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Thursday, August 15
 

7:15pm

Opening Night Film & Reception: Illuminauts - A Multi-Sensory Fulldome Experience
ILLUMINAUTS: A MULTI-SENSORY FULLDOME EXPERIENCE 
(Live VJ show preceding 20 minute pre-rendered visual audial experience)

Total Run Time: 20:00
Executive Creative Director: Diana Reichenbach
Country of Origin: United States
Ratings: None
Synopsis: In the summer of 2019, a league of Illuminauts banded together to create a multi-sensory aesthetic experience that brings forth spiritual redemption through the medium of a dome-projection. Transforming landscapes into abstract composition as we search for universal expression through mystical symbolism and music allusions. We are expressing the emotion of the cosmic scheme; to present a sensation of cosmic bodies in harmony with each other by means of color and form.

Additional Credits
  • Executive Creative Director: Diana Reichenbach
  • Executive Creative Instigator: John Colette
  • Executive Creative Mentor: Matt Van Rys
  • Co-producer: Desmond Du
  • Co-producer /Editor:Paola Baiz
  • Sound Design: Clea Cullen

Contributing  Artists
  • Madison Hague-Rogers
  • Claire Eby
  • Scott Sandifer
  • Luke Hildreth
  • Quincy Baltes
  • Ryen Goebel
  • Alicia Derico
  • Kelsey Brown
  • Haley McGrath
  • Sarah Miser
  • Catt Molnar
  • Sofia Azpe
  • Olivia Trotter
  • Wesley T Nelson
  • Diana Rex
  • Stephen Mok
  • Coulter Desimone
ILLUMINAUTS is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts.


Thursday August 15, 2019 7:15pm - 10:30pm
Museum of Arts & Sciences 4182 Forsyth Rd, Macon, GA 31210

9:30pm

100.9 Creek Classic Screening: Napoleon Dynamite

NAPOLEON DYNAMITE - 15th ANNIVERSARY SCREENING EVENT
(Doors @ 9:00pm, Movie starts @ 9:30pm)

Heck yes! The Creek 100.9 FM is partnering with the Macon Film Festival for a special 15th anniversary FREE screening of the cult classic film NAPOLEON DYNAMITE at the Creek Stage at The Rookery.

This screening experience will be interactive with contests and Rookery food/drink specials inspired by the film. Yelling out your favorite lines and dancing along with the film will be strongly encouraged. Grab your chapstick and your liger and join us in downtown Macon.Gosh!


Thursday August 15, 2019 9:30pm - 11:30pm
Creek Stage at the Rookery 533 Cherry Street Macon Georgia 31201
 
Friday, August 16
 

11:00am

Fulldome: Art X Extreme
Our most extreme artistic experiences

5 MINUTES OF DEATH

Total Run Time: 5:00
Project Creator: Pia Mozet, Jenny Elisabeth Kleine
Country of Origin: Germany
Ratings: None
Synopsis: She is dead. What sounds like the end of the story is actually the beginning. What happens to our body when we're dying? In this short film we are visualizing the stages of biological death.

END(O)

Total Run Time: 20:00
Project Creator: Alba Corral & Alex Augier
Country of Origin: Spain/France
Ratings: None
Synopsis: end(O) is an original and immersive piece specifically created for the Satosphere. It merges the aesthetics and technical researches of musician Alex Augier and visual artist Alba G. Corral into a transversal and coherent artistic proposition, focusing on what turns out to be an original and hypermedia-specific pathway.

HIRUKO

Total Run Time: 43:00
Project Creator: MASASHIGE IIDA
Country of Origin: Japan
Ratings: None
Synopsis: HIRUKO is a Butoh movie work starring Kazuko Mogami.
The Butoh is a form of Japanese dance theatre that encompasses a diverse range of activities, techniques and motivations for dance, performance, or movement.The Butoh in this work is a way to explore the deep part of the body and express Japanese view of body, nature, life and death using human body. “HIRUKO” is a name of one of the primordial deity, who was abandoned immediately after being born in Japanese mythology.We consider this deity symbolises how nature has been treated in the progress of developing the modern society.


Friday August 16, 2019 11:00am - 12:15pm
Museum of Arts & Sciences 4182 Forsyth Rd, Macon, GA 31210

11:00am

Narrative Feature: Rwanda
RWANDA

Total Run Time: 90:00
Director: Riccardo Salvetti
Country of Origin: Italy
Ratings: Adult Situations, Language, Violence
Synopsis: On the 6th of April 1994, the small African republic was involved in one of the fastest and most systematic genocides in history: one million deaths in just 100 days. Augustin is Hutu, and he must kill. Cécile is Tutsi, and she must die. However, something gives them the strength to do the right thing and accomplish a very brave act never to be forgotten: Saving many innocent civilian lives. What happened during that bloody spring changed not only Augustin's and Cécile's life, but also the one of two young actors called to interpret them on a stage boards many years later.


Friday August 16, 2019 11:00am - 12:30pm
Hargray Capitol Theatre 382 2nd St, Macon, GA 31201

11:00am

Student Shorts: The Future of Film

TANGLE

Total Run Time: 7:36
Director: Malihe Ghloamzadeh
Country of Origin: Iran
Ratings: None
Synopsis: A life of a girl in war

* Female Filmmaker

SKIN I’M IN

Total Run Time: 6:04
Director: Chavez Caley
Country of Origin: United States
Ratings: None
Synopsis: An African American girl struggles with issues of her skin color and decides bleaching her skin is the solution to all her problems. Her mother catches her with the bleaching products and tries to prevent her from making the same mistake that she did.

AMERICAN LETTERS

Total Run Time: 19:30
Director: Kevin Keck
Country of Origin: United States
Ratings: None
Synopsis: A mailman in rural East Tennessee who struggles to make a human connection with others is forced to reconsider his involvement in the life of his co-worker when he suspects she might be in a toxic relationship with her spouse.

LONG LOST

Total Run Time: 12:00
Director: Jordan Edmeades
Country of Origin: Australia
Ratings: None
Synopsis: Things don’t go to plan for Ali when she realizes she is adopted and travels from Australia to Scotland to find her ‘long lost’ sister Heather.

TEQUILA SUNRISE

Total Run Time: 16:00
Director: Adam Bentley
Country of Origin: United Kingdom
Ratings: Language
Synopsis: After a night out on the town, a terrified slacker wakes to find himself slap bang in the aftermath of a gang shootout — or so he thinks. But things are not always quite what they seem…

ETERNITY

Total Run Time: 24:00
Director: Anna Sobolevska
Country of Origin: Ukraine
Ratings: None
Synopsis: 2058. Corporations digitize the souls of the dying and place them in the digital world
beyond the grave forever. Young guy Ian is strongly against digitalizing. The sudden car crash, makes Ian go against his principles. He wants to bring back to life his wife, who is in a coma after the accident.

* Female Filmmaker

Friday August 16, 2019 11:00am - 12:30pm
Georgia Sports Hall of Fame 301 Cherry St, Macon, GA 31201

11:15am

Narrative Feature - Electric Love
ELECTRIC LOVE

Total Run Time: 79:00
Director: Aaron Fradkin
Country of Origin: United States
Ratings: Adult Situations, Language
Synopsis: Four couples traverse the modern dating scene in Los Angeles utilizing popular dating apps.


Friday August 16, 2019 11:15am - 12:30pm
Douglass Theatre 355 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Macon, GA 31201

1:00pm

Music: Singular
SINGULAR

Total Run Time: 63:00
Director: Dennis Scholl & Marlon Johnson
Country of Origin: United States
Ratings: None
Synopsis: The extraordinary rise of Miami’s Cécile McLorin Salvant, already renowned as one of America’s top jazz vocalists at the age of only 29, is chronicled in this love letter to the storied talent. Anchored around a rapturously pristine recording of a recent McLorin concert, SINGULAR follows Cécile’s story from her Haitian and French heritage roots to her studies in Europe and her breakout successes, winning the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition, being nominated for a Grammy for her recorded albums, and acclaim with profiles in such publications as The New York Times, The Guardian and The New Yorker. Through it all, Cécile’s smooth cadences, both in her singing performances and her speaking voice, caress our eardrums.

Friday August 16, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Hargray Capitol Theatre 382 2nd St, Macon, GA 31201

1:00pm

LGBT Narrative Feature: Pageant Material
PAGEANT MATERIAL

Total Run Time: 74:00
Director: Jonothon Mitchell
Country of Origin: United States
Ratings: Language, Violence
Synopsis: Still recovering from the death of his mother, seventeen-year-old Rodney dreams of escaping his small southern hometown in pursuit of following in his mother’s footsteps as an award-winning pageant queen. Despite an onslaught of bullying and abuse from his step-father, step-brothers, and classmates, Rodney calls upon his best friend Monique and a unique cast of southern characters to help him take the crown in an upcoming teen drag pageant in Atlanta, GA.


Friday August 16, 2019 1:00pm - 2:15pm
Georgia Sports Hall of Fame 301 Cherry St, Macon, GA 31201

1:00pm

Documentary: Her Turf / Worlds of Ursula K Le Guin
HER TURF: THE UNTOLD STORY OF ABOUT THREE FEMALE FOOTBALL REFS

Total Run Time: 17:00
Director: Shantel Hansen
Country of Origin: United States
Ratings: None
Synopsis: This short documentary follows three female football referees as they claim access to a powerful role in a male-dominated industry.  This timely film reveals the struggles and triumphs of three referees who didn’t set out to be trailblazers but are, by their very presence, opening doors for women who will arrive after them.

* Female Filmmaker

WORLDS OF URSULA K LE GUIN

Total Run Time: 69:00
Director: Arwen Curry
Country of Origin: United States
Ratings: None
Synopsis: Worlds of Ursula K. Le Guin is a feature documentary that explores the remarkable life and legacy of the science fiction and fantasy writer Ursula K. Le Guin. Produced with Le Guin’s participation over the course of a decade, the film is a journey through the writer's inimitable career and her worlds, both real and fantastic.

* Female Filmmaker


Friday August 16, 2019 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Douglass Theatre 355 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Macon, GA 31201

1:30pm

Workshop: From Extra to Professional: Finding Roles in Film

FILM MACON WORKSHOP

  • Title: From Extra to Professional: Finding Roles in Film
  • Description: Information and tips from actors and a casting agent for anyone who has ever thought, “I’d like to be an actor.”
  • Panelists: Terry L. Wilson (Middle GA Talent Agency), Chris Payne (Actor), Walter Duckworth (Actor), and moderated by Joe Finkelstein. 

Terry Wilson has worked behind the scenes with multiple theatre productions, pageants, fashion shows and indie films and has gained experience in casting, production assistance, behind the screen and continuity photography, decorating sets, wardrobe, location scouting, and craft services. In 2005 she started Middle GA Talent which has evolved into a Facebook Group with over 2000 members. In 2012 she published The Film & Video Production Resource Directory-Middle GA Area. In 2016, Middle GA Talent has transformed into an Agency to help bring more opportunities to the talent in Middle GA. In addition to all her involvement in the entertainment industry, Terry has 20 years of experience working in Human Resources and is a devoted wife and a proud mother of two.

Chris Payne is a lifelong native of Macon. He began his film acting career in 2011 appearing in a local indie that sparked his passion. He then continued his indie career with roles in Bee Sting and the award-winning Refuge (2013). Chris has also worked on well over 100 different productions as a background artist, including The Walking Dead, Brockmire, and Miracle Workers.

Walter Duckworth has been in the film industry since 2010. His experiences range from feature films to commercials. Credit films such as An Innocent Kiss, Exit 101, The Games That Children Play, I'll Be Homeless for Christmas and Ace the Zombie. Television shows consist of Bill O'Reilly's Legends and Lies, Murder Calls, Swamp Murders, Dead Of Night, Fatal Encounters, Clairvoyance, Shrink Rap and CMTs My Big Redneck Wedding. Other interests and personal information includes: lead singer of numerous bands for the past 20 yrs, Board of Director's member for Central Georgia Autism, Ltd., a non-profit organization, voice overs, antique car restoration enthusiast, ever supportive husband for 28 yrs to his wife, Lisa and hands on father to 2 amazing children, Walt and Paige.

Friday August 16, 2019 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Visit Macon 450 Martin Luther King Jr BlvdMacon, GA 31201

1:30pm

Fulldome: Earth Lovers Block
Epic and visually arresting; Journey to all corners of the Earth.

AMERICAN WEST

Total Run Time: 8:00
Project Creator: o chul kwon
Country of Origin: South Korea
Ratings: None
 Synopsis: Short fulldome film of starry nights of American West, such as Grand Canyon, Arches, Monument Valley and etc.

FOUR ELEMENTS

Total Run Time: 17:00
Project Creator: Natalia Oliwiak
Country of Origin: Polska
Ratings: None
Synopsis: Four elements - the fulldome animation about immeasurable power of elements: water, air, earth, fire. In ascetic, poetic pictures we can see the increasing force of elements that can be contemplative and relaxing but also destructive and terrifying, which makes a human being defenseless. It's also a reflection of our emotions, personification of the primary images encoded in our subconscious. Through images, we can escape from surrounding reality and embark on an immersive journey across the elementary phenomena to the inside of our soul.

BIRTH OF PLANET EARTH

Total Run Time: 24:30
Project Creator: Produced by Spitz Creative Media, NCSA’s Advanced Visualization Lab, Thomas Lucas Productions, Inc., in association with Tellus Science Museum
Country of Origin: United States
Ratings: None
Synopsis: Scientists now believe that our galaxy is filled with solar systems, including up to a billion planets roughly the size of our own. The film employs advanced, data-driven, cinematic-quality visualizations to explore some of the greatest questions in science today: How did Earth become a living planet in the wake of our solar system’s violent birth? What does its history tell us about our chances of finding other worlds that are truly Earth-like?

EXO: ARE WE ALONE?

Total Run Time: 25:00
Project Creator: Rio Tinto Montreal Planetarium
Country of Origin: Canda
Ratings: None
Synopsis: Today we know of thousands of exoplanets that offer valuable information about our own planet, its origins and life on Earth. Enjoy this fulldome journey.

AURORAE

Total Run Time: 25:00
Project Creator: Rio Tinto Montreal Planetarium
Country of Origin: Canada
Ratings: None
Synopsis: This immersive show proposes its viewership to admire the aurora borealis as if he was there, but also to learn the reasons for their appearance and to equip the audience to go and experience memorable moments under this green sky.

Friday August 16, 2019 1:30pm - 3:15pm
Museum of Arts & Sciences 4182 Forsyth Rd, Macon, GA 31210

2:30pm

Narrative Shorts: The Nature of Relationships

TWO BALLOONS

Total Run Time: 9:08
Director: Mark C. Smith
Country of Origin: United States
Ratings: None
Synopsis: Two adventurous lemurs navigate their dirigibles halfway around the world to a place where happenstance and fate threaten to disrupt their reunion.

* Female Filmmaker

PORTRAITIST

Total Run Time: 15:00
Director: Cyrus Neshvad
Country of Origin: Luxembourg
Ratings: None
Synopsis: A grandfather kindles a relationship with his dying granddaughter through art.

SWAGGER BACK

Total Run Time: 11:00
Director: George Kenyon
Country of Origin: United States
Ratings: Language
Synopsis: Can a veteran who has lost both his legs in combat get his swagger back?

MUTEUM

Total Run Time: 4:10
Director: Aggie Pak Yee Lee
Country of Origin: Hong Kong
Ratings: None
Synopsis: In an Art Muzeum, we better learn well, from outer to inner, from deep to very deep, serious and sincerely.

EVERY NINE HOURS

Total Run Time: 12:00
Director: Adam Margolis & Jim St. Germain
Country of Origin: United States
Ratings: Language
Synopsis: A modern-day exploration of skin color and gender and how they affect one's ability to participate in relationships and society.

GENERATIONS

Total Run Time: 11:00
Director: Sune Sorensen
Country of Origin: Denmark
Ratings: Language
Synopsis: In a final attempt to re-connect after years of falling out, Alex - encouraged by his mother - embarks on a road trip with his father in their old family Beetle. The car that Alex hates and his father loves, becomes an intimate setting for two stubborn men, who are forced to deal with their issues as they are both literally and figuratively brought together. The journey becomes a bumpy ride filled with conflicts as well as shared memories of a past closeness, which has long since turned cold.

WIRELESS

Total Run Time: 15:00
Director: David Fritzson
Country of Origin: United States
Ratings: None
Synopsis: James, an aging baby-boomer, arrives just after closing at a local cell phone store seeking help with a smartphone. Derek, an empathetic employee, takes what he knows best and tries to create a connection across generations, helping James find the courage and strength to say goodbye.

MY DAUGHTER YOSHIKO

Total Run Time: 15:00
Director: Brian Blum
Country of Origin: United States
Ratings: Language
Synopsis: With her daughter Yoshiko diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder, and her husband overseas serving in the military, Saki Omura is finding it harder and harder to cope. Too ashamed to burden others and too proud to ask for help, Saki faces the now-daunting task of giving her daughter the best life possible.

Friday August 16, 2019 2:30pm - 4:00pm
Hargray Capitol Theatre 382 2nd St, Macon, GA 31201

2:45pm

Music: Soul Man / I Can Only Be Mary Lane

SOUL MAN

Total Run Time: 12:55
Director: Kyle Taubken
Country of Origin: United States
Ratings: Language
Synopsis: Ben Whitaker, Jr., an aging and mostly washed up singer-songwriter from the 60s/70s era of big soul music, navigates loneliness, failed relationships, and a botched career in modern day Memphis, TN.

I CAN ONLY BE MARY LANE

Total Run Time: 59:00
Director: Jesseca Ynez Simmons
Country of Origin: United States
Ratings: None
Synopsis: At 82, Mary Lane is one of the last legendary Blues musicians that made the Great Migration from America’s south. Although Mary is widely respected in Chicago, she has never gotten the wider recognition she deserves. I Can Only Be Mary Lane follows Mary as she records just her second studio album and first in over 20 years. Her producer thinks it could potentially win her a grammy, if only they can get it done.

* Female Filmmaker

Friday August 16, 2019 2:45pm - 4:00pm
Georgia Sports Hall of Fame 301 Cherry St, Macon, GA 31201

3:00pm

Virtual Reality Shorts: Immersive Experiences

ASHE ‘68

Total Run Time: 10:00
Director: Brad Lichtenstein, Jeff Fitzsimmons & Rex Miller
Country of Origin: United States
Ratings: None
Synopsis: An immersive experience into Arthur Ashe’s triumphant win at the 1968 US Open
Fifty years ago, amid the turmoil of 1968, there was Arthur Ashe, an athlete who parlayed his fame as the first black man to win the US Open tennis championship into a lifetime devoted to fighting injustice. The ASHE ’68 Virtual Reality Experience brings viewers into the intimate moments right before Arthur Ashe’s historic 1968 US Open win, an event that changed his life and the course of sports history forever. From the internal pressures he felt during this turbulent cultural shift, to walking down the halls of Forest Hills’ all white West Side Tennis Club, to his historic pre-match press conference and winning match point - the viewer is right there, immersed in that historic day witnessing Ashe’s defining moment as an athlete and emergence as an activist on the world stage. This unique VR experience weaves together 360° video re-creations, archival material, and evocative, never-before-seen 360° sand animation to tell the story.

THE ATOMIC TREE

Total Run Time: 10:00
Director: Emmanuel Vaughan-Lee & Adam Loften
Country of Origin: United States
Ratings: None
Synopsis: The Atomic Tree leads you on an immersive journey through the memories held within the Yamaki pine, a 400-year-old Japanese White Pine bonsai tree that survived the Atomic blast at Hiroshima. From its birthplace in the sacred island of Miyajima and ancient cedar forests imbued with Kami spirits, to the Yamaki family home in Hiroshima where it was cared for 350 years and witnessed and survived the atomic blast. Viewers will experience the intricate “living strands of relationship” woven between the human and non-human worlds in the places the tree has lived. What are the connections and conversations that exist within the memories of the tree? How can those memories help us regain a sense of kinship with the natural world?

DAWN LAND

Total Run Time: 5:00
Director: Scott Gorman
Country of Origin: United Kingdom
Ratings: None
Synopsis: An estimated 10,000 people of Abenaki heritage live throughout New England and Quebec, Canada. Today, Abenaki is fluently spoken by less than 10 individuals. Dawn Land was made to bring attention to the issue of dying languages in general, but also to serve as a tool for Abenaki revitalization.

EVEREST: THE VR FILM EXPERIENCE

Total Run Time: 11:00
Director: Jonathan Griffith
Country of Origin: United Kingdom/Nepal
Ratings: None
Synopsis: Follow Sherpa Tenji as he attempts to climb Mt Everest without the use of bottled oxygen, something that only 175 people have done before. Travel with him through the “Death Zone” and experience the thrilling highs and lows of climbing at the highest elevations on earth.

LIONHEARTED

Total Run Time: 12:10
Director: Ricarda Saleh
Country of Origin: Greece, Germany
Ratings: None
Synopsis: Rida is 8 years old. The extroverted girl fled with her family from Pakistan to Europe. Now she lives in Hotel City Plaza, a self-organised refugee shelter in Athens. We follow Rida in her day-to-day life in Hotel City Plaza. Through the voice-over we learn details about the escape. Rida explains how her family entered Turkey by foot, how she experienced living in a camp arriving in Greece. She tells us about her nightmare, in which she remembers crossing the Medieval Sea and her fear of drowning.

* Female Filmmaker

SEE ME

Total Run Time: 5:00
Director: Alethea Root
Country of Origin: United States
Ratings: Adult Situations
Synopsis: 'See Me' is an exploration of women reclaiming their sexuality from the patriarchy. Experience the persistent barrage of verbal attack - cat calls to self-shaming - that women are exposed to daily. Watch as these women strip off those confines and emerge ready to truly be seen.

* Female Filmmaker

Friday August 16, 2019 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Grand Opera House 651 Mulberry St, Macon, GA 31201

3:00pm

Narrative Feature: Wonderwall / Speed of Life
WONDERWALL

Total Run Time: 7:00
Director: Alexander Denysenko
Country of Origin: Ukraine
Ratings: None
Synopsis: A musical story follows a young man whose heart has been broken due to the lost of a loved one, and he is trying to escape reality. But his surreal experience while in the Chernobyl exclusion zone gives him a chance to discover himself.

SPEED OF LIFE

Total Run Time: 76:00
Director: Liz Manashil
Country of Origin: United States
Ratings: None
Synopsis: In 2016, June and Edward are in the midst of an argument when Edward suddenly falls into a wormhole created by David Bowie's death. In 2040, June continues to mourn the loss of Edward while facing the dark reality of being locked away along with the rest of society's senior citizens. Unwilling to disappear, June begins to plan her escape when Edward suddenly reappears in her life.
Starring: Ann Dowd, Ray Santiago, Vella Lovell, Sean Wright with Allison Tolman and Jeff Perry

* Female Filmmaker


Friday August 16, 2019 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Douglass Theatre 355 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Macon, GA 31201

4:00pm

Virtual Reality Shorts: Immersive Experiences

ASHE ‘68

Total Run Time: 10:00
Director: Brad Lichtenstein, Jeff Fitzsimmons & Rex Miller
Country of Origin: United States
Ratings: None
Synopsis: An immersive experience into Arthur Ashe’s triumphant win at the 1968 US Open
Fifty years ago, amid the turmoil of 1968, there was Arthur Ashe, an athlete who parlayed his fame as the first black man to win the US Open tennis championship into a lifetime devoted to fighting injustice. The ASHE ’68 Virtual Reality Experience brings viewers into the intimate moments right before Arthur Ashe’s historic 1968 US Open win, an event that changed his life and the course of sports history forever. From the internal pressures he felt during this turbulent cultural shift, to walking down the halls of Forest Hills’ all white West Side Tennis Club, to his historic pre-match press conference and winning match point - the viewer is right there, immersed in that historic day witnessing Ashe’s defining moment as an athlete and emergence as an activist on the world stage. This unique VR experience weaves together 360° video re-creations, archival material, and evocative, never-before-seen 360° sand animation to tell the story.

THE ATOMIC TREE

Total Run Time: 10:00
Director: Emmanuel Vaughan-Lee & Adam Loften
Country of Origin: United States
Ratings: None
Synopsis: The Atomic Tree leads you on an immersive journey through the memories held within the Yamaki pine, a 400-year-old Japanese White Pine bonsai tree that survived the Atomic blast at Hiroshima. From its birthplace in the sacred island of Miyajima and ancient cedar forests imbued with Kami spirits, to the Yamaki family home in Hiroshima where it was cared for 350 years and witnessed and survived the atomic blast. Viewers will experience the intricate “living strands of relationship” woven between the human and non-human worlds in the places the tree has lived. What are the connections and conversations that exist within the memories of the tree? How can those memories help us regain a sense of kinship with the natural world?

DAWN LAND

Total Run Time: 5:00
Director: Scott Gorman
Country of Origin: United Kingdom
Ratings: None
Synopsis: An estimated 10,000 people of Abenaki heritage live throughout New England and Quebec, Canada. Today, Abenaki is fluently spoken by less than 10 individuals. Dawn Land was made to bring attention to the issue of dying languages in general, but also to serve as a tool for Abenaki revitalization.

EVEREST: THE VR FILM EXPERIENCE

Total Run Time: 11:00
Director: Jonathan Griffith
Country of Origin: United Kingdom/Nepal
Ratings: None
Synopsis: Follow Sherpa Tenji as he attempts to climb Mt Everest without the use of bottled oxygen, something that only 175 people have done before. Travel with him through the “Death Zone” and experience the thrilling highs and lows of climbing at the highest elevations on earth.

LIONHEARTED

Total Run Time: 12:10
Director: Ricarda Saleh
Country of Origin: Greece, Germany
Ratings: None
Synopsis: Rida is 8 years old. The extroverted girl fled with her family from Pakistan to Europe. Now she lives in Hotel City Plaza, a self-organised refugee shelter in Athens. We follow Rida in her day-to-day life in Hotel City Plaza. Through the voice-over we learn details about the escape. Rida explains how her family entered Turkey by foot, how she experienced living in a camp arriving in Greece. She tells us about her nightmare, in which she remembers crossing the Medieval Sea and her fear of drowning.

* Female Filmmaker

SEE ME

Total Run Time: 5:00
Director: Alethea Root
Country of Origin: United States
Ratings: Adult Situations
Synopsis: 'See Me' is an exploration of women reclaiming their sexuality from the patriarchy. Experience the persistent barrage of verbal attack - cat calls to self-shaming - that women are exposed to daily. Watch as these women strip off those confines and emerge ready to truly be seen.

* Female Filmmaker

Friday August 16, 2019 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Grand Opera House 651 Mulberry St, Macon, GA 31201

4:15pm

Documentary: Free Trip to Egypt
FREE TRIP TO EGYPT

Total Run Time: 93:00
Director: Ingrid Serban
Country of Origin: Egypt, Switzerland, United States
Ratings: None
Synopsis: A Canadian-Egyptian entrepreneur living in Switzerland offers a free trip to Egypt to Americans concerned about an Islamic threat. What happens when the ultra conservative school teacher and her husband are paired with a young Egyptian revolutionary? The liberal American woman with an Egyptian journalist who covers her hair, the preacher and Miss Kentucky with an ultra orthodox Muslim family?


Friday August 16, 2019 4:15pm - 6:00pm
Hargray Capitol Theatre 382 2nd St, Macon, GA 31201

5:00pm

LGBT: Love & Acceptance Shorts

LISTEN

Total Run Time: 4:20
Director: Jake Graf
Country of Origin: United Kingdom
Ratings: None
Synopsis: Featuring young trans actors in trans roles, 'Listen' honestly and frankly depicts some of the myriad struggles experienced daily by trans children and teenagers, giving a much needed voice to this often maligned section of the community.

FRAN THIS SUMMER

Total Run Time: 10:44
Director: Mary Evangelista
Country of Origin: United States
Ratings: None
Synopsis: Fran This Summer follows teenage lovebirds, sensitive Francis and their skater girlfriend Angie, as they spend the summer shacked up at home while Fran begins their transition.

* Female Filmmaker

CLOUDS

Total Run Time: 5:20
Director: Anna Buryachkova
Country of Origin: Ukraine
Ratings: Violence, Adult Situations
Synopsis: Bullying ruins lives and families. The film stands for #superparents supporting their children despite of their gender and preferences. This touching music video reveals the story of mother and son who feels like a girl. The plot is based on real story. The video encourages parents to protect their children from bullying in any situation.

* Female Filmmaker

SHARED

Total Run Time: 7:06
Director: Julien Vallon
Country of Origin: France
Ratings: Language
Synopsis: In this world we would all know a natural, biological, sex change before 30 years and this is the wonderful news that Joe will announce to her friends: her turn has come, she is changing. She is changing sex. Her friends are delighted. However, at the announcement of this news one of them will reveal their true feelings against this natural process, against his own sex change.

HEATHER HAS FOUR MOMS

Total Run Time: 14:08
Director: Jeanette Buck
Country of Origin: United States
Ratings: Adult Situations
Synopsis: When Heather decides to lose her virginity for her 15th birthday, Mom’s wife must convince Mom, and Mom’s ex, and Mom’s ex’s partner that it’s time for Heather to have “the talk”. Which mom is ready to help Heather make a big decision? It’s a mother-daughter story. Times four.

* Female Filmmaker

HANK

Total Run Time: 16:40
Director: Hongyu Li
Country of Origin: United States
Ratings: Adult Situations
Synopsis: Struggling with a recently opened marriage, a middle aged gay man must decide if the relationship is worth his compromise.

* Female Filmmaker

MUDPOTS

Total Run Time: 12:39
Director: Cate Smierciak
Country of Origin: United States
Ratings: Adult Situations, Language
Synopsis: 16-year-old Shelby and her best friend Jess spend one last afternoon together at the Salton Sea. In a stolen moment at Shelby’s surprise going-away party, they acknowledge something more between them.

* Female Filmmaker

LOLO

Total Run Time: 13:40
Director: Leandro Goddinho & Paulo Menezes
Country of Origin: Germany
Ratings: Language
Synopsis: Lolo is an openly gay 11-year-old boy trying to finally convince Max, his first love, to go public with their relationship at the school party.

Friday August 16, 2019 5:00pm - 6:30pm
Georgia Sports Hall of Fame 301 Cherry St, Macon, GA 31201

5:00pm

Narrative Shorts: Wait. What?

THE CHOP

Total Run Time: 1:12
Director: Jennifer Sheridan
Country of Origin: United Kingdom
Ratings: None
Synopsis: Terry’s done a bad thing, but why?

* Female Filmmaker

SAC DE MERDE

Total Run Time: 13:27
Director: Greg Chwerchak
Country of Origin: United States
Ratings: Language, Adult Situations
Synopsis: Based on a true story, "Sac de Merde" tells the tale of Mazel Mankewicz, an unlucky-in-love yet irrationally optimistic New Yorker who thinks her luck has changed when she spends the night with the man of her dreams. As it turns out, he might just be full of shit. Literally.

GRACE

Total Run Time: 6:00
Director: Alexia Oldini & Steven Gray
Country of Origin: United States
Ratings: None
Synopsis: GRACE is the story of the eviction of a young woman of color from her home. Her subsequent encounters reveal the callousness of a society built to exploit the precariousness of people like herself. In the end she confronts head-on a struggle far easier to identify than it is to overcome.

* Female Filmmaker

MOLLY

Total Run Time: 10:00
Director: Phyllis Jackson
Country of Origin: United States
Ratings: None
Synopsis: He’s just your average, middle-aged divorcee looking for his first fix. Today he meets Molly.

* Female Filmmaker

PEGGY

Total Run Time: 12:00
Director: Justin O'Neal Miller
Country of Origin: United States
Ratings: Language
Synopsis: Everything seems to work out perfectly for Peggy, but her social graces are put to the test when she is surrounded by admiring and covetous parents at a birthday party for her eight-year-old son. Chaos ensues.

ONLY A MOVIE!

Total Run Time: 17:18
Director: Teddy Cecil
Country of Origin: United States
Ratings: None
Synopsis: Guy realizes that life is a terrible movie and searches for a way to rewrite his own ending.

FUTURES

Total Run Time: 12:50
Director: Daniel Marc Janes
Country of Origin: United Kingdom
Ratings: Language
Synopsis: A tense moral thriller about fast money and predatory behaviour. Leo (Craig Parkinson, FOUR LIONS, CONTROL), a swaggering trader in the City of London, is an unreconstructed alpha male. Recently promoted, he wants to pursue riskier trades and bullies his underlings into going along with him. But how far can he push Teddy (Luke Newberry, BAFTA-nominated for IN THE FLESH [BBC THREE]) and Rosie (Ria Zmitrowicz, THREE GIRLS [BBC ONE]) before they reach their moral limits? A gripping drama about ruthless profit, unbridled masculinity and urgent world events.

FIRST DISCO

Total Run Time: 18:00
Director: Helen O'Reilly
Country of Origin: Ireland
Ratings: None
Synopsis: It’s 1983, Culture Club are no. 1, everyone’s glued to Knight Rider, and Kelly Harrison is not only experiencing her first crush, she’s going to her first disco. The only problem is that she’s getting train tracks before her big night and becomes besieged by self consciousness. However with the help of her best friend, Kelly realises what’s really important in her life.

* Female Filmmaker

Friday August 16, 2019 5:00pm - 6:30pm
Douglass Theatre 355 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Macon, GA 31201

7:30pm

Special Screening: Them That Follow

THEM THAT FOLLOW

Total Run Time: 98:00
Director: Britt Poulton & Dan Madison Savage
Country of Origin: United States
Ratings: Adult Situations, Violence
Synopsis: Set deep in the wilds of Appalachia, where believers handle death-dealing snakes to prove themselves before God, Them That Follow tells the story of a pastor's daughter who holds a secret that threatens to tear her community apart.
Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eXl1vjK4040


Friday August 16, 2019 7:30pm - 9:15pm
Douglass Theatre 355 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Macon, GA 31201

9:00pm

Party: Friday Night After Party (Society Garden)
FRIDAY NIGHT AFTER PARTY 
(21 and Up Only. All Access Festival Pass Required)

All Access VIP pass holders are invited to join us and celebrate the second night of the 2019 Macon Film Festival with our community partners the Society Garden. Jay Memory of Memory Dean, a Georgia based nationally touring rock band who got their start in Athens with the likes of REM and Drivin’n N Cryin’ will be performing at 9pm.

Trans South Shuttle service will begin taking pass holders from the Douglass Theater to Society Garden beginning at 9pm and will run until midnight.

Additional Party Information Below! 


Friday August 16, 2019 9:00pm - 11:30pm
Society Garden 2389 Ingleside Ave, Macon, GA 31204

9:30pm

Spotlight Film: Freaks

FREAKS

Total Run Time: 104:00
Director: Zach Lipovsky & Adam B. Stein
Country of Origin: United States
Ratings: R
Synopsis: In this genre-bending psychological sci-fi thriller, a bold girl discovers a bizarre, threatening, and mysterious new world beyond her front door after she escapes her father's protective and paranoid control.
Websitehttp://freaksfilm.com/


Friday August 16, 2019 9:30pm - 11:15pm
Douglass Theatre 355 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Macon, GA 31201
 
Saturday, August 17
 

10:00am

Narrative Feature: Sgt Stubby - An American Hero
SGT STUBBY: AN AMERICAN HERO

Total Run Time: 84:00
Director: Richard Lanni
Country of Origin: Canda
Ratings: None
Synopsis: With World War I looming, a young Army Pvt. Robert Conroy is adopted by a stray, stump-tailed terrier. Conroy names his new friend Stubby and gives him a home, a family, and a chance to embark on the adventure that would define a century. The two quickly find themselves in the trenches of France and on the path to history.


Saturday August 17, 2019 10:00am - 11:30am
Georgia Sports Hall of Fame 301 Cherry St, Macon, GA 31201

10:30am

Workshop: Making Room at the Table: Women in Georgia’s Film Industry

GEORGIA PUBLIC BROADCASTING PANEL

  • Title: Making Room at the Table: Women in Georgia’s Film Industry
  • Description: Moderator Kalena Boller talks with a panel about how Georgia’s film industry has changed over the years for women cast and crew.
  • Panelists: Michele Prettyman, Chad Darnell, Laura Lundy, Jameelah Nuriddin

PANELIST BIOS

Kalena Boller hosts the Georgia Public Broadcasting podcast, The Credits. In it, she meets the people who work behind the scenes in Georgia's multibillion dollar film industry, which now hosts the most feature-film productions in the world. After graduating from Howard University with a Bachelor of Arts in Film, Kalena moved to Atlanta and jumped right into the industry. Kalena got her first post-graduate on-set opportunity in June 2005 as an unpaid intern for a T-Payne music video. Kalena impressed the production staff so much that her unpaid internship turned into a paid Production Assistant gig on day one. Before leaving the film industry in 2019 as a location manager, Kalena racked up more than 40 credits to her name, including AMC's The Walking Dead and FOX's Star.

More on Kalena: https://www.gpbnews.org/people/kalena-boller
More on. The Credits Podcast: TheCreditsPodcast.com  

Dr. Michele Prettyman, co-founder of Daughters of Eve Media, is a media consultant, writer, and a scholar of film, media, and African American cinema. She is currently an Assistant Professor of Media Studies and Africana Studies at Mercer University, where she teaches screenwriting, digital storytelling and film studies courses. She is also a co-curator of the CollegeTown and the Tubman African American Film Festivals and has a longstanding partnership with the American Black Film Festival (ABFF), the oldest and largest African American film festival in the country. Dr. Prettyman is currently developing her own projects and frequently consults with other filmmakers on their work.

More on Michelle: http://micheleprettymanbeverly.strikingly.com/

Chad Darnell casts talent all over the Southeast: from Richmond, VA to Birmingham, AL and Savannah and Atlanta, GA.  Most recent credits include the series FLORIDA GIRLS and the feature films LIVE!, THE POISON ROSE, EMPEROR, KILLERMAN, and THE COLL3TED.  He is also a writer/ producer/ director/ actor:  His screenplay DARLENE will begin production in Fall 2019 with Mary Lambert directing.  He will direct THE UNDERTAKER'S WIFE in late 2019.  His pilot MORTIFIED is currently in development with Hazy Mills.  As an actor, he most recently appeared as "Hedwig" in HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH in Atlanta.  He is the creator of The Lysistrata Project.  His podcast, OMG, I LOVE YOU is available on iTunes and Spotify.

More on Chad: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0201504/
More on his podcast OMG, I LOVE YOU: http://omgiloveyou.libsyn.com/

Laura Lundy was born in Birmingham, Alabama, and grew up in Cedartown, Georgia. Laura graduated from Cumberland School of Law of Samford University where she obtained her Juris Doctorate. During law school, Laura trained at The Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute in L.A. Laura now lives in Atlanta, Georgia. She serves as the Chief Judge for the Tallapoosa Judicial Circuit, which covers Polk County, Georgia, and Haralson County, Georgia. She is also an actress and co-founder of the group Safety Shot, a group trying to address sexual abuse within Georgia’s film industry.

More on Laura: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm5773615/
More on Safety Shot: https://www.gpbnews.org/post/fighting-sexual-harassment-georgias-film-sets

Jameelah Nuriddin is an actress from Atlanta, and she now lives in Los Angeles.  Jameelah began her professional career as a 12-year-old actress, opposite Don Cheadle and Cicely Tyson. A wild storm of innovation and natural-born storyteller, Jameelah’s creative background lends a unique perspective as a business leader and project manager. A revolutionary producer and fundraiser she’s launched civic initiatives, global youth workshops, and professional programs for women, and raised over thousands for films centered around historic African-American women. She produced and edited the virtual reality film, 'SEE ME', using storytelling and new technology to address underlying social justice issues for women. Jameelah most recently partnered with the CEO and Founder of Advancing Women Executives, where she launched AWE Accelerator, a program designed to bring professional development training - including confidence-building and storytelling - to women in Fortune 500 companies. She was awarded ‘Best Film Editor’ in Women’s Independent Film Festival for Why I Dance.

More on Jameelah: http://jameelahcreates.com/


Saturday August 17, 2019 10:30am - 11:30am
Visit Macon 450 Martin Luther King Jr BlvdMacon, GA 31201

10:30am

Narrative Shorts: Macon Made Shorts

ERASURE

Total Run Time: 11:35
Director: Rachel Hastings, Ryan Fordham
Country of Origin: United States
Ratings: None
Synopsis: Two friends reminisce about a single, contentious night from their past.

* Female Filmmaker

THIS DAY SUCKS

Total Run Time: 11:25
Director: Chris Hall
Country of Origin: United States
Ratings: Language, Violence
Synopsis: A hitman has an awful day, full of unexpected obstacles and set backs, as he works to carry out the plans given to him by his mobster boss.

THE COME BACK

Total Run: 32:45
Director: William Adams
Country of Origin: United States
Ratings: Language, Violence
Synopsis: The Come Back is a short Drama film with a message of redemption. It is the story of a father who comes back into his son's life and finds that his son is on the wrong path, a path that the father is all too familiar with. The father, Big Ron, wants to see his son, Trez, change his life for the better before it is too late. He doesn't realize just what kind of sacrifices will have to be made for his son to realize the error of his ways though. Big Ron isn't prepared for the choice he will have to make before it is all said and done.

EUPHORICA

Total Run Time: 33:22
Director: Phillip S. Wheeler
Country of Origin: United States
Ratings: Language
Synopsis: Miles discovers a new drug that gives him the feeling he's been looking for. However, the feeling of this drug does not last and leaves him in need of more. By the time he realizes the drug harms him more than helps, it is too late.

Saturday August 17, 2019 10:30am - 12:00pm
Hargray Capitol Theatre 382 2nd St, Macon, GA 31201

11:00am

Fulldome: Art Extreme Block
Conceptual immersive experiences

WATERDOME

Total Run Time: 15:34
Project Creator: Joshua Dengel ;Michael Gamböck; Simone Glück; Sania Haschemi; Johannes Hanisch; Franziska Hauber; Jin Liu; Robert Ringard; Lorena Wolf; Bruno Gola; Isak Han; Kathrin Hunze; Arik Kofranek; Sangwon Nam; Victor Negri; Rauli Valo
Country of Origin: Deutschland
Ratings: None
 Synopsis: Waterdome is an audiovisual symphony for planetariums. Abstract pictures and sounds represent the theme of water which shows in different colors, fascinating perspectives and especially in its movement.

HEARTBEATS OF THE SEA

Total Run Time: 6:15
Project Creator: Maria Camila Muñoz Arias, Ana Carolina Naranjo Rojo, Diego Alberto Pérez Osorno, Juan David Aranzazu Gallego
Country of Origin: Colombia
Ratings: None
Synopsis: This fulldome video seeks to represent the universe of the humpback whale, while sensitizing around their heartbeats and songs. The viewers will be submerged in an experience where they will find an abstract world fabricated based on this songs, recorded from the whales that visit the Pacific Coast of Colombia every year.

IMMERSIVE

Total Run Time: 8:10
Project Creator: ARCAAN Collective (Jérémy Oury, Antoine Briot)
Country of Origin: France
Ratings: None
Synopsis: Immersive plays with the Op art concept to produce illusions and gives a new perception of time and infinite space to get out the spectator of his custom point-of-view.

VERTICAL STREET CITY

Total Run Time: 2:28
Project Creator: Sergey Prokofyev, Studio Schwitalla
Country of Origin: Germany
Ratings: None
Synopsis: This short Film called "Vertical Street City" and it based on a conceptual project that has become a finalist in the eVolo skyscrapers competition, NYC.

URBAN LEVITATION

Total Run Time: 5:10
Project Creator: Sergey Prokofyev, Studio Schwitalla
Country of Origin: Germany
Ratings: None
Synopsis: This short FullDome film is an architectural visual story based on the conceptual project "Sports Tower" that has become a finalist in eVolo 2011 skyscraper competition and and the model of Manhattan.

SPHERE

Total Run Time: 45:00
Project Creator: Robot Koch and Mickael Le Goff
Country of Origin: Germany
Ratings: None
Synopsis: Award-winning german composer Robot Koch joins forces with french visual artist Mickael Le Goff to present Sphere, an audiovisual experience designed especially for planetariums and full dome venues.The Show takes the audience on a trip through space and time, oscillating between deep, synth-driven science-fiction moments and blissful suspension, carried by lush string arrangements.

Saturday August 17, 2019 11:00am - 12:30pm
Museum of Arts & Sciences 4182 Forsyth Rd, Macon, GA 31210

11:00am

LGBT: Love & Acceptance Shorts

LISTEN

Total Run Time: 4:20
Director: Jake Graf
Country of Origin: United Kingdom
Ratings: None
Synopsis: Featuring young trans actors in trans roles, 'Listen' honestly and frankly depicts some of the myriad struggles experienced daily by trans children and teenagers, giving a much needed voice to this often maligned section of the community.

FRAN THIS SUMMER

Total Run Time: 10:44
Director: Mary Evangelista
Country of Origin: United States
Ratings: None
Synopsis: Fran This Summer follows teenage lovebirds, sensitive Francis and their skater girlfriend Angie, as they spend the summer shacked up at home while Fran begins their transition.

* Female Filmmaker

CLOUDS

Total Run Time: 5:20
Director: Anna Buryachkova
Country of Origin: Ukraine
Ratings: Violence, Adult Situations
Synopsis: Bullying ruins lives and families. The film stands for #superparents supporting their children despite of their gender and preferences. This touching music video reveals the story of mother and son who feels like a girl. The plot is based on real story. The video encourages parents to protect their children from bullying in any situation.

* Female Filmmaker

SHARED

Total Run Time: 7:06
Director: Julien Vallon
Country of Origin: France
Ratings: Language
Synopsis: In this world we would all know a natural, biological, sex change before 30 years and this is the wonderful news that Joe will announce to her friends: her turn has come, she is changing. She is changing sex. Her friends are delighted. However, at the announcement of this news one of them will reveal their true feelings against this natural process, against his own sex change.

HEATHER HAS FOUR MOMS

Total Run Time: 14:08
Director: Jeanette Buck
Country of Origin: United States
Ratings: Adult Situations
Synopsis: When Heather decides to lose her virginity for her 15th birthday, Mom’s wife must convince Mom, and Mom’s ex, and Mom’s ex’s partner that it’s time for Heather to have “the talk”. Which mom is ready to help Heather make a big decision? It’s a mother-daughter story. Times four.

* Female Filmmaker

HANK

Total Run Time: 16:40
Director: Hongyu Li
Country of Origin: United States
Ratings: Adult Situations
Synopsis: Struggling with a recently opened marriage, a middle aged gay man must decide if the relationship is worth his compromise.

* Female Filmmaker

MUDPOTS

Total Run Time: 12:39
Director: Cate Smierciak
Country of Origin: United States
Ratings: Adult Situations, Language
Synopsis: 16-year-old Shelby and her best friend Jess spend one last afternoon together at the Salton Sea. In a stolen moment at Shelby’s surprise going-away party, they acknowledge something more between them.

* Female Filmmaker

LOLO

Total Run Time: 13:40
Director: Leandro Goddinho & Paulo Menezes
Country of Origin: Germany
Ratings: Language
Synopsis: Lolo is an openly gay 11-year-old boy trying to finally convince Max, his first love, to go public with their relationship at the school party.

Saturday August 17, 2019 11:00am - 12:30pm
Douglass Theatre 355 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Macon, GA 31201

11:30am

Virtual Reality Shorts: Immersive Experiences

ASHE ‘68

Total Run Time: 10:00
Director: Brad Lichtenstein, Jeff Fitzsimmons & Rex Miller
Country of Origin: United States
Ratings: None
Synopsis: An immersive experience into Arthur Ashe’s triumphant win at the 1968 US Open
Fifty years ago, amid the turmoil of 1968, there was Arthur Ashe, an athlete who parlayed his fame as the first black man to win the US Open tennis championship into a lifetime devoted to fighting injustice. The ASHE ’68 Virtual Reality Experience brings viewers into the intimate moments right before Arthur Ashe’s historic 1968 US Open win, an event that changed his life and the course of sports history forever. From the internal pressures he felt during this turbulent cultural shift, to walking down the halls of Forest Hills’ all white West Side Tennis Club, to his historic pre-match press conference and winning match point - the viewer is right there, immersed in that historic day witnessing Ashe’s defining moment as an athlete and emergence as an activist on the world stage. This unique VR experience weaves together 360° video re-creations, archival material, and evocative, never-before-seen 360° sand animation to tell the story.

THE ATOMIC TREE

Total Run Time: 10:00
Director: Emmanuel Vaughan-Lee & Adam Loften
Country of Origin: United States
Ratings: None
Synopsis: The Atomic Tree leads you on an immersive journey through the memories held within the Yamaki pine, a 400-year-old Japanese White Pine bonsai tree that survived the Atomic blast at Hiroshima. From its birthplace in the sacred island of Miyajima and ancient cedar forests imbued with Kami spirits, to the Yamaki family home in Hiroshima where it was cared for 350 years and witnessed and survived the atomic blast. Viewers will experience the intricate “living strands of relationship” woven between the human and non-human worlds in the places the tree has lived. What are the connections and conversations that exist within the memories of the tree? How can those memories help us regain a sense of kinship with the natural world?

DAWN LAND

Total Run Time: 5:00
Director: Scott Gorman
Country of Origin: United Kingdom
Ratings: None
Synopsis: An estimated 10,000 people of Abenaki heritage live throughout New England and Quebec, Canada. Today, Abenaki is fluently spoken by less than 10 individuals. Dawn Land was made to bring attention to the issue of dying languages in general, but also to serve as a tool for Abenaki revitalization.

EVEREST: THE VR FILM EXPERIENCE

Total Run Time: 11:00
Director: Jonathan Griffith
Country of Origin: United Kingdom/Nepal
Ratings: None
Synopsis: Follow Sherpa Tenji as he attempts to climb Mt Everest without the use of bottled oxygen, something that only 175 people have done before. Travel with him through the “Death Zone” and experience the thrilling highs and lows of climbing at the highest elevations on earth.

LIONHEARTED

Total Run Time: 12:10
Director: Ricarda Saleh
Country of Origin: Greece, Germany
Ratings: None
Synopsis: Rida is 8 years old. The extroverted girl fled with her family from Pakistan to Europe. Now she lives in Hotel City Plaza, a self-organised refugee shelter in Athens. We follow Rida in her day-to-day life in Hotel City Plaza. Through the voice-over we learn details about the escape. Rida explains how her family entered Turkey by foot, how she experienced living in a camp arriving in Greece. She tells us about her nightmare, in which she remembers crossing the Medieval Sea and her fear of drowning.

* Female Filmmaker

SEE ME

Total Run Time: 5:00
Director: Alethea Root
Country of Origin: United States
Ratings: Adult Situations
Synopsis: 'See Me' is an exploration of women reclaiming their sexuality from the patriarchy. Experience the persistent barrage of verbal attack - cat calls to self-shaming - that women are exposed to daily. Watch as these women strip off those confines and emerge ready to truly be seen.

* Female Filmmaker

Saturday August 17, 2019 11:30am - 12:30pm
Grand Opera House 651 Mulberry St, Macon, GA 31201

12:00pm

Narrative Feature: Rwanda
RWANDA

Total Run Time: 90:00
Director: Riccardo Salvetti
Country of Origin: Italy
Ratings: Adult Situations, Language, Violence
Synopsis: On the 6th of April 1994, the small African republic was involved in one of the fastest and most systematic genocides in history: one million deaths in just 100 days. Augustin is Hutu, and he must kill. Cécile is Tutsi, and she must die. However, something gives them the strength to do the right thing and accomplish a very brave act never to be forgotten: Saving many innocent civilian lives. What happened during that bloody spring changed not only Augustin's and Cécile's life, but also the one of two young actors called to interpret them on a stage boards many years later.


Saturday August 17, 2019 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Georgia Sports Hall of Fame 301 Cherry St, Macon, GA 31201

12:30pm

Virtual Reality Shorts: Immersive Experiences

ASHE ‘68

Total Run Time: 10:00
Director: Brad Lichtenstein, Jeff Fitzsimmons & Rex Miller
Country of Origin: United States
Ratings: None
Synopsis: An immersive experience into Arthur Ashe’s triumphant win at the 1968 US Open
Fifty years ago, amid the turmoil of 1968, there was Arthur Ashe, an athlete who parlayed his fame as the first black man to win the US Open tennis championship into a lifetime devoted to fighting injustice. The ASHE ’68 Virtual Reality Experience brings viewers into the intimate moments right before Arthur Ashe’s historic 1968 US Open win, an event that changed his life and the course of sports history forever. From the internal pressures he felt during this turbulent cultural shift, to walking down the halls of Forest Hills’ all white West Side Tennis Club, to his historic pre-match press conference and winning match point - the viewer is right there, immersed in that historic day witnessing Ashe’s defining moment as an athlete and emergence as an activist on the world stage. This unique VR experience weaves together 360° video re-creations, archival material, and evocative, never-before-seen 360° sand animation to tell the story.

THE ATOMIC TREE

Total Run Time: 10:00
Director: Emmanuel Vaughan-Lee & Adam Loften
Country of Origin: United States
Ratings: None
Synopsis: The Atomic Tree leads you on an immersive journey through the memories held within the Yamaki pine, a 400-year-old Japanese White Pine bonsai tree that survived the Atomic blast at Hiroshima. From its birthplace in the sacred island of Miyajima and ancient cedar forests imbued with Kami spirits, to the Yamaki family home in Hiroshima where it was cared for 350 years and witnessed and survived the atomic blast. Viewers will experience the intricate “living strands of relationship” woven between the human and non-human worlds in the places the tree has lived. What are the connections and conversations that exist within the memories of the tree? How can those memories help us regain a sense of kinship with the natural world?

DAWN LAND

Total Run Time: 5:00
Director: Scott Gorman
Country of Origin: United Kingdom
Ratings: None
Synopsis: An estimated 10,000 people of Abenaki heritage live throughout New England and Quebec, Canada. Today, Abenaki is fluently spoken by less than 10 individuals. Dawn Land was made to bring attention to the issue of dying languages in general, but also to serve as a tool for Abenaki revitalization.

EVEREST: THE VR FILM EXPERIENCE

Total Run Time: 11:00
Director: Jonathan Griffith
Country of Origin: United Kingdom/Nepal
Ratings: None
Synopsis: Follow Sherpa Tenji as he attempts to climb Mt Everest without the use of bottled oxygen, something that only 175 people have done before. Travel with him through the “Death Zone” and experience the thrilling highs and lows of climbing at the highest elevations on earth.

LIONHEARTED

Total Run Time: 12:10
Director: Ricarda Saleh
Country of Origin: Greece, Germany
Ratings: None
Synopsis: Rida is 8 years old. The extroverted girl fled with her family from Pakistan to Europe. Now she lives in Hotel City Plaza, a self-organised refugee shelter in Athens. We follow Rida in her day-to-day life in Hotel City Plaza. Through the voice-over we learn details about the escape. Rida explains how her family entered Turkey by foot, how she experienced living in a camp arriving in Greece. She tells us about her nightmare, in which she remembers crossing the Medieval Sea and her fear of drowning.

* Female Filmmaker

SEE ME

Total Run Time: 5:00
Director: Alethea Root
Country of Origin: United States
Ratings: Adult Situations
Synopsis: 'See Me' is an exploration of women reclaiming their sexuality from the patriarchy. Experience the persistent barrage of verbal attack - cat calls to self-shaming - that women are exposed to daily. Watch as these women strip off those confines and emerge ready to truly be seen.

* Female Filmmaker

Saturday August 17, 2019 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Grand Opera House 651 Mulberry St, Macon, GA 31201

12:30pm

LGBT Narrative Feature: Pageant Material
PAGEANT MATERIAL

Total Run Time: 74:00
Director: Jonothon Mitchell
Country of Origin: United States
Ratings: Language, Violence
Synopsis: Still recovering from the death of his mother, seventeen-year-old Rodney dreams of escaping his small southern hometown in pursuit of following in his mother’s footsteps as an award-winning pageant queen. Despite an onslaught of bullying and abuse from his step-father, step-brothers, and classmates, Rodney calls upon his best friend Monique and a unique cast of southern characters to help him take the crown in an upcoming teen drag pageant in Atlanta, GA.


Saturday August 17, 2019 12:30pm - 1:45pm
Hargray Capitol Theatre 382 2nd St, Macon, GA 31201

1:00pm

Music: 16 Bars
16 BARS

Total Run Time: 94:00
Director: Samuel Bathrick
Country of Origin: United States
Ratings: Language
Synopsis: 16 Bars is a feature length music documentary that offers a rare glimpse at the human stories — and songs — that are locked away in our nation’s jails and prisons. The film follows three inmates at the city jail in Richmond, Virginia and one former inmate who was recently released and is struggling to adapt to life on the outside. All are a part of a unique rehabilitation effort that involves writing and recording original music. In the jail’s makeshift recording studio, they collaborate on an album with a Grammy-winning recording artist, Todd “Speech” Thomas, from the iconic activist hip-hop group Arrested Development. As the creative process unfurls, each of these men must unearth painful elements of their pasts, which hold the key to a new chapter in their lives.


Saturday August 17, 2019 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Douglass Theatre 355 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Macon, GA 31201

1:30pm

Fulldome: Full Moon Block
Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Apollo 11's giant leap for mankind

IMAGINE THE MOON

Total Run Time: 26:15
Project Creator: Adler Planetarium
Country of Origin: United States
Ratings: None
Synopsis: Imagine the Moon, explores how the Moon has inspired human creativity throughout history. Each discovery brought new opportunities to contemplate and imagine, until we traveled there in the amazing journeys that culminated in astronauts walking on the Moon. People have imagined the Moon as a glowing disk in the sky, a destination, and a world that shares its origin with the Earth. Imagination continues to inspire our relationship with the Moon as our partner in space and companion in our sky.

APOLLO: 50 YEARS OF INNOVATION

Total Run Time: 6:00
Project Creator: Immersive Media Production students at Rowan University
Country of Origin: United States
Ratings: None
Synopsis: 50 years ago the human race made history when astronauts Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong landed on the Moon. But what did it take to get us there? “Apollo: 50 Years of Innovation” gives us an in depth look at how the Apollo Missions came to be. Starting with the tragic disaster of Apollo 1, we move towards the future, and pay tribute to all of the missions that led up to the success of Apollo11.

BIG ASTRONOMY: PEOPLE, PLACES, DISCOVERIES

Total Run Time: 22:00
Project Creator: California Academy of Sciences and the Big Astronomy Dome
Country of Origin: United Stages
Ratings: None
Synopsis: Travel to the world’s most extraordinary observatories—from the peaks of Cerro Tololo and Cerro Pachón to the high deserts of the Atacama—and meet the extraordinary people who make astronomical discoveries possible. From the engineers who design detectors to the technicians who maintain the telescopes, you’ll hear people’s stories in their own words. And you’ll learn about discoveries enabled by their efforts—astronomers are piecing together the origins of planets and the history of our system. This show will give you a new perspective on the observatories that will usher in the next leaps forward in “big astronomy.”

VOYAGER: THE NEVER – ENDING JOURNEY

Total Run Time: 26:40
Project Creator: UMA Vision (Yuriy Gapon, Maksym Kutlakhmetov)
Country of Origin: Ukraine
Ratings: None
Synopsis: The movie tells a thrilling story of the most remarkable space mission in human history. In 1977 two space probes were launched to explore the farthest planets of the Solar system: Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune along with their moons. These spacecraft greatly enriched our knowledge of the distant worlds. Now after four decades they explore the interstellar space. Like two bottles launched into the cosmic ocean, both probes carry an interstellar message – the Golden Record, intended for any alien civilization.

Saturday August 17, 2019 1:30pm - 2:45pm
Museum of Arts & Sciences 4182 Forsyth Rd, Macon, GA 31210

2:00pm

Narrative Feature: Wonderwall / Speed of Life
WONDERWALL

Total Run Time: 7:00
Director: Alexander Denysenko
Country of Origin: Ukraine
Ratings: None
Synopsis: A musical story follows a young man whose heart has been broken due to the lost of a loved one, and he is trying to escape reality. But his surreal experience while in the Chernobyl exclusion zone gives him a chance to discover himself.

SPEED OF LIFE

Total Run Time: 76:00
Director: Liz Manashil
Country of Origin: United States
Ratings: None
Synopsis: In 2016, June and Edward are in the midst of an argument when Edward suddenly falls into a wormhole created by David Bowie's death. In 2040, June continues to mourn the loss of Edward while facing the dark reality of being locked away along with the rest of society's senior citizens. Unwilling to disappear, June begins to plan her escape when Edward suddenly reappears in her life.
Starring: Ann Dowd, Ray Santiago, Vella Lovell, Sean Wright with Allison Tolman and Jeff Perry

* Female Filmmaker


Saturday August 17, 2019 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Georgia Sports Hall of Fame 301 Cherry St, Macon, GA 31201

2:15pm

Narrative Shorts: Wait. What?

THE CHOP

Total Run Time: 1:12
Director: Jennifer Sheridan
Country of Origin: United Kingdom
Ratings: None
Synopsis: Terry’s done a bad thing, but why?

* Female Filmmaker

SAC DE MERDE

Total Run Time: 13:27
Director: Greg Chwerchak
Country of Origin: United States
Ratings: Language, Adult Situations
Synopsis: Based on a true story, "Sac de Merde" tells the tale of Mazel Mankewicz, an unlucky-in-love yet irrationally optimistic New Yorker who thinks her luck has changed when she spends the night with the man of her dreams. As it turns out, he might just be full of shit. Literally.

GRACE

Total Run Time: 6:00
Director: Alexia Oldini & Steven Gray
Country of Origin: United States
Ratings: None
Synopsis: GRACE is the story of the eviction of a young woman of color from her home. Her subsequent encounters reveal the callousness of a society built to exploit the precariousness of people like herself. In the end she confronts head-on a struggle far easier to identify than it is to overcome.

* Female Filmmaker

MOLLY

Total Run Time: 10:00
Director: Phyllis Jackson
Country of Origin: United States
Ratings: None
Synopsis: He’s just your average, middle-aged divorcee looking for his first fix. Today he meets Molly.

* Female Filmmaker

PEGGY

Total Run Time: 12:00
Director: Justin O'Neal Miller
Country of Origin: United States
Ratings: Language
Synopsis: Everything seems to work out perfectly for Peggy, but her social graces are put to the test when she is surrounded by admiring and covetous parents at a birthday party for her eight-year-old son. Chaos ensues.

ONLY A MOVIE!

Total Run Time: 17:18
Director: Teddy Cecil
Country of Origin: United States
Ratings: None
Synopsis: Guy realizes that life is a terrible movie and searches for a way to rewrite his own ending.

FUTURES

Total Run Time: 12:50
Director: Daniel Marc Janes
Country of Origin: United Kingdom
Ratings: Language
Synopsis: A tense moral thriller about fast money and predatory behaviour. Leo (Craig Parkinson, FOUR LIONS, CONTROL), a swaggering trader in the City of London, is an unreconstructed alpha male. Recently promoted, he wants to pursue riskier trades and bullies his underlings into going along with him. But how far can he push Teddy (Luke Newberry, BAFTA-nominated for IN THE FLESH [BBC THREE]) and Rosie (Ria Zmitrowicz, THREE GIRLS [BBC ONE]) before they reach their moral limits? A gripping drama about ruthless profit, unbridled masculinity and urgent world events.

FIRST DISCO

Total Run Time: 18:00
Director: Helen O'Reilly
Country of Origin: Ireland
Ratings: None
Synopsis: It’s 1983, Culture Club are no. 1, everyone’s glued to Knight Rider, and Kelly Harrison is not only experiencing her first crush, she’s going to her first disco. The only problem is that she’s getting train tracks before her big night and becomes besieged by self consciousness. However with the help of her best friend, Kelly realises what’s really important in her life.

* Female Filmmaker

Saturday August 17, 2019 2:15pm - 3:45pm
Hargray Capitol Theatre 382 2nd St, Macon, GA 31201

3:00pm

Documentary: Liyana
LIYANA 

Total Run Time: 77:00
Director: Aaron Kopp & Amanda Kopp
Country of Origin: Swaziland
Ratings: Adult Situations
Synopsis: Five Swazi orphaned children turn their past trauma into creative fuel for an original collective fairytale, in which they send a young girl on a dangerous quest.

* Female Filmmaker


Saturday August 17, 2019 3:00pm - 4:15pm
Douglass Theatre 355 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Macon, GA 31201

3:30pm

Virtual Reality Shorts: Immersive Experiences

ASHE ‘68

Total Run Time: 10:00
Director: Brad Lichtenstein, Jeff Fitzsimmons & Rex Miller
Country of Origin: United States
Ratings: None
Synopsis: An immersive experience into Arthur Ashe’s triumphant win at the 1968 US Open
Fifty years ago, amid the turmoil of 1968, there was Arthur Ashe, an athlete who parlayed his fame as the first black man to win the US Open tennis championship into a lifetime devoted to fighting injustice. The ASHE ’68 Virtual Reality Experience brings viewers into the intimate moments right before Arthur Ashe’s historic 1968 US Open win, an event that changed his life and the course of sports history forever. From the internal pressures he felt during this turbulent cultural shift, to walking down the halls of Forest Hills’ all white West Side Tennis Club, to his historic pre-match press conference and winning match point - the viewer is right there, immersed in that historic day witnessing Ashe’s defining moment as an athlete and emergence as an activist on the world stage. This unique VR experience weaves together 360° video re-creations, archival material, and evocative, never-before-seen 360° sand animation to tell the story.

THE ATOMIC TREE

Total Run Time: 10:00
Director: Emmanuel Vaughan-Lee & Adam Loften
Country of Origin: United States
Ratings: None
Synopsis: The Atomic Tree leads you on an immersive journey through the memories held within the Yamaki pine, a 400-year-old Japanese White Pine bonsai tree that survived the Atomic blast at Hiroshima. From its birthplace in the sacred island of Miyajima and ancient cedar forests imbued with Kami spirits, to the Yamaki family home in Hiroshima where it was cared for 350 years and witnessed and survived the atomic blast. Viewers will experience the intricate “living strands of relationship” woven between the human and non-human worlds in the places the tree has lived. What are the connections and conversations that exist within the memories of the tree? How can those memories help us regain a sense of kinship with the natural world?

DAWN LAND

Total Run Time: 5:00
Director: Scott Gorman
Country of Origin: United Kingdom
Ratings: None
Synopsis: An estimated 10,000 people of Abenaki heritage live throughout New England and Quebec, Canada. Today, Abenaki is fluently spoken by less than 10 individuals. Dawn Land was made to bring attention to the issue of dying languages in general, but also to serve as a tool for Abenaki revitalization.

EVEREST: THE VR FILM EXPERIENCE

Total Run Time: 11:00
Director: Jonathan Griffith
Country of Origin: United Kingdom/Nepal
Ratings: None
Synopsis: Follow Sherpa Tenji as he attempts to climb Mt Everest without the use of bottled oxygen, something that only 175 people have done before. Travel with him through the “Death Zone” and experience the thrilling highs and lows of climbing at the highest elevations on earth.

LIONHEARTED

Total Run Time: 12:10
Director: Ricarda Saleh
Country of Origin: Greece, Germany
Ratings: None
Synopsis: Rida is 8 years old. The extroverted girl fled with her family from Pakistan to Europe. Now she lives in Hotel City Plaza, a self-organised refugee shelter in Athens. We follow Rida in her day-to-day life in Hotel City Plaza. Through the voice-over we learn details about the escape. Rida explains how her family entered Turkey by foot, how she experienced living in a camp arriving in Greece. She tells us about her nightmare, in which she remembers crossing the Medieval Sea and her fear of drowning.

* Female Filmmaker

SEE ME

Total Run Time: 5:00
Director: Alethea Root
Country of Origin: United States
Ratings: Adult Situations
Synopsis: 'See Me' is an exploration of women reclaiming their sexuality from the patriarchy. Experience the persistent barrage of verbal attack - cat calls to self-shaming - that women are exposed to daily. Watch as these women strip off those confines and emerge ready to truly be seen.

* Female Filmmaker

Saturday August 17, 2019 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Grand Opera House 651 Mulberry St, Macon, GA 31201

3:45pm

Fulldome: Family Fun Block
Bring the kids!

SPACE DRIVER

Total Run Time: 3:34
Project Creator: Beyond Pixel Studio
Country of Origin: Thailand
Ratings: None
Synopsis: In the far distant future you still need a driver's license. Navigate your ship through the space station. Follow the track and avoid the obstacles, to reach the finish alive and safe. Complete your space-driving test to get your first Space Driver license. Go the edge and beyond.

THE ADVENTURES OF CLWAS AND GREEN

Total Run Time: 20:00
Project Creator: Vicky Rubinstein
Country of Origin: Argentina
Ratings: None
Synopsis: Claws and Green are two astronauts on a space mission to pick up special materials on Pluto. They have fun in their adventures while the audience learns about the solar system.

DREAM OF FLIGHT

Total Run Time: 5:15
Project Creator: Fred Trétout, Stefano Gemmelaro, Philippe Hugues, Kyle Switzer, Cédrick Lalaizon
Country of Origin: Canada
Ratings: None
Synopsis: A little is girl dreaming in her bedroom as she receives a letter from her grandfather who lives on another other planet. The girl does everything possible to visit her cosmos traveler grandfather.

BEYOND THE SUN

Total Run Time: 26:00
Project Creator: RENDER AREA S.L. / MONIGOTES ESTUDIO 2.0
Country of Origin: Spain
Ratings: None
Synopsis: While Celeste is fighting off sleep in her room by reading a book on astronomy she receives an unexpected visit from Moon. Together, they will enjoy a journey through the Universe to discover what exoplanets are and how they can be detected.

AQUA DOME

Total Run Time: 13:16
Project Creator: Lynn Tomlinson, Zoe Friedman, and Elsa Lankford
Country of Origin: United States
Ratings: None
Synopsis: Aqua Dome is a collaborative animated dome-film and artwork. Working with over 150 collaborators across disciplines and age groups, Aqua Dome combines mixed-media stop motion animation and animated kaleidoscopic collage video projection with an immersive soundscape in four movements.

Saturday August 17, 2019 3:45pm - 5:00pm
Museum of Arts & Sciences 4182 Forsyth Rd, Macon, GA 31210

4:00pm

Georgia Made - Narrative Shorts: Peach Shorts

PLAYTIME’S OVER

Total Run Time: 10:48
Director: Tony Reames
Country of Origin: United States
Ratings: None
Synopsis: The only thing Dee loves more than classic horror movies is terrorizing the babysitter. It's New Years Eve, Dee's parents are looking forward to one of the rare nights without their angel. Little does Laurie, the new babysitter know, the fifty bucks an hour won't cover the years of therapy needed after spending one night with Dee and her stuffed friends.

A LEG UP

Total Run Time: 11:00
Director: Joe Jennings Jr.
Country of Origin: United States
Ratings: Lanuage
Synopsis: An aging dope dealer has a realistic sit-down with his son, sharing the harsh realities of growing up black in America.

THE PRODUCER

Total Run Time: 10:11
Director: David Marshall Silverman
Country of Origin: United States
Ratings: Language, Adult Situations
Synopsis: A Hollywood producer takes the biggest meeting of his life.

PLACES

Total Run Time: 11:11
Director: Betsy Morson
Country of Origin: United States
Ratings: None
Synopsis: Mockumentary of a three-member dance troupe reuniting despite bad blood between two rivaling dancers. Tension emerges as they relive the moments leading to their disastrous performance three years ago.

* Female Filmmaker

ENCOUNTERS

Total Run Time: 7:12
Director: Luke Pilgrim & Brad Kennedy
Country of Origin: United States
Ratings: None
Synopsis: Eli is a selfish teenager who wants to avoid family time at all costs. After an encounter with an otherworldly entity, he quickly learns that you should be careful what you wish for.

TOUCH AND GO

Total Run Time: 13:50
Director: Heather Hutton
Country of Origin: United States
Ratings: Adult Situations
Synopsis: In the presence of physical danger, a teenage girl must remain calm under pressure in order to survive the flight of her life.

* Female Filmmaker

TREATMENT

Total Run Time: 7:55
Director: Andrea (Andi) Behring
Country of Origin: United States
Ratings: Language
Synopsis: Hannah fights for her life both literally and figuratively while summiting her own personal Everest. Along her journey she is faced with the challenging choice of either giving up her fight to ultimately find peace, or instead clawing her way through the pain to recovery. In the end her larger than life adversary eventually becomes her greatest ally.

* Female Filmmaker

DEAD WINTER

Total Run Time: 15:35
Director: Jason Winn
Country of Origin: United States
Ratings: Language
Synopsis: Audrey spends every day of her life fighting for her family in the post-apocalyptic American South. But, her sister is now only a remnant of what she used to be, and her grandmother wants nothing more than for Audrey to move on and try to have a better life. Audrey can't and won't imagine any other life for herself. She is focused solely on caring for the only people she has left in the world, but in the end, Audrey is left with only one option to truly care for her family -- and she has to take it.

Saturday August 17, 2019 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Georgia Sports Hall of Fame 301 Cherry St, Macon, GA 31201

4:15pm

Georgia Narrative Feature: This World Alone

THIS WORLD ALONE

Total Run Time: 90:00
Director: Jordan Noel
Country of Origin: United States
Ratings: Violence
Synopsis: A post-apocalyptic drama following a young woman named Sam (Belle Adams) attempting to survive in a world without technology or power while being raised by her two mother-figures. Willow (Sophie Edwards) believes in a world of compassion and empathy whereas Connie (Carrie Walrond Hood) believes in an “only the strong survive,” mentality. Those warring philosophies are put to the test when Sam journeys out to the nearest community in an attempt to prove her independence.


Saturday August 17, 2019 4:15pm - 5:45pm
Hargray Capitol Theatre 382 2nd St, Macon, GA 31201

4:30pm

Virtual Reality Shorts: Immersive Experiences

ASHE ‘68

Total Run Time: 10:00
Director: Brad Lichtenstein, Jeff Fitzsimmons & Rex Miller
Country of Origin: United States
Ratings: None
Synopsis: An immersive experience into Arthur Ashe’s triumphant win at the 1968 US Open
Fifty years ago, amid the turmoil of 1968, there was Arthur Ashe, an athlete who parlayed his fame as the first black man to win the US Open tennis championship into a lifetime devoted to fighting injustice. The ASHE ’68 Virtual Reality Experience brings viewers into the intimate moments right before Arthur Ashe’s historic 1968 US Open win, an event that changed his life and the course of sports history forever. From the internal pressures he felt during this turbulent cultural shift, to walking down the halls of Forest Hills’ all white West Side Tennis Club, to his historic pre-match press conference and winning match point - the viewer is right there, immersed in that historic day witnessing Ashe’s defining moment as an athlete and emergence as an activist on the world stage. This unique VR experience weaves together 360° video re-creations, archival material, and evocative, never-before-seen 360° sand animation to tell the story.

THE ATOMIC TREE

Total Run Time: 10:00
Director: Emmanuel Vaughan-Lee & Adam Loften
Country of Origin: United States
Ratings: None
Synopsis: The Atomic Tree leads you on an immersive journey through the memories held within the Yamaki pine, a 400-year-old Japanese White Pine bonsai tree that survived the Atomic blast at Hiroshima. From its birthplace in the sacred island of Miyajima and ancient cedar forests imbued with Kami spirits, to the Yamaki family home in Hiroshima where it was cared for 350 years and witnessed and survived the atomic blast. Viewers will experience the intricate “living strands of relationship” woven between the human and non-human worlds in the places the tree has lived. What are the connections and conversations that exist within the memories of the tree? How can those memories help us regain a sense of kinship with the natural world?

DAWN LAND

Total Run Time: 5:00
Director: Scott Gorman
Country of Origin: United Kingdom
Ratings: None
Synopsis: An estimated 10,000 people of Abenaki heritage live throughout New England and Quebec, Canada. Today, Abenaki is fluently spoken by less than 10 individuals. Dawn Land was made to bring attention to the issue of dying languages in general, but also to serve as a tool for Abenaki revitalization.

EVEREST: THE VR FILM EXPERIENCE

Total Run Time: 11:00
Director: Jonathan Griffith
Country of Origin: United Kingdom/Nepal
Ratings: None
Synopsis: Follow Sherpa Tenji as he attempts to climb Mt Everest without the use of bottled oxygen, something that only 175 people have done before. Travel with him through the “Death Zone” and experience the thrilling highs and lows of climbing at the highest elevations on earth.

LIONHEARTED

Total Run Time: 12:10
Director: Ricarda Saleh
Country of Origin: Greece, Germany
Ratings: None
Synopsis: Rida is 8 years old. The extroverted girl fled with her family from Pakistan to Europe. Now she lives in Hotel City Plaza, a self-organised refugee shelter in Athens. We follow Rida in her day-to-day life in Hotel City Plaza. Through the voice-over we learn details about the escape. Rida explains how her family entered Turkey by foot, how she experienced living in a camp arriving in Greece. She tells us about her nightmare, in which she remembers crossing the Medieval Sea and her fear of drowning.

* Female Filmmaker

SEE ME

Total Run Time: 5:00
Director: Alethea Root
Country of Origin: United States
Ratings: Adult Situations
Synopsis: 'See Me' is an exploration of women reclaiming their sexuality from the patriarchy. Experience the persistent barrage of verbal attack - cat calls to self-shaming - that women are exposed to daily. Watch as these women strip off those confines and emerge ready to truly be seen.

* Female Filmmaker

Saturday August 17, 2019 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Grand Opera House 651 Mulberry St, Macon, GA 31201

4:45pm

Spotlight Film: This Changes Everything

THIS CHANGES EVERYTHING

Total Run Time: 96:00
Director: Tom Donahue
Country of Origin: United States
Ratings: None
Synopsis:

In the last 100 years, Hollywood has emerged as one of the most influential forces in shaping our society’s perceptions and expectations of women and girls in everyday life. As our country’s largest export, what comes out of Hollywood reaches the entire world. Who is creating these stories, and how does this shape the on-screen portrayal of women? It all begins with the storytellers.

Told first-hand by some of the industry’s leading voices, including Executive Producer Geena Davis, living legends like Meryl Streep, and younger talent such as Yara Shahidi and Chloe Moretz, THIS CHANGES EVERYTHING is a feature documentary that uncovers what is behind one of the most confounding dilemmas in the entertainment industry - the under-representation and misrepresentation of women. It takes an incisive look behind and in front of the camera, into the historical and empirical evidence, and systemic forces that foster gender discrimination and reinforce disparities in our culture. Backed by hundreds of stories and overwhelming data, director Tom Donahue illuminates and unpacks an inherently misogynistic Hollywood machine. The film is a call for change and accountability, seeking and proposing solutions from inside Hollywood and around the world.

Websitehttp://www.creativechaosvmg.com/genderinhollywood


Saturday August 17, 2019 4:45pm - 6:30pm
Douglass Theatre 355 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Macon, GA 31201

6:00pm

Documentary: Southern Stories

THE VISION OF ULYSSES DAVIS

Total Run Time: 10:00
Director: Alexia Oldini & Steven Gray
Country of Origin: United States
Ratings: None
Synopsis: Ulysses Davis constructed an idiom distinctly his own and his extraordinary body of work speaks vividly to the nature of his experience as an African-American artist and barber in the American South in the 20th century. This film is a reflection on his work and an offering to the legacy of this singular man.

EDGECOMBE

Total Run Time: 14:32
Director: Crystal Kayiza
Country of Origin: United States
Ratings: None
Synopsis: Edgecombe County is a predominantly African-American agricultural community in the eastern region of North Carolina. Crafted as a character exploration, Edgecombe highlights the exhaustion of overcoming individual circumstances while navigating shared systemic experiences. Through a small window of time and space, the film presents the numerous ways Black folks overcome across generations. By revealing this timeline the film exhumes a long lineage of survival.

LUMPKIN, GA

Total Run Time: 39:00
Director: Nicholas Manting Brewer
Country of Origin: United States
Ratings: None
Synopsis: A fading southern town. A massive immigrant detention center down the road. A mosaic of life in the middle of America’s immigration crackdown.


Saturday August 17, 2019 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Georgia Sports Hall of Fame 301 Cherry St, Macon, GA 31201

6:15pm

Music: Singular
SINGULAR

Total Run Time: 63:00
Director: Dennis Scholl & Marlon Johnson
Country of Origin: United States
Ratings: None
Synopsis: The extraordinary rise of Miami’s Cécile McLorin Salvant, already renowned as one of America’s top jazz vocalists at the age of only 29, is chronicled in this love letter to the storied talent. Anchored around a rapturously pristine recording of a recent McLorin concert, SINGULAR follows Cécile’s story from her Haitian and French heritage roots to her studies in Europe and her breakout successes, winning the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition, being nominated for a Grammy for her recorded albums, and acclaim with profiles in such publications as The New York Times, The Guardian and The New Yorker. Through it all, Cécile’s smooth cadences, both in her singing performances and her speaking voice, caress our eardrums.

Saturday August 17, 2019 6:15pm - 7:15pm
Hargray Capitol Theatre 382 2nd St, Macon, GA 31201

7:00pm

Special Screening: Precious (Special Guest Gabourey Sidibe)

Special 10th Anniversary Screening

PRECIOUS - Based on the novel Push by Sapphire (with special guest GABOUREY SIDIBE)

Total Run Time: 110:00
Director: Lee Daniels
Country of Origin: United States
Ratings: R
Synopsis: In New York City's Harlem circa 1987, an overweight, abused, illiterate teen who is pregnant with her second child is invited to enroll in an alternative school in hopes that her life can head in a new direction.

The film will be preceded by the short film THE TALE OF FOUR.

THE TALE OF FOUR

Total Run Time: 24:00
Director: Gabourey Sidibe
Country of Origin: United States
Synopsis: This multi-layered story inspired by Nina Simone's "Four Women" spans one day in the lives of four different women connected by their quest for love, agency and redemption.

Accepted tickets for this event include: All Access VIP Pass, Screening Pass, Day Pass or Precious Screening Pass


Saturday August 17, 2019 7:00pm - 10:00pm
Grand Opera House 651 Mulberry St, Macon, GA 31201

9:45pm

Party: Saturday Night After Party (Grant's Lounge)
SATURDAY NIGHT AFTER PARTY 
(21 and Up Only. All Access Festival Pass Required)

All Access VIP pass holders are invited to join us and celebrate the third night of the 2019 Macon Film Festival with our community partners at the historic Grant's Lounge.

Additional Party Information Below!



Saturday August 17, 2019 9:45pm - 11:30pm
Grant's Lounge 576 Poplar St, Macon, GA 31201
 
Sunday, August 18
 

10:30am

Documentary: Liyana
LIYANA 

Total Run Time: 77:00
Director: Aaron Kopp & Amanda Kopp
Country of Origin: Swaziland
Ratings: Adult Situations
Synopsis: Five Swazi orphaned children turn their past trauma into creative fuel for an original collective fairytale, in which they send a young girl on a dangerous quest.

* Female Filmmaker


Sunday August 18, 2019 10:30am - 11:45am
Hargray Capitol Theatre 382 2nd St, Macon, GA 31201

11:00am

Documentary: Her Turf / Worlds of Ursula K Le Guin
HER TURF: THE UNTOLD STORY OF ABOUT THREE FEMALE FOOTBALL REFS

Total Run Time: 17:00
Director: Shantel Hansen
Country of Origin: United States
Ratings: None
Synopsis: This short documentary follows three female football referees as they claim access to a powerful role in a male-dominated industry.  This timely film reveals the struggles and triumphs of three referees who didn’t set out to be trailblazers but are, by their very presence, opening doors for women who will arrive after them.

* Female Filmmaker

WORLDS OF URSULA K LE GUIN

Total Run Time: 69:00
Director: Arwen Curry
Country of Origin: United States
Ratings: None
Synopsis: Worlds of Ursula K. Le Guin is a feature documentary that explores the remarkable life and legacy of the science fiction and fantasy writer Ursula K. Le Guin. Produced with Le Guin’s participation over the course of a decade, the film is a journey through the writer's inimitable career and her worlds, both real and fantastic.

* Female Filmmaker

Sunday August 18, 2019 11:00am - 12:30pm
Georgia Sports Hall of Fame 301 Cherry St, Macon, GA 31201

11:00am

Spotlight Film: Mystify - Michael Hutchence

MYSTIFY: MICHAEL HUTCHENCE

Total Run Time: 114:00
Director: Richard Lowenstein
Country of Origin: Australia
Ratings: None
Synopsis: Ghost Pictures and Passion Pictures and a documentary feature about the troubled heart and soul of Michael Hutchence, lead singer and songwriter of INXS.
Website: www.madmanfilms.com.au/mystify-michael-hutchence/


Sunday August 18, 2019 11:00am - 1:00pm
Douglass Theatre 355 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Macon, GA 31201

11:30am

Virtual Reality Shorts: Immersive Experiences

ASHE ‘68

Total Run Time: 10:00
Director: Brad Lichtenstein, Jeff Fitzsimmons & Rex Miller
Country of Origin: United States
Ratings: None
Synopsis: An immersive experience into Arthur Ashe’s triumphant win at the 1968 US Open
Fifty years ago, amid the turmoil of 1968, there was Arthur Ashe, an athlete who parlayed his fame as the first black man to win the US Open tennis championship into a lifetime devoted to fighting injustice. The ASHE ’68 Virtual Reality Experience brings viewers into the intimate moments right before Arthur Ashe’s historic 1968 US Open win, an event that changed his life and the course of sports history forever. From the internal pressures he felt during this turbulent cultural shift, to walking down the halls of Forest Hills’ all white West Side Tennis Club, to his historic pre-match press conference and winning match point - the viewer is right there, immersed in that historic day witnessing Ashe’s defining moment as an athlete and emergence as an activist on the world stage. This unique VR experience weaves together 360° video re-creations, archival material, and evocative, never-before-seen 360° sand animation to tell the story.

THE ATOMIC TREE

Total Run Time: 10:00
Director: Emmanuel Vaughan-Lee & Adam Loften
Country of Origin: United States
Ratings: None
Synopsis: The Atomic Tree leads you on an immersive journey through the memories held within the Yamaki pine, a 400-year-old Japanese White Pine bonsai tree that survived the Atomic blast at Hiroshima. From its birthplace in the sacred island of Miyajima and ancient cedar forests imbued with Kami spirits, to the Yamaki family home in Hiroshima where it was cared for 350 years and witnessed and survived the atomic blast. Viewers will experience the intricate “living strands of relationship” woven between the human and non-human worlds in the places the tree has lived. What are the connections and conversations that exist within the memories of the tree? How can those memories help us regain a sense of kinship with the natural world?

DAWN LAND

Total Run Time: 5:00
Director: Scott Gorman
Country of Origin: United Kingdom
Ratings: None
Synopsis: An estimated 10,000 people of Abenaki heritage live throughout New England and Quebec, Canada. Today, Abenaki is fluently spoken by less than 10 individuals. Dawn Land was made to bring attention to the issue of dying languages in general, but also to serve as a tool for Abenaki revitalization.

EVEREST: THE VR FILM EXPERIENCE

Total Run Time: 11:00
Director: Jonathan Griffith
Country of Origin: United Kingdom/Nepal
Ratings: None
Synopsis: Follow Sherpa Tenji as he attempts to climb Mt Everest without the use of bottled oxygen, something that only 175 people have done before. Travel with him through the “Death Zone” and experience the thrilling highs and lows of climbing at the highest elevations on earth.

LIONHEARTED

Total Run Time: 12:10
Director: Ricarda Saleh
Country of Origin: Greece, Germany
Ratings: None
Synopsis: Rida is 8 years old. The extroverted girl fled with her family from Pakistan to Europe. Now she lives in Hotel City Plaza, a self-organised refugee shelter in Athens. We follow Rida in her day-to-day life in Hotel City Plaza. Through the voice-over we learn details about the escape. Rida explains how her family entered Turkey by foot, how she experienced living in a camp arriving in Greece. She tells us about her nightmare, in which she remembers crossing the Medieval Sea and her fear of drowning.

* Female Filmmaker

SEE ME

Total Run Time: 5:00
Director: Alethea Root
Country of Origin: United States
Ratings: Adult Situations
Synopsis: 'See Me' is an exploration of women reclaiming their sexuality from the patriarchy. Experience the persistent barrage of verbal attack - cat calls to self-shaming - that women are exposed to daily. Watch as these women strip off those confines and emerge ready to truly be seen.

* Female Filmmaker

Sunday August 18, 2019 11:30am - 12:30pm
Grand Opera House 651 Mulberry St, Macon, GA 31201

12:15pm

Narrative Shorts: Macon Made Shorts

ERASURE

Total Run Time: 11:35
Director: Rachel Hastings, Ryan Fordham
Country of Origin: United States
Ratings: None
Synopsis: Two friends reminisce about a single, contentious night from their past.

* Female Filmmaker

THIS DAY SUCKS

Total Run Time: 11:25
Director: Chris Hall
Country of Origin: United States
Ratings: Language, Violence
Synopsis: A hitman has an awful day, full of unexpected obstacles and set backs, as he works to carry out the plans given to him by his mobster boss.

THE COME BACK

Total Run: 32:45
Director: William Adams
Country of Origin: United States
Ratings: Language, Violence
Synopsis: The Come Back is a short Drama film with a message of redemption. It is the story of a father who comes back into his son's life and finds that his son is on the wrong path, a path that the father is all too familiar with. The father, Big Ron, wants to see his son, Trez, change his life for the better before it is too late. He doesn't realize just what kind of sacrifices will have to be made for his son to realize the error of his ways though. Big Ron isn't prepared for the choice he will have to make before it is all said and done.

EUPHORICA

Total Run Time: 33:22
Director: Phillip S. Wheeler
Country of Origin: United States
Ratings: Language
Synopsis: Miles discovers a new drug that gives him the feeling he's been looking for. However, the feeling of this drug does not last and leaves him in need of more. By the time he realizes the drug harms him more than helps, it is too late.


Sunday August 18, 2019 12:15pm - 1:45pm
Hargray Capitol Theatre 382 2nd St, Macon, GA 31201

12:30pm

Virtual Reality Shorts: Immersive Experiences

ASHE ‘68

Total Run Time: 10:00
Director: Brad Lichtenstein, Jeff Fitzsimmons & Rex Miller
Country of Origin: United States
Ratings: None
Synopsis: An immersive experience into Arthur Ashe’s triumphant win at the 1968 US Open
Fifty years ago, amid the turmoil of 1968, there was Arthur Ashe, an athlete who parlayed his fame as the first black man to win the US Open tennis championship into a lifetime devoted to fighting injustice. The ASHE ’68 Virtual Reality Experience brings viewers into the intimate moments right before Arthur Ashe’s historic 1968 US Open win, an event that changed his life and the course of sports history forever. From the internal pressures he felt during this turbulent cultural shift, to walking down the halls of Forest Hills’ all white West Side Tennis Club, to his historic pre-match press conference and winning match point - the viewer is right there, immersed in that historic day witnessing Ashe’s defining moment as an athlete and emergence as an activist on the world stage. This unique VR experience weaves together 360° video re-creations, archival material, and evocative, never-before-seen 360° sand animation to tell the story.

THE ATOMIC TREE

Total Run Time: 10:00
Director: Emmanuel Vaughan-Lee & Adam Loften
Country of Origin: United States
Ratings: None
Synopsis: The Atomic Tree leads you on an immersive journey through the memories held within the Yamaki pine, a 400-year-old Japanese White Pine bonsai tree that survived the Atomic blast at Hiroshima. From its birthplace in the sacred island of Miyajima and ancient cedar forests imbued with Kami spirits, to the Yamaki family home in Hiroshima where it was cared for 350 years and witnessed and survived the atomic blast. Viewers will experience the intricate “living strands of relationship” woven between the human and non-human worlds in the places the tree has lived. What are the connections and conversations that exist within the memories of the tree? How can those memories help us regain a sense of kinship with the natural world?

DAWN LAND

Total Run Time: 5:00
Director: Scott Gorman
Country of Origin: United Kingdom
Ratings: None
Synopsis: An estimated 10,000 people of Abenaki heritage live throughout New England and Quebec, Canada. Today, Abenaki is fluently spoken by less than 10 individuals. Dawn Land was made to bring attention to the issue of dying languages in general, but also to serve as a tool for Abenaki revitalization.

EVEREST: THE VR FILM EXPERIENCE

Total Run Time: 11:00
Director: Jonathan Griffith
Country of Origin: United Kingdom/Nepal
Ratings: None
Synopsis: Follow Sherpa Tenji as he attempts to climb Mt Everest without the use of bottled oxygen, something that only 175 people have done before. Travel with him through the “Death Zone” and experience the thrilling highs and lows of climbing at the highest elevations on earth.

LIONHEARTED

Total Run Time: 12:10
Director: Ricarda Saleh
Country of Origin: Greece, Germany
Ratings: None
Synopsis: Rida is 8 years old. The extroverted girl fled with her family from Pakistan to Europe. Now she lives in Hotel City Plaza, a self-organised refugee shelter in Athens. We follow Rida in her day-to-day life in Hotel City Plaza. Through the voice-over we learn details about the escape. Rida explains how her family entered Turkey by foot, how she experienced living in a camp arriving in Greece. She tells us about her nightmare, in which she remembers crossing the Medieval Sea and her fear of drowning.

* Female Filmmaker

SEE ME

Total Run Time: 5:00
Director: Alethea Root
Country of Origin: United States
Ratings: Adult Situations
Synopsis: 'See Me' is an exploration of women reclaiming their sexuality from the patriarchy. Experience the persistent barrage of verbal attack - cat calls to self-shaming - that women are exposed to daily. Watch as these women strip off those confines and emerge ready to truly be seen.

* Female Filmmaker

Sunday August 18, 2019 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Grand Opera House 651 Mulberry St, Macon, GA 31201

1:00pm

Georgia Narrative Feature: This World Alone

THIS WORLD ALONE

Total Run Time: 90:00
Director: Jordan Noel
Country of Origin: United States
Ratings: Violence
Synopsis: A post-apocalyptic drama following a young woman named Sam (Belle Adams) attempting to survive in a world without technology or power while being raised by her two mother-figures. Willow (Sophie Edwards) believes in a world of compassion and empathy whereas Connie (Carrie Walrond Hood) believes in an “only the strong survive,” mentality. Those warring philosophies are put to the test when Sam journeys out to the nearest community in an attempt to prove her independence.


Sunday August 18, 2019 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Georgia Sports Hall of Fame 301 Cherry St, Macon, GA 31201

1:15pm

Narrative Feature: Sgt Stubby - An American Hero
SGT STUBBY: AN AMERICAN HERO

Total Run Time: 84:00
Director: Richard Lanni
Country of Origin: Canda
Ratings: None
Synopsis: With World War I looming, a young Army Pvt. Robert Conroy is adopted by a stray, stump-tailed terrier. Conroy names his new friend Stubby and gives him a home, a family, and a chance to embark on the adventure that would define a century. The two quickly find themselves in the trenches of France and on the path to history.


Sunday August 18, 2019 1:15pm - 2:45pm
Douglass Theatre 355 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Macon, GA 31201

2:00pm

Fulldome: Sunday Showcase
Did we need a dome for this? Yes!

WATERDOME

Total Run Time: 15:34
Project Creator: Joshua Dengel ;Michael Gamböck; Simone Glück; Sania Haschemi; Johannes Hanisch; Franziska Hauber; Jin Liu; Robert Ringard; Lorena Wolf; Bruno Gola; Isak Han; Kathrin Hunze; Arik Kofranek; Sangwon Nam; Victor Negri; Rauli Valo
Country of Origin: Deutschland
Ratings: None
 Synopsis: Waterdome is an audiovisual symphony for planetariums. Abstract pictures and sounds represent the theme of water which shows in different colors, fascinating perspectives and especially in its movement.

AMERICAN WEST

Total Run Time: 8:00
Project Creator: o chul kwon
Country of Origin: South Korea
Ratings: None
Synopsis: Short fulldome film of starry nights of American West, such as Grand Canyon, Arches, Monument Valley and etc.

FOUR ELEMENTS

Total Run Time: 17:00
Project Creator: Natalia Oliwiak
Country of Origin: Polska
Ratings: None
Synopsis: Four elements - the fulldome animation about immeasurable power of elements: water, air, earth, fire. In ascetic, poetic pictures we can see the increasing force of elements that can be contemplative and relaxing but also destructive and terrifying, which makes a human being defenseless. It's also a reflection of our emotions, personification of the primary images encoded in our subconscious. Through images, we can escape from surrounding reality and embark on an immersive journey across the elementary phenomena to the inside of our soul.

IMMERSIVE

Total Run Time: 8:10
Project Creator: ARCAAN Collective (Jérémy Oury, Antoine Briot)
Country of Origin: France
Ratings: None
Synopsis: Immersive plays with the Op art concept to produce illusions and gives a new perception of time and infinite space to get out the spectator of his custom point-of-view.

DREAM OF FLIGHT

Total Run Time: 5:15
Project Creator: Fred Trétout, Stefano Gemmelaro, Philippe Hugues, Kyle Switzer, Cédrick Lalaizon
Country of Origin: Canada
Ratings: None
Synopsis: A little is girl dreaming in her bedroom as she receives a letter from her grandfather who lives on another other planet. The girl does everything possible to visit her cosmos traveler grandfather.

HEARTBEATS OF THE SEA

Total Run Time: 6:15
Project Creator: Maria Camila Muñoz Arias, Ana Carolina Naranjo Rojo, Diego Alberto Pérez Osorno, Juan David Aranzazu Gallego
Country of Origin: Colombia
Ratings: None
Synopsis: This fulldome video seeks to represent the universe of the humpback whale, while sensitizing around their heartbeats and songs. The viewers will be submerged in an experience where they will find an abstract world fabricated based on this songs, recorded from the whales that visit the Pacific Coast of Colombia every year.

SPACE DRIVER

Total Run Time: 3:34
Project Creator: Beyond Pixel Studio
Country of Origin: Thailand
Ratings: None
Synopsis: In the far distant future you still need a driver's license. Navigate your ship through the space station. Follow the track and avoid the obstacles, to reach the finish alive and safe. Complete your space-driving test to get your first Space Driver license. Go the edge and beyond.

Sunday August 18, 2019 2:00pm - 3:15pm
Museum of Arts & Sciences 4182 Forsyth Rd, Macon, GA 31210

2:15pm

Documentary: Southern Stories

THE VISION OF ULYSSES DAVIS

Total Run Time: 10:00
Director: Alexia Oldini & Steven Gray
Country of Origin: United States
Ratings: None
Synopsis: Ulysses Davis constructed an idiom distinctly his own and his extraordinary body of work speaks vividly to the nature of his experience as an African-American artist and barber in the American South in the 20th century. This film is a reflection on his work and an offering to the legacy of this singular man.

EDGECOMBE

Total Run Time: 14:32
Director: Crystal Kayiza
Country of Origin: United States
Ratings: None
Synopsis: Edgecombe County is a predominantly African-American agricultural community in the eastern region of North Carolina. Crafted as a character exploration, Edgecombe highlights the exhaustion of overcoming individual circumstances while navigating shared systemic experiences. Through a small window of time and space, the film presents the numerous ways Black folks overcome across generations. By revealing this timeline the film exhumes a long lineage of survival.

LUMPKIN, GA

Total Run Time: 39:00
Director: Nicholas Manting Brewer
Country of Origin: United States
Ratings: None
Synopsis: A fading southern town. A massive immigrant detention center down the road. A mosaic of life in the middle of America’s immigration crackdown.

Sunday August 18, 2019 2:15pm - 3:15pm
Hargray Capitol Theatre 382 2nd St, Macon, GA 31201

3:00pm

Music: Soul Man / I Can Only Be Mary Lane

SOUL MAN

Total Run Time: 12:55
Director: Kyle Taubken
Country of Origin: United States
Ratings: Language
Synopsis: Ben Whitaker, Jr., an aging and mostly washed up singer-songwriter from the 60s/70s era of big soul music, navigates loneliness, failed relationships, and a botched career in modern day Memphis, TN.

I CAN ONLY BE MARY LANE

Total Run Time: 59:00
Director: Jesseca Ynez Simmons
Country of Origin: United States
Ratings: None
Synopsis: At 82, Mary Lane is one of the last legendary Blues musicians that made the Great Migration from America’s south. Although Mary is widely respected in Chicago, she has never gotten the wider recognition she deserves. I Can Only Be Mary Lane follows Mary as she records just her second studio album and first in over 20 years. Her producer thinks it could potentially win her a grammy, if only they can get it done.

* Female Filmmaker

Sunday August 18, 2019 3:00pm - 4:15pm
Georgia Sports Hall of Fame 301 Cherry St, Macon, GA 31201

3:00pm

Georgia Made - Narrative Shorts: Peach Shorts

PLAYTIME’S OVER

Total Run Time: 10:48
Director: Tony Reames
Country of Origin: United States
Ratings: None
Synopsis: The only thing Dee loves more than classic horror movies is terrorizing the babysitter. It's New Years Eve, Dee's parents are looking forward to one of the rare nights without their angel. Little does Laurie, the new babysitter know, the fifty bucks an hour won't cover the years of therapy needed after spending one night with Dee and her stuffed friends.

A LEG UP

Total Run Time: 11:00
Director: Joe Jennings Jr.
Country of Origin: United States
Ratings: Lanuage
Synopsis: An aging dope dealer has a realistic sit-down with his son, sharing the harsh realities of growing up black in America.

THE PRODUCER

Total Run Time: 10:11
Director: David Marshall Silverman
Country of Origin: United States
Ratings: Language, Adult Situations
Synopsis: A Hollywood producer takes the biggest meeting of his life.

PLACES

Total Run Time: 11:11
Director: Betsy Morson
Country of Origin: United States
Ratings: None
Synopsis: Mockumentary of a three-member dance troupe reuniting despite bad blood between two rivaling dancers. Tension emerges as they relive the moments leading to their disastrous performance three years ago.

* Female Filmmaker

ENCOUNTERS

Total Run Time: 7:12
Director: Luke Pilgrim & Brad Kennedy
Country of Origin: United States
Ratings: None
Synopsis: Eli is a selfish teenager who wants to avoid family time at all costs. After an encounter with an otherworldly entity, he quickly learns that you should be careful what you wish for.

TOUCH AND GO

Total Run Time: 13:50
Director: Heather Hutton
Country of Origin: United States
Ratings: Adult Situations
Synopsis: In the presence of physical danger, a teenage girl must remain calm under pressure in order to survive the flight of her life.

* Female Filmmaker

TREATMENT

Total Run Time: 7:55
Director: Andrea (Andi) Behring
Country of Origin: United States
Ratings: Language
Synopsis: Hannah fights for her life both literally and figuratively while summiting her own personal Everest. Along her journey she is faced with the challenging choice of either giving up her fight to ultimately find peace, or instead clawing her way through the pain to recovery. In the end her larger than life adversary eventually becomes her greatest ally.

* Female Filmmaker

DEAD WINTER

Total Run Time: 15:35
Director: Jason Winn
Country of Origin: United States
Ratings: Language
Synopsis: Audrey spends every day of her life fighting for her family in the post-apocalyptic American South. But, her sister is now only a remnant of what she used to be, and her grandmother wants nothing more than for Audrey to move on and try to have a better life. Audrey can't and won't imagine any other life for herself. She is focused solely on caring for the only people she has left in the world, but in the end, Audrey is left with only one option to truly care for her family -- and she has to take it.

Sunday August 18, 2019 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Douglass Theatre 355 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Macon, GA 31201

3:45pm

Music: 16 Bars
16 BARS

Total Run Time: 94:00
Director: Samuel Bathrick
Country of Origin: United States
Ratings: Language
Synopsis: 16 Bars is a feature length music documentary that offers a rare glimpse at the human stories — and songs — that are locked away in our nation’s jails and prisons. The film follows three inmates at the city jail in Richmond, Virginia and one former inmate who was recently released and is struggling to adapt to life on the outside. All are a part of a unique rehabilitation effort that involves writing and recording original music. In the jail’s makeshift recording studio, they collaborate on an album with a Grammy-winning recording artist, Todd “Speech” Thomas, from the iconic activist hip-hop group Arrested Development. As the creative process unfurls, each of these men must unearth painful elements of their pasts, which hold the key to a new chapter in their lives.


Sunday August 18, 2019 3:45pm - 5:15pm
Hargray Capitol Theatre 382 2nd St, Macon, GA 31201

4:45pm

Narrative Shorts: The Nature of Relationships

TWO BALLOONS

Total Run Time: 9:08
Director: Mark C. Smith
Country of Origin: United States
Ratings: None
Synopsis: Two adventurous lemurs navigate their dirigibles halfway around the world to a place where happenstance and fate threaten to disrupt their reunion.

* Female Filmmaker

PORTRAITIST

Total Run Time: 15:00
Director: Cyrus Neshvad
Country of Origin: Luxembourg
Ratings: None
Synopsis: A grandfather kindles a relationship with his dying granddaughter through art.

SWAGGER BACK

Total Run Time: 11:00
Director: George Kenyon
Country of Origin: United States
Ratings: Language
Synopsis: Can a veteran who has lost both his legs in combat get his swagger back?

MUTEUM

Total Run Time: 4:10
Director: Aggie Pak Yee Lee
Country of Origin: Hong Kong
Ratings: None
Synopsis: In an Art Muzeum, we better learn well, from outer to inner, from deep to very deep, serious and sincerely.

EVERY NINE HOURS

Total Run Time: 12:00
Director: Adam Margolis & Jim St. Germain
Country of Origin: United States
Ratings: Language
Synopsis: A modern-day exploration of skin color and gender and how they affect one's ability to participate in relationships and society.

GENERATIONS

Total Run Time: 11:00
Director: Sune Sorensen
Country of Origin: Denmark
Ratings: Language
Synopsis: In a final attempt to re-connect after years of falling out, Alex - encouraged by his mother - embarks on a road trip with his father in their old family Beetle. The car that Alex hates and his father loves, becomes an intimate setting for two stubborn men, who are forced to deal with their issues as they are both literally and figuratively brought together. The journey becomes a bumpy ride filled with conflicts as well as shared memories of a past closeness, which has long since turned cold.

WIRELESS

Total Run Time: 15:00
Director: David Fritzson
Country of Origin: United States
Ratings: None
Synopsis: James, an aging baby-boomer, arrives just after closing at a local cell phone store seeking help with a smartphone. Derek, an empathetic employee, takes what he knows best and tries to create a connection across generations, helping James find the courage and strength to say goodbye.

MY DAUGHTER YOSHIKO

Total Run Time: 15:00
Director: Brian Blum
Country of Origin: United States
Ratings: Language
Synopsis: With her daughter Yoshiko diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder, and her husband overseas serving in the military, Saki Omura is finding it harder and harder to cope. Too ashamed to burden others and too proud to ask for help, Saki faces the now-daunting task of giving her daughter the best life possible.

Sunday August 18, 2019 4:45pm - 6:15pm
Georgia Sports Hall of Fame 301 Cherry St, Macon, GA 31201

5:00pm

Documentary: Free Trip to Egypt
FREE TRIP TO EGYPT

Total Run Time: 93:00
Director: Ingrid Serban
Country of Origin: Egypt, Switzerland, United States
Ratings: None
Synopsis: A Canadian-Egyptian entrepreneur living in Switzerland offers a free trip to Egypt to Americans concerned about an Islamic threat. What happens when the ultra conservative school teacher and her husband are paired with a young Egyptian revolutionary? The liberal American woman with an Egyptian journalist who covers her hair, the preacher and Miss Kentucky with an ultra orthodox Muslim family?


Sunday August 18, 2019 5:00pm - 6:45pm
Douglass Theatre 355 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Macon, GA 31201

5:45pm

Narrative Feature - Electric Love
ELECTRIC LOVE

Total Run Time: 79:00
Director: Aaron Fradkin
Country of Origin: United States
Ratings: Adult Situations, Language
Synopsis: Four couples traverse the modern dating scene in Los Angeles utilizing popular dating apps.


Sunday August 18, 2019 5:45pm - 7:15pm
Hargray Capitol Theatre 382 2nd St, Macon, GA 31201

7:30pm

Awards Presentation & Special Screening: Echo in the Canyon

ECHO IN THE CANYON

Total Run Time: 88:00
Director: Andrew Slater
Country of Origin: United States
Ratings: None
Synopsis: A look at the roots of the historic music scene in L.A.'s Laurel Canyon featuring the music of iconic music groups such as The Byrds, The Beach Boys, Buffalo Springfield, and The Mamas and the Papas.
Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ngclh-Rn3iI&t=1s


Sunday August 18, 2019 7:30pm - 9:15pm
Douglass Theatre 355 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Macon, GA 31201