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2016 Macon Film Festival - July 21 - 24

Cox Capital Theatre Opening Night
Photo by Mike McKinney

It's time for one of the coolest and friendliest film festivals out there, the 11th Annual Macon Film Festival, from Thursday, July 21st to Sunday, July 24th. The festival teams up once again this year with the Bragg Jam Music, Arts and Kids Festival, which is July 30th to offer special "FestieBesties" VIP tickets to attend both events.

The premier event of the festival is the 30th Anniversary screening of John Hughes classic "Pretty in Pink" on Thursday night, July 21st.  Actor Andrew McCarthy will do a Q&A before the film.

Highlights of the Festival include:

Sundance Institute Short Film Master Class with writer/director and Georgia native James Ponsoldt: The award-winning director will conduct a master class with Sundance Short Film Programmer Mike Plante. The discussion will guide attendees on how to get the most out of resources to make a successful short film within development and production, and how to navigate the film festival world after it's finished. -  Thursday, July 21st

Southern Documentary Block: Films include; "Eat White Dirt" - Eat White Dirt weaves the story of Tammy Wright, a 37 year old addicted to eating kaolin, with that of scientists, local historians, a physician, an artist, and other practitioners of earth-eating. Each is connected by their own unique kinship with kaolin or 'white dirt.' The film focuses on this practice within the American South while also referencing its global perspective.  "Hotel Clermont" - This film honors the Clermont: a place all Atlantans know of, but few know. The hotel intrigues all walks of life. Part of the fascination is due to its basement tenant: Atlanta's oldest strip club. The residents who rented rooms in the hotel upstairs occupied even further-outlying corners of Atlanta society. It is their stories we aim to tell.  – Friday, July 22nd and Saturday, July 23rd

"The End of the Tour"  (2015) In 1996, immediately after the publication of his second book, David Foster Wallace (Jason Segal) goes on a five-day book tour with Rolling Stone writer, David Lipsky (Jesse Eisenberg). Directed by James Ponsoldt. - Friday, July 22nd

"The Seer" (2016)  A cinematic portrait of the changing landscapes and shifting values of rural America in the era of industrial agriculture, as seen through the mind's eye of Wendell Berry. – Friday, July 22nd

Q&A with "Brother's Keeper" director T.J. Amato
Photo by Mike Mckinney

"Harry Benson: Shoot First" (2016) The film charts the illustrious career of the renowned photographer who initially rose to fame alongside The Beatles, having been assigned to cover their inaugural trip to the United States in 1964. With unprecedented "behind the scenes" access, Benson captured some of the most vibrant and intimate portraits ever taken of the most popular band in history. – Saturday, July 23rd

"My Blind Brother"  (2016)  Since Bill (Nick Kroll) caused his brothers (Adam Scott) blindness as a child; Bill has always been 2nd fiddle. All that changes when Rose (Jenny Slate) enters the picture. – Saturday, July 23rd Mike's review of the film

"The Arbalest"  (2016)  When an unexpected tragedy befalls an amateur game inventor, his wife, and a rival make a pact to share in the spoils of his invention. But when that invention becomes an international sensation, the pair charts different courses in their lives, until desire brings them together again for one final game. -  Sunday, July 24th

"Morris from America"  (2016)  A unique coming of age film about a 13-year-old boy named Morris (Markees Christmas) and his single father, Curtis (Craig Robinson) while they live in a town in Germany. Morris is a "fish out of water" and only wants to write rap lyrics in his room until he meets an older teen girl, Katrin (Lina Keller), someone who is way out of his league but Morris is going to fall in love with regardless. -  Sunday, July 24th Mike's review of the film


Macon Film Festival Brick
Photo by Mike McKinney

Besides feature length films, the Festival also celebrates shorts, with particular emphasis on films made in Georgia, including animated shorts, documentaries and music videos. The festival also features a series of LGBT short films.

The great thing about the Macon Film Festival is that it all takes place in downtown Macon, with all three theaters within easy walking distance from each other.

I will be attending the Macon Film Festival, so follow me on twitter @LastOneToLeave for the latest news from the festival.

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