The Montgomery Film Festival returns Nov. 18-20—all you need to know

Montgomery Film Festival
Get your tickets now! (Montgomery Film Festival / Facebook)

Film buffs, rejoice! The Montgomery Film Festival is back at the Capri Theatre for its 13th year, Friday, November 18-Sunday, November 20, and we have everything you need to know for the ultimate movie-going experience. Read on for details.

Quick facts

Montgomery Film Festival
Head to the Capri Theatre for the Montgomery Film Festival. (Montgomery Film Festival / Facebook)

If you don’t know much about the Montgomery Film Festival, here are some quick facts to get you up to speed:

  • It began in 2009. (2022 is its 13th year.)
  • It showcases short and feature-length films from around the world.
  • Its films include a range of genres including action, comedy, drama, horror, animation + documentary.
  • It takes place at the Capri Theatre—an unconventional theater located in Montgomery’s Cloverdale area.

What’s playing

The Civil Dead | Friday, November 18 | 7PM

Genre: Comedy
Description: “The festival’s opening night selection will be The Civil Dead starring writer/director Clay Tatum and comedian/musician Whitmer Thomas ­both Alabama natives.”

Narrative & Documentary Shots | Saturday, November 19 | 1PM

Narrative &Amp; Documentary Shorts
Narrative & Documentary Shorts. (Montgomery Film Festival / Facebook)

Genre: Shorts
Description: “Among the ten short film selections, six entries feature ties to Alabama: Daniel Thomas King’s Last Request, Jay Burleson’s Symptomatic, Josh Carples’s Tamam Shud 10.16.6, Claire Haughey’s 54 Miles from Home, Jessica Chriesman’s Philoxena, and Sarah Franke’s Wastewater: A Tale of Two Cities. Los Angeles, New York, and Chicago round out the national selections: Marisa DeMarini’s Member’s Mark, Ted Marsden’s Amor to Love, and Jim Vendiola’s Pretty Pickle.”

RRR | Saturday, November 19 | 4PM

Genre: Action
“With a powerful message, staggeringly choreographed action sequences, and an all-timer of a musical number, RRR is sheer big-screen joy from start to finish, and audiences have one last chance to see it big and loud as intended.”

Videodrome | Saturday, November 19 | 8PM

Genre: Science Fiction
Description: “With groundbreaking special effects, a shocking, and provocative story, Videodrome has come to be regarded as one of the most influential and mind-bending science fiction films of the 1980s.”

Throne of Blood | Sunday, November 20 | 4:30PM

Throne Of Blood
Throne of Blood. (Montgomery Film Festival / Facebook)

Genre: Film Education
Description: “Returning to their lord’s castle, samurai warriors Washizu and Miki are waylaid by a spirit who predicts their futures. When the first part of the spirit’s prophecy comes true, Washizu’s scheming wife, Asaji, presses him to speed up the rest of the spirit’s prophecy by murdering his lord and usurping his place. Director Akira Kurosawa’s resetting of William Shakespeare’s “Macbeth” in feudal Japan is one of his most acclaimed films.”

Bonus: John Martello, an educator from the Armory Arts Center and New York Film Academy, leads a film appreciation and discussion of Throne of Blood following the screening.

Butterfly in the Sky | Sunday November 20 | 7PM

Butterfly In The Sky
Butterfly in the Sky. (Montgomery Film Festival / Facebook)

Genre: Documentary
Description: “Two seconds into the bubbling synth sounds of its theme song will have a child of the 1980s or ’90s exclaiming ‘Reading Rainbow!’ Such is the beloved and ubiquitous nature of the classic children’s literary television show that introduced millions of kids to the wonder and importance of books. Not only did the series insist on having kids speak to kids about their favorite stories, but Reading Rainbow introduced the world to one of the most adored television hosts of all time in LeVar Burton. Thanks to his direct, non-patronizing and, most importantly, kind delivery, Burton became a conduit to learning for children of every background—an entrancing guide to subjects unknown.”

It’s time to see the show

The Montgomery Film Festival is about to begin!

What: Montgomery Film Festival
When: Friday, November 18-Sunday, November 20 | Times vary per film
Where: Capri Theatre, 1045 E Fairview Ave, Montgomery, AL 36106
Cost: Priced per film

To stay up to date on the festival, follow Montgomery Film Fest on Instagram.

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