Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Big Movies in LIttle Town

Two blockbuster movies were filmed in St. Marys, Georgia this past year thanks to the effort of Coastal Georgia Film Alliance:

Dumbo and Doctor No.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

St. Marys Film Fest 2017

St. Marys FilmFest 2017

June 17 at 7 pm

Theatre by the Trax

Call 912-729-1103 to reserve tickets.

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Requiem The Man Who Wanted Too Much selected for film festivals

Requiem: The Man Who Wanted too Much, a Coastal Georgia Film Alliance project written and directed by Barbara Ryan, Director of Photography Brandon Herron, debuted at the Amelia Island Rendezvous Film Festival in June and has just been selected as an official feature at the Louisville International Film Festival.


Barbara Ryan, Publisher




Sunday, May 17, 2015

Film Debuts June 13





ST. MARYS, GA—Last summer, the Coastal Georgia Film Alliance (CGFA) created a film project as a fundraiser for their nonprofit organization and invited the public to participate as actors.


According to CGFA vice chair Barbara Ryan (who also wrote, produced, and directed the film), the funds raised were used to market the Coastal Georgia region to national and international filmmakers.


“The title of the film is ‘Requiem: The Man Who Wanted too Much’, and includes 17 roles that were filled by donors,” Ryan said. “Participants contributed $1,000 for the starring role, $500 each for two of the co-star roles, and $200 each for featured roles.”


Written by Ryan, the drama of the film centers around a high roller from Jersey who gets waylaid in St. Marys (where the entire film was shot) due to a yacht mechanical problem. While in St. Marys he discovers the “gold mine” he thinks residents are unaware of, plotting to buy up the whole town to turn it into a five-star gambling resort.


“There are sad parts, inspiring parts, and funny parts--a good mix of emotions evoked by a compelling storyline,” Ryan said. “The unique aspect of this film project is that the film was not written until after casting was complete, so the creative direction of the film was customized according to the composition of the cast--each member of the cast having a great influence on the film’s plot,” Ryan said.


At the beginning of the project, Ryan assured prospective participants just one thing—that the film would be of such a quality as to qualify for entry into at least one film festival.


“A film role could be a once-in-a-lifetime experience,” Ryan said. “And several roles were purchased as gifts.” One father purchased a role for his daughter because he thought it would enrich the daughter’s portfolio as she prepared for college.


“The word ‘Requiem’ in the title foreshadows the outcome for the man who wanted too much.” Ryan said.


“Requiem: The Man Who Wanted Too Much” is a 58-minute film that will make its festival debut on June 13 at 4:00 pm during Amelia Island’s Rendezvous Festival (June 5-13). The film will also be shown at the St. Augustine Film Festival, and Ryan is submitting to dozens of other festivals around the country.


For festival tickets, visit


The Coastal Georgia Film Alliance is a 501c3 nonprofit organization. For more information, visit or call 912-729-1103.






Barbara Ryan, Publisher




Monday, January 5, 2015

Great Adventure

Here's a great adventure for you!
FEBRUARY 14, 15, 21 & 22
ST. MARYS, GA-Last year's Wild West Express train excursions in St. Marys
were so popular, they're coming back again this year, but more true to
history with an added authentic 1930s steam locomotive.
On February 14, 15, 21 & 22, guests can experience the culture of Native
Americans during pioneer days at a special Indian Village set up on-premises
at the train station. Demonstrations of dance, food preparations,
blacksmithing and other cultural highlights will go on throughout the day
plus lasso and crack whip expositions by the cowboys.
Two SASS (Single Action Shooting Society) groups comprise the cowboys who
will board the train and regale passengers with tales of the Wild West.
At the Midway point, a re-enactment of the shootout at OK Corral will take
place with lots of action and gunfire.
The Wild West Steam Express is the first St. Marys Express excursions of
2015, and entertainment director Barbara Ryan said the Wild West theme was
brought back by popular demand.
"Due to an early sellout, a lot of people didn't get to experience the Wild
West adventure last year" Ryan said. "We've added two Sundays into our
schedule this year to help accommodate all the visitors from out of town."
Ryan said that 98% of the trains' ridership is from out of state.
"Local businesses see a good swell during train days," Ryan said. "And most
of the passengers have never been to St. Marys before; many vow to come back
and spend the night."
About the entertainment she said. "We've found that our passengers love to
be a part of all the excitement, so period-dressed characters will engage
them on many levels. Some of our cowboys performing in the shootout (with
blanks, of course) are champion sharpshooters who have won competitions all
over the country."
The Ok Corral adventure occurs at the train ride's midway point about 25
minutes into a ride through scenic woods and over picturesque marshlands.
"It feels like you've really left the area as you go back in time," Ryan
said. "Everybody yearns for simpler times of yesteryear. The Wild West Steam
Express is a nostalgic experience for some, and a novelty for many who have
never ridden a train. But for everyone, being on a train is simply a time to
relax and just live in the moment."
The Wild West Steam Express is the only authentic steam locomotive riding on
a live track in the entire state of Georgia.
On February 14, the train rides coincide with the acclaimed St. Marys Mardi
Gras Festival that starts with a parade at 10 a.m.
"The parade starts just a half block from the train station," Ryan said. "So
people can watch the parade, ride the train, then spend the rest of the day
at the festival."Trains depart from Theater by the Trax, 1000 Osborne Street
in St. Marys, at noon, 2 pm, and 4 pm on February 14, and at 10 a.m., noon,
2 p.m., and 4 p.m. on February 15, 21 & 22. Tickets must be purchased at, or by calling 912-200-5235. Groups of 10 or more
should call 912-729-1103 for a discount code.
Ryan advises early bookings because all previous excursions have sold out in
Launched in 2013, the St. Marys Express was created from an alliance between
St. Marys Railroad, St. Marys Little Theatre, and Theater by the Trax. The
2015 schedule includes the Wild West Steam Express, Peter Cottontail
Express, Pirates Express, America's Birthday Express, Halloween Express, and
Santa Express. Tickets for the Wild West Steam Express are $23 for adults
and $17 for children 3 to 12. Children 2 and under can ride free if riding
on laps.

Barbara Ryan, Publisher
St. Marys Magazine
511 Osborne Street
St. Marys, GA 31558

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Wednesday, November 5, 2014

FilmFest November 21

Authenticated props including the skull from “Pirates of the Caribbean” will be sold at the FilmFest.




ST. MARYS, GA—Film fans will be treated to a special screening of Mahmoud Shoulizadeh’s “The Debt” on November 21 at Theatre by the Trax in St. Marys, Georgia, as part of the Coastal Georgia Film Alliance 2nd Annual Micro FilmFest.  Shoulizadeh’s award-winning film about a soldier returning from battle only to face a more personal battle at home is an official selection of numerous national and international film festivals.  “Lost and Found,” produced by Woodbine Mayor Steve Parrott and “Requiem: The Man Who Wanted Too Much,” produced by Barbara Ryan, are also part of the evening’s lineup.


“Last year’s filmfest was such a success, we’ve decided to make it an annual event,” said Doug Vaught, Chair of Coastal Georgia Film Alliance (CGFA). “The extraordinary writing and acting talents of our area will be showcased during the evening, and cast members, producers, writers and directors of all the projects will be on hand to answer questions.”


All films to be shown at the FilmFest were filmed in Coastal Georgia.


As a prelude to the FilmFest, CGFA will host a special prop sale as they begin to liquidate the contents of the Film Museum to make way for a Railroad Museum under development at Theatre by the Trax that also serves as the Train Depot for the St. Marys Express.


“If you’re looking to get someone a holiday gift who’s hard to buy for, this would be a great opportunity,” Vaught said. “Among our authenticated props are the skull from ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’, the leg from ‘The Mummy’,a racing cap from ‘Sea Biscuit’, and the lollipop from ‘Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory’ plus lots more cool stuff.”


The Prop Sale begins at 6 pm, and films start at 7 pm on November 21. A $5 per person donation  is requested at the door.  For more information, call 912-729-1103.




Barbara Ryan, Publisher

St. Marys Magazine

511 Osborne Street

St. Marys, GA 31558



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Sunday, July 6, 2014

Be in the movies


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