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Reception & Screening of “Birthday Cake” & “Matthew’s Gift”

March 2, 2018 @ 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm

First day of the South Georgia Film Festival concludes downtown at the Annette Howell Turner Center for the Arts. Starting off with a wine and cheese reception, filmmakers and guests are encouraged to mingle before the evening screening of the award-winning film BIRTHDAY CAKE by Brantly Jackson Watts and MATTHEW’S GIFT by Jon Watts followed by filmmaker Q&A.

BIRTHDAY CAKE is a Southern Gothic tale of a woman struggling to leave a violent relationship. Set in the deep south, Birdie marks the first anniversary of leaving her abusive lover, Donnie, with a ceremonial candle on a cake. As the evening unfurls, Birdie will be confronted by more than an aching heart in this Southern Gothic thriller. A haunting story of love, survival and the complexities found in relationships, this film examines modern domestic violence in a way that is seldom explored. Brantly Watts is a VSU alum and has alway been supportive of our program.

MATTHEW’S GIFT is a short documentary that follows photographer Oana Hogrefe as she dedicates her one day a year taking remembrance photos of a child nearing the end of life.

Jon and Brantly screened their documentary AKA BLONDIE at VSU in 2015. They have been filmmakers in residence at the Atlanta Film Festival and were instrumental in the HomeSpun documentary series.

Reception is available to all pass holders. A festival pass is $35, giving you access to the entire weekend’s events. A day pass is $15, affording you all the screenings, panels or events for any one day of the festival.

Tipsy Transit will be providing shuttle service from the festival hotel, Holiday Inn & Conference center, before the reception and at the conclusion of the screening.

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March 2, 2018
5:30 pm - 8:00 pm


Turner Center for the Arts
527 N. Patterson Street
Valdosta, GA 31601 United States
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