Special Screenings

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Thursday, July 20th 

STARDANCER'S WALTZ

Director: Diana Reichenbach
Screening Times: 8:15pm, 9:00pm (Doors 7:45pm)
Synopsis: “Stardancer’s Waltz” is a collaborative project celebrating several internationally recognized artists from Georgia. The immersive fulldome animated film by Diana Reichenbach was inspired by a recorded concerto movement included on the 2016 released album by R.E.M. founding member Mike Mills “Concerto for Violin, Rock Band and String Orchestra," featuring Grammy-nominated violinist Robert McDuffie.

Each screening will be followed by a Q&A with Diana Reichenbach and will be presented in conjunction with the film festival opening night party. 

Special Guest Bio: Diana Reichenbach is an award-winning multimedia artist specializing in immersive and architectural media. Her work has been screened in festivals and venues across five continents, and her recent commissioned work includes a multimedia artwork for Virgin Atlantic Airways featured at the Los Angeles Airport. As an artist, she is interested in communicating a uniquely personal, introspective moment of immersion. Specifically, she uses animation and sound to communicate these moments through time-based progressions of shifting color, form, texture, and movement. 

Venue: Museum of Arts & Sciences - 4182 Forsyth Road, Macon GA

 


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Friday, July 21st 

BRAVE NEW JERSEY

Director: Jody Lambert (Q&A following screening)
Screening Time:  7:15pm - 9:30pm
Synopsis: Brave New Jersey is a comedy about a small town on the night of Orson Welles' legendary 1938 "War of the Worlds" radio broadcast - the hoax that terrified millions into believing Martians were invading America. As the citizens of one New Jersey town are faced with what they believe is their last night on Earth, their lives will change forever. An alien invasion movie where the aliens never show up. 

Cast: Tony Hale, Heather Burns, Anna Camp, Sam Jaeger

Special Guest Bio: Jody Lambert recently directed and co-wrote the comedy feature BRAVE NEW JERSEY starring Tony Hale, Anna Camp, Heather Burns, Mel Rodriguez and Dan Bakkedahl.  Gravitas Ventures is releasing the movie August 4th, 2017 in theaters and VOD.  He co-wrote and co-produced the DreamWorks drama "People Like Us” starring Chris Pine, Elizabeth Banks, Michelle Pfeiffer and Olivia Wilde.  He directed the award-winning documentary "Of All The Things" and was nominated for an Emmy for producing the multi-media project "Starved For Attention.”  He's written projects for FilmNation, EndGame producer/star Jeremy Renner, Sony Pictures, producer Brett Ratner, FOX, Sony Television and producer Seth Gordon.  He's also directed a bunch of shorts for Funny or Die.

Venue: Douglass Theatre - 355 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd, Macon GA


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Saturday, July 22nd

LUCKY

Director: John Carroll Lynch
Screening Time:  7:15pm - 9:30pm
Synopsis: LUCKY follows the spiritual journey of a 90-year-old atheist and the quirky characters that inhabit his off the map desert town. Having out lived and out smoked all of his contemporaries, the fiercely independent Lucky finds himself at the precipice of life, thrust into a journey of self exploration, leading towards that which is so often unattainable: enlightenment.

Acclaimed character actor John Carroll Lynch's directorial debut, "Lucky", is at once a love letter to the life and career of Harry Dean Stanton as well as a meditation on mortality, loneliness, spirituality, and human connection.

Cast: Harry Dean Stanton, David Lynch, Ron Livingston, Ed Bedley Jr, Beth Grant

Venue: Douglass Theatre - 355 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd, Macon GA


 
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Sunday, July 23rd

PLEASE CALL HOME (2008)

Director: Kirk West (Q&A with special guests following screening)
Screening Times:  5:45pm - 8:30pm
Synopsis: This is a story about home – a story about family and brotherhood. Between 1970 and 1972 a band of brothers used this Southern home as their base of operations; this home was called the Big House. The Big House became a refuge, a safe place that nurtured the creativity of a community. As the characters within the Big House shared the darkness and light that is life, a mystical bond was established. In the midst of a magical era of musical, cultural and political change, the Big House became a sanctuary, a greenhouse, in which a unique strain of music grew. For just a little while it’s time to leave the chaos of the world around us, to remember the music that ignored barriers, to recapture the good energy and to celebrate brotherhood. It’s time to remember those years’ it’s time to go home to the place the Allman Brothers Band called the Big House.

Special Guest Bio: Kirk West is first and foremost a music lover. He has never been able to get enough of the people, places, and things that comprise the life of a touring artist. In search of the richness that musicians and their music bring the world, his travels and life have taken him from his Iowa birthplace to far flung reaches of the globe, camera in hand.

Beginning in 1989, Kirk served as Tour Manager for the Allman Brothers Band for over 20 years. During his tenure, Kirk shot 10 Allman Brothers Band LP, CD or DVD covers, as well as over 15 picture sleeves for the group’s records. A renowned archivist, West also directed the critically-acclaimed Please Call Home documentary, which covered the early years of the Allman Brothers Band while living at the Big House in Macon, Georgia.

Venue: Douglass Theatre - 355 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd, Macon GA


Spotlight Films

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BASICALLY FRIGHTENED: THE MUSICAL MADDNESS OF COLONEL BRUCE HAMPTON (2012)

Director: Tom Lawson, Michael Koepenick
Screening: Saturday, July 22nd 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Synopsis: Why is it that Billy Bob Thornton, Dave Matthews, Peter Buck, Derek Trucks, Phish, Widespread Panic, and Blues Traveler are all huge fans of Colonel Bruce Hampton, but you've never heard of him? Bruce began his career with an unprecedented six figure record deal in 1970. The Hampton Grease Band's first album went on to be the worst selling album in the history of Columbia Records. He made a brave decision and continued his musical career, devoting himself to creating pure art rather than attempt any commercial success. The result has been an amazing, influential 50 year catalog of music and philosophy. Dubbed the father of the Jam Band music scene, he is a guru to many a celeb. Why is he still a secret?

Venue: Douglass Theatre - 355 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd, Macon GA

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JACKSON

Director: Maisie Crow
Screening: Saturday, July 22nd 1:40pm - 3:15pm
Synopsis: With a single abortion clinic remaining in the state of Mississippi, the city of Jackson has become ground zero in the nation's battle over reproductive health-care. Jackson is an intimate portrait of the interwoven lives of three women in this town. Wrought with the racial and religious undertones of the Deep South, the lives of two women are deeply affected by the director of the local pro-life crisis pregnancy center and the movement she represents.

Venue: Cox Capitol Theatre - 382 Second Street, Macon GA

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SWIM TEAM

Director: Lara Stolman
Screening: Saturday, July 22nd 1:45pm - 3:15pm
Synopsis: What would you do if your community gave up on your child? In New Jersey, the parents of a boy on the autism spectrum take matters into their own hands. They form a competitive swim team, recruiting diverse teens on the spectrum and training them with high expectations and zero pity. What happens next alters the course of the boys' lives. SWIM TEAM chronicles the extraordinary rise of the Jersey Hammerheads, capturing a moving quest for inclusion, independence and a life that feels winning.

Venue: Douglass Theatre - 355 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd, Macon GA

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RUMBLE: INDIANS WHO ROCKED THE WORLD

Director: Catherine Bainbridge, Alfonso Maiorana
Screening: Sunday, 11:45am - 1:30pm
Synopsis: This revelatory documentary brings to light the profound and overlooked influence of Indigenous people on popular music in North America. Focusing on music icons like Link Wray, Jimi Hendrix, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Charley Patton, Mildred Bailey, Jesse Ed Davis, Robbie Robertson, and Randy Castillo, RUMBLE: The Indians Who Rocked the World shows how these pioneering Native American musicians helped shape the soundtracks of our lives.

Winner of the Audience Award and Best Canadian Documentary at the 2017 HotDocs Film Festival, RUMBLE features interviews with musicians, historians, and experts including: Buddy Guy, Steven Van Zandt, Tony Bennett, Taj Mahal, Martin Scorsese, Quincy Jones, John Trudell, Steven Tyler, Alvin Youngblood Hart, Monk Boudreaux, George Clinton, Jackson Browne, Martha Redbone, Joy Harjo, Iggy Pop, Wayne Kramer (MC5), Marky Ramone (The Ramones), Pura Fe Crescioni (Ulali), Robert Trujillo (Metallica), Taboo (Black Eyed Peas), Slash (Guns ‘N’ Roses), Rhiannon Giddens (Carolina Chocolate Drops), and Pat Vegas (Redbone).

Venue: Douglass Theatre - 355 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd, Macon GA

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WHOSE STREETS?

Director: Sabaah Folayan, Damon Davis
Screening: Sunday, 3:15pm - 4:45pm
Synopsis: Told by the activists and leaders who live and breathe this movement for justice, Whose Streets? is an unflinching look at the Ferguson uprising. When unarmed teenager Michael Brown is killed by police and left lying in the street for hours, it marks a breaking point for the residents of St. Louis, Missouri. Grief, long-standing racial tensions and renewed anger bring residents together to hold vigil and protest this latest tragedy. Empowered parents, artists, and teachers from around the country come together as freedom fighters. As the national guard descends on Ferguson with military grade weaponry, these young community members become the torchbearers of a new resistance.

Filmmakers Sabaah Folayan and Damon Davis know this story because they are the story. Whose Streets? is a powerful battle cry from a generation fighting, not for their civil rights, but for the right to live.

Venue: Douglass Theatre - 355 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd, Macon GA