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RIFF 2007 Announces Film Program

Rome International Film Festival
Rome, Georgia
Sept. 6-9, 2007

Rome, GA -- The Rome International Film Festival reported several special film events for its 2007 program.

The opening night Film is Fully Awake: Black Mountain College, directed by Cathryn Davis Zommer and Neeley House. The documentary is about the experimental college that operated in North Carolina from 1933-1957 and served as a creative home for many of the best American artists of the twentieth century, including Josef and Anni Albers, Merce Cunningham, Robert Rauschenberg, Jacob Lawrence, John Cage, Willem de Kooning, Franz Kline, Robert Creeley, M.C. Richards, Buckminster Fuller, and Cy Twombly. Fully Awake will screen on Thursday, September 6, at 7:00 p.m., at the Rome City Auditorium, 601 Broad Street, in downtown Rome, Georgia. Tickets are $7.50 for admission to the film. The directors of Fully Awake will be in attendance for the opening night screening.

Following the opening night film is the Opening Night Gala in the Forrest Place Ballroom, also on Broad Street in downtown Rome and sponsored by Georgia Power. Admission to the Opening Night Gala is $75.00. Tickets are available at and at Rome Area Council for the Arts, 248 Broad Street.

RIFF will also feature a special Opening Night preview of two-time Academy Award-nominated animator Bill Plympton’s newest feature, Idiots & Angels. Clips from the film will screen Thursday, September 6, 5:30-6:30 p.m., at the Rome City Auditorium, 601 Broad Street. Admission is $3.00. Bill Plympton will be in attendance and will create and give away free drawings to those in attendance.

RIFF will present "An Evening with Val de Vargas," screening the John Wayne film, Hatari! The festival will welcome original cast member Val de Vargas for this screening. A question and answer session with de Vargas will follow this screening. Hatari! will screen on Friday, September 7, at 7:00 p.m., in the DeSoto Theatre at 530 Broad Street. Admission to the film is $7.50.

The RIFF Closing Night Film will be The Trail of Tears: Cherokee Legacy, a documentary film presented by Wes Studi, narrated by James Earl Jones, produced by Chip Richie and Steven R. Heape, and directed by Chip Richie. The documentary explores America’s darkest period – Andrew Jackson’s Indian Removal Act of 1830 and the forced removal of the Cherokee Nation to Oklahoma in 1838. Sponsored by Chieftains Museum, The Trail of Tears will screen on Saturday, September 8, at 7:00 p.m. in the DeSoto Theatre.

The Awards Ceremony for RIFF 2007 will be Sunday, September 9, at 3:00 p.m. in the DeSoto Theatre. Admission to the awards ceremony is free. Awards will include seven jury awards, two audience awards, and special festival awards. Following the awards ceremony, several of the award-winning films will screen at the DeSoto Theatre and the Forum Civic Center.

The fourth annual Rome International Film Festival is September 6-9, 2007, in historic downtown Rome, Georgia, and will feature 125 films representing more than 40 countries. Festival programs are available at various locations in Rome, Chattanooga, Atlanta, and online at Tickets to the festival are $5 for matinees and $7.50 for evening screenings. Single and multiple-day passes are available from $25-$75. Tickets and passes are available through the web site at or at Rome Area Council for the Arts, 248 Broad Street.

For more information about the 2007 Rome International Film Festival, visit or call 706-295-2787.