High Hopes for Films at Local Film Festival

By: Erich Spivey
By: Erich Spivey

January 13, 2006
Maybe you’ve heard of it, maybe not. But Augusta is becoming a big deal in independent filmmaking circles. It’s called the Southern Fried Flicks Film Festival and News 12 has more on what’s on tap tonight.

Get ready to hold back your lunch, film festival fans. Friday night is packed with horror flicks and some gross-out moments at the 2nd Annual Southern Fried Flicks Festival.

“It’s kind of a hodge podge of old hammer horror film ideas,” said Chris Forbes.

Augusta native Chris Forbes is premiering his film Basketweave tonight. He just finished it last week.

“It’s about a mad doctor who runs an asylum and forces his patients to take huge doses of hallucinogenic drugs,” Forbes said.

Also playing tonight is the 21-minute short film Voodoo Doll by Roberto Minervini.

“Pain can actually make your physical life insignificant, especially thinking about abused kids,” Minervini said.

And for both filmmakers, the festival grants more exposure. Forbes is hoping for home video release.

“It’s a rabbit festival. Put rabbits in a cage and they multiply. Over the course of a year, it’s grown five-fold. There’s submissions went from 30 to 200,” Forbes said.

“I specifically like startups, up and coming festivals. My film is really cutting edge and it’s not for everybody,” Minervini said.

Eighty-three screened over five days, all hoping to stand out from the pack.

Both films featured mentioned above run Friday night. If you have kids, tonight is not the night for them, since many of the films are pretty scary. But Saturday starting at eleven, there are some documentaries and animated films that are ok for the entire family. Click here for a complete schedule.

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