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Posted on Mon, Feb. 25, 2008
Third Macon Film Festival finale draws sellout crowd
By Amy Leigh Womack
The Macon Film Festival was sold out Sunday, the final day of the third annual screening of independent films in downtown Macon.
"We can't take any more in there," said Terrell Sandefur, one of the festival's organizers. "The attendance has been good, and that's been really without any publicity."
The festival began and ended with films embodying rich ties to Macon.
"Dreams to Remember: The Legacy of Otis Redding" was amongst the first films shown Thursday and Sunday the festival closed with "Please Call Home: The Big House Documentary," which focused on the Allman Brothers Band's time in Macon and the Big House Museum.
Sandefur said the film festival was the first public screening for both films.
Susan Kell and Durrett Childs said the film featuring the Allman Brothers Band drew them to the Cox Capitol Theatre on Sunday night.
Kell said she'd never attended the film festival, but plans to return in future years.
"I loved every minute of it," said Kell, who drove to town for the festival from her home near Lake Sinclair.
Kell said she lived in Macon during the 1970s and remembers the Allman Brothers' rise to fame.
"It's definitely been a trip down memory lane," she said.
Childs, who resides in Gray, said she remembers going to Central City Park as a 5-year-old to hear the Allman Brothers perform.
"I grew up just in the middle of it," she said.
As "Please Call Home: The Big House Documentary" ended, photographs of the band and friends were displayed on the screen. Loud applause accompanied a photograph of "Mama" Louise Hudson, who along with the recently deceased "Mama" Inez Hill cooked for the Allman Brothers in the early 1970s.
When the lights came on, Macon Mayor Robert Reichert presented Mama Louise with a key to the city for her contribution to Macon's musical heritage and kindness to the Allman Brothers and their families.
"I loved the Allman Brothers and there will always be a place for them in my heart, forever," she said, accepting the key.
Former Allman Brothers roadie Joseph "Red Dog" Campbell shared a hug with Mama Louise and posed for a few pictures.
"I love Mama Louise," he said. "She's taken care of me since 1969.
"I was blessed."
Sandefur said Zelma Redding also was presented a key to the city Thursday following the conclusion of "Dreams to Remember: The Legacy of Otis Redding" It was accepted by her daughter Karla-Redding Andrews from Mayor Reichert.
He said the Macon Film Festival is coming into its own as evidenced by longer submissions this year, many lasting longer than 45 minutes. In the past, he said many lasted only a few minutes.
Festival organizers already are making contacts for next year's screenings, Sandefur said.
"We're going to continue to ride the wave and keep networking," he said.
below are photos of the music room, where the allman brothers rehearsed, and which, years later, witnessed the birth of gov't mule.