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Tifton hosts Wiregrass Film Festival

By Tayleigh Davis - bio | email

TIFTON, GA (WALB) - Tifton turned into a mini Hollywood Thursday night as ABAC hosted the Wiregrass Film Festival. It showed off independent short films that tell southern stories.

The Short Circuit Traveling Film Festival spotlights the work of indie filmmakers from the Southeast. ABAC Student Matt Taylor is a fan of independent films.

" It's important to show the richness of a culture that's not been in a film I've seen before," Taylor said.

This year is different. Many of the films portray the south, including Georgia, in several forms. Documentaries, fiction, animation, and stop motion are just a few.

"We don't get to see many independent films in this area," said ABAC Arts Connection Director, Wayne Jones. 

Jones says the film festival narrowed entries down to 10 films. One of his favorites is "Falling to the Top," a gothic comic book style film that shows one man's story.

"it's engaging from the moment you look at it," Jones said.

Hannah Hogan is attending the Wiregrass Film Festival as part of her English class assignment.

"We're learning about films and different aspects the director is trying to portray," Hogan noted. 

Jones says these small budget animations and southern experience films tend to have more creative freedom than big budget features.

"They are playing with their craft and trying to hone their skills so as a result they can take bigger risks," Jones said.

People here believe the South has a culture everyone can connect with. The Georgia Council for the Arts supports the Wiregrass Film Festival. ABAC is making plans to hold the festival again next year.

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