The mission of the Way Down Film Society (WDFS) is to create a community of individuals who appreciate cinema and gather on a regular basis to watch and discuss the kinds of films that rarely screen in Columbus, Georgia. The WDFS is not a film appreciation class nor is it based on the idea that the members are an audience who should be lectured to during the meetings.

Our goal is to facilitate the friendly exchange of opinions and aide in the analysis of cinema as an art form. Member participation and a diversity of viewpoints are essential to the continued success of the WDFS. Art is inherently subjective, and everyone has their own personal aesthetic that determines their likes and dislikes. Through the sharing of these perspectives, we can expand our understanding and appreciation of the art form we love.

The WDFS meets the third Wednesday of every month (except for the month of December) at Troy University – Phenix City.  There is a meet-and-greet at 6 p.m. for film enthusiasts to share their latest cinematic discoveries with one another, and the official program begins at 6:30 p.m. 

Hope to see you at our next meeting.

Scott Phillips,
Founder, Way Down Film Society

Scott Phillips has served as the Q&A Moderator and Co-Programmer for WDFF since its inception. He holds a degree in print journalism from the University of Georgia and is currently a member of the Georgia Film Critics Association (GAFCA). His film reviews and essays have appeared online at, and, most recently, at He has been the film columnist for Columbus and the Valley Magazine since March 2016. Scott is the founder and host of the Way Down Film Society where he screens and discusses films every month with local cinema lovers.