Macon Film Festival

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The early years for the Allman Brothers Band were spent in Macon in The Big House. It was a refuge and safe haven for artists to be creative.

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We talk with actor Tony Hale, best known for roles on "Veep" and "Arrested Development." He stars in the movie, "Brave New Jersey." It’s showing at the Macon Film Festival this week, July 20-23. 

Alix Blair

For many veterans returning from war, it can be difficult to adjust to civilian life. A new documentary premiering on PBS on Memorial Day tells the story of one veteran who has suffered emotionally and physically from war, only to return home as a farmer where he’s trying to find peace. The film previously ran at the Macon Film Festival last summer. 


The 11th annual Macon Film Festival kicks off this week, and one of the event’s featured films tells the story of an Atlanta institution called the Clermont Hotel. It closed a few years ago, but the nearly century-old building retains its status as a place where interesting and sometimes unseemly things happened. There are even a few ghost stories. The short documentary "Hotel Clermont" records the last six months of this iconic instustion's life before it closed.


Chamique Holdsclaw was once poised to be the breakout star of the WNBA in the early 2000s. But her career was cut short when her battle with mental illness threatened her life. The documentary “Mind/Game: The Unquiet Journey of Chamique Holdsclaw” follows her emotional journey from basketball star to mental health advocate.

We speak with Holdsclaw about the challenges she faced on and off the court. 

You can catch Mind/Game at the Macon Film Festival this weekend. You can find the full film festival schedule here.