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The Local Tourist: Macon Film Guild

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If I had to assign each day of the week a specific trait, ‘Sunday’ would undoubtedly fall somewhere between hospitable and hate. It seems that Sundays are about as polarizing as pineapple on pizza or cilantro on just about anything—you either love them or hate their stupid, end-of-the-weekend guts. Like cilantro, which is either the holy in your guacamole or a mouthful of suds, Sundays are also either adored or abhorred. There is no middle ground. Likewise, while some folks consider pineapple a tangy treat when mixed with marinara and cheese, others view it as a sin against the pizza’s sanctity.

Even the musical realm appears to be divided on the topic. If you are like Lionel Richie, you might be “easy, easy like Sunday morning.” But if your disposition is more aligned with that of Johnny Cash, you might disagree, believing instead that “there’s something in a Sunday that makes the body feel alone.”

Personally, I find that the dilemma with Sunday is in the mere difference between morning and afternoon. The minutes of a Sunday morning pass by slowly, the coffee pot purrs gently, the washing machine and dryer sing their sweet, leisurely tune. The hours of Sunday afternoon, however, do not simply pass by, but push by instead, elbows wide, jabbing into your increasingly tender sides. To summarize with clichés: Sundays are either the apple of your eye or a thorn in your side. More often than not, they are both.

The Macon Film Guild offers a solution to these mixed emotions of Sunday reds and blues. Founded in 1999, the Macon Film Guild presents Macon with an alternative activity for those restful, weary hours of Sunday afternoon. The Macon Film Guild features films, usually of the foreign and/or independent variety, that would not usually be available for viewing in Middle Georgia. Admission is only $5.00, and with showings at 2:00, 4:30, and 7:30 PM, you can plan your Sunday spiral accordingly.

The Douglas Theatre, which first opened its doors in 1921, now opens its same charming doors on the second Sunday of each month to every sad and sluggish soul drifting through the afternoon. The theatre, filthy rich with history, has hosted performances by artists such as Otis Redding and Bessie Smith. Today, it continues to support the arts, now both music and film.

On Sunday, October 8th, a friend and I made our way to the second showing of “A Ghost Story” by director David Lowery. Settling into the green, plush seats, we abandoned all angst, welcoming Lowery’s captivating escape. It was undeniably poetic and emotional engaging. Then again, a silent film starring Casey Affleck and Rooney Mara would have been just as pleasing. I am not a film critic, by any means, but I appreciated my own inability to predict the outcome. Even my husband, a superb predictor of plot turns and twists, would have been suspended in uncertain bliss. The ending stopped short of answering the one mystery both you and the ethereal protagonist desperately seek to untangle throughout. The cliffhanger conclusion beckoned at least one, “Well, that sucks,” and it did, but in a way that felt necessary, and unapologetically so. Regardless, it inspired a thought-provoking conversation on the car ride home. More importantly, for an entire hour and a half, I did not once ponder the pain of setting an alarm for the upcoming work day, nor did I ever feel tempted to pull out my mental notepad and jot down a to-do list of tasks for the week ahead. And not that I would ever choose sides between Richie or Cash, but Macon Film Guild at the Douglas Theatre was definitely easy, and not lonesome in the least. You know that you are just going to Netflix your Sunday away anyways, so you might as well get your movie-watching in with some strangers in a really lovely, local place.

So in the slightly altered words of John Bender in “The Breakfast Club,” we can either bury our heads in the sofa and wait until the next weekend, or we can make the most of our Sundays by getting out of the house and into a world of someone else’s making.

Two-Week To-Do: 

Halloween Downtown Macon Open Air Market – Saturday, October 28th from 10 AM until 10 PM, 543 Plum Street

Black Jacket Symphony Presents Fleetwood Mac’s “Rumours” – Saturday, October 28th at 8 PM, Grand Opera House

Food Truck Saturday w/ Shana Hargrove Band – Saturday, November 4th at 1:00 PM, The Society Garden

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