The 6th Annual Macon Film Festival officially kicked off on Thursday (Feb. 17th) but I didn't arrive until the next day. My good friends, Jeff Glasheen and Steven Cranford joined me for a weekend of great film screenings. And like the fashionados that we are, there were eight suitcases and 12 pair of shoes between us. Hey, we had to represent!
First thing's first: check in at the Macon Film Festival Headquarters where we met up with Macon's Ambassador of film, Terrell Sandefur - the man who never sleeps because his heart, mind, body and soul is invested in the festival. Priscilla Esser, Sylvia Boykin, Tony Long and many others, join Terrell in an amazing MaGa Board that works so feverishly at ensuring the Macon Film Festival is the very best. [And it is!]
[caption id="attachment_7011" align="aligncenter" width="478" caption="Terrell introduces Winter cast: James Kicklighter, producer; Anthony Ennis, actor; Joanna Bastarache, director; Robin Knepp, actor."][/caption]
After checking in, Terrell walked Jeff, Steven and I over to the Market City Cafe for lunch. Our next stop, the historic Cox Capitol Theater for a block of Narrative Shorts. One of my favorites: Winter, a short film about newlyweds, car trouble and unresolved feelings.
Our next block of shorts came from the Douglas Theater: Fried Tofu; Wanting Alex were two of my favorites.
The plan was to catch the evening special screening at Cox of Mario Van Peebles film Black, White & Blues but we were side tracked by another screening, Eugene. While enjoying a glass of wine at the Macon Film Festival Host Hotel, the Marriott City Center, we were personally invited to a screening of Eugene by it's lead actor, Stuart Bennett - how could we refuse! We were hooked within the first few minutes. Not sure what too expect, the film engaged us into the dark and tragic world of a lonely and confused man. Eugene is a beautifully disturbing film. Steve, Jeff and I were without words.
After Eugene, we headed over to the Friday night after party. A long but rewarding day.
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[caption id="attachment_7020" align="aligncenter" width="478" caption="Actor Anthony Ennis and I had just met and were discussing his film, Winter."][/caption]
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