The 2017 Rome International Film Festival (RIFF) kicked off it’s 14th Annual Film Festival November 9, 2017. The festival will run through November 12, 2017 and will feature workshops, film screenings, and Burt Reynolds.
Rome was abuzz yesterday as legendary actor, Burt Reynolds, landed at the Richard B. Russell Airport. RIFF will present a screening of SMOKEY AND THE BANDIT on Saturday, November 11 and DOG YEARS on Sunday, November 12. “I love Georgia! I call it my ‘lucky state.’ I’ve made a bunch of pictures there and hope to make more,” said Burt Reynolds. “I’m very proud that Rome International Film Festival will be showcasing two of my films. I look forward to sharing them with you.”
This year marks the 40th anniversary of the Georgia-filmed SMOKEY AND THE BANDIT (1977). Mr. Reynolds will do a Q&A following the Saturday November 11th, 7:00pm screening at the Rome City Auditorium. Mr. Reynolds will also be screening his latest film, DOG YEARS (2017), on Sunday, November 12. Written and directed by Adam Rifkin especially for Reynolds, the film premiered at Tribeca Film Festival earlier this year. The film stars Reynolds as an aging, former movie star who is forced to face the reality that his glory days are behind him. On its surface, DOG YEARS is a tale about faded fame, but at its core, it’s a universal story about growing old. The film co-stars Chevy Chase and Ariel Winter. Mr. Reynolds will be available for a Q&A following the Sunday November 12th 3:30pm screening at the DeSoto Theatre.
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