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Saturday, October 8 • 12:20pm - 2:20pm
Midnight Return: The Story of Billy Hayes and Turkey

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D: Sally Sussman Morina | US/Turkey/United Kingdom | 99 min | English | SOUTHEAST REGION PREMIERE

Midnight Return explores the enduring and emotional power of film as seen through the lens of the blockbuster success, Midnight Express. When Billy Hayes, one of the most infamous names of his generation and on whom the picture is based, returns to Turkey thirty years after his daring escape from prison, he faces a country still haunted by the film. Turkey suffered tremendous economic and psychological damage as a result of Midnight Express and more than thirty years later they are still trying to escape the stigma.

Filmmaker and Special Guest Billy Hayes in attendance

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Billy Hayes

Festival Special Guest
 Billy Hayes has been writing, acting, and directing since the book he wrote about his experience in a Turkish prison, Midnight Express, was made into an Academy Award-winning film in 1978. Hayes has written the sequel books, Midnight Return, Letters From A Turkish Prison--1970-1975... Read More →

Saturday October 8, 2016 12:20pm - 2:20pm CDT
Arlington Hotel, Mountain Valley Spring Water Cinema 2