The Etowah Film Festival returns to the historic Canton Theatre Oct. 7-10.
The 2021 lineup features local and international shorts and feature films, along with filmmaker Q&A’s, after parties, and a Sunday morning brunch.
The festival kicks off at 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 7 with a screening of “Blood, Bone, and Stone”. The Georgia-filmed documentary tells the true story of one man’s journey from his adoption into a privileged family in South Georgia to his life as a mountain man in Alaska and the Pacific Northwest. The Funk Heritage Center is partnering with film festival organizers for the screening, which will be followed by a Q&A with the filmmaker Thomas Grant, and a representative from the Funk. There will also be a hands-on learning experience featuring Native American tools.
Friday, Oct. 8 begins with student films and ends with “Wolfman’s Got Nards”, a documentary about the 1987 film “The Monster Squad”, a film deemed a failure according to both critics and box office numbers. But over the last three decades, word of mouth has turned this sleeping hit into a cultural phenomenon. Wolfman’s Got Nards explores the relationship a dedicated audience (including celebrities and filmmakers) has with The Monster Squad. Director Andre Gower joins us for post-film Q&A.
Saturday belongs to comedy, horror, and all things weird. Beginning with “Social”, a Georgia-shot comedy by EFF alum Miles Triplett and ending with “The Raunchy Horror Picture Show”, a late-night block of oddball, transgressive, freakout shorts. Popcorn will be available and recommended.
The festival closes Sunday with a prestige slate of films showcasing the stark beauty of the world and the power of empathy, and a filmmaker/screenwriter Q&A.
A single-day pass for Thursday is $10. One-day passes for Friday, Saturday and Sunday are $20. A VIP access pass, which includes full access to four days of film screenings, snack receptions, and exclusive access to the Sunday brunch, is available for $60. Student one-day passes are $10.
For tickets and for more details, visit www.etowahfilmfestival.com.