Less than two weeks away, the 38th edition of the Atlanta Film Festival is surely the most exciting yet. The lineup is striking—composed of previous festival hits and world premieres, international narratives and documentaries on a myriad of subjects. Cannes, Sundance, SXSW and Toronto all send their greatest hits of the past few months, but plenty of new local fare and standout docs from the Savannah Film Festival and Macon Film Festival ("Mayan Blue" [Savannah], "Brothers Hypnotic" [Savannah & Macon], "A Fragile Trust" [Macon]) dot the lineup as well.
Local feature titles include narratives "A is for Alex" and "The Unwanted" as well as documentaries "Limo Ride" and "Mayan Blue." Georgia-connected filmmakers share films like "Beside Still Waters" and "Bayou Maharajah" and a host of Georgia set, shot and connected short films feature in several different blocks.
The Atlanta Film Festival has worked very hard in recent years to clarify its voice and put on an organized, polished presentation. It has continued to grow and mature, leading up its 40th birthday in 2016, a feat that few festivals can boast—many likely never reaching that far.
You can bet that Reel Georgia will feature plenty of coverage of this very promising edition of the Grande Dame of Georgia's festival circuit. Look forward to a massive 'What to see,' Georgia film spotlights, red carpet interviews and reviews in the coming weeks. For now, check out the complete lineup!
OPENING NIGHT PRESENTATION
directed by David Gordon Green USA, 2014, English, 114 minutes
A gripping mix of friendship, violence and redemption erupts in the contemporary South in "Joe," directed by David Gordon Green. "Joe" brings Academy Award® winner Nicolas Cage back to his indie roots in the title role as the hard-living, hot-tempered, ex-con Joe Ransom, who is just trying to dodge his instincts for trouble—until he meets a hard-luck kid played by Tye Sheridan (“Mud,” “The Tree of Life”), who awakens in him a fierce and tender-hearted protector. With a screenplay by Gary Hawkins, “Joe” is based on the novel by the late Larry Brown (“Big Bad Love,” “Facing the Moon”), the former Mississippi firefighter renowned for his powerful, gothic storytelling and universal themes of honor, desperation and moral rectitude.
CLOSING NIGHT PRESENTATION
directed by Richard Ayoade UK, 2013, English, 93 minutes
Simon James is a ghost. Friends, family, and coworkers meet his every action with complete indifference. He grimly goes through the motions, hoping for recognition that never comes. All of this changes when James Simon arrives. Physically, James and Simon are dead ringers. Yet in temperament, James is everything Simon is not: personable, spontaneous, assertive and desirable. When James begins to take over Simon’s life, he is forced to act. Jesse Eisenberg’s fantastic double performance is bolstered by a cast of seasoned character actors who bring Simon James’s gloomy retro world to life. Directed with a deftly comic hand and assured visual technique by Richard Ayoade, "The Double" is a stylish black comedy with acerbic wit to spare.
directed by Tommy Oliver USA, 2013, English, 90 minutes
Set in Philadelphia at the very onset of the crack cocaine epidemic, "1982" tells the story of a black father dealing with his wife's addiction and his efforts to shield his 10-year old daughter from the ill effects of having a drug addicted mother. Inspired by true events, "1982" is about a father who's willing to do whatever it takes to protect his family.
directed by Juli Jackson USA, 2013, English, 97 minutes
Charlie Clark is a struggling artist who seeks a connection between her artwork and her deceased father’s music. Out of her element in Memphis, Charlie meets Louie Traxler, a record store owner and an obsessive collector who sees a chance to do what he does best. The two of them scour the South in search of an elusive copy of her father’s only 45RPM record.
A is for Alex
directed by Alex Orr USA, 2014, English, 74 minutes
"A is for Alex" is the story of unconventional inventor/filmmaker, Alex Orr. Struggling with life's daily challenges, Alex seeks support from his business partner, Daniel. As his once-revolutionary invention crashes and burns—literally—he must also cope with the impending birth of his son, his mother's imprisonment for child pornography, and the complications of shooting a film. When you have a new child coming into the world, A is for ANXIETY.
B for Boy
directed by Chika Anadu Nigeria, 2013, Ibo, 118 minutes
Thirty-nine-year-old Amaka has the best of all worlds in modern Nigeria, with a loving husband, fulfilling job, bright daughter and another child on the way. Her husband’s mother, Mama, is determined that the child will be a boy and carry on the family name. If she doesn’t deliver, Mama is not beyond having her replaced with a second, younger wife. Fate is only about to increase the pressure on Amaka, with tragic developments that change everything. How far is she willing to go to protect her family? An unbearably tense and involving tale.
directed by Amma Asante UK, 2013, English, 105 minutes
Based on the life of historical figure Dido Elizabeth Belle, “Belle” tells the story of the mixed–race daughter of a British Naval officer and an African woman. Raised by her aristocratic great-uncle Lord Mansfield and his wife, Belle's lineage affords her certain privileges, yet the color of her skin prevents her from fully participating in the traditions of her social standing. Left to wonder if she will ever find love, Dido meets John Davinier, a young lawyer and apprentice of Lord Mansfield. John and Dido’s meeting is the beginning of a love story that catapults Dido onto a path of self-discovery.
Beside Still Waters - Spotlight Film
directed by Chris Lowell USA, 2013, English, 76 minutes
When Daniel Thatcher's parents died in a car accident, none of his friends came to the funeral. Now he's losing the family home. The weekend before he has to move out, Daniel hosts a memorial celebration and insists that his friends attend. Daniel also invites his ex-girlfriend, Olivia, to the house, with the hopes of rekindling their old romance.
Bob Birdnow's Remarkable Tale of Human Survival and the Transcendence of Self
directed by Eric Steele USA, 2013, English, 74 minutes
Two old friends reunite at a Sales conference in Dubuque, Iowa where Bob, a reluctant motivational speaker, shares a personal story with the conference attendees who work for Jerry. The story takes an unexpected path when Bob—a one armed, one legged ex-pilot—reminisces about the event that forever changed him and his relationship with Jerry. Bob Birdnow’s plight reminds us that pain and tragedy light the way to salvation and that the darkest of times are an opportunity for clarity.
directed by Inês Oliveira Portugal, 2013, Portuguese, 80 minutes
Two Lisbon women, a privileged architectural illustrator and a cheerful housekeeper from the city’s Guinean community, join together to save a young Guinean girl from ritual genital mutilation. "Bobô" is a sensitive and intimate look at both the cultural and personal implications of long-held traditions.
directed by Bill Plympton USA, 2013, English, 76 minutes
In a fateful bumper car collision, Jake and Ella meet and become the most loving couple in the long history of romance. But when a scheming 'other' woman drives a wedge of jealousy into their perfect courtship, insecurity and hatred spell out an untimely fate. With only the help of a disgraced magician and his forbidden 'soul machine,' Ella takes the form of Jake's numerous lovers, desperately fighting through the malfunction and deceit as they try to reclaim their destiny.
directed by Ari Folman France/Israel, 2013, English, 122 minutes
Robin Wright, playing a washed-up future version of herself, receives an unusual offer from Mirramount Studios. They would like to scan her entire being into their computers and purchase ownership of her image for an astronomical fee. Now that her digital image is secure, Wright goes on to be an ageless movie star for years to come. "The Congress" is both bizarre and enchanting, a kaleidoscopic mix of live-action and animation.
directed by Richard Shepard UK, 2013, English, 93 minutes
After spending 12 years in prison for keeping his mouth shut, notorious safecracker Dom Hemingway is back on the streets of London looking to collect what he is owed. Traveling with his devoted best friend Dickie, Dom visits his crime boss, Mr. Fontaine, in the south of France to claim his reward. After a near death experience, Dom tries to re-connect with his estranged daughter but is soon drawn back into the only world he knows, looking to settle the ultimate debt.
directed by Molly Green & James Leffler USA, 2013, English, 88 minutes
On their road trip to Phoenix, neighbors Pete and Sophie jokingly decide to get married but actually develop unspoken feelings for one another. Things get complicated when Pete’s sister Jess gets a drifter to agree to perform the wedding. Confused and under pressure, Sophie returns home unsure of what the two will become. It is left up to Jess to get her brother to say all the things he has been holding in.
The Foxy Merkins
directed by Madeleine Olnek USA, 2013, Language, 90 minutes
Margaret is a down-on-her-luck, lesbian hooker in training. She meets Jo—a beautiful, self-assured grifter from a wealthy family and an expert on picking up women—even as she considers herself a card-carrying heterosexual. The duo hits the streets where they encounter bargain-hunting housewives, double-dealing conservative women, husky-voiced seductresses, mumbling erotic accessory salesmen and shopaholic swingers. Navigating the bizarre fetishes and sexual needs of their “dates” brings into focus the hilarious and pathetic disparity between the two hookers, as fellow travelers who will share the road together, but only for a while.
directed by Vincenzo Cosentino Italy, 2013, English, 83 minutes
More of a one-HAND-show than a one-MAN-show, "Handy" is the first feature film about the life of a hand. After a lifetime spent as the primary tool for a bad writer, Handy decides to detach from the human body in order to prove that a stand alone hand can be the best writer ever. Unfortunately, Handy's detachment has ramifications for all other hands worldwide.
I Believe in Unicorns
directed by Leah Meyerhoff USA, 2014, English, 80 minutes
Davina is an imaginative and strong-willed teenage girl who escapes often into a beautifully twisted fantasy life. Having grown up quickly as the sole caretaker of her disabled mother, she looks for salvation in a new relationship with an older boy. She is swept into a whirlwind of romance and adventure, until the volatile side of his personality begins to emerge. “I Believe in Unicorns” takes us on a road trip through the stunning and complex landscape of troubled young love.
Locke - Centerpiece Film
directed by Steven Knight UK/USA, 2013, English, 85 minutes
Ivan Locke has worked diligently to craft the life he has envisioned, dedicating himself to the job that he loves and the family he adores. On the eve of the biggest challenge of his career, Ivan receives a phone call that sets in motion a series of events that will unravel his family, job, and soul. Taking place entirely over the course of one absolutely riveting car ride, “Locke” is an exploration of how one decision can lead to the complete collapse of a life.
directed by Ragnar Bragason Iceland, 2013, Icelandic, 97 minutes
Hera Karlsdottir is born on the cowshed floor at her parents farm in rural Iceland in 1970, right as Black Sabbath record their first album and signal the start of heavy metal. Years later, Hera finds solace in the music after her older brother's tragic death. Rebellious and dreaming of a rock-star future, she is forced to grow up and make some tough choices when her childhood friend returns intent on marrying her and a young priest moves into the quiet farming community.
Nothing Bad Can Happen
directed by Katrin Gebbe Germany, 2013, German, 110 minutes
Young Tore belongs to the Jesus Freaks, a Christian punk movement rebelling against established religion while simultaneously following Jesus' precepts of love. One day, in what appears to be a miracle, Tore manages to repair a car which has broken down and gets to know the driver, Benno. Before long, Tore moves into a tent in Benno’s garden and gradually becomes part of his family. But Benno can’t resist playing cruel game, designed to test Tore’s faith. As the violence becomes more and more extreme, Tore’s capacity for love is pushed to its limits.
Obvious Child - Spotlight Film
directed by Gillian Robespierre USA, 2014, English, 83 minutes
Donna Stern is a 27-year-old Brooklyn comedian whose unapologetically lewd, warmhearted wit is pretty irresistible with audiences. When she gets heartlessly 'dumped up with' by her two-timing boyfriend, Donna plunges into some light stalking and heavy moping. Hitting a serious low point, she performs a dreary set of break-up vengeance and Holocaust jokes and drunkenly falls into bed with a nice young professional named Max—not remotely her type. A few weeks later, condoms be damned, she’s pregnant. As her date with Planned Parenthood draws near, she must confront her doubts and fears like never before.
The Raid 2 - Spotlight Film
directed by Gareth Evans Indonesia, 2013, Indonesian, 148 minutes
Immediately following the events of the original, “The Raid 2” tracks Officer Rama as he is pressured to join an anti-corruption task force to guarantee protection for his wife and child. His mission is to get close to a new mob boss, Bangun, by befriending his incarcerated son, Uco. Rama must hunt for information linking Bangun with corruption in the Jakarta Police Department while pursuing a dangerous and personal vendetta that threatens to consume him and bring his mission—and the organized crime syndicate—down around him.
The Right Juice
directed by Kristjan Knigge Portugal, 2014, English, 93 minutes
When a young English banker leaves everything behind to start an orange plantation, his plans change when he ends up striking oil. Oliver Fellows is pursuing fulfillment on an old farm in Southern Portugal. When Oliver discovers the land is barren for reasons that are more sinister than appear at first glance, he and his neighbor Manel face unprincipled enemies in an amusing quest to save the valley from exploitation.
The Sacrament - Spotlight Film
directed by Ti West USA, 2013, English, 95 minutes
From acclaimed writer/director Ti West, “The Sacrament” follows two Vice media correspondents as they set out to document their friend's search to find his missing sister. They travel outside of the United States to an undisclosed location where they are welcomed into the world of 'Eden Parish,' a self-sustained rural utopia comprised of nearly 200 members. At the center of this small, religious, socialist community is a mysterious leader known only as 'Father.' As their friend reunites with his sister, it becomes apparent to the newcomers that this paradise may not be as it seems. What started as just another documentary shoot soon becomes a race to escape with their lives.
directed by Noah Harald USA, 2013, English, 76 minutes
Setting aside ancient history and tense relationships, a group of friends reunite for the wedding of Tommy and Anna. As the night unfolds, old offenses and fresh scandals plunge the group back into a pool of high-school drama. Filmed in just three days, the dialogue of “Speak Now” was completely improvised by the actors.
The Sublime and Beautiful
directed by Blake Robbins USA, 2014, English, 86 minutes
The superficially perfect life that David Conrad had taken for granted collides with unexpected tragedy on a Midwestern winter’s night. His foundations shaken apart, David descends into depression, guilt, and an obsession with the stranger he holds responsible. Can David pull himself out of this spiral before he pushes away everything he has left? Writer/director Blake Robbins explores the emotional impact of shattering loss, and the struggle of the survivors left in its wake.
directed by Bret Wood USA, 2014, English, 95 minutes
Carmilla comes to a rural town where her mother mysteriously disappeared years earlier. She is aided in her quest by an emotionally troubled local girl, with whom she becomes romantically involved. Their relationship ignites the wrath of the girl's father, who holds the key to the dreadful truth Carmilla is seeking. Inspired by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu's famed Gothic novella.
We Gotta Get Out of This Place
directed by Simon Hawkins & Zeke Hawkins USA, 2013, English, 91 minutes
With only three weeks left until his two best friends leave for college, Billy Joe robs his cotton farmer boss, Giff, in order to pay for one last blow-out weekend in Corpus Christi, Texas. Arriving home from the weekend, the teens find the consequences of Billy Joe’s actions brutal. Now Billy Joe, Bobby and Sue will be taken on a ride that will test love, heartbreak, trust and crossing that permanent line from adolescence into adulthood.
directed by José Luis Valle Mexico, 2013, Spanish, 120 minutes
After a whole life of work in Tijuana, Rafael and Lidia are victims of injustice against their rights and dignity. Although Rafael has been a diligent and reliable worker, as an illegal immigrant to Tijuana from El Salvador, he has no right to expect a retirement pension due to a paperwork mistake. Lidia is one of seven workers keeping house for a rich Mexican woman in a wheelchair who has dedicated her life to her dog. When Lidia finds out that her employer's will leaves the entire estate to the dog, she begins to think about what it means to have a dog as an employer. The film paints an affecting picture of the division of labor in today’s seemingly egalitarian society.
DOCUMENTARY FEATURES PRESENTED BY PIVOT
2 Men and a Wedding
directed by Sara Blecher South Africa, 2012, English, 51 minutes
Across Africa, attitudes have recently hardened towards gay people, encouraged largely by US-based Christian evangelical groups. In countries such as Burundi, Sudan, Nigeria and Uganda, homosexuality is a criminal offense—even punishable by death in some countries. “Two Men and a Wedding” focuses on Steven and Tiwonge, two gay lovers whose public engagement ceremony in Blantyre, Malawi at the end of 2009 resulted in them being sentenced to 14 years in prison. This is a story that examines the implications of being gay in Africa and two men’s fight for their human rights and dignity.
15 to Life: Kenneth's Story
directed by Nadine Pequeneza Canada, 2014, English, 83 minutes
Kenneth Young, the product of a drug-infested community, is seeking a second chance at life in one of the most punitive states in the country. Until 2010, Kenneth believed he would die in a Florida prison. The U.S. Supreme Court's banning of mandatory life sentences for juveniles has impacted more than 2,300 inmates who were sentenced as children. Kenneth now has a chance to prove his rehabilitation through a powerful testament of a child’s remarkable capacity for change.
directed by Ted Roach USA, 2013, English/Spanish, 80 minutes
Family man Miguel Cortes could be forced to leave the country in four months as a result of his immigration status. In exchange for Miguel agreeing to leave the country voluntarily—and paying a $5,000 bond—the judge offers him 120 days to get his affairs in order before leaving his wife and two daughters in the United States to continue their education. Miguel has 120 Days to work hard, save money and weigh his options about returning to Mexico alone, or risk changing his name and disappearing back into another U.S. city illegally with his family.
Above All Else
directed by John Fiege USA, 2013, English, 94 minutes
One man will risk it all to stop the tar sands of the Keystone XL oil pipeline from crossing his land. Shot in the forests, pastures and living rooms of rural East Texas, "Above All Else" follows David Daniel as he rallies neighbors and environmental activists to join him in a final act of brinkmanship—a tree-top blockade of the controversial pipeline. What begins as a stand against corporate bullying becomes a rallying cry for climate protesters nationwide.
Bayou Maharajah: The Tragic Genius of James Booker
directed by Lily Keber USA, 2013, English, 90 minutes
Dr. John described James Booker as 'the best black, gay, one-eyed junkie piano genius New Orleans has ever produced.' Booker was an unparalleled musician whose eccentricities and showmanship belied a life of struggle and isolation. Triply-marginalized by his race, sexuality and physical disability, he still managed to excel as a musician in New Orleans and Europe in the turbulent 1960-70s, fusing secular, sacred, pop and classical traditions in breathtaking new ways. A brilliant stylist of soaring imagination, Booker personified the agony of genius in a time of paradigmatic change.
directed by Reuben Atlas USA, 2013, English, 87 minutes
For the eight young men in the Hypnotic Brass Ensemble, 'brotherhood' is literal. They are all sons of anti-establishment Chicago jazz musician, Phil Cohran. Their parents raised them on a strict diet of jazz, funk and Black Consciousness. Now grown, as they raise eight brass bells to the sky—whether playing in the streets of New York City, collaborating with Mos Def or Prince, or wowing Atlantic records—they find the values their father bred into them constantly tested. They must decide whether their fathers' principles really are their own.
directed by Saffron Cassaday Canada, 2013, English, 75 minutes
Proving that you’re never too old to learn something new, “Cyber-Seniors” is a comedic documentary that follows a group of initially reluctant seniors as they discover the wonders of the world-wide-web with the help of their teenage mentors. Their exploration of cyber-space is catapulted to a whole new level when 89 year-old Shura decides to create a YouTube tutorial. This inspires a lively competition where hidden talents and competitive spirits are revealed.
directed by Laura Waters Hinson & Kasey Kirby USA, 2013, English, 75 minutes
After losing his job in 2009, Coite Manuel sets off to build his dream business with the help of two unlikely women—Deane, his harp-playing aunt, and Siyone, an East African hotdog vendor and single mother of four. Staking his meager life savings on a vision to revive Washington, D.C.'s dwindling hotdog vending community, Coite faces bewildering challenges—from hostile city regulations and an entrenched local monopoly to the sudden popularity of food trucks. Filmed over the course of four years, "Dog Days" journeys to a world where the top dogs of big business meet the underdogs of street food in a comically serious caper about the promise and struggle of the American Dream.
directed by Beth B USA, 2013, English, 77 minutes
Profiling eight women and men who use their nakedness to transport us beyond the last sexual and social taboos that our society holds dear, "Exposed" allows us to look down on our myriad inhibitions. These cutting edge performers—operating on the far edge of burlesque—combine politics, satire and physical comedy to question the very concept of 'normal.' From a unique perspective, "Exposed" takes the audience into the clubs and other hidden spaces where 'new burlesque' is challenging traditional notions of body, gender and sexuality.
directed by James Moll USA, 2014, English, 70 minutes
Most Americans have never stepped foot on a farm or ranch or even talked to the people who grow and raise the food we eat. “Farmland” takes an intimate look at the lives of farmers and ranchers in their twenties, all of whom are now responsible for running their farming business. Learn about their high- risk/high reward jobs and passion for a way of life that has been passed down from generation to generation, yet continues to evolve.
A Fragile Trust
directed by Samantha Grant USA, 2013, English, 77 minutes
Jayson Blair is the most infamous serial plagiarist of our time. In 2003, he unleashed a massive scandal that rocked the New York Times and the entire world of journalism. "A Fragile Trust" is the first film to tell the whole sordid story of the scandal while exploring the deeper themes of power, ethics, representation, race and accountability in the mainstream media.
Getting to The Nutcracker
directed by Serene Meshel-Dillman USA, 2013, English, 98 minutes
Every Christmas season, The Nutcracker Ballet is performed in cities all over the world. What does it really take to produce this ballet each year? "Getting to The Nutcracker" takes you inside the Herculean effort involved in gathering the resources, assembling the volunteers, casting the dancers, rehearsing and staging the performances of this classic ballet. Los Angeles' Marat Daukayev School of Ballet takes you behind the curtains to witness countless hours of auditions and the rigorous hours of rehearsals. The film follows dancers from ages three to eighteen, shining a light on the incredible sacrifices of time and money they make just so that they may dance.
Hank: Five Years From the Brink
directed by Joe Berlinger USA, 2013, English, 85 minutes
As Treasury Secretary, Hank Paulson was tasked with preventing a collapse of the global economy during the financial crisis of 2008. In "Hank: Five Years from the Brink," he tells Academy Award- nominated director Joe Berlinger a riveting story of leadership under unimaginable pressure, explaining how he strategized and improvised to persuade banks, Congress and Presidential candidates to sign off on nearly $1 trillion in bailouts—a move even he found morally reprehensible.
directed by Gideon C. Kennedy & Marcus Rosentrater USA, 2013, English, 74 minutes
When a group of friends hired a limousine to take them to the beach for their annual New Years rite of passage, the last thing they expected was to find themselves kidnapped, stripped, stranded and left for dead on a dirt road 24 hours later, fighting to survive. A true tale told by those who lived it, these ten Southern raconteurs are as practiced in spinning great yarns as they are in hard living. By combining the narration of the actual participants with feature-length re-enactment, "Limo Ride" transforms the greatest bar story ever told into a wild, experimental docu-comedy.
directed by Crystal McCrary Anthony USA, 2013, English, 78 minutes
Exploring the bonds created through basketball, "Little Ballers" follows four 11-year-old boys and their legendary basketball coach as they set out to win an AAU National Championship. For these young men, basketball is a positive outlet to their harsh reality of poverty and gang violence. Their influential coach becomes a father figure, offering them the hope of getting an education and living the American dream. NBA players such as Steve Nash, Carmelo Anthony, Joakim Noah and Amar’e Stoudemire share their stories of playing youth basketball that mirror the lives of the Little Ballers.
directed by Laura Checkoway USA, 2013, English, 70 minutes
Lucky Torres grew up as an orphan in a system that made her feel like a nobody, but she has big dreams of becoming somebody. Masked in tattoos, we find her in her twenties, moving from shelter to shelter, struggling to provide for herself and her young son. With her sister Fantasy as her biggest ally, Lucky survives in a merciless city. We follow her daily grind, meeting various friends and girlfriends along the way. We learn about Lucky's contradictions and how she teeters on a tightrope between dreams and despair.
directed by Rafael Garcia USA, 2013, English/Spanish, 83 minutes
In an expedition deep beneath the waters of Guatemala's Lake Atitlán, "Mayan Blue" chronicles the discovery and investigation of the 2000-year-old city of Samabaj. While carefully studying these ruins, the film also explores the Maya view of the cosmos and their ancient mythologies. The findings reveal a catastrophe the likes of which the Maya could never have imagined, reshaping everything they believed about the earth and the origins of their underworld.
Misfire: The Rise and Fall of The Shooting Gallery
directed by Whitney Ransick USA, 2013, English, 79 minutes
In 1991, a group of young filmmakers banded together to make films and found great success producing Billy Bob Thornton's Academy Award winning “Sling Blade.” But the company's success came at a cost and it eventually collapsed under massive debt and questionable business practices. “Misfire” is a story of passion, hubris and missed opportunity, where the question of 'what happened' is asked not just of the company, but independent film itself.
One: A Story of Love and Equality
directed by Becca Roth USA, 2014, English, 102 minutes
In the wake of the legalization of gay marriage in her home state of New York, Becca—a young lesbian filmmaker—is plagued by the fact that the majority of the states in America currently have constitutional amendments banning gay marriage, including every single state in The South—except one. When she finds out that residents in North Carolina are gearing up to vote for one of the most restrictive marriage amendments in the country—Amendment One—she and her girlfriend, Melina, travel to North Carolina in the two months leading up to the vote, to try to understand people's stories and attempt to build bridges.
Queens & Cowboys: A Straight Year on the Gay Rodeo
directed by Matt Livadary USA, 2014, English, 92 minutes
Roping and riding across North America for the past 30 years, the IGRA’s courageous cowboys and cowgirls brave challenges both in and out of the arena on their quest to qualify for the World Finals at the end of the season. Along the way, they’ll bust every stereotype in the book. More than just cowboys and rodeos—the film exposes the world to the unsung LGBT community of both the old and new west. Examining where our country currently stands on the issue of gay rights, this uniquely American subject will explore how far we’ve come, and what challenges we still have ahead.
The Road to Fame
directed by Hao Wu China, 2013, Chinese, 80 minutes
Spotlighting China's first official collaboration with Broadway, "The Road to Fame" chronicles the staging of the American musical 'Fame' by the graduating class at China's top drama academy. Five students of diverse personalities and family backgrounds compete for roles, all while struggling to prepare to graduate into China’s reality of income inequality and rampant corruption. As part of China’s single-child generation, the students are compelled to carry on the failed dreams of their parents. Often confused by the conflicting cultural values shaping China today, they must confront their anxieties about an uncertain future and find their own paths to success.
The Road to Livingston
directed by Erik Mauck USA, 2013, English, 86 minutes
Thrust into circumstances she did not choose, Delia Perez Meyer is introduced to a vast community surrounding the prison system in Texas. Her brother, Louis, was convicted of triple murder in 1999 and is currently on death row in Livingston. Since his incarceration, Delia has fought for his innocence, while also taking up the larger issue of the death penalty. Her story is one of sacrifice, endurance and loyalty as she continues to support her brother, and the many others she meets along the road to Livingston.
Through A Lens Darkly: Black Photographers and the Emergence of a People
directed by Thomas Allen Harris USA, 2013, English, 90 minutes
Poetically moving between the past and the present, “Through a Lens Darkly” explores ideas around family, community, race and culture through African American representation and how contemporary Black artists use this material as inspiration in their visual storytelling. The film begins with the filmmaker’s consideration of conflicting legacies regarding his humanity and self-worth as an African American. He assembles a community of leading photographers and artists—including Carrie Mae Weems, Lorna Simpson, Anthony Barboza, Hank Willis Thomas, Lyle Ashton Harris and Glenn Ligon, among others—who together shake up the familiar foundations of the images that have shaped the popular culture’s view of what 'Blackness' is and who 'Black people' are.
directed by Michael Kleiman USA, 2013, English/Spanish, 85 minutes
For 10 months, Michael Kleiman lived with families in small villages in Peru's Andes Mountains and the Amazon Jungle as children there experienced the internet for the first time. "Web" documents how the children and their families used the new technologies, as well as the inevitable complications that arise from digital connections. "Web" considers the incredible potential born out of technological connection—including new possibilities for dialogue, cultural exchange and collaboration while also considering what is lost in the process.
A Will for the Woods
directed by Amy Browne, Jeremy Kaplan, Tony Hale, Brian Wilson USA, 2013, English, 93 minutes
Musician, folk dancer and psychiatrist Clark Wang battles lymphoma while facing a potentially imminent need for funeral plans. Determined that his last act will not harm the environment—and, hopefully, help protect it—Clark has discovered the movement to further sustainable funerals that conserve natural areas. "A Will for the Woods" is an immersive, life-affirming depiction of people coming to terms with mortality by embracing their connection to timeless natural cycles.
The Winding Stream
directed by Beth Harrington USA, 2014, English, 90 minutes
A music history documentary-in-progress, “The Winding Stream” tells the story of the American roots music dynasty at the very heart of country music. Starting with the original Carter Family—A.P., Sara and Maybelle—the film traces the ebb and flow of their influence as three of the earliest stars of country music. No one has yet pulled together all the elements of this rich history in one documentary. Honoring this multi-generational family, from the early days, on through the rise of Johnny and June Carter Cash and to where it stands now—“The Winding Stream” starts at the headwaters of American roots music.
The Scarecrow - Limbert Fabian, Brandon Oldenburg – USA – 3:33
Chipotle’s “The Scarecrow” is designed to help educate people about the world of industrial food production that supplies much of what they eat. The film is set in a dystopian fantasy world where all food production is controlled by fictional industrial giant Crow Foods.
Strange Wonderful - Stephanie Swart – USA – 4:18
Little monster goes to school that day. She thinks, 'They probably call me snail face when I'm not around.' Sometimes she gets lonely, but she can be happy too.
Confusion Through Sand – Danny Madden – USA - 12:00
A nineteen year old kid finds himself alone in a hostile desert, scared as hell and trained to react.
The Magnificent Lion Boy - Ana Caro – UK - 11:24
Whilst leading an expedition to Africa, anthropologist Leonard Orlov discovers a feral child living a brutal and primitive existence. Horrified, he brings the creature back to Victorian London, intent on civilizing the child.
Crime - Alix Lambert, Sam Chou – USA/Canada – 4:26
When Hartford teacher Marcus McGhee has his car stolen, the police refuse to assist him.
Fingers Tale - Luca Schenato, Sinem Vardarli – Turkey – 4:06
An unusual adventure of a team of toes.
Dji. Death Fails - Dmitri Voloshin – Moldova – 4:56
Dji is an unlucky reaper. All he has to do is collect the soul of a dying man, but many obstacles prevent him from completing this simple process.
Snowdysseus - Evan Curtis – USA – 5:36
“Snowdysseus” explores the vulnerability in nostalgia for one's home.
The Wanderer of Saint-Marcel - Rony Hotin – France – 8:00
In the Parisian subway, a happy homeless in spite of his conditions. Every night, after the closure of its station, its dreams take life
Monkey Rag - Joanna Davidovich – USA – 3:45
A bouncy, animated romp set to the rollicking Asylum Street Spankers tune.
Olive - Harriet-Lane Ngo – USA – 3:04
Olive finds herself lost in the woods. When she sees a tree in the clearing, she attempts to climb it.
Rabbit and Deer - Péter Vácz – Hungary - 16:15
The friendship of Rabbit and Deer is put to the test by Deer's new obsession to find the formula for the 3rd dimension.
Chema García Ibarra Retrospective
The Attack of the Robots from Nebula 5 - Chema García Ibarra - Spain – 6:26
Almost everybody is going to die very soon. Fortunately for some, the impending attack of the robots has been forecasted.
Protoparticles - Chema García Ibarra – Spain - 7:30
The experiment was almost a success: protomatter exists.
Mystery - Chema García Ibarra – Spain – 11:00
They say that if you put your ear to the back of his neck, you can hear the Virgin talk.
Melon Head - Andy Fortenbacher – USA - 13:53
The only way to a woman's heart is to scare the HELL out of her!
Stay at Home - Cedar Daniels – USA - 13:56
A comedy about finding the balance between one's career, one's family and one's high powered, bolt-action sniper rifle.
This is it - Alexander Engel – USA - 3:00
Two college kids. First apartment. Shit gets real. Fast.
Housesitter - Rex New, Thia Schuessler – USA - 12:15
When bored housesitter Amy is taken hostage by a wanted fugitive, she welcomes the company with open arms.
Slash - Clay Liford – USA - 9:15
A 13-year-old boy writes Harry Potter erotic fan fiction as a means to become comfortable with his sexuality.
Human Resources: Sick Days Aren't A Game - Jeff Barry – USA - 10:40
The reign of Kendra Kurtis, Shen Com's respected and feared Director of HR, may be over when her assistant, Perry, is charged with the task of her termination. But how do you take down the queen who hired half the company and made you who you are?
How you doin' boy? Voicemails from Gran'pa - William D. Caballero – USA – 4:00
A character- driven hybrid short film about pint-sized elderly Latino Gran'pa leaving a series of humorous unanswered voice-mails for his grandson Davy.
Nile Perch - Josh Gibson – Uganda/USA – 17:00
A man and a fish on Lake Victoria in Uganda. This hand-made black and white film is a meditation on the economic impact of an invasive species as well as a parable about the effects of globalization and colonialism on Africa.
Scattered - Lindsay Lindenbaum – USA - 26:00
“Scattered” takes an unflinching look at the filmmaker's late father—a man who was fixated on documenting his life on film—and unravels the story he tried to create with his camera, to reveal the story that actually was.
Por Dinero - Brendan Smyth, Jeremy Smyth – Mexico/USA - 31:00
Quotes from an ancient Mayan hero tie together the life of an undocumented Mexican, his indigenous family, and their dying language in this experimental documentary.
empathia - Cali Berry – USA - 4:35
Troubled by matters of her past, filmmaker Cali Berry reflects on her relationship with her mother as she considers forgiveness and her own intimate relationships.
Thomas Bennett - Nathan Honnold – USA - 9:40
An Intimate portrait of my friend Thomas, who lives on the fringes of society. Every week he gets a check from the state of Georgia for $30, and he spends his allowance buying costume jewelry, war medals, and trophies.
Animals - Alexander Yan – USA - 11:43
A repressed young woman finds power in an act of deviance.
Little Secret - Martin Krejci - Czech Republic - 20:00
We've all covered things up, but what happens when the consequences begin to snowball, and every minute it becomes harder and harder to take back the lie?
Annalyn - Maria Eriksson – Sweden - 30:00
Agnes is bored. She wants a new life, although loyalty towards her lonely father and hard working girlfriend binds her. But when her father presents his new wife, Annalyn, to her, everything changes in ways no one thought possible.
216 Months - Valentin Potier, Frédéric Potier – France - 25:00
Nothing is comparable to the success of Maureen, the ventriloquist singer, except her belly: it is simply outrageous. But a shadow is hanging over her career and that of her manager husband's. The entrancing voice that comes out of Maureen's insides has a name: Charles. He will soon be 18, the rebellious age, and he has one sole objective in life: to be born.
The Bravest, The Boldest - Moon Molson – USA - 17:00
A woman wanders her apartment building avoiding the two Army Casualty Notification Officers who have obviously come there to bring her some bad news.
Butter Lamp - Hu Wei – China/France - 15:00
A young photographer and his assistant suggest to Tibetan nomads to take their picture.
5cm - Jordan Schiele – China - 19:00
A dancer from the National Ballet of China is wasting the best years of his life. Repeatedly overlooked in favor of his rival/friend, he struggles to dominate the stage in one last chance to impress a foreign director who has the power to change his life.
Mystery - Chema García Ibarra – Spain - 11:00
They say that if you put your ear to the back of his neck, you can hear the Virgin talk.
Escaping Gravity - Benjamin Teske – Germany - 22:46
To finally gain her father's acceptance, transsexual Leonie decides to return masqueraded as a man to the world of her childhood: the funfair. Though even the old owner of the ghost train has something to hide.
Nadya - Jonathan Sanford, Mary Rasmussen – Russia/USA - 11:15
In an environmentally devastated Russian town populated only by women, 14 year old Nadya has a strange encounter with a visiting Geologist.
Afronauts - Frances Bodomo – USA - 13:00
It's July 16, 1969: America is preparing to launch Apollo 11. Thousands of miles away, the Zambia Space Academy hopes to beat America to the moon in this film inspired by true events.
Between Regularity and Irregularity - Masahiro Tsutani – Japan - 7:50
Nature creates the glow of light and the beauty of a shape in a chaotic worldview of finely-detailed images filled with light.
End, End, End - Jonathan Rattner – USA - 8:46
“End, End, End” is an experimental short on the fragmentary nature of thoughts, memories, and emotions.
On Loop - Christine Hooper – UK - 5:00
Four in the morning, crapped out, yawning.
Saturar - Joshua Winters – USA - 1:35
The film in which a man is squirted with ketchup and mustard.
Close the Lid, Gently: A Home Document Scan - Ariana Gerstein – USA - 5:30
A video made entirely from 2 home desktop scanners- one a photo scanner, the other a refurbished low end document scanner. Each has it's own texture and sees the domestic environment in it's own particular way, one scan at a time.
Déjà-vu - Jean-Guillaume Bastien – Canada - 4:00
Five women share a sense of deja-vu.
Black Box Recorder - Abinadi Meza – USA - 2:21
A film about memory, time and the streams of images that form our consciousness.
Inversion - Linda Fenstermaker – USA - 12:00
"Inversion" creates an open space for female consciousness, embodying intimate dialogs between filmmaker, camera and subject.
Dancing Glitch - Michael Betancourt – France/USA - 2:30
“Lumiere vue no. 76” (1896) of choreographer and dancer Loie Fuller, whose Serpentine Dance was an early inspiration for Cubist abstraction, provided the original source material for this visual music work.
Malaria - Edson Oda – USA - 5:32
The story of Fabiano, a young Mercenary who is hired to kill Death.
Listen - Monteith McCollum – Sweden/USA - 10:00
A short film made as part of a collaboration of works curated by Slamdance Film Festival, “Listen” examines shortwave radio as a technology that can be utilized not only for communication, but also abstract sound art.
New Mavericks: Female Directors
Thirteen Blue - Jacqueline Lentzou – Greece - 17:51
Ellie, a lonely only-child, spends her lazy summertime walking in the family's building, eating ice-creams and watering the plants.
Damn Girl - Kira Richards Hansen – Denmark - 13:00
A coming of age story about a 12-year old tomboy, who is confronted with an incipient sexuality.
Painted Lady - Brittany Shyne – USA - 16:47
A nine-year-old girl experiences the first changes of womanhood.
So You've Grown Attached - Kate Tsang – USA - 14:55
An off-beat comedy about Ex, an imaginary friend, who is forced to consider retirement when his creator, Izzy, starts to grow up.
Crystal - Chell Stephen – Canada/USA - 15:48
Cursed with a real crumby attitude and a boring-ass hometown, 17-year-old Crystal relies on her passion for dance to escape the mundane life of rural Ontario and pursue her out-sized dream of being a pop superstar.
Without Fire - Eliza McNitt – USA - 20:00
A young Navajo girl must find a way to heat her home in order to save her asthma-stricken mother from a bitter winter storm.
After Arcadia - Joe Tippet, Robert Brice – UK - 12:28
A lone scientist wracked with guilt over his part in the accidental extermination of humanity is hoping to rewrite history and erase his past mistakes.
All You Can Eat - Tommy Groth – USA - 3:05
Did you have nightmares about clowns when you were a child? Do you still have nightmares? This short film about a clown and his secret will confirm your fear.
Radiance - Andrew Cumming – UK - 24:00
Forced into hiding on the outskirts of a vast city, two sisters are keeping a dangerous secret.
Beasts in the Real World - Sol Friedman – Canada - 8:00
Explore the tenuous connections between a strange beast, a naturalist, some ghosts and a pair of sushi chefs through several genres including fantasy, thriller, documentary and animation.
Aftermath - Jeremy Robbins – USA - 20:00
In a new, predatory ice age, two brothers search for a place to call home.
Welcome to Dignity Pastures - Brian Lonano – USA - 3:21
Dignity Pastures Funeral Home takes great pride in assisting families to grieve their lost and will give you a respectable and dignified service...no matter what happens.
Bait - Jared Young, Raymond Carr – USA - 9:57
A desperate father uses his willing young son as bait to rescue his wife from a monster conjuring cult.
Atlanta Zombie Apocalypse - Jonathan Rej – USA - 40:00
Where will you be when the Zombie Apocalypse begins? Hopefully not stuck in a cheesy Haunted House wishing you could find a better weapon than a plastic machete.
Klonox - Thomas Guerigen – France - 5:08
In a strange world, an army of tanks is moving forward relentlessly. Inside one of them, we discover the sad and monotonous world of soldiers but suddenly a strange encounter occur or something strange happens.
The Strings of My Fate - Thomas Guerigen – France - 4:32
The Country Mouse and the City Mouse - Sara Stanton, Mia James, Rachael Hayes, Sylvie Macmillan, Roisin Larkin – UK - 8:12
Fish - Michael Patrick O'Leary, Katherine Fahey – USA - 4:40
Wye Oak's music video—“Fish”— combines the ancient art of shadow puppetry and modern film to tell the tale of a man's transformative journey through a surreal watery landscape.
Not Alone - Trish Sie – USA - 3:55
A lonely sock searches far and wide for its mate.
Puppet Earth: Episode 1 - Laurens Roorda, Thijs Molenaar – Netherlands - 7:21
A documentary about yet undiscovered and unknown life on Little Barrier Island.
Being Doug - Michael Van Orden – USA - 21:05
After a bizarre body switch, Doug, a shy puppeteer, finds himself inside the body of his ventriloquist puppet, Sid, while Sid has now come to life and taken over Doug's body, forcing Doug to learn to gain control of Sid before Sid gains control of the woman Doug loves.
What's for Dinner? - Miron Gusso – USA - 1:28
Spices from all around the world, fight out to be featured for dinner.
Ed is a Portal - Darrell C. Hazelrig – USA - 9:22
"Ed is a Portal" is a sci fi comedy by the New Puppet Order about all of life's little headaches: obnoxious coworkers, slovenly roommates, and having an interdimensional gateway growing in the back of one's head.
Saturday Morning Cartoons
Simon's Cat in 'Suitcase' - Simon Tofield – UK - 2:06
A creative cat exceeds the baggage allowance.
Baxter - Ty Coyle – USA - 2:55
Baxter, the raccoon, makes his way into Granny's Sweet Shop, but upon entering he gets so obsessed with the candy that he creates his own downfall.
Rabbit and Deer - Péter Vácz – Hungary - 16:15
The friendship of Rabbit and Deer is put to the test by Deer's new obsession to find the formula for the 3rd dimension.
Strange Wonderful - Stephanie Swart – USA - 4:18
Little monster goes to school that day. She thinks, 'They probably call me snail face when I'm not around.' Sometimes she gets lonely, but she can be happy too.
Olive - Harriet-Lane Ngo – USA - 3:04
Olive finds herself lost in the woods. When she sees a tree in the clearing, she attempts to climb it.
The Dam Keeper - Dice Tsutsumi, Robert Kondo – USA - 18:00
The tale of a young pig with an important job, and a new classmate who changes everything.
The Wanderer of Saint-Marcel - Rony Hotin – France - 8:00
In the Parisian subway, a happy homeless in spite of his conditions. Every night, after the closure of its station, its dreams take life.
Pipkin - Pamela Wyn Shannon – UK - 5:27
Pipkin is a sycamore seed who is blown by the wind. His journey explores the relationship between landscape, folk memory and finding a place of belonging within the cycles of life.
Attached to Features
Gum - Vic Coram – USA – 5:05
Hayley, a teenage girl living in a small, Christian town in Oklahoma decides it's time to come out of the closet.
Little Lies - Keith Adam Johnson – Australia – 15:00
Phillip has just lost Marcus, his long-term partner. He tries to forget his grief in a haze of alcohol and invites a young rent boy home. But the boy proves to be more than Phillip bargained for, and a dangerous game of truth and lies unfolds.
Alfred Jarry & 'Pataphysics - Skizz Cyzyk – USA - 2:00
An oral report on French writer Alfred Jarry is given stop-motion treatment with the help of talking t-shirts, flip book pages and time-lapse lino-cut printing in this two-minute animated documentary.
Metube - Daniel Moshel – USA - 2:00
Paying tribute to thousands of ambitious YouTube users and video bloggers, George Bizet’s “Habanera” from “Carmen” has been reinterpreted by oratorio tenor August Schram and enhanced with electronic sounds.
WonderRoot's Generally Local, Mostly Independent Filmmaker Night and Atlanta Film Festival Kick-off
WonderRoot has partnered with ATLFF to bring you short films, animations, music videos, avant garde and experimental shorts as well as other video art by local filmmakers. All proceeds from the ticket sales go directly into a fund to help and encourage participants to submit their films to local and national film festivals.
Rocky Horror Picture Show
It's a Plaza Theatre institution! Lips Down On Dixie performs the interactive version of the Rocky Horror Picture Show at Midnight of Opening Night.
Food on Film
Food on Film is our annual celebration of movies for foodies. This year we snack on culinary shorts including “The Cake Lady,” “Sumo Roll”, “Sausage” and “The Scarecrow,” followed by the documentary “Sriracha,” an examination of our nation's new favorite hot sauce. Pass & ticketholders may join us for actual film-inspired treats at the Highland Ballroom afterwards.
NUVOtv Presents: Stand Clear of the Closing Doors
directed by Sam Fleischner USA, 2013, English/Spanish, 102 minutes
When a young, autistic Mexican boy runs away from his undocumented family on the outskirts of New York City, he embarks on an 11-day odyssey in the city's subway system, forcing his splintered family to reconcile their differences in order to bring him home.
Touch the Puppet Head
Hosted by Beau Brown, “Touch the Puppet Head” is a combination of live puppetry performances and curated short puppet films. 'It's like a poetry slam except with more puppets and less sucking!'
HBO Presents: Game of Thrones Season 4 Premiere
HBO is partnering with ATLFF to give guests a sneak preview of GAME OF THRONES. Based on the popular book series “A Song of Ice and Fire,” by George R.R. Martin, this hit Emmy®-winning fantasy series chronicles an epic struggle for power in a vast and violent fantasy kingdom. Watch the first episode from the new season a full week before it airs on HBO, on Sunday April 6th! Then join us for a Westeros-themed feast and party after the screening.
Pivot Presents: The Internet's Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz
directed by Brian Knappenberger USA, 2014, English, 104 minutes
The story of programming prodigy and information activist Aaron Swartz. From Swartz's help in the development of the basic internet protocol RSS to his co-founding of Reddit, his fingerprints are all over the internet. But it was Swartz's groundbreaking work in social justice and political organizing combined with his aggressive approach to information access that ensnared him in a two year legal nightmare. It was a battle that ended with the taking of his own life at the age of 26. Aaron's story touched a nerve with people far beyond the online communities in which he was a celebrity. This film is a personal story about what we lose when we are tone deaf about technology and its relationship to our civil liberties.
Pivot Presents: Cesar's Last Fast
directed by Lorena Parlee & Richard Ray Perez USA, 2014, English/Spanish, 100 minutes
In 1988, Cesar Chavez embarked on what would be the last act of protest in his remarkable life. Driven in part to pay penance for feeling he had not done enough, Chavez began his 'Fast for Life,' a 36-day water-only hunger strike, to draw attention to the horrific effects of unfettered pesticide use on farm workers, their families and their communities. Using never-before-seen footage of Chavez during his fast and testimony from those closest to him, directors Richard Ray Perez and Lorena Parlee weave together the larger story of Chavez's life, vision and legacy. A deeply religious man, Chavez's moral clarity in organizing and standing with farmworkers at risk of his own life humbled his family, friends and the world.
FOX Sports South Presents: DRIVEN - Evan Gattis: My Story
Get an early look at latest episode of FOX Sports South's Emmy Award-winning series DRIVEN, profiling Atlanta Braves’ fan favorite Evan Gattis. A high school phenom, he walked away from a baseball scholarship to Texas A&M University as he battled anxiety, substance abuse and depression. In 2010 he decided to give baseball another try. Three years later made the Braves’ big league roster during spring training and burst into the national spotlight, winning National League Rookie of the Month awards in both April and May of 2013.
FX Presents: Archer Live!
The Archer Live! Tour, featuring the all-star cast and producers of FX’s hit original animated comedy series is a must-see for every Archer fan! Archer Live! features a moderated discussion, a live reading of classic scenes from the Emmy® Award nominated series, and an audience Q&A with the all-star cast where fans will have a chance to get the inside scoop on their favorite show. Talent appearances will include: H. Jon Benjamin, Aisha Tyler, Chris Parnell, Lucky Yates and Executive Producer Matt Thompson. Schedule and talent participation is subject to change.
Starz Presents: Da Vinci's Demons
Recap Season one of the hit Starz show and watch a special presentation of the Season two premiere episode.
The Goat Farm Arts Center Presents SOUND + VISION - Experimental Film Block
Forrest Swords - 'Thor's Stone' - Dave Ma – USA – 4:00
An intense metamorphosis occurs as a man awakens on a dark empty street and struggles to gain working control of his body in order to get home.
Go Softly - Josh Yoder – USA – 31:00
A little girl and her doll mysteriously wake up in the middle of an otherworldly autumn woods. The two travel through this foreign place encountering some alien—often grotesque—characters along the way. *Experimental Short Film, Not a Music Video
y2o - Dominique T. Skoltz – Canada – 29:00
“y2o” navigates troubled water, between suffocation and exaltation, between consummation and relinquishment, between yes and no, from both under the ski and on its surface. *Experimental Short Film, Not a Music Video
His Eyes Are Closed - Kathleen Lee - Australia – 5:00
A visual exploration of the day to day human tendency to continuously strive for goals that are often unattainable and unneeded.
Music Video Competition
“Lesson #16 For Beatmaster V/Fun”
performed by Deathcrush, directed by Kenneth Karlstad
performed by Futurecop, directed by Ariel Belziti
performed by Man Ray Sky, directed by Andrew Sowerby
performed by Biters, directed by Video Rahim
performed by Stan Lee Cole, directed by Mark Borgions
“Stop ou Encore”
performed by Plastic Bertrand, directed by Georgia Fu
performed by Dead!Wait?, directed by John Henderson
performed by Tesla Boy, directed by Darya Zhuk
performed by Sandra Kolstad, directed by Yenni Lee
“His Eyes Are Closed”
performed by Kathleen Marylee, directed by Kathleen Marylee
“Don't Let Me Go (She Ain't Mad)”
performed by Ruckazoid, directed by Alexander Dueckminos
performed by The Dewars, directed by Brady Bigakle
performed by KAMP!, directed by Tomasz Wlazinski
“Putin Lights Up The Fires”
performed by Pussy Riot, directed by Erik Boccio
performed by CoastGaard, directed by Frank Jerky
performed by Movement, directed by Dave Ma
performed by Del Vinicci, directed by Ian Cone
performed by Deadnote, directed by Rupert Hoeller & Bernhard Wenger
For more information, including tickets and the complete schedule,
check out www.atlantafilmfestival.com.