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Middle Georgia’s never seen a film festival like the one this past weekend in Macon


Seven films by African American filmmakers were shown in Macon this weekend as part of the first-ever Tubman African American Film Festival.

Organizers said films range from documentaries to feature presentations involving both historical and contemporary stories. Two of the festival’s films are free. Costs for other films range from $5 for students at showings to $50 for an all-access pass.

There will be a gumbo lunch at 1 p.m. Saturday at the museum following the showing of the movie “Gumbo.”

“Our mission involves sharing African American art, history and culture,” said Andy Ambrose, the Tubman’s executive director. “That includes our Pan African Festival of Georgia which was last weekend for the 23rd year and brings thousands of visitors to town. It’s a celebration of the cultural impact of the African Diaspora as expressed in music, dance, food, film and art but we’ve never been able to give a big place to film. Now we can showcase it and African American filmmakers.”

Festival screenings and events will be at the Tubman, the Grand Opera House and Theatre Macon. See more at


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