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Producers and directors are hoping for two thumbs up this weekend at the Tallahassee Film Festival which opens Wednesday night, April 6th.

Kathy Barber with the Tallahassee Film Festival said, "The filmmakers that we bring in are often your independent filmmakers that really made a film because it meant something to them; something from the heart."

More than 70 films are featured in the 2011 Tallahassee Film Festival.

Filmmakers come from across the globe.

Local resident Pam Hahn says she's attended the festival in the past. She said, "Was really intrigued and impressed by the quality of the films and just decided that I wanted to see more and do more. This year I'm going to have the all-access pass and see as many as I can."

This year's theme--"Something Wild"--celebrates the 25th anniversary of the movie "Something Wild" that was shot in the Tallahassee area.

Barber said, "Driving around town and seeing people out with cameras and knowing that was going and the set. That was before I even became interested in film. So, it's really something come to fruition for me to get to see the people that made that film 25 years ago."

Organizers say the Tallahassee Film Festival also has a great impact to the local economy. For example, managers at Five Guys Burgers and Fries say during last year's festival, they saw 300 people with festival passes come to their restaurant and sit down for a meal.

Lou Armesto with the Tallahassee Film Festival said, "We are putting thousands of people in contact with local businesses, hotels, and restaurants."

Organizers say that shows just how the independent films are powerful in more ways than one.

Go to tallahasseefilmfestival.com for tickets and information on the festival and all of the films and venues.

The festival is April 6th-10th.

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The 2011 Tallahassee Film Festival begins this week.

The festival is celebrating the 25th anniversary of the movie "Something Wild," in which Tallahassee made it's debut into the film industry.

"Something Wild" is also the festival's theme.

Original actors from the movie are invited to take part in this year's festivities on Wednesday night.

Chucha Barber, the Tallahassee Film Festival Board Chairperson, said, "We are so excited about the festival. There are so many outstanding movies from all over the world. We are really thrilled that we will be hosting our kick-off film at the Miracle Theater, also known as the Regal Theater on Thomasville Road."

The Tallahassee Film Festival is Wednesday, April 6th, through Sunday, April 10th.

Tickets are still available. Go to tallahasseefilmfestival.com for ticket, location, and schedule information.


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