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Burt Reynolds to attend RKDS Film Fest in Valdosta next month

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Burt Reynolds is coming to South Georgia a month from now, courtesy of the RKDS Film Fest in Valdosta. The RKDS Film Fest is dedicated to highlighting the film industry in southern Georgia and grow interest, awareness, and recognition to the film industry by showcasing the films produced in the area.

This year, Reynolds and three of his films, all shot in Georgia, will be featured. The festival will kick off at 3 p.m. on Thursday, July 12 with Valdosta mayor John Gayle giving Reynolds the key to the city and proclaiming that day as Burt Reynolds Day. This will take place at Mathis City Auditorium and a number of local and state dignitaries will be present. Actors, filmmakers, and guests representing the other films shown at the festival will also be in attendance.

The three Reynolds films shown at the festival will be “Smokey and the Bandit,” (7:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 12), “Gator,” (Friday, July 13 at 7:30 p.m.; this movie was made just up the road in Lakeland’s Banks Lake); and “The Last Movie Star” (7:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 14).

Georgia is the film industry’s number one state in the nation, ranking higher than even California or New York. RKDS Entertainment and Media works relentlessly to grow the film industry in South Georgia.

For a complete schedule of events and ticket information, see

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