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Celebrating Film Southern Style

BLAKELY  The Second Annual Jokara-Micheaux Film Festival will be held on Labor Day weekend, Aug. 30-Sept. 2, featuring independent films, symposiums and a daylong block party on the Blakely Court Square.

This years film and speakers will focus on film that can make a positive impact on society and provide valuable cultural insights to all viewers, young and old.

The schedule includes special events where festival-goers will meet and mingle with film industry professionals, and watch video film screenings, guest speakers, musical entertainment and attend a black-tie gala in the Jokara-Micheaux Production Studio in Colquitt, Ga., on Sept. 1.

Hosted by nonprofit organizations Early County 2055 and Henry Penny Video/TV Productions Inc., as well as the Southwest Georgia Film Commission, the film festival will take place at venues in Blakely and Colquitt.

Our mission is for southwest Georgia to become home to a thriving film industry business, like other successful areas in North Carolina and Louisiana, said Ralph Wilcox, founder of the festival and director of the Southwest Georgia Film Commission.

Admission is free to many of the activities, including the block party, on the Blakely Court Square on Sept. 1. Other special events have a fee.

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