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Independent filmmakers come to Hapeville
by Christine Fonville
September 04, 2013 12:14 PM | 2417 views | 0 0 comments | 21 21 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Staff/Katherine Frye. From left, Hapeville city employees Allie O'Brien and Jamila Criss.
Staff/Katherine Frye. From left, Hapeville city employees Allie O'Brien and Jamila Criss.
Movie buffs will have the chance to view films and chat with directors during Reel to Real Arts, an independent film series hosted by the city of Hapeville.

“The first three films in the series are documentaries on different topics and subjects, so no matter what your interests are, there is a film for you,” said city Main Street Manager Allie O’Brien.

The schedule is:

Sept. 13: “Pride & Joy,” a documentary directed by Joe York, which focuses on Southern food culture and presents people and places that make the South’s cuisine unique.

Oct. 11: “Bending Sticks,” a documentary directed by Penelope Maunsell and Kenny Dalsheimer, which profiles environmental artist Patrick Dougherty, who makes sculptures out of natural materials.

Nov. 15: “Harvest,” a documentary directed by John Beck, which follows five family wineries for three months as they struggle through the worst wine harvest in 50 years.

The free events begin with a reception with the directors at 6 p.m. and the movie screening at 7 p.m. followed by a question-and-answer session with the filmmakers.

“The viewings are free because of a grant from [regional arts nonprofit] South Arts and the reception is covered by the Hapeville trade and tourism committee,” O’Brien said.

South Arts works in conjunction with the National Endowment for the Arts program to support independent filmmakers and screens their movies across the South.

“[It] transforms watching independent films from a solitary experience into a communal one,” nonprofit Senior Director of Film and Traditional Arts Teresa Hollingsworth said in a statement.

Hapeville is among seven cities in Georgia, including Augusta and Suwanee, to receive the grant from South Arts and host independent films in the 2013-14 season.

“We’re excited about the stellar group of partners we have this year,” Hollingsworth said.

O’Brien said since the introduction of the series and event last year, attendance has steadily increased.

The venue where the movies will be shown has just completed renovations and O’Brien said the location in Jess Lucas Y-Teen Park is “a big plus for the city.”

“We’re excited to host the event in the Christ Church and Carriage House because it will be a newly remodeled building for our residents to enjoy and its location downtown will attract and encourage people to shop and eat at the shops and restaurants in this area,” she said.

If you go:
What: Reel to Real film series
When: Sept 13 at 6 p.m.
Where: Jess Lucas Y-Teen Park, 680 S.Central Ave.
Cost: Free

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