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’ – Director Tom Shadyac speaks with intellectual and spiritual leaders about what’s wrong with our world and how we can improve both it and the way we live in it. (Source IMDb)

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: TBA

:: Monday, Oct. 20th 

Event Details: FAMILY NIGHT screening of Shiloh with leading actor & Thomasville native, Scott Wilson. “Shiloh”, rated G, is appropriate for all ages and about a young boy bonding and rescuing a dog named Shiloh. Scott Wilson, a graduate from Thomasville High School returns to his home town this year for The Coveyd Film Festival. From the original Great Gatsby, to Pearl Harbor, to most recently The Walk of the Living Dead, we honor Scott Wilson. 
Location: Thomasville Music and Drama Troupe Theater 
Time: 6:30PM

:: Tuesday, Oct. 21st 

Film: “The Longest Distance”
Details: discussion post screening with leading actor Alec Whaite. Alec has studied at the London School of Drama and Language. “The Longest Distance” showcases the contrasting dangerous city of Caracas Venezuela with the ancient and stunning mountain country side of south-eastern Venezuela. The geographic settings are treated as crucial characters, embedded with meaning and significance thanks to the direct oral debut from Claudia Pinto Emperador. For more information visit:!cast/cqnr  Winner - 2013 Montreal International Film Festival, Audience Award for Best Latin American Film.
Location: Thomasville University Auditorium (1501 Millpond Rd, Thomasville, GA 31792)
Time: 7PM

:: Wednesday, Oct. 22nd 

++ Event Details: In conjunction with Scholars Academy, the Covey Film Festival will welcome back Thomasville native and Thomasville High School graduate, Scott Wilson for a special presentation and ceremony. 
Location: Thomasville Scholars Academy Auditorium (820 E Washington Street
Thomasville, GA 31792)
Time: Daytime – exact time TBA
++ Film : “Garbage Dreams: Raised in the Trash Trade”
Details: Winner of 25 awards, including Nashville Film Festival. Filmed over four years, Garbage Dreams follows three teenage boys growing up in Egypt’s garbage village.
Location: Thomasville University Auditorium
Time: 7:30PM

:: Thursday, Oct. 23rd

Gala Event at Avalon Plantation. Details here.

:: Friday, Oct. 24th

Film: ‘The Florida Wildlife Corridor’ - The Florida Wildlife Corridor aims to protect and restore connected landscapes throughout the Florida Peninsula to create a viable corridor from the Everglades to Georgia. The corridor addresses the fragmentation of natural landscapes and watersheds from the Everglades ecosystem north. Contributing to the fragmentation problem is the disconnect between the perceptions of Floridians, and the real need to keep natural systems connected. The Florida Wildlife Corridor is positioned to mend the perception gap through an education and awareness campaign that demonstrates the connection between the landscapes and watersheds. If we show Floridians the panthers, bears, native cultures, ranchlands and rivers and how they are all connected, then they can help us make the Florida Wildlife Corridor a reality.

Event Details: After the screening, a discussion will be led by Emmy-Award Winning Director and naturalist Elam Stolzfus. 

Location: TBA

Time:  TBA

:: Saturday, Oct. 25th

++ Event: Up Close and Personal Luncheon w/ Rob and Julie Moran, and Mr. Scott Wilson. This intimate discussion will center on life in the Entertainment Industry. Tickets will be limited. 

Time: Noon

Location: TBA

++ Event: Autograph signing and picture session w/ Rob and Julie Moran, and Mr. Scott Wilson. Come meet a few Hollywood stars from right here in Georgia. All proceeds benefit TCRC! 

Time: 2pm to 3pm

Location: Grassroots Coffee (118 South Broad St., Thomasville, GA 31792)

++ Film: ‘My Life As A Turkey’ –  Based on a true story, this beautiful, charming, funny, sad, and thought-provoking film explores one of those rare moments when man and animal unwittingly become more closely linked than nature normally allows. Deep in the wilds of Florida, Joe Hutto, wildlife artist and naturalist, was presented with a rare opportunity. It had long been his hope 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; so when he arrived home one day to find a bowl filled with wild turkey eggs on his doorstep, he went out immediately to obtain an incubator, determined to become their mother. It was an experience that would change his life in ways he could never have imagined. 

Event Details: Prior to the showing of the film, there will be a reception and light refreshments. After the film, Mr. Hutto will be on hand for a discussion and to answer questions

Location: The campus of Thomasville University (Building TBA) 

:: Sunday, Oct. 26th

Events TBA

 :: Monday, Oct. 27th

++ Event Details: Join us for a poetry and writing work shop led by published poet, Roland Legiardi-Laura, who has taught poetry in prisons, schools, and in senior centers for years. Also a playwright and screenwriter who is currently working on “Weapons of Mass Instruction”, a film about the problems in public schools. 

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

:: Tuesday, Oct. 28th

Film: ‘Oyster Doctors’ – The production follows four years of research into the ecology of the coast. It focuses on the research of two Florida State University marine ecologists. Dr. David Kimbro and Dr. Randall Hughes as they study coastal ecosystems and their investigation into the Apalachicola Bay oyster fishery collapse. For more information go here: 

Event Details: Prior to the screening, Tall Timbers Research Station and Land Conservancy will host a guided nature walk. Additionally, there will be a light reception afterwards followed by a discussion led by Producer Randall Hughes.

Location: Tall Timbers Research Station and Land Conservancy (13093 Henry Beadel Drive
Tallahassee, FL 32312) Learn more about Tall Timbers: 
Time: 7pm

 :: Wednesday, Oct. 29th 

++ 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

++ Event: A discussion with best-selling author of The Lost Daughter, Mary Williams

Event Details: Mary Williams is the adopted, African-American-daughter of Jane Fonda.  Until the age of 13 she grew up with her biological family in a poor Neighborhood of Oakland, California.  She met Jane at a summer camp Jane and her then husband, Tom Hayden, ran. As problems in her family caused more dysfunction, Jane informally adopted Mary and she lived with Jane and later Ted Turner for over ten years often spending time at Avalon where Ted taught her to hunt and fish.  Mary felt a need, however, to address the loss of her childhood and decided to do so through nature.  She has hiked the Appalachian Trial solo, biked across country, been a park ranger in Alaska, and worked as a researcher in Antarctica.

Location: The Bookshelf (126 S Broad St, Thomasville, GA 31792)

Time: 4pm to 6pm (Discussion is free; donation for TCRC recommended at door)

  :: Thursday, Oct. 30th 

Film: ‘Vanishing Pearls’ –  A truly unique film about the Oystermen of Pointe a la Hache, Louisiana. A town of just 300 now struggling to survive following the BP Oil Spill. See the powerful trailer here:

 Location: TBA

Time: TBA

:: Friday, Oct. 31st

Outdoor Family Film hosted by Downtown Thomasville. Details TBA.

Other Workshops

+ A Salon: A dialogue with our honorary hosts about their careers in acting on stage, film and television. 

Invited hosts include: Julie Moran, Rob Moran, Scott Wilson, Jay Scully and others.

Time and Location TBA.

+ How to Get Your Foot in the Door – An informal discussion about techniques for getting a job in the film industry

Time and location TBA

+ Opportunities Behind the Camera:  Discussion of job opportunities in technical work, catering, site location

Time and location TBA.

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.