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Thursday, July 20
 

7:45pm PDT

Special Screening: STARDANCER'S WALTZ (guest Diana Reichenbach)

STARDANCER’S WALTZ

Director: Diana Reichenbach 
Run Time: 10:00
Screening Times (with filmmaker Q&A):  8:15pm, 9:00pm (doors 7:45pm)
Synopsis (Full): “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. 

 

 

 



Thursday July 20, 2017 7:45pm - 10:15pm PDT
Museum of Arts & Sciences 4182 Forsyth Rd, Macon, GA 31210
 
Friday, July 21
 

10:00am PDT

Documentary Feature - THE BULLISH FARMER

THE BULLISH FARMER

Total Run Time: 80:0
Director: Ken Marsolais
Country of Origin: United States
Ratings: None
Synopsis: Over a decade ago, John Ubaldo, aka “John Boy,” a successful Wall Street investment banker decided to call it quits. Distraught over the loss of his best friend in the 9/11 attack on the World Trade Center, John traded in his high finance career for 185 acres of land on the Battenkill River in Cambridge, NY, to live a quiet life as a small farmer.



Friday July 21, 2017 10:00am - 11:30am PDT
Douglass Theatre 355 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd Macon, Georgia 31201

10:00am PDT

Music Feature - A GESTURE IN THE WORD

A GESTURE IN THE WORD

Total Run Time: 95:00
Director: Dave Davidson
Country of Origin: United States
Ratings: None
Synopsis: At age 50, musician and poet, Rob Morsberger was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer - and it came at the high point in his career. After 25 years in the music business, critics were starting to compare his songwriting to Randy Newman, Tom Waits and even Stephen Foster. Finally, it was all starting to come together. 



Friday July 21, 2017 10:00am - 11:30am PDT
Theatre Macon 438 Cherry Street Macon, Georgia 31201

11:00am PDT

Workshop - Breaking the Frame: Crafting an Immersive Experience

Breaking the Frame: Crafting an Immersive Experience with Diana Reichenbach

(Museum of Arts & Sciences - Planetarium)       

Immersive mediums, such as fulldome, are unique in that they can provide an experience that envelops the viewer. Orchestrating that precise moment when the viewer becomes immersed and is released into the content is no easy task. In this presentation, Diana discusses the evolution of her interest in seeking immersion for audiences through fulldome, projection mapping, and architectural installations in both her independent and commercial work.


Speakers
DR

Diana Reichenbach

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... Read More →



Friday July 21, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm PDT
Museum of Arts & Sciences 4182 Forsyth Rd, Macon, GA 31210

11:00am PDT

Narrative Feature - SEARCH ENGINES

SEARCH ENGINES

Total Run Time: 95:00
Director: Russell Brown
Country of Origin: United States
Ratings: Language
Synopsis: Sanity and relationships are put to the test when mysterious circumstances force a family to survive the annual American Thanksgiving holiday without their cell phones.



Friday July 21, 2017 11:00am - 12:45pm PDT
Cox Capitol Theatre 382 Second Street Macon, Georgia 31202

11:30am PDT

Music Feature - MR. HANDY'S BLUES

MR HANDY’S BLUES

 Total Run Time: 84:00
Director: Joanne Fish
Country of Origin: United States
Ratings: None
Synopsis: Mr. Handy's Blues is a musical documentary. It’s a tale of family conflict, racial tensions and redemption. W.C. Handy transformed the oral traditions of his Post Civil War African American countrymen into a unique and popular musical genre called the Blues. Taj Mahal, Bobby Rush, Vince Giordano, and others bring Handy’s story to life on a personal level, and illuminate the great accomplishments and contributions that Handy made through his universally loved compositions.



Friday July 21, 2017 11:30am - 1:00pm PDT
Douglass Theatre 355 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd Macon, Georgia 31201

11:45am PDT

Student Shorts Block: The Future of Film

ONCE UPON A LINE

Total Run Time: 7:05
Director: Alicja Jasina
Country of Origin: United States
School: University of Southern California
Ratings: None
Synopsis: A man lives a boring life until he meets somebody and all his world turns upside down.

I AM VIRGIN

Total Run Time: 13:11
Director: Cody Mathieson Packer
Country of Origin: United States
School: Columbia College Chicago
Ratings: Adult Situations
Synopsis: Two awkward teenagers, set up by their parents to lose their virginity, come together and connect on their own terms. 

ROCKET

Total Run Time: 28:54
Director: Brenna Malloy
Country of Origin: United Statesal
School: Chapman University
Ratings: None
Synopsis: Rocket tells a bittersweet fairy tale set in the world of 1950's dirt track racing. With a legacy traditionally passed down from father to son, Annie Pankratz strives to build a destiny all her own.

BLACKFACE

Total Run Time: 6:44
Director: Malcolm Baity
Country of Origin: United States
School: Florida State University
Ratings: None
Synopsis: After arriving late to his minstrel show performance, Paul, a black actor, gets a surprise visit from his estranged father. Though he wants to run, his acting partner Willie convinces him to stay. What happens on stage surprises everyone.

LITTLE ELEGY

Total Run Time: 5:37
Director: Ieva Lukauskaite
Country of Origin: United States
School: Savannah College of Art and Design
Ratings: None
Synopsis: Little Elegy is about a young girl named Lilly who witnesses the death of a pig while spending the summer at her Grandparents' farm. Portrayed through the eyes of a terrified child, the film explores the haunting effects of violence and death, resulting in a dramatic change in perspective.

ALIBI

Total Run Time: 33:05
Director: Cameron Burnett
Country of Origin: United States
School: University of Southern California
Ratings: Adult Situations
Synopsis: A man in a small town is accused of a murder he didn't commit. He has an alibi. Trouble is... he was in bed with his brother's wife.

 



Friday July 21, 2017 11:45am - 1:30pm PDT
Theatre Macon 438 Cherry Street Macon, Georgia 31201

12:45pm PDT

Documentary Feature - EYE CAMERA/RESISTANCE IS LIFE

EYE CAMERA

Total Run Time: 17:30
Director: Brittney Shepherd
Country of Origin: USA
Ratings: None
Synopsis: After losing her left eye in a car accident, artist Tanya Vlach attempts to make herself whole again by trying to build a camera that fits inside her prosthetic eye.

RESISTANCE IS LIFE

Total Run Time: 73:00
Director: Apo W. Bazidi
Country of Origin: Syria, United StateS
Ratings: None
Synopsis: EVLIN is an 8-year-old girl who escaped with her family from her their village in Kobane, Syria in September 2014, fleeing the terror of the militant Islamic State (ISIS). Now she lives in an overcrowded refugee camp on the edge of the Turkish-Syrian border, so close that you can still hear the explosions. Evlin joins the adults who sing and chant on the border, watching smoke rising up from their beloved Kobane. 



Friday July 21, 2017 12:45pm - 2:30pm PDT
Cox Capitol Theatre 382 Second Street Macon, Georgia 31202

1:15pm PDT

Narrative Shorts Block - Made in Georgia

SUNNYSIDE DRIVE

Total Run Time: 11:54
Director: Luke Pilgrim & Brad Kennedy
Country of Origin: United States
Ratings: None
Synopsis: In a picturesque suburb, an imaginative boy attempts to convince his mother that their peculiar neighbor is a robot.


THE THIEVES OF ALMIRA

Total Run Time: 14:42
Director: Andrew Lee
Country of Origin: United States
Ratings: Lanuage
Synopsis: Quincy is up to bat in the game that her and her two friends created to spark excitement in a dull suburb: sneak into a house and steal an object chosen at random. Upon entering the home, she is caught by the old, Korean homeowner who mistakes Quincy for her own granddaughter. 

BIRTHDAY CAKE

Total Run Time: 17:16
Director: Brantly Jackson Watts
Country of Origin: United States
Ratings: Language, Violence
Synopsis: Set in the deep south, Birdie marks the first anniversary of leaving her abusive lover, Donnie, with a ceremonial candle on a cake. One by one, her fellow survivors leave for the night, and Birdie is left to mourn the love she left behind with her abuser. As the evening unfurls, Birdie will be confronted by more than an aching heart in this Southern Gothic thriller. 

GOOD HAIR

Total Run Time: 26:24
Director: Fray Forde & Catherine Dee Holly
Country of Origin: United States
Ratings: Language
Synopsis: A conditioner bottle spawns what appears to be argument of the day for couple Frankie and Khi. Good Hair explores a millennial long-term relationship and the split ends along the way.

 



Friday July 21, 2017 1:15pm - 2:30pm PDT
Douglass Theatre 355 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd Macon, Georgia 31201

1:30pm PDT

Workshop - Designing for the Dome: Getting Started in Immersive Cinema

Workshop - Designing for the Dome: Getting Started in Immersive Cinema

(Museum of Arts & Sciences - Planetarium)       

This workshop is designed for for industry professionals, filmmakers, and artists looking to get started in fulldome filmmaking. Topics include how to think about the space, the technical standards of the format, and tips to crafting a memorable experience. Participants view examples of films and participate in a demo of content creation.


Speakers
DR

Diana Reichenbach

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... Read More →



Friday July 21, 2017 1:30pm - 3:30pm PDT
Museum of Arts & Sciences 4182 Forsyth Rd, Macon, GA 31210

1:45pm PDT

Narrative Feature - 6 LOVE STORIES

6 Love Stories

Total Run Time:
Director: Michael Dunaway
Country of Origin: United States
Ratings: Language
Synopsis: Over the course of one afternoon, in six different parts of LA, six couples connect, reconnect, or fall apart. Love Actually meets Magnolia.



Friday July 21, 2017 1:45pm - 3:15pm PDT
Theatre Macon 438 Cherry Street Macon, Georgia 31201

2:30pm PDT

Narrative Shorts Block - The Nature of Relationships

THE PITS

Total Run Time: 3:11
Director: Mike Hayhurst
Country of Origin: United States
Ratings: None
Synopsis: In a world full of pears, what can you find to fill your pit? A story about longing, love, and finding your other half...

THE DRIVING SEAT

Total Run Time: 9:10
Director: Phil Lowe
Country of Origin: United Kingdom
Ratings: Adult Situations
Synopsis: One Saturday morning, a middle aged couple decide to make love in their car in the driveway to put a spark back in their marriage – only to find it has rather the opposite effect..

POSTCARDS

Total Run Time: 13:00
Director: Ines Pintor Sierra, Pablo Santidrian
Country of Origin: Spain
Ratings: None
Synopsis: Ainhoa and Yon meet in a deserted beach and a summer love will grew between them. A summer love they do not want to forget once autumn comes and they return home by their own. To keep the memories of their story alive, Ainhoa and Yon decide to send each other a postcard for a whole year.

MY NEPHEW EMMETT

Total Run Time: 20:00
Director: Kevin Wilson, Jr.
Country of Origin: United States
Ratings: Language, Violence
Synopsis: In 1955, A 64 year old African American Mississippi preacher tries to keep two racist killers from abducting his 14 year-old nephew, Emmett Louis Till. Based on a true story.

CROSSING FENCES

Total Run Time: 13:40
Director: Annika Pampel
Country of Origin: United States
Ratings: Violence
Synopsis: 1974, a young East-German couple is desperate to leave their restricted, communist lives behind and attempts to escape into the West on a hand-made boat across the Baltic Sea.

SHY GUYS

Total Run Time: 8:16
Director: Fredric Lehne
Country of Origin: United States
Ratings: Language
Synopsis: Two strangers bring the laughs as they confront and resolve one of the most insidious scourges afflicting mankind - while standing at public urinals with their willies out. 

BRUTUS

Total Run Time: 37:53
Director: Konstantin Fam
Country of Origin: Russian Federation
Ratings: Language, Violence
Synopsis: German shepherd named Brutus got into concentration camp and turned from a harmless pet into a killer.



Friday July 21, 2017 2:30pm - 4:30pm PDT
Cox Capitol Theatre 382 Second Street Macon, Georgia 31202

2:45pm PDT

Narrative Feature - TINKER'

TINKER’

Total Run Time: 97:00
Director: Sonny Marler
Country of Origin: United States
Ratings: Violence
Synopsis: Grady Lee Jr. is a recluse farmer, discovers his late father’s hidden journal that contains the research and plans to an electro-magnetic machine with technology derived from the lost research of Nikola Tesla. He believes this discovery could change the world. His work is interrupted when his step-sister dies and leaves him custodian of his nephew.



Friday July 21, 2017 2:45pm - 4:30pm PDT
Douglass Theatre 355 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd Macon, Georgia 31201

3:30pm PDT

Documentary Feature - BACKPACK FULL OF CASH

BACKPACK FULL OF CASH

Total Run Time: 96:00
Director: Sarah Mondale
Country of Origin: United States
Ratings: None
Synopsis: Narrated by Matt Damon, this feature-length documentary explores the growing privatization of public schools and the resulting impact on America’s most vulnerable children. Filmed in Philadelphia, New Orleans, Nashville and other cities, it takes viewers through the tumultuous 2013-14 school year, exposing the world of education “reform” where public education – starved of resources- hangs in the balance. ​



Friday July 21, 2017 3:30pm - 5:15pm PDT
Theatre Macon 438 Cherry Street Macon, Georgia 31201

4:30pm PDT

Music Documentary: RAISED BY KRUMP/SYMPHONY IN D

RAISED BY KRUMP

Total Run Time: 22:00
Director: Maceo Frost
Country of Origin: United States
Ratings: Language
Synopsis: Raised by Krump is a film that explores the Compton/South Central, Los Angeles born dance movement called “Krumping”, and the lives of some of the area’s most influential and prolific dancers. Raised by Krump blends the art of movement, music, and personal interviews together to tell the story of finding solace within an underground movement and the community that it creates.

 SYMPHONY IN D

Total Run Time: 53:00
Director: Marlon Johnson & Dennis Scholl
Country of Origin: United States
Ratings: None
Synopsis: “Symphony in D” is the story of a Pulitzer prize-nominated contemporary music composer, Tod Machover, from the MIT Media Lab. When Tod receives a commission for a new symphony from the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, one of America’s greatest orchestras, the commission comes with one catch – Tod must work with a collaborator, well, a lot of collaborators actually! As part of the project, he is required to solicit contributions from anyone in the city of Detroit, and create America’s first crowdsourced symphony.



Friday July 21, 2017 4:30pm - 6:00pm PDT
Douglass Theatre 355 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd Macon, Georgia 31201

4:30pm PDT

LGBT Shorts Block - LOVE & ACCEPTANCE SHORTS

MORE IS MORE

Total Run Time: 6:24
Director: Alexis Boling
Country of Origin: United States
Ratings: None
Synopsis: This portrait of artist Rolly Robinson celebrates fantasy, creativity, and escapism. Armed with his imagination and a hot glue gun, Rolly uses found materials to transform himself into elaborately realized characters that live for a day in our world. 

SWIM

Total Run Time: 11:37
Director: Mari Walker
Country of Origin: United States
Ratings: None
Synopsis: As summer draws to a close, a young trans girl finds freedom in a secret midnight swim.

LOVE THE SINNER

Total Run Time: 16:39
Director: Jessica Devaney
Country of Origin: United States
Ratings: None
Synopsis: Love the Sinner is a personal documentary essay exploring the connection between Christianity and homophobia in the wake of the shooting at Pulse nightclub in Orlando.

PRIA

Total Run Time: 21:00
Director: Yudho Aditya
Country of Origin:
Ratings:
Synopsis: A teen living in rural Indonesia struggles between the traditions of his upbringing and his romantic idealization of the freedom of the west.

DUSK


Total Run Time: 15:00
Director: Jake Graf
Country of Origin: United Kingdom
Ratings: Language, Violence, Adult Situations
Synopsis: A more than tough childhood left behind, Chris meets dream woman Julie, and life lightens a little, but the growing feeling that theirs is a life half lived haunts Chris. Endlessly imagining what might have been, Chris is finally struck by the realisation that for some decisions there is no right answer, and that it's those that truly define us.

CECIL AND CARL

Total Run Time: 14:35
Director: Elvis Leon & Gaston Yvorra
Country of Origin: United States
Ratings: None
Synopsis: Cecil and Carl have been partners for 43 years, 8 months, 1 week and four days. In sickness and in health.

SPILT MILK

Total Run Time: 22:49
Director: James Dunstan
Country of Origin: United Kingdom
Ratings: Language, Adult Situations
Synopsis: An unconventional love story between two teens leading up to the night of their high school prom, as they begin to understand the differences and similarities of love, sex and gender.

 



Friday July 21, 2017 4:30pm - 6:30pm PDT
Cox Capitol Theatre 382 Second Street Macon, Georgia 31202

5:15pm PDT

LGBT Narrative Feature - BULLY/HATE CRIME

BULLY

Total Run Time: 5:00
Director: Alex Preston
Country of Origin: United States
School: Savannah College of Art & Design
Ratings: None
Synopsis: Avery, a withdrawn, soft-spoken young man, gets baited into attending Gay Pride with a guy he’s been messaging on a dating app. When he discovers the mystery man is his high-school bully, he must decide to embrace his bully’s advances or risk losing his first love.

HATE CRIME

Total Run Time: 85:00
Director: Steven Esteb
Country of Origin: United States
Ratings: Language, Violence
Synopsis: As a killer is executed for murdering a young gay man, two sets of parents struggle to deal with the consequences of fear and repression. As the clock ticks toward midnight and the execution, these two families are on a collision course to confront how this happened and who is to blame. Stark and foreboding, this story is told between the lines.

 



Friday July 21, 2017 5:15pm - 7:00pm PDT
Theatre Macon 438 Cherry Street Macon, Georgia 31201

7:15pm PDT

Special Screening: BRAVE NEW JERSEY (Guest: Jody Lambert)
BRAVE NEW JERSEY

Director: Jody Lambert (Q&A following screening)
Run Time: 88:00
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.

 



Friday July 21, 2017 7:15pm - 9:30pm PDT
Douglass Theatre 355 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd Macon, Georgia 31201
 
Saturday, July 22
 

10:00am PDT

Georgia Made Feature - FORTY MILES TO MACON/BORN RIVER BYE

FORTY MILES TO MACON

Total Run Time: 5:00
Director: Daniel Espeut
Country of Origin: United States
Ratings: None
Synopsis: Tyler Goforth’s "Forty Miles to Macon" is to Macon, Georgia as Merle Haggard’s "Okie from Muskogee" is to Muskogee, Oklahoma. This true story of Tyler’s visit to his ancestors is a reminder to us all to seek out our heritage and make every attempt to understand our history.

BORN RIVER BYE

Total Run Time: 84:00
Director: Tim Hall
Country of Origin: United States
Ratings: Language, Drug Use, Adult Situations
Synopsis: A disillusioned songwriter and a restless receptionist confront their regrets over an Autumn weekend in Macon, Georgia.



Saturday July 22, 2017 10:00am - 11:30am PDT
Cox Capitol Theatre 382 Second Street Macon, Georgia 31202

10:00am PDT

Narrative Feature - DOMAIN

DOMAIN

Total Run Time: 97:00
Director: Nathaniel Atcheson
Country of Origin: United States
Ratings: Language, Violence, Adult Situations
Synopsis: After a deadly virus wipes out most of humanity, the survivors are forced to wait alone in self-sustaining bunkers while the viral threat runs its course. Able to communicate through a networked video interface, the survivors wait for years and slowly become a motley family of sorts. But their fragile social ecosystem is shattered when, one by one, they start mysteriously disappearing from their bunkers.



Saturday July 22, 2017 10:00am - 11:30am PDT
Theatre Macon 438 Cherry Street Macon, Georgia 31201

10:00am PDT

Student Shorts Block: The Future of Film

ONCE UPON A LINE

Total Run Time: 7:05
Director: Alicja Jasina
Country of Origin: United States
School: University of Southern California
Ratings: None
Synopsis: A man lives a boring life until he meets somebody and all his world turns upside down.

I AM VIRGIN

Total Run Time: 13:11
Director: Cody Mathieson Packer
Country of Origin: United States
School: Columbia College Chicago
Ratings: Adult Situations
Synopsis: Two awkward teenagers, set up by their parents to lose their virginity, come together and connect on their own terms. 

ROCKET

Total Run Time: 28:54
Director: Brenna Malloy
Country of Origin: United Statesal
School: Chapman University
Ratings: None
Synopsis: Rocket tells a bittersweet fairy tale set in the world of 1950's dirt track racing. With a legacy traditionally passed down from father to son, Annie Pankratz strives to build a destiny all her own.

BLACKFACE

Total Run Time: 6:44
Director: Malcolm Baity
Country of Origin: United States
School: Florida State University
Ratings: None
Synopsis: After arriving late to his minstrel show performance, Paul, a black actor, gets a surprise visit from his estranged father. Though he wants to run, his acting partner Willie convinces him to stay. What happens on stage surprises everyone.

LITTLE ELEGY

Total Run Time: 5:37
Director: Ieva Lukauskaite
Country of Origin: United States
School: Savannah College of Art and Design
Ratings: None
Synopsis: Little Elegy is about a young girl named Lilly who witnesses the death of a pig while spending the summer at her Grandparents' farm. Portrayed through the eyes of a terrified child, the film explores the haunting effects of violence and death, resulting in a dramatic change in perspective.

ALIBI

Total Run Time: 33:05
Director: Cameron Burnett
Country of Origin: United States
School: University of Southern California
Ratings: Adult Situations
Synopsis: A man in a small town is accused of a murder he didn't commit. He has an alibi. Trouble is... he was in bed with his brother's wife.

 



Saturday July 22, 2017 10:00am - 11:30am PDT
Macon - Bibb Convention & Visitor's Bureau 450 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd Macon, Georgia 31201

10:00am PDT

Narrative Shorts Block - The Nature of Relationships

THE PITS

Total Run Time: 3:11
Director: Mike Hayhurst
Country of Origin: United States
Ratings: None
Synopsis: In a world full of pears, what can you find to fill your pit? A story about longing, love, and finding your other half...

THE DRIVING SEAT

Total Run Time: 9:10
Director: Phil Lowe
Country of Origin: United Kingdom
Ratings: Adult Situations
Synopsis: One Saturday morning, a middle aged couple decide to make love in their car in the driveway to put a spark back in their marriage – only to find it has rather the opposite effect..

POSTCARDS

Total Run Time: 13:00
Director: Ines Pintor Sierra, Pablo Santidrian
Country of Origin: Spain
Ratings: None
Synopsis: Ainhoa and Yon meet in a deserted beach and a summer love will grew between them. A summer love they do not want to forget once autumn comes and they return home by their own. To keep the memories of their story alive, Ainhoa and Yon decide to send each other a postcard for a whole year.

MY NEPHEW EMMETT

Total Run Time: 20:00
Director: Kevin Wilson, Jr.
Country of Origin: United States
Ratings: Language, Violence
Synopsis: In 1955, A 64 year old African American Mississippi preacher tries to keep two racist killers from abducting his 14 year-old nephew, Emmett Louis Till. Based on a true story.

CROSSING FENCES

Total Run Time: 13:40
Director: Annika Pampel
Country of Origin: United States
Ratings: Violence
Synopsis: 1974, a young East-German couple is desperate to leave their restricted, communist lives behind and attempts to escape into the West on a hand-made boat across the Baltic Sea.

SHY GUYS

Total Run Time: 8:16
Director: Fredric Lehne
Country of Origin: United States
Ratings: Language
Synopsis: Two strangers bring the laughs as they confront and resolve one of the most insidious scourges afflicting mankind - while standing at public urinals with their willies out. 

BRUTUS

Total Run Time: 37:53
Director: Konstantin Fam
Country of Origin: Russian Federation
Ratings: Language, Violence
Synopsis: German shepherd named Brutus got into concentration camp and turned from a harmless pet into a killer.



Saturday July 22, 2017 10:00am - 11:45am PDT
Douglass Theatre 355 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd Macon, Georgia 31201

11:45am PDT

Documentary Feature - THE OTHER SIDE/FAREWELL FERRIS WHEEL

THE OTHER SIDE

Total Run Time: 5:55
Director: Griselda San Martin
Country of Origin: United States
Ratings: None
Synopsis: The Other Side is the story of deported musician Jose Marquez and his daughter Susanna who have been separated for almost 15 years but meet every month on either side of the US-Mexico border wall.


FAREWELL FERRIS WHEEL

Total Run Time: 70:00
Director: Jamie Sisley & Miguel “M.I.G” Martinez
Country of Origin: United States, Mexico
Ratings: None
Synopsis: Farewell Ferris Wheel explores how the U.S. Carnival industry fights to keep itself alive by legally employing Mexican migrant workers with a controversial work visa.



Saturday July 22, 2017 11:45am - 1:15pm PDT
Theatre Macon 438 Cherry Street Macon, Georgia 31201

11:45am PDT

Documentary Feature - BACKPACK FULL OF CASH

BACKPACK FULL OF CASH

Total Run Time: 96:00
Director: Sarah Mondale
Country of Origin: United States
Ratings: None
Synopsis: Narrated by Matt Damon, this feature-length documentary explores the growing privatization of public schools and the resulting impact on America’s most vulnerable children. Filmed in Philadelphia, New Orleans, Nashville and other cities, it takes viewers through the tumultuous 2013-14 school year, exposing the world of education “reform” where public education – starved of resources- hangs in the balance. ​



Saturday July 22, 2017 11:45am - 1:30pm PDT
Cox Capitol Theatre 382 Second Street Macon, Georgia 31202

11:45am PDT

Narrative Feature - SEARCH ENGINES

SEARCH ENGINES

Total Run Time: 95:00
Director: Russell Brown
Country of Origin: United States
Ratings: Language
Synopsis: Sanity and relationships are put to the test when mysterious circumstances force a family to survive the annual American Thanksgiving holiday without their cell phones.



Saturday July 22, 2017 11:45am - 1:30pm PDT
Macon - Bibb Convention & Visitor's Bureau 450 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd Macon, Georgia 31201

12:00pm PDT

Spotlight Film - BASICALLY FRIGHTENED: THE MUSICAL MADNESS OF COLONEL BRUCE HAMPTON

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

Director: Tom Lawson, Michael Koepenick
Run Time: 90:00
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?



Saturday July 22, 2017 12:00pm - 1:30pm PDT
Douglass Theatre 355 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd Macon, Georgia 31201

12:00pm PDT

Workshop - A BRIEF INTRODUCTION TO MUSIC IN MEDIA

A BRIEF INTRODUCTION TO MUSIC IN MEDIA presented by the Mark Chubb

(Tubman African American Museum - Lecture Room)

This workshop introduces the working musician to different aspects of media-based music production and business. Topics include brief overviews of the purposes of music in media, types of music used in media, and how to get your music placed in media.


Speakers
MC

Mark Chubb

Mark Anthony Chubb has produced music for numerous cable channels, including Spike TV, MTV, the Style Channel, the A&E Channel, and Fit TV. His music appeared on Oprah’s Big Give, the Peabody Award winning series Latino Americans, and has also been featured in Computer Music magazine... Read More →



Saturday July 22, 2017 12:00pm - 1:30pm PDT
Tubman Museum 310 Cherry St, Macon, GA 31201

1:30pm PDT

Narrative Shorts Block - Things Aren't Always What They Seem

FIRST DAY

Total Run Time: 14:10
Director: Yohann Charrin
Country of Origin: France
Ratings: None
Synopsis: Safia Bentoumi, a young 25 years old police woman, has her dream come true and join the prestigious 36 quai des Orfèvres in Paris, after 5 years of service at the Clichy sous Bois police station. On her first day of service and by a curious coincidence, she happens to be confronted with a dangerous guy who rudely put her to the test.

CUL DE SAC

Total Run Time: 15:00
Director: Damon Russell
Country of Origin: United States
Ratings: Language, Violence
Synopsis: Parents living at the end of a quiet Cul-De-Sac discover a listening device inside their son's teddy bear.

THE CURSE OF DON SCARDUCCI

Total Run Time: 18:00
Director: Chris Fondulas
Country of Origin: United States
Ratings: Language, Violence
Synopsis: Life is good for Don, a rough and tumble mobster, until the day he discovers his intolerance to gluten, and can no longer enjoy the staples of his everyday mobster diet. As his food habits change, so do his demeanor and lifestyle, but it all goes south when his mob family discovers his new life.

BLACKMOOR

Total Run Time: 10:48
Director: James Lewis
Country of Origin: United Kingdom
Ratings: None
Synopsis: A heart-breaking story of high suspense set against the backdrop of 1970s rural England: nobody is a stranger in the middle of nowhere.

REAL ARTISTS

Total Run Time: 12:00
Director: Cameo Wood
Country of Origin: United States
Ratings: None
Synopsis: Real Artists, a dark tale set in the near future, is based on Ken Liu’s short story of the same name. Sophia just scored every animator’s dream interview at world famous Semaphore Animation Studios. But when the Creative Director, Anne Palladon, reveals that she knows about Sophia’s fan-edit of Semaphore’s hit film Mythos, Sophia sees her dreams begin to slip away.

A WHOLE WORLD FOR A LITTLE WORLD

Total Run Time: 15:00
Director: Fabrice Bracq
Country of Origin: France
Ratings: None
Synopsis: A woman tells a great story to her baby. In the manner of a tale with princes and princesses, she remains into his memories to pass on his daughter. 

 



Saturday July 22, 2017 1:30pm - 3:00pm PDT
Theatre Macon 438 Cherry Street Macon, Georgia 31201

1:30pm PDT

Spotlight Film - JACKSON

JACKSON

Director: Maisie Crow
Run Time: 92:00

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.



Saturday July 22, 2017 1:30pm - 3:15pm PDT
Cox Capitol Theatre 382 Second Street Macon, Georgia 31202

1:45pm PDT

Spotlight Film - SWIM TEAM

SWIM TEAM

Director: Lara Stolman
Run Time: 90:00

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.



Saturday July 22, 2017 1:45pm - 3:15pm PDT
Douglass Theatre 355 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd Macon, Georgia 31201

1:45pm PDT

Music Feature - A GESTURE IN THE WORD

A GESTURE IN THE WORD

Total Run Time: 95:00
Director: Dave Davidson
Country of Origin: United States
Ratings: None
Synopsis: At age 50, musician and poet, Rob Morsberger was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer - and it came at the high point in his career. After 25 years in the music business, critics were starting to compare his songwriting to Randy Newman, Tom Waits and even Stephen Foster. Finally, it was all starting to come together. 



Saturday July 22, 2017 1:45pm - 3:30pm PDT
Macon - Bibb Convention & Visitor's Bureau 450 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd Macon, Georgia 31201

2:00pm PDT

Workshop - Film Festival Strategy Crash Course

Film Festival Strategy Crash Course with Christopher Holland

(Tubman African American Museum - Lecture Room)         

Having trouble narrowing down the giant list of film festivals out there to the ones that are the best for your film? This crash course in festival strategy will help you through one of the most difficult parts of the festival process: creating a target list of festivals that increases your chances of acceptance and keeps your submissions budget in check. 

You'll learn:

  • How film festival programming really works
  • How important it is to "know someone" 
  • How much to budget for submissions
  • What to look for in a film festival
  • The secrets of festival research on the web
  • Presentation tips to give your film that extra edge 

Speakers
CH

Christopher Holland

Christopher Holland is a consultant on marketing and festival strategy for independent filmmakers around the world. He is also the author of Film Festival Secrets: A Handbook for Independent Filmmakers (filmfestivalsecrets.com). For more than a decade Chris has worked on all sides... Read More →



Saturday July 22, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm PDT
Tubman Museum 310 Cherry St, Macon, GA 31201

3:15pm PDT

Georgia Made Doc Shorts - GEORGIA STORIES

ONE HUNDRED THOUSAND BEATING HEARTS

Total Run Time: 14:57
Director: Peter Byck
Country of Origin: United States
Ratings: None
Synopsis: A pioneering farmer in rural Georgia shares his journey from industrialized beef production to sustainable, humane agricultural and environmental stewardship.

THE SANDMAN

Total Run Time:
Director: Lauren Knapp
Country of Origin: United States
Ratings: None
Synopsis: A doctor walks the line of his morality as he participates in executions, while personally opposing capital punishment.

DIGITAL EDITION

Total Run Time: 26:00
Director: James Kicklighter
Country of Origin: United States
Ratings: None
Synopsis: In the midst of a publishing revolution, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, one of America's most storied institutions of journalism, is experimenting with new tools to tell stories in preparation for the end of print in the digital era.

LONNIE HOLLEY: THE TRUTH OF THE DIRT

 Total Run Time: 30:00
Director: Marco Williams
Country of Origin: United States
Ratings: None
Synopsis: Filmed in the South with minimal interviews, Lonnie Holley: The Truth of the Dirt is a portrait of a man who sees beauty in what others step on, step over, and leave behind. It is a portrait of an artist who creates art of objects and materials infused with history and memory.



Saturday July 22, 2017 3:15pm - 5:00pm PDT
Theatre Macon 438 Cherry Street Macon, Georgia 31201

3:30pm PDT

Workshop - THE BUSINESS OF MUSIC IN FILM

THE BUSINESS OF MUSIC IN FILM presented by the Mark Chubb
(Tubman African American Museum - Lecture Room)

This workshop focuses on the uses of music in media. Topics include brief discussions of the roles of music supervisors, composers, editors, music editors, music licensing, and types of uses.


Speakers
MC

Mark Chubb

Mark Anthony Chubb has produced music for numerous cable channels, including Spike TV, MTV, the Style Channel, the A&E Channel, and Fit TV. His music appeared on Oprah’s Big Give, the Peabody Award winning series Latino Americans, and has also been featured in Computer Music magazine... Read More →



Saturday July 22, 2017 3:30pm - 4:45pm PDT
Tubman Museum 310 Cherry St, Macon, GA 31201

3:30pm PDT

Documentary Feature - THE BULLISH FARMER

THE BULLISH FARMER

Total Run Time: 80:0
Director: Ken Marsolais
Country of Origin: United States
Ratings: None
Synopsis: Over a decade ago, John Ubaldo, aka “John Boy,” a successful Wall Street investment banker decided to call it quits. Distraught over the loss of his best friend in the 9/11 attack on the World Trade Center, John traded in his high finance career for 185 acres of land on the Battenkill River in Cambridge, NY, to live a quiet life as a small farmer.



Saturday July 22, 2017 3:30pm - 5:00pm PDT
Macon - Bibb Convention & Visitor's Bureau 450 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd Macon, Georgia 31201

3:30pm PDT

Music Feature - MR. HANDY'S BLUES

MR HANDY’S BLUES

 Total Run Time: 84:00
Director: Joanne Fish
Country of Origin: United States
Ratings: None
Synopsis: Mr. Handy's Blues is a musical documentary. It’s a tale of family conflict, racial tensions and redemption. W.C. Handy transformed the oral traditions of his Post Civil War African American countrymen into a unique and popular musical genre called the Blues. Taj Mahal, Bobby Rush, Vince Giordano, and others bring Handy’s story to life on a personal level, and illuminate the great accomplishments and contributions that Handy made through his universally loved compositions.



Saturday July 22, 2017 3:30pm - 5:00pm PDT
Cox Capitol Theatre 382 Second Street Macon, Georgia 31202

3:30pm PDT

Georgia Made Narrative Feature - HOLDEN ON

HOLDEN ON

Total Run Time: 101:00
Director: Tamlin Hall
Country of Origin: United States
Ratings: Drug Use
Synopsis: No longer your average boy-next-door, Holden Layfield weaves audiences through his harrowing tale in this film set in the early 1990s. After succumbing to a secret battle with mental illness, Holden evolves from a beloved, small town Georgia football player to a lost, self-medicating prophet. Based on a true story. 



Saturday July 22, 2017 3:30pm - 5:15pm PDT
Douglass Theatre 355 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd Macon, Georgia 31201

5:15pm PDT

Documentary Feature - MATTHEW'S GIFT/THE DISTANCE BETWEEN US

MATTHEW’S GIFT

Total Run Time: 11:54
Director: Jon Watts
Country of Origin: United States
Ratings: None
Synopsis: 'Matthew's Gift' is a short documentary that follows photographer Oana Hogrefe as she dedicates her one day a year taking 'remembrance photos' of a child nearing the end of life.

THE DISTANCE BETWEEN US

Total Run Time: 61:00
Director: Brian Storm
Country of Origin: United States
Ratings: None
Synopsis: Nick, 35, has cerebral palsy and lives with his parents. His twin brother Chris has always felt guilty about the daily struggles Nick goes through, which he doesn’t. As an opportunity finally arises for Nick to move out on his own, he and Chris decide to share their story.



Saturday July 22, 2017 5:15pm - 6:30pm PDT
Theatre Macon 438 Cherry Street Macon, Georgia 31201

5:15pm PDT

Narrative Shorts Block - Made in Georgia

SUNNYSIDE DRIVE

Total Run Time: 11:54
Director: Luke Pilgrim & Brad Kennedy
Country of Origin: United States
Ratings: None
Synopsis: In a picturesque suburb, an imaginative boy attempts to convince his mother that their peculiar neighbor is a robot.


THE THIEVES OF ALMIRA OF ALMIRA

Total Run Time: 14:42
Director: Andrew Lee
Country of Origin: United States
Ratings: Lanuage
Synopsis: Quincy is up to bat in the game that her and her two friends created to spark excitement in a dull suburb: sneak into a house and steal an object chosen at random. Upon entering the home, she is caught by the old, Korean homeowner who mistakes Quincy for her own granddaughter. 

BIRTHDAY CAKE

Total Run Time: 17:16
Director: Brantly Jackson Watts
Country of Origin: United States
Ratings: Language, Violence
Synopsis: Set in the deep south, Birdie marks the first anniversary of leaving her abusive lover, Donnie, with a ceremonial candle on a cake. One by one, her fellow survivors leave for the night, and Birdie is left to mourn the love she left behind with her abuser. As the evening unfurls, Birdie will be confronted by more than an aching heart in this Southern Gothic thriller. 

GOOD HAIR

Total Run Time: 26:24
Director: Fray Forde & Catherine Dee Holly
Country of Origin: United States
Ratings: Language
Synopsis: A conditioner bottle spawns what appears to be argument of the day for couple Frankie and Khi. Good Hair explores a millennial long-term relationship and the split ends along the way.

 



Saturday July 22, 2017 5:15pm - 6:30pm PDT
Cox Capitol Theatre 382 Second Street Macon, Georgia 31202

7:15pm PDT

Special Screening: LUCKY
LUCKY


Director
: John Carroll Lynch
Run Time: 88:00
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

 



Saturday July 22, 2017 7:15pm - 9:30pm PDT
Douglass Theatre 355 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd Macon, Georgia 31201
 
Sunday, July 23
 

10:00am PDT

Music Documentary: RAISED BY KRUMP/SYMPHONY IN D

RAISED BY KRUMP

Total Run Time: 22:00
Director: Maceo Frost
Country of Origin: United States
Ratings: Language
Synopsis: Raised by Krump is a film that explores the Compton/South Central, Los Angeles born dance movement called “Krumping”, and the lives of some of the area’s most influential and prolific dancers. Raised by Krump blends the art of movement, music, and personal interviews together to tell the story of finding solace within an underground movement and the community that it creates.

 SYMPHONY IN D

Total Run Time: 53:00
Director: Marlon Johnson & Dennis Scholl
Country of Origin: United States
Ratings: None
Synopsis: “Symphony in D” is the story of a Pulitzer prize-nominated contemporary music composer, Tod Machover, from the MIT Media Lab. When Tod receives a commission for a new symphony from the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, one of America’s greatest orchestras, the commission comes with one catch – Tod must work with a collaborator, well, a lot of collaborators actually! As part of the project, he is required to solicit contributions from anyone in the city of Detroit, and create America’s first crowdsourced symphony.



Sunday July 23, 2017 10:00am - 11:15am PDT
Cox Capitol Theatre 382 Second Street Macon, Georgia 31202

10:00am PDT

Narrative Feature - 6 LOVE STORIES

6 Love Stories

Total Run Time:
Director: Michael Dunaway
Country of Origin: United States
Ratings: Language
Synopsis: Over the course of one afternoon, in six different parts of LA, six couples connect, reconnect, or fall apart. Love Actually meets Magnolia.



Sunday July 23, 2017 10:00am - 11:30am PDT
Douglass Theatre 355 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd Macon, Georgia 31201

10:00am PDT

Georgia Made Narrative Feature - HOLDEN ON

HOLDEN ON

Total Run Time: 101:00
Director: Tamlin Hall
Country of Origin: United States
Ratings: Drug Use
Synopsis: No longer your average boy-next-door, Holden Layfield weaves audiences through his harrowing tale in this film set in the early 1990s. After succumbing to a secret battle with mental illness, Holden evolves from a beloved, small town Georgia football player to a lost, self-medicating prophet. Based on a true story. 



Sunday July 23, 2017 10:00am - 11:45am PDT
Macon - Bibb Convention & Visitor's Bureau 450 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd Macon, Georgia 31201

10:00am PDT

Narrative Feature - TINKER'

TINKER’

Total Run Time: 97:00
Director: Sonny Marler
Country of Origin: United States
Ratings: Violence
Synopsis: Grady Lee Jr. is a recluse farmer, discovers his late father’s hidden journal that contains the research and plans to an electro-magnetic machine with technology derived from the lost research of Nikola Tesla. He believes this discovery could change the world. His work is interrupted when his step-sister dies and leaves him custodian of his nephew.



Sunday July 23, 2017 10:00am - 11:45am PDT
Theatre Macon 438 Cherry Street Macon, Georgia 31201

11:30am PDT

Georgia Made Doc Shorts - GEORGIA STORIES

ONE HUNDRED THOUSAND BEATING HEARTS

Total Run Time: 14:57
Director: Peter Byck
Country of Origin: United States
Ratings: None
Synopsis: A pioneering farmer in rural Georgia shares his journey from industrialized beef production to sustainable, humane agricultural and environmental stewardship.

THE SANDMAN

Total Run Time:
Director: Lauren Knapp
Country of Origin: United States
Ratings: None
Synopsis: A doctor walks the line of his morality as he participates in executions, while personally opposing capital punishment.

DIGITAL EDITION

Total Run Time: 26:00
Director: James Kicklighter
Country of Origin: United States
Ratings: None
Synopsis: In the midst of a publishing revolution, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, one of America's most storied institutions of journalism, is experimenting with new tools to tell stories in preparation for the end of print in the digital era.

LONNIE HOLLEY: THE TRUTH OF THE DIRT

 Total Run Time: 30:00
Director: Marco Williams
Country of Origin: United States
Ratings: None
Synopsis: Filmed in the South with minimal interviews, Lonnie Holley: The Truth of the Dirt is a portrait of a man who sees beauty in what others step on, step over, and leave behind. It is a portrait of an artist who creates art of objects and materials infused with history and memory.



Sunday July 23, 2017 11:30am - 1:15pm PDT
Cox Capitol Theatre 382 Second Street Macon, Georgia 31202

11:45am PDT

Spotlight Film - RUMBLE: INDIANS WHO ROCKED THE WORLD

RUMBLE: INDIANS WHO ROCKED THE WORLD

Director: Catherine Bainbridge, Alfonso Maiorana
Run Time: 102:00

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).



Sunday July 23, 2017 11:45am - 1:30pm PDT
Douglass Theatre 355 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd Macon, Georgia 31201

12:00pm PDT

LGBT Narrative Feature - BULLY/HATE CRIME

BULLY

Total Run Time: 5:00
Director: Alex Preston
Country of Origin: United States
School: Savannah College of Art & Design
Ratings: None
Synopsis: Avery, a withdrawn, soft-spoken young man, gets baited into attending Gay Pride with a guy he’s been messaging on a dating app. When he discovers the mystery man is his high-school bully, he must decide to embrace his bully’s advances or risk losing his first love.

HATE CRIME

Total Run Time: 85:00
Director: Steven Esteb
Country of Origin: United States
Ratings: Language, Violence
Synopsis: As a killer is executed for murdering a young gay man, two sets of parents struggle to deal with the consequences of fear and repression. As the clock ticks toward midnight and the execution, these two families are on a collision course to confront how this happened and who is to blame. Stark and foreboding, this story is told between the lines.

 



Sunday July 23, 2017 12:00pm - 1:30pm PDT
Macon - Bibb Convention & Visitor's Bureau 450 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd Macon, Georgia 31201

12:00pm PDT

LGBT Shorts Block - LOVE & ACCEPTANCE SHORTS

MORE IS MORE

Total Run Time: 6:24
Director: Alexis Boling
Country of Origin: United States
Ratings: None
Synopsis: This portrait of artist Rolly Robinson celebrates fantasy, creativity, and escapism. Armed with his imagination and a hot glue gun, Rolly uses found materials to transform himself into elaborately realized characters that live for a day in our world. 

SWIM

Total Run Time: 11:37
Director: Mari Walker
Country of Origin: United States
Ratings: None
Synopsis: As summer draws to a close, a young trans girl finds freedom in a secret midnight swim.

LOVE THE SINNER

Total Run Time: 16:39
Director: Jessica Devaney
Country of Origin: United States
Ratings: None
Synopsis: Love the Sinner is a personal documentary essay exploring the connection between Christianity and homophobia in the wake of the shooting at Pulse nightclub in Orlando.

PRIA

Total Run Time: 21:00
Director: Yudho Aditya
Country of Origin:
Ratings:
Synopsis: A teen living in rural Indonesia struggles between the traditions of his upbringing and his romantic idealization of the freedom of the west.

DUSK


Total Run Time: 15:00
Director: Jake Graf
Country of Origin: United Kingdom
Ratings: Language, Violence, Adult Situations
Synopsis: A more than tough childhood left behind, Chris meets dream woman Julie, and life lightens a little, but the growing feeling that theirs is a life half lived haunts Chris. Endlessly imagining what might have been, Chris is finally struck by the realisation that for some decisions there is no right answer, and that it's those that truly define us.

CECIL AND CARL

Total Run Time: 14:35
Director: Elvis Leon & Gaston Yvorra
Country of Origin: United States
Ratings: None
Synopsis: Cecil and Carl have been partners for 43 years, 8 months, 1 week and four days. In sickness and in health.

SPILT MILK

Total Run Time: 22:49
Director: James Dunstan
Country of Origin: United Kingdom
Ratings: Language, Adult Situations
Synopsis: An unconventional love story between two teens leading up to the night of their high school prom, as they begin to understand the differences and similarities of love, sex and gender.

 



Sunday July 23, 2017 12:00pm - 1:45pm PDT
Theatre Macon 438 Cherry Street Macon, Georgia 31201

1:30pm PDT

Narrative Shorts Block - Things Aren't Always What They Seem

FIRST DAY

Total Run Time: 14:10
Director: Yohann Charrin
Country of Origin: France
Ratings: None
Synopsis: Safia Bentoumi, a young 25 years old police woman, has her dream come true and join the prestigious 36 quai des Orfèvres in Paris, after 5 years of service at the Clichy sous Bois police station. On her first day of service and by a curious coincidence, she happens to be confronted with a dangerous guy who rudely put her to the test.

CUL DE SAC

Total Run Time: 15:00
Director: Damon Russell
Country of Origin: United States
Ratings: Language, Violence
Synopsis: Parents living at the end of a quiet Cul-De-Sac discover a listening device inside their son's teddy bear.

THE CURSE OF DON SCARDUCCI

Total Run Time: 18:00
Director: Chris Fondulas
Country of Origin: United States
Ratings: Language, Violence
Synopsis: Life is good for Don, a rough and tumble mobster, until the day he discovers his intolerance to gluten, and can no longer enjoy the staples of his everyday mobster diet. As his food habits change, so do his demeanor and lifestyle, but it all goes south when his mob family discovers his new life.

BLACKMOOR

Total Run Time: 10:48
Director: James Lewis
Country of Origin: United Kingdom
Ratings: None
Synopsis: A heart-breaking story of high suspense set against the backdrop of 1970s rural England: nobody is a stranger in the middle of nowhere.

REAL ARTISTS

Total Run Time: 12:00
Director: Cameo Wood
Country of Origin: United States
Ratings: None
Synopsis: Real Artists, a dark tale set in the near future, is based on Ken Liu’s short story of the same name. Sophia just scored every animator’s dream interview at world famous Semaphore Animation Studios. But when the Creative Director, Anne Palladon, reveals that she knows about Sophia’s fan-edit of Semaphore’s hit film Mythos, Sophia sees her dreams begin to slip away.

A WHOLE WORLD FOR A LITTLE WORLD

Total Run Time: 15:00
Director: Fabrice Bracq
Country of Origin: France
Ratings: None
Synopsis: A woman tells a great story to her baby. In the manner of a tale with princes and princesses, she remains into his memories to pass on his daughter. 

 



Sunday July 23, 2017 1:30pm - 3:15pm PDT
Cox Capitol Theatre 382 Second Street Macon, Georgia 31202

1:45pm PDT

Documentary Feature - THE OTHER SIDE/FAREWELL FERRIS WHEEL

THE OTHER SIDE

Total Run Time: 5:55
Director: Griselda San Martin
Country of Origin: United States
Ratings: None
Synopsis: The Other Side is the story of deported musician Jose Marquez and his daughter Susanna who have been separated for almost 15 years but meet every month on either side of the US-Mexico border wall.


FAREWELL FERRIS WHEEL

Total Run Time: 70:00
Director: Jamie Sisley & Miguel “M.I.G” Martinez
Country of Origin: United States, Mexico
Ratings: None
Synopsis: Farewell Ferris Wheel explores how the U.S. Carnival industry fights to keep itself alive by legally employing Mexican migrant workers with a controversial work visa.



Sunday July 23, 2017 1:45pm - 3:00pm PDT
Douglass Theatre 355 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd Macon, Georgia 31201

1:45pm PDT

Narrative Feature - DOMAIN

DOMAIN

Total Run Time: 97:00
Director: Nathaniel Atcheson
Country of Origin: United States
Ratings: Language, Violence, Adult Situations
Synopsis: After a deadly virus wipes out most of humanity, the survivors are forced to wait alone in self-sustaining bunkers while the viral threat runs its course. Able to communicate through a networked video interface, the survivors wait for years and slowly become a motley family of sorts. But their fragile social ecosystem is shattered when, one by one, they start mysteriously disappearing from their bunkers.



Sunday July 23, 2017 1:45pm - 3:30pm PDT
Macon - Bibb Convention & Visitor's Bureau 450 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd Macon, Georgia 31201

2:00pm PDT

Georgia Made Feature - FORTY MILES TO MACON/BORN RIVER BYE

FORTY MILES TO MACON

Total Run Time: 5:00
Director: Daniel Espeut
Country of Origin: United States
Ratings: None
Synopsis: Tyler Goforth’s "Forty Miles to Macon" is to Macon, Georgia as Merle Haggard’s "Okie from Muskogee" is to Muskogee, Oklahoma. This true story of Tyler’s visit to his ancestors is a reminder to us all to seek out our heritage and make every attempt to understand our history.

BORN RIVER BYE

Total Run Time: 84:00
Director: Tim Hall
Country of Origin: United States
Ratings: Language, Drug Use, Adult Situations
Synopsis: A disillusioned songwriter and a restless receptionist confront their regrets over an Autumn weekend in Macon, Georgia.



Sunday July 23, 2017 2:00pm - 3:30pm PDT
Theatre Macon 438 Cherry Street Macon, Georgia 31201

3:15pm PDT

Spotlight Film - TBA
Information Coming Soon!

Sunday July 23, 2017 3:15pm - 4:45pm PDT
Cox Capitol Theatre 382 Second Street Macon, Georgia 31202

3:15pm PDT

Spotlight Film - WHOSE STREETS?

WHOSE STREETS?

Director: Sabaah Folayan, Damon Davis
Run Time: 90:00

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.



Sunday July 23, 2017 3:15pm - 4:45pm PDT
Douglass Theatre 355 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd Macon, Georgia 31201

3:30pm PDT

Documentary Feature - MATTHEW'S GIFT/THE DISTANCE BETWEEN US

MATTHEW’S GIFT

Total Run Time: 11:54
Director: Jon Watts
Country of Origin: United States
Ratings: None
Synopsis: 'Matthew's Gift' is a short documentary that follows photographer Oana Hogrefe as she dedicates her one day a year taking 'remembrance photos' of a child nearing the end of life.

THE DISTANCE BETWEEN US

Total Run Time: 61:00
Director: Brian Storm
Country of Origin: United States
Ratings: None
Synopsis: Nick, 35, has cerebral palsy and lives with his parents. His twin brother Chris has always felt guilty about the daily struggles Nick goes through, which he doesn’t. As an opportunity finally arises for Nick to move out on his own, he and Chris decide to share their story.



Sunday July 23, 2017 3:30pm - 5:00pm PDT
Theatre Macon 438 Cherry Street Macon, Georgia 31201

4:00pm PDT

Documentary Feature - EYE CAMERA/RESISTANCE IS LIFE

EYE CAMERA

Total Run Time: 17:30
Director: Brittney Shepherd
Country of Origin: USA
Ratings: None
Synopsis: After losing her left eye in a car accident, artist Tanya Vlach attempts to make herself whole again by trying to build a camera that fits inside her prosthetic eye.

RESISTANCE IS LIFE

Total Run Time: 73:00
Director: Apo W. Bazidi
Country of Origin: Syria, United StateS
Ratings: None
Synopsis: EVLIN is an 8-year-old girl who escaped with her family from her their village in Kobane, Syria in September 2014, fleeing the terror of the militant Islamic State (ISIS). Now she lives in an overcrowded refugee camp on the edge of the Turkish-Syrian border, so close that you can still hear the explosions. Evlin joins the adults who sing and chant on the border, watching smoke rising up from their beloved Kobane. 



Sunday July 23, 2017 4:00pm - 5:30pm PDT
Theatre Macon 438 Cherry Street Macon, Georgia 31201

5:45pm PDT

Special Screening: PLEASE CALL HOME (Guest: Kirk West & Friends)
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.



Sunday July 23, 2017 5:45pm - 8:30pm PDT
Douglass Theatre 355 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd Macon, Georgia 31201