The Macon Film Festival begins tonight, but the audience will have to look up, around, and behind them to see the first film. The planetarium of the Macon Museum of Arts and Sciences is the screen for Savannah filmmaker Diana Reichenbach’s fulldome film, "Stardancer’s Waltz."
“Everybody can understand and connect through animation and that's honestly what brought me into animative filmmaking and then, eventually fulldome,” Reichenbach said.
Rather than a rectangular screen, viewers of fulldome movies have content almost everywhere. Reichenbach says it’s an immersive approach to the world of film.
“A lot of what life is about is discovering you know, what you have to say and what you have to contribute to the world and how to communicate with people," Reichenbach said.
"Stardancer’s Waltz" is set to the song of the same title from the "Concerto for Violin, Rock Band, and String Orchestra" by Mike Mills and Robert McDuffie.
“It's a beautiful song," she said. "There's all kinds of different parts and movements and energy throughout the entire song.”
The film premieres Thursday at the planetarium of the Macon Museum of Arts and Sciences. The first showing is at 7:45 p.m., but will be shown more times throughout the night.
“I'm very excited, uh but, as a filmmaker, it's scary, you know," Reichenbach said. "You're putting yourself out there, you're putting your work on display, and you hope that people like it.”
Reichenbach will also teach two workshops on fulldome filmmaking Friday at the museum. And next summer, Reichenbach will also be involved in the Macon Museum of Arts and Sciences’s fulldome movie festival.