The Macon Film Festival announces that its 15th anniversary year will be a hybrid film festival with both online and in-person events scheduled for August 13-30. The online portion of the 2020 Macon Film Festival will be hosted by Film Festival Flix, a streaming platform that partners with film festivals for a curated virtual experience. Patrons will be able to stream the 2020 submissions on the FilmFestivalFlix.com website or through their mobile apps.
“The Film Festival board was in the middle of planning our 15th Anniversary year when COVID-19 hit. We knew that we needed to come up with an alternative plan so that our audience could still get the festival atmosphere with in-person events while being able to stream the creative content online,” says Steven Fulbright, Macon Film Festival Board President. “We’ve always prided ourselves on embracing technological innovation and with this format, we are able to showcase great independent films and filmmakers while considering the needs and safety of our audiences.”
The Macon Film Festival staff is working to build the festival experience with online screenings, two in-person theatrical screenings, two outdoor screenings, and a continued partnership with the Museum of Arts and Sciences Fulldome Festival August 11-30. The Festival will also feature online workshops, Q&A’s, and a presentation to award-winning juried films.
One of the featured theatrical screenings will be Chuck Leavell: The Tree Man, a cinematic documentary that explores the world’s fascination with the greatest piano and keyboardist over the last 40 years. The Documentary follows Leavell’s story as he divides his talent between music, forests, and family. Go behind the stage to hear from the Rolling Stones, Allman Brothers Band, the Black Crowes, Blues Traveler, Gov’t Mule, John Mayer, Pink Floyd, and others from an on-tour point of view. Featuring Chuck Leavell, Former President Jimmy Carter, Mick Jagger, Eric Clapton, Chris Robinson, Dr. John, David Gilmore, and others.
Director Allen Farst will present the film at the Macon Film Festival. Farst is an acclaimed American director, filmmaker, and producer whose most notable work is in action sports, music, documentary films, and high-end commercials. The film’s focus is on Leavell’s legendary musical career and his passion for tree farming and environmental stewardship. Filming started in early 2017 and wrapped at the end of 2019. The film won The People’s Choice Award at the 26th Annual Sedona International Film Festival.
“Chuck’s story is more than music. It’s about life, love, and our precious world we live in”, says Farst. “The story is like a circle, the top 180 is his career in music. The bottom 180 is a mix of a love story and his life work in forestry. You will laugh and cry at all of the right moments. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did filming it.”
Starting July 13th, audiences will be able to preview the full program guide at FilmFestivalFlix.com and purchase a Festival Pass and order tickets to all events. Details about how to participate in and contribute to the Macon Film Festival may be found on the festival’s website www.maconfilmfestival.com.