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April 16, 2018
5th Annual Milledgeville Film Festival
Expands to Eatonton
The Six-Day Festival will feature screenings
in hot spots around town
Milledgeville, GA – The annual Milledgeville Film Festival is expanding to the neighboring city of Eatonton. Currently in its 5th year, the festival is considered a Southern Gothic-themed film event and will be held from Tuesday, April 24 through Sunday, April 29th. Over 120 filmmakers are scheduled to attend the festival.
Jeremiah Bennett, the festival’s founder and chairman of the board, says: “Eatonton, similar to Milledgeville, has a rich culture and appreciation for the arts. After a couple years of planning we truly believe a multi-city film festival will benefit everyone.”
The week-long festival will kick off with the opening night screening of the film, “Rich Boy Rich Girl” at the Plaza Arts Center. An outdoor midnight horror film viewing on the grounds of the abandoned Central State Hospital, a red carpet awards show with a Golden Globes style dinner and a Sunday filmmaker’s brunch at Lockerly Arboretum round up just a few of the events taking place during the festival.
Two of the main focuses for the festival include women’s impact in filmmaking and new media. According to San Diego’s Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film, women made up just 7 percent of all directors on the top 250 films in 2016, a two percent decline from 2015. The hot topic of women in film is gaining traction in the country since women make up 52% of the viewing audience, according to the same study. Exploring the surge of new media platforms in film, the festival hopes to highlight how these platforms can create new and exciting possibilities within the industry.
About The Milledgeville Film Festival:
The ME Film Festival (Milledgeville-Eatonton) is an international industry initiative founded in 2013 as the Milledgeville Film Festival. While working in Middle Georgia on the reality show “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo,” producer Jeremiah Bennett and Director BJ Golnick realized Milledgeville was a treasure trove for unique filming sites. Not only is she the antebellum capital of Georgia, she is also home of acclaimed author Flannery O’Connor, whose family farm Andalusia is a world-wide pilgrimage destination. O’Connor’s alma mater “Georgia State College for Women,” located in Milledgeville, is now the state’s public liberal arts university, known as Georgia College. Other hidden jewels include the Oconee River Greenway, Bartram Forest and the Central State Hospital campus, once the largest mental hospital in the world.
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Here’s your chance to schmooze with the Hollywood elite actors and producer! So far, this is who will be in attendance at the movie premiere at The Plaza! Get a chance to say hello and take a selfie with these stars!
THE FOLLOWING FILMS WILL HAVE A REPRESENTATIVE FROM THEIR CAST AND/OR CREW PRESENT AT THE SCREENING AND Q&A:
13 REASONS TO FLY
ALL LIGHT WILL END
CONVERSATIONS AT 30,000 FEET
FLOWERS ON A SATURDAY
FORTY MILES TO MACON
MY MOTHER WHEN SHE WAS YOUNGER
RICH BOY RICH GIRL
RUNNING A.T. FULL SPEED
THE CULINARY PROFESSOR
THE KIDNAPPING OF A FISH
THE LAST PROTESTOR
THE SON, THE FATHER
TOM & MEREDITH
UP TO SNUFF
VOICE OF GRACE
ZERO MILES TO EMPTY