Buzz: Film festival to showcase ‘Sgt. Will Gardner.’ Free Notary training Wednesday. Legal assistance available Oct. 11. Metropolitan’s United Methodist hosts “Men Who Cook” on Sunday, Oct. 13.

Buzz: Film festival to showcase ‘Sgt. Will Gardner.’ Free Notary training Wednesday. Legal assistance available Oct. 11. Metropolitan’s United Methodist hosts “Men Who Cook” on Sunday, Oct. 13.

In its 16th year, the Rome International Film Festival announces on of its marquee presentations, “Sgt. Will Gardner,” by Max Martini. Martini’s previous credits include films (Saving Private Ryan, 13 Hours, Captain Phillips, Pacific Rim) and television (The Unit). “Sgt. Will Gardner” explores the struggles of a troubled Iraq veteran who finds it difficult to reintegrate into society and sets out on a cross-country journey with the hope of reuniting with his son. The film was written and directed by Martini, who is also the film’s star.

He is joined on the silver screen by Gary Sinise (Forrest Gump; Of Mice and Men), Robert Patrick (Terminator 2; The Unit), Dermot Mulroney (My Best Friend’s Wedding; August: Osage County), Omari Hardwick (Saved, For Colored Girls), Lily Rabe (American Horror Story), JoBeth Williams (The Big Chill; Wyatt Earp), and Elisabeth Rohm (Law & Order).

The film donates 30 percent of profits to the veteran charities: 10 percent to The Gary Sinise Foundation,10 percent to Higher Ground USA and 10 percent to Warrior’s Heart.

“Sgt. Will Gardner” will screen on Saturday, Nov. 9 at 7 p.m. at the Rome City Auditorium. RIFF will be donating 15 percent of ticket sales from the film to the Gary Sinise Foundation and 15 percent to The Davies Homeless Shelter. Following the film, RIFF will host a Q&A session with Max Martini, Producer Mike Hagerty, Eric Haney and others. Click RIFF


Free Notary Training this Wednesday, Oct. 2, from 10 until 11:30 a.m. or 1 until 2:30 p.m. at the Floyd County Board of Education,  Central Office Boardroom, 600 Riverside Parkway NE, Rome. Details: 706-233-0059. Courtesy of Barbara Penson, Floyd County Clerk of Superior Court, and the Georgia Superior Court Clerks’ Cooperative Authority.


Georgia Legal Services Program assistance will be available in the Judicial Courthouse at 3 Government Plaza, Suite 114 on Friday, Oct. 11, from 9 a.m. until noon to assist low-income clients in a range of civil matters, including TPOs, public benefits, housing, consumer issues, school suspensions and unemployment. This service is provided on the second Friday of each month by Superior Court Clerk Barbara H Penson and Georgia Legal Services Program.  For more: 706-291-5190.


Metropolitan’s United Methodist Men will host its annual “Men Who Cook” program on Sunday, Oct. 13, at 1 p.m. immediately following the Morning Worship Service.  Men will prepare some  25 or more of their special dishes for a multicourse meal for a modest fee of $10. The cost for children under the age of 12 is only $5. You are cordially invited to join us for the food and fellowship.  Please call Metropolitan at 706 291-8660 with any questions you may have regarding “Men Who Cook.” Tickets can be purchased in advance from Metropolitan Men, or one can pay at the door on Oct. 13. This program is in support of Metropolitan’s 152nd Church Anniversary.
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