And that’s a wrap on the 14th annual Rome International Film Festival! This year’s festival concluded on Sunday.
Highlights from the final day of RIFF included a screening of the new film “Dog Years” starring legendary actor Burt Reynolds. The Academy Award nominee and Golden Globe winner fielded questions from festival officials (and a few from the audience) upon the film’s conclusion.
In a press conference held on Friday, Reynolds said that “Dog Years” is not like any other film he’s made. This movie, he adds, is not full of car chases, and it tells a very sweet story.
The Rome City Auditorium was packed for the screening of “Dog Years” as well as for a 40th anniversary celebration of “Smokey and the Bandit” held on Saturday night, at which Reynolds was the guest of honor.
Reynolds expressed a sincere thankfulness to be back in the Peach State all through the weekend. He told reporters on Friday that Georgia is his favorite place to make a movie.
Many locals reported Burt Reynolds sightings over the weekend. Numerous filmmakers had the opportunity to share their love of the craft with the actor, who was presented a key to the city by Rome Mayor Jamie Doss on Saturday night. Doss also read a proclamation at Friday’s press conference to declare Friday, November 10th, 2017 as Burt Reynolds Day in Rome.
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