Savannah Film Festival Schedule

Saturday, Oct. 27

Silver Linings Playbook. 7:30 p.m., Trustees Theater. Pat Solatano (Bradley Cooper) has lost everything - his house, his job and his wife. He now finds himself living back with his mother (Jacki Weaver) and father (Robert De Niro) after spending eight months in a state institution on a plea bargain. Pat is determined to rebuild his life, remain positive and reunite with his wife, despite the challenging circumstances of their separation. All Pat's parents want is for him to get back on his feet-and to share their family's obsession with their favorite Philadelphia football team. When Pat meets Tiffany (Jennifer Lawrence), a mysterious girl with problems of her own, things get complicated.

Sunday, Oct. 28

Missed Connections. 9:30 a.m., Trustees Theater. In a city of 19 million people, love at first sight happens every instant. But if you fail to act in the moment, how can you find each other again? Missed Connections is a new independent comedy about the lengths New Yorkers will go to find love.

Gregory Crewdson: Brief Encounters. 9:30 a.m., Trustees Theater. Filmed over a decade, the film follows internationally renowned photographer Gregory Crewdson's quest to create his unique, surreal, and incredibly elaborate portraits of suburban life. He sets a house on fire, builds 90-foot sets with crews of 60, shuts down city streets ... all in the service of his haunted image of American life, and his own anxieties, dreams and inner desires.

Hairspray. 2:30 p.m., Lucas Theatre. Followed by a Q&A with director Adam Shankman.

Fort McCoy. 2:30 p.m., Trustees Theater. Based on a true story when the Stirn family lived next to a Nazi POW camp in Wisconsin during World War II. It is a coming of age story beset with tragedy, a love story between a Jewish soldier and Catholic girl, and the journey of one man (Eric Stoltz) struggling to find his worth in a war that does not want him.

Flight. 7 p.m., Trustees Theater. In Robert Zemeckis' mystery thriller, Academy Award-winner Denzel Washington stars as Whip Whitaker, a seasoned airline pilot, who miraculously crash lands his plane after a mid-air catastrophe, saving nearly every soul on board. After the crash, Whip is hailed as a hero, but as more is learned, more questions than answers arise as to who or what was really at fault and what really happened on that plane? Followed by John Goodman award presentation.

Violet & Daisy. 9:30 p.m., Trustees Theater. Followed by a Q&A with writer/director Geoffrey Fletcher and James Gandolfini.

Monday, Oct. 29

Wonder Women! 9:30 a.m., Trustees Theater. The Untold Story of American Superheroines traces the birth, evolution and legacy of Wonder Woman and introduces audiences to a dynamic group of fictional and real-life superheroines fighting for positive role models for girls, both on screen and off.

Animated Shorts. 9:30 a.m., Lucas Theatre.

No Woman, No Cry. 11:30 a.m., Lucas Theatre. Followed by a Q&A with Christy Turlington-Burns.

Sweet Dreams. 11:30 a.m., Trustees Theater. A group of Rwandan women embark on a journey to heal the wounds of the past and create their own unique path to a future of peace and possibility.

Panel: Avid's Essential Role in Mission Impossible and Other Blockbuster Films. 11:30 a.m., Gutstein Gallery.

A BIG Love Story. 2:30 p.m., Trustees Theater. Seven years ago, Sam was a 260 pound NFL prospect. Now, he's a lonely 413 pound bowling alley cashier. Realizing that he can't change his life on his own, the personal trainer he hires makes a bigger impact on him than he'd bargained for.

Student Films. 2:30 p.m., Lucas Theatre.

Panel: Women Behind the Scenes. 2:30 p.m., Gutstein Gallery.

On the Road. 7 p.m., Trustees Theater. Walter Salles' highly anticipated adaptation of Jack Kerouac's classic "beat" novel, with Sam Riley, Garrett Hedlund and Kristen Stewart.

Tuesday, Oct. 30

Fat Kid Rules the World. 9:30 a.m., Trustees Theater. Troy is a depressed and overweight teen that gets sucked into the world of punk rock by a young street urchin named Marcus. But, as their friendship grows, Troy discovers Marcus' drug addiction and battles to do the right thing.

Panel: A Critical Eye on Film: The Cinema Studies Perspective. 9:30 a.m., Gutstein Gallery.

Switch. 11:30 a.m., Trustees Theater. What will it really take to switch from oil and coal to alternatives? Dr. Scott Tinker explores the world's leading energy sites, from coal to solar, oil to biofuels, to find out. Along the way, he gets straight answers from energy leaders and lays out a path to our future that is surprising and remarkably pragmatic.

The Last Mimzy. 11:30 a.m., Lucas Theatre. USA, 2007. Two ordinary siblings begin to develop extraordinary talents after they find a mysterious box of toys. The pair is soon learning from a stuffed rabbit named Mimzy who teaches them everything from science to levitation. Soon the kids, their parents and even their teacher are drawn into a strange and sometimes terrifying world. Followed by a Q&A with producer Bob Shaye.

Panel: Young Directors Forum. 11:30 a.m., Gutstein Gallery.

Chittagong. 2:30 p.m., Lucas Theatre. Set in the turbulence of the 1930s British India, a true story of a 14-year-old boy, Jhunku, and of his journey to find where he belongs.

Nobody Walks. 2:30 p.m., Trustees Theater. Martine (Oliva Thirlby), an artist from New York, arrives in Los Angeles to work on her film. She is staying with friends of a friend, Julie (Rosemarie DeWitt), her husband Peter (John Krasinski), Julie's teenage daughter Kolt (India Ennenga), and their young son. From the day that Martine walks into the lives of this open-minded, relaxed California family, everything is subtly set off balance.

Panel: Transmedia 2.0: Experience the Story. 2:30 p.m., Gutstein Gallery.

Quartet. 7 p.m.. Trustees Theatre. Beecham House is abuzz. The rumor circling the halls is that the home for retired musicians is soon to play host to a new resident. Word is, it's a star. For Reginald Paget (Tom Courtenay), Wilfred Bond (Billy Connolly) and Cecily Robson (Pauline Collins) this sort of talk is par for the course at the gossipy home. But they're in for a special shock when the new arrival turns out to be none other than their former singing partner, Jean Horton (Maggie Smith). Directed by Dustin Hoffman. Followed by Stan Lee award presentation.

28 Hotel Rooms. 9:30 p.m., Trustees Theater. While traveling for work in a city far from their homes, a novelist and a corporate accountant find themselves in bed together. Although she's married, and he's seeing someone, their intense attraction turns a one-night stand into an unexpected relationship and a respite from the obligations of daily life.

Wednesday, Oct. 31

The Amazing Spider-Man (3D). 9 a.m., Trustees Theater. Followed by a Q&A with Stan Lee.

Panel: Long Story Short: The Challenges of Short Filmmaking, 9:30 a.m., Gutstein Gallery.

Don't Stop Believin': Everyman's Journey. 11:30 a.m., Trustees Theater.

A Place at the Table. 11:30 a.m., Lucas Theatre. Directors Kristi Jacobson and Lori Silverbush examine the issue of hunger in America through the lens of three people struggling with food insecurity. Followed by a Q&A with director Kristi Jacobson.

Panel: Filmmaking on a Budget, 2:30 p.m., Gutstein Gallery.

The Girl. 2:30 p.m., Trustees Theater. Followed by a Q&A with filmmakers Julian Jarrold and Amanda Jenks.

I Do. 2:30 p.m., Lucas Theatre. A romantic drama about a complicated love triangle. To stay in the U.S., gay Brit Jack convinces his lesbian best friend Ali to marry him. Things get messy when he falls for a sexy Spanish architect while his commitment to his brother's widow complicates his decision either to stay or to follow his lover. Followed by a Q&A with filmmakers Glenn Gaylord and David Ross.

Director's Choice. 7 p.m., Trustees Theater.

Dracula. 8 p.m.., Lucas Theatre. Yes, it's the 1931 classic, with Bela Lugosi. It's Halloween, you see.

Thursday, Nov. 1

Missed Connections. 9:30 a.m., Trustees Theater.

SCAD Student Showcase. 9:30 a.m., Lucas Theatre.

Panel: How to Launch Your Film in Today's Market. 11:30 a.m., Gutstein Gallery.

A Little Romance. 11:30 a.m., Trustees Theater. USA, 1979. A French boy (Thelonious Bernard) and an American girl (Diane Lane), who goes to school in Paris, meet and begin a little romance. Followed by a Q&A with Diane Lane.

Switch. 11:30 a.m., Lucas Theatre.

Panel: Casting the Net: Agent/Actor/Casting Director. 2:30 p.m., Gutstein Gallery.

In Our Nature. 2:30 p.m., Trustees Theater. When Brooklynite Seth (Zach Gilford) takes his girlfriend Andie (Jena Malone) to his family's weekend house in upstate New York for a romantic getaway, they are unexpectedly joined by his estranged father Gil (John Slattery), and his much-younger new girlfriend. Followed by a Q&A with Zach Gilford.

Sweet Dreams. 2:30 p.m., Lucas Theatre.

Rust and Bone. 7 p.m., Trustees Theater. Put in charge of his young son, Ali leaves Belgium for Antibes to live with his sister and her husband as a family. Ali's bond with Stephanie, a killer whale trainer, grows deeper after Stephanie suffers a horrible accident. Followed by Diane Lane Tribute.

Tomorrow You're Gone. 9:30 p.m., Trustees Theater. Charlie Rankin (Stephen Dorff), recently released from prison, seeks vengeance for his jailhouse mentor William "The Buddha" Pettigrew (Willem Dafoe). Along the way, he meets the ethereal, yet streetwise, Florence Jane (Michelle Monaghan). They embark on an unlikely road trip. Preceded by Michelle Monaghan award presentation and followed by a Q&A with Michelle Monaghan and director David Jacobsen.

Friday, Nov. 2

Animated Short Films. 9:30 a.m., Trustees Theater.

Wonder Women! 9:30 a.m., Lucas Theatre.

Fort McCoy. 11:30 a.m., Lucas Theatre.

Student Competition. 11:30 a.m., Trustees Theater.

Panel: Behind the Slime at Nickelodeon. 11:30 a.m., Gutstein Gallery.

City of Ghosts. 2:30 p.m., Trustees Theater. USA, 2002. Jimmy (Matt Dillon) is a New York con man whose luck runs out and he heads to Cambodia to escape a federal investigation. He is also in search of his mentor and partner in crime who owes him his share of an insurance scam. Followed by a Q&A with Matt Dillon.

Gregory Crewdson: Brief Encounters. 2:30 p.m., Lucas Theatre.

Panel: ADOBE Panel. 2:30 p.m., Gutstein Gallery.

The Sapphires. 7 p.m., Trustees Theater. Inspired by a true story, it follows four vivacious, young and talented Australian Aboriginal girls from a remote mission as they learn about love, friendship and war when their all girl group, The Sapphires, entertains the U.S. troops in Vietnam in 1968. Followed by Matt Dillon Tribute.

Saturday, Nov. 3

Amour. 11:30 a.m., Trustees Theater. France, 2012. Georges and Anne are in their eighties. They are cultivated, retired music teachers. Their daughter, who is also a musician, lives abroad with her family. One day, Anne has an attack. The couple's bond of love is severely tested.
A BIG Love Story. 11:30 a.m., Lucas Theatre.
Fat Kid Rules the World. 2:30 p.m., Trustees Theater.
LUV. 2:30 p.m., Lucas Theatre. Eleven-year-old Woody Watson is a timid Baltimore orphan who dreams of a better life -- and his absent mother who may or may not be in North Carolina fighting drug addiction. Woody also reveres his uncle Vincent as the father figure he never had. A street hustler and former drug dealer, Vincent's fresh off an eight-year stint in prison and wants a new direction. A day once bright with optimism quickly spirals downward into a world of violence. Followed by a Q&A with producer Jason Michael Berman.

Rise of the Guardians. 7 p.m., Trustees Theater. DreamWorks' CGI-animated adventure with voices by Chris Pine, Hugh Jackman, Alex Baldwin and others. In 3-D!


Details and tickets:

Trustees Theater: 216 W. Broughton Street

Lucas Theatre: 32 Abercorn Street

Gutstein Gallery: 201 E. Broughton Street





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Bill DeYoung

Bill DeYoung was Connect's Arts & Entertainment Editor from May 2009 to August 2014.
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