Rome, Georgia, is no stranger to outstanding festivals. I often attended the Chiaha Festival and enjoyed its terrific gumbo of music, food, crafts and art. Readers of this column no doubt remember my work with The Rome International Film Festival, an event that continues to excel to this day.
In Albuquerque I am lucky that Ivan Weiner, the executive director of The Albuquerque Film and Music Experience, values my experience and expertise. This year I will have the huge pleasure and honor of hosting a Q & A with music and film score composer Dave Grusin who will be presented the 2019 Robert and Sibylle Redford Award for Creative Achievement. (Yes, that Robert Redford!)
I thought my days of festival leadership were long gone, but earlier this year I got a call from former Rome attorney William Boling. Bill, as we all call him, is a force of nature, whether using his law skills to save threatened rural hospitals or creating a fine art photography imprint in Atlanta where he publishes high-end photography books.
His phone call began with, “Now Harry, don’t hang up!” Now I must offer full disclosure, for Bill is my entertainment attorney, and I was sure he had sold “Martin the Guitar” to some Ukrainian animation concern bankrolled by Vladimir Putin.
The Fall Line Jam will take place the first weekend of November in just a few weeks. The production team is formidable. A brilliant public relations whiz from Atlanta, Andrew Dietz, has been paired with Jeanette Vaughan, a world-class professional storyteller whose home is Hancock County. See more here.