The Milledgeville Film Festival, a six-day festival for filmmakers, producers, directors and technicians, was expanded to Eatonton for the 2018 festival. This year’s theme was Southern Gothic films, but the festival also focused on women’s impact in filmmaking and new media.
Milledgeville claims many attractions for the film industry: Andalusia, the Greenway, Bartram Forest and Central State Hospital.
GC hosted screenings for the festival in the Arts and Sciences Auditorium and the awards ceremony in the Magnolia Ballroom.
“I think the festival is great for the community because we’re bringing international filmmakers, and they fall in love with the town,” said Abigail Murphy, director of social media for the film festival and GC alumna. “Some of the film producers and directors use this time to scout certain locations for future films. Personally, I love the festival. I know GC is trying to embrace more film, so I think it’s great to expose the students to the talent all around the world and show all these different styles of cinematography.
The short film “Filling In” competed in the Family and Inspirational category.
“‘Filling In’ is in a comedy, fantasy, family film,” said Bradley Hawkins, the director.
“It is a very twisted version of [the] tooth fairy story.”
The film takes the myth of the tooth fairy and flips it upside down. In “Filling In,” the tooth fairy is not the philanthropic figure most people imagine.
“[The role of the tooth fairy] is really a multi-billion-dollar industry, and you have to see the movie to find out more about that,” Hawkins said.
Hawkins was a marching band director in the 1980s. When he retired, he started acting in theater in California. An agent who saw him in a play suggested that he should be doing more than just acting, so Hawkins started working with films.
Hawkins left California and moved to Pennsylvania. He started acting again in 2012. Now, Hawkins is primarily a director, but he acts in between directing films.
Clyde Bryan is a film technician who has worked on over 120 films over the last 40 years. He has primarily worked on movies, but within the last few years, he has worked on a few television shows. He recently worked on was the first season of “Stranger Things” and “Home Again,” which stars Reese Witherspoon.
As a child, Bryan loved going to movies. He grew up idolizing the people who made the movies instead of the stars in the pictures. He wanted to know how the technicians put the film together and how the technicians could incite feelings in an audience by strategic editing.
Bryan started making his own films in high school. When he was 25 years old, he moved to California to fulfill his dream of making movies. He started working in the film industry in the 1970s and worked his way up. He lived in California for 32 years, until Bryan and his wife sought out a different lifestyle in Milledgeville.
“The film I’m proudest of would be ‘Road to Perdition’ because of my task in that picture,” Bryan said. “The ‘Back to the Future’ pictures were a lot of fun to make—hard, but a lot of fun.”
Bryan was on the Film vs. Television panel at the festival. He and other panelists discussed how the line between films and television is blurring.
“In the last 10 years, there has been a revolutionary change in movie making procedures,” Bryan said. “Switching from chemical and film to digital has made a remarkable change not only in how pictures are made but how the sets are run. It used to cost money any time you turn the camera on, and now it really doesn’t cost much money.
[Because of this change], running around with camera rolling all of the time has begun [to be] the norm in my experience.”