If you don’t know Bill Augustin, you should, at least if you care anything about the Savannah Film Festival.
Bill is the New York-based Special Programming Director. He first got involved with the festival in his work with publicist Bobby Zarem, but since Bobby moved back to Savannah last year, Bill’s role in the festival has grown tremendously.
And he’s now blogging at the Huffington Post about the Savannah Film Festival here.
In is first post, he announces that The Artist will play at the festival which begins on Saturday, October 29th:
For those of you who don’t know, The Artist is a silent, black and white film written and directed by Michel Hazanavicius and stars French actors Jean Dujardin and Berenice Bejo with featured performances by John Goodman, James Cromwell, Malcolm McDowell, Missi Pyle and Penelope Ann Miller. It was the breakout hit at the Cannes Film Festival this spring and was promptly snapped up by the Weinstein Company for release in the States this Thanksgiving
Usually I dismiss much of the buzz from Cannes because so many of the “hit” movies are dark, artsy and pretentious… very French. We’ve shown a couple of the Palme D’Or winners over the years, but oftentimes the Savannah crowd leaves the theaters baffled and disappointed. This film, however, is just as good as I’d heard, if not better.
There’s much more in Bill’s post about the process by which movies are scheduled, about past festivals, and about other items of interest.
I’m really looking forward to reading more posts by Bill.