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Feb. 19 - Chuck Leavell to Headline Savannah’s 2018 A-Town Get Down Art & Music Festival

Savannah Business Journal Staff Report

February 19, 2018 - Returning to Savannah for its 8th year on Saturday, April 21, the A-Town Get Down Art & Music Festival will feature music legend Chuck Leavell as its 2018 headliner. While many in the Savannah area will remember him as a key figure in The Allman Brothers Band, Leavell’s keyboard work has also been heard on the works of Eric Clapton, the Rolling Stones, George Harrison, The Black Crowes, Blues Traveler, Train, Martina McBride, John Mayer, David Gilmour and many other prominent artists.

“It has been a very long time since I have played a show in my newly adopted home of Savannah...and I am so pleased that it will be at the 2018 A-Town Get Down Festival,” says Leavell. “I’ll be playing with my good friends, the Randall Bramblett Band, and we’ll have an amazing time. So, come and join in the fun on April 21!”

Chuck Leavell’s association with the Stones began back in 1982 and is still going strong, having recently toured with the Stones on their No Filter tour of Europe. He is heard on their most recent record, Blue and Lonesome and was there with the Stones “OLE’” Latin American tour in 2016 that culminated with a historic free concert in Havana for some 750,000 plus attendees. Chuck can be seen and heard on the “David Gilmour: Live in Pompeii” CD and DVD released in 2017. He is also a ‘first call’ session musician, working in studios around the world. Chuck is also an artist in his own right, with several successful solo CDs in circulation, the latest a tribute to pioneering blues piano players entitled Back To The Woods. In February of 2012, he received a Lifetime Achievement Grammy for his work with the Allman Brothers Band. Leavell is also an established author, conservationist, sustainable development advocate, and tech entrepreneur.

Leavell will join countless other talented musical, visual, and performing artists at the 2018 A-Town Get Down Festival, which will take place on Saturday, April 21 from 12to 10 p.m. on Indian Street - Under the Bridge, between Fahm and Warner Streets. The festival, held each year in memory and honor of SCAD student Alex “A-Town” Townsend, operates with the mission of increasing access to art and music experiences throughout the Savannah community. Every year, A-Town Get Down collaborates with Loop It Up Savannah to make art and music experiences more accessible to underprivileged students in the area, both during the festival itself and through other arts initiatives and arts education programs throughout the year. The A-Town Get Down Art & Music Festival is family friendly and admission is free for children 12 and under.

For more information on the 2018 A-Town Get Down Art & Music Festival and to purchase tickets online, please visit

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Feb. 9 - Production of Marvel's Black Panther Contributes $83.9 Million to the Georgia Economy

Savannah Business Journal Staff Report

February 9, 2018 - At a community screening of Black Panther hosted by Marvel Studios to thank the local crew and businesses that supported the film’s production, MPAA Chairman and CEO Charles Rivkin highlighted the film’s significant contributions to Georgia’s economy. Black Panther generated more than $83.9 million in local economic activity and contributed over $26.5 million in wages to more than 3,100 workers across Georgia.

The event was emceed by Georgia Attorney General and former Commissioner of the Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD) Chris Carr and featured a surprise appearance by Samuel L. Jackson, who played Nick Fury in other films from the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

“Tonight, we are here to celebrate the talented individuals and vendors who help make Georgia the third largest production center in the nation, and who help bring to life stories, like Black Panther, that make a difference,” MPAA Chairman and CEO Charles Rivkin said during the event. “Black Panther has smashed records for advance ticket sales thanks to the hard work of local crew and vendors, and because the film reflects the breadth and diversity of our global communities.”

“Every time we come back to make a movie here in Georgia, the experience gets better,” said David Grant, VP, Physical Production, Marvel Studios. “The infrastructure for film production continues to improve and the bench of creative professionals we can draw on gets deeper – and that’s because as a community you have committed to making Georgia a great place to make films and television shows.”

The production spent time shooting in the Atlanta area, including Midtown, Piedmont Park, Castleberry Hill, Mechanicsville, West End, Vine City, Decatur, Alpharetta, Marietta, and Cartersville. A significant portion of the production’s investment supported a wide array of in-state vendors, including numerous small businesses, such as:

  • More than $29.9 million spent on local rentals and purchases for set decoration, production, and other supplies.
  • More than $9.4 million spent on hardware, lumber, and supplies. 
  • More than $5.6 million spent on lodging.
  • More than $3.9 million spent on transportation, including truck and car rentals. 
  • More than $1.8 million spent on local catering and other food items for the cast and crew.
  • More than $740,000 on local wardrobe, including dry cleaning.
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Jan. 9 - MountainFilm on Tour - Savannah to take place Jan. 18-20

Savannah Business Journal Staff Report

January 9, 2018 - Mountainfilm on Tour- Savannah will take place Jan. 18-20, 2018, and will screen over thirty films throughout the three-day festival. The mission of Mountainfilm on Tour-Savannah is to educate and inspire local audiences to create a better world through the power of film, people, stories and conversations. Mountainfilm on Tour- Savannah is a partner of Telluride-based, Mountainfilm.

The festival will kick off on Thursday, Jan. 18, at 7 p.m., at Trustees Theater, with the screening of Take Every Wave: The Life of Laird Hamilton, a feature length film by Academy Award nominated, Primetime Emmy-award winning director/producer, Rory Kennedy. Take Every Wave tracks the remarkable life and legendary career of big wave surfer Laird Hamilton. Much admired by the public, though often disdained or ignored by the surf industry itself, Hamilton is a unique sports icon- an athlete who has refused to compete professionally yet has dominated big wave surfing as no other figure in history has ever done. Laird’s biographical story is told against the backdrop of a winter surf season on Kauai, where El Nino storm systems threaten to bring the biggest surf in decades. Threaded throughout is a revealing, deeply personal interview with Laird as well as conversations with family members, friends, collaborators and detractors who know him best.

Rory Kennedy is one of America’s most prolific documentary filmmakers. She has made more than 30 highly acclaimed documentaries. Her films have appeared on HBO, PBS, Lifetime Television, A & E, Court TV, The Oxygen Network and TLC. Kennedy will join the audience, via Skype, for a Q & A session immediately following the film.

Friday and Saturday nights will feature documentary short films, including Ascend, Doing it Scared, Zain’s Summer: From Refugee to American Boy, For Flint, and Lost in Light-- in addition to many more inspiring and adventure-seeking films. Two special screenings on Friday night include One Hundred Thousand Beating Hearts and Chocolate Spokes. One Hundred Thousand Beating Hearts follows Will Harris, a fourth-generation Georgia cattle farmer, who transformed his family’s industrial farm by making a commitment to the welfare of his animals, environmental sustainability and locally produced food.

Following the screening, members of the Harris family will join the audience for a Q & A session. Gregory Crichlow, the star of Chocolate Spokes, will also be present on Friday night and will answer questions following his film.

Following the screening of The Time Travelers on Saturday night, Rob Prechtl, a member of the U.S.
Men’s Rafting Team, will answer questions about his team’s self-imposed challenge: to attempt to break the speed record for 227 miles of the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon by rowing the entire stretch in only 34 hours. 

Education is a strong element of Mountainfilm on Tour - Savannah’s mission. The festival will host four thousand children from Savannah Chatham County Public Schools at Trustees Theater and Lucas Theater on Jan. 18 and 19 as part of its Movies that Matter program. This program uses the power of film to educate and inspire young audiences to create a better world. In addition, Mountainfilm on Tour-Savannah will host on-site screenings at Jenkins High School and Woodville-Tompkins High School on Wednesday, Jan. 17.

Film screenings will be held at Trustees Theater, 216 East Broughton Street, each evening at 7 p.m. A family matinee will also take place at Trustees Theater on Saturday afternoon at 2 p.m. Other festival events include a coffee talk with visiting filmmakers and film personalities at Kennedy Pharmacy, 323 East Broughton Street, on Saturday morning at 10:00 a.m., and an organized bike ride/walk through historic Savannah, in conjunction with the Savannah Bicycle Campaign, leaving from Kennedy Pharmacy at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday.

Tickets to all film screenings can be purchased at the Savannah Box Office or at Admission to the coffee talk and bike ride is free.

For more information about festival events and tickets, visit

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Feb. 7 - Savannah Film Alliance to Take Part in Film Day at the Capitol

Savannah Business Journal Staff Report

February 7, 2018 - The Savannah Film Alliance will lead a delegation of film and television professionals from the Savannah area to participate in Film Day at the Capitol in Atlanta on Tuesday, Feb. 27. The purpose of the event is to demonstrate to state legislators how significantly the film and television industry impacts the state and to emphasize how crucial it is to protect the tax credits and other incentives that have made Georgia the top filming destination in the country.

“Gov. Deal has been very supportive of the industry, but as this is his last term, it’s imperative to not only remind our current legislators of the importance of these incentives but also to send that message to all potential future elected officials,” said Charles Bowen, founder of the Savannah Film Alliance. “We must continue to be vigilant and not allow other states to threaten the progress we’ve made.”

Bowen, who is a business and entertainment attorney and the owner of Southern Gateway Production Services, cautioned that the momentum that has carried Georgia to the vanguard of the production world must not be allowed to diminish. Since 2016, Georgia has hosted more feature film and television productions than any other location in the world. Further, despite the tremendous advantage Atlanta has over Savannah in terms of sound stages and other infrastructure, local direct spending on film and television productions in the Savannah area has risen from $18 million in 2014 to well over $60 million in 2017.

Bowen said he credits much of the rise of Savannah’s popularity as a destination for filming to the innovative and unique local economic incentive offered by the Savannah Economic Development Authority. “2018 is already on pace to shatter the record for production dollars spent in Savannah in a single year,” Bowen said.

By encouraging people who have benefited from the film industry to attend Film Day at the Capitol, Bowen said he hopes all legislators, including those on the local level, will continue to be committed to providing incentives, resources, and opportunities to bring filmmakers to the Savannah area. “The entertainment industry boosts almost every industry in town,” Bowen said. “When a film or television production comes to Savannah, they require all of the goods and services the town has to offer, thus they benefit the entire local business community. It is crucial that we don’t lose sight of the incredible impact the film industry is having on our local economy and that we strive to continue improving the experience and services offered visiting productions.”

The Georgia Film, Music & Digital Entertainment Office is producing a video that will play in the rotunda during Film Day and will feature a photo montage of Georgians who have been impacted directly or indirectly by the industry. The Savannah Area Film Office is coordinating submissions of photos from the Savannah area for that production.

Film Day at the Capitol is set for Tuesday, Feb. 27, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Georgia State Capitol, 206 Washington St. SW in Atlanta. For more information, contact Charles Bowen at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 912-544-2050.

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Nov. 30 - 2017 Alee Shrine Circus Returns Dec.15

Savannah Business Journal Staff Report

November 30, 2017 - The Alee Shrine Temple announced the 4th annual Alee Shrine Circus, shows on Dec. 15, 2017 shows at 6:15 & 8 p.m


Audiences will experience an evening of amazing acrobatics, unbelievable Daredevil skills, outstanding Aerial artists, and hilarious comedy.

 “I have searched the world over to make sure that 2017 Alee Circus will be a circus unlike any other,” said Larry Clark, Alee Circus producer. “This year’s production will feature a strongman from Mongolia, a unicycle act from Chile, a unique sword balancing act from Mexico, performing puppies rescued from shelters in Texas, and even a crowned beauty pageant winner! This show is action packed.”

2017 Alee Shrine Circus-goers can expect to see the following acts and more:

THE TITANIC TULGA - As seen on on this season of NBC’s Smash hit “America’s Got Talent”- From the mountainous Mongolia, our circus Strongman will toss and twirl tall telephone timbers like tiny toothpicks, 

Callie Compton - The reigning Miss Memphis, and current Miss Tennessee’s Miss Congeniality, Callie will climb high to the top of the Alee Arena to show off her amazing aerial artistry 

The Mc Intyre Duo - Walking a thread no bigger than the diameter of your thumb, This father and daughter high wire daredevil duo are sure to put you on the edge of your seat. With No Net, and Nerves of Steal, Carlos and Carla will dance, jump, climb, even ride bicycles, across this slender strand.

JustLarry - Our internationally known Clown will have everyone in stitches with his hyped up hilarity, juggling, magic, and unique brand of JustLarry-ness! Television, Feature Film, and center ring star, Larry will will also be the host on your epic circus adventure!

“Every year the Alee Shrine Temple strives to bring in a show that is completely family-friendly and extremely affordable. We want a circus that will make Savannah proud!” said Alee Circus Chairman Buddy Grayson.

2017 Shrine Circus will be held inside the Alee Shrine Temple’s Arena, located at 100 Eisenberg Drive. This permanent venue provides a unique circus experience unlike any other in the United States. No seat is further than 50 feet away from the circus ring, and with stadium style seating, everyone is sure to get a great view of the action.

To get $5 advance tickets visit Alee Temple Office at 100 Eisenberg Dr, Savannah, GA. 31406 or Call (912) 355-2422 

Show times are Dec. 15, 2017 at 6:15 p.m. and 8 p.m. Doors will open to the arena one hour before each performance. 

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