Monthly Archives: January 2012

A Really Bad Savannah Film Festival

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Still a few days left to view the a handful of the remaining 16 films in the way of Indie films, fringe films and like in downtown Savannah at the Savannah Pyschotronic Film Festival. Check out the News Team television report earlier this month.

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It's a different kind of film festival for a different kind of audience. For the past eight years, the Psychotronic Film Society of Savannah has served as the area's only not-for-profit film society dedicated to screening cult, indie, experimental and fringe cinema from around the world.

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Jim Reed, Director of the Psychotronic Film Festival of Savannah, joins News 3's Kim Gusby with details. The 9th Annual Savannah Psychotronic Film Festival will take place January 22 – 28, 2012 at Muse Arts Warehouse. 16 great movies from around the world will be screened over 7 days – including Sneak Previews of brand-new films not yet released in theaters, little-known “lost” movies from decades past and bona fide Cult Classics. Ticket Prices: Single Films=$9 ea. / Day Passes (Mon.–Fri.)=$15 ea. / (Sat. or Sun.)=$22 ea. 

Polar Bear Plunges in the Lowcountry

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From the sandy shores of Sullivans Island facing across Charleston Harbor to Historic Fort Sumter, south to the also not overly cool waters off of coastal Georgia’s favorite beach, Savannah Beach better known asTybee Island, New Year’s Day 2012, saw a record number of polar bear plungers with 5000+ combined participants at each event. The Savannah Morning News and the Charleston City News document each chilly venue’s event.

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One world record enthusiastically — and unofficially — obliterated. Aided by sunny skies with temperatures near 70, organizers of the annual Tybee Island polar bear plunge counted more than 2,000 good-natured folk willing to don swim caps to break a Guinness World Record. Once corralled and counted shortly after noon Sunday, they plunged into the 57-degree water to the strains of Queen's "We Are The Champions" echoing from the Tybee pier. The Guinness challenge also served as a fundraiser for the Tybee Post Theater. Funds from registration will help pay for new restrooms and air conditioning at the theater, but Jim Kluttz, president of the board of Friends of Tybee Theater, said the main reason was even simpler.

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Sunday’s Polar Plunge on Sullivan’s Island drew hundreds of people who wanted to ring in the New Year with a dip in the not-quite-icy waters of the Atlantic. Hosted by Dunleavy’s Pub and benefiting the Special Olympics, the afternoon plunge featured revelers of all ages dressed up as everything from cops in cutoffs to giant solo cups diving into the sea. Everyone enjoyed splashing around, from kids and parents to dogs and the still-drunk-from-the-night-before.