Enjoy independent films from around the globe at the 11th annual Macon Film Festival from July 21 – 24. The Festival celebrates the rich musical and southern culture of Macon while promoting filmmaking for inspiration, education, entertainment, and to help the community. Each year features a special guest and this year’s guest is Andrew McCarthy who is celebrating the 30th anniversary of "Pretty in Pink."
The Douglass Theatre, where musical greats such as Little Richard and Otis Redding got their start, provides a historic atmosphere for viewing the entries. At 6:45 p.m. on July 21, the theater will host a Q&A session with acting, directing, & writing icon Andrew McCarthy. After the session, relive the nostalgia of youth with a screening of "Pretty in Pink," which stars McCarthy and is one of his most well-known films.
The Douglass is screening film festival entries throughout the day from Friday – Sunday. Expect to see a variety of films from shorts, long-form, documentaries and many more. One can’t-miss screening is the showing of “Harry Benson: Shoot First” on July 23 at 1 p.m.
The more intimate Theatre Macon will also screen films throughout the festival. It’s the perfect place to watch short films, including “Farmer/ Veteran” on July 22, “The Rainbow Kid” on July 23, and “Jerico” on July 24. The theatre will also host the Sundance Institute Short Film Master Class on July 21 and a filmmaker networking session later on that evening.
Macon’s Cox Capitol Theatre, which was the height of luxury and entertainment in the early 20th century, closed down in the 1970s. Thanks to community support, however, it was restored and reopened in 2006 and has stood as a symbol of Macon’s revitalization ever since. The theater is a great place to watch some of the festival’s narrative films. There will be back-to-back blocks of narratives being screened (including both features and shorts) on July 22 and July 23.
On July 23 and 24, the Macon-Bibb County Convention and Visitors Bureau will host two full days of screening. The student short “The Future of Film” on Saturday and the documentary features on Sunday are sure to capture your interest. While you’re there, be sure to check out the Visitor’s Center to get an idea of other cool things to do while you’re visiting Macon!
The Macon Film Festival is proof positive that Macon is a special place—one that inspires, supports, and celebrates artists and their diverse stories.
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