Athens, GA Launching Film Festival
by Eugene Hernandez
Long considered fertile ground for a continuous crop of
emerging musicians, the city of Athens, Georgia will soon see be the
home of a new festival for emerging filmmakers. Started by NYU graduate
Juanita Giles, the Athens Film Festival (October 17-24, 1997) will
showcase features, shorts and documentaries on 35mm, 16mm and Super 8.
In a conversation with indieWIRE, Giles admitted, "if anybody has the
ambition to do 70 (mm), I reckon we can take that too."
Giles conceived of the event last fall and after a winter trip to NYC to
shore up support, the pieces began to fall into place. She and her team
of organizers quickly garnered the moral and financial support of
corporations, as well as local organizations and artists. According to
Giles, among the notables who have signed on as supporters are Kodak,
The Georgia Film Office, FILMMAKER Magazine, and the Athens-bred band, R.E.M.
Discussing some of the filmmakers who have already accepted invitations
to the festival, Giles revealed that Gus Van Zant's "Ballad Of The
Skeletons" will be screened, as will Scott Saunders' film "The Headhunter's
Sister," David Gatten's Ann Arbor Film Fest winner, "Hardwood Process" and
Justin Vaughn's "The Reasonable Way." Plans for the event include a
seminars, daily morning coffee Q&A sessions with a filmmaker, and a
The early film submission deadline for the festival is July 1, 1997,
with all submissions due August 15th. The deadline for the screenplay
competition is June 10th.