Activity note: Hotel check in from 4:00 p.m.
Afternoon: Program Registration: 5:00 p.m. After you have your room assignment, come to the Road Scholar conference room. Look for the display board or check with front desk when you receive your key and they will point you in the right direction. Register with the program staff and get your welcome packet containing your name-tag, up-to-date schedule that reflects any last-minute changes, and other important information. If your arrival is delayed, please ask for your packet when you check in. Orientation: The Group Leader will greet everyone with a warm welcome and lead introductions. We will review the up-to-date program schedule and any changes, discuss roles and responsibilities, logistics, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer any questions you may have. The program price includes vouchers to attend four (4) daytime films and premieres of six first-run and independent films (pre-chosen by the festival director). Critique sessions will complement included film screenings. These sessions will be facilitated by film experts and will provide opportunities to discuss the films in more depth and gather a greater appreciation for the content. We expect the schedule to be released in October. Details of films and panel discussions will be added as they become available. Our program schedule has been designed for flexibility to see additional films independently. Free time is reserved for your personal independent exploration. Please be aware that program activities, schedules, and personnel may need to change due to local circumstances. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding.
Dinner: In the hotel, we will have a buffet with a variety of choices; all meals include coffee, tea, water; other beverages available for purchase.
Evening: Continue getting to know your fellow Road Scholars, settle in, and get a good night’s rest for the day ahead.
Activity note: Getting on/off a trolley. Savannah's historic district is made for walking. Plan on walking 6-8 blocks per day. Some theater's are within a block or two blocks of your hotel. Others are 5 - 6 blocks. Restaurants surround the hotel or can be within a 4-5 block area.
Breakfast: At the hotel.
Morning: Start the trip with a presentation in the conference room on the History of Savannah by an expert historian before boarding your trolley to see the historic district. You are here because of the Savannah Film Festival, but your experience would not be complete without a scenic introduction to the charming city of Savannah. We will begin with a field trip by trolley around the beautiful squares with a local expert guide.
Lunch: Dine in Savannah’s only 18th Century Mansion. The Olde Pink House is one of Savannah’s most popular restaurants, offering new southern cuisine in a sophisticated, yet casual setting.
Afternoon: Our first Savannah Film Festival session… Our program was planned far in advance when details were not available. The information will be posted on our website when released in October and included in preparatory materials sent following enrollment. The festival, presented by Savannah College of Art and Design, is host to a wide variety of competition film screenings, special screenings, workshops, panels, and lectures. Films showcase the cinematic creativity of both award-winning professionals and emerging student filmmakers. We have listed a few examples of the Award Winners for this past year's festival. Narrative and documentary features: Best Narrative Feature: "Like Cotton Twines" - Micah Director, Leila Djans Best Director: Marc Raymond Wilkins, "Bon Voyage" Best Documentary Feature: "The Freedom to Marry" Best Editing: "The Freedom to Marry" Breakout Performance: Peyton Kennedy "American Fable"
Dinner: This meal has been excluded from the program cost and is on your own to enjoy what you like. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions.
Evening: We will regroup and attend one of the evening screenings that is sure to be a memorable highlight of the experience. The Savannah Film Festival website gives a good idea of the range and variety of performances and events: www.filmfest.scad.edu/ An example of this past film festival Gala Screenings included: Manchester By the Sea, Trespass Against Us, Bleed For This, American Pastoral.
Breakfast: Hotel buffet.
Morning: Morning panel discussions will be announced as the information becomes available. Some discussions will include a presentation on “Script to Screen” as we follow the journey of a script in becoming a film.
Lunch: At a popular restaurant in the Historic District.
Afternoon: Free time. We will provide vouchers for entry to two of the magnificent homes in the Historic District that you may use any time during the week. Savannah has survived the devastation of war and fires, but in the 1950s a number of historically and architecturally significant buildings were demolished. The Historic Savannah Foundation was born when a small group of local women stepped in to save the Davenport House just 24 before its scheduled destruction. Through their efforts and those of others, historic treasures have been preserved and are a major element of Savannah’s heritage.
Dinner: On your own to enjoy what you like. There are many options for delicious dining out, though if you have something special in mind, we advise making reservations in advance because the city is so crowded during the festival.
Evening: A listing of films will be made available as soon as the schedule comes out in October. An evening performance will be revealed as soon as it is made available. An example of this last year's Signature Screenings included: Refugio, The Eagle Huntress, Things To Come, La La Land.
Breakfast: Hotel buffet.
Morning: Film Screening. We have endeavored to highlight a variety of genres and styles of films. As soon as the festival schedule is announced in October, we will update the website and include details in preparatory materials sent following enrollment.
Lunch: On your own to enjoy what you like. Join new Road Scholar friends to try one of the city’s many eateries.
Afternoon: Panel discussions and critiques.
Dinner: On your own to enjoy more of the local cuisine.
Evening: Film Screening. More films await your review.
Breakfast: Hotel buffet.
Morning: We will travel to SCAD (Savannah College of Art and Design) to meet with a representative to get more insider perspectives on aspects of the Savannah Film Festival. Visit the Savannah College of Art and Design Museum, a premier contemporary art museum introducing new exhibitions by a range of professional artists, inspiring and challenging students of SCAD.
Lunch: Hotel buffet.
Afternoon: Panel discussions or film viewing will be announced as soon as the schedule is released.
Dinner: At a specially selected restaurant in the Historic District.
Evening: More films.
Activity note: Hotel check out by 11:00 a.m.
Breakfast: Hotel buffet.
Morning: Indulge in musical nostalgia with a singer of old songs whose repertoire includes folk songs of America and the British Isles, patriotic airs, and “songs written to order” by Tin Pan Alley composers. This artist earned a B.A. in music from the College of William and Mary, studied voice for five years, and has researched the roots of popular song classics and the development of the music industry. He accompanies his singing with guitar, banjo, ukulele, fife, hammered dulcimer, and concertina. This concludes our program. If you are transferring to another Road Scholar program, detailed instructions are included in your Information Packet for that program. We hope you enjoy Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. Don’t forget to join our Facebook page and follow us on Instagram. Best wishes for all your journeys!