Story of murdered Laurens Co. deputy to be shown at Macon Film Festival


    MACON, Ga. -- After Thursday's opening festivities, the Macon Film Festival is in full swing Friday and will be running through August 19.

    Filmmakers from all over the country came to Macon for viewings of their films and said they hope festival-goers get something from their pieces.

    "I'm just hoping to inspire that you have a choice not to be involved in the bullying and racism," said filmmaker Jacolby Percy.

    "People that kind of have a nostalgia for the 70's, we're trying to capture people like that. And anybody that likes a good gritty thriller," said filmmaker Josh Riedford.

    The story of the 1998 murder of Laurens County deputy Kyle Dinkheller is also making it's debut at the Macon Film Festival. Dinkheller was murdered in the line of duty by Vietnam veteran Andrew Howard Brannan.

    The story, which shocked all of Georgia, happened just as the internet was taking off and Dinkheller's last moments were seen around the world millions of times.

    "Dinkheller" director Patrick Shaver said showing the film in Macon was an important part of telling the story of the deputy's murder.

    "Working on that film, I knew how important that film was to this area and this festival is to that film. It was a case that got a lot of attention and a lot of attention because it was shocking. It was a story that was covered by a lot of news stations, especially as it progressed. There was the trial execution that took place 17 years later. It's a story that was important to the are and I was excited when Macon Film Festival accepted the film," said Shaver.

    The documentary is set to air this weekend with screenings at both Hargray Capitol and Douglass theatres.

    For more information on the Macon Film Festival visit its website.

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