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small, beautifully MOVING PARTS


SOUTHERN CIRCUIT OF INDEPENDENT FILMMAKERS SERIES kicks off in Gainesville, Ga this Thursday, September 20, at The Smithgall Arts Center – 331 Spring Street SW. This is one of six movies and will be accompanied by dinner! Dinner will start at 6pm followed by the movie small, beautifully MOVING PARTS After the movie, we will have a MEET THE DIRECTOR reception for audience Q&A. Tickets $15 adults, $13 students and seniors. Movie trailer is available on our website. For tickets call The Arts Council at 770.534.2787 or visit our website.


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The Arts Council, Gainesville State College and South Arts proudly present the 2012-2013 Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers. This tour is a unique interactive program that will bring six (6) award-winning independent films and their filmmakers into Gainesville City and Hall County.
The films in this series are small, beautifully MOVING PARTS directed and produced by Annie Howell and Lisa Robinson; OTIS UNDER SKY directed by Anlo Sepulveda; SMOKIN’ FISH directed and produced by Luke Griswold-Tergis ; girl model directed and produced by Ashley Sabin and David Redmon; FREE CHINA directed and produced by Michael Perlman; and STRONG! directed by Julie Wyman. Each film will include a ‘Meet the Filmmaker Question and Answer Session’. Series tickets are $38 per person for the six films and include dinner prior to small, beautifully MOVING PARTS and all meet the filmmaker receptions at the end of each of the other films. Individual film tickets are $7 adults and $5 students and seniors (65+) and include a reception, after the screening, with the filmmaker for questions and answers.

Opening the Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers series will be the screening of small, beautifully MOVING PARTS on September 20, 2012 at the Arts Council Smithgall Arts Center. To kick off the independent film series, we invite you to join us for a dinner before the film, catered by Ed and Melody Entriken. Dinner will start at 6PM and the movie will follow at 7PM. small, beautifully MOVING PARTS: When technophile Sarah Sparks (Anna Margaret Hollyman) becomes pregnant, her uncertainties about motherhood trigger an impulsive road trip to the source of her anxiety: her long-estranged mother living far away and off-the-grid. A SXSW premiere and winner of the Sloan Feature Film Prize, Annie J. Howell and Lisa Robinson co-direct this comic coming-of-parenthood tale for the internet age. Tickets include dinner: $15 Adults; $13 Student/Seniors

The second film in this series OTIS UNDER SKY will be screened October 18, 2012 at 7PM at Gainesville State College, Martha Nesbitt Academic Building. OTIS UNDER SKY is the story of Otis (Anis Mojgani), a socially inept web artist recluse, who ventures into the world outside of the web and falls into unrequited love with Ursula (Roberta Colindrez), a kleptomaniac womanizer. Otis’ experience with love and loss inspires his greatest creation, an internet art concept that connects people spiritually. Directed By Anlo Sepulveda and produced by Mandi Sepulveda. Tickets: $7 Adults; $5 Students/Seniors

The third film in this series SMOKIN’ FISH will be screened November 8, 2012 at 7PM at Gainesville State College, Martha Nesbitt Academic Building. SMOKIN’ FISH: Cory Mann is a quirky Tlingit businessman hustling to make a dollar in Juneau Alaska. He gets hungry for smoked salmon, nostalgic for his childhood, and decides to spend a summer smoking fish at his family’s traditional fish camp. The unusual story of his life and the untold history of his people interweave with the process of preparing traditional food as he struggles to pay his bills, keep the IRS off his back, and keep his business afloat. By turns tragic, bizarre, or just plain ridiculous, Smokin’ Fish, tells the story of one man’s attempts to navigate the messy zone of collision between the modern world and an ancient culture. Directed and produced by Luke Griswold-Tergis; Jed Riffe is Executive Producer. Tickets: $7 Adults; $5 Students/Seniors

The fourth film in this series girl model will be screened February 14, 2013 at 7PM at Gainesville State College, Martha Nesbitt Academic Building. girl model is the haunting documentary that follows 13-year-old modeling hopeful Nadya Vall and jaded modeling veteran and scout Ashley Arbaugh, poses many questions. In taking a look at the working conditions of children and the insatiable demand for girls as young as 11 or 12, filmmakers David Redmon and Ashley Sabin distilled a true vulgarity to a business that truly makes no apologies. In an exclusive interview with Mommyish, Ashley shares why she and her partner tackled this industry in the first place and responds to allegations that the film “humiliates” young Nadya. Tickets: $7 Adults; $5 Students/Seniors

The fifth film in this series FREE CHINA will screen on March 28, 2013 at 7PM at the Arts Council Smithgall Arts Center. FREE CHINA is the film the Chinese Communist Party does not want you to see. The fates of a woman living in Beijing and a man living in New York become inextricably linked because of a common conviction… From the award-winning director of “Tibet: Beyond Fear”, Free China: The Courage to Believe examines the widespread human rights violations in China through the remarkable and uplifting stories of Jennifer Zeng, a mother and former Communist Party member and Dr. Charles Lee, a Chinese American businessman, who along with hundreds of thousands of peaceful citizens are imprisoned and tortured for their spiritual beliefs. Tickets: $7 Adults; $5 Students/Seniors

The sixth and final film in this series STRONG! will screen on April 18, 2013 at 7PM at Arts Council Smithgall Arts Center. STRONG!: Cheryl Haworth is an Olympic weightlifter, from Savannah, GA who has competed in three Olympic Games, winning the bronze medal in Sydney in 2000. She held the title of National Champion for 11 consecutive years. Weighing close to 300 pounds, Cheryl uses her size to her competitive advantage in a sport that has traditionally been the province of men. This is the story of Cheryl’s weightlifting career, the rigors of training for competition, and her personal experience of being big in a culture that values women who are small. Tickets: $7 Adults; $5 Students/Seniors.

Series tickets are $38 per person for the six films and include dinner prior to small, beautifully MOVING PARTS and all meet the filmmaker receptions at the end of each of the other films.
The Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers is a program of South Arts. Southern Circuit screenings are funded in part by a grant from South Arts in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts. Special support for Southern Circuit was provided by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences.
Trailers for each film in the series may be viewed at the Arts Council’s website Series and individual tickets may be ordered on line at or by calling the Arts Council at 770-534-2787. For artist information call Gladys Wyant at 770-534-2787.

From Atlanta: Take I-85 north to Exit 113 bearing left onto I-985 north to Exit 20 GA Highway 60 (Queen City Pkwy/Candler RD). Turn left onto GA 60 and proceed approximately 2 miles to intersection with GA Hwy 369 (Jesse Jewell Pkwy). Turn right onto GA 369 and proceed approximately 1 / 2 mile to intersection with W. Academy St (Poultry monument/railroad museum on left & BB&T on right). Turn left onto W. Academy and proceed two blocks and the Arts Council Smithgall Arts Center will be on the right at the intersection of W. Academy and Spring St.

From Atlanta on I-85N: Take I-85 N / GA-403 N via EXIT 251 toward GA-400 / Greenville (go 28.3 miles); Merge onto I-985 N / GA-365 N via EXIT 113 on the left toward Gainesville (go 15.7 miles); Take the GA-53 exit, EXIT 16, toward Oakwood / Dawsonville (go .3 miles); Turn left onto Mundy Mill Rd / GA-53 W (go .6 miles); Make a right turn at traffic light onto Mathis Drive (Wal-Mart on left)

From Gainesville on I-985S: Merge onto I-985 S/US-23 S/GA-365 S toward Atlanta (go 4.4 miles); Take the GA-53 exit, EXIT 17, toward Oakwood/Dawsonville (go 1.2 miles); Keep right at the fork to go on Mundy Mill Rd/GA-53 W; Make a right turn at traffic light onto Mathis Drive (Wal-Mart on left)

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16 LOVE starring Georgia’s own CHANDLER MASSEY


The Arts Council, Inc. is proud to present 16 LOVE as part of its annual summer MOVIES ON THE GREEN Series. This silver-screen flick is for kids and family and will screen on Friday, July 13, 2012 at The Arts Council Smithgall Arts Center and is RATED- PG. The movie will start at dusk. Our gates will open at 7:30 with pre-movie activities for children. Tickets are $3 Members and Students; $5 Non-Member. For tickets call 770.534.2787 or visit

Local heart-throb Chandler Massey will display his acting talents on screen in a starring role in 16 LOVE! Gates will open at 7:30PM and the movie will start at dusk.Yes, kids, teens and adults, it is time to get seriously excited. Tennis lovers, your summer tennis season just got a new boost! Ally “Smash” Mash (Lindsey Shaw from Ned’s De-Classified School Survival Guide, 10 Things I Hate About You and Pretty Little Liars) dominates all comers on the tennis court. She has no time for lazy heartthrob Farrell Gambles (Emmy-winning Chandler Massey from Days of Our Lives and One Tree Hill). Ally Mash may be 16 years old, but in tennis she’s, like, 50. She puts in more hours on the court than she does off it — her world exists between the carefully painted white lines of Junior Tennis. Farrell Gambles would rather play tennis on the Wii than in real life. But they don’t give out college scholarships for Wii tennis (at least not yet). Farrell lives in the real world – the one where some day you have to put down the remote and get a job. As cute as he may be, Farrell barely registers on tennis champion Ally’s radar gun. He’s too slow, too lazy, too… unpredictable. She has tournaments to win. She’s going pro soon. She doesn’t have time to mess around with boys and their teenage friends in their teenage world. But in a twist of fate, or rather a twist of ankle, Ally finds herself with plenty of time; time to worry about Katina Upranova, the Russian tennis star who was beating Ally when she hurt her ankle. Time to go through her hard-driving former tennis champion Dad’s rehab schedule of physical therapy and psychotherapy and aromatherapy or whatever it is he wants her to do. And time, lots of time, to coach none other than goof-off Farrell Gambles in his quest to qualify for the upcoming Open and secure a college scholarship.16 Love, released in January 2012, topped iTunes’ Sports Movies chart for several weeks.

Chandler Massey is an Emmy-winning actor, best known for his portrayal of Will Horton on the daytime soap opera, Days of our Lives. Chandler received the 2012 Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Younger Actor in a Drama Series. He was born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia, with his two younger siblings. He is the son of Lewis (former Secretary of State of Georgia) and Amy Massey and Grandson of Gainesville’s own Abit and Kayanne Massey. Chandler graduated from Norcross High School in May, 2009. While there, he was active in the Drama Club and took part in many of the school productions including playing a lead role in Little Shop of Horrors, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Guys and Dolls and How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying. Later that year, he moved to Los Angeles to attend UCLA and pursue his dream of acting. In December 2009, after completing his first quarter at UCLA, Chandler auditioned for the role of “Will Horton” on NBC’s top-rated daytime drama, Days of Our Lives and won the role. Previously, he has appeared in episodes of One Tree Hill, Eastbound & Down and Army Wives. In 2010, Chandler landed a starring a role in his first feature film entitled 16-Love. The film released in January 2012. Chandler currently resides in Los Angeles. And where might Chandler keep his first Emmy? “I’m going to put it right on my pillow next to mine where I sleep so I can wake up in the morning and see it,” he said. Reminded that the pointy wings on the statue might not be something he’ll want to roll over on while sleeping, the actor replied, “Maybe I’ll drill a hole in it and wear it around on my neck like a chain.”

Mark this date on your calendar and book your tickets NOW!!! We assure you this will be a summer to remember. Bring your blankets/lawn chairs and picnics and soak in some summer fun. Rick’s Smokin’ Pig BBQ will be available for your convenience. Other movies in our MOVIES ON THE GREEN series include THE LORAX (August 24th) and TOP GUN (with Vertigo Band – date TBD). For a complete listing of our summer concerts, movies and events please call 770.534.2787 or visit Member discounts are available so make sure you ask about them! As always, the Arts Council, Inc. serving Northeast Georgia is bringing the best of entertainment to you!

From Atlanta: Take I-85 north to Exit 113 bearing left onto I-985 north to Exit 20 GA Highway 60 (Queen City Pkwy/Candler RD). Turn left onto GA 60 and proceed approximately 2 miles to intersection with GA Hwy 369 (Jesse Jewell Pkwy). Turn right onto GA 369 and proceed approximately 1 / 2 mile to intersection with W. Academy St (Poultry monument/railroad museum on left & BB&T on right). Turn left onto W. Academy and proceed two blocks and the Arts Council Smithgall Arts Center will be on the right at the intersection of W. Academy and Spring St.




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Our summer flowers are in full bloom and our grass is thick and deep green… MOVIES ON THE GREEN and SUMMER MUSICFEST 2012 are here at The Arts Council. This is going to be a summer to remember – we have something for every age group!

June 29, 2012 we proudly present the U.S. ARMY GROUND FORCES BAND – JAZZ GUARDIANS at The Smithgall Arts Center. This is a FREE concert for all. If you would like to enjoy a purchased dinner, catered by The Holbrook of Lake Lanier, on our lawn before the concert please make a reservation. No outside food will be permitted at this event.

Bring in our country’s birthday with a concert and movie July 3, 2012! VERTIGO BAND will perform outdoors followed by a screening of TOP GUN at The Smithgall Arts Center.

Gainesville’s very own superstar Chandler Massey (Days of our Lives fame) will star in 16 LOVE, July 13, 2012! This is a movie for tennis lovers and lovers of innocent romance movies. Of course, it is a sure treat for all fans of Chandler Massey.

July 20, 2012 THE ATLANTA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA will perform outdoors (rain date July 22) for its 37th season with The Arts Council. This is the perfect date night for all music lovers!


August 3, 2012 we bring you THE SWINGIN’ MEDALLIONS!!! Bring your dancing feet and join us for a night of thrilling entertainment.

CASINO NIGHT at The Arts Council Smithgall Arts Center on August 18, 2012 will offer you a night of exciting games, live and silent auctions, raffles and grand prizes. We will roll out the red carpet and entertain you in style. All proceeds to benefit and aid The Arts Council to enhance, educate and expand public interest in the arts throughout Northeast Georgia.

Dr. Seuss’ masterpiece THE LORAX will screen on August 24, 2012! Travel with us to Thneedville and experience the wonders of animation.

We bring our summer to a close with a tribute to our local schools – public and private. The Arts Council is hosting an ARTS IN SCHOOLS BENEFIT FESTIVAL, on our lawn, September 15, 2012. Proceeds from this festival will directly benefit participating schools. We encourage every school to take this opportunity to raise funds for itself! This will be a fun filled day for the entire family.

For more information on The Arts Council, ticket sales and events call 770.534.2787 or visit us on the web at

For all our outdoor events you are welcome to bring your lawn chairs and blankets or reserve tables of 8 up front and personal! Most events permit picnics and beverages of choice. Call 770.534.2787 for details.


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The Arts Council announces its line-up for the summer! We have a variety of entertainment for ALL ages! Come enjoy this summer at The Arts Council – bring your lawn chairs, blankets and picnics or reserve tables up close and personal – make this summer memorable; share the joys of music and movies with your family.

Feeling patriotic??? The Arts Council is bringing The U.S. Army Grounded Forces Band – Jazz Guardians to you for FREE June 29th.

Looking for a great way to bring in our country’s birthday – July 3rd we bring you live music by VERTIGO and a screening of TOP GUN!!!

Teen girls and tennis enthusiasts keep a look out for the screening of 16 LOVE, July 13th, starring local heart throb CHANDLER MASSEY!

Music Lovers, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra comes to Gainesville for its 37th season with The Arts Council July 20th. A perfect date night under the stars!

If it’s dancing you love, wear your most comfortable shoes and come watch The Swingin’ Medallions on August 3rd.

Our little friends we have much to offer you too. Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked will be screened on a huge outdoor, inflatable screen as will The Lorax (and our other Movies on the Green). Always remember, our gated green lawn loves your little feet enjoying it – we will have lots of pre-movie activities just for you!

All our events are family friendly!!!

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Face painting, turtles, juicy hotdogs, slithering snakes, ballerinas, arts and crafts, butterflies, music, balloons, candy and loads of people – all have something in common! They were all present at the 16th Annual Butterfly Release presented by Friends of Gainesville Parks and Greenways at Wilshire Trails Park. Giggling children, happy feet, the distinct and friendly voice of WDUN’s Bill Maine…all made for a terrific way to bring in the start of summer vacation. Were you there??? We certainly were!!! Parents and children excitedly discussed The Arts Council’s upcoming Summer MusicFest and Movies on the Green. “Y’all are screening Top Gun on your lawn,” gleefully squealed a starry eyed teenage girl. “I love Tom Cruise!” Another was excited by The Lorax. Young dads, wishfully reminiscing college frat days cheered when they saw The Swingin’ Medallions on our summer calendar while moms are excited about date night with The Atlanta Symphony under the stars! This promises to be one hot, fun-filled summer for all!!!

The Arts Council’s booth. How many artists do you recognize?

People eagerly awaiting an envelope with a Painted Lady Butterfly in it to release. Spot yourself or a friend?

Beautiful art work found all along the trail

No community event is complete without the presence of WDUN. Bill Maine where are you?

A young boy excited to see the beautiful butterfly in his envelope take flight

Captain Conservation (Gainesville Public Utilities Department) whose special message and water saving tips were a huge hit with the children! Did you get to sign the water barrel?

Ballerinas from Gainesville School of Ballet dressed for the occasion. This is the regional dance company responsible for bringing the wonderful holiday tradition of the Nutcracker to Gainesville each year!

Little boy swaying to some wonderful summertime music played by WDUN. May I have this dance, please?

A Painted Lady Butterfly about to spread its wings. Just imagine 1500 of them in the park – a sight to remember!

We will be back with the butterflies at next year’s event!!!

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Calling all extras!!

Look who you can be in a movie with!!!
The Arts Council wants to help put you on the silver screen! Keep checking our Facebook page for updated films being made in and around GA, the new Hollywood of the southeast!
Southern Hollywood Events is looking for paid extras to be a part of the movie 42 – The Jackie Robinson Story.  500 seats will be reserved for extras in Birmingham, Alabama; Chattanooga, Tennessee; and Macon, Georgia.
Harrison Ford will star as Branch Rickey the team executive that signed Robinson with Chadwick Boseman playing the part of Jackie Robinson andChristopher Meloni playing the part of Leo Durocher.
Each day raffle tickets will be given away for you to win prizes ranging from iPads to featured extra roles, and all-inclusive trips to Jamaica and Cancun.  Everyone will walk away with something and the more days you participate the more raffle tickets you will get.  You will also receive an extra raffle ticket for every friend you have signup and bring to the set.

The dress will be 1940s attire and a photographer will be on set to take everyone’s picture for a best dressed contest, man and woman, in each of the three cities.  Winners will win a featured extra role in the movie.
Birmingham, Alabama 
May 15th, 16th and 17th
Chattanooga, Tennessee
May 21st, 22nd, 24th, 25th, 29th, 30th, 31st
June 1st, 4th and 6th
Macon, Georgia 
June 12th and 13th
For more info and registration:

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