2017 Rome International Film Festival

2017 Rome International Film Festival

Rome International Film Festival 2016

Photo courtesy of Mike McKinney

The 2017 Rome International Film Festival  (RIFF) opens Thursday, Nov. 9 and runs through Sunday, Nov. 12th. The 14th annual festival never disappoints, with once again a stellar lineup of films and special events all taking place in beautiful Rome, Georgia.

To kick-off the fest, 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 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.

Legendary star Burt Reynolds will be on hand for the showing of the 40th anniversary of the Georgia filmed ‘Smokey and the Bandit’ on Saturday, Nov. 11th at 7:00 pm at the Rome City Auditorium. Mr. Reynolds will do a Q&A following the screening.

Smokey and the Bandit

Photo courtesy of Universal Studiios

On Sunday, Nov. 12th at 3:30 pm at the DeSoto Theatre Mr. Reynolds will be screening his latest film. ‘Dog Years.” Written and directed by Adam Rifkin especially for Reynolds, the film premiered at Tribeca Film Festival earlier this year. The film stars Reynolds as an aging, former movie star who is forced to face the reality that his glory days are behind him. Ariel Winter,  Clark Duke, and Chevy Chase also star in the film.  Mr. Reynolds will do a Q&A following the film.

On Sunday, November 12, 2017, at 6:30 PM, RIFF will conclude with Closing Night film “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.

Rome International Film Festival 2016

Photo courtesy of Mike McKinney

Besides feature films and shorts film blocks, the festival also features panels on filmmaking, including a Master Class with ‘Archer “ Lead Animator Marcus Rosentrater and an Art Department Master Class with Molly Coffee (“Atlanta,” “Stan Against Evil”).

For more information and a full lineup go to www.riffga.com

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