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SCAD Film Festival – Part 3

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For those now eager to attend, the Hollywood elite that make up the honorees list isn’t the only feature there that should not be missed, of course the line up of films makes the journey justified alone. On show in Savannah will be mix of genres from a range of creators both highly esteemed professionals and new talent hoping to break in. Among the shorts will be Holy Moses by Eli Powers, this dark comedy starring Amanda Seyfried takes a skewed look at miracles and the ownership of them. Also showing is Barnaby Blackburn’s Wale that seems fitting for the current political climate. This thought provoking drama tells the story of a young black man trying to restart his life as a mechanic when he is framed for a crime he did not commit. Edward Watts’ Oksijan will also be able to watch here, the true story of a young Afghan boy smuggled into the UK in the back of a refrigeration truck.

Documentary lovers will also have their fill as a selection of studies and biopics tackle non-fiction such as Don’t Be Nice which looks at New York slam poets as they compete in the national championships in a doc akin to the popular Pitch Perfect series. Facing The Dragon follows women who remain in Afghanistan now that American troops and the aid they brought disappear, a peek into their lives shows how they are forced to make impossible and life threatening decisions. On a different note actress turned director Rashida Jones supplies an intimate look at the career of her Father Quincy in the eponymous film. Known for his esteemed career as a music producer who worked alongside icons such as Will Smith and Michael Jackson, this documentary shows how his work has impacted the popular African American culture of the last 70 years.

For more conventional film goers will also enjoy the features at SCAD festival with films such as Destoyer starring an unrecognisable Nicole Kidman as a former undercover police officer haunted by the choices of her past. Set in the south of the 1960’s Green Book takes a look at race relations as it focuses on an Italian-American who drives a Black man around America. The Parting Glass draws on the sorrow of a family traveling across the states to reclaim their late sister’s belongings and figuring out her final moments along the way. Whereas Spike Lee’s acclaimed BlacKkKlansman (with honoree John David Washington in the lead role) takes a hilariously tongue in cheek look at the cloak wearing cult of the past, as it somehow gets infiltrated by a man of colour in this unbelievably true story. Other films featuring some of the guests include The Miseducation Of Cameron Post with Chloe Grace Moretz, widely known for playing Hit Girl in comic action comedy Kick Ass. Also the Kindergarten Teacher which is produced by star Maggie Gyllenhaal who younger audiences may recognise as Nanny Mcphee, but also took a role in a comic adaptation in the form of the Christopher Nolan’s incredible Dark Knight. With even more to see including an exhibit on Wes Anderson’s Isle of Dogs, guests, films and costumes, there is no better excuse for film fans to head to Savannah.