2016 Macon Film Festival Announces Official Selections in Documentary & LGBT Competition
Macon, GA — The official selections for the Documentary and LGBT competition for the 2016 Macon Film Festival (July 21–24) have been announced.
The complete listing of official selections are both domestic and international, including selections from Afghanistan, Argentina, Canada, Germany, Hong Kong, Israel, Italy, Norway, Serbia, Singapore, Spain, Ukraine, United Kingdom, and the USA. All films will screen twice during the festival, except for the special screenings and spotlight films, which will only screen once.
In addition to those announced today, the festival presents Southern and Music categories. Those announcements are forthcoming.
Documentary The Birth of an Artist / Ukraine (Director: Natasha Babenko) – Handicapped 17 year old Dasha as she lives her ordinary day: waking up, taking bath, dressing up, eating, playing with her little brother and doing what she does the best – painting with her toes. Dasha was diagnosed with cerebral palsy at birth. Dasha’s day is full of struggle but she manages to emerge herself into a world of hope.
Kandahar Journals / Afghanistan/Canada (Director: Louie Palu) – Arriving in Kandahar, Afghanistan as the war’s violence spirals out of control, photojournalist Louie Palu is unaware that he will spend the next five years covering the conflict. Kandahar Journals is the story of Palu who reflects on the events behind his psychological transformation after covering frontline combat from 2006 to 2010.
Legs: A Big Issue in a Small Town / USA (Director: Beatrice Alda & Jennifer Brooke) – When a very large and controversial piece of art gets publicly displayed in a small town, opinions start flying and feisty people take legal action. Experienced through the eyes and voices of one small town’s colorful residents, both newcomers and established folk reveal struggles to fit in, to have a voice, to be respected, to be heard.
Mind/Game: The Unquient Journey of Chamque Holdsclaw / USA (Director: Rick Goldsmith) – Basketball super-star Chamique Holdsclaw’s roller-coaster attempts at recovery from near-suicide reveal an uphill battle against the stigma of mental illness.
The Rebound / USA (Director: Shaina Allen) – For the Heat Wheels, Miami is a city of opportunity, second chances, and a call to win – against all odds. The Rebound is an account of Heat Wheels’ quest during the year following defeat at the national championships. A story of unwavering resolve and a testament to our ability to overcome life’s toughest challenges.
The Samaritan / USA (Director: Kevin McAfee) – Desperate to escape a communist country, a man defects and leaves everything behind him to seek freedom. Once free, he now needs help to free his family but does not know how to get it. Soon he will meet the young lawyer Eddie Roush who will be willing to take a chance to help this man and free his family.
You See Me / USA (Director: Linda J. Brown) – Filmmaker Linda Brown’s father embodied 1960s masculinity. But when a devastating stroke leaves him vulnerable and dependent, Linda decides to confront the silence surrounding his troubled and violent past. The result is an engrossing journey about the danger of carrying unresolved grief to our graves.
LGBT Bullied to Death / Italy (Director: Giovanni Coda) -Bullied to Death depicts a 24 hour performance against homophobia through the real stories of teenagers worldwide that experience severe bullying episodes at school, from their own families and on the web, as a result of their coming out about their sexuality.
Dawn / United Kingdom (Director: Jake Graf) – As dawn creeps across London, two outcasts meet, more afraid of themselves than each other. As the veil of night is lifted, the pair is forced to look at themselves and face the reality that life is sometimes what you make it, and that in the light of day, it takes more than the eyes to see inside a soul.
Easy: A Three-Minute Love Story / USA (Director: Robert Guthrie) – Two high school guys are in love. One’s Christian, one’s Jewish. A father disapproves, the other’s parents are thrilled. Who cares that it’s not perfect? They got this.
How to be Alone / Israel (Director: Erez Eisenstein) – “Listen to me: there is life without love. Loneliness is the soul’s forgotten desire. You don’t need anyone. Don’t search, don’t hope, don’t dream; and only then, perhaps, you too will learn how to be alone. “
RSVP / USA (Director: Shannon Beeby) – A gay widower attempts to fulfill his husband’s final request: To spread his ashes on his hometown beach, in the company of the family that disowned him.
Unconditional / USA (Director: Kent Igleheart) – The single largest group of homeless youth is LGBT. Kicked out or run away because of who they are. This is the story of one.
The Macon Film Festival was founded in 2005. Macon Film Festival is an annual event held in the heart of historic downtown Macon, Georgia. Surrounded by a rich musical and southern culture, the organization celebrates independent films while promoting filmmaking for entertainment, inspiration, education, and economic development. The 11th annual Macon Film Festival will take place July 21-24, 2016.
Passes are now available on the festival website http://www.maconfilmfestival.com or at this Ticket Derby link: http://www.bit.ly/MFF_2016
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