International Film Festival
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 www.riff.tv 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 Plymptons 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 Americas
darkest period Andrew Jacksons 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 www.riff.tv. 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 www.riff.tv or at Rome Area Council for the Arts,
248 Broad Street.
For more information about the 2007 Rome International Film Festival,
or call 706-295-2787.