Tuesday, October 1, 2019

SCAD Savannah Film Festival announces full schedule

Posted By on Tue, Oct 1, 2019 at 10:57 AM

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The SCAD Savannah Film Festival has announced its full schedule for this year's edition, happening Oct. 26-Nov. 2 and taking place downtown, primarily at the Lucas and Trustees Theatres.

Tix are on sale now at filmfest.scad.edu

There is a full range of feature screenings, documentaries, pro and student shorts, animation, and a series of panels and workshops, including the popular Wonder Women series.

“SCAD alumni and students alike will join in the festivities at the 22nd annual SCAD Savannah Film Festival. With so many SCAD grads living in Georgia, they don't have far to come! SCAD is a global leader in entertainment arts, and it's our pleasure to host the best film festival anywhere," said SCAD President and Founder Paula Wallace.

“This year’s festival is one of our best and most exciting film line-ups we’ve put together,” said SCAD Savannah Film Festival Executive Director Christina Routhier. “We are thrilled to present eight days of premiere screenings, panels, workshops, and a one-of-a-kind Immersive VR experience to SCAD, our students, and the City of Savannah. One of the highlights of this year's festival is our annual Wonder Women series which includes award winning and rising directors, producers, writers, and below the line artists. I am even more proud that the festival will be screening films from over 50 female filmmakers making us one of the few festivals that are celebrating the work of female artists from around the world.”

Gala screenings include:

Portrait of a Lady on Fire, 3 p.m. Sat. Oct. 26

The Aeronauts, 7 p.m. Sat. Oct. 26

Harriet, 3:30 p.m., Sun. Oct. 27

Motherless Brooklyn, 8 p.m. Sun. Oct. 27

Knives Out, 7 p.m. Mon. Oct. 28

Clemency, 9:30 p.m. Mon. Oct. 28

A Hidden Life, 7 p.m. Tue. Oct. 29

The Report, noon Wed. Oct. 30

Pain and Glory, 2:30 p.m. Wed. Oct. 30

The Two Popes, 7 p.m. Wed. Oct. 30

The King, 9:30 p.m. Wed. Oct. 30

Seberg, 11:30 a.m. Thu. Oct. 31

Honey Boy, 2:30 p.m. Thu. Oct. 31

Just Mercy, 7 p.m., Thu. Oct. 31

The Truth 1 p.m., Fri. Nov. 1

Waves, 7 p.m. Fri. Nov. 1

Parasite, 9 p.m., Fri. Nov. 1

A Beautiful Day In The Neighborhood, 7 p.m. Sat. Nov. 2

The ten films selected for the sixth annual Docs to Watch Roundtable hosted by Scott Feinberg of The Hollywood Reporter include:

American Factory (Director: Julia Reichert and Steven Bognar)

Apollo 11 (Director: Todd Douglas Miller)

The Biggest Little Farm (Director: John Chester)

The Cave (Director: Feras Fayyad)

Diego Maradona (Director: Asif Kapadia)

The Kingmaker (Director: Lauren Greenfield)

Knock Down the House (Director: Rachel Lear)

Maiden (Director: Alex Holmes)

One Child Nation (Director: Nanfu Wang and Jialing Zhang)

Sea of Shadows (Director: Richard Ladkani)

Thursday, September 26, 2019

Savannah City Council approves final Arena design; offers large settlement in tree case

Posted By on Thu, Sep 26, 2019 at 3:35 PM

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Savannah City Council today approved the final exterior/facade design of the new Savannah Arena — even though groundbreaking for the facility happened a week ago.

Some members of council expressed objections to the original design by Perkins & Will architects (Alderman Tony Thomas joked that the original design was "disgustingly horrific").

The new design, the architects say, incorporates lit towers to "act as a beacon" to show the rejuvenation of the new Canal District, surrounding the Arena.

At a previous Council meeting, members complained that they were about to attend a groundbreaking but still hadn't seen the final design.

In other Council business:

A $10 million liability settlement was approved in the case of Lisa Muse, a Memorial nurse severely injured and still incapacitated from a 2010 collision involving a Counter Narcotics Team officer.

At issue is an oak tree on White Bluff Road, which Muse's attorneys say was to blame for the crash because it blocked visibility, and which the City of Savannah had been warned about previously.

The Georgia Supreme Court had already ruled that the City of Savannah couldn't enjoy sovereign immunity from prosecution for negligence in this case.

Council also approved the formation of a new Historic Preservation Commission, as per state law. This new review body is intended to have review power over all historic and conservation districts in Savannah other than the Savannah Downtown Historic Overlay District, which already has its own review board.

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

League of Women Voters of Coastal Georgia holds candidate forums Oct. 3

Posted By on Wed, Sep 25, 2019 at 3:24 PM

The League of Women Voters of Coastal Georgia will host two Candidates Forums for the municipal elections in Savannah on Oct. 3. The forums are designed to help voters learn more about the issues directly from candidates and their positions on the city’s concerns.

The Savannah at-large candidates forum will happen at 5:30 p.m., and the Savannah mayoral candidates forum follows at 7:30 p.m. Both forums take place at the Coastal Georgia Center at 305 Fahm St.

Food trucks will be on hand before the first forum and between the two forums. Both events are free and open to the public, but attendees are encouraged to pre-register at lwvcga.org.

Participants also can submit their questions for the candidates via the League’s website at lwvcga.org. The League also will be working with community stakeholder groups to gather questions.


“The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan political organization that encourages informed and active participation in government,” said Rebecca Rolfes, President of the LWVCGA. “We envision a democracy where every person has the desire, the right, the knowledge and the confidence to participate. This forum gives voters support in all those aspects of a democracy. We invite you to submit questions and come to this unfiltered, open discussion.”

The League asks participants not to bring signs or hand out campaign literature at the event. In the spirit of civil discourse, a primary tenet of the League, attendees also are asked to refrain from disrupting the candidates’ responses or demonstrating in any way.

Dr. Bertice Berry, a local sociologist, author, and lecturer, will serve as the moderator for the Mayoral Forum. Dawn Baker, a news anchor on WTOC-TV, will serve as the moderator for the At-Large Candidates Forum. The moderators pose the public’s questions to the candidates and manage the proceedings. Time keeper, Carl Looper, will ensure that each candidate has an equal opportunity to address the issues of interest to the audience.

The League is partnering with the Downtown Neighborhood Association, Forever Tybee, the Junior League of Savannah, 100 Miles and the Savannah Morning News for the event.
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Thursday, September 19, 2019

City to host meeting to discuss potential archaeology ordinance

Posted By on Thu, Sep 19, 2019 at 4:07 PM

The City of Savannah will be hosting a meeting to discuss the formation of an archaeology ordinance on Thursday, Sept. 26, 6 p.m. at the Coastal Georgia Center.

Contrary to popular opinion, Savannah currently has no ordinance specifically protecting archaeological assets.

"Since the early 1970s, the City has developed and approved ordinances to protect the National Historic Landmark District, as well as other locally designated historic districts, during development. Yet, one feature not included in any of these regulations is an archaeology ordinance," a City spokesperson says.

"Through the creation of such an ordinance, the community will be better able to recognize our archaeological resources as well as understand and celebrate our community’s unique and diverse history," the City says.

Parking is available in the Visitor Center Parking Lot accessible from Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard.

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Visit Savannah collaborates with County Wexford in Ireland on history project

Posted By on Wed, Sep 18, 2019 at 4:58 PM

Visit Savannah has collaborated with the Dunbrody Famine Ship interactive museum experience to tell "a complete story of the Irish people who left the country during the Great Famine and arrived at the port of Savannah," a spokesperson says.

A new attraction at the Dunbrody called “Savannah Landing Point” depicts what Irish immigrants would have experienced when they arrived in Savannah in the 1840s and 1850s.

"The Savannah portion of the attraction includes a tour of a period-authentic ship and reenactment experience of the difficulty of crossing the Atlantic, followed up with the life-like representation of arriving at the port of Savannah in the mid-19th century," Visit Savannah says.

"Savannah’s long-standing Irish population can mostly trace its roots back to County Wexford Irishmen and women who fled Europe during this time with the hope of a new start."

The Savannah exhibit also features videos produced by Visit Savannah and a computer monitor encouraging visitors to explore the Visit Savannah website and Insider’s Guide for more information on visiting Savannah.

Visit Savannah President Joseph Marinelli says the project is a means of both celebrating the historical connections between County Wexford and Savannah, and of encouraging Irish visitors to check Savannah out:

“In 2016, Visit Savannah opened its first international sales and marketing office in London England, and now we have a very visible presence in Ireland. The Savannah Landing Point exhibit does a great job of telling the story of the connectivity between our two countries and more specifically between Wexford and Savannah," says Marinelli.

The CEO of the JFK Trust and Dunbrody Famine Ship agrees.

“We are very excited with the addition of the new Savannah Landing Point exhibit which completes the immigration reenactment experience and re-establishes the heritage links between our two countries in a real and informative way,” says Sean Connick.

“We are most grateful to Visit Savannah and the other participating partners from Savannah for their efforts and assistance in delivering this celebration of the New Ross and County Wexford connections with Savannah.”

The Dunbrody Famine Ship is located in New Ross, County Wexford, Ireland. Learn more about the exhibit at Dunbrody.com.

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Savannah City Council passes gun control resolution

Posted By on Thu, Sep 12, 2019 at 4:01 PM

Savannah City Council today unanimously passed a resolution urging the local delegation to the Georgia legislature to take action to reform gun laws, including banning assault weapons, limiting magazine capacity, expanding background checks, and instituting so-called "red flag" laws.

Alderman Van Johnson reiterated that "The City has no standing" to institute gun control on its own, but that "we're going to ask the state to do that and define what that means."

Johnson commended citizens in attendance who pushed for the measure, saying "Any significant social movement, you have to have people who are committed to keeping the issue relevant... and mobilizing supporters to keep their foot on the gas.... this hasn't been about restricting the legal gun rights of gun owners. But I think gun laws should make sense, and make common sense."

Alderman Tony Thomas, who voted in favor, cautioned that such measures were unlikely to have an impact on criminals and how they acquire firearms.

In other business, City Council discussed Friday's groundbreaking for the new Arena — the final design of which hasn't been agreed on.

City Manager Pat Monahan told Council that the new Arena design is "about 70 percent done."

Alderman Julian Miller replied "that's the problem — the groundbreaking is tomorrow and the design is only 70 percent done.... it's been 70 percent done for the past two years."

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Panhandle Slim designs T-shirt for Bahamas relief

Posted By on Wed, Sep 11, 2019 at 4:49 PM

Local artist Panhandle Slim has designed a shirt to benefit victims of Hurricane Dorian in the Bahamas.

100% of the proceeds from the sales of the $25 shirt will go to the National Association of the Bahamas Hurricane Relief Fund.

So far, the shirt has raised thousands of dollars. The campaign on Bonfire will be available until Sept. 20.

To see the shirt and place an order, click here.

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Savannah Ballet Theatre awarded $8,000 grant

Posted By on Tue, Sep 10, 2019 at 4:30 PM

Georgia Council for the Arts recently awarded an $8,000 grant to local nonprofit organization Savannah Ballet Theatre.

This grant will help SBT meet essential needs such as lighting, costumes, and venue expenses to ensure its ballet productions continue to remain accessible and affordable for the community.

For 21 years, SBT has further subsidized shows for area youth, and this contribution will allow the professional dance company to maintain their offering to students of a highly discounted ticket price of only $5 compared to the standard ticket cost of $30. Each year, grants and corporate underwriting have enabled SBT to present a subsidized matinée of two season productions to 1,000 students, their teachers, and 50 seniors from local assisted living communities as part of SBT’s Educational Performance Outreach Series (EPOS).
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“If the nonprofit’s income consisted of only ticket sales with no aid from grants such as this one, tickets would be very costly to offset expenses - discouraging many people from attending shows.” said SBT Managing and Education Director Abby McCuen.

SBT also plans to have low sensory performances as part of its EPOS program in 2020. These sensory-friendly performances are designed specifically for individuals with autism spectrum disorders, sensory sensitivities, or other disabilities. Before each Low Sensory performance, SBT hosts a touch tour for patrons who are blind or experience low vision. Low Sensory Performance and Touch Tours are being implemented by theaters and arts organizations throughout the United States in order to increase arts accessibility. SBT is proud to be the first professional arts organization in Savannah to offer this innovative and accessible experience.

For more information on the performances, history and mission of the Savannah Ballet Theatre & School of Dance, please visit their website at http://www.savannahballettheatre.org/.

Thursday, September 5, 2019

Post-Dorian sanitation update

Posted By on Thu, Sep 5, 2019 at 11:31 AM

The City of Savannah reports that its Sanitation Department is putting a modified service schedule in place to collect refuse and recycling that was not collected due to Hurricane Dorian. All Sanitation collection services will return to normal on Monday, Sept. 9.

Customers on a Monday or Tuesday pick up schedule should place refuse and recycling carts along with bagged overflow waste out for pick up on Friday, Sept. 6.

Customers on a Wednesday or Thursday pick up schedule should place the same items out on Saturday, Sept. 7.

Yard waste collection will resume Monday, Sept. 9. Important items to note include:

- Leaves must be contained in brown paper lawn bags or reusable trash cans no larger than 32 gallons. City-issued refuse carts cannot be used.

- Limbs must be cut to not longer than 4 feet and neatly stacked.

- Larger limbs or haphazard piles will require special handling and delay collection.

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Dorian: Wednesday afternoon update

Posted By on Wed, Sep 4, 2019 at 3:18 PM

The initial wind/rain bands from Hurricane Dorian have made their way into the Savannah area. Dorian will pass by as a Category 2 storm.

40-50 mph sustained winds inland are expected overnight, with 50-60 mph along the coast.

The strongest winds are expected to begin hitting the area around 9 p.m. tonight and continue for roughly 12 hours, with peak winds between 11 p.m. and 1 a.m.

A curfew remains in effect in the City of Savannah and City of Thunderbolt from 9 p.m.-6 a.m. tonight.

Chatham Emergency Management Agency (CEMA) is discouraging any evacuees from trying to return immediately.

CEMA says when ready, re-entry will be phased, in this order:

Phase 1 is for emergency crews to render the area safe from hazards like downed power lines, and to make sure bridges are safe.

Phase 2 is to bring in public safety crews for any rescue/safety purposes.

Phase 3 is for utility crews to restore services.

Phase 4 is for residents.

Phase 5 is for general public.

CEMA says there could be further restrictions on areas throughout the community as needed for safety reasons.

Contrary to any rumor you might have heard, there are NO plans to shut off any water service in Chatham County.

All local hospital emergency rooms will remain open for patients.

From 3 p.m. on, the Savannah Civic Center will be open as a refuge of last resort, with an evening meal scheduled. Transportation is on your own, however, as Chatham Area Transit has already ceased all operations for the duration of the storm.

The Talmadge Bridge will remain closed until further notice.

A downed tree in the Highlands area of West Chatham has caused a power outage to about 2,000 residents. Georgia Power and contractors are on the scene working to restore power as long as conditions allow.

Power is out in some areas of the islands.

Chatham County courts will be closed through Friday and reopen on Monday.

Georgia Southern University is canceling classes for Friday, Sept. 6. University officials will make an announcement Thursday evening about whether some or all business operations — including the re-opening of dining facilities and the residence halls on the Armstrong Campus — can resume on Friday.

The Eagles football home opener against Maine at Paulson Stadium is still scheduled for Saturday at 6 p.m.

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