What began as a regional film festival in Augusta has expanded since its inception.
“We are primarily a local and regional event, but we have some international submissions from China. Also, we have a couple from New York,” said Christopher Forbes, organizer of the sixth annual Poison Peach Film Festival, which will be held Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 3-5, at Imperial Theatre.
More than 20 filmmakers are participating in this year’s festival. The festival features an array of works including pieces created by students at John S. Davidson Fine Arts Magnet School and Georgia Regents University. Other filmmakers include Stephen Gilliam, Dan Beck, Joshua Seymour, Jonathan Cook, Michael Hennessy, Karlton Clay and Yannik Cartier.
Forbes’ newest film, Confederate Cavalry, will premiere at Poison Peach on Saturday, and there will be an evening of filming to close the festival on Sunday. Shown from a Southern point of view, Confederate Cavalry follows a group of soldiers through the Civil War. Included in the cast are many local actors and historical re-enactors.
“People often ask if there is a family-friendly night, and I’d say it’s typically Saturday. Some films are more of an adult nature and are not kid-friendly,” he said.
On Sunday, scenes will be shot for the film Cabaret Diabolique, a dark musical of love, betrayal, mystery and murder, featuring original songs by Christopher Forbes and Jezibell Anat, with a script by Anat and Joseph Zuchowski,” according to a news release.
“We are going to be filming some of the stage numbers,” said Anat. “This is set in an Atlantic City cabaret.”
While at the cabaret, however, there’s an on-stage murder. Audience members will also see dance numbers and a magic act with a custom-built torture chamber.
Forbes said he sees Poison Peach continuing to expand and adding more films for viewing during the afternoon hours of the festival days.
Poison Peach begins at 7 nightly. Tickets are $12 for one night or $20 for Friday and Saturday. Sunday admission is free. For tickets, call (706) 722-8341 or visit imperialtheatre.com.