One of those projects, “The Car Wash,” will be screened at the Rome International Film Festival today.
The film will be shown at 5 p.m. today at Heritage Hall.
The second day of the festival will feature new projects from young filmmakers and a screening of a film that has become a cult classic, especially in Rome.
“Rambling Rose,” directed by Martha Coolidge, will be screened tonight at 7 p.m. at the DeSoto Theater in downtown Rome. The film was written by Rome native Calder Willingham.
Coolidge, who also directed movies with Oscar winners Halle Berry, Walter Matthau and Jack Lemmon, will be in Rome tonight and will answer questions after the screening.
Members of Calder Willingham’s family are also expected to attend tonight.
Kicklighter is one of eight Georgia filmmak-
ers featured at this year’s festival. He hails from Bellville, a South Georgia town of about 150 people, he said.
He now spends his time traveling and making films, mostly documentaries, and promoting those films at festivals.
“The Car Wash,” a nine-minute short starring Edith Ivey, who was most recently seen in “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,” is his first narrative feature, he said.
Ivey plays an older woman who hangs out at a car wash and encounters a young man.
“The young guy is texting, and the older woman just wants to talk,” Kicklighter said. “It takes a look at modern communication.”
Around 300 to 400 people attended the first day of the festival, said Harry
Musselwhite, executive director. He expects to see a bigger crowd today as people from out of state arrive, he said.
Tickets for a two-hour block of films are $9, and a one-day pass is $40 at the door.
For a complete schedule of films and to buy tickets online, visit www.riff.tv.