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Film Festival: Programmer's Picks
Savvy picks for the savvy festivalgoer
"Last Vegas"

Excited about the Savannah Film Festival, but need some insight on what to purchase? The Programmers shed some light on how to navigate the titles offered and the new times.

If you can only attend opening weekend:

Tickets for the Opening Gala screening Nebraska on Sat 10/26 at 7:30 p.m. and Last Vegas Sunday 10/27 at 7 p.m., are sold out, but there is always the rush line for any available seats, ten minutes before the film starts. These are must-see films!

Sunday daytime screening: Hank and Asha at 9:30 a.m. at Trustees Theater – an awesome look at modern online romance between two twenty-somethings, preceded by the similar themed short Setup, Punch with Elijah Wood and Alia Shawkat from Arrested Development

Sunday daytime screening: The Spectacular Now at 1 p.m. at the Lucas Theatre, followed by a Q & A session with lead actor Miles Teller and director James Ponsoldt, a heartfelt coming of age story, worth seeing again (if you've already seen it) and hear Miles and James discuss their process

If you can only attend closing weekend, and love SHORT films:

Grab tickets for the Animation Block and both Student Blocks on Friday, 11/1 at the Trustees Theater at 9:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m. and 2:30p.m. From the George Takei narrated animation The Missing Scarf to awesome student work from schools around the country as well as SCAD, you won't be disappointed.

Saturday, November 2, grab a ticket for the 10 a.m. documentary Dear Mr. Watterson, to see the short Walking the Dogs, a true tale of an unexpected visit paid to Queen Elizabeth (Emma Thompson) in the 1980's, and stay for the documentary.

It's not too long, and an excellent tribute to the epic comic strip "Calvin and Hobbes."

If you can only attend the closing weekend, and love GREAT ACTING and STORY:

Grab tickets for the Friday, November 1 10 a.m. pair Wild Horses and The Pretty One, and the 4 p.m. pair The Nightshift Belongs to the Stars and the documentary, Mayan Blue, both at the Lucas Theatre. Don't forget the 7 p.m. special screening of Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom at the Trustees Theater as well!

Grab a ticket to the Saturday, November 2 2:30 p.m. special screening One Chance at Trustees Theater, sure to be a delight, and based on a true story.

Definitely wait in the Rush Line for the Saturday, November 2 closing night film August: Osage County and awards ceremony at 7 p.m. at the Trustees Theater, to see what wins the "best of" prizes and stay for the excellent sure-fire Oscar attention getting film.


Don't miss Jack Irish: Bad Debts, preceded by the chilling short AB- Screenings at 2:30 p.m. at Trustees Theater on Sunday, 10/27 or 1:00pm at the Lucas Theatre on Friday, November 1.

Catch the riveting short Wild Horses at 2:30 p.m. at Trustees Theater on Monday, October 28 and catch the Student Block B at the Lucas Theatre at 4 p.m.

Money for Nothing: Inside the Federal Reserve is a riveting look at how our monetary system operates. Highly informative, this doc feature is paired with the Sundance Film Festival pick, Palimpsest. Tuesday, October 29 at 2:30 at Trustees or Thursday, October 31 at 1 p.m. at the Lucas Theatre.

Saoirse Ronan delivers an excellent performance as a survival driven teen in How I Live Now at 4 p.m. Tuesday, October 29.

If you have a pass, stay for the exciting 7 p.m. special screening of The Book Thief, and the chance to see Game of Thrones star Natalie Dormer receive the Discovery Award

Definitely catch Muhammad Ali's Greatest Fight on Wednesday, October 30 at 2:30 p.m. at Trustees Theater

If you love a good mystery, check out Rachel Miner (Sons of Anarchy, Supernatural) in East of Acadia at 11:30 a.m. on Thursday , October 31 at Trustees Theater

Don't forget to celebrate Halloween with a viewing of the horror classic The Bride of Frankenstein, hosted by the SCAD Cinema Circle, at 8 p.m. at the Lucas Theater, Thursday, October 31.

On Friday, November 1at 8 p.m. at the Lucas Theatre, get a front row seat for the Savannah shot film, The Sacrament, by buzzworthy horror director Ti West, followed by a Q&A session.

If HEARTFELT DRAMAS and FEEL GOOD FILMS are your forte, the following films are worth the price of admission:

Hank and Asha – 10/27, 9:30 a.m., Trustees and 11/1, 10 a.m., Lucas

The Spectacular Now – 10/27, 1 p.m., Lucas

Dear Mr. Watterson - 10/28, 11:30 a.m., Trustees and 11/2, 10 a.m., Lucas

The Pretty One – 10/28, 2:30 p.m., Trustees and 11/1, 10 p.m., Lucas

Brothers Hypnotic, and Who Shot Rock & Roll – 10/28, 11:30 a.m. Trustees, 10/31, 4 p.m., Lucas

Home:_____ - 10/27, 11:30 a.m., Trustees and 11/2, 1 p.m., Lucas

The Book Thief – 10/29, 7 p.m., Trustees

Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away 3D – 10/30, 11:30 a.m., Trustees

Philomena – 10/31, 7 p.m., Trustees

The Invisible Woman – 11/2, 11:30 a.m., Trustees

One Chance – 11/2, 2:30 p.m. Trustees