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Rome International Film Festival

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THU, NOV 9, 2017, 7:00 PM – SUN, NOV 12, 2017

NOVEMBER 9-12, 2017

The 2017 Rome International Film Festival (RIFF) is pleased to announce that Academy Award nominee and Golden Globe winner Burt Reynolds will be a special guest at the 14th annual festival, taking place November 9-12, 2017. Mr. Reynolds will present a screening of SMOKEY AND THE BANDIT on Saturday, November 11 and DOG YEARS on Sunday, November 12.

RIFF will showcase feature length documentary MANKILLER as the Opening Night Presentation on Thursday, November 9, 2017 at 7:00 PM at Rome’s historic DeSoto Theatre. From Director/Producer Valerie Red-Horse Mohl (NATURALLY NATIVE) and Executive Producer Gale Anne Hurd (THE TERMINATOR, “The Walking Dead”), MANKILLER explores the legacy of the Cherokee Nation’s first woman Principal Chief Wilma Mankiller. The Opening Night film presentation and after-party is presented in partnership with the Chieftains Museum and Georgia Humanities Council and sponsored by Layer 3 Communications. A performance from Tommy Wildcat will precede the screening.

On Sunday, November 12, 2017 at 6:30 PM, RIFF will conclude its 2017 festivities with CHARGED: THE EDUARDO GARCIA STORY. Directed by Phillip Baribeau, CHARGED examines the life and recovery of chef Eduardo Garcia after he was shocked with 2400 volts of electricity while hiking in Montana. CHARGED had its World Premiere at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival and has since won several awards, including an Audience Award at the Sidewalk Film Festival.

Opening & Closing Night tickets and Festival Passes are now on sale at www.riffga.com. All-Access Passes and Film & Workshop Passes grant admission throughout the entire festival but individual day passes may also be purchased.


OPENING NIGHT PRESENTATION

MANKILLER
Directed by Valerie Red-Horse Mohl
USA, 2017, English, 74 minutes

Thursday, November 9, 2017, 7:00 PM — DeSoto Theatre

In 1985, after serving as Deputy Chief under a conservative leader, Wilma Mankiller took office as the Cherokee Nation’s first woman Principal Chief. Having relocated from Oklahoma to San Francisco earlier in her life, Mankiller worked with both the nascent Black Panther and the Alcatraz occupation movements, eventually bringing the passion and experience she gained there back to her people. During her decade-long tenure as Principal Chief and beyond, Mankiller’s leadership enabled the Cherokee Nation to become one of the most economically and culturally successful tribes in America. Through rare archival footage and intimate interviews with activists including Gloria Steinem, as well as with Wilma herself, MANKILLER gives us insight into how this remarkable woman successfully navigated through the minefield of bipartisan politics. Veteran filmmaker Valerie Red-Horse Mohl and Executive Producer Gale Anne Hurd present a portrait of a composed and assured leader who persevered through sexism and devastating personal setbacks to become one of the greatest leaders in American history.

The film will be preceded by a performance from Tommy Wildcat. Opening Night Film & After-Party presented in partnership with the Chieftains Museum and Georgia Humanities Council and sponsored by Layer 3 Communications.


SMOKEY AND THE BANDIT

DIRECTED BY HAL NEEDHAM
USA, 1977, ENGLISH, 96 MINUTES

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 11, 2017, 7:00 PM — ROME CITY AUDITORIUM

Big Enos (Pat McCormick) wants to drink Coors at a truck show, but in 1977 it was illegal to sell Coors east of the Mississippi River without a permit. Truck driver Bo “Bandit” Darville (Burt Reynolds) agrees to pick up the beer in Texas and drive it to Georgia within 28 hours. When Bo picks up hitchhiker Carrie (Sally Field), he attracts the attention of Sheriff Buford T. Justice (Jackie Gleason). Angry that Carrie will not marry his son, Justice embarks on a high-speed chase after Bandit.

The film will be followed by a Q&A with Special Guest Burt Reynolds and the 2017 RIFF Awards presentation.

Sponsored by R.H. Ledbetter Properties and the Ledbetter Family.


DOG YEARS

DIRECTED BY ADAM RIFKIN
USA, 2017, ENGLISH, 94 MINUTES

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 12, 2017, 3:30 PM — DESOTO THEATRE

Written and directed by Adam Rifkin especially for Burt Reynolds, DOG YEARS stars Reynolds as an aging, former movie star who is forced to face the reality that his glory days are behind him. On its surface, DOG YEARS is a tale about faded fame, but at its core, it’s a universal story about growing old. The film co-stars Chevy Chase and Ariel Winter.

The film will be followed by a Q&A with Special Guest Burt Reynolds.

Sponsored by R.H. Ledbetter Properties and the Ledbetter Family.


CLOSING NIGHT PRESENTATION

CHARGED: THE EDUARDO GARCIA STORY
directed by Phillip Baribeau
USA, 2017, English, 86 minutes

Sunday, November 12, 2017, 6:30 PM — DeSoto Theatre

A successful chef and adventurer, Eduardo Garcia’s life was forever changed after he was shocked with 2400 volts of electricity in a backcountry freak accident while hiking in Montana. Garcia lost his left hand, ribs, muscle mass and nearly his life, but more important than what he lost was what he found. Through the caregiving and patience of his ex-girlfriend Jennifer Jane, he was nursed back to health and learned to embrace his past, his family, and his future. A love story unlike any other, CHARGED is about both a physical recovery and a life newly and fully realized.


The RIFF welcomes films and filmmakers from around the globe to share the art of independent film with regional audiences, to entertain and enlighten festival attendees, to provide filmmakers the opportunity for professional networking and development, and to encourage cultural tourism and film industry development in Rome, GA and the surrounding area. It was selected as one of “20 film festivals worth the entry fee,” by MovieMaker Magazine.

 

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