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Original Thinkers Festival

The first-ever Original Thinkers Festival, launched by former Mountainfilm festival director, David Holbrooke, is built on the idea of original thinking of artists, speakers and films. The fest will be held at a single venue, and will be approximately 60 percent films and 40 percent speakers.

Holbrooke is being helped by Nancy Shafer, who created and operated the SXSW Film Festival for eight years before running the Tribeca Film Festival for 11 years. 

The 2018 event will feature Tony Award-winning actor Jeffrey Wright, journalist David Quammen, astronaut Joseph Tanner, southern photographer Jane Rule Burdine and many more. Click here for a full list of guests.

Featured films include "Earthrise" from director Emmanuel Vaughan Lee, "Freud vs. Jung" from director Andrew Khosravani, "Generation Wealth" from director Lauren Greenfield, "Girls Section" from director Kathryn Everett and many others. Please click here to see all of the films being featured throughout the weekend.

In addition to films and featured guests, there are also 10 big shows with films, speakers and a broad idea to get your brain thinking. Check out the 10 shows being featured in the inaugural fest!

The events kick off on Thursday, Oct. 4 and continue through Sunday, Oct. 7. Click here for a full schedule of events.