Rome International Film Festival (RIFF) Announces Full Schedule – Coosa Valley News | Episode Movies

The Rome International Film Festival (RIFF) is pleased to announce a packed four-day program that will include: major screenings including international features and short films, world-class filmmakers and talent, educational panels, talkbacks, cocktail events, after-parties and more industry VIPs and prominent appearances.

Notable features and daily red carpet events during the 2022 festival, in order of the overall schedule:

  • On November 10, “Her Name Was Hester,” a RIFF world premiere directed by Berry College professor Brian Campbell, follows Stacie Marshall as she returns to her ancestors’ farm in Dirt Town Valley, Georgia, and wrestles with reality that her farm has kept enslaved people and seeks to make amends, beginning with the story of a wet nurse named Hester.
    • Red Carpet, 6 p.m.: Opening night red carpet. The film’s protagonists and filmmakers are available for interviews. November 10 at 6:00 p.m. at Rome PAM Studios, 512 Broad Street.
    • The world premiere of the documentary from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the DeSoto Theater. There will be a short live singing performance from some of the themes featured in the documentary.
    • Cast Q&A and a community talk on November 12 at 10:00 am at Rome PAM Studios, moderated by Berry College’s Haley Smith. The talk is sponsored by One Community United.
  • On November 11, The Unredacted, a documentary directed by Academy Award winner Meg Smaker, will chronicle how America has waged the war on terrorism for two decades, and how there are more terrorists today, not fewer. The thought-provoking film will delve into deradicalization by following former Guantánamo detainees in a rehabilitation program. The controversy surrounding the film recently made the front pages of The New York Times and National Review, as well as Morning Joe, Making Sense with Sam Harris and many other outlets.
    • Red Carpet, 6 p.m.: Oscar winner Meg Smaker is available for an interview alongside other celebrities and industry VIPs
    • The film will be screened on November 11th at 7:30pm at the Wilder Center (202 E 3rd Ave, Rome,

GA 30161).

  • November 12, “Spirit Halloween,” starring Christopher Lloyd and Rachael Leigh Cook, the film tells the story of a group of middle school students who discover a Spirit Halloween store is being haunted and must survive the night. Filmmaker David Pogue and producers Shannon Houchins and Mike Haggarty will be in attendance. This film was shot in Rome, Georgia, the host city of the Rome International Film Festival.
    • The film will be screened at the Desoto Theater on November 12 at 1:00 p.m
  • November 12, Not Just a Girl, the documentary directed by Joss Crowley, chronicles the life of singer Shania Twain from Nashville newcomer to international icon as she crosses genres amid triumphs and setbacks.
    • Red Carpet, 6 p.m.: “The Southern Music and Film Industry,” PAM Studios, 512 Broad Street. Fish Scales of Nappy Roots, legendary country music producer Harold Shedd, NFL Hall of Famer Champ Bailey, actor Katie Morgan, actor Evan Stone and more are available for interview.
    • The film will be screened on November 12th from 5:15pm to 7:30pm at the Rome City Auditorium
    • Q&A: After the screening, chat with filmmaker Joss Crowley, legendary country music producer Harold Shedd and filmmaker Wade Smith at PAM Studios.
  • November 12, ‘Zach and Miri’, the film written and directed by Kevin Smith and starring Seth Rogen as Zach and Elizabeth Banks as Miri. They are lifelong platonic friends trying to solve their respective cash flow problems by shooting an adult movie together. As the cameras roll, however, the duo begin to feel that they may have more feelings for each other than they previously thought.
    • The film will be screened at the Desoto Theater on November 12th at 7:30pm. Lead actors from the film, Katie Morgan and Evan Stone will be in attendance.
      • The RIFF Awards ceremony will take place directly after the film at the same location.
  • November 13th, “Rumble Fish”, Rusty James, an absent-minded street thug struggling to live up to his older brother’s reputation and longs for the day war happened.
    • The film will be screened at the Desoto Theater on November 13th at 3:30pm.

RIFF 2022 offers a prestigious list of judges including Ethan Embry, actor and filmmaker (Sweet Home Alabama), Tom Brady (Tom Brady Films), Antonia Bogdonavich, award-winning filmmaker and journalist (daughter of the late Peter Bogdonovich), Fish Scales of Nappy Roots (40 Akerz & a Brew streaming series) , actor John Kenyon and more.

PAM Studios is the sponsor and headquarters of the 2022 Festival. Their sponsorship is focused on support Latin films from over five countries submitted in the newly established Latin Film category. A grant will also be awarded at the end of the screenings. The schedule includes:

  • November 12 at 10:00 am – Latin Shorts Block (Wilder Center, 202 East 3rd Ave, Rome, Ga 30161)
  • November 12 at 1:00 p.m. – In Conversation: Latin Filmmakers (PAM Studios, 512 Broad St, Rome, GA 30161)
  • November 12 at 3:45 p.m. – Latin Filmmakers Red Carpet (PAM Studios, 512 Broad St, Rome, GA 30161)
  • November 12 at 5:15 p.m. – Feature Film ‘Hunting Souls’ (Desoto Theatre, 530 Broad St, Rome, Ga 30161)
    • Red Carpet, 345p: Latin filmmakers and supporters of DE+I content throughout the weekend, the judges and sponsors are available for interviews, including Managing Director of PAM Studios Maria Guerra-Stoll.

In addition, RIFF will represent international films screened through RIFF’s partnership with international consulates including: Israel, Ireland and the Bahamas. International Short Films will screen November 12 at 12:00 p.m. at the Wilder Center, 202 East 3rd Ave, Rome, Ga 30161.

Other notable features of the festival include tours of the Creel House as featured on the TV show Stranger Things. (See for more information on the tours).

“This year’s festival is packed with thoughtful, fun and diverse entertainment for consumers to enjoy,” said RIFF Executive/Co-Creative Director Seth Ingram. “The incredible submissions from filmmakers, the screenings of films from industry superstars, the inclusion of international films from nine countries – all supported by brand sponsors such as Georgia Power, this will be RIFF’s best year yet.”

Pass holders are seated first, ticket holders second. Tickets for individual film screenings during the festival are $10 and can be purchased at There’s a $25 student package that gives access to the entire festival without the parties. There is also a medical provider discount for Georgia healthcare workers who can attend three medical and wellness-based screenings for $25 with one code MEDWELL. For more information on full access passes, visit

To find out more about the 19th Annual Rome International Film Festival (RIFF), November 10-13, please visit Learn more about RIFF’s sponsors at To schedule an interview with the RIFF team, contact Minah Thomas (717) 253-6433 or Amy Parrish (404) 310-6559.

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