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2014 Savannah Film Festival

Savannah Film FestivalEvery October and early November, the best and brightest in filmmaking come to Savannah to be part of the Savannah Film Festival. The Savannah College of Art & Design (SCAD) is the producer and main sponsor of the film festival. The film festival features everything from animated shorts to full length documentaries and films. The 2014 Savannah Film Festival opened on October 25th and has films showing and other events taking place through Saturday November 1st.

The Savannah Film Festival welcomes tens of thousands of film fans and professionals to the city of Savannah every year. There are competition film screenings, special screenings (such as previews of new movies), workshops, panels and lectures from filmmakers. The festival honors professional and amateur filmmakers from around the world. There is even an “Audience Choice Award” where the public can vote on their choice of favorites for documentaries, shorts and feature films. In 2014, SCAD opened the Savannah Film Studios , which has three sound stages, green rooms, lighting grids, post production suites, screening   rooms and production offices. These studios are one of the nearly 70 SCAD facilities in the Savannah area and a great part of the SCAD arts and design curriculum.

Each year, the Savannah Film Festival honors a group of actors and actresses and the work that they have done and are currently doing. Past honorees include Alec Baldwin, Jeremy Irons, Liam Neeson, Sir Ian McKellan, Oliver Stone, John Goodman, Stan Lee, and Woody Harrleson. This year’s honorees include rising stars Asa Butterfield and Analeigh Tipton, film and stage legend, Gena Rowlands and spotlight award winner actor Matt Bomer.

The majority of the screenings during the film festival are held at two theaters in downtown Savannah: The Lucas Theater and the Trustees Theater.  You can still purchase tickets and special passes for events and movie screenings through November 1st for the film festival online. The film festival is a great way to see up and coming filmmakers and celebrate some of the best actors and filmmakers in the industry.

 

 

Savannah Film Festival

Trustee Theater-Home of the Savannah Film Fest

Trustee Theater is one of the homes of the Savannah Film Festival. Photo courtesy of www.filmfest.scad.edu.

We have mentioned that Savannah has quite a lot of festivals throughout the year celebrating different cultures, foods and holidays. Every October, the best and brightest in filmmaking come to Savannah to be part of the Savannah Film Festival. This is the 15th year for the festival, which is hosted by Savannah College of Art & Design. The festival opened on October 27th and runs through November 3rd.

The Savannah Film Festival welcomes 40,000 people over the seven day festival to the city of Savannah. There are competition film screenings, special screenings (such as previews of new movies), workshops, panel and lectures. The festival honors professional and amateur filmmakers from around the world. There is even an “Audience Choice Award” where the public can vote on their choice of favorites for documentaries, shorts and feature films.

Each year, the festival honors a group of actors and actresses and the work that they have done or are currently doing. Past honorees include Liam Neeson, Sir Ian McKellan, Oliver Stone, Ray Liotta, James Marsden, Ellen Barkin, and Woody Harrleson to just name a few. This year’s honorees are John Goodman, Stan Lee, Matt Dillon, Diane Lane, Michele Monaghan and Geoffrey Fletcher.

The majority of the screenings during the film festival are held at two theaters in downtown Savannah: The Lucas Theater and the Trustees Theater. Both of the theaters are iconic parts of downtown Savannah. You can still purchase tickets and special passes for events and movie screenings for the film festival online. Get out and enjoy this great festival. You never know who you might run into at a screening!

Savannah, Festival City

Savannah Festivals

Photo courtesy of keystosavannah.com.

Savannah is a city that offers a little bit of everything to a visitor and local residents. We already know that Savannah is a great city for the arts  and food.  It is also a top vacation destination point. Savannah hosts at least 46 different festivals throughout the year from cultural festivals to food festivals to events surrounding sporting events such as the Legends of Golf Tournament in the spring or the Rock N Roll Marathon in the fall.

There are many cultural festivals in Savannah throughout the year. The Savannah College of Arts and Design hosts the Savannah Film Festival every fall. This festival honors independent and mainstream film makers from around the world. The Savannah Book Festival  attracts readers and authors alike from mystery to romance, every February. The Savannah Music Festival  showcases every type of music from bluegrass to R&B to classic over a 2 week period every spring.

The holidays always brings out the best of celebrations in the Savannah area. Savannah holds one of the largest St. Patrick’s Day celebrations in the nation every year. The parade takes 3 hours to wind through downtown Savannah streets in front of thousands of participants and viewers. Every year on the weekend after Thanksgiving, Savannah has the Harbor Boat Parade on the Savannah River. There are also holiday parades and festivals in many of the local communities, including Hinesville. The New Year wouldn’t be complete without attending the New Year’s Eve Fireworks on Tybee Island!

There are great food festivals celebrating different cultures and styles throughout the year in Savannah. The fall season is filled with different food festivals for German, Greek and Jewish food. Oktoberfest on the River combines German food and Savannah fun in a 3 day festival starting on October 5, 2012. The 61st Annual Savannah Greek Festival will be held at the St. Paul’s Hellenic Center October 11th through October 13th. There is a Jewish Food Festival at Forsyth Park on October 28th where you can taste different samples of kosher cooking. Twice a year, Savannah restaurants participate in the Restaurant Week where patrons can get a fixed rate on certain meals at higher-end Savannah restaurants.

Labor Day weekend is full of events to cap off a busy summer full of fun! The 5th Annual Craft Brew Fest  started August 26th and runs through September 2nd. This celebration of the micro-crafted beer has become a very popular event in Savannah. It draws thousands of people to taste over 175 beers from local, regional and national craft brewers. There are many larger events for the Brew Fest this weekend including Friday evening’s International Food & Brew tasting and Saturday’s Grand Tasting at the Savannah International Trade & Convention Center. Sunday, there is a live outdoor concert in conjuncture with the Brew Fest featuring regional and national music acts at the Westin’s Grand Prize of American Road Race Track.

Every month will bring some type of special event to the Savannah area. That is something that the city can be very proud of! Get out there and enjoy what the city has to offer! Stop N Stor  is very proud to be a part of the Savannah, Port Wentworth and Hinesville communities! Check out your local chamber of commerce for more information for local events.

Savannah in the Movies

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Can you guess how many movies have been filmed in Savannah in the past 2 decades? There has been quite a few dating all the way back to 1915! With its historical squares, beautiful architecture and southern hospitality, Savannah has become a “Mini Hollywood” for filmmakers. The City of Savannah Film Office is the source for information for current and future movie productions.  Currently filming in Savannah and Fort Pulaski is the independent film, “Abe Lincoln vs. the Zombies”. This film, once it is finished being produced, will be available on DVD. There are many sites around town where movies have been filmed. Some you might recognize in the film, while others look totally different in “real life”.

The most famous movie filmed in and around Savannah is “Forest Gump”. Who can forget Forrest Gump offering a box of chocolates (and his life story) to people sharing his bench at Chippewa Square? Did you know that the bench is now at the Savannah History Museum?. The movie most associated directly with Savannah is “Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil” directed by Clint Eastwood in 1997. Many downtown locations including The Mercer-Williams House, Monetary Square, Forsyth Park and Bonaventure Cemetery are backdrops for the movie. The party scenes were actually filmed inside the Mercer-Williams House! The scenery of the film was just as important to the movie as the acting and directing! Many locals were also cast in the film, including Lady Chablis.

Savannah’s stately homes and historical buildings are perfect locations to shoot historical themed movies. Robert Redford has shot two movies in Savannah: “Legend of Beggar Vance” in 2000 and most recently in 2010 for “The Conspirator”. Robert Redford chose Savannah to be Washington D.C. circa 1865 in this Civil War era movie. The prison scenes in the movie were filmed at Fort Pulaski . A great Civil War film, “Glory”, was filmed in and around Savannah in 1989 with extensive filming being done at the Roundhouse Complex. In fact, Savannah “stood in” for 1860’s Boston for the movie!

In early 2011, a movie aptly titled “Savannah” was filmed in the city of its namesake. It was directed and produced by Savannah natives and tells the story of the friendship between a wealthy business man in 1900 and a freed slave. At the time of writing this blog post, the movie does not have a release date. Miley Cyrus filmed “The Last Song” on Tybee Island in the summer of 2009. In the 1990’s Savannah hosted Sandra Bullock and Ben Affleck for the filming of “Forces of Nature” and Julie Roberts and Dennis Quaid for the filming of “Something to Talk About”. You can actually take movie tours (Hotlink to: http://savannahmovietour.net) of Savannah and see all the different movie sites in the city.

If seeing movie stars filming in the city and surrounding areas isn’t enough for you, then go to the Savannah Film Festival  hosted by the Savannah College of Art & Design every fall. This film festival honors independent film makers from around the world. Every year the event hosts movie stars and new film makers and shows the creativity of filmmaking. This year’s festival dates will be from Oct 27th to Nov 3rd.

Savannah is such a great city for so many reasons which we have touched about in our blog posts! Being a well-known movie location site is just one of the great things about the city. Stop N Stor  is so proud to be a part of this wonderful community!