14, 2009 (Macon, GA) -- The Macon Film & Video Festival
(MAGA) announces the special guests for the fourth annual film festival
taking place in historic downtown Macon. Because of the increased
number of film entries and special screenings, the festival will
now take place at three venues: The Cox Capitol Theatre, The Douglass
Theatre and the Grand Opera House.
The film festival will host an early kick-off on Wednesday,
February 18, 7 p.m., at the Grand Opera House with heralded former
University of Georgia Bulldog football coach Vince Dooley. Dooley
will be present for the screening of Vince Dooley: Beyond Football,
an in-depth look at the man who led UGA to 201 wins, six Southeastern
Conference championships and one national championship. But the
documentary will show another side to the coach who grew
up as a high school athlete, dance contest winner and an altar boy
to the Mobile archbishop through interviews with family,
friends, peers and exclusive interviews with Dooley himself. Following
the screening, there will be an audience Q&A with panelists
Dooley, producer Debbie Permar and other special UGA guests (to
be announced soon). Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
Also appearing at MAGA this year is the legendary Hollywood and
Broadway screen and stage star Karen Black. Black will be on hand
for the special screenings of two of her films, including 2008s
The Blue Tooth Virgin on Friday, February 20 at 8:45 p.m. (Cox Capitol
Theatre) and a second screening (film to be announced) on Sunday,
February 22 at 6 p.m. (Cox Capitol Theatre).
Macon native, acclaimed actress and producer Carrie Preston will
return to her hometown for the special screening of her independent
film Ready? OK! a poignant comedy where single Mom (Preston)
struggles to understand her young son's obsession with dresses,
dolls and girls' cheerleading. With the recent death of her absent
father, her wayward brother returns home, compelling them all to
face what it truly means to be a "family. Preston will
be on hand for the special screening on Saturday, February 21 at
8:45 p.m. (Cox Capitol Theatre).
Tickets to all MAGA events (including screenings at the Grand and
Douglass Theatre) are available through the Cox Capitol Theatre
box office: 382 Second Street, 478.257.6391 or coxcapitoltheatre.com.
MAGA Day Passes are $15 adults, $10 students and can be purchased
for any of the individual festival dates (including the Vince Dooley
MAGA Producer Passes are $50 adults, $35 students and includes
all screenings on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
at the Grand Opera House, Cox Capitol Theatre and Douglass Theatre.
MAGA Executive Producer Passes are $100 and includes admission
to the entire festival. It also includes access to nightly MAGA
after-parties and a V.I.P. meet-and-greet with Vince Dooley, starting
at 5 p.m., at the Grand Opera House, where pass holders will also
have reserve seating for the documentary screening.
MAGA began as a four-day festival in April of 2006, as a non-profit
organization created as an arm of the newly renovated historic Cox
Capitol Theatre, located in historic downtown Macon. Screenings
will be held at the Cox Capitol Theatre (382 Second Street) and
the Douglass Theatre (355 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd.), with the
Grand Opera House (651 Mulberry St.) hosting the Vince Dooley documentary.
The mission of MAGA is to celebrate the art and craft of the moving
image, and to give light to independent films that rarely have the
opportunity to appear in the Central Georgia region. MAGA is dedicated
to entertaining, educating and inspiring audiences and filmmakers
alike by offering innovative and imaginative films both mainstream
and independent in nature. The festival is open to filmmakers from
every level, working in any medium and genre.
For more information, complete festival schedule, updates and sponsorship
opportunities, visit the MAGA website: www.maconfilmfestival.com
or call the Cox Capitol Theatre, 478.257.6391.