred and access to drugs to make friends with the popular kids, eventually allowing him to cultivate a drug trafficking network. Toby gets in far over his head as he leads his friends into the dangerous world of Columbian drug cartels.

 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

Contact: Terrell Sandefur, (478) 319-0243; Terrell@TerrellSandefur.com

 

2015 Macon Film Festival Announces Official Selections in Southern Documentary Competition & Central Georgia Showcase

Macon, GA — 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.

 

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - May 26, 2015

Contact: Terrell Sandefur, (478) 319-0243; Terrell@TerrellSandefur.com

2015 Macon Film Festival Announces Official Selections in Music Documentary & Music Video Competition

Macon, GA — The official selections for the Music Documentary and Music Video competition for the 2015 Macon Film Festival (July 16-19) have been announced.

“As a city with its roots firmly planted in music history with ties to Little Richard, Otis Redding, The Allman Brothers, and more it is important to the festival to showcase the best in music documentary filmmaking today. We are excited to share these exceptional short and feature length music documentaries to the festival’s music loving audience,” said festival programmer, Tabitha Walker. “This year’s block of music video shorts features the sights and sounds of upcoming musicians, established artists, and Grammy award winners all combined for an hour of music samplings that cover a variety of music genres for your listening and viewing pleasure.”

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, 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

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

 MUSIC DOCUMENTARY

Billy Mize And The Bakersfield Sound / USA (Director: William J. Saunders) – A uniquely talented collective of musicians emerged, quite unsuspectingly, from Bakersfield, California in the 1950s and 60s. They birthed a genre that lyrically and sonically indexed their particular life experience, challenged the established tastes of the Nashville scene, and permanently altered the landscape of Country music. They called it the Bakersfield Sound.  Artists like Merle Haggard and Buck Owens rode the movement to national fame, but Billy Mize, a singer-songwriter and original founder of the Sound who gave Buck and Merle their starts, found touring to be incompatible with the only thing he loved more than music: his family. But the deaths of two children, divorce, and hard living tore that family apart, and when a stroke took Billy’s voice, he hit rock bottom. After relearning how to talk in an intensive brain rehabilitation, Billy’s birthday approaches, for which the city of Bakersfield has thrown a huge concert event, and at which Billy is determined to take back the mic and end his 20 years of silence.

 Buskin’ Blues / USA (Director: Erin Derham) – Oral historian Erin Derham discovers a subculture of artists sharing select spaces in downtown Asheville, North Carolina to awaken passersby to musical traditions across space and time. On one corner, a stride pianist bangs a chord out with his elbow to deliver the sounds of Prohibition-Era jazz. On another, a lady runs a pair of antique spoons down her fingers in a centuries-old fashion kept alive almost exclusively by her, setting the rhythm for an Irish Folk Quartet. Across the street, the sounds of ancient India are heard from a man hypnotizing crowds with a didgeridoo, hang drum, and throat singing. Buskers come from as far as Europe and Asia to play, learn, and receive the famous hospitality of the American South. Staying true to that reputation, these exceptional talents whose music is never ignored but whose faces are often forgotten, allow Derham a rare and intimate glimpse into their lives which will confront everything you’ve ever thought about the people who bring music to our streets.

The Curse And The Symphony / USA (Director: David Schulte) – The Curse and the Symphony is a short documentary about former punk musician Nathan Felix’s eight-year effort to break into the elite world of classical music, in spite of having no formal training. Watch as director David Schulte chronicles Nathan’s attempt to get his symphony performed by a full orchestra for the first time.

Koentopp / USA (Directors: Paul Hamilton & Caleb Vinson) – When Dan meets someone, the first thing they typically say is, a “guitar maker? You make guitars? Wow. How’d you get into that?” Following suit, Paul Hamilton and Caleb Vinson asked the same questions. After three years, they’ve put the answer into this film: Koentopp. Follow Dan as he creates a masterpiece, through construction of a fine archtop guitar and the emotional telling of his life story that has brought him to the only place he could be.

Musickland / USA (Directors: Cameron Bargerstock & Jacob Rosdail) – Virginia hog farmer Adam Musick left behind a life as a rock and roll musician to revive his family's farmland. Six years of full-time farming has taken a toll and Adam now struggles to return to music and finish the album he left behind.

Take Me To The River / USA (Director: Martin Shore) – 'Take Me to the River' is a documentary about the soul of American music. The film follows the recording of a new album featuring legends from Stax records and Memphis mentoring and passing on their musical magic to stars and artists of today.

 MUSIC VIDEO

‘Crazy Lonesome’ – The Law Band / USA (Director: Cole Cassell) – “Crazy Lonesome” is the featured single and first music video by The Law Band from Atlanta, Georgia off their debut album “Dust and Aether.” “Crazy Lonesome” was filmed in Good Hope, Georgia.

‘Don’t Be Judging Me’ – Playground Hero / USA (Director: Daniel Espeut) – The music video for Playground Hero’s debut single, “Don’t Be Judgin’ Me” was filmed on Washington Street in Athens, Georgia. The video is an uninterrupted long take featuring lead vocalist, Estebon Watson, singing as he dances down the sidewalk. The video portrays Estebon in a drunken state telling the story of what happened to him that day, which led him to drinking at a bar.

‘Hallelujah’ The Soul Of A Sad Clown – Puddles The Sad Clown With The Golden Voice / USA (Director: Gary Yost) – A musical video teaching us that the soul and heart can come through despite any costume we wear. Performance by Puddles, the Sad Clown with the Golden Voice, filmed at the Regency Lodge Ballroom (built in 1909) – San Francisco, September 27, 2014.

‘Let Me In Again’ – Simone And The Spectrum / USA (Directors: David Fritzson & Daniel Fritzson) – Washington, DC based indie pop band Simone and the Spectrum releases their first single off their new EP “Let Me In Again.”

‘Look At The Sound’ – Death on Two Wheels / USA (Director: Bobby McCullough) – For more than 50 years thrill seekers and adrenaline junkies have flocked to the city of Daytona Beach, Florida aiming to get their fix at the annual Daytona Bike Week motorcycle rally. 2+ decades and 3 generations later the California Hell Riders have set up shop at the world famous Iron Horse Saloon to provide just that. Specializing in the craft of circling round and round in what is known as a motordome, they provide death defying acts thought not possible on motorcycles – what’s come to be known as The Wall Of Death. Daredevils in their own right, Death on Two Wheels rock and roll band from Atlanta, Georgia stepped into The Wall Of Death to perform their music as onlookers watched from above.

‘Point Of View’ – Chandler McGee / USA (Director: Cole Cassell) – A man searches for his lost brother.

‘Repetition’ – Trampled by Turtles / USA (Director: Matteo Crinelli – The surreal journey of a cowboy through open doors to the imagination.

‘Sunshine’s On The Way’ – The Solution / USA (Director: Justin Henny Henderson & Tony Reames) - What do you do when the days feel darker than the nights? Who helps you when your support system has it worse than you? Sometimes it feels like everything and everyone is against you. It's hard to keep your head up when the weight of the world is

holding you down. Sunshine's on the way.

 ‘UP’ – Arrested Development / USA (Director: Tony Reames) - They won 2 Grammy Awards, 2 VMAs, the NAACP Award and countless other accolades. But then - they stopped making music... right? Wrong. America just stopped listening. Arrested Development has been making music for the last twenty years and performing live on almost every continent. And now - they are ready for America to open their ears to the music they are still, and have been, making. In the video for their newest single, 'UP' Speech and the whole Arrested Development crew motivate you to keep looking 'UP.'

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 21, 2015

Contact: Terrell Sandefur, (478) 319-0243; Terrell@TerrellSandefur.com

2015 Macon Film Festival Announces Official Selections in Animation Shorts, Documentary Feature & Documentary Shorts Competition

Macon, GA — 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

Media: If you are interested in covering the film festival please send an email to

Terrell@TerrellSandefur.com

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 You / 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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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.

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For Immediate Release - June 30, 2014
Media Contacts: Macon Film Festival: Terrell Sandefur, 478.319.0243, terrell@terrellsandefur.com; Bragg Jam: Leila Regan-Porter, leila@theleila.com; Tess Harper, tesscarolineharper@gmail.com

 

Macon Film and Music Festivals to Partner in 2015

MACON, Georgia - Macon Film Festival will celebrate its tenth anniversary with a tan and some tunes.  The film festival will move from its traditional February date to July 16 - 19, 2015, and collaborate with Bragg Jam Music, Arts and Kids Festival to create a ten-day film and music event in Macon. 

We have been discussing the benefits of a summer festival for some time, said Julie Wilkerson, president of Macon Film Festival. Gaining the support of Bragg Jam makes it possible for us to collaborate and present a week of arts programming that reflects our separate yet similar missions.

The first collaboration will take place this summer.  Macon Film Festival will host the Georgia premiere screening of The Ballad of Shovels and Rope at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 26, at The Douglass Theatre, prior to the Bragg Jam concert crawl. Admission is $5 or free with a 2014 Bragg Jam Concert Crawl wristband or VIP pass. Filmmaker Jace Freeman, who co-wrote and directed the film will attend the event along with fellow co-writer, Sean Clark.

"Bragg Jam Music, Arts and Community Festival is thrilled by this collaboration, said Jamie Weatherford, president of Bragg Jam Music, Arts and Kids Festival. “Both festivals are widely acknowledged as major tourism draws, attractors of the creative class and huge economic drivers for the City of Macon and beyond. By marrying the two festivals into a one week series of events, both Bragg Jam and Macon Film Festival will be able to provide a level of programming and entertainment that is unprecedented in the beautiful state of Georgia."

This summers screening of The Ballad of Shovels and Rope is just a taste of what is to come when we put our collective heads together, Wilkerson added.

"We’re excited to have our Georgian premiere in Macon,” said The Ballad of Shovels and Rope co-writer and director Jace Freeman.  “We’ve already been having a great response on the festival circuit, and can’t wait to share it with an audience that appreciates a good Southern musical story." Sean Clark, co-writer and producer is also scheduled to appear.

 

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 Julie Wilkerson, President; Sam Macfie, Vice President; Priscilla Esser, Secretary; April Hornsby, Treasurer; Jeff Bruce, At Large; Terrell Sandefur, At Large; Danny Davis, Heidi Lancaster, Tony Long, Sr:  Tim Regan-Porter and Tabitha Lynne Walker, Festival Programmer. Learn more at MaconFilmFestival.com or call (478) 256-3809. For more information, follow us on Facebook www.facebook.com/MaconFilmFestival and Twitter (@MaconFilmFest).

 

About Bragg Jam Music, Arts and Kids' Festival

Inspired by late musicians and brothers Brax & Tate Bragg and operated as a 501c3 under a volunteer board of directors, Bragg Jam has now given over $150,000 back to local charities in memory of Brax and Tate. Proceeds will continue to benefit the Ocmulgee Heritage Trail and other efforts that promote nature, art and music in the community. Since 1999, Bragg Jam has evolved from an impromptu jam session to citywide music festival to a full-scale arts festival and Macon’s premier music event. For more information, visit www.braggjam.org, like us on Facebook (www.facebook.com/braggjam) or follow us on Twitter (@braggjam). 

Macon Film Festival looking for an exciting "LOOK" for the 10th Anniversary

REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL: Branding & Marketing Materials for 2015 Macon Film Festival

FESTIVAL OVERVIEW & MISSION STATEMENT

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 is held annually in the heart of historic downtown Macon’s arts and culture center. The 2015 festival will mark the 10thanniversary of the film festival that is scheduled for July 16th –19th.

REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL OBJECTIVE

The Macon Film Festival is seeking proposals for the creation and implementation of the 2015 festival brand. The intent of this RFP is to identify and contract with a qualified designer, firm, or agency to develop the2015 brand.

Goals:

·       Create the look of the 2015 festival for marketing and merchandise purposes

·       Build and broaden awareness of the Macon Film Festival

·       Create and maintain a consistent visual identity for 2015 festival programs and events

PROJECT SCOPE

Below is a breakdown of the 2015 festival needs. The selected applicant will provide final designed files of the items listed below in a high-resolution PDF and JPEG file formats unless noted otherwise. The festival Marketing Committee will handle all printing expenses.

·       2015Festival Logo (PSD, EPS, PDF, and JPEG versions required)

·       Call for Submissions Ad (728 x 90, 300 x 250,180 x 600)

·       Ticket Special Ad (728 x 90, 300 x 250,180 x 600)

·       Generic2015 Festival Ad (728 x 90, 300 x 250,180 x 600)

·       Festival T-Shirt Design - Front & Back

·       All Access Pass Design - Front & Back (3.75 x 5.25)

·       Screening Pass Design - Front & Back (3.75 x 5.25)

·       Venue Poster Design (36 x 48)

·       Promotional Poster Design (11 x 17)

PROJECT DEADLINES

·       2015Festival Logo – September 19, 2014

·       Call for Submissions Ad – October 3, 2014

·       Ticket Ad– March 20, 2015

·       Generic Festival Ad – May 29, 2015

·       Festival T-Shirt Design – May 29, 2015

·       All-Access Pass Design – May 29, 2015

·       Screening Pass Design – May 29, 2015

·       Venue Poster Design - May 29, 2015

·       Generic Poster Design - May 29, 2015

TARGET AUDIENCE

·       Prospective Funders

·       Festival Audience

·       Festival Filmmakers

·       Partner Organizations

·       Regional and Local Media

PROPOSAL REQUIREMENTS

·       A proposal outlining your qualifications

·       An outline of how the projects above would be carried out

·       An estimate of fees to be charged and possible incurred expenses

·       Relevant previous project examples or design portfolio

·       Contact information of three references of clients from the past 18 months

BASIS OF FINAL SELECTION

The Macon Film Festival Board of Directors and Marketing Committee will evaluate applicant proposals and make the final selection based on:

·       The quality of the proposal and the adequacy of required information

·       The estimate of project fees

·       Experience in developing a brand for other organizations and/or businesses

·       Feedback from provided references

·       The applicant’s capacity and willingness to adhere to set project deadlines

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION & QUESTIONS

 The festival Marketing Committee strongly encourages you to visit the festival website at www.maconfilmfestival.com.

Please contact the festival programmer (tabitha.maconfilmfestival@gmail.com) or the festival marketing committee chair (terrell@terrellsandefur.com) or with any questions.

 

TIMELINE & DEADLINE INFORMATION

Timeline:

RFP Notifications: June 16, 2014

Proposals Deadline:  June 30, 2014

Contract Notification: July 18, 2014

Upon review of proposals the festival marketing committee may request a meeting with applicants to further discuss the proposal before the contract notification deadline of July 18, 2014.

Deadline:    All proposals must be mailed or e-mailed to the addresses below by June 30, 2014. Proposals received after June 30, 2014 will not be accepted.

E-Mail: tabitha.maconfilmfestival@gmail.com

Mailing Address:

Macon Film Festival

PO Box 929

Macon, Georgia 31202-0929

 

 

News & Updates Entries

Macon Film Festival & Macon Film Commission Host the Macon Premiere of “SELMA" on January 8 including red carpet, screening and Q&A. Selma, which opens in theaters nationwide on Friday, January 9, has been nominated for four Golden Globe Awards, including Best Motion Picture and Best Director.

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.

The Macon Film Festival board of directors have announced their official selections for the 2014 festival.  Categories are Narrative Feature, Narrative Shorts, Animation, Documentary Feature, Documentary Shorts, Music Video, Music Documentary, and Student Shorts.

The official selections for the Narrative Feature and Narrative Shorts competition for the 2014 Macon Film Festival have been announced. Official narrative selections include films from Australia, Austria, Canada, France, India, Italy, Spain, the United Kingdom and the United States.

The official selections for the Student Shorts competition for the 2014 Macon Film Festival (February 27 – March 2) have been announced. The complete listing of official selections are both domestic and international, including selections from United Kingdom, Lebanon, France, Italy, Sweden, Iceland, Netherlands, India, and Russia.