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Tenth Annual Festival Held July 16-19 in Downtown Macon

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Founded in 2005, Macon Film Festival is an annual event held in the heart of historic downtown Macon. The four-day Macon Film Festival was named one of the Top 25 Coolest Film Festivals in the world by Moviemaker Magazine. The festival includes screenings independent films that you can’t see in any other theatres, including short and long format narratives and documentaries. Screenings are held at three venues located within three blocks in downtown Macon: Cox Capitol Theatre, the Douglass Theatre and The 567 Center. Filmmaking workshops, networking events and legendary after-parties combine to make this an event that draws audiences and artists from around the globe.
This year’s special guest is Burt Reynolds, who will screen his iconic Georgia-filmed Deliverence on Friday, July 17, with a Q&A session following the screening. New to the festival this year are Spotlight Films, handpicked by the MAGA board, these are films you won’t want to miss. To help guide you, we have included a schedule of special screenings and spotlight films, along with a venue schedule throughout the Festival. Stay cool this weekend, indoors, watching some of the best student, indie and national films around.

SPECIAL SCREENINGS

Thursday, July 16 at The Douglass Theatre, 8 p.m.
Mavis! Documentary (2015)
Directed by Jessica Edwards, the film is about Mavis Staple of the Staple Singers, who inspired millions and helped propel the civil rights movement with their music. After 60 years of performing, legendary singer Mavis Staples’ message of love and equality is needed now more than ever.

Friday, July 17 at 11169916_oriThe Douglass Theatre, 8 p.m.
Deliverance (1972)
Special guest Burt Reynolds will present the iconic Georgia-filmed DELIVERANCE (1972.) Reynolds will participate in Q&A following the screening.
Widely acclaimed as a landmark picture, the film is noted both for the memorable music scene near the beginning, with one of the city men duelling on guitar with a strange country boy playing banjo, that sets the tone for what lies ahead—a trip into unknown and potentially dangerous wilderness—and for its notorious male rape scene. In 2008, Deliverance was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant”.

Saturday, July 17 at The Douglass Theatre, 8 p.m.
Slow West (2015)
Directed by John Maclean, ‘Slow West’ follows a 16-year-old boy on a journey across 19th Century frontier America in search of the woman he loves, while accompanied by mysterious traveler Silas. The film stars Michael Fassbender and Kodi Smit-McPhee.

936full-sharkys-machine-posterSunday, July 19 at The Douglass Theatre, 7:45 p.m.
Sharky’s Machine (1981)
Burt Reynolds stars in and directed this volatile action thriller about an Atlanta cop by the name of Tom Sharky, a Sgt whose gung-ho tactics on a narcotics case gets him demoted to the Vice Squad. Reynolds will be available for a Q&A following the screening.

SPOTLIGHT FILMS

Friday, July 17 at The Cox Capitol Theatre, 3 p.m.
Western, Southern Documentary
Director: Bill Ross IV and Turner Ross.
For generations, all that distinguished Eagle Pass, TX, from Piedras Negras, MX, was the Rio Grande. But when darkness descends upon these harmonious border towns, a cowboy and lawman face a new reality that threatens their way of life.

live-from-new-york-posterSunday, July 19 at The Douglass Theatre, 1:30 p.m.
Live From New York!, Programmer’s Choice
Director: Bao Nguyen
“Saturday Night Live” has been reflecting and influencing life in the United States for 40 years. Live From New York! goes deep inside this cultural phenomenon exploring the laughter that pulses through American politics, tragedy and popular culture.
Live From New York! explores the early years of “Saturday Night Live”, an experiment from a young Lorne Michaels and his cast of unknowns, and follows its evolution into a comedy institution. The film looks at SNL as a living time capsule, encompassing decades of American politics, media, tragedy, and popular culture with an irreverent edge. Archival footage is interwoven with stolen moments and exclusive commentary from SNL legends, journalists, hosts, musical guests, crew and others influenced by the comedy giant. Live From New York! captures what has enabled SNL to continually refresh itself over nearly 800 episodes and keep America laughing for 40 years.

BlindBoysSunday, July 19 at The Douglass Theatre, 10 a.m.
How Sweet The Sound: Blind Boys from Alabama
Festie Bestie Spotlight Film
Directed and Produced by Leslie McCleave  Filmed over the course of ten years, How Sweet the Sound tells the story of The Blind Boys of Alabama. They met as children in the 1930’s at a state-run segregated vocational school and would become one of the last great gospel quartets, traversing the famed “gospel highway” and beyond. As the surviving band members recount their unlikely success story, we see a rare, frank view of life on and off the road with these renowned performers, now in their 70’s and 80’s.

 

FULL SCHEDULE OF MOVIES

Purchase Tickets Purchase tickets or preview the festival schedule at MaconFilmFestival.com. Tickets are $10 for one-block screenings, $25 for one-day passes; $75 for Screening passes, valid all four days; and $150 for All-Access passes that include admission to all screenings and after-parties. Purchase tickets online at www.MaconFilmFestival.com.  To keep up with the latest festival news follow us on Facebook (Macon Film Festival) or Twitter (@MaconFilmFest). Tickets, programs and merchandise will be available at Macon Film Festival Headquarters located at 567 Cherry St., from Wednesday, July 15, through Sunday, July 19. Bragg Jam and Macon Film Festival  Combo Pass - $175 Admission July 16 – July 19 & July 24th - July 25th: One Macon Film Festival All Access Pass and Macon Film Festival t-shirt AND one Bragg Jam Festival VIP Pass (Patron’s Party and Concert Crawl) and one Bragg Jam t-shirt.
Purchase Tickets
Purchase tickets or preview the festival schedule at MaconFilmFestival.com. Tickets are $10 for one-block screenings, $25 for one-day passes; $75 for Screening passes, valid all four days; and $150 for All-Access passes that include admission to all screenings and after-parties. Purchase tickets online at www.MaconFilmFestival.com.
To keep up with the latest festival news follow us on Facebook (Macon Film Festival) or Twitter (@MaconFilmFest). Tickets, programs and merchandise will be available at Macon Film Festival Headquarters located at 567 Cherry St., from Wednesday, July 15, through Sunday, July 19.
Bragg Jam and Macon Film Festival
Combo Pass – $175
Admission July 16 – July 19 & July 24th – July 25th: One Macon Film Festival All Access Pass and Macon Film Festival t-shirt AND one Bragg Jam Festival VIP Pass (Patron’s Party and Concert Crawl) and one Bragg Jam t-shirt.

COX CAPITOL THEATRE
Thursday, July 16th
• 11:00am – 12:30pm: Student Shorts –
Fighting for What You Want Block (87:00)
• 12:45pm – 2:15pm: Paradise Garden (83:00)
• 2:30pm – 4:15pm: Our Life in Make Believe (96:00)
• 4:30pm – 6:00pm: Narrative Shorts Block – The Definition of Family (90:00)

Friday, July 17th
• 10:00am – 11:00am: Student Shorts –
Serious Shorts Block (60:00)
• 11:15am – 12:45pm: You Belong to Me (88:00)
• 1:00pm – 2:40pm: Sidewalk Traffic (97:00)
• 3:00pm – 4:30pm: Western (90:00)
• 4:45pm – 6:15pm: Take Me to the River (95:00)
• 6:30pm – 8:00pm: Narrative Shorts – Too Fun Too Miss Block (82:00)

Saturday, July 18th
• 10:00am – 11:30am: Coming Back to
Hoop (84:00)
• 11:45am – 1:30pm: Billy Mize and the
Bakersfield Sound (100:00)
• 1:45pm – 3:15pm: Michael Des Barnes – Who Do You Want me to Be? (81:00)
• 3:30pm – 4:15pm: Music Video Shorts (47:00)
• 4:30pm – 6:15pm: Wildlike (98:00)
• 6:30pm – 8:00pm: Paradise Garden (83:00)

Sunday, July 19th
• 10:00am – 11:30am: Narrative Shorts – Too Fun Too Miss Block (82:00)
• 11:45am – 1:30pm: LGBT Narrative Shorts (97:00)
• 1:45pm – 3:00pm: Free Art 4 U (4:00)/Urban Century (68:00)
• 3:15pm – 4:45pm: Not Anymore (15:00)

567 CENTER
Thursday, July 16th
• 10:30am – 12:00pm: Not Anymore (15:00)/ Mimi & Donna (55:00)
• 12:15pm – 1:45pm: Everyone Has a Place (27:00)/Divided Time (56:00)
• 2:00pm – 3:45pm: Narrative Shorts –
Chance Encounters Block (104:00)
• 4:00pm – 5:30pm: Coming Back to the Hoop (84:00)
• 5:45pm – 7:15pm: Michael Des Barnes – Who Do You Want Me to Be?

Friday, July 17th
• 10:00am – 11:15am: Southern Doc Shorts Block (67:00)
• 11:30am – 1:00pm: Day Release (81:00)
• 1:15pm – 2:45pm: Documentary Shorts Block (87:00)
• 3:00pm – 4:40pm: TBD
• 5:00pm – 6:45pm: Billy Mize and the
Bakersfield Sound (100:00)
Saturday, July 18th
• 10:00am – 11:30am: Our Life in Make Believe (96:00)
• 11:45am – 1:15pm: Student Shorts – Fighting For What You Want Block (87:00)
• 1:30pm – 2:30pm: Animated Shorts Block
• 2:45pm – 4:15pm: Music Documentary Shorts Block #2 (81:00)
• 4:30pm – 5:30pm: Old South (54:00)
• 5:45pm – 6:45pm: Student Shorts – Serious Shorts Block (60:00)

Sunday, July 19th
• 1:00pm – 2:30pm: You Belong to Me (88:00)
• 2:45pm – 4:15pm: Music Documentary Shorts Block
4:30pm – 6:15pm: Sidewalk Traffic (97:00)

THE DOUGLASS THEATRE
Thursday, July 16th
11:00am – 12:30pm: Documentary Shorts Block (87:00)
• 12:45pm – 2:15pm: Day Release (81:00)
• 2:30pm – 4:00pm: Music Documentary Shorts Block #2 (81:00)
• 4:15pm – 5:15pm: Animated Shorts Block (57:00)
• 5:30pm – 6:30pm: Music Video Shorts (46:00)
• 8:00pm – 10:00pm: Special Screening “Mavis!” Documentary

Friday, July 17th
• 10:00am – 11:15am: Free Art 4 U (4:00)/
Urban Century (68:00)
• 11:30am – 1:00pm: Wildlike (98:00)
• 1:15pm – 3:45pm: Music Documentary Shorts Block #1 (78:00)
• 4:00pm – 5:40pm: LGBT Narrative Shorts Block (97:00)
• 6:00pm – 7:00pm: Old South (54:00)
• 8:00pm – 10:30pm: Deliverance” with Burt Reynolds Q&A session

Saturday, July 18th
• 10:00am – 11:30am: Frame By Frame (90:00)
• 11:45am – 1:30pm: Narrative Shorts Block – Chance Encounters (104:00)
• 1:45pm – 3:00pm: Southern Documentary Shorts Block (67:00)
• 3:15pm – 5:00pm: Take Me to the River (95:00)
• 5:15pm – 6:45pm: Everyone Has a Place (27:00)/Divided Time (56:00)
• 7:45pm – 10:00pm: Special Screening “Slow West”

Sunday, July 19th
• 10:00am – 11:30am: The Blind Boys of Alabama – How Sweet the Sound (95:00)
• 11:45am – 1:15pm: Narrative Shorts – The Definition of Family Block (90:00)
• 1:30pm – 3:00pm: Live from New York! (90:00)
• 3:15pm – 4:45pm: Festival Favorite – Encore Screening
• 5:00pm – 6:30pm: Festival Favorite – Encore Screening (TBA)
• 7:45pm – 9:30pm: Special Screening “Sharky’s Machine” with Burt Reynolds Q&A session

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