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Indy film tour to visit Suwanee

SUWANEE -- The art scene in Suwanee will soon get a new twist.

Beginning in September, the city is hosting six independent films in partnership with the Southern Tour of Independent Filmmakers. All of the movies will be shown at the Movie Tavern location in the Horizon Village shopping center, and in most cases will include a reception and question and answer session with the filmmaker. The six films (one per month) will be shown in September, October, November, February, March and April. Suwanee is one of about 18 communities representing eight states that make up the tour.

The first film, to be shown Sept. 17, is "Age of Champions," an award-winning documentary about five athletes who compete at the National Senior Olympics.

The second film, to be shown in October, "A Matter of Taste: Serving Up Paul Liebrandt," was nominated for an Emmy.

City of Suwanee Special Projects Coordinator Toni Shrewsbury last year researched the general film industry in Georgia, and noticed the independent film tour by the nonprofit organization South Arts, which puts on this tour.

"We thought it was a another way to bring art to the city's residents," Shrewsbury said. "It matches Suwanee's edgy personality to do something different, and it accomplishes a lot of things."

Among them is the city partnering with a business to put on an event, especially with a nonprofit involved, having that event in the Gateway area and to expand the city's arts scene.

Shrewsbury was part of a group that had limited input in the choice of the films, and the three circuits that make up the tour held a draft to select their list of films, she said.

"We are excited about the movies that we got," Shrewsbury said.

The other films that will be shown in Suwanee are "Drivers Wanted," which includes a short "I Beat Mike Tyson," "Trust: Second Acts in Young Lives," "The Misadventures of the Dunderheads," and "Heart of Stone."

While the city puts on a Movies Under the Stars series in Town Center Park, this is the first independent film event in Suwanee.

Other cities around the state, such as Gainesville, Augusta and Savannah are also part of this tour.

If the film series accomplishes the city's goals, and receives a positive reaction from residents, Shrewsbury said she expects the city to be a part of the tour again in the future.