Macon Film Festival (MaGa), A Review

Prompt 3

Pretend that you are a film blogger.  Write an entry about the Macon Film Festival that you could submit to the festival’s blog.  Remember that writing for a blog is slightly different than an article for a newspaper or an essay.

            I recently attended the Macon Film Festival (MaGa) held in Macon, Georgia.  I only had the chance to attend part of one film.

           The atmosphere was interesting.  The venues were impressive.  Viewers had a choice of three venues: the Douglass Theatre in downtown Macon, the Cox Capital Theatre, and the Macon Marriot City Center (“Macon Film Festival”).  The Douglass Theatre is a small historic theater on Martin Luther King Junior Boulevard with elaborate detailing inside.  The Cox Capitol Theatre is located on 2nd Street, characterized by bright lights outlining the sign outside.  Located on Coliseum Drive, the Macon Marriot City Center provided an impressive and early introduction MaGa, with events starting at 9 a.m. on February 17 (“Macon Film Festival”).  MaGa ran from the February 17-20, 2011 (“Macon Film Festival”).

           I attended the Narrative Feature #2 block at the Douglass Theatre on Friday, February 18.  The presenter, Steven Crowley, comically ended the introduction to his film by saying “Don’t shoot me!”  His film was entitled Moment of Truth: Andy Meyers.  The film was set up like a documentary.  Scenes switched between the filmmakers and the main character, Andy Meyers.  It started out with background information on Andy, including an interview with him.  It then switched between showing the filmmakers processes for making the film, interviews with Andy, and Andy’s last day on earth.  A snippet from the 2011 Macon Film Festival Program described the film this way: “Andy Meyers has decided he wants to end his life. Andy recruits his counselor turned filmmaker to document the suicide and the events of his final days. The film crew decides at the last minute they cannot be part of Andy’s suicide and try to talk him out of it” (“Macon Film Festival”). 

           The film was more of a documentary than a narrative feature, though it had elements of a narrative to it.  The film told the story of Andy’s last events leading up to a potential suicide; however, the fact that it showed the filmmakers’ processes, discussions, etc., had interviews and live footage, and was a true story (with a real man about to kill himself) made the film have more of a documentary feel to it.  You’ll have to watch the film to find what happened at end!

           Special screenings included the titles Freedom Riders, Black, White & Blues, The Fat Boy Chronicles, The Kid, and Get Low (“Macon Film Festival”).

Works Cited

Macon Film Festival. 2011.  Web.  Macon Film Festival. 27 February 2011.


About Allison L. Goodman

I am a stay-at-home wife and mother. I fill my days making taking care of my daughter, encouraging others, cooking meals for my family, managing my resources through DIY projects, and writing.
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1 Response to Macon Film Festival (MaGa), A Review

  1. Michele Beverly says:

    You provide a good sense of what the film festival experience was like. I would have loved to hear more about your personal and honest reactions to the film itself. Good job!


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