COVEY landscape


Festival Films

  • Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition
  • The Oyster Doctors
  • Garbage Dreams
  • My Life as a Turkey
  • Vanishing Pearls
  • Shiloh 
  • I Am
  • The Longest Distance 

Schedule of Events

:: Sunday, Oct. 19th 

Film: ‘I Am’ – Documentary by famed Director Tom Shadyac (Ace Ventura, Liar Liar, Bruce Almighty…) takes himself and viewers on a exploratory journey to self-heal after a struggle with depression. Speaking with intellectual and spiritual leaders they explore, what’s wrong with the world, survival of the fittest, love and how we can improve the way we live. This beautiful movie shows a man who has career and monetary success searching for the true root of happiness-and finds it.  

Event Details: After the screening, a discussion on the film will be led by Father Paul Hancock. 

Location: All Saints Episcopal Church (443 S. Hansell St. Thomasville, GA)

Time: 7pm

Admission: Free with CFF pass (available for purchase online), sponsors, under-writers. Or tickets at door with suggested $10 donation towards the TCRC

:: Monday, Oct. 20th

Film: ‘Shiloh’- rated G, is appropriate for all ages and about a young boy bonding and rescuing a dog named Shiloh. Screening with leading actor & Thomasville native, Scott Wilson.

Event Details: Scott Wilson, a graduate from Thomasville High School returns to his hometown this year for The Covey Film Festival. Wilson will be introducing the film and hosting an autograph photo session after the screening (limited quantity available for autographs- pre purchase). From the original Great Gatsby, to Pearl Harbor, to most recently The Walking Dead, we honor and welcome back Scott Wilson.

Location: Thomasville Music and Drama Troupe Theater (427 Covington Avenue, Thomasville Ga 31792).

Time: 6.30pm

Admission: Free with CFF pass (available for purchase online), sponsors, under-writers. Or tickets at door with suggested $10 donation towards the TCRC

:: Tuesday, Oct. 21st 

Film: ‘The Longest Distance’ winner of the 2013 Montreal International Film Festival, Audience Award. This film showcases the contrasting environments of Venezuela, the dangerous city of Caracas with the ancient and stunning mountain country side of south-eastern Venezuela. The geographic settings are crucial characters in a young boy’s quest to flee Caracas after a tragic loss of his mother, in search of his biological grandmother. The Longest Distance is embedded with meaning and significance regarding environments, family, and relationships.

Event Details: Dynamic discussion with Q &A led by leading actor Alec Whaite. Alec has studied at the London School of Drama and Language. He is originally from Venezuela, and now lives in Los Angeles California. Whaite has traveled internationally discussing this film, we are honored to have him at the Covey Film Festival.

Location: Thomas University, Flowers Auditorium

Time: 7pm

Admission: Free with CFF pass (available for purchase online), sponsors, under-writers. Free with student ID. Or tickets at door with suggested $10 donation towards the TCRC

:: Wednesday, Oct. 22nd 

Daytime
In conjunction with The Scholars Academy, the TCRC & Covey Film Festival will welcome back Thomasville native and Thomasville High School graduate, Scott Wilson with a special presentation.

Event Details: Welcome presentation followed by Q&A with additional Covey Film Festival Actor/Director/Writer participants. If you are planning to attend please register your name with us here for free. The event will feature informal auditorium seating with guest check-in at door

Location: Thomasville Scholars Academy Auditorium (820 E Washington Street Thomasville Ga 31792)
Time: TBA

Evening
Film: ‘Garbage Dreams: Raised in the Trash Trade’, winner of 25 international awards, including Nashville Film Festival and was shortlisted for the 2010 Academy Awards for Best Feature Length Documentary. Filmed over four years, Garbage Dreams follows three teenage boys growing up in Egypt’s garbage village- the world’s largest garbage village. Ahead of any “green” initiative, the natives survival depends on recycling 80% of the garbage they collect. The community is suddenly faced with the globalization of its trade the boys are forced to make choices that will impact their future along with the survival of the community.   

Location: Thomas University, Flowers Auditorium
Time: 7pm

Admission: Free with CFF pass (available for purchase online), sponsors, under-writers. Free with student ID. Or tickets at door with suggested $10 donation towards the TCRC

:: Thursday, Oct. 23rd

Covey Film Festival Gala
Location: Ted Turner’s Avalon Plantation
Time: 7-9.30pm

Attire: Cocktail

Event Details: Exclusive welcome walk through Mr. Turner’s home, live musical performance, heavy passed dining, tented seating, cocktail bar, stunning property exposure, and fun surprises.
Attendance: Scott Wilson, Rob Moran, Julie Moran, Jay Scully, Alec Whaite, and more special guests.

Admission: Tickets are available via sponsorship, donation, or for purchase online. *Tickets are extremely limited, 125 capacity.

:: Friday, Oct. 24th

Film: ‘The Florida Wildlife Corridor’ this exploratory documentary aims to protect and restore connected landscapes throughout Florida, to create a viable corridor from the Everglades to Georgia. This film documents the 1,000 mile expedition over 100 days through photography, video streams and radio reports. The corridor addresses the fragmentation of natural landscapes and watersheds from the Everglades ecosystem headed north. The Florida Wildlife Corridor is positioned to educate through an awareness campaign that demonstrates the need to keep natural systems connected, landscapes and watersheds. 60 mins.
Event Details: Discussion led by Emmy-Award Winning Director and Naturalist Elam Stolzfus will be held after the screening. Special thank you to Mallory Dimmitt, expedition leader and conservationist, to whom is responsible for bringing us this film!

Location: Thomasville Center for the Arts (600 E Washington St, Thomasville Ga 31792)
Time: 6pm Cocktail & H’orderves Reception
          7pm Screening

Admission: Free with Pass/Sponsorship. Buy yours! Or at door, suggested donation of $20 for reception + film, $10 donation for film only towards the TCRC.

:: Saturday, Oct. 25th

Daytime:

Special Autograph Signing: Scott Wilson, Actor, Thomasville High Graduate. Below is a sampling of a few films and TV shows Wilson has been a part:

    – The Walking Dead
    – Monster
    – Pearl Harbor
    – The Aviator
    – The Great Gatsby

Location: Grassroots (118 S Broad St, Thomasville Ga 31792)
Time: 2pm

Admission: Tickets available for signing are pre-purchase online only. Limited availability. $25.

Evening:

Film: ‘My Life as a Turkey’ – based on a true story, this beautiful, charming, funny and thought-provoking film explores one of the rare moments when man and animal become more closely linked than nature normally allows. Joe Hutto, a wildlife artist and naturalist, was presented with a rare opportunity-and brings it to us on film. He had long hoped to learn about the secret world of wild turkeys by having young turkey poults imprint on him, but obtaining wild turkey eggs or young poults had proven to be next to impossible. When one day he arrived home one day to find a bowl filled with wild turkey eggs on his doorstep, he went out, bought an incubator, determined to become their mother. An experience that changed Hutto’s life in more ways he could never have imagined, as well as taking us along with it.

Event Details: After the screening Mr. Hutto will be holding a discussion and answering questions for attendees.

Location: Thomasville Center for the Arts (600 E Washington St, Thomasville Ga 31792)
Time: 6pm Cocktail & H’orderves Reception // 7pm Screening

Admission: Free with Pass/Sponsorship. Buy yours! Or tickets at door with suggested donation of $20 for reception + film, $10 donation for film only towards the TCRC.

 :: Monday, Oct. 27th

Roland Legiari-Laura hosts Poetry & Writing Workshop

Event Details: Roland is a New York based documentary film-maker of “To Be Heard”, teacher, activist and founder of powerpoetry.org. His first documentary “Azul” won nine international awards, additionally he has won many others from the Rockerfellow Fund and the Andry Warhol Foundation. Roland has taught poetry in prisons, schools, senior citizen homes and is returning to Thomasville for the 2nd annual Covey Film Festival. Bring your writing utensil of choice and come get inspired!

Location: The Bookshelf (126 S Broad St, Thomasville, GA 31792)
Time: 6:30-8pm

Admission: Free with Pass/Sponsorship. Buy yours! Or tickets at the door with suggested donation of $20 towards the TCRC.

:: Tuesday, Oct. 28th

‘Oyster Doctors’ Presented by The Greater Red Hills Awareness Initiative

In partnership with Covey Film Festival and Red Hills Small Farm Alliance, Tall Timbers Research Station & Land Conservancy will host the documentary Oyster Doctors.  Set against the backdrop of Florida’s spectacular Forgotten Coast, the film explores a research team’s failures and triumphs leading to unexpected discoveries and an ever-expanding string of questions about the inner workings of our coasts.  You’ll never look at your seafood the same way again.

Enjoy locally grown refreshments.  Come early and explore the Bird Trail among the magnificent Red Hills landscape overlooking Lake Iamonia at Tall Timbers Research Station & Land Conservancy. Oyster Doctor’s film producer Rob Diaz de Villegas will be in attendance. For more information on the Red Hills Small Farm Alliance go here.

Event Details: Showing at Tall Timbers Research Station and Land Conservancy (13093 Henry Beadel Drive Tallahassee, FL 32312. A Social with light refreshments begins at 6:30pm and the film follows at 7pm. Tickets are just $15 per person – for more information call Georgia Ackerman 850-893-4153. 

:: Wednesday, Oct. 29th 

Daytime

++ Event: Georgia’s Film & Television Industry Round Table:  Economic Impact & Community Engagement

 What do The Hunger Games, Anchor Man, The Legend Continues,  Prisoners, The Walking Dead, The Vampire Diaries and Being Mary Jane all have in common?  They were all made in Georgia!

 This workshop will highlight Georgia’s film industry’s $3.3 billion economic impact in 2013 Communities across Georgia that have attracted new film projects and resulting business. Environmental and community preservation conditions that entice studios and producers.Community engagement via local business support and job creation.

Panelists to include:  representatives from Georgia Film Commission, film studios, FSU College of  Motion Picture Arts, Location Scout, Post Production Studios, Downtown Thomasville, City/County Representative.

Location: Anglican Church (325 W Jackson St, Thomasville, GA 31792) Time: TBA

Evening

Mary Williams Discussion

Author of ‘The Lost Daughter’ and adopted daughter of our founding board member, Jane Fonda. Williams will be hosting a discussion speaking to her early childhood experience and using nature as a healing tool.

Location: Thomas University, Flowers Auditorium
Time: TBA

Admission: Free with CFF pass/sponsorship and student ID. Buy yours! Tickets available at door for suggested $10 donation towards the TCRC.

*** Following the discussion, from 5pm to 7pm, Mary will sign copies of  “The Lost Daughter”All are welcome, donations towards the TCRC are appreciated.

:: Thursday, Oct. 30th 

Film: “Vanishing Pearls” is a truly unique film about the Oystermen of Point a la Hache, Louisiana. A town of nearly just 300 are now struggling to survive following the BP Oil Spill that left their crop dead and their culture facing extinction. Vanishing Pearls chronicles a story untold of personal and professional devastation of a close-knit fishing village on the Gulf Coast. Three years later they have to band together to confront this environmental and economically tolling disaster. 80 mins.

Event Details: Director, writer and New Orleans native, Nailah Jefferson joins us for the screening and will be hosting a discussion and Q&A after the screening. Vanishing Pearls was Jefferson’s directorial debut!

Location: TBD
Time: 7pm

Admission: Free with CFF Pass/Sponsorship. Get yours! Tickets available at the door with suggested donation of $10 towards the TCRC. You can view the powerful trailer here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0KM6xdvrP9I

:: Friday, Oct. 31st

Outdoor Screening – Family Friendly Night
Film: Frozen. PG. 1hr 48mins.

Event Details: Out door screening and seating, mini red carpet for kids & families.
Location: TBD
Time: 7pm

Admission: Free with CFF Pass/Sponsorship. Get yours! Tickets available at entrance, suggested donation towards the TCRC.

Attire: Costumes or Casual welcome!

:: Saturday, Nov. 1st

Film: “Wildlike” – This beautiful story’s main character is an urban teenage girl coming of age as she winds up being taught about the true meaning of life in the wilds of Alaska. The scenery becomes one of the main characters – a powerful, beautiful film.

Event Details: Director, writer and New Orleans native, Nailah Jefferson joins us for the screening and will be hosting a discussion and Q&A after the screening. Vanishing Pearls was Jefferson’s directorial debut!

Location: Thomas University, Flowers Auditorium 7PM
Time: 7pm

Admission: Free with CFF Pass/Sponsorship. Get yours!Tickets available at entrance, suggested donation towards the TCRC.

Movie & Gala Tickets

General Info: All ticket sales are final. Refunds will not be issued for lost, stolen, damage or destroyed tickets. No refunds or exchanges will be given unless the event is cancelled. In the event of a cancellation, refunds will be available at the point of purchase. All orders will receive an email confirmation. Please contact the Thomasville Community Resource Center with further questions.