We are reviving the old Tallahassee Film Festival, which first launched a decade ago and fizzled out in a mere four years. Original artistic director Chris Faupel and I managed to produce some 25 one-off shows between 2013-15. Now we want to stage a full weekend festival (March 23-25) of new independent film, modeled on some of the many successful and beautifully idiosyncratic regional festivals that have become enduring and nurturing mainstays of their community's cultural life (Sidewalk in Birmingham; Indie Memphis; Cucalorus in Wilmington, N.C.; and many others). We have secured All Saints Cinema and FSU's Student Life Center cinema, and will partner with bars, clubs, galleries and other businesses in the All Saints/Gaines Street area. Films, mostly by undiscovered talents and festival faves, will include shorts, docs, fictional features, experimental and cult revivals. We'll be looking to spotlight as much regional flavor as possible, and introduce audiences to a wide and diverse array of styles, genres, perspectives and intentions. Mostly, it should be provocative, stimulating and fun – and unlike anything that's happened here before under a film festival banner.
Funded by Tallahassee, FL (February 2018)