The Tallahassee Film Festival presents 50 films in two days

For 15 years, the Tallahassee Film Festival has delighted our eyes with the magic of films from around the world.

The Tallahassee Film Festival, which takes place September 3 and 4 at venues across the city, was founded in 2007 with support from the Knight Creative Communities Institute, a nonprofit organization that implements sense of place” that expand and enhance the Tallahassee community.

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Since then, the organization has grown into an international film festival that provides a space for artists to safely share their work and in Tallahassee to view groundbreaking films. They recently launched their Youth Filmmaking Bootcamp, a program designed for high school students to develop their visual and technical skills in filmmaking.

With all that in mind, I dug deep into my inner movie geek, wearing my 1985 horror cult classic Re-Animator shirt as my armor. I prepared to ask Chris Faupel, Creative Director of the Tallahassee Film Festival, the tough questions.

Movie Q&A

Chris Faupel is creative director of the Tallahassee Film Festival.

Q: Comedy, drama or horror?

A: It’s the trifecta that is the perfect film.

Q: Spielberg or Tarantino?

A: It depends on how I feel that day… Today is a Tarantino day.

Q: Poehler or Fey

A: Fey all the way.

Q: Have you seen “Russian Doll”?

A: …. Oh yeah, yeah. “Russian Doll” is quite amazing.

His gushing over Natasha Lyonne’s performance redeemed him.

Q: “Star Trek” or “Star Wars”?

A: “Star Wars” hands down.

Q: “Back to the future” 1, 2 or 3?

A: We put everything in place… I am a purist. The first is always the best… Although I don’t necessarily feel the same way about “Alien” versus “Aliens”.

A poster for "path to freedom," which will screen at the Tallahassee Film Festival on September 3, 2022.

“A traveling festival”

Now that we have a real idea of ​​who Chris Faupel is, we can see how his lifelong passion for film led him to earn a bachelor’s degree in creative writing from Florida State University and secured him a spot as a director. creative and curator of Tallahassee Film. Festival.

Faupel is a daytime state employee turned early-night avenger of movies that fly under the radar, like their super-secret Sunday screening of a Faupel film, considered “a cult classic in the making.”

Faupel ensures that the festival offers unique films in a fun and engaging way. To do this, he and his team of film-loving volunteers have created a traveling festival that spotlights talented filmmakers from around the world while supporting local intimate venues in Tallahassee.

“I like the idea that it can be a walking festival for people. We have people attending this from out of state. They come from all over the country, even other countries. And you know, being able to walk from room to room, walk from movie to movie,” Faupel said.

“We try to hit all the sites that are in the footprint that we have. So this year we are using Cap City Lounge. We actually transformed one of the large conference rooms at the Residence Inn on Gaines Street into a 100-seat theater. We make films at the downtown IMAX and the Challenger Learning Center; the Hyatt House at Railroad Road Square as well. Every year we really change and use different venues.

months of work

On Labor Day weekend, these cultured halls in Tallahassee will house a total of 50 films: 13 feature films (including the aforementioned Super Secret Sunday screening), five short film programs and a 4K restoration screening of “Lost Highway” by David Lynch.

The months of hard work by Faupel, Artistic Director Steve Dollar and the team of Tallahassee Film Festival volunteers become evident when investigating their carefully curated film festival. They chose to keep the submission requirements as open as possible.

Faupel said, “I take a very unique approach to film festival curation, which is that we don’t have as many constraints around the film. There are no execution time constraints, no content constraints, no thematic constraints. It’s just what the filmmakers are working on. We are going to watch it and we are looking at it objectively.

The Tallahassee Film Festival will show

Diverse and accessible

The Tallahassee Film Festival features a diverse lineup of Hollywood-style films like “Freedom’s Path” (Saturday at 8 p.m.) which tells the story of the Underground Railroad from the perspective of the slave in an animated feature film , “Quantum Cowboys”, which uses 12 different animation styles, all voiced by famous actors like David Arquette, Alex Cox and Neko Case.

Faupel is proud of the Saturday morning festival opener, “The Blind Man Who Wouldn’t See Titanic”, a Finnish feature film that follows a blind man in a wheelchair on his journey to show his sick girlfriend online the only movie she has ever seen and he doesn’t want to see, “Titanic”.

The festival is committed to offering a diversified and accessible program. “We partnered with another organization in town called blindCAN. They’re going to do a live audio transcription for visually impaired people who want to see it… It’s really going to make it accessible to that community, who the movie is really for.

Chris Faupel appreciates the artistry of the City of Tallahassee and is committed to developing unique creative stories and artists.

So, lights, camera and the action Tallahassee; go see one of the amazing movies that are sure to thrill your inner critic.

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Dr. Christy Rodriguez de Conte is the Culture and Arts Council’s Feature Film Editor. The Council for Culture and the Arts (COCA) is the Capital Region’s apex agency for arts and culture (

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