540 Film Festival feature getting attention

The inaugural 540 Film Fest is a week away, and one of the films that will be screened at the new festival is already getting some good exposure in the festival circuit.

“Bomber,” the feature debut of writer/director Paul Cotter was reviewed on Tuesday by Variety’s Dennis Harvey, and Jim Morekis of Connect Savannah published an interview with Cotter on Tuesday.

“Bomber” is the story of an art school graduate charged with chauferring his 80-year-old father through Germany so that he can apologize to a village he’d accidentally dropped bombs on as an RAF flyer on his first mission during WWII sixty years earlier.

The film start actor Shane Taylor from the 1999’s “Band of Brothers”. Taylors had been out of acting for a few years when he was contacted by Cotter.

“I saw Shane in Band of Brothers, and to be honest with you the only reason I looked at him in that was my younger sister fancied him (laughs),” Cotter told Morekis in his interview. “She said, oh, I really fancy the medic in Band of Brothers. It kind of stuck in the back of my head.”

Incidentally, Taylor is the brother-in-law of Rowland McKinney, one of the founders of the 540 Film Fest, and will be in Fayetteville for the festival.

“Bomber” has already screened at the 2009 SXSW Film Festival, Raindance, the Little Rock Film Fest and others. The film will screen at the Savannah Film Fest this weekend. “Bomber” won the Audience Award and Best Feature at the Estes Park Film Festiival, and was nominated for the for Grand Jury Prize at SXSW.

Bomber, screened at the 540 Film Festival

When: Saturday, Nov. 7 2009
Where: University of Arkansas Global Campus
Tickets: Individual Film $5, Day Pass $15, Weekend Pass $30 .