The Powers' Festival is sponsoring a series of free outdoor movies at various locations in Coweta County this summer -- promoting the Labor Day destination and offering some free fun for local families. The first film in the Powers' Coweta Classics series will be "Tobacco Road," shown on the town square in Moreland on Saturday. The outdoor cinema screening is free and welcomes all residents and visitors alike. All of the films have some Coweta County tie.
"Tobacco Road" is based on the 1932 novel by Erskine Caldwell. Caldwell's birthplace is a museum and is located on the town square adjacent to the area where the 1941 film classic will be shown.
Upcoming outdoor films include "Fluke" and "Fried Green Tomatoes," which both included extensive location shooting in Coweta, and "Murder In Coweta County," made as a television film first shown in 1983 and based on the best-seller by Newnan native Margaret Anne Barnes. Barnes's book was based on true events which happened locally in 1948.
Carol Chancey, executive director of Coweta Festivals, the organization that sponsors Powers' Festival, said the film series offers a way "to make people aware of us who have moved to the county" and as a reminder of the Labor Day weekend festival for area residents "who have known about the festival for a long time." Additionally, the outdoor movie screenings provide a way for the community to get together; for neighbors to meet and get to know each other.
Events will start in Moreland at 8 p.m. Saturday. There will be a presentation about the Powers' Festival, and Winston Skinner will give a short talk about Caldwell. Skinner, chairman of the museum committee at the Erskine Caldwell Birthplace and Museum, is also assistant news editor at The Times-Herald.
He said the museum will be open free from 7 p.m. until the outdoor movie starts about 9 p.m. "We are excited to be a part of Powers' Coweta Classics. When Carol talked to me about it, I knew it would be a great idea," Skinner said.
"This is an opportunity for us to go out into the community in a new way," Chancey said.
The current economic situation also played a role in how the film series was planned. Chancey said there will be some fundraising events held in coming months, but the film series was planned as a free gift to the community. "This particular event is a way to offer people some family fun," she said.
John Ford was the director of the 1941 film version of "Tobacco Road," based on one of Caldwell's most popular novels. Gene Tierney, Dana Andrews, Charley Grapewin and Marjorie Rambeau starred.
Popcorn and soft drinks will be available in Moreland on Saturday, as well as Caldwell souvenirs. The movie will be shown on a large, inflatable screen.
Other upcoming films in the Powers' Coweta Classics series are:
* "Fluke," Dunaway Gardens, Roscoe, July 24, 8 p.m. The 1995 movie includes scenes filmed at the historic rock gardens. Stars are Matthew Modine, Nancy Travis and Eric Stoltz.
* "Murder in Coweta County," Wadsworth Auditorium, Newnan, Aug. 1, 8 p.m. Stars include Andy Griffith, Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash.
* "Fried Green Tomatoes," Main Street at the Gazebo, Senoia, Aug. 15, 8 p.m. Stars include Kathy Bates, Mary Stuart Masterson, Mary Louise Parker, Jessica Tandy and Cicely Tyson.
Chancey said she hopes local people who were extras in "Fluke" and "Fried Green Tomatoes" -- and who were involved with the "Murder in Coweta County" filming -- will attend those screenings. People who have stories they might like to share from those experiences should contact Coweta Festivals at email@example.com .
Powers' Coweta Classics will finish the summer with an Evening of Animation at the Centre for Performing and Visual Arts. Students from the Savannah College of Art and Design campuses in Savannah and Atlanta have produced 19 short animated films.
Chancey said final details for the animated film festival are being made, but she said the event will be held "in late August."
The Powers' Festival is a juried arts and crafts show held at the Powers' festival grounds on Coweta County's western border each Labor Day weekend. The event, which includes entertainment and food, has been a Labor Day tradition for 39 years.
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