It’s that time of year again as SCAD (The Savannah College Of Art and Design) throws one of the best parties anywhere with movies, food, stars, fabulous locations and tens of thousands of our closest friends.
It’s the 21st Savannah Film Festival, and I’ve got the credential and the goodie bag, so I’m ready to go.
SCAD says last year’s event hosted more than 63,000 attendees. That makes it the largest university-led film festival in the United States, with panel discussions, celebrities, and major films. In fact, they’ve screened more than 100 Oscar-nominated movies over the years.
My first film on opening day (Saturday, October 27) is RGB, a doc about Ruth Bader Ginsberg, produced by my old ABC News pal, Betsy West. Then, it’s a huge outdoor gala party before a major screening of director Alfonso Cuarón’s Roma, with stars Yalitza Aparicio and Marina de Tavira and producer Gabriela Rodriguez in attendance. Personally, I’m psyched to attend a screening of Wes Anderson’s Isle of Dogs featuring a Q&A with key animators and a demo of stop-action models and sets used in the film. I’m going to have to ask famed film critic Leonard Maltin what else is a must see between now and November 3rd.
This year the festivals list of celebrity honorees include Front Runner star Hugh Jackman, Legend of Cinema Award; Emily Blunt, Icon Award; Maggie Gyllenhaal, Outstanding Achievement in Cinema Award for Acting and Producing; Armie Hammer, Outstanding Achievement in Cinema Award; John Krasinski, Vanguard Award; and Amandla Stenberg, Rising Star Award.
And the penultimate event will be my discussion with the legendary trailer guru, Skip Chaisson, who’s done more than 400 film and TV campaigns, and you’ve heard of all of them.
November 2nd at 1 pm ET. You can also catch it on the official Facebook page when they go live.
Let’s get this party started!