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July 24, 2013

Milledgeville Film Festival planning begins

MILLEDGEVILLE — By next April, the community could have its first major film festival. 

Downtown tourism, development and Georgia College representatives met Tuesday to hear producer Jeremiah Bennett’s movie weekend pitch.

Along with director partner B.J. Golnick, Bennett serves as associate producer for TLC’s “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo” reality series. They’ve spent off days working on other independent ventures through Glass Door Entertainment including a 48 Hour Film Project short and two music videos shot in Milledgeville. 

Milledgeville life has both guys hooked. The film festival idea is a way to give back to the area as a non-profit.

“Being around and seeing the charm of the town made us say there needs to be something more here,” Bennett said. “We said let’s create something to bring the arts and the community around local films and bring films from other places so that Milledgeville could have the opportunity.”

The Milledgeville Film Festival will start small with a three-day weekend schedule.

A Friday night gala running into a full-length feature film screening will kick off the festival.

Next, Bennett suggested Saturday morning workshops to provide an educational experience for film buffs. Throughout the festival’s second day, two-hour short film programs would showcase more than 30 shorts seven to 25 minutes long.

Bigger features would run that night as well. Sunday evening is reserved for the awards portion.

In an effort to use Milledgeville heritage, audience and locally-made awards reward grassroots productions. Attendees could view a city documentary showcasing the community also.

Providing the film segment a Milledgeville home might work wonders for the city.

“There are so many people that would like to see films here but they have to drive to Atlanta,” Bennett said. “It’s something that can grow and put you even more on the map.”

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