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Short Circuit Traveling Film Festival to be at the Averitt Center
    Film buffs will be delighted to learn of the upcoming Short Circuit Traveling Film Festival to be held at the Averitt Center for the Arts in the Emma Kelly Theater. On the next two Friday evenings, the festival will feature 12 short films made by filmmakers living and working in the Southeastern United States.
    The Averitt Center partnered with the Statesboro Convention and Visitors Bureau, Main Street Statesboro, and the Chamber of Commerce to bring the film festival to town. Executive Director Tim Chapman said this is a unique event for Statesboro.
    “I’m pretty sure this is the first time Statesboro has ever hosted a film festival of this sort,” said Chapman. “This is a unique opportunity for our community. People really need to take advantage of this production.”
    The Festival is touring throughout the region from Sept. 2007 - May 2008 as a self-contained, two-and-a-half hour film festival, made possible through a grant from the Southern Arts Federation. The twelve engaging films, selected for their artistic merit by a panel of media arts professionals, offer a first of its kind film experience for local audiences.
    “The purpose of the festival is to encourage young filmmaker talent from the Southeast and educate them in the process of getting their films screened and judged,” said Chapman.
    The 12 short films will feature four in the fiction category, two animated shorts, five documentaries and one deemed experimental. Short Circuit has also been designed to serve as a complementary program to the Southern Circuit - Tour of Independent Filmmakers.
    Short Circuit opens at the Emma Kelly Theater during First Friday Downtown on Jan. 4, at 6:00 p.m. with a second show on Jan. 11. Tickets are $14 and will include all twelve short films, with hors d’ouvres and beverages during intermission. Members of Friends of the Arts may purchase tickets at the special rate of $10 per person.
    As an added bonus on Jan. 4, there will be a reception for the opening of the Mike Morrison Sculpture exhibit, “Gently Down the Stream,” featuring twenty works concentrating on the human form.
    In addition this Friday, we will have Marcus Rosentrater, co-director of “Dick-George, Tenn-Tom.” The film is a sardonic look at the rivalry between President Richard Nixon and Alabama Governor George Wallace, the creation of the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway, and the attempt on Wallace’s life less than a year later.
    On January 11, two of the film directors will be present to answer questions from the audience.
    Clay Walker, director of “The Cole Nobody Knows,” will give insight into Freddie Cole who will be performing at the Emma Kelly Theater on February 1. Nat King Cole’s 75 year-old “younger” brother is amazingly talented and quite a performer by his own right.
    Also, on that evening, Jorge Moran who directed the fictional film, “Theodore,” will be on hand to answer questions concerning his film about a man who knows loneliness, but wants to know love.

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