Burt Reynolds in Georgia for film festival

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5 things to know about Burt Reynolds The award-winning actor was born on Feb. 11, 1936 in Lansing, Michigan. Reynolds was a leading film star in the 1970s and 1980s. He won an Oscar nomination and Golden Globe for his role in the 1997 movie, "Boogie Nights." But his work in the 1972 drama "Deliverance" is considered his breakthrough role. The Hollywood superstar was also featured as the first nude male centerfold in Cosmopolitan magazine.

Award-winning actor and director Burt Reynolds will be in Valdosta this week for the city's first RKDS Film Festival, an event celebrating the region's contribution to the Georgia film industry.

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Reynolds, who starred in the  1972 hit drama "Deliverance" and directed Georgia-filmed "Gator" (1976), will be making an appearance at 3 p.m. on Thursday, July 12, at Mathis City Auditorium to receive the key to the city, RKDS writer and producer Roy Kirkland told the Valdosta Daily Times.

According to Kirkland, Valdosta Mayor John Gayle plans to proclaim Thursday Burt Reynolds Day.

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The Hollywood superstar will be showing films “Smokey and the Bandit” (1977),“The Last Movie Star” (2017) and “Gator” (1976) at the festival. Attendees will also get a chance to enjoy 10 movies by seven filmmakers from across the country from July 12-14.

Tickets for the RKDS fest at Mathis City Auditorium can be purchased at rkdsfilmfest.com.

Ticketing options:

  • All Access VIP: $150
  • Screening Pass: $100
  • Thursday night special screening with Burt Reynolds and "Smokey and the Bandit": $25
  • Friday night special screening with Burt Reynolds and "Gator": $25
  • Saturday night special screening with Burt Reynolds and "The Last Movie Star": $25

More about the fest at valdostatimes.com.