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Inaugural Big River Film Festival to be Held in Savannah

July 08, 2016

    The inaugural Big River Film Festival  will be held July 7-9, 2016

in Savannah, Georgia. This nonprofit organization is an international film festival for filmmakers by

filmmakers. Savannah, is home to a thriving filmmaking community and was recently rated the “#1 small

city to live and work as a filmmaker in 2016”, according to Movie Maker Magazine. The festival’s lineup

will include screenings of over 100 dramatic and documentary feature films, short films, and special

events. Audiences will also have the opportunity to view several films included in the many USA and

International competitions.

    The festival will kick-off its three-day run with a VIP & Filmmaker Opening Partyon Thursday, July 7,

from 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. at Savannah Station. An Opening Welcome & Special Announcements

event for all attendees will follow on Friday July 8, from 9:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. in the Johnny Mercer

Theatre of The Savannah Civic Center.

    There will be a VIP & Filmmaker Hospitality Suite, Exhibitors, Master Classes, Female Filmmakers

Panel, events and multiple Film Competitionsheld throughout the day on both Friday and Saturday.

Domenica Cameron-Scorsesewill make her feature film directorial debut with Almost Paris,which will

be screening at the Johnny Mercer Theatre of The Savannah Civic Center at 6:00 p.m. on Friday evening.

    Almost Paristells the story of a former banker who returns to his hometown in the wake of the

mortgage-lending crisis. Faced with his family and childhood friends - and seeing the impact of his

actions – he learns to show up and give back to those he loves in ways that are priceless.

    Lebanese filmmaker Maria Abdel Karimwill be participating in Saturday’s International Film

Competition with her film Voidhosted in the Ballroom of the Savannah Civic Center July 9th, at 6:15 p.m.

Voidcenters on the story of six Lebanese women, all of different ages, who are awaiting the return of

their sons, brothers, husbands or lovers, who have been missing since the Civil War. The film depicts the

events that take place on the eve of the Beirut Parliament Square sit-in, where the women petition to

renew the cases of their missing men.

    Samone T. Norsworthy’sfilm Ben & Ara, winner of the African Movie Academy Awards for Best

Diaspora Feature Film, will screen on Saturday July 9, at 5:30 p.m. in the Johnny Mercer Theater. This

award winning film explores the possibilities and the limits of inter-religious, inter-racial, and

intercultural relationships in our society.

    These filmmakers will be in attendance and Q&A sessions will follow their screenings.

In addition to film screenings, the Big River Film Festivalwill also host several other private and public

events for patrons throughout the duration of the festival. For a detailed list of films and events


scheduled please visit


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