Billy Bob Thornton returning to Northwest Georgia? ‘I reckon’ — as part of 2021 Rome International Film Festival next month.

Billy Bob Thornton returning to Northwest Georgia? ‘I reckon’ — as part of 2021 Rome International Film Festival next month.

Health note: We’ve asked for RIFF’s COVID policy and will add that to this update as it arrives.

From a media release: There were some Billy Bob Thornton spotters out in full force a decade ago as “Jayne Mansfield’s Car” was being shot in Cedartown. Thornton is scheduled to return to Northwest Georgia next month as part of the 18th Annual Rome International Film Festival. Also due Nov. 11-14 are Mario Van Peebles as well as Skinny DeVille and Scales of the rap group Nappy Roots.

On opening night, RIFF will feature “One Pint at a Time.” The film follows the trials and triumphs of black brewers as they navigate the craft beer industry in which they invest their passion but find themselves underrepresented. RIFF also will present the docu-style reality series “40 Akerz and a Brew,” featuring hip-hop group Nappy Roots as they visit craft breweries across the country, gathering inspiration for their own brewery. Deville and Scales will be in attendance. The series has been a project in partnership between Nappy Roots and PAM Studios in Rome. RIFF attendees will be the first audience to see the show’s pilot.

Mario Van Peebles will be in attendance as his film “Baadasssss!” will be screened Saturday. It is a part documentary, part tribute to his father’s (the late actor, filmmaker, playwright, novelist, and composer, Melvin Van Peebles) 1971 film, “Sweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss Song.” Van Peebles will receive the inaugural Melvin Van Peebles award at the festival, named after his father, the Godfather of African American film.

Thornton will attend this year as RIFF celebrates the 25th anniversary of the Oscar Award winning film, “Sling Blade.” The film will be screened on Sunday. Thornton will receive The inaugural Flannery O’Connor Award for Storytelling at the festival.

For closing night, RIFF will take audiences on a tour through the Irish rock past of the intelligent and insubordinate frontman for Irish band, The Pogues, Shane MacGowan, with a screening of “Crock of Gold: A Few Rounds with Shane MacGowan.” The film was produced by Johnny Depp and directed by Julien Temple. MacGowan’s wife, Irish journalist, writer and producer, Victoria Marie Clarke, will be in attendance.

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