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Patterson Hood to host Benefit Guitar Pull for UGA’s Osborne Classic Film Festival

Patterson Hood to host Benefit Guitar Pull for UGA's Osborne Classic Film Festival

Athens, Ga. – Drive By Truckers’ Patterson Hood will host a Nashville-style songwriter-in-the-round performance at the 40 Watt Club in Athens on Wednesday, Feb. 24, at 10 p.m. to raise money in support of Robert Osborne’s Classic Film Festival.

All concert proceeds will support the sixth annual film festival, set for Thursday through Sunday, March 25-28, at the Classic Center in Athens.

Joining Hood on stage will be Don Chambers, Daniel Hutchens (Bloodkin), Dave Marr (Star Room Boys), William Tonks and David Barbe. John Neff and Brad Morgan will be providing backing for all.

Tickets are $10 in advance at and will be available at the door for $12 on the night of the performance. The 40 Watt Club is located at 285 W. Washington St., Athens.

Hood, of Drive By Truckers fame, has been hooked on the Osbornefest since the first festival in 2005 and offered to help raise awareness and funds for the non-profit event by arranging this concert. He said, “I’m a lifelong film fanatic. My hopes for the festival were high and they were exceeded. I really want to see this continue and grow.”

Osborne, the primetime host of Turner Classic Movies and columnist for The Hollywood Reporter,chooses eight classic films each year. The 2010 line up includes The Godfather Part 2, The Wizard of Oz, Double Indemnity, Steamboat Bill Jr., All About Eve, To Catch a Thief, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid and a midnight showing of The Shining.

For the four-day festival in March, the 2,000-seat Classic Center theatre will be transformed into a world-class movie palace with the installation of a motion picture screen and state-of-the-art 35mm projection and sound systems. Most prints will be pristine archival 35mm prints.

In addition, the festival will feature panel discussions hosted by Osborne. Panelists will include University of Georgia scholars, festival guests, artists, critics and others. The panel topics will relate to the classic festival films and their various influences. The panel discussions will be free and open to the public.

Robert Osborne’s Classic Film Festival is an annual non-profit event of the University of Georgia Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication. For more information,

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