Watching a movie on the big screen makes the audience feel like they’re really there with the characters, especially during climactic popcorn-eating scenes. Chew and view with today’s Groupon: for $5, you get a one day pass to the 7th Annual Macon Film Festival from February 16–19 in downtown Macon ($10 value). Passes are valid for all films on any day except the special evening screenings at The Cox Capitol Theatre, and seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. Screenings are held at The Cox Capitol Theatre and The Douglass Theatre, as well as additional downtown locations; check the schedule for individual locations.
The seventh annual Macon Film Festival gives local cinephiles independent alternatives to standard Hollywood features. Each day’s screenings are organized into blocks, such as Thursday’s documentary block at the Cox Capitol Theatre, comprised of three films that, like memorizing the first ten thousand digits of pi, prove that fact is often more entertaining than fiction. The festival caters its films to all manner of attention spans, running the gamut in both run time and genre from comedy shorts to feature-length dramas. The Saturday morning block at the Cox Capitol Theatre features family-friendly fare. The festival gives visual voice to student filmmakers, talented but little known directors, and committed filmmakers bucking straight-to-microwave-release trends, and its city-spanning venues encourage popcorn-heavy community bonding.