Rome International Film Festival 2016   Sept. 15th – 18th


Rome International Film Festival

Photo courtesy of RIFF

This weekend things in Rome, GA as the 13th annual Rome International Film Festival (RIFF)will be happening.  Founded in 2003, RIFF is northwest Georgia’s signature film festival event. A few years ago MovieMaker Magazine named it one of the “top 20 festivals worth the submission fee.”  The DeSoto theatre, built in 1927 and the first cinema in the Southeastern United States to screen sound films, will be the central venue for the festival.

Opening night is Thursday, Sept. 15th with “Century of Cinema.”  The Rome International Film Festival and the Rome Symphony Orchestra present RIFF’s opening night event. The orchestra will perform an original arrangement by artistic director and conductor Sam Baltzer, accompanying the Buster Keaton classic film, “Cops” (1922).  A handful of short films will be shown following the event, including “Chase Me,” the world’s first 3D printing movie.


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Friday morning starts at 9 am with a kids block. After that, screenings start at noon with the US Premiere of “Hold Me” starring Hannah Fierman (who is in attendance). Then Foreign Shorts pt.I, Georgia Shorts, the US Premiere of “What Jacques Saw” (“Jacques a Vu”), the World Premiere of Georgia-shot horror film “Cruiser” with Shuler Hensley and cast/crew in attendance, then a late night horror block called “Fear Haus” Pt.I.

Hold Me

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There also will be two panels during the day; Breaking into the Georgia Film Industry at 11 am and a Master Class with Shuler Hensley and Lori Beth Sikes, the stars of “Cruiser”, at 1 pm.

Saturday morning is a repeat of the “kids block.” Several short blocks will play on Saturday, including a Foreign Shorts block. Narrative films “Artifice,” “We’ve Forgotten More Than We Ever Knew,” and the talk of the Atlanta Film Festival “The Arbalest.”  At midnight on Saturday will be “Attack of the Killer Donuts, with actor C.Thomas Howell in attendance.

Also on Saturday there will be two panels;  at 11 am a workshop with Tom Brady (director of FX’s “Chozen,” “The Hot Chick,” “The Animal” and a writer for “Home Improvement” and “The Simpsons”) and a panel on Acting/Getting Representation as an Actor panel at 1 pm.


Photo courtesy of Open Productions

Sunday the festival ends with screenings of the feature “Clarence,” followed by Documentary Shorts, then the closing night film “Cheerleader” at 6 pm, which was up for Best Narrative Feature at 3 different film festivals, including the 2016 Atlanta Film Festival.

I will be attending the festival, so follow me on Twitter @LastOneToLeave and Instagram LastOneToLeave to see what I am up to in Rome.

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