Rome International Film Festival to show Berry professor's film

Release Date: August 26, 2014

A Berry College professor’s whodunit mystery with graphic novel-style animation and amazing wildlife shots will be shown at the Rome International Film Festival on Sept. 5. 

“The Night the Blackbirds Fell” will play at 10 a.m. (Friday) Sept. 5 at the Historic DeSoto Theatre in Rome. Associate Anthropology and Sociology Professor Brian C. Campbell, who is also director of the Environmental Studies program at Berry, researched, co-wrote and produced the film. The festival runs Sept. 4-7 and the film is in competition for Best Documentary Feature.  

This film has also screened at the Offshoot Film Festival, Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival, Cinema on the Bayou, and had a spotlight screening at the Little Rock Film Festival. 

The Night the Blackbirds Fell is an innovative experimental documentary,” Campbell said. “It situates the actual wildlife deaths in Arkansas (blackbirds and drum fish) within an animated narrative based on ethnographic research findings that moves the story along and enlivens the drama of how the blackbirds and drum fish were killed.” 

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Founded in 2003, the Rome International Film Festival (RIFF) is northwest Georgia’s signature film festival event. Named as one of MovieMaker Magazine’s “top 20 festivals worth the submission fee,” RIFF has shared independent films from dozens of countries across the globe with thousands of film fans and filmmakers from near and far over the last 11 years.