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MARCH / APRIL 2018

MAGAZINE

CONTENTS

STAFF Publishers:

Tia Powell (Group Publisher) Gary Powell

Editor-in-Chief: Gary Powell

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Sales:

Michael R. Eilers Martha Ronske Kris Thimmesch

Contributors:

Richard Gedney - p. 88, Director Tamlin Hall Honored by Georgia House of Reps

Creative Director:

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Kelvin Lee

Production and Design:

Kelvin Lee Michael R. Eilers Ted Fabella (Oz Logo Design)

Cover Image:

Alex Watson

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Atlanta Film Festival Program

Ozcetera

A compilation of recent news and hot projects, from and about industry leaders.

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ATLFF TABLE OF CONTENTS

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Letter from Atlanta Mayor Welcome Staff Leadership Atlanta Film Society Patrons ScreenCraft Writers Summit Generosity Backers Film Competition & Jurors Awards Creative Conference Opening Night Presentation

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Special Presentations Closing Night Presentation Creative Media Music Videos Virtual Reality Episodic Showcase Programming Spotlights Narrative Features Documentary Features Short Films A/V Toolbox Sponsors

April 13–22, 2018

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ATLFF

Honoring storytellers from the Big Chicken to the Big Apple. Turner is proud to support the 2018 Atlanta Film Festival and its filmmakers worldwide.

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LETTER FROM THE MAYOR

CITY OF ATLANTA 55 TRINITY AVE, S.W. ATLANTA, GEORGIA 30335-0300 TEL (404) 330-6100 KEISHA LANCE BOTTOMS MAYOR

April 13, 2018 Greetings: As the 60th Mayor of the City of Atlanta, it is my pleasure to welcome the attendees to the 2018 Atlanta Film Festival. The 2018 Atlanta Film Festival devotes ten days to the astounding celebration and culture of cinema. The festival features hundreds of independent, international, animated, documentary and short films chosen from more than 6,000 submissions globally. Last fiscal year, Georgia generated $9.5 billion from its creative industries placing the Atlanta Film Festival in a unique position to unite global cinema with our local film community. I applaud the festival for providing Atlanta with 42 years of outstanding films, and I am confident that this year’s event will showcase creativity that will engage our city’s diverse community and inspire future filmmakers. While in our city, I encourage attendees to explore the many attractions Atlanta has to offer including: the Dr. Martin L. King Jr. Center, the Georgia Aquarium, the World of CocaCola, CNN Center, Centennial Olympic Park, Woodruff Arts Center, Atlanta Botanical Garden, Children’s Museum of Atlanta, National Center for Civil and Human Rights, College Football Hall of Fame and many more. We invite you to share in our Southern hospitality, sample cuisine at our many fine restaurants and enjoy the rich and diverse heritage of our city. On behalf of the people of Atlanta, I extend best wishes to you for a wonderful occasion.

Sincerely,

Keisha Lance Bottoms

April 13–22, 2018

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WELCOME LETTER

WELCOME! Welcome our dear festival-goers, Congratulations are in order, you have made it to the 42nd annual Atlanta Film Festival, and we could not be more elated to share the history and cultivated culture of our fine city. These 10 days are a time for filmmakers, film lovers, globetrotters, and neighbors to come together over the timeless art of the motion picture. As a non-profit, it is our greatest ambition to educate and inspire each pair of feet that cross through into our theaters. Thanks to the effort of countless professionals across the globe, the lineup for this year’s festival is bigger and better than ever before, reaching ends of the filmmaking educational spectrum not previously available during our 10-day function. Atlanta has exploded all the way to the leading spot for film and television production over the past year, and competition for post-production is on the rise. What is often deemed as the “Hollywood of the South” has, for years, been called “Home” by countless creatives and is now known to the world as “Atlanta.” It is our hope that our guests take full advantage of all the festival has to offer and truly embrace this town’s hospitality, our notable landmarks, as well as our growth. With more than 7,600 films and screenplays to consider, we broke our submissions record once again and were able to program more than 200 films. The Atlanta Film Festival has always sought to foster growth and help provide a platform for trailblazers of voices previously unheard. This year, nearly 70% of all films were directed by women or filmmakers of color— making our organization proud to introduce you to a generation of change. Our staff has poured metaphorical blood, literal sweat, and maybe a tear, but we would be nothing without you—our supporters and fellow patrons of the arts. We invite you to embrace as much of these 10 days as you can, to create memories that last a lifetime, and to light a fire that lasts 355 days until next year and beyond. So grab a friend, grab a notebook, and head on in, because the cinema awaits!

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STAFF

STAFF Alyssa Armand - Programming Director Gregory Bishop - Programmer (Creative Media + Experimental) | Content Manager Linda Burns - Creative Conference Director Cola Engel - Festival Operations Staff Christopher Escobar - Executive Director Trent Farrington - Box Office Manager Amon Garner-Poston - Festival Operations Staff Cherish Hall - Executive Assistant Micah Hall - A/V Toolbox Coordinator Erin Hodges - Festival Operations Staff AJ Holder - Print Traffic Coordinator Fraser Jones - Festival Operations Staff Kimberly Klabel - Operations Director Ceci Leon - Operations Manager Marguerite Daniel Mancini - Business Director Cameron McAllister - Associate Director | Georgia Film Programmer Jordan Moore - Development Coordinator

Jamelah Neal - Festival Operations Staff Krissy Nothstein - Events Coordinator Justice Obiaya - Education Program Coordinator Barbara Pita - Festival Operations Staff Kevon Pryce - Marketing Coordinator | Assistant Georgia Film Programmer Zach Pyles - Assistant Technical Director Lauren Rector - Programmer (Features + Shorts) Dave Remley - Festival Operations Staff Cidnee Rich - Festival Operations Staff Christina Robinson - Festival Operations Staff Marisa Rowan - Guest Services Director Matt Rowles - Technical Director Amanda Sachtleben - Volunteer Coordinator Oluwatoyin Salami - Events Manager Jamie Traner - Marketing Coordinator Anna Vecellio - Programmer (Screenplay + Shorts) Alex Watson - Designer

Border Union Photography: Vanessa Prestage, Eric Reeve Pubic Relations - Allied Integrated Marketing: Lindsay Corley, Chris Shattuck, Brittany Westveer Sponsorships - Mixit Marketing: Rick Kern Business Associates: Paloma White Education Associates: Kelly Collins, Michaela Eubanks Marketing Associates: Jacqueline Clark, Jennifer Jackson Operations Associates: Cameron Carter, Alexandra Lotti, Dave Remley, Dierre Wallace Programming & Education Associates: Ari Adler, Alex Graham, Ben Harris, Andrew Jacobson, Batel Mann, Chan Yu

April 13–22, 2018

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LEADERSHIP

WALKER ANDERSON Chairman

CAL BOWDLER Vice Chairman

ASHEEM KHONDKER Secretary

ERIC BROMLEY Treasurer

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

*Ex Officio

Walker Anderson - Chairman | Comcast NBCUniversal Cal Bowdler - Vice Chairman, Events & Hospitality Co-Chair | Atlanta Hawks, Fox Sports Southeast, XFINITY Asheem Khondker - Secretary, MarCom Chair | Turner Broadcasting Eric Bromley - Treasurer , Finance Chair | WestRock Company M. Cole Jones - Events & Hospitality Co-Chair | RIISE Ventures, Covello Barclay Taylor - Governance Chair | Chamberlain Hrdlicka L. Chrissie Merrill - Industry Chair | Monarch Private Capital Candace Bazemore - J. Lane Media

Ray Benitez - SAG/AFTRA, MyMidtownMojo Linda Burns* - Plexus Pictures, GPP Tyler Edgarton - Mailing Avenue StageWorks, Raulet Property Partners Christopher Escobar - ATLFS, ESCOBAR PICTURES Will Greenfield - Producer JoAnn Haden-Miller - Atlanta Convention & Visitor’s Bureau (ACVB) Heather Rowles - Multi-Agency Alliance for Children (MAAC) Rebecca Shrager - The People Store

ADVISORY BOARD Ozzie Areu | Tyler Perry Studios Chris Ozmikowski | Former AMC Networks Frank Patterson | Pinewood Atlanta Studios

Dan Rosenfelt | Third Rail Studio Peggy Still Johnson | Macauley Investments, The Recording Academy

AMBASSADOR COUNCIL Kathy Berry - Industry Committee Debra Bunkley - Events & Hospitality Committee Lindsay Corley - MarCom Committee Ryan Costigan - Events & Hospitality Committee

Gabriela Rowland - Events & Hospitality Committee Carolyn Sloss - MarCom Committee Pam Swafford - Industry Committee Chris Walker - Industry Committee

LEGACY COMMITTEE Cindy Abel | Former ATLFS Board, Filmmaker Jonathan Baker | Former ATLFS Board, Sid Mashburn Dr. Kay Beck | Former ATLFS Board, Georgia State University Stan Brading | Former ATLFS Board, Krevolin & Horst, LLC Fran Burst | Former ATLFS Board, Filmmaker Shaun Doty | Former ATLFS Board, Bantam+Biddy, Chick a-Biddy, The Federal Gayla Jamison | Founding ATLFS Executive Director, Filmmaker Michael Koepenick | Former ATLFS Board, Guillotine Post Kyle G. Koreyva | Former ATLFS Board, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP

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Judge Todd Markle | Former ATLFS Board, Superior Court of Fulton County Genevieve McGillicuddy | Former ATLFS Staff, Turner Broadcasting Tim Merritt | Former ATLFS Staff, Georgia State University Michael Parver | Former AIFF PR Scot Safon | Former ATLFS Board LaRonda Sutton | Former ATLFS Board, Film City LLC Amy Tippit | Former ATLFS Staff, “The Walking Dead” Andrew Velcoff | Former ATLFS Board, Greenberg Traurig LLP Mark Wynns | Former ATLFS Staff, Turner Broadcasting

April 13–22, 2018


ATLANTA FILM SOCIETY

Josh Brolin and Michael Ealy at the ATLFF World Premiere of “The People Speak”

ATLANTA FILM SOCIETY

Spike Lee at the 2009 Atlanta Film Festival

The Founding Board of Directors of IMAGE Film & Video Center Positioned at the intersection of art, culture and commerce, the Atlanta Film Society brings meaning to the moving image by championing the shared community experience, fostering the free exchange of ideas and nurturing the development of a thriving industry. The organization dates back to its founding as IMAGE Film & Video Center in 1976, an outgrowth of the need for equipment access, networking, information dissemination and support among Georgia media artists and producers. IMAGE was the first media arts center in the state of Georgia and on May 14, 1977, it launched the Atlanta Independent Film & Video Festival at Piedmont Park. In 1984, the organization truncated the name to Atlanta Film and Video Festival, and again in 2002, to the Atlanta Film Festival. From its inception as IMAGE and through four decades and several name changes, the same community focus and year-round programming remained the same. In 2015, the organization became the Atlanta Film Society. MISSION: LEADING THE COMMUNITY IN CREATIVE AND CULTURAL DISCOVERY THROUGH THE MOVING IMAGE.

Now celebrating a 42-year history, the Atlanta Film Society (ATLFS) is one of the oldest and largest organizations dedicated to the promotion and education of film in the United States. ATLFS aims unite the Atlanta community by serving artists in creative growth and inspiring audiences through the power of the moving image. Enriching the community through screenings, classes, workshops and other events year-round, the chief operation of ATLFS is the Atlanta Film Festival. ATLFS screenings & events often include in-person dialogue with filmmakers, providing audiences, artists and industry professionals with meaningful opportunities to network, interact and engage. Throughout the years, ATLFS has hosted a diverse selection of films from emerging, contemporary and renowned filmmakers including Spike Lee, Craig Brewer, Mario Van Peebles, David O. Russell, Carrie Preston, Morgan Spurlock, Ray McKinnon, Aaron Katz, Lynn Shelton, James Ponsoldt, James Moll, Robert Rodriguez, Tina Mabry, Carlos Cuarón, Marc Webb, Debra Granik, Bill Plympton, Leah Meyerhoff, David Gordon Green, Stella Meghie and Frances Bodomo. THE ATLANTA FILM SOCIETY IS A MEMBERSHIP-BASED 501(C)(3) ARTS NON-PROFIT.

April 13–22, 2018

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PATRONS PATRONS BE A HERO OF THE ARTS IN ATLANTA Arts funding in our state needs heroes: individuals willing to invest in the future of Atlanta’s culture, character and growth. Georgia’s film industry boom is no secret. Independent feature films, widely popular television shows and huge blockbuster extravaganzas call Atlanta home— but Georgia has the least state-provided arts funding in the country. With this in mind, the need for your support becomes even clearer. Through a generous donation to the Atlanta Film Society, you become a founding supporter of the screenings, workshops, classes and programs our film community depends upon. In exchange, we’ll treat you like the hero that you are and give you every opportunity to play an active role in how Atlanta’s film community flourishes. BECOME A PATRON TODAY AT ATLANTAFILMSOCIETY.ORG/PATRON

$2,500+ PATRONS • Lisa M. Roberts • Rebecca Shrager $1,000+ PATRONS • Laura & Walker Anderson • Karen Armand • Ray Benitez • Cal Bowdler • Julie & Jerry Chautin • Tyler Edgarton • Will Greenfield • JoAnn Haden-Miller • Bryon & Sasha Hatfield • PJ Younglove Hovey • M. Cole Jones • Asheem Khondker • Chrissie Merrill • Heather & Matt Rowles • Donte’ M. Williams

April 13–22, 2018

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R! ! SCREENCRAFT WRITERS SUMMIT A E T Y T U

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ERIC HAYWOOD

ERIC HEISSERER

Co-Executive Producer: EMPIRE, Screenwriter: PRIVATE PRACTICE, SOUL FOOD

Oscar-nominated Screenwriter of ARRIVAL and LIGHTS OUT

JJ KLEIN

DIANA OSSANA

VP, Current Programming for FX Networks: THE STRAIN, BETTER THINGS, AMERICAN CRIME STORY

Oscar-winning Screenwriter: BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN

MIKA PRYCE

KEYA KHAYATIAN

Creative Executive, Universal Literary Agent, UTA: Clients Pictures: GET OUT, HAPPY wrote KONG: SKULL ISLAND, DEATH DAY, PACIFIC RIM 2 BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN

WENDY CALHOUN

TV Writer, Showrunner: STATION 19, NASHVILLE, REVENGE, JUSTIFIED

CATE ADAMS

VP, Warner Bros. Pictures Creative Group: INHERENT VICE, NICE GUYS, MIDNIGHT SPECIAL

WORKSHOPS, PANELS, PARTIES & NETWORKING WITH THE BEST IN HOLLYWOOD! PLAZA THEATRE 1049 PONCE DE LEON AVE NE, ATLANTA, GA, 30306

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April 13–22, 2018


GENEROSITY BACKERS THANK YOU! WE ARE OVERFLOWING WITH GRATITUDE FOR THE 99 BACKERS WHO HELPED US MEET AND EXCEED OUR 5TH ANNUAL CROWDFUNDING CAMPAIGN GOAL! WITH THE $24,319 RAISED IN OUR CAMPAIGN, WE ARE ABLE TO BRING MORE ARTISTS TO ATLANTA TO CELEBRATE WITH US.

Alan Galumbeck Alex Salomon Gonzalez Alex Watson Alyssa Armand Angelle Fearonce Cooper Anne Radford Anthony Coppola Asheem Khondker BB Daneker David Bishop Brad Schweers Brantly Watts BV Cameron McAllister Cecilia Escobar-Silvius Chell Stephen Chris Lentz Christina Breston Christina Nicole Christopher Escobar Counse Broders Danial C. Grant David Lyman Deborah Childs Donte’ M. Williams Eric Bromley Fran Burst Gabriela McNicoll Gayla Jamison Germaine Rigg Gregory Bishop Gregory Henley Gwyn Watson

Hillary Hahm James Bowdler James Triplett Jared Callahan Jennifer Roesler Jeremy Riegel Jerry Glover Jim and Donna Traner Jo Ann Haden-Miller Jon Watts Jonathan Bonds Karen Armand Kate Dawson Katharine Taylor Kathi Phillips Kenny Zaleski Kevin Brien Kory Gabriel Kristen Maddox Kristy Smith Lee Morin Leslie and Jeff Sokolow Lisa M Roberts Lisa P Larson Marcus Rosentrater Marguerite Daniel Mancini Mark Wilson Martin Kelley Matt and Heather Rowles Matthew Stephen Kraus Melissa Diamond Rodriguez

April 13–22, 2018

Michael Mckinney Moonshine Post Production Noah Lamport O Leonard PJ Younglove Hovey Ray Benitez Rdewart Rebecca Rebecca Shrager Rick Kern S. Blanto S. Bell Samantha Scott Woelfel Sedrick Lakpa Sherouk Omara Susan Moss Suzan Satterfield Tamlin Hall Taylor Barclay Tom Budlong Trixie V W Tyler Edgarton Vicky Song Victor E Simmons Jr. Victoria Ly Wade Weast Walker Anderson William Greenfield Yolanda Asher Zak Norton

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FILM COMPETITION & JURORS FILM COMPETITION & JURORS Best Narrative Feature

Ana Asensio

Filmmaker; SXSW 2017 Narrative Feature Grand Jury Prize-winner

Kimber Myers

Melodie Sisk

Film Critic, Los Angeles Times & The Playlist

Producer; ATLFF alumna

Best Documentary Feature

Howard Barish

Owner, Kandoo Films, Inc.; Academy Award-nominated & Emmy Awardwinning Producer

Laura Heberton

Producer; ATLFF alumna

Peter Spirer

Founder, Rugged Entertainment (partner company of XLrator Media); Academy Award-nominated Filmmaker

Filmmaker-to-Watch Award For the fifth year, our annual crowdfunding campaign backers have been given the opportunity to participate in a Backers’ Jury for a unique award. The Filmmaker-to-Watch Award is chosen out of a wide selection of short films from the 2018 ATLFF lineup.

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FILM COMPETITION & JURORS Best Narrative Short

Ebony Blanding

Filmmaker, House of June; Filmmaker-in-Residence, Atlanta Film Society; ATLFF alumna

Ian Durkin

Daniel Robin

Senior Curator, Vimeo; Filmmaker

Associate Professor of Communication, Georgia State University; ATLFF alumnus; Filmmaker

Best Documentary Short

Lisa Hasko

Manager of Fiscal Sponsorship & Documentary Programs, Film Independent

Emma Loggins

Founder & Editor-in-Chief, FanBolt

Rachel Morgan

Creative Director & Lead Programmer, Sidewalk Film Festival

Best Animated Short

Molly Coffee

Filmmaker; Production Designer; Filmmaker-in-Residence, Atlanta Film Society; ATLFF alumna

Allyssa Lewis

Founder & CEO, My Animation Life; Animator

April 13–22, 2018

Marcus Rosentrater

Filmmaker; Animator; Producer, “Archer;” Filmmaker-in-Residence, Atlanta Film Society; ATLFF alumnus

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AWARDS AWARDS

Originally designed by Atlanta-based visual artist Jason Kofke, the Atlanta FIlm Festival’s signature award design is based around the city of Atlanta’s classic theme of resurgence, symbolized by the mythical phoenix. “It also references the classic allegory of creation out of chaos, and ties into the sculpture within Woodruff Park, just outside the Atlanta Film Festival offices,” said Kofke. “Like the classic myth of the phoenix rising from ashes, filmmaking is an act—an art—of creating something from nothing.” In 2014, the Atlanta Film Festival then commissioned another acclaimed Atlanta artist to interpret the Kofke design. R. Land, most famous for his ubiquitous ‘Pray for ATL’ piece, used his own trademark style and natural materials as a nod to Atlanta’s trademark tree canopy. “In the heart of Atlanta, in the connecting neighborhoods and villages, I feel this grand sense of community, like a big urban Mayberry,” said R. Land. “That is the real Atlanta. Soulful, charming in spite of itself and chock full of energetic people who seem for the most part happy to be here.”

The winners of the Animated Short, Documentary Short and Narrative Short Jury Awards qualify for the Academy Award® shortlist. Cash Prizes •

Narrative Feature - $1,000

Documentary Feature - $1,000

Narrative Short - $500

Documentary Short - $500

Animated Short - $500

Georgia Film - $1,000

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April 13–22, 2018


CREATIVE CONFERENCE

CREATIVE CONFERENCE

April 13–22, 2018

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CREATIVE CONFERENCE

MONDAY APRIL 16

TUESDAY APRIL 17

S IS FOR SESAME STREET

ATLANTA AS ANYTOWN USA

“Sesame Street” commissions filmmakers to craft one minute short form programming. See examples of past work and learn what it takes to submit.

Directors, production designers, and location managers discuss finding the right location and how collaboration can produce the perfect look.

SCRIPT SECRETS: THE DATA BEHIND OUR STORIES

AUDITIONS AND CASTING CALLS (SAGINDIE)

2:00 PM - 3:30 PM — Hilan Theatre

10:00 AM - 11:30 AM — DHPC Blackbox

Dive into movie scripts using artificial intelligence to put numbers to why and how men and women are portrayed differently and how movies hook us emotionally—or don’t.

Talent Agents and Casting Directors discuss the art of self-taping, discovering new talent, and how local talent can thrive.

P IS FOR PITCH (SESAME STREET)

BUILDING YOUR INDIE BUDGET (MEDIA SERVICES)

4:00 PM - 6:00 PM — DHPC Blackbox

12:00 PM - 1:30 PM — Hilan Theatre

“Sesame Street” hosts a mock pitch session with local filmmakers, chosen in advance, to workshop their ideas for future pitches.

See how to create an independent film budget and track costs throughout production, with Showbiz Budgeting software.

12:00 PM - 1:30 PM — Hilan Theatre

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10:00 AM - 11:30 AM — Hilan Theatre

April 13–22, 2018


CREATIVE CONFERENCE WEDNESDAY APRIL 18

THE WORKING ACTOR: SUSTAINING A CAREER

12:00 PM - 1:30 PM — DHPC Blackbox

STARTING YOUR FILM CAREER

Local actors working on network television and studio features share what it took to break through, how they got an agent/ manager, and tips to keep working.

10:00 AM - 11:30 AM — Hilan Theatre

Crew members discuss how they got started, what they wish they’d known, tips for success, and best practices for networking to keep getting gigs.

LOW BUDGET FILMMAKING TIPS & TRICKS 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM — Hilan Theatre

ANIMATE IT WITH ASIFA-SOUTH

Crew members share the challenges and freedom of low budget filmmaking, and tips and tricks to help you succeed.

10:00 AM - 11:30 AM — DHPC Blackbox

Hands-on workshop provides the tools, equipment, and know how for participants to create an animated project in under an hour.

WHOSE VOICE IS THAT?

2:00 PM - 3:30 PM — DHPC Blackbox From animation and VO to narration and video games, Atlanta’s voice talent community explores the art and commerce of voice acting.

PODCASTING: CREATE COMPELLING CONTENT 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM — Hilan Theatre

How to write for audio only and create a show that keeps your listeners interest, and the best equipment to use to produce your own podcast.

BLOCK, LIGHT, REHEARSE, SHOOT 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM — Hilan Theatre

CREATING CHARACTERS

12:00 PM - 1:30 PM — DHPC Blackbox

From shot lists to scheduling, how the DP, Director, Production Manager, Production Designer, and 1st AD should plan and collaborate to ensure a production runs smoothly.

A table of wardrobe and props, a one page script, an actor and numerous directors. Watch how different choices create different characters from the same material.

STOP AND CARE: SET SAFETY AND SEXUAL HARASSMENT

THE ACTOR/DIRECTOR RELATIONSHIP

4:00 PM - 5:30 PM — DHPC Blackbox

Panelists discuss stopping sexual harassment, shooting sexual assault scenes, and safety rules and hotlines to help keep your cast and crew safe.

2:00 PM - 3:30 PM — Hilan Theatre Actors and directors explore how to find a common language to best communicate intention, build trust, and create a great working relationship.

DEVELOPING A SOLID STORY 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM — DHPC Blackbox

Writers explore the importance of the development process and how it helps them laser focus their story to improve their chances of success.

April 13–22, 2018

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CREATIVE CONFERENCE PRODUCTION LEGAL

LIGHT AND SHOOT YOUR INDIE

Basic contracts necessary to protect everyone involved on your next production, and how to avoid the common indie filmmaker mistakes.

PC&E demos cameras, lighting, and grip equipment to help you choose the right gear for your next indie production.

4:00 PM - 5:30 PM — Hilan Theatre

11:30 PM - 1:00 PM — DHPC Blackbox

THE PSYCHOLOGY OF LENSES

SPEED DATING MEETS CAREER DAY

2:00 PM - 3:30 PM — Hilan Theatre

4:00 PM - 5:30 PM — DHPC Blackbox Different industry professionals meet with groups of audience members to answer questions about their crafts and to network.

DPs and Directors discuss how different lenses can affect mood, shape perspective, and provoke a response in audience members.

FILM FINANCING

2:00 PM - 3:30 PM — DHPC Blackbox

THURSDAY APRIL 19

Outside the box and traditional financing options from pre-selling tax credits and bank loans, to foreign presales and private investment.

MAKE FILMS LIKE A GIRL

THE SCIENCE OF SOUND

Various organizations discuss opportunities for women in education, mentorship, networking, and support.

Sound is half the picture. Learn about basic indie gear, and how recording good sound, as well as sound design and mixing work together to set the tone and mood of your film.

10:00 AM - 11:30 AM — Hilan Theatre

GRIP TRUCK SHOW AND TELL 10:00 AM - 11:15 AM — Plaza Theatre, Back Parking Lot

Day-1 Production Services showcases one of their indie grip and electric trucks. Come see what gear rides on a basic truck package.

SEED & SPARK: THE ART OF THE PITCH

4:00 PM - 5:30 PM — Hilan Theatre

NETWORK ACQUISITIONS: SHORTS, DOCS, NARRATIVES, AND TV SHOWS 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM — DHPC Blackbox

Business Affairs/Legal Execs from top TV companies discuss what networks acquire or commission, common legal mistakes to avoid, and what is expected from content creators.

12:00 PM - 1:30 PM — Hilan Theatre

Learn how to convey the specifics about your project in a dynamic, succinct way to land investors, collaborators, audience members, and more.

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April 13–22, 2018


CREATIVE CONFERENCE

FRIDAY APRIL 20

GIVE GOOD NOTES

POST PRODUCTION FOR INDIES

The art of giving and receiving notes. What is a good vs a bad one, and how constructive criticism helps you hone your craft and strengthen your project.

2:00 PM - 3:30 PM — Hilan Theatre

10:00 AM - 11:30 AM — Hilan Theatre

Post production supervisors, editors, and sound designers discuss the various aspects of indie post, from realistic timelines to overcoming budget constraints.

THE BATTLE OF ART VS COMMERCE

2:00 PM - 3:30 PM — DHPC Blackbox

FILM INDEPENDENT AND FISCAL SPONSORSHIPS

The Producer and Director relationship can be volatile when the budget battles the creative. How to compromise, get on the same page, and make movie magic.

10:00 AM - 11:30 AM — DHPC Blackbox Film Independent demystifies the process of fiscal sponsorships to help you decide if they are the right choice for financing your next project.

CREATING QUALITY NARRATIVE SHORTS 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM — Hilan Theatre

Whether creating a proof of concept, a calling card for an aspiring director, or solid short story, panelists share their tips for creating a compelling short film.

THE ART OF DIRECTING NO / LOW BUDGET INDIES 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM — Hilan Theatre

Directors explore tips and tricks for getting the best bang for no bucks, how to trade favors, and how to write with your resources in mind.

SPEED DATING MEETS CAREER DAY

4:00 PM - 5:30 PM — DHPC Blackbox

DIRECTING DOCUMENTARIES

Different industry professionals meet with groups of audience members to answer questions about their crafts and to network.

12:00 PM - 1:30 PM — DHPC Blackbox

Documentarians discuss best practices from interview techniques and basic gear to organizing footage and how to avoid getting lost in the edit.

*Due to availability of panelists, some panels may be subject to change. Please check website to confirm and view the list of panelists.

April 13–22, 2018

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CREATIVE CONFERENCE

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OPENING NIGHT

OPENING NIGHT PRESENTATION BLINDSPOTTING

DIRECTED BY CARLOS LÓPEZ ESTRADA USA, 2018, English, 95 minutes Friday, April 13, 2018, 7:00 PM — Plaza Theatre Collin (Daveed Diggs) must make it through his final three days of probation for a chance at a new beginning. He and his troublemaking childhood best friend, Miles (Rafael Casal), work as movers and are forced to watch their old neighborhood become a trendy spot in the rapidly gentrifying Bay Area. When a life-altering event causes Collin to miss his mandatory curfew, the two men struggle to maintain their friendship as the changing social landscape exposes their differences. Lifelong friends Daveed Diggs and Rafael Casal co-wrote and star in this timely and wildly entertaining story about friendship and the intersection of race and class set against the backdrop of Oakland. Bursting with energy, style and humor, “Blindspotting,” boldly directed by Carlos López Estrada in his feature film debut, is a provocative hometown love letter that glistens with humanity.

Actors/Writers/Producers Daveed Diggs & Rafael Casal scheduled to attend. Prior to the film, Daveed Diggs will be presented with the ATLFF Innovator Award.

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SPECIAL PRESENTATIONS ATLFF SCREENPLAY COMPETITION: SCRIPT READ

Friday, April 13, 2018, 3:30 PM — Hilan Theatre FREE with RSVP

Join us for a script read of selections from each of the three 2018 Atlanta Film Festival Feature Screenplay Competition winners, featuring local SAG-AFTRA actors.

RE:IMAGINE/ATL PRESENTS: CURRENTS ON TOUR - TEEN TAKEOVER

Friday, April 13, 2018, 8:00 PM — Hilan Theatre FREE with RSVP

Film festivals have long been an anchor for allowing a platform for stories surrounding cultural influences to be brought to light—now it’s time to listen to youth voices. This screening will be featuring content conceived of and produced by Atlanta teens. Join us opening night of the Atlanta Film Festival for a showcase of content based around teen social commentary, followed by a panel discussion from the teen storytellers themselves.

THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW

Friday, April 13 & 20, 2018, 12:00 AM — Plaza Theatre $12 It’s a Plaza Theatre institution! Lips Down On Dixie performs the interactive version of “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” at Midnight each Friday.

YOU42 PRESENTS: “DEAD BY MIDNIGHT/11 PM CENTRAL”

Directed by Torey Haas, Tony Reames, Eric Davis, Jay Holloway, Anissa Matlock USA, 2018, English, 88 minutes Saturday, April 14, 2018, 9:30 PM — Plaza Theatre FREE with RSVP

It’s Halloween at WKIZ when the malicious Mistress of Midnight (Erin Brown) arrives to host her annual horror movie marathon ‘Dead by Midnight.’ When the WKIZ staff begins disappearing only to turn up in the increasingly darker films, it’s up to line producer Candice Spelling (Hannah Fierman) to stop the Mistress of Midnight before her final and most diabolical film goes to air.

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SPECIAL PRESENTATIONS THE ART INSTITUTE OF ATLANTA PRESENTS: SENIOR FILM SCREENING

Monday, April 16, 2018, 5:30 PM — Hilan Theatre FREE with RSVP A showcase of short films created by senior level students from The Art Institute of Atlanta.

DAD’S TV

Monday, April 16, 2018, 8:00 PM — Dad’s Garage FREE with RSVP The film/video side of Dad’s Garage Theatre returns with a collection of projects from the past year. Watch the first public screening of a new television pilot, “Weird City,” which is an offbeat travel show. Laugh along with a new short film by DGTV produced in collaboration with Jerry’s Habima Theatre (a nonprofit working with special needs actors) that has lots of heart and some awesome floor hockey. Finally, the screening will give a sneak peak at a new web series set behind the scenes of the theatre itself, “The Garage.”

THE FLORIDA STATE UNIVERSITY COLLEGE OF MOTION PICTURE ARTS PRESENTS: SELECTED KEYLIGHT FILMS Wednesday, April 18, 2018, 8:30 PM — Plaza Theatre FREE with RSVP

The FSU College of Motion Pictures Arts presents a showcase of eight short student films followed by a panel discussion with representatives from the College. Ranked by The Hollywood Reporter as one of the top 25 film schools in the country, FSU College of Motion Picture Arts produces student films that regularly win prestigious awards like the Student Emmys and Oscars. Join us for an evening of cinematic entertainment as we showcase this year’s selected Keylight Films.

MISS RICHFIELD 1989 “BORN AGAIN”

Thursday, April 19, 2018, 7:00 PM — Plaza Theatre $30-$60 Logo Founder Matt Farber presents Miss Richfield 1981 “Born Again” at Plaza Theatre. In her all-new show, Miss Richfield 1981 is “Born Again” finding new religion to bring our divided world together. With all new songs, videos, and unique audience activities, Miss R brings all faiths together in 2018. Atheists welcome!

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SPECIAL PRESENTATIONS PLAZADROME: “THE ASTROLOGER” Directed by Craig Denney

USA, 1976, English, 96 minutes Thursday, April 19, 2018, 10:00 PM — Plaza Theatre $12 Videodrome and The Plaza Theatre’s cult film series continues with Craig Denney’s “The Astrologer.” Alexander is running a con game at a circus as a psychic. When he finds that he actually does possess psychic powers, he uses them for his own ends.

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CLOSING NIGHT

CLOSING NIGHT PRESENTATION EIGHTH GRADE

DIRECTED BY BO BURNHAM USA, 2018, English, 94 minutes Saturday, April 21, 2018, 7:30 PM — Plaza Theatre Thirteen-year-old Kayla endures the tidal wave of contemporary suburban adolescence as she makes her way through the last week of middle school—the end of her thus far disastrous eighth grade year—before she begins high school.

Writer/Director Bo Burnham is scheduled to attend.

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CREATIVE MEDIA MUSIC VIDEOS OUR DELIGHTFULLY ECCENTRIC ENSEMBLE OF VISUALLY STUNNING MUSICAL COMBUSTIONS.

DEDSA: “Annihilation”

OPEN TO ALL-ACCESS & FILMMAKER BADGE HOLDERS AND OPENING NIGHT TICKET HOLDERS Friday, April 13th, 2018, 9:00pm — Opening Night Party at Paris on Ponce

DON BROCO: “TECHNOLOGY”

Directed by Benjamin Roberds USA, 2017, English, 3:51

Don Broco plays a show during a catastrophic alien invasion, to the oblivious attention of the smartphone owner… until their own untimely demise.

APOC’S: “HURRICANE GODDAMN!” Directed by Scott Upshur USA, 2017, English, 6:00

A psychedelic space journey where outlandish characters must battle a dangerous approaching smog planet.

MEINSCHAFT: “THE MIDDAY SUN AT MIDNIGHT” Directed by Haoyan of America USA, 2017, English, 6:15

Avatars and daemons coalesce in an eternal dance for power on virtual playgrounds.

DIZZEE RASCAL: “BOP N KEEP IT DIPPIN” Directed by Romain Chassaing UK/France, 2017, English, 6:13

ORIGINAL SWIMMING PARTY: “BIGGEST CURSE”

Dizzee Rascal is an English gang leader not to be messed with.

South Africa, 2017, English, 5:04

USA, 2017, English, 6:17

DEDSA: “ANNIHILATION”

Directed by Amy Allais

Directed by Robbie Ward

Who gets to eat the cake, and who doesn’t.

A mysterious band of musicians travel through a foggy, desolate landscape and arrive at a decrepit medieval city.

SURFER BLOOD: “TAKING CARE OF EDDY” Directed by Sachio Cook, Niko Guardia English, 2017, USA, 3:29

A pair of mysterious friends are running around a suburban town late at night exterminating creatures known as Eddies.

STRANGERS (FEAT. “PRESSURE” BY MILK & BONE) Directed by Eve Duhamel, Julien Vallee Canada, 2017, English, 3:16

The surreal stories of characters moving around in the same space in a complex choreography of interlaced paths.

BEN BURDEN: “WHITE LIGHTERS” Directed by Zelda June USA, 2017, English, 2:00

LUNICE: “DISTRUST” FEAT. DENZEL CURRY, J.K. THE REAPER AND NELL Directed by Sam Rolfes USA, 2017, English, 3:04

Choked and pinned with glowing scraps of regressive netscum, a body thrashes and steps through the digital visual violence as a familiar green figure hangs splayed, pierced by a spear, entrails out, while Denzel Curry and Lunice Facetime in to watch.

CASEY BENJAMIN: “DIG”

Directed by Video Rahim

TOM ROSENTHAL: “OH NO PEDRO”

Directed by Annlin Chao

USA, 2017, English, 4:01

A group of women seek revenge against a man who has scorned them.

K.R.U.S.H.: “NO F**** GIVEN”

UK, 2017, English, 3:26

A story of a young man who has lost his words, his thoughts, and his gender identity.

PORTER: “LA CHINA”

Directed by Brit Wigintton USA, 2017, English, 3:25

Directed by Jorge G. Camarena

He used to give a shit.

Mexico, 2016, Spanish, 5:11

THE INVISIBLE MAN: “LET ME RIDE”

The transformation of a woman (La China) and her path – a multigeneration evolution that interconnects and complements each other.

USA, 2017, English, 4:48

TY SEGALL: “BREAK A GUITAR”

A man on his last breaths re-lives the final day of his life and his feelings about living in society through dance.

USA, 2017, English, 4:27

Directed by Francesca Mirabella

Directed by Matt Yoka

A journey through the mind of Ty Segall.

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Saturday, April 21 & Sunday April, 22, 2018, 12PM to 8PM - Druid Hills Blackbox

VIRTUAL REALITY RETURNS WITH AN UPGRADE. ENJOY AN IMMERSIVE SELECTION OF INTERACTIVE, ANIMATED, DOCUMENTARY AND OTHER THRILLING EXPERIENCES.

DEERBROOK

Directed by Grayson Moore, Aidan Shipley, Jon Riera, Connor Illsley Canada, 2017, English 14:34

Two strangers show up at a family’s cottage claiming to have spent their childhood summers there, but their behaviour seems to be driven by something more sinister than nostalgia.

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READY TO LEARN, READY TO LIVE

Directed by Thomas Nybo

USA/Afghanistan, 2017, English, 5:30 In remote Afghanistan, an illiterate girl takes you on her journey to learn how to read and write.

STEP TO THE LINE

Directed by Ricardo Laganaro USA/Brazil, 2017, English, 11:43

Directed by Jak Wilmot

Step to the Line takes you inside maximum-security prisons in the US and provides a new perspective on prisoners, the system, and yourself.

USA, 2018, English, 20:00 When the storms of nature threaten her very existence, the viewer must help a young shepherd girl take on the responsibilities of her deceased papá.

SUBMERGED

Directed by Nishtha Jain

India, 2016, Hindi/English, 8:10

HOODOO

An immersive experience about how climate change and defective government policies are precipitating one of the largest exoduses of migrant labour in the world.

Directed by Catherine Salkeld UK, 2017, English, 6:30

A short adventure where we follow the adventures of Claw a simple cat exploring a mysterious fragment of a forgotten world.

READING ROOM

NAIVE NEW BEATERS ‘HEAL TOMORROW’

USA, 2017, English, 5:09

France, 2016, English, 3:48

Directed by Romain Chassaing

Directed by Alexander Sandy White Driven to protect his identity, an introspective bookkeeper explores the power of thought and memory within a broken world of book burning and censorship.

Follow the story of Naive New Beaters’ singer through his spectacular rise and unfortunate demise in a series of events during a live performance.

MICRO GIANTS

ANICCA

China, 2017, English, 6:00

USA, 2016, No Dialogue, 6:06

Directed by Yifu Zhou

Directed by Cecilia Sweet-Coll

Micro Giants tells the story of insects and plants in the microecosystem with vivid detail and elaborate design.

An exploration of impermanence through visual music in virtual reality.

This event is limited to badge holders only. Due to the extremely limited availability of this experience, we strongly encourage that you plan ahead and arrive early. We will be able to accommodate a limited amount of guests per hour. Admission will be first come first serve. The viewing sessions will last 45 minutes at the top of each hour, and you will have the opportunity to curate your experience with our program.. atlantafilmfestival.com/vr

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KICK BACK WITH A SHOW OF ENGAGING AND LOVINGLY OFFBEAT EPISODIC PROGRAMS.

Monday, April 16, 2018, 6:00 PM — Dad’s Garage — 79 minutes

THE MIDNIGHT SERVICE - HOME INVASION

Directed by Brett Potter, Dean Colin Marcial USA, 2017, English, 7:13

A broke Miami comedian’s retreat into the Everglades is interrupted by an uninvited visitor.

THE RICK AND STANLEY SHOW Directed by Mike Lars White USA, 2017, English, 7:00

Two men in a beat-up car discuss love, sex, Kenny G, and potato guns.

Directed by Kevon Pryce USA, 2017, English, 17:40

How not to maintain a relationship in the social media era.

2 KAWAII 4 COMFORT

Directed by Luke Palmer, John Bickerstaff USA, 2017, English, 23:17

5 emotionally stunted anime fans are forced to confront everything they are hiding from at the one convention where they go to escape reality.

HUG IT OUT

MANIC

USA, 2017, English, 7:17

USA, 2017, English, 17:02

Directed by Kate Marks

Directed by Jason Eksuzian Gwen, recently-divorced with longstanding intimacy issues, becomes a professional snuggler in L.A. to make ends meet.

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An Ivy-league bound, overachieving teen is derailed after a manic episode lands her in a school for kids with mental illness.

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2018 SPOTLIGHT

Americana plural noun Amer·i·ca·na

1: materials concerning or artifacts related to the history, geography, folklore and cultural heritage of the United States. THY KINGDOM COME Narrative Feature, pg. 49 Directed by Eugene Richards Unscripted stories of life in a small town.

2: All things peculiar to American life.

INGRID Documentary Feature pg. 57 Directed by Morrisa Maltz A lone woman and her singular life.

BLACK MEMORABILIA Documentary Feature pg. 56 Directed by Chico Colvard Antiques of America’s troubled history.

ISLAND SOLDIER Documentary Feature pg. 57 Directed by Nathan Fitch Micronesian blood, America’s War.

MAN ON FIRE Documentary Feature pg. 57 Directed by Joel Fendelman Cleansed by fire, drowned by hate.

MADEINUSA Documentary Shorts, pg. 67 Broad stripes and bright stars, the American ethos.

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2018 SPOTLIGHT

¡CineMás!

NOS LLAMAN GUERRERAS (THEY CALL US WARRIORS) Documentary Feature, pg. 58 Directed by Jennifer Socorro, Edwin Corona Ramos, David Alonso (Venezuela)

A year round program to celebrate Latin American culture, identity, and experience through film. This year’s selection - spotlighted below - highlights short and feature films from nine countries: Venezuela, Mexico, Dominican Republic, Bolivia, El Salvador, Brazil, Cuba, Peru, and Argentina.

RESTOS DE VIENTO (WIND TRACES) Narrative Feature pg. 48 Directed by: Jimena Montemayor Loyo (Mexico)

MELOCOTONES (PEACHES) Narrative Feature pg. 47 Directed by: Hector Valdez (Dominican Republic)

COCAINE PRISON Documentary Feature pg. 56 Directed by Violeta Ayala (Bolivia)

LOS AÑOS AZULES (THE BLUE YEARS) Narrative Feature pg. 44 Directed by Sofía Gómez-Córdova (Mexico)

TIGRE Narrative Feature pg. 50 Directed by Silvina Schnicer and Ulises Porra Guardiola (Argentina)

CABEZA MADRE (MOTHER’S HEAD) Narrative Feature pg. 44 Directed by Edouard Salier (Cuba)

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2018 SPOTLIGHT New Mavericks

Films directed by women and featuring strong female lead characters.

Coccoon

Pink Peach

Films featuring LGBTQ stories and characters.

Low Tide

Family Friendly Films that are appropriate for kids and appeal to the entire family.

Voyagers

Georgia Film Made in our home state, or featuring distinct Georgia ties.

Limits

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NARRATIVE FEATURES

NARRATIVE FEATURES

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NARRATIVE FEATURES AMERICAN ANIMALS DIRECTED BY BART LAYTON

USA, 2018, English, 117 minutes Saturday, April 14, 2018, 9:45 PM — Woodruff Arts Center, Rich Auditorium The unbelievable but true story of four young men who mistake their lives for a movie and attempt one of the most audacious art heists in US history.

LOS AÑOS AZULES (THE BLUE YEARS)

DIRECTED BY SOFÍA GÓMEZ-CÓRDOVA

Mexico, 2017, Spanish, 103 minutes Friday, April 20, 2018, 10:30 PM — Hilan Theatre Four young adults as different as the four seasons have managed to craft a home for themselves in the shattered relic of a once beautiful house. When a new tenant throws a wrench into their precariously balanced dynamic, the group will both grow closer and drift apart as they journey into adulthood.

ARE YOU GLAD I’M HERE

DIRECTED BY NOOR GHARZEDDINE

USA/Lebanon, 2018, Arabic/English, 83 minutes Wednesday, April 18, 2018, 6:00 PM — Hilan Theatre Kirsten, brazen American post-grad, befriends her next-door neighbor, Nadine, an intelligent mother relegated to full-time Beirut housewife. The greater the unlikely friendship grows, the harder it becomes for the women to dismiss the obvious abuse and neglect of Nadine’s husband. As the final days of Kirsten’s life in Beirut draw to a close, Nadine must face her husband and settle things once and for all.

CABEZA MADRE (MOTHER’S HEAD)

DIRECTED BY EDOUARD SALIER

Cuba/France, 2017, Spanish, 89 minutes Sunday, April 15, 2018, 8:00 PM — Dad’s Garage John, a first-generation American, travels to visit his estranged mother in her home country of Cuba for the first time in years. Upon his arrival John is shocked to learn that not only was his mother mixed up with a checkered group of criminals, but she has died in incredibly extreme circumstances. Desperately seeking answers, John will be forced to reckon with the realities of his mother’s life and to answer for his own responsibility in her fate.”

CARDINALS

DIRECTED BY GRAYSON MOORE, AIDAN SHIPLEY

Sunday, April 22, 2018, 7:00 PM — Plaza Theatre Valerie has just returned home from a prison sentence served for a drunk driving accident that cost her neighbor his life. All Valerie wants is to return to a normal life with her husband and two daughters, but when her victim’s son shows up at her door it becomes clear that the past is not behind her. His lingering suspicions cast doubt on her motivations was his father’s death an accident after all?

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NARRATIVE FEATURES CLARA’S GHOST

DIRECTED BY BRIDEY ELLIOTT

USA, 2018, English, 93 minutes Monday, April 16, 2018, 9:15 PM — Dad’s Garage Clara Reynolds is the under-appreciated matriarch of a family in the spotlight. Her husband is an aging comedian that is beginning to recognize his career may be behind him and her daughters are a pair of former child stars attempting to claim a place in the industry as adults. When the family reunites at their home in rural New England, Clara’s long tradition of being relegated to the sidelines drives her to a breaking point. Desperate for connection, Clara finally finds it with the ghost of a woman who only has eyes for her.

DEAD PIGS

DIRECTED BY CATHY YAN

China, 2017, Chinese/English, 132 minutes Saturday, April 21, 2018, 4:30 PM — Plaza Theatre

A Chinese farmer loses his livelihood when pigs mysteriously die across the country. An eccentric woman fights to save her family home from encroaching gentrification, as an American expat architect spearheads the same project in order to make a name for himself in a new land. A young man scraping by as a busboy in a glitzy Shanghai restaurant enters a complicated relationship with a young socialite seeking something outside of her privileged upbringing. As the government struggles to explain the dead pig crisis, each of these stories interconnects in surprising ways as our motley cast of characters searches for a meaningful life.

FACADES

DIRECTED BY NATHALIE BASTEYNS, KAAT BEELS Belgium, 2017, Dutch/French, 91 minutes Saturday, April 21, 2018, 2:15 PM — Plaza Theatre

Alex’s world is turned upside down when her mother abruptly abandons her dementing father. But when Alex moves home to care from him, she finds herself forced to confront a traumatic incident from her childhood and the things she should not have seen. The journey to reckon with her past will find Alex addressing the ways her parents’ marriage has shaped her own relationships, most importantly with her adulterous husband. In order to move forward, Alex must confront the reality of her past.

FAT TUESDAY

DIRECTED BY JORGE TORRES-TORRES

USA, 2017, English, 80 minutes Tuesday, April 17, 2018, 10:30 PM — Plaza Theatre Caught up in the glitz and pageantry of Mardi Gras, a group of friends find themselves enamored with the infamous city of New Orleans. However, as their celebratory night draws to a close, a sinister presence begins to prey upon the unsuspecting tourists.

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HEARTS BEAT LOUD

DIRECTED BY BRETT HALEY

USA, 2018, English, 97 minutes Friday, April 20, 2018, 8:00 PM — Plaza Theatre Frank (Nick Offerman) and his daughter Sam (Kiersey Clemons) form a songwriting duo shortly before she leaves for college. As they grow closer through their music, Frank must come to terms with letting go of his daughter. Toni Collette, Ted Danson, Sasha Lane and Blythe Danner also star.

IN THE SHADOWS

DIRECTED BY DIPESH JAIN

UK/India, 2017, Hindi, 117 minutes Tuesday, April 17, 2018, 8:15 PM — Hilan Theatre A reclusive shopkeeper spends his life isolated from the outside world, interacting with his home of Old Delhi solely through hidden closed-circuit cameras. Meanwhile, a boy struggles to protect his mother and younger brother from the harsh sting of his father’s hands. When the shopkeeper overhears this abuse, he must break free from his self-imposed prison in order to help the boy, discovering a shocking truth along the way.

IT’S A PARTY

DIRECTED BY WELDON WONG POWERS

USA, 2018, English, 78 minutes Monday, April 16, 2018, 10:45 PM — Plaza Theatre Successful Atlanta rap artist Cory Masters is late for his own surprise birthday party. While his friends anxiously await his arrival, each one individually addresses their own existential crisis. As the night drags on, hilarity ensues amongst the party-goers as they ponder life, careers, and relationships with Cory. Get yo’ a** to the party.

LAMP LIGHT

DIRECTED BY MASON REY

USA, 2018, English, 90 minutes Saturday, April 14, 2018, 12:00 PM — Plaza Theatre Crippled by insecurity and doubt, Don Gos struggles with a stilted career and dating life. As he contemplates his failures while driving home one evening, a tunnel collapses on top of him. Buried alive with no hope of rescue, he is unsure of whether or not he will survive and he ceremoniously bids adieu to the rest of his life.

LEAN ON PETE

DIRECTED BY ANDREW HAIGH

UK/USA, 2017, English, 121 minutes Saturday, April 14, 2018, 7:15 PM — Woodruff Arts Center, Rich Auditorium Fifteen-year-old Charley Thompson (Charlie Plummer) arrives in Portland, Oregon with his single father Ray (Travis Fimmel), both of them eager for a fresh start after a series of hard knocks. While Ray descends into personal turmoil, Charley finds acceptance and camaraderie at a local racetrack where he lands a job caring for an aging Quarter Horse named Lean On Pete. The horse’s gruff owner Del Montgomery (Steve Buscemi) and his seasoned jockey Bonnie (Chloë Sevigny) help Charley fill the void of his father’s absence—until he discovers that Pete is bound for slaughter, prompting him to take extreme measures to spare his new friend’s life.

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NARRATIVE FEATURES LEAVE NO TRACE

DIRECTED BY DEBRA GRANIK

USA, 2018, English, 108 minutes Saturday, April 21, 2018, 9:45 PM — Plaza Theatre

Will (Ben Foster) and his teenage daughter, Tom (Harcourt McKenzie), have lived off the grid for years in the forests of Portland, Oregon. When their idyllic life is shattered, both are put into social services. After clashing with their new surroundings, Will and Tom set off on a harrowing journey back to their wild homeland.

MELOCOTONES (PEACHES) DIRECTED BY HECTOR VALDEZ

Dominican Republic/UK, 2017, Spanish/English, 80 minutes Tuesday, April 17, 2018, 7:45 PM — Dad’s Garage In the retrofuture, Diego attempts to salvage his relationship with girlfriend Laura by taking her to the hotel where they once vacationed as a happy couple. But when they arrive, the hotel is no longer in business and Laura’s exboyfriend shows up, demanding to have her back. In an attempt to rectify the situation, Diego accidentally traps himself and Laura in a continuous time loop.

NEVER STEADY, NEVER STILL DIRECTED BY KATHLEEN HEPBURN

Canada, 2017, English, 111 minutes Saturday, April 14, 2018, 2:15 PM — Plaza Theatre

Living in a remote part of Canada, Judy battles daily with the pain and inconvenience of Parkinson’s Disease. After her husband dies suddenly, Judy’s world is turned upside down, leaving her with the daunting task of caring for herself. Judy’s son Jamie has recently left home at his father’s insistence to find work on the harsh Canadian oil fields. In the face of his mother’s illness, Jamie will grapple with balance between his responsibility to her and his mother’s desire to see him forge his own life.

POOR JANE

DIRECTED BY KATIE ORR

USA, 2017, English, 89 minutes Saturday, April 14, 2018, 4:45 PM — Plaza Theatre

Jane is a stay at home mom who has just realized she doesn’t love her husband anymore. She decides to bid her family adieu for the holidays and spends her time reconnecting with herself by dating other men, reconnecting with old flames, and writing poetry. When the holidays are over, Jane must choose between her new life or the one she left behind.

A PRAYER BEFORE DAWN

DIRECTED BY JEAN-STÉPHANE SAUVAIRE

France/Thailand/UK, 2017, English/Thai, 116 minutes Wednesday, April 18, 2018, 10:30 PM — Plaza Theatre “A Prayer Before Dawn” is the remarkable true story of Billy Moore, a young English boxer incarcerated in two of Thailand’s most notorious prisons. He is quickly thrown into a terrifying world of drugs and gang violence, but when the prison authorities allow him to take part in the Muay Thai boxing tournaments, he realizes this might be his chance to get out. Shot in a an actual Thai prison with a cast of primarily real inmates, “A Prayer Before Dawn” is a visceral, thrilling journey through an unforgettable hell on earth.

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NARRATIVE FEATURES PRISON LOGIC

DIRECTED BY ROMANY MALCO

USA, 2018, English, 93 minutes Monday, April 16, 2018, 8:30 PM — Plaza Theatre Two college students film a documentary on larger-than-life, chainsmoking inmate Tijuana Jackson, who is currently serving time in prison. After he is released, Tijuana arrives back home where he is met with the demands of both his family and his parole officer. He leaves home and embarks on a road trip to follow his dreams of becoming a life coach and motivational speaker, but is met with some surprises along the way.

RESTOS DE VIENTO (WIND TRACES)

DIRECTED BY JIMENA MONTEMAYOR LOYO Mexico, 2017, Spanish, 93 minutes Sunday, April 22, 2018, 6:00 PM — Hilan Theatre

In the wake of losing their father and patriarch, a family drifts aimlessly through life. The mother, Carmen, struggles with depression and the task of caring for her children in the wake of her abandonment. Disappointed by the adults in her life, oldest daughter Ana shuts down while her brother opens himself up to the mysterious otherworldly figure that has suddenly appeared in his life. Together, the family will have to grow and let go of their fears in order to survive.

SAVAGE YOUTH

DIRECTED BY MICHAEL CURTIS JOHNSON USA, 2018, English, 97 minutes Sunday, April 15, 2018, 9:30 PM — Plaza Theatre

Elena, an aspiring young artist, meets and falls in love with Jason, a horrorcore rapper. Suddenly engrossed in his world, Elena finds herself binging drugs and alcohol as her young love quickly fizzles. Driven into a friendship with drug dealer Gabe, Elena tries to find herself within this new world. But when a robbery in the midst of a house party goes terribly wrong, Elena will be thrust into a much more violent and dangerous confrontation.

STILL

DIRECTED BY TAKASHI DOSCHER

USA, 2018, English, 88 minutes Saturday, April 21, 2018, 2:45 PM — Woodruff Arts Center, Rich Auditorium When Lily (Madeline Brewer) loses her way on a hike through the Appalachian wilderness, she finds rescue in the form of a peculiar married couple, Ella (Lydia Wilson) and Adam (Nick Blood), who have completely isolated themselves from the outside world. As the couple nurses Lily back to health, she begins to discover evidence of a dark and dangerous secret a century in the making. As Ella and Nick’s mystery begins to unravel, Lily comes to understand the couple’s desperation to keep themselves hidden from the world.

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NARRATIVE FEATURES STRANGE COLOURS

DIRECTED BY ALENA LODKINA

Australia, 2017, English, 85 minutes Sunday, April 22, 2018, 4:00 PM — Hilan Theatre

When Milena learns her estranged father has fallen ill, she travels to the remote opal mining community he calls home. Crossing paths with many of the fellow male miners, Milena discovers the opals themselves are not nearly the most colorful facet of this freedom oasis. As the bond between father and daughter strives to mend, Milena discovers that the “here and now” may be far more valuable than any unearthed gem.

SUMMER 03

DIRECTED BY BECCA GLEASON

USA, 2018, English, 96 minutes Saturday, April 21, 2018, 12:30 PM — Woodruff Arts Center, Rich Auditorium Inspired by true events, “Summer 03” centers on Jamie, a 16-year-old girl (Joey King) and her extended family who are left reeling after her calculating grandmother (June Squibb) unveils an array of family secrets on her deathbed. Jamie is left to navigate her nascent love life and maintain her closest friendships in the midst of this family crisis.

T-JUNCTION

DIRECTED BY AMIL SHIVJI

Tanzania, 2017, Swahili, 106 minutes Tuesday, April 17, 2018, 6:00 PM — Hilan Theatre

When her estranged father suddenly passes, Fatima finds herself struggling to mourn a person to which she had no connection. As she helps her grieving mother collect records from the nearby hospital, she meets Maria, a patient with a complex past and mysterious injuries. Maria begins to tell Fatima a story of her home, T-Junction, and the family that she found amongst its colorful residents. As the two women bond, Fatima begins to come to terms with the complexity of her own home, family, and life.

TELL ME YOUR NAME DIRECTED BY JASON DEVAN

USA, 2018, English, 89 minutes Saturday, April 21, 2018, 12:00 AM — Plaza Theatre

Abused by her father and abandoned by her mother as a young child, Ashley is sent to live with her estranged Aunt Tanya. During her stay, she becomes obsessed with investigating the disappearance of her mother and she calls upon the spirit world to answer her questions. In her quest, she is ensnared by a powerful demon who refuses to leave its host.

THY KINGDOM COME

DIRECTED BY EUGENE RICHARDS

USA, 2018, English, 42 minutes Saturday, April 21, 2018, 12:45 PM — Plaza Theatre

A priest visits the residents of a small town and demonstrates the healing power of listening. From prisons to living rooms, the priest compassionately listens to people from all walks of life openly reveal their deepest secrets, hopes and dreams as they struggle to reconcile their past with their present.

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NARRATIVE FEATURES TIGRE

DIRECTED BY SILVINA SCHNICER, ULISES PORRA GUARDIOLA Argentina, 2017, Spanish, 92 minutes Friday, April 20, 2018, 6:00 PM — Plaza Theatre

Sixty-five year old Rina visits her home in the Tigre Delta accompanied by her forty-something friend Elena. They await the arrival of their estranged children, hoping that the island sanctuary will create a space for reconnection. Instead, they find that the home is threatened by encroaching industrialization and their children feel more distant than ever. The two women struggle to hold onto a way of life that may be already out of reach.

TULLY

DIRECTED BY JASON REITMAN

USA, 2018, English, 94 minutes Sunday, April 15, 2018, 7:15 PM — Plaza Theatre A new comedy from Academy Award-nominated director Jason Reitman (“Up in the Air”) and Academy Award-winning screenwriter Diablo Cody (“Juno”). Marlo (Academy Award-winner Charlize Theron), a mother of three including a newborn, is gifted a night nanny by her brother (Mark Duplass). Hesitant to the extravagance at first, Marlo comes to form a unique bond with the thoughtful, surprising, and sometimes challenging young nanny named Tully (Mackenzie Davis).

VENUS

DIRECTED BY EISHA MARJARA

Canada, 2017, English, 95 minutes Sunday, April 15, 2018, 9:00 PM — Hilan Theatre Having recently embraced her own identity, Sid, a transgender woman, finds herself tangled in a complex web of expectations and aspirations when she discovers she has a 14-year-old son. With new relationships adding to the struggle of culture, religion, and romance in Sid’s journey to acceptance, everyone’s in for a wild ride.

WHEN SHE RUNS

DIRECTED BY ROBERT MACHOIAN, RODRIGO OJEDA-BECK USA/Denmark, 2018, English, 71 minutes Saturday, April 21, 2018, 4:00 PM — Hilan Theatre

Kirstin, a young wife and mother, competes for a spot in the the Olympic trials. In her quest to win, she sacrifices it all as she moves out of her house and leaves behind her husband and young son. While her marriage and finances suffer, she trains obsessively, embarking on a strict diet, exercise and motivational plan she hopes will bring her to Olympic gold.

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NARRATIVE FEATURES YAMASONG: MARCH OF THE HOLLOWS DIRECTED BY SAM KOJI HALE

USA, 2017, English, 95 minutes Sunday, April 15, 2018, 2:15 PM — Hilan Theatre

In a futuristic world filled with fantastical, mechanized creatures, one automaton girl joins forces with a tortoise warrior and a band of outlaws to defeat a sinister army bent on world domination. Their only hope? A perilous journey to find a legendary relic with the power to save them all. Starring Nathan Fillion, Abigail Breslin, Whoopi Goldberg, Malcolm McDowell, Bruce Davison, Freida Pinto, Peter Weller and Ed Asner, “Yamasong: March of the Hollows” is the first feature length non-muppet puppetry film in over a decade.

YOU WERE NEVER REALLY HERE DIRECTED BY LYNNE RAMSAY

UK/France/USA, 2017, English, 85 minutes Friday, April 13, 2018, 9:30 PM — Plaza Theatre A traumatized veteran, unafraid of violence, tracks down missing girls for a living. When a job spins out of control, Joe’s nightmares overtake him as a conspiracy is uncovered leading to what may be his death trip or his awakening.

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DOCUMENTARY FEATURES ABU

DIRECTED BY ARSHAD KHAN

Canada/Pakistan, 2017, English/Urdu/Hindi, 80 minutes Sunday, April 15, 2018, 2:45 PM — Plaza Theatre Using home videos and classic Bollywood films, a filmmaker crafts an intimate portrait of his Pakistani-Muslim family grappling with the realities of having a gay son in a modern world. Torn between sexuality and religion, tradition and migration, a gay son and his father test the boundaries of love, home, and the meaning of family.

ARMED WITH FAITH

DIRECTED BY GEETA GANDBHIR, ASAD FARUQI USA/Pakistan, 2017, Pashto/Urdu, 74 minutes Sunday, April 15, 2018, 6:45 PM — Hilan Theatre

Hidden within the mountainous border of Pakistan and Afghanistan are some of the most violent homegrown terrorist groups. For years, Al-Qaeda and the Taliban have attacked local Pakistani residents with improvised explosive devices in a bid to control the region. Operating on a low budget and scarce resources, the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Bomb Disposal Unit risk their lives daily to counter this terrorism and safeguard their neighbors with their unparalleled faith and courage.

BLACK MEMORABILIA

DIRECTED BY CHICO COLVARD

USA/China, 2018, English/Chinese, 64 minutes Sunday, April 22, 2018, 12:30 PM — Hilan Theatre Racial oppression in the United States often perpetuated through the romanticism of black memorabilia. What once delighted white buyers, has fallen to a combative limbo of historical preservation and addressing present day racism. Various forces’ attempts to reclaim black memorabilia are complicated by developments in China and a desire to preserve cultural context.

COCAINE PRISON

DIRECTED BY VIOLETA AYALA

Bolivia/Australia/France/USA, 2017, Spanish, 77 minutes Saturday, April 14, 2018, 3:15 PM — Hilan Theatre In a world dominated by drug trade and ineffectual police forces, it is often the lowest, replaceable workers in the hierarchy who find themselves imprisoned. Enter the claustrophobic world of Bolivia’s infamous San Sebastian prison. This detailed look at a broken system of arrests and jail time follows the story of one young cocaine mule, Hernan, as he suffers the same fate a countless other disposable workers. At the same time, his sister, Deisy, treds a careful line between freeing her brother and avoiding entanglement in the same cocaine trade that destroyed his life.

FREEDOM FOR THE WOLF

DIRECTED BY RUPERT RUSSELL

Hong Kong/Tunisia/India/USA/Germany, 2018, English/Mandarin/ Arabic/Hindi, 89 minutes Friday, April 20, 2018, 8:15 PM — Hilan Theatre What is democracy? Across the globe, this heralded form of government is under attack by the very leaders it elected. A three year trek through five countries is set to explore the abuse of blind power. In the face of threats that come in the guise of friendly leaders, what can people do to save their democratic freedoms? Can the tides be turned, or is “freedom for the wolf” destined to bring “death for the sheep?”

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DOCUMENTARY FEATURES INGRID

DIRECTED BY MORISSA MALTZ

USA, 2018, English, 52 minutes Saturday, April 21, 2018, 2:30 PM — Hilan Theatre Ingrid, a successful fashion designer and mother, finds solace in the woods. Having dropped everything, she has since crafted her remote existence, surviving off wit and labor while creating art from the land she calls home. But as Ingrid’s past is uncovered, the mystery of what drives someone from modern comforts into a world of solitude is unveiled.

ISLAND SOLDIER

DIRECTED BY NATHAN FITCH

USA/Federated States of Micronesia/Afghanistan, 2017, English/Kosraean, 85 minutes Thursday, April 19, 2018, 8:30 PM — Hilan Theatre Every year, young Micronesian citizens leave their families and island homes on military deployment—as United States soldiers fighting for the American dream. Torn between the failing economics of their native country and a complicated historical relationship with the United States, these young islanders become the pieces of a larger puzzle that pit jobs and security against the reality of fighting for a country you neither belong to nor have any rights in.

LIYANA

DIRECTED BY AARON KOPP, AMANDA KOPP USA/Swaziland, 2017, English/siSwati, 77 minutes Saturday, April 14, 2018, 1:30 PM — Hilan Theatre

Five orphaned children living in Swaziland collectively weave a cathartic tale of love, hope, and bravery through a fictional character they create named Liyana. When Liyana’s parents die and her brothers are kidnapped, she embarks on a perilous journey to face her darkest fears and reclaim her family’s future. While the children immerse themselves in the imaginary, the viewer catches an intimate glimpse of a truer paralleled reality and the childlike wonder that persist through it all.

MAN MADE

DIRECTED BY T COOPER

USA, 2018, English, 93 minutes Sunday, April 22, 2018, 9:00 PM — Plaza Theatre At the world’s only all-transgender bodybuilding competition, four male bodybuilders take the stage. What precedes this triumphant moment are a set of personal and diverse journeys taken on the path to self-identity and empowerment. Told through the intimate and honest lens of a trans filmmaker, this documentary intertwines the nuances of manhood, the drive for social justice, and the competitive desire to forge our own paths and be our personal best.

MAN ON FIRE

DIRECTED BY JOEL FENDELMAN

USA, 2017, English, 54 minutes Wednesday, April 18, 2018, 8:45 PM — Hilan Theatre

Grand Saline seemed like an average Texan small town, until Charles Moore, an elderly white preacher, publically set himself ablaze to protest the town’s systematic racism. Thrust onto the public stage, Grand Saline becomes a battleground between those who would sanitize both history and present and those who would acknowledge the truth about their gilded white picket town.

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DOCUMENTARY FEATURES MAYNARD

DIRECTED BY SAM POLLARD

USA, 2017, English, 99 minutes Saturday, April 14, 2018, 7:00 PM — Plaza Theatre Sunday, April 22, 2018, 6:00 PM — Rialto Center for the Arts In 1970, Maynard Jackson Jr. was elected as mayor of the city of Atlanta, sparking a revolution in the black community. As the first black mayor elected in a major Southern city, his campaign ignited African American voter turnout and his service in office paved the way for the creation of diversity and inclusion norms, still practiced and revered in present day.

MERMAIDS

DIRECTED BY ALI WEINSTEIN

USA/Canada, 2017, English, 76 minutes Sunday, April 15, 2018, 5:00 PM — Plaza Theatre Throughout America there exists a vibrant and mythical subculture of mermaids. Based on history and passion, the culture brings light to the lives of five diverse women who spend their time donning full-size tails at pools, beaches, and bars. Their individual metamorphoses from woman to fish prove it doesn’t matter where you come from when you share a dream.

NOS LLAMAN GUERRERAS (THEY CALL US WARRIORS)

DIRECTED BY JENNIFER SOCORRO, EDWIN CORONA RAMOS, DAVID ALONSO

Venezuela/USA/Mexico/Jordan, 2018, Spanish/English, 81 minutes Saturday, April 21, 2018, 12:15 PM — Hilan Theatre In a country torn apart by political and economic upheaval, a team of young women finds refuge in a sport that rises above their personal poverty and gendered social status. But when this new soccer team goes undefeated in all of South America, these women find themselves in the position to win Venezuela’s first World Cup and gain a new acceptance and voice in their home country.

NOTHING WITHOUT US: THE WOMEN WHO WILL END AIDS

DIRECTED BY HARRIET HIRSHORN

Burundi/France/Spain/Nigeria/USA, 2017, English/French, 67 minutes Sunday, April 15, 2018, 12:30 PM — Hilan Theatre For the past 30 years, women around the world have been on the move to tear down the forces that would silence them. Forgotten and overlooked in the global fight against HIV/AIDS, these women, particularly women of color, are fighting to destroy the myths and stigmas that surround this disease. Following the lives of present day activists around the world, this documentary charts the fight of women living with HIV/ AIDS while also exploring the historical blind eye turned toward women during this long epidemic.

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DOCUMENTARY FEATURES ONIBO

DIRECTED BY JULIEN MAURANNE, VICTOR GUILLON

France/Peru, 2017, Spanish/Shipibo, 60 minutes Sunday, April 22, 2018, 2:00 PM — Hilan Theatre

Curious about urban life outside of their rural Peruvian village, two teenage brothers of the Amazonian Shipibo Indians leave for Lima to chase their dreams. Aware of the sage advice and dutiful hesitation of their parents, the boys arrive only to discover that dark realities are hiding inside a booming metropolis. Together, they’ll have to make their own way and reconcile their desire for modernity with an ancestral knowledge that is soon to be theirs.

RBG

DIRECTED BY BETSY WEST, JULIE COHEN

USA, 2018, English, 97 minutes Wednesday, April 18, 2018, 6:30 PM — Plaza Theatre

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ginsburg has created a breathtaking legal legacy for women’s rights while becoming an unexpected pop culture icon. The personal journey of this diminutive, quiet warrior’s rise to the nation’s highest court during a hostile time for women, is revealed in this inspiring and multidimensional portrait. Now 84, Ginsburg refuses to relinquish her passionate duty, continues to have vigorous dissenting opinions and her exercise workouts.

SILAS

DIRECTED BY ANAJLI NAYAR, HAWA ESSUMAN

Canada/South Africa/Kenya/Liberia, 2017, English, 80 minutes Saturday, April 21, 2018, 5:45 PM — Hilan Theatre Faced with environmental destruction and governmental corruption, Liberian activist Silas Siakor is fighting back to save the country he loves. In this stunning ode to grassroots resistance, Silas highlights how the power of an individual and the use of modern technology empowers local communities to rise up and lead the environmental struggle on a global scale.

TAKE LIGHT

DIRECTED BY SHASHA NAKHAI

Nigeria/Canada, 2018, Pidgin English, 78 minutes Saturday, April 14, 2018, 5:30 PM — Hilan Theatre

When it comes to power and electricity, Nigeria is a country in crisis. Torn between its desire to enter the global stage and its inability to provide one of the major first world utilities, the country lives in limbo. Through the door to door travellings of an optimistic electrician and a hesitant power company representative, the complicated dynamics of a country’s ineffectual energy structure and the havoc it wreaks begins to unfold.

306 HOLLYWOOD

DIRECTED BY ELAN BOGARÍN, JONATHAN BOGARÍN

USA/Italy/Hungary, 2018, English/Italian, 94 minutes Sunday, April 22, 2018, 4:45 PM — Plaza Theatre

After the loss of their grandmother, a brother and sister foray into the depths of magical realism to excavate and appreciate the home she left behind. Their journey examines an individual’s microcosmic universe and the physical and emotional weight that indelibly carries on after a life ends. In this documentary, the ordinary becomes the extraordinary and a New Jersey home becomes a classical ruin to be revered by archaeologists, archivists and scientists alike.

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DOCUMENTARY FEATURES WAITING FOR DAVID

DIRECTED BY EMELIE SVENSSON, KARIN OLEANDER USA/Sweden, 2018, English, 41 minutes Thursday, April 19, 2018, 8:45 PM — Plaza Theatre

April 19, 1993. After a grueling 51-day standoff between the FBI and the Branch Davidian cult in Waco, Texas, over 70 members of the cult perished when their compound went up in flames. Now 25 years later, survivor Clive Doyle is still waiting for cult leader and messiah David Koresh to resurrect alongside Clive’s own deceased daughter.

WON’T YOU BE MY NEIGHBOR?

DIRECTED BY MORGAN NEVILLE

USA, 2018, English, 94 minutes Saturday, April 21, 2018, 5:15 PM — Woodruff Arts Center: Rich Auditorium From Academy Award-winning filmmaker Morgan Neville (“20 Feet from Stardom”), “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?” takes an intimate look at America’s favorite neighbor: Mister Fred Rogers. A portrait of a man whom we all think we know, this emotional and moving film takes us beyond the zip-up cardigans and the land of make-believe, and into the heart of a creative genius who inspired generations of children with compassion and limitless imagination.

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* Each short film block in this year’s festival was named after the work of a filmmaker of color. It is our hope that these titles will capture the vibrant soul of each block, while also highlighting an underrepresented set of creators and their art.

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Oma

CARBON COPY (Michael Schultz, 1981)

Filaments of connection floating in projector light. Documentary, 95 minutes Sunday, April 15, 2018, 4:30pm — Hilan Theatre

Chandler

HARD WORLD FOR SMALL THINGS (Janicza Bravo, 2016)

Portraits of young minds and steel spines.

Narrative, 102 minutes Thursday, April 19, 2018, 6:00pm — Hilan Theatre

THE LAST TAPE

DIRECTED BY CYPRIEN CLÉMENT-DELMAS & IGOR KOSENKO — Ukraine/Germany, 12:12 A young man and a veteran meet for the last time before the Ukraine war separates them.

CHARMING STRANGERS

DIRECTED BY WEICHAO XU — USA, 22:24 Through the lens of a vintage film camera, a Chinese photographer and his 8-year-old students rediscover their experience as immigrants in the United States.

DENGÊ MIN HILGIRT (CARRY MY VOICE) DIRECTED BY HASAN DEMIRTAS — USA/Turkey, 19:02 A personal story of love and separation against the backdrop of an episode of Kurdish history with profound consequences to this day.

HALLO SALAAM (HELLO SALAAM)
 DIRECTED BY KIM BRAND — The Netherlands/ Greece, 15:07

Two young boys visit a refugee camp on the Greek island of Lesbos. First encounters of handing out food and careful greetings soon become playful gatherings and good conversations.

ALL THE LEAVES ARE BROWN

DIRECTED BY DANIEL ROBIN — USA, 11:00

A short film about memory, loss, family, and a sugar maple tree.

OMA

CHANDLER

DIRECTED BY JULIA KENNELLY — USA, 9:14 Feeling ignored on an important day, a 12-year-old girl seeks attention from an unexpected source.

‫( راهن تقو‬LUNCH TIME)

DIRECTED BY ALIREZA GHASEMI — Iran, 15:57 A 16 year old girl goes to the hospital to identify the body of her mother. But age, bureaucracy, and culture might prevent her from seeing her mother one last time.

VARG (WOLF)

DIRECTED BY FRIDA KEMPFF & ERIK ANDERSSON — Sweden, 11:41 In the shadow of a violent threat, a young woman must decide whether or not to take action to save her family’s way of life.

MARLON

DIRECTED BY JESSICA PALUD — France, 19:50 Marlon, 14 years old, is visiting her mother in jail for the first time since her imprisonment. Protected by her family, she stubbornly believes that her mother is still her childhood heroine…

茧 (COCOON)

DIRECTED BY MEI LIYING — China, 25:41 When Qingqing questions her mom’s odd relationship with a female friend, she discovers a secret that will unravel her peaceful family life and her burgeoning conceptions of love, sex, and female desire.

DIRECTED BY BILL KIRSTEIN — USA, 15:24 A rich discovery in a dusty attic raises long forgotten questions for a centenarian facing the loss of her short-term memory. An exploration of memory, secrets and living to be 100.

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SAN MIGUEL

DIRECTED BY CRIS GRIS — Mexico/USA, 19:30 In order to help heal her grieving mother, Ana, a devout 9 year old girl, pushes her faith to its limit in hopes of divine intervention.

April 13–22, 2018


SHORT FILMS

Railment

INN DIRECTED BY ZION CHEN — USA, 4:26 A strange girl draws a young man’s attention in the inn.

AND THE MOON STANDS STILL

IMAGINARY FLYING MACHINES (Hayao Miyazaki, 2002)

DIRECTED BY YULIA RUDITSKAYA — Belarus/ Germany/USA, 10:47 The presence of the moon affects all under its glow. The film explores the lunar cycle and the energies invoked by its radiance.

SOG

Renderings of an animated technicolor world.

DIRECTED BY JONATAN SCHWENK — Germany, 10:14

Animation, 102 minutes Monday, April 16, 2018, 9:00pm — Hilan Theatre

A people of humanlike creatures lash out viciously against a shoal of fish that had unintentionally entered their desolate land.

TÊTE À TÊTE

DIRECTED BY DUŠAN KASTELIC — Slovenia, 12:12

DIRECTED BY NATASHA TONKIN — United Kingdom, 7:41

One family’s search for connection in a digital world.

THE BOX
 The Box is full of miserable creatures. One of them doesn’t belong there. He’s thinking outside the box... You Can’t Play With Us

NEGATIVE SPACE

DIRECTED BY MAX PORTER & RU KUWAHATA — France, 5:30 My dad taught me how to pack.

TOKRI (THE BASKET)

DIRECTED BY SURESH ERIYAT — India, 14:22

KABOOM

Two insignificant lives lost and found in time.

TWO BALLOONS

DIRECTED BY MARK C. SMITH — USA, 9:08

Two travelers return to a place crossed by stars and clouds where love is at the beginning of everything.

HEAVEN

(Greg Araki, 2010)

Unicorns, Rasputin, Sharknado - oh my! Puppets and clay that will blow your mind.

Puppetry & Stop Motion Animation, 64 minutes Friday, April 20, 2018, 10:15pm — Plaza Theatre

DIRECTED BY MIGUEL ANAYA — Mexico, 11:19

In the late 40’s, a pilot, who visits isolated communities to bring them food and rescue the sick, loses his brother who wanted to be like him.

RAILMENT

DIRECTED BY SHUNSAKU HAYASHI — Japan, 9:40

YOU CAN’T PLAY WITH US

DIRECTED BY JASON RHEIN & SERENE BACIGALUPI — USA, 15:44 When an inquisitive dinosaur happens upon some musical unicorns at Marshmallow Mountain, they aren’t as friendly as he expects.

In a continuous scenery, his physical movement stays in the same position.

MING

DIRECTED BY DANSKI TANG — USA, 3:07

A Chinese woman’s experience as a live figure model while abroad.

10

DIRECTED BY YU-TING CHENG — USA, 3:38

TUBEHEADS - HAIE IM WELTRAUM (TUBEHEADS - SHARKS IN SPACE)

DIRECTED BY HENNING RICKE & DANIEL RABOLDT — GERMANY, 5:18

A puppet sketch comedy for the generation Y, ‘TubeHeads’ is a wired and wonderful joyride through pop- and high culture with nerdy humor and general mischief.

An autistic 5-year-old with leukemia suffering both physically and mentally in the darkness of pain.

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LOW TIDE

DIRECTED BY FIG HOUSE — Canada, 5:00

DIRECTED BY JOSEPH SACKETT — USA, 10:05

A flippantly animated portrait of typical flat denizens who live together, yet apart.

A queer supernatural break-up album about a woman who falls in love with an angel.

TO BE

DIRECTED BY FARZANEH OMIDVARNIA — Iran/ Denmark, 6:01 Seeking refuge, a group of migrants must brave unknown perils and one unfriendly climate after the next.

NEVADA

PALEONAUT

DIRECTED BY ERIC MCEVER — China/Japan/USA/ Singapore, 15:51 A scientist studying the first human time traveler falls in love with her subject. But if her research succeeds they will become separated by eons of history…

DIRECTED BY EMILY ANN HOFFMAN — USA, 12:07 A young couple’s romantic weekend getaway is interrupted by a birth control mishap in this stop-motion animated comedy.

THE LEGEND OF RASPUTIN

DIRECTED BY JAMIE SHANNON — Canada, 12:40 A dark historical comedy about the first tabloid star Grigori Rasputin, presenting a chapter in his life through puppets.

THE EMISSARY

DIRECTED BY BRYAN TAN — USA, 21:17 Liv Laika embarks on a solitary mission to a distant planet in search of her ancestors who fled the earth nearly a century prior.

AFTER HER

DIRECTED BY ALY MIGLIORI — USA, 14:39 A wayward teenage girl goes missing and her friend is haunted by her disappearance. An atmospheric sci-fi about first love and the lost girl.

DON’T THINK OF A PINK ELEPHANT DIRECTED BY SURAYA RAJA — United Kingdom, 7:20 A teenage girl fights her intrusive thoughts. Expire

SOULS OF TOTALITY

DIRECTED BY RICHARD RAYMOND — USA, 18:44 A relationship story about the sacrifices we make, the things we don’t say, and love’s seemingly supernatural ability to conquer all. Hail Mary Country

LAST LIFE IN THE UNIVERSE (Pen-Ek-Ratanaruang, 2003)

Glimpses beyond the veil of time and space.

Narrative, 110 minutes Sunday, April 22, 2018, 12:00pm — Plaza Theatre

ARLO ALONE

DIRECTED BY NICOLE DORSEY — Canada, 16:28 A futuristic drama that follows a young woman as she comes to terms with her own loneliness in a world where in-person contact has become a rarity.

LAUGHTER

(Harry d’Abbadie d’Arrast, 1930)

Humorous collisions of circumstance and character. Narrative, 77 minutes Sunday, April 15, 2018, 6:00pm — Dad’s Garage

STICKY

DIRECTED BY RICHARD TURLEY — United Kingdom, 13:06 A suburban tale of lust, chewing gum and first class stamps.

EXPIRE (EXHALE)

DIRECTED BY MAGALI MAGISTRY — France, 13:12 In a world blanketed by toxic fog, one young woman, alone in the world, tries to connect despite the inherent danger in stepping outside.

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MY LETHAL WEAPON

DIRECTED BY HOPE LEIGH — USA, 9:24

A young blonde must navigate treacherous power dynamics when she’s pulled over late at night by a “friendly” cop.

April 13–22, 2018


SHORT FILMS THE HOMESTAY DIRECTED BY PRIYANKA MATTOO — USA, 11:48 A sheltered Indian couple visits their son in the U.S. for the first time and bungles their apartment rental, ending up in close quarters with their hosts, a gay couple and their dogs.

THE FOURTH KINGDOM

DIRECTED BY ADAN ALIAGA & ALEX LORA — Spain/USA, 14:21 The kingdom of plastics, a redemption center in NY for immigrants and underdogs where the American Dream becomes possible indeed.

OFFSTAGE DIRECTED BY ANDREI HUTULEAC — Romania, 25:15 A famous Romanian actor is kidnapped by the obsessed mother of his biggest fan.

HAIL MARY COUNTRY
 DIRECTED BY TANNAZ HAZEMI — USA, 18:09 Macho Grandmother Irene Dandy has to defend her family of football fanatics when they are robbed by Nora, a cocky thief with an all male posse. Footprint

BROOKLYNN

DIRECTED BY CHARLIE MYSAK — USA, 12:14 A deeply personal look into how gun violence impacts a family long after the media spotlight fades away.

TOWARDS THE NORTH

DIRECTED BY JESSICA CHERMAYEFF & JOSHUA BENNETT — Mexico/USA, 17:48 With their sights set on the U.S., mother and daughter cover the length of Mexico, facing immigration officials and taking selfies along the way – only to arrive in Tijuana where the US border suddenly becomes a dark reality. Counterfeit Kunkoo

MADEINUSA

(Claudia Llosa, 2006)

Broad stripes and bright stars, the American ethos.

Documentary, 99 minutes Friday, April 20, 2018, 6:00pm — Hilan Theatre

FOOTPRINT
 DIRECTED BY SARA NEWENS — USA, 17:05 A purely observational meditation on how different people engage with the World Trade Center Memorial, exploring the ways we choose to commemorate tragedy in the age of technology, social media, and changing attitudes toward patriotism.

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NOBODY’S WOMAN (Adela Sequeyro, 1937)

Painstaking accounts of lives led, loved, and lost. Narrative, 103 minutes Sunday, April 22, 2018, 2:30pm — Plaza Theatre

PAS PAPA (NOT DADDY)

DIRECTED BY TAMARA VITTOZ — France, 24:24

DIRECTED BY AEMILIA SCOTT — USA, 9:30

Anna doesn’t feel like an ordinary girl. Her violent father has gone for what seems like forever, and her mom keeps pushing her to forget he exists. Still, she dreams of meeting him.

NUUCA


DIRECTED BY ELINA FESSA — Greece, 12:08

Footage from every police shooting over the last two years, taken unedited, and aligned synchronised to the moment of the first gunshot.

DIRECTED BY MICHELLE LATIMER — USA/Canada, 12:58 The oil boom in North Dakota has brought tens of thousands of new people to the region and with that has come an influx of drugs, crime and sex trafficking.

SOCKS ON FIRE: UNCLE JOHN AND THE COPPER HEADED WATER RATTLERS
 DIRECTED BY BO MCGUIRE — USA, 15:05 A failed poet takes up cinematic arms when he returns home to Hokes Bluff, Alabama to discover his homophobic aunt has locked his drag queen uncle out of the family home.

Ράγες (TRACKS)

A student on her way to class. A mother trying to cope. One accident where they’ll learn what they’re made of.

NEVADA

DIRECTED BY EMILY ANN HOFFMAN — USA, 12:07

A young couple’s romantic weekend getaway is interrupted by a birth control mishap in this stop-motion animated comedy.

‫( تیالیاه‬HIGHLIGHT)

DIRECTED BY SHAHRZAD DADGAR — Iran, 23:42 The reflection of sexual issues such as virginity, abortion and sex reassignment surgery in lives of three women spending an afternoon in a beauty salon in Tehran, Iran.

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SHORT FILMS COUNTERFEIT KUNKOO

DIRECTED BY REEMA SENGUPTA — India, 15:00 In a city that houses millions, Smita finds herself fighting beasts of a different kind as she discovers a strange prerequisite to renting a house in middle-class Mumbai.

NJË MUAJ (A MONTH)

DIRECTED BY ZGJIM TERZIQI — Kosovo, 26:19 The real life story of a blind woman with no home and her four sisters’ pact to keep her at their respective residences for a month each. Odd Job Man

MING WANG SHIN TU (TO PLUTO)

DIRECTED BY YEN-JU LEE — Taiwan/United Kingdom, 15:58

A nurse who finds herself stuck in her current job and a dying longdistance relationship meets a cancer patient who is trying to find the family he abandoned before it is too late. Pantheon

THE PLACE PROMISED IN OUR EARLY DAYS (Makoto Shinkai, 2004)

Meditations on weathered hands and patient hearts.

OF ONE BLOOD (Spencer Williams, 1944)

Family ghosts of the past, present, and future.

Narrative, 104 minutes Sunday, April 15, 2018, 12:15pm — Plaza Theatre

Narrative, 99 minutes Saturday, April 14, 2018, 7:30pm — Hilan Theatre

FOR NONNA ANNA

DIRECTED BY IS LUIS DE FILIPPIS — Canada, 13:17

PANTHEON

DIRECTED BY ANGE-RÉGIS HOUNKPATIN — France, 24:35 Cut off from his family roots, Solomon is about to donate his deceased father’s Voodoo costume to a museum when a young street-dancer reminds him that the ancestral soul still remains.

FORGIVE ME

DIRECTED BY BESIM UGZMAJLI — Kosovo, 15:00 Manipulated into joining a terrorist group, Bujar tries to convince his brother Agron to help his wife Mimosa join him in Syria.

A trans girl cares for her Italian grandmother. She assumes that her Nonna disapproves of her - but instead discovers a tender bond in their shared vulnerability.

SATURDAY NIGHT SPECIAL

DIRECTED BY ESTEBAN GARCIA VERNAZA — USA, 12:00 In a fit of anger, young Wesley embarks on a journey through the dangerous streets in search of some food for his baby sister.

KHANE SEFID (WHITE HOUSE)

DIRECTED BY MADEH ARASTOO MAFAKHERI — Iran, 20:00 A brand new religious leader, searching for identity, finds himself in over his head and isolated during his first rural village assignment.

UPSET BODY

DIRECTED BY DELPHINE LE COURTOIS — Canada, 20:30 Gabrielle, a young independent woman, must face difficult questions when unexpected news comes hurtling into her life.

EMERGENCY DIRECTED BY CAREY WILLIAMS — USA, 11:40 Faced with an emergency situation, a group of young Black and Latino friends carefully weigh the pros and cons of calling the police.

KE

DIRECTED BY JUN CHONG — Singapore, 13:05 An elderly Taiwanese lady goes to Singapore’s only Hakka cemetery to try and find her late grandfather’s grave before the cemetery is relocated.

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ALTMULIGMAND (ODD JOB MAN)

DIRECTED BY MARIANNE BLICHER — Denmark, 22:00 An old man struggling with life gets the chance to pursue a dusty dream.

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Pupae

DIRECTED BY ANNIKA KURNICK — USA, 25:00 During the height of the AIDS epidemic in LA, Gabriel, a lonely hospice worker, helps lead his patients to a conscious death. Wyrm

SPRING IN MY HOMETOWN (Kwangmo Lee, 1998)

Films and filmmakers grown in Georgia clay.

Narrative (Local), 85 minutes Thursday, April 12, 2018, 8:00pm — Plaza Theatre

REBELS OF THE NEON GOD (Tsai Ming-Liang, 1992)

Turbulent intersections of love and tech.

M.A.F.I.A.

DIRECTED BY FRANCES CHANG — USA, 4:45 Discouraged by online dating, these women have turned to a new app, M.A.F.I.A., to find love.

Narrative & Animation, 96 minutes Tuesday, April 17, 2018, 6:00pm — Plaza Theatre

SOMETHING BIGGER

DIRECTED BY CHRIS ANTHONY HAMILTON — USA, 8:57

WYRM


Teea confides in her best friend about her existential crisis when an ominous visitor interrupts their moment of connection.

Wyrm has two days to complete his Level 1 Sexuality Requirement, typically osculation (aka kissing), or he’ll be held back as part of the school district’s No Child Left Alone program and forced to wear his My.E.Q. Electronic Monitoring Collar through high school.

DIRECTED BY ALEX RICHARD THOMAS — USA, 9:32

DIRECTED BY CHRISTOPHER WINTERBAUER — USA, 19:45

THEY WAIT FOR US

DIRECTED BY LUKAS SCHRANK & GEORGE THOMSON —

United Kingdom, 21:48 In a near-future end-of-life care facility, a reclusive hospital worker starts to believe a coma patient is secretly communicating with him.

基石 (FUNDAMENTAL)


JUKEBOX GIRL

The mayor’s daughter, Brenda moonlights as a criminal stuck between putting her delinquent days behind her or succumbing to a life of crime.

BEEDA AFTER THE WAKE

DIRECTED BY NINA MARINOV — USA, 10:04

In a southern magical realism story of loss, an observant five year old girl is left on her own to navigate death and grief.

PUPAE

DIRECTED BY RYAN HOPE TRAVIS — USA, 8:32

DIRECTED BY SHIHCHIEH CHIU — Taiwan, 7:10

Compelled to confront his past, Moses returns home after living in a swamp for 7 years.

STHLM HUNTERS

DIRECTED BY RAYMOND WOOD — USA, 12:00

A story of a teenager who discovers the strange and terrifying reality behind fundamentalism.

DIRECTED BY TOR HELMSTEIN — Sweden, 17:11 igilantes Bibi and Kenneth must prove that the man they’ve taken hostage really is the internet pedophile they’re looking for.

LONG BUENO

DIRECTED BY ABÍLIO DIAS — Brazil, 29:57

Mauro runs and runs, but Long Bueno remains far far away.

CELLS

A doctor is held captive by a group of masked intruders who force him to answer why billions of dollars go wasted each year in the name of medical research.

JOOKUHDO

DIRECTED BY CRYSTAL JIN KIM — USA, 12:30

An antique shopkeeper is floored when her long-lost, yakuzainvolved love suddenly reappears four years after his supposed death and is dying to find if this can be true.

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SHORT FILMS ON THE FENCE

DIRECTED BY JARED CALLAHAN — USA, 8:00 Pete attempts to reconnect with his family after escaping from a drug recovery center.

SNAPSHOT

DIRECTED BY BRETT BAGWELL — USA, 9:59 Expressed through the memories and dreams of a 12-year old boy, a mother and son struggle to cope with the absence of the father. Zion

THE THINGS YOU THINK I’M THINKING

DIRECTED BY SHERREN LEE — Canada, 14:17

A black male burn-survivor and amputee goes on a date with a regularly-abled man.

MAKE THEM BELIEVE

DIRECTED BY TAIMI ARVIDSON — USA/Russia, 13:59 A Russian wrestler enchanted by the United States plays the ultimate villain as the stars and stripes-clad character “American Hope” in Moscow’s underground wrestling ring.

MEN DON’T WHISPER

DIRECTED BY JORDAN FIRSTMAN — USA, 22:00 After being emasculated at a sales conference, gay couple Reese and Peyton set out to do the most masculine thing they can think of - sleep with some women. Edge of Alchemy

STUD LIFE (Campbell X, 2012)

What makes a man?

Narrative & Documentary, 104 minutes Tuesday, April 17, 2018, 8:15pm — Plaza Theatre

GUTTEN ER SULTEN (THE HUNGER)

DIRECTED BY KENNETH KARLSTAD — Norway, 20:59 A sixteen year old boy with an intense desire for recognition seeks out a vicious criminal to prove his boundless grit.

THOSE WHO MAKE TOMORROW (Akira Kurosawa, 1946)

Exceptional avant-garde works that transform through beauty, wit and wonder.

Experimental, 83 minutes Wednesday, April 18, 2018, 9:30pm — Hilan Theatre

STREET RACERS

DIRECTED BY AURÉLIEN HEILBRONN — Dominican Republic/USA/France, 9:09 Deep in the Dominican Republic’s illegal motorbiking culture, a tightknit community of teens risk their lives to entertain themselves, blocking off motorways and hitting high speeds on small custom bikes.

CIVILIZED LANDSCAPES

DIRECTED BY TARYN WARD — USA, 1:04 The evolution of corporation culture and its overwhelming presence on contemporary life.

RICE BALL

DIRECTED BY YUSUKE OISHI — Japan, 15:00 In the wake of a matriarch’s death, a father and son grapple with their grief and the sudden realization that nothing, not even food, will ever be the same.

DREAM PHONE

DIRECTED BY KENDRA LOHR — USA, 3:43 Who — who — who’s got a crush on you! Was it all a dream?

ZION

DIRECTED BY FLOYD RUSS — USA, 10:25 A portrait of Zion Clark, a young wrestler who was born without legs and grew up in foster care.

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ROYAL JELLY

DIRECTED BY STEPHANIE BURBANO — Canada, 9:53 A vivid exploration of drag brought about by experimentation and a unique insight into life.

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SHORT FILMS Abu Adnan

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DIRECTED BY JOSEPHINE MASSARELLA — Canada, 6:37 A woman looks out from the shoreline, acting as a point of departure to disparate yet interconnected sequences, prompting the viewer to engage in a structurally unique mode of inquiry and experience.

BLOT

DIRECTED BY BENJAMIN ROUSE — USA, 2:15 A film about loss.

BECAUSE I LOVE YOU

DIRECTED BY YU-TING CHENG — USA, 4:01 Nothing else matters other than love.

FAREWELL TRANSMISSION

DIRECTED BY MIKE ROLLO — Canada, 14:05 Equal parts indexical record of the demolition of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation’s CBK Transmitter Station in 2015 and subjective response to the residual media documenting the event.

601 REVIR DRIVE

DIRECTED BY JOSH WEISSBACH — USA, 8:40

An animal carefully guards an outlined space as a river runs backwards.

GUTTERBALL
 DIRECTED BY SAM GURRY — USA, 1:07 I was in a bowling league in third grade where I routinely rolled my ball into the next lane and ate a lot of cheese fries.

DOWN ESCALATION

DIRECTED BY SHUNSAKU HAYASHI — Japan, 7:20 Falling down, it feels ecdysone is filling up its body. Delving into the deeper layers of itself, the flesh is melted down in the shell until the form is no longer.

SDTOHDUPREZMAXV2_009.MP4 DIRECTED BY ANNA SPENCE — USA, 4:10 Booted from the limelight, Max Headroom now roves the video signal on the search for his life’s meaning.

EDGE OF ALCHEMY

DIRECTED BY STACEY STEERS — USA, 19:00 Mary Pickford and Janet Gaynor, delicately lifted from their early silent films, are cast into a surreal epic with an upending of the Frankenstein story amid a contemporary undercurrent of hive collapse.

UNDER THE SAME MOON (Patricia Riggen, 2007)

Blueprints of borders fabricated internally and externally.

Narrative & Documentary, 107 minutes Monday, April 16, 2018, 6:15pm — Plaza Theatre

EIGHTH CONTINENT

DIRECTED BY YORGOS ZOIS — Greece, 11:00

On Lesvos Island, an old abandoned dump lies within two big craters, overflowing with thousands of life jackets from the refugee waves.

ABU ADNAN (ADNAN’S FATHER)

DIRECTED BY SYLVIA LE FANU — Denmark, 25:13

Sayid wants to keep his status as a father and the family patriarch in a new linguistic and cultural setting, despite his sons progress in assimilating to the Danish language culture.

I HAVE A MESSAGE FOR YOU

DIRECTED BY MATAN ROCHLITZ — Israel/United

Kingdom/Belgium, 12:45 To save her life, a woman left her father to die. Decades later, she got a message from him

THE DRIVER IS RED

DIRECTED BY RANDALL CHRISTOPHER — USA, 14:37 Set in Argentina 1960, this true crime documentary follows the story of secret agent Zvi Aharoni as he hunted down one of the highest ranking Nazi war criminals on the run.

EUNA

DIRECTED BY SEUNG-HYUN CHONG — Korea/Germany, 18:45 A young factory worker tries to come to grips with her life as an outsider.

SIN CIELO (WITHOUT HEAVEN)

DIRECTED BY J.S. MAARTEN — USA, 24:59

Delia and Memo are like most teenagers; defiant, hormonal, always on their phones; except they live in one of the most dangerous neighborhoods bordering Northern Mexico - where Dollars rule and missing girls’ bodies turn up mysteriously in the river or never at all.

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SHORT FILMS Atlanta From the Ashes

WALLS OF HOPE

DIRECTED BY ELISABETH PRITCHETT — USA, 8:16 A short documentary about the Walls of Hope project in Savannah, Georgia and its creative and inspiring impact on the community.

AMERICAN DREAMING

DIRECTED BY MATTHEW HASHIGUCHI — USA, 10:56 With no guarantees of employment or opportunity, undocumented immigrants strive to obtain a college degree in the state of Georgia, where they are barred from enrolling in its most selected colleges and universities.

WALKING DISTANCE (Alejandro Guzmán Alvarez, 2015)

ATLANTA FROM THE ASHES

DIRECTED BY ANDREW LITTEN — USA, 10:07

Snapshots of peach state roots.

Documentary (Local), 61 minutes Thursday, April 12, 2018, 6:00pm — Plaza Theatre

An exploration of Atlanta’s resiliency, and how the youth of Atlanta can look to the past for leadership and perseverance to move forward. Raisin

THE LAST MAN YOU MEET

DIRECTED BY CHRIS BONE — USA, 5:00

Take an exclusive look inside the gritty business of death as a thirdgeneration funeral director reflects on his life.

ARCHIVE

DIRECTED BY ADAM FORRESTER — USA, 2:00 Filmed in a single-take, this experimental documentation of the demise of the iconic Georgia Archives Building in Atlanta, Georgia, explores our desire to preserve the past, our appetite to make way for the future, and the complex intersection of those urges.

THE WHOLE SPEAKS

DIRECTED BY CAROLINE RUMLEY — USA, 2:15 In two minutes we follow Nelms Creekmur through the process of creating a bottle opener out of a discarded railway tie. But it’s more than that. It’s a two minute manifesto on the creative process as a whole, applicable to any medium.

AWARE

DIRECTED BY JEREMY COURNYEA — USA, 7:08 The AWARE Wildlife Center is a non-profit that cares for injured and orphaned Georgia wildlife and promotes peaceful coexistence with our animal neighbors.

MAGIC IS EVERYWHERE

WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS (Jemaine Clement, Taika Waititii, 2014)

A weird and wacky balm for the soul.

Narrative, Animation, & Documentary, 68 minutes Thursday, April 19, 2018, 12:00am — Plaza Theatre

ME OLEMME UNESSA (WE ARE IN A DREAM)

DIRECTED BY HENNA VÄLKKY & EESU LEHTOLA — Finland, 6:15 Based on personal recordings of people narrating their recurring dreams and nightmares, we race through their unconscious desires and fears.

DIRECTED BY JORDAN NOEL — USA, 14:48 A short documentary following the final few shows of Wil Wright, AKA Lil Iffy, who borrows characters, language and situations from the Harry Potter books to tell his own version of typical hip hop stories and themes.

MIEDO DE MONOS (FEAR OF MONKEYS)

DIRECTED BY MICHAEL ARCOS — USA, 5:35

My father told me a story about why he is afraid of monkeys. His fear dates back to 1958 in Ecuador. This is what happened...

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SHORT FILMS CEVICHE

DIRECTED BY DOMÉNICA GARCÍA — USA, 9:37 Six women from different generations reveal the hidden emotions behind the preparation of Ceviche.

STAY UPS

NAMORO À DISTÂNCIA (LONG DISTANCE RELATIONSHIP)

DIRECTED BY CAROLINA MARKOWICZ — Brazil, 4:48

A brief story about a gentleman who’s obsessed about having sex with ETs.

DIRECTED BY JOANNA RYTEL — Sweden, 11:00 A middle-aged woman is about to get nightly visits from a young man. Her child is, as usual, in the way.

SINFORMIST

RAISIN DIRECTED BY DANNY HUNT — USA, 13:05 Two young sisters are abducted by strange creatures that pretend to be their parents.

DIRECTED BY JADE YUCHUN CHAO — USA, 2:08 In a world where each person is accompanied by a demon that represents his/her biggest faults, J is an average joe without any particular shortcomings, thus leaving him without a personal demon to call his own.

AI ZAI SHI JIE MO RI (LOVE AFTER TIME)

DIRECTED BY TSAI TSUNG-HAN — TAIWAN, 15:24 After a nuclear explosion, two mutant humans fall in love.

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SHORT FILMS Kudzu

TV IN THE FISHTAIL

DIRECTED BY IESH THAPAR — USA/India/United Kingdom, 13:20 As electricity is introduced to a remote Trans-Himalayan village, an adolescent boy struggles to reconcile his excitement with the abjection that surrounds him.

HOME SHOPPER

DIRECTED BY DEV PATEL — USA, 16:32 In a loveless marriage, Penny finds solace in the hypnotic escape of the home shopping channel. When things take an unexpected turn, the channel proves to be her saving grace ... or perhaps it was the origin of the problem all along. The Adventure of the Afternoon

YEAR OF THE CARNIVORE (Sook-Yin Lee, 2009)

Tales of breaking points, cruelty, and carnage. Narrative, 108 minutes Saturday, April 14, 2018, 9:45pm — Hilan Theatre

KRISTA

DIRECTED BY DANNY MADDEN — USA, 9:24 In her high school theater class, Krista uses her scene study as catharsis.

YOUNG AND WILD (Marialy Rivas, 2012)

Fables for kids who still believe in magic.

Animation & Puppetry (Family Friendly), 49 minutes Saturday, April 14, 2018, 12:00pm — Hilan Theatre

KUDZU 
 DIRECTED BY CONNOR SIMPSON — USA, 14:50 During a scorching summer in rural Alabama, a young boy wrestles with a deepening sense of remorse after the disappearance of his friend.

UNDISCOVERED

DIRECTED BY SARA LITZENBERGER — USA, 2:49

RUNNER 
 DIRECTED BY CLARE COONEY — USA, 12:40 A woman goes for a jog and witnesses something she can’t run away from.

RETOUCH

DIRECTED BY KAVEH MAZAHERI — Iran, 19:37 While bearing witness to a serious accident, Maryam must decide whether to act or live with the consequences.

U PLAVETNILO (INTO THE BLUE) DIRECTED BY ANTONETA ALAMAT KUSIJANOVIC — Croatia/Slovenia/Sweden, 22:08

Sasquatch has always remained elusive in photos--but not for the reasons we think.

那個午後的冒險 (THE ADVENTURE OF THE AFTERNOON)

DIRECTED BY VANCE YANG & STELLA — Huang, Taiwan, 7:45

The tale of a boy who meets an unexpected friend on a beautiful afternoon. They start an adventure journey to discover the world.

THE PUPPY TRIALS

DIRECTED BY THOMAS NICOL & BECKY NICOL — USA, 4:02 An older dog teaches puppies how to behave.

An abused teenage girl thirsts for love, but her best friend’s cruelty awakens in her the violence she’s been desperately trying to escape.

GOODBYE SAM

DIRECTED BY THEO TAPLITZ — USA, 4:59 A boy and his posse say goodbye to a beloved friend.

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SHORT FILMS VOYAGERS

DIRECTED BY GAUTHIER AMMEUX, VALENTINE BAILLON, BENJAMIN CHAUMÉNY, ALEXANDRE DUMEZ, LÉA FINUCCI, & MARINA ROGER — France, 7:33 A tiger, escaping his hunter, ends up in a space station occupied by an astronaut and his goldfish…

BABUSHKA

DIRECTED BY SABRINA BRADY — USA, 4:01 A young girl’s day spirals out of control after she meddles with her grandmother’s potion and sets off an unwanted explosion.

YOU CAN’T PLAY WITH US

BROKE

DIRECTED BY ASAD FAROOQUI — USA, 12:46 Screens with POOR JANE (Saturday, April 14, 2018, 4:45pm — Plaza Theatre) A struggling Muslim couple attends their first therapy session to save their marriage, but things don’t go as planned.

COLOR BLIND

DIRECTED BY DANIEL ORAMAS — USA, 4:47 Screens with PRISON LOGIC (Monday, April 16, 2018, 8:30pm — Plaza Theatre)

A rookie cop and his senior partner find themselves at odds over the current political climate during a long night on the job in this charged satire.

DIRECTED BY JASON RHEIN & SERENE BACIGALUPI — USA, 15:44 When an inquisitive dinosaur happens upon some musical unicorns at Marshmallow Mountain, they aren’t as friendly as he expects.

Absent

DOUG

DIRECTED BY DANIEL ORAMAS — USA, 8:02 Screens with CLARA’s GHOST (Monday, April 16, 2018, 9:15pm — Dad’s Garage) A night home alone gets weird when Rebecca and her brother Kevin hear a knock at the door.

THE LAST HONEY HUNTER

DIRECTED BY BEN KNIGHT — Nepal/USA, 35:50 Screens with ONIBO (Sunday, April 22, 2018, 2:00pm — Hilan Theatre) In the mist-shrouded mountains of Nepal’s Hongu River valley, you will find a wiry and unassuming man named Mauli Dhan Rai, who is believed to be chosen by the gods for the perilous rite of honey harvesting.

SHORT FILMS ATTACHED TO FEATURES ABLUTION

DIRECTED BY OMAR AL DAKHEEL — USA, 15:00 Screens with ABU (Sunday, April 15, 2018, 2:45pm — Plaza Theatre) The bond between a disabled Muslim father and his son is tested when love is pitted against religion.

ABSENT

DIRECTED BY SUDARSHAN SURESH — USA/India, 16:15 Screens with FACADES (Saturday, April 21, 2018, 2:15pm — Plaza Theatre) Resigned to a mundane life of caring for a mother with dementia, Zola sees a fleeting chance at escape when she runs into an old crush.

LAWS OF THE GAME

DIRECTED BY AEGINA BRAHIM — United Kingdom/ Suriname, 18:00 Screens with NOS LLAMAN GUERRERAS (THEY CALL US WARRIORS) (Saturday, April 21, 2018, 12:15pm — Hilan Theatre) A fierce Surinamese female referee fights for her place in the world of men’s football.

LOS COMANDOS

DIRECTED BY JOSHUA BENNETT & JULIANA SCHATZ-PRESTON — El Salvador/USA, 29:32 Screens with ARMED WITH FAITH (Sunday, April 15, 2018, 6:45pm — Hilan Theatre) Sixteen-year-old Mimi, a dedicated medical emergency volunteer, lives in the cross hairs of gang violence. When her fellow Comando, 14-year-old Erick, is gunned down while serving, she faces pressure to flee El Salvador and head north.

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SHORT FILMS MI TESORO (MY TREASURE)

DIRECTED BY MICHAEL FLORES — El Salvador, 22:35 Screens with CABEZA MADRE (MOTHER’S HEAD) (Sunday, April 15, 2018, 8:00pm — Dad’s Garage) A cleaning woman steals a Salvadoran Civil War map and hunts for a treasure in the hopes of reuniting with her son.

PINK DOLPHIN

DIRECTED BY TUO KAN — USA, 4:11 Screens with MERMAIDS (Sunday, April 15, 2018, 5:00pm — Plaza Theatre) A story about the one and only Pink Dolphin living in the ocean looking for his companions and trying to survive from the assaults and taunts of other sea creatures.

SALTWATER BAPTISM

DIRECTED BY JARED CALLAHAN & RUSSELL SHEAFFER — USA, 17:22 Screens with THY KINGDOM COME (Saturday, April 21, 2018, 12:45pm — Plaza Theatre) Santiago Gonzalez IV, a first generation Mexican-American, struggles with the tensions between his sexuality, nationality, and religion as he prepares for his college graduation.

THE SHADOW

DIRECTED BY ISAAC SWITZER — USA, 2:27 Screens with FAT TUESDAY (Tuesday, April 17, 2018, 10:30pm — Plaza Theatre) A girl faces a looming darkness.

TOWARDS THE SUN

DIRECTED BY MONICA SANTIS — USA/United Kingdom, 20:00 Screens with COCAINE PRISON (Saturday, April 14, 2018, 3:15pm — Hilan Theatre) Under the looming threat of deportation, an unaccompanied minor at an immigrant children’s shelter in Texas embarks on a healing journey and learns to express herself through the power of art.

UMBRELLA

DIRECTED BY RHYS ERNST — USA, 15:50 Screens with VENUS (Sunday, April 15, 2018, 9:00pm — Hilan Theatre) Against the backdrop of rising anti-trans legislation, Umbrella chronicles the stories of four transgender individuals across America united in their passion to create change.

THE WOLF GURU

DIRECTED BY MIAN QIN — USA/China, 4:50 Screens with FREEDOM FOR THE WOLF (Friday, April 19, 2018, 8:15pm — Hilan Theatre) A man is attacked by a group of wolves and their monster leader. When he finally makes it to safety, however, he must face one more challenge in the form of the monster’s real identity.

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n February, the Phoenix Leadership Foundation (PLF) and the DeKalb Entertainment Commission (DEC) linked forces to present a special screening of Black Panther for local high-school students. Approximately 700 young people from six Dekalb County schools and six Atlanta Public Schools viewed the critically acclaimed Marvel film at the Movie Tavern at Northlake Festival, just days before it hurdled the $500-million mark at the box office. African drummers and dancers greeted the students upon their arrival, and students took

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part in panel discussions with local business leaders following the film. Together, the PLF and the DEC managed to raise over $30,000 for onsite entertainment, movie admission, hot lunches, unlimited popcorn, movie favors, and other gifts for the students. “Images matter,” says PLF co-founder and chairmen, Jay Bailey. “It means something for a kid to see their reflection as regal, wealthy, intelligent, strong and powerful. This is more than a movie. To see diversity on the big screen, excelling as leaders in science, medicine, finance

and technology—kings and queens—all woven into an exciting, action-packed superhero Marvel Comic blockbuster: This is a must see.” The PLF is run jointly by James “Jay” and Blayne Alexander Bailey. It is dedicated to funding and creating programs that establish positive role models. The DEC is charged with stimulating economic growth across DeKalb County via film, television, music and digital entertainment, as well as attracting and expanding businesses that support the entertainment industry.


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Gary Duncan, PictureCar Icon, Dies at 64

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n Jan. 24, legendary picture-car coordinator, insert-car innovator and LongShadow Productions founder, Gary Duncan, passed away in Roswell. He dedicated over 50 years of his life to making vehicle action sequences look both authentic and incredible on film, and left us with a dazzling resume that includes Smokey and the Bandit, The Dukes of Hazzard, Forrest Gump, A Time to Kill, The Fast and the Furious series, Lawless, and Ride Along. Duncan’s show-business career began in 1976, fabricating and maintaining stunt cars for Smokey and The Dukes. He began designing, fabricating and driving camera-insert cars in 1979. LongShadow Productions has remained an industry stalwart for nearly 40 years.

Netflix Standup Series to Film at Terminal West

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treaming behemoth Netflix has greenlit a forthcoming series of 15-minute standup sets from 16 of today’s fastest-rising comics, and Atlanta’s own Terminal West will serve as the filming venue. The first season of the still-untitled series will feature Ian Karmel, Max Silvestri, Kate Willett, Taylor Tomlinson, Josh Johnson, Michelle Buteau, Sabrina Jalees, Sam Jay, Janelle James, Jak Knight, Phil Wang, Matteo Lane, JR De Guzman, Emma Willmann, Aisling Bea, and Tim Dillon. Georgia has become an increasing hotbed for Netflix-produced content since Stranger Things detonated over the pop-culture landscape. The recent success of the Jason Bateman-produced narco-drama, Ozark, only fueled the fire. In addition to the new standup series, at least three more projects—Insatiable, The Haunting of Hill House and America: The Motion Picture—are being shot locally.

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Veteran Production Coordinator, Teresa Yarbrough, Passes

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n Jan. 21, the film industry lost a dear friend and one of the highest-regarded production coordinators in the Georgia film industry. Within one month of receiving a liver cancer diagnosis, she was gone. Teresa Yarbrough started her career over three decades ago as a PA and, in a very short time, her innate talent to streamline a production became self-evident. Smart, talented, sweet, uplifting and a mentor to so many, she will be deeply missed. Her resume is impressively long as well, including film and TV productions such as Driving Miss Daisy, RoboCop 3, Halt & Catch Fire, Drop Dead Divas, Single Ladies, Dirty Grandpa, Bolden, and Ben 10: Alien Swarm. In memory of Teresa, and with a mind towards helping her family at this difficult time, a college fund has been created for her grandsons, Riley and Hayden. To contribute, visit gofundme. com/college-fund-for-teresas-grandsons.

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Studio Space Atlanta Opens Second Location

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tudio Space Atlanta has expanded into West Midtown, making their new second home in the facility formerly occupied by Big Peach Studios. The new location, dubbed Studio Space Midtown, features two stages with cyc walls (typically used for filming music videos and commercials), green rooms, wardrobe rooms and kitchens, among other amenities. According to Studio Space owner Daniel Minchew, who also coowns Atlanta Filmworks, the latter is looking to expand with a second location as well. Atlanta Filmworks has been solidly booked with AMC Networks projects for the last four years.


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GAFCA Announces 2018 Award Winners

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he Georgia Film Critics Association (GAFCA) has released its winners for the 2018 GAFCA Awards. Lady Bird was honored with Best Picture, Best Director (Greta Gerwig), Best Actress (Saoirse Ronan) and Best Supporting Actress (Laurie Metcalf). For Get Out, writer-director Jordan Peele won Best Original Screenplay and star Daniel Kaluuya received Best Actor. The film also took home the Breakthrough Award. Other multiple award-winning films included Coco (Best Animated Film and Best Original Song) and Dunkirk (Best Cinematography and Best Score). Edgar Wright’s Baby Driver won the Oglethorpe Award for Excellence in Georgia Cinema. Founded in 2011, this year marks the seventh annual awards program for the GAFCA, which is comprised of 26 film critics from around the state representing print, television, radio and online media.

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SCAD Alums Make Waves at 2018 Oscars

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he 2018 Academy Awards witnessed Savannah College of Art & Design (SCAD) alumni Lauren Adams Jones, a native of Atlanta, and Nick Bartone, a native of Kennesaw, representing both their shared alma mater and city on the biggest stage in show business. Bartone (B.F.A., visual effects, 2008) served as lighting technical director for two nominated films: Coco, which won Best Animated Feature, and Lou, a nominee for Best Animated Short. Jones (B.F.A., film and television, 2011) worked as a set decoration coordinator on the widely acclaimed Baby Driver, which earned three nominations for Best Film Editing, Best Sound Editing, and Best Sound Mixing.

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Georgia Film Fights Hunger Hosts Annual Walk/Run

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OZCETERA Tamlin Hall, flanked by wife Esti, House Chairman Randy Nix and House Speaker David Ralston, flashes the peace sign that has become emblematic of the Holden On film and movement. Photo by the Georgia House of Representatives Media Services

Re:imagine/ATL Teens Release Music Single

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ight teens from re:imagine/ATL have released “Don’t Shoot,” an original song featuring social commentary on gun violence. Group leaders say that by creating art as a response to violence and oppression, these teens are fighting for justice by engaging the problem with nonviolent principles championed by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. "Don't Shoot" was written and recorded at Turner Studios, complete with a music video produced by Captain Lisa Cunningham (Atlanta Film Partners) and captured by a student film crew: Daniel Martinez, David Choi, Khairi Corporal, and Taj-Malik Tavares. Industry professionals Da Jerkz and Ryan Peoples worked with teens Bailey Frost, En Kawli Myint, Glory Shay, Mimi Aung, Briana Williams, and Abid Syed on the writing, performance, and production side of the equation. The song and music video were made possible by a collaborative effort between re:imagine/ATL and the Hip Hop Loves Foundation, as part of the Stop Shooting initiative. Both organizations use art and storytelling to empower young voices. "We feel the song is important because the Hip Hop community, as a whole, has been pretty dormant in regard to taking action on issues around gun violence. It's affecting all demographics of people. Having our youth take a stand and raise their voice is a great way to take action, unify, and create a solution for this," says Rene John-Sandy II, co-founder and executive director of the Hip Hop Loves Foundation. “Don’t Shoot” is currently available for download or streaming on iTunes, Google Play, and all major music sites. The music video is available on YouTube (https://youtu.be/ EWoElv7bG18). All proceeds benefit re:imagine/ATL and the Hip Hop Loves Foundation.

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Director Tamlin Hall Honored by Georgia House of Representatives By Richard Gedney

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n February, the Georgia House of Representatives recognized writer and director Tamlin Hall with an invitation resolution. Hall was acknowledged for his film, Holden On—the true story of Holden Layfield, a Georgia teen who suffered from mental illness and, tragically, took his own life—as well as his ongoing arts, education and humanities initiatives through the non-profit, iamholdenon.org. Rep. Randy Nix, Chairman of the House Ethics Committee, was instrumental in bringing the invitation resolution before the house. He also introduced Tamlin Hall to the House, saying, “This is a true story about a young man by the name of Holden Layfield, who struggled with mental illness and tragically took his own life as a teenager. This film has received significant critical acclaim both for the quality of the film and how Tamlin has masterfully and sensitively addressed the mental health and teen-suicide issue with honesty and grace.” Chairman Nix went on to read the last paragraph of the resolution: “Now, therefore, be it resolved by the House of Representatives that the members of this body recognize and commend Tamlin Hall for his new film, Holden On, his inspirational efforts to remind those with mental illness that they are never beyond help or hope, and his spectacular career [exemplifying] the very best of LaGrange and of Georgia.” Speaking before the House, Hall talked of his friend, Holden, and his own continuing com-

mitment to help bring more awareness to mental-health issues. “This film is about my friend, and it means the world to me because he had more humanity than anybody else that I have ever met. And he helped save my life because I was bullied… This film is not about the awards, it’s not about the accolades, it’s not about my service to my career or anything like that. It is for her son, it is for your sons and your daughters, and your granddaughters and everybody else that feels alone in this world... “It’s time to stand up for mental-health awareness and talk about teen suicide in a real and honest way, because we are all in this together. Humanity will win. Georgia is the greatest state in the country, the Georgia film industry helped me do this, the LaGrange community said yes, everybody in Georgia said yes to this, and this is why we are all Holden On today.” Holden On premiered at the 2017 Atlanta Film Festival, winning the Feature Film Audience Award before going on to win numerous awards at other festivals. This summer, Holden On will tour the United States, helping to promote mental-health awareness and suicide prevention. The iamholdingon.org tour will be filmed as a documentary and released sometime later this year. Meanwhile, Tamlin Hall is currently co-writing the film adaptation of a #1 New York Times bestselling book, A Child Called “It”, for the Emmy-winning production company, FOR GOOD.


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OZCETERA Andrew Greenberg, GGDA executive director

Georgia Reboots Digital-Entertainment Incentives Program

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eorgia recently hit the restart button on a digital-entertainment incentives program to stimulate creation of even more video games and interactive productions in the state. In 2016, the Georgia video-game industry, bolstered by a $12.5-million incentives program, generated more than $600 million of state economic impact. The new program allows videogame studios with more than $250,000 in Georgia payroll to qualify. “Georgia has taken a giant step forward to becoming a global giant in the fastest-growing media of the 21st century,” says Andrew Greenberg, executive director of the Georgia Game Developers Association. “Revising this program ensures that the state's creative industries will continue to grow and hire more workers.” The revised program allows studios to qualify for a 20-percent credit while producing new games. They can receive an additional 10-percent incentive when the game launches, if it helps promote Georgia. The new law is responsible for improving how interactive productions are handled, and also helps to position the state as a global competitor in the video-game sector. At least 14 new video-game developers started their Georgia operations in 2016. The state industry, which featured only eight studios in 2005, had ballooned to 128 by 2016. It now employs 3,800 Georgians and clocks an estimated $389 million in total, annual revenue.

MP Management Announces Acquisition of Factor Chosen Model Management Network

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P Management, the international talent and modeling network, recently announced the acquisition of Factor Chosen Model Management. The agencies will become part of the MP Management network of talent and modeling agencies currently based in Milan, Paris, Miami, Stockholm, with a strategic partnership with Modellink in Gothenburg. Factor Chosen Model Management is a boutique agency with a legacy spanning three decades in the fashion industry, with offices in Atlanta, Los Angeles and Chicago.

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OZCETERA John Bernecker

American Youth Film Festival Issues a Call for Entries

The Walking Dead Renewed for Ninth Season; “Serious Citation” Issued in Wake of Stuntman’s Death

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he fourth annual American Youth Film Festival (AYFF) will be held at the Westin Peachtree Plaza in Atlanta, June 13-16. The deadline for entries is March 31, and all submissions must be produced on cell phones, digital cameras, or advanced recording equipment by student filmmakers aged middle school through college. This year’s theme is “Lights. Camera. Action! It’s Your Time to Shine!” AYFF is an opportunity for students to showcase their creativity in cinematography by presenting original short films produced by, written by, or starring themselves and/or family or friends. It also looks to provide a platform for young cinematographers to develop their talents and gain valuable experience in managing projects. To submit a film, visit AmericanYouthFilmFest.org.

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MC’s The Walking Dead has been renewed for a ninth season. The duties of showrunner, however, will now be executed by former TWD writer Angela Kang, who replaces Scott M. Gimple as he assumes the title of chief content officer. The series resumed its eighth season on Feb. 25, following a winter-break hiatus. Season 9 is already scheduled to premiere in the fall. All the news in TWD world hasn’t been good news, though. The show was hit with a “serious citation” earlier this year in response to the death of 33-year-old stuntman, John Ber-

necker, who fell from more than 20 feet while rehearsing a fight scene. “This was a tragic and terrible accident,” read a statement issued by Stalwart Films. “We take the safety of our employees extremely seriously on all of our sets and comply with—and frequently exceed—industry safety standards. We disagree with the issuance of this citation and are considering our response.” Stalwart was levied by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to pay $12,675, the maximum allowable fine.


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OZCETERA Bill VanDerKloot shoots footage for The New Big Plane Trip

Latest Release in the BIG Adventure Series

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he latest installment in Little Mammoth’s award-winning BIG Adventure Series® has just been released. The NEW BIG Plane Trip takes young audiences on a Delta Air Lines jet from Atlanta to London, covering 4,700 miles across five time zones. Families will discover the hidden world behind their tickets and view activities that few people ever see, such as going behind the scenes on a real flight simulator and learning

all about the Boeing 767. Viewers will see flight attendant training, they’ll visit the test kitchen, and even explore the giant underground machines that move over 100,000 pieces of luggage seven days a week. They’ll also learn how weather affects flights, how planes really fly, and how a talented team makes this BIG plane trip possible. Bill VanDerKloot’s crews filmed the program on location at two of the world’s busiest

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airports, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International and London Heathrow International. They also shot footage at Delta’s Atlanta operations center and onboard a Boeing 767, on its flight across the Atlantic. The NEW BIG Plane Trip is now available on iTunes, Google Play, Amazon and Vimeo. DVDs are available at select retailers, including Amazon and the Little Mammoth website.

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Cinema Greens Expands, Moves to East Point

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inema Greens is moving the bulk of its decorative stock to the former East Point Archives building. The new facility at 1557 Saint Joseph Ave. will become the largest plant/ props/set-dressing facility on the East Coast, as Cinema Greens (CG) and Central Atlanta Props and Sets (CAPS) join forces to add over 170,000

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square feet of product for set decorators, buyers, greensmen and event/wedding planners. CG owner and art director, Bryan A. McBrien, is particularly excited to introduce the company’s new mold shop, which will specialize in creating tree skins, brick skins, stone skins, faux rocks, and will be taking custom orders di-

rectly from CAPS to service clients in need of rubber duplicates and decorative stunt pads. “Our molds are custom made and ultra-realistic in detail,” says McBrien. “We can utilize urethanes, rubbers, fire-proofed materials and different foams to create versatile and durable products.”


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OZCETERA Will Areu, Tyler Perry, Ozzie Areu. Photo courtesy of Chelsea Lauren/Variety/Rex/Shutterstock

Atlanta’s Areu Bros. Become First Latinos to Own a Major Studio

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ill and Ozzie Areu recently became the first Latinos to own and run a major film and television studio in the U.S. upon their purchase of Tyler Perry's former studio complex in Southwest Atlanta. Ozzie is the former president of Tyler Perry Studios (TPS). Operating under the name Areu Bros., the

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pair has a grand vision to develop a multimedia campus that includes motion picture, television, technology and music operations. Will, meanwhile, will continue to serve as president of production for TPS. Ozzie has stepped down as TPS’ president in order to devote himself entirely to Areu Bros.

TPS’ former 60-acre home in Southwest Atlanta, which was phased out of use for the new site at Fort McPherson in 2016, features five sound stages, post production facilities, four office buildings, executive suites, a fitness center, and even its own 11-home neighborhood.


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Vacancy Wins GGDA Best in Georgia Competition

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ongratulations to the Vacancy team from Savannah College of Art & Design’s Guild Hall, winners of the 2018 Best in Georgia Competition for game developers. The annual challenge, hosted by the Georgia Game Developers Association (GGDA), encourages teams selected from the Global Game Jam to match skills based on a set of five criteria: originality, gameplay, visuals, music/sound and technical complexity. The competition not only looks at what each team brings to the jam, but also what each can do with its creation in the weeks following. The main goal is to encourage each crew to continue developing its title, and to help create a polished portfolio piece worthy of distribution. Past winners include Alter Gravity from the 2017 Global Game Jam. In addition to having their game named Best in Georgia, the Vacancy team also won professional passes to SIEGE 2018 (the Southern Interactive Entertainment Game Expo), a reservation at SIEGE to demo their game, and legal and professional consulting services to help them continue development.

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OZCETERA BOP-TV CEO, Michael Campbell

Wright Elementary to Become New Home of BOP-TV

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he site of a former Southwest Atlanta school is set to receive a monumental makeover, courtesy of the property’s new owners, Black on Purpose TV (BOP-TV). CEO Michael Campbell plans to convert the auditorium of Rosalie Wright Elementary, once a linchpin of the Florida Heights community, into a sound stage and training facility for the next generation of content developers and filmmakers. Three classrooms will be fashioned into smaller stages, and several additional spaces will be made into dressing/makeup rooms, prop/ storage spaces, editing suites, offices and co-working space, recording studios and dance studios. BOP-TV, which courts a daily viewership of 1.5 million via Roku and Amazon Fire, will spend approximately $500,000 on the initial purchase before pumping an additional $400,000 into badly needed upgrades. If all goes according to plan, the network says it will add 10,000 square feet of workspace in the near term. BOP’s announcement arrives amidst a growing trend with increasing promise: former Atlanta schools being repurposed for use by Georgia’s booming arts and entertainment industries. In one example, a local arts nonprofit, the Creatives Project, recently teamed with Building Insights Inc. and Stryant Investments to purchase the Adair School and redevelop it into an arts community with reasonably-priced housing. Crazy Legs Productions, whose TV credits include TLC’s Family by the Ton and Investigation Discovery’s Swamp Murders, is also looking to get in on the act, vying for the purchase of a Chosewood Park elementary school that it hopes to redevelop into a working studio.

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OZCETERA Clark Cofer, Light Iron director of business development

Light Iron Expands to Atlanta

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ight Iron, a leading post production creative services provider and member of the Panavision family of companies, has opened a new facility in Atlanta to support the robust Georgia production community. The expansion is the fourth since Panavision acquired Light Iron in 2015, bringing Light Iron’s U.S. locations to six total, including Los Angeles, New York, New Orleans, Albuquerque and Chicago. “We are excited to amplify our post resources in the thriving Atlanta market,” says Kim Snyder, president and CEO of Panavision. Peter Cioni, Light Iron’s chief financial officer, adds: “Now, with a team on the ground, productions can take advantage of our facility-based dailies with talent that brings the finishing perspective into the process.” The

company’s Atlanta staff recently provided dailies services to season one of Kevin (Probably) Saves the World, season three of Greenleaf, and the features Uncle Drew and Superfly. With a professionally calibrated theater, the Light Iron Atlanta facility has hosted virtual DI sessions from its L.A. facility for cinematographers working in Atlanta. The theater is also available for projecting camera and lens tests, as well as private screenings for up to 45 guests. Cioni notes that the new location is led by director of business development Clark Cofer, a well-respected member of Atlanta’s production and post industry. “Clark brings years of local and state-wide relationships to Light Iron, and we are pleased to have him on our growing team.”

Cofer most recently represented Crawford Media Services, where he drove sales for their content services to companies like Lionsgate, Fox, and Marvel. He currently serves as co-president of the Georgia Production Partnership and is on the board of directors for the DeKalb County Film and Entertainment Advisory Board. On joining Light Iron, Cofer says, “The partnership of Panavision and Light Iron is one that cinematographers, producers, and studios can all appreciate. I’m excited to see its impact on the Atlanta production community.”

UTÖKA Hires New Motion Designer

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TÖKA CCO Ed Dye recently announced that motion designer Charlie Erholm has joined the company’s team. Erholm, a graduate of Savannah College of Art and Design with a BFA in motion design, was selected by Cartoon Network as a digital-design intern in 2016. The stint at Turner provided her with real-world experience in the industry, as well as an opportunity to hone her motion and design skills via a mix of on-air campaigns for Boomerang and

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Adult Swim. Erholm's talents have already been tapped by national clients, including GMC and Phillips. "Growing our arsenal of top-caliber talent is a key component of UTÖKA’s business plan," says Dye. "Charlie represents the next generation of motion designers committed to growing as artists and brings a level of passion to her craft that makes her a great fit with our team.


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New Panavision Millennium DXL2 Camera Debuts at BSC Expo

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ast month, Panavision introduced the new Millennium DXL2 8K camera at BSC Expo 2018 in London. The large-format camera is the heart of a complete imaging ecosystem designed from filmmakers’ perspectives and incorporates Panavision’s signature optics and camera architecture. The DXL2 builds on the Millennium DXL and benefits from Panavision’s partnership with cinematographers, whose real-world experience and input are manifested in the DXL2’s advances. Since its introduction, the DXL has been used on over 20 feature films and countless television shows, commercials and music videos. Oscar® nominee John Schwartzman, ASC, photographed two features on the DXL and is among those who have tested the DXL2, providing input that has guided the design. “When you take an 8K image and super-sample it, it only gets better,” says Schwartzman. “It’s absolutely beautiful to look at. For me, the Millennium DXL2 is a no-brainer. It’s something I would use on anything. It does it all. And in fact, I’m currently planning to shoot my next feature with it.” The RED MONSTRO 8K VV sensor in the DXL2 offers a healthy 16-plus stops of dynamic range with improvements in image quality and shadow detail, a native ISO setting of 1600, and ProRes 4K up to 60 fps. Images are presented on the camera in log format using Light Iron color science. An integrated PX-Pro color spectrum filter custom-made for the DXL offers a significant increase in color separation and dramatically higher color precision to the image. Built-in Preston MDR, 24v power and expanded direct-to-edit features are also standard. An anamorphic flare attachment (AFA) offers a method of introducing flare with spherical lenses. New to the DXL2, LiColor2 streamlines the 8K pipeline, smoothly handling the workflow and offering quick access to high-quality RAW images, accommodating direct to edit without delays.

CNN Slashes Dozens of Jobs in Wake of Bungled Snapchat Play

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NN eliminated approximately 50 jobs in its digital operations wing last month, citing “a retrenchment” among the network’s digital properties. The cuts come in wake of a bungled Snapchat initiative that CNN executives hoped would draw in younger viewers. According to the Wall Street Journal, a daily news show called The Update, which suffered an anemic four-month run via Snapchat prior to receiving the axe, simply couldn’t find a way to generate consistent ad revenue. In the short term, however, CNN says it will continue experimenting with the platform in pursuit of a winning formula. In other CNN news, the Atlanta-based media giant has also found itself locking horns with AT&T and the Justice Department as of late. The three parties are mired in a regulatory battle, as AT&T looks to absorb CNN’s parent company, Time Warner Inc., for $85 billion. At the top of AT&T’s agenda: access to Time Warner’s massive wealth of original content. But the DOJ is pumping the brakes on the sale, pending a divestiture on behalf of CNN before granting regulatory approval. AT&T says it has no intention of meeting this request.

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THE ATLANTA FILM FESTIVAL (ATLFF)

MAPS & VENUES

is one of the longest-running film festivals in the country. Welcoming over 27,000 film lovers and makers to a ten-day showcase of independent films selected from over 7,000 international submissions, the Academy Award®–qualifying festival is recognized as one of MovieMaker Magazine’s “25 Coolest Film Festivals in the World.” Presented by the Atlanta Film Society, which hosts screenings, discussions, workshops and panels year-round, ATLFF celebrates its 42nd festival in 2018 from April 13–April 22 with help from The Plaza Theatre, Hilan Theatre, Dad’s Garage and more.

PLAZA THEATRE 1049 Ponce De Leon Ave NE Atlanta, GA 30306 HILAN THEATRE 798 North Highland Avenue Northeast Atlanta, GA 30306 DAD’S GARAGE 569 Ezzard St. SE Atlanta, GA 30312 WOODRUFF ARTS CENTER, RICH THEATRE 1280 Peachtree St NE, Atlanta, GA 30309 DHPC BLACKBOX 1026 Ponce De Leon Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30306

RIALTO CENTER FOR THE ARTS 80 Forsyth St NW, Atlanta, GA 30303 PARIS ON PONCE 716 Ponce De Leon Ave NE Atlanta, GA 30306 HIGHLAND INN & BALLROOM LOUNGE 644 North Highland Ave NE Atlanta, GA 30306 HOTEL CLERMONT 789 Ponce De Leon Ave NE Atlanta, GA 30306 W ATLANTA – MIDTOWN 188 14th St NE Atlanta, GA 30361

PARKING Plaza Theatre: FREE, front & rear lots $5-10 deck at 675 North Highland

Hilan Theatre Street parking $5-10 deck at 675 North Highland

Druid Hills Presbyterian Church: Limited parking, FREE on evenings (M-F), all day Saturday, and after 1pm on Sunday

Rialo Center for the Arts $5-10 decks and street parking; easy access from Peachtree Center MARTA Station

Dad’s Garage FREE lot & street parking

Woodruff Arts Center $5-10 decks and street parking; easy access from Arts Center Transit MARTA Station

*Shuttles will be rotating between venues. Neighborhood and street parking available.

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BADGE PICK-UP & PURCHASE Badges are available for purchase and pick-up at Festival Headquarters only, located at the Poncey Highlands Coffee Shop next door to Highland Inn. Individual box offices do not sell, or distribute, festival credentials. * Purchase online at atlantafilmfestival.com

TICKETING & GENERAL INFORMATION

BOX OFFICE & THEATRE POLICIES Arrival & Seating: Our priority badge-holder line is admitted 20 minutes to showtime (subject to change); to enjoy the benefit of priority seating, please arrive no later than 15 minutes to showtime. Any seats left unclaimed at this time are subject to release. Please note that while we guarantee badge-holders priority admittance, seating is not guaranteed. Arrive early to avoid sell-out crowds. BUDDY PASSES: Screenings and events are first come, first served. Badge-holders may bring a friend with a Buddy Pass to accompany them in line A. Independent Buddy Pass holders must stand in line C.

BOX OFFICE INFORMATION Official box offices for the 2018 Atlanta Film Festival will be located at the Plaza Theatre, Hilan Theatre and Festival Headquaters. These offices will open one (1) hour prior to the first scheduled event and will close 30 minutes after the last scheduled event begins, each day. Refer to the schedule of each theatre for corresponding hours. Cancellation & Refund Policy: All festival sales made online, or at the box office, are final upon purchase. In the event of a cancellation, refunds may be considered. If you have any questions regarding this matter, please contact our box office staff using the information provided below. Our box office team loves texts – for the quickest response to your inquiry, send us one! Text/Call: 470-296-0170 Email: boxoffice@atlantafilmfestival.com

LINES A, B & C - HOW THEY WORK LINE A: This line is reserved for the following badge types: * Filmmaker * All-Access * Press * Industry * Film & Conference * Weekend 1 * Producer * Film * Weekend 2 Badge-holders must be in Line A at least 15 minutes prior to show-time to take advantage of the priority seating their badge affords them; Line B will be admitted at this time. LINE B: This line is reserved for individual ticket-buyers, with printed ticket or ticket visible (with barcode) via mobile device. Admitted after Line A, at 15 minutes to showtime (subject to change). LINE C: This line is reserved for MovieHopper and Buddy Passes. Individuals in Line C will only be admitted into the theatre if seats still remain after both Line A & B have been seated; admittance will not begin until 5 minutes to showtime. Individual Buddy Pass holders may accompany a badge holder in line A.

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2018 BADGE OPTIONS Every badge comes with year-round Atlanta Film Society membership, through December 31st, 2018. For more information: atlantafilmsociety.org/member OPENING & CLOSING WEEKEND: $175 Both the Opening & Closing Weekend badges act as all-access passes for their designated weekend: opening (April 13–15), closing (April 20–22). Both come with (4) buddy passes*

FILM + CONFERENCE: $275 Admission for (1) to all films, panels, and filmmaker lounge. Seated via Line A. Includes (4) buddy passes*

MOVIEHOPPER: $100 Admission to all films via Line C. Seating is stand-by only and is subject to availability once pass-holders and ticket-buyers have been seated; 90% of festival screenings admit from stand-by

FILM: $175 Admission for (1) to all films. Seated via Line A. Includes (2) buddy passes*

In addition, the Atlanta Film Society offers patronage at a higher donation level. If you are interested in becoming one of our heroes, please visit: atlantafilmsociety.org/patron *Buddy Passes: One Buddy Pass allows you to bring (1) friend with you to any screening or panel. Buddy Passses are not valid for admission into parties. (1) per event.

BADGES & MEMBERSHIP

ALL-ACCESS: $375 Admission for (1) to all films, parties, special events, panels, and happy hours; complimentary drinks, catering, and shuttle rides, included. Seated via Line A; includes (8) buddy passes*

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– Narrative Feature

– Creative Conference

– Documentary Feature

– Creative Media

– Short Film Block

– Events/Specials

SCHEDULE

THURSDAY, APRIL 12, 2018

PLAZA THEATRE

EVENT

FRIDAY, APRIL 13, 2018

PLAZA THEATRE

HILAN THEATRE

10 11 12:00pm

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Filmmaker Lounge

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@ Highland Ballroom

2 3 4

4:00pm - p. 44

5 6

6:00pm - p. 70

@ Highland Ballroom

Walking Distance

Badge Pickup @ Festival Headquarters

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49 min

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8:00pm - p. 67

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ATLFF Screenplay Competition: Script Read

5:00pm Happy Hour @Highland Ballroom

7:00pm - p. 25

OPENING NIGHT

Blindspotting 95 min

Spring in My Hometown (Local Narratives)

85 min

9:30pm - p. 49 You Were Never Really Here

8:00pm - p. 26 CURRENTS on Tour: Teen Takeover

9:00pm Opening Night Party

@Paris on Ponce

95 min

Featuring the 2018 Atlanta Film Festival Music Videos

11 12

3:30pm - p. 26

(Open to Filmmakers, Film+Conference & All-Access Badge-Holders)

Filmmaker Hangout

(Local Documentaries)

5

EVENT

12:00am - p. 26 Rocky Horror Picture Show


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SATURDAY, APRIL 14, 2018

HILAN THEATRE

12:00pm - p. 44

12:00pm - p. 72

WOODRUFF:

RICH AUDITORIUM

EVENT

10 11 12

Lamp Light 90 min

1

12:00pm

Young and Wild (Kids Shorts)

50 min

Filmmaker Lounge @ Highland Ballroom

1:30pm - p. 55

2

2:15pm - p. 45

Liyana 77 min

3

Never Steady, Never Still 111 min

3:15pm - p. 54

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SCHEDULE

PLAZA THEATRE

(Open to Filmmakers, Film+Conference & All-Access Badge-Holders)

Cocaine Prison (w/ Towards the Sun) 97 min

4:45pm - p. 45

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Poor Jane (w/Broke) 102 min

6 7 8

5:00pm 5:30pm - p. 57

7:00pm - p. 56 Maynard 102 min

Happy Hour @Highland Ballroom

Take Light 78 min 7:15pm - p. 44 7:30pm - p. 66 Of One Blood (Narratives)

Lean on Pete 121 min

99 min

9 10 11

9:30pm - p. 26 YOU42 PRESENTS Dead by Midnight (11pm Central)

9:45pm - p. 72 Year of the Carnivore (Narratives)

108 min

9:00pm 9:45pm - p. 42 American Animals 117 min

After Party @WAtlanta–Midtown (Open to Filmmaker & All-Access Badge-Holders)

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– Narrative Feature

– Creative Conference

– Documentary Feature

– Creative Media

– Short Film Block

– Events/Specials

SCHEDULE

SUNDAY, APRIL 15, 2018

PLAZA THEATRE

HILAN THEATRE

EVENT

10 11 12 1

12:15pm - p. 66 The Place Promised in Our Early Days (Narratives)

90 min

2 3 4 5 6

12:00pm 12:30pm - p. 56 Nothing Without Us 67 min

ABU (w/ Ablution) 95 min

8 9 10 11 12

(Open to Filmmakers, Film+Conference & All-Access Badge-Holders)

Yamasong: March of the Hollows 99 min

4:30pm - p. 62 5:00pm - p. 56 Mermaids (w/ Pink Dolphin) 80 min

7:15pm - p. 48 Tully 94 min

(Narratives)

95 min 6:00pm - p. 64

Armed With Faith (w/ Los Comandos) 104 min

9:00pm - p. 48 9:30pm - p. 46 Savage Youth 97 min

5:00pm

Carbon Copy

6:45pm - p. 54

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Filmmaker Lounge @ Highland Ballroom

2:15pm - p. 49 2:45pm - p. 54

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DAD’S GARAGE

Venus (w/ Umbrella) 111 min

Laughter

Happy Hour @Highland Ballroom

(Comedy)

78 min

8:00pm - p. 42 Cabeza Madre (Mother’s Head) (w/ My Treasure) 112 min

9:00pm

Hangout @Dad’s Garage


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MONDAY, APRIL 16, 2018

HILAN

DHPC BLACKBOX

DAD’S GARAGE

EVENT

10 11 12:00pm - p. 20

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12:00pm

S is for Sesame Street Filmmaker Lounge

1 Script Secrets: The Data Behind our Stories

3

P is for Pitch (Sesame Street)

5

9

5:00pm

5:30pm - p. 27 6:15pm - p. 69 Under the Same Moon (Documentaries/ Narratives)

107 min

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(Open to Filmmakers, Film+Conference & All-Access Badge-Holders)

4:00pm - p. 20

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@ Highland Ballroom

2:00pm - p. 20

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SCHEDULE

PLAZA THEATRE

Art Institute

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@Highland Ballroom

Episodic Showcase 79 min

7:15pm - p. 43 Disappearance 88 min

8:00pm - p. 27 Dad’s TV

8:30pm - p. 46 Prison Logic (w/ Color Blind) 105 min

Happy Hour 6:00pm - p. 34

9:00pm - p. 63 Imaginary Flying Machines (Animation)

102 min

9:15pm - p. 43 Clara’s Ghost 93 min

9:00pm

Hangout @El Ponce

10:45pm - p. 44

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It’s A Party 78 min

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– Narrative Feature

– Creative Conference

– Documentary Feature

– Creative Media

– Short Film Block

– Events/Specials

SCHEDULE

TUESDAY, APRIL 17, 2018

PLAZA THEATRE

10

HILAN

DHPC BLACKBOX

10:00am - p. 20

10:00am - p. 20

Atlanta as Anytown USA

Auditions and Casting Calls (SAGIndie)

12:00pm - p. 20 Building Your Indie Budget (Media Services)

12:00pm - p. 21 The Working Actor: Sustaining a Career

2:00pm - p. 21

2:00pm - p. 21

Low Budget Filmmaking Tips and Tricks

Whose Voice is That?

4:00pm - p. 21

4:00pm - p. 21 Stop and Care: Set Safety and Sexual Harassment

11 12 1 2 3 4

Block, Light, Rehearse, Shoot

5

DAD’S GARAGE

EVENT

12:00pm

Filmmaker Lounge @ Highland Ballroom

(Open to Filmmakers, Film+Conference & All-Access Badge-Holders)

5:00pm Happy Hour

6 7

6:00pm - p. 67

6:00pm - p. 47

Rebels of the Neon God

T-Junction 106 min

(Narrative/Animation)

6:00pm

@Highland Ballroom

Amber Nash Masterclass

96 min

7:45pm - p. 45

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8:15pm - p. 68 Stud Life

9 10 11 12

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(Narratives/ Documentaries)

105 min

8:15pm - p. 44 In the Shadows 117 min

Melocontones (Peaches) 80 min

9:00pm

Hangout

10:30pm - p. 43 Fat Tuesday 80 min

@Manuel’s Tavern


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WEDNESDAY, APRIL 18, 2018

10 11 12

HILAN THEATRE

DHPC BLACKBOX

10:00am - p. 21

10:00am - p. 21

Starting Your Film Career

Animate It with ASIFA-South

12:00pm - p. 21

12:00pm - p. 21

Podcasting: Create Compelling Content

Creating Characters

1 2

2:00pm - p. 21

2:00pm - p. 21

The Actor / Director Relationship

Developing A Solid Story

4:00pm - p. 22

4:00pm - p. 22

Production Legal

Speed Dating Meets Career Day

3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12

6:00pm - p. 42 6:30pm - p. 57 RBG 97 min

Are You Glad I’m Here 83 min

EVENT

SCHEDULE

PLAZA THEATRE

12:00pm

Filmmaker Lounge @ Highland Ballroom (Open to Filmmakers, Film+Conference & All-Access Badge-Holders)

5:00pm Happy Hour @Highland Ballroom

8:00pm - p. 55 8:30pm - p. 27 FSU Keylight Film Screening

10:30pm - p. 45

Man on Fire 54 min 9:00pm 9:30pm - p. 68 Those Who Make Tomorrow (Experimental)

83 min

Kamikaze Karaoke @Highland Ballroom

A Prayer Before Dawn 120 min

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– Narrative Feature

– Creative Conference

– Documentary Feature

– Creative Media

– Short Film Block

– Events/Specials

SCHEDULE

THURSDAY, APRIL 19, 2018

10 11

PLAZA THEATRE

HILAN

10:00am - p. 22

10:00am - p. 22

Grip Truck Show and Tell

Make Films Like a Girl

@Back Parking Lot

DHPC BLACKBOX

11:30am - p. 22 12:00pm - p. 22

12

Seed & Spark: The Art of the Pitch

Light and Shoot Your Indie

1 2

2:00pm - p. 22

2:00pm - p. 22

The Psychology of Lenses

Film Financing

4:00pm - p. 22

4:00pm - p. 22

The Science of Sound

Network Acquisitions

3 4 5

11 12

7:00pm - p. 27 Miss Ritchfield

Waiting for David 41 min 10:00pm - p. 28 Plazadrome: The Astrologer

12:00am - p. 70 What We Do in the Shadows (Midnight Shorts)

68 min

11

(Open to Filmmakers, Film+Conference & All-Access Badge-Holders)

5:00pm (Open to All)

8:45pm - p. 58

10

Filmmaker Lounge @ Highland Ballroom

6:15pm - p. 62

8 9

12:00pm

Happy Hour @Highland Ballroom

6 7

EVENT

Hard World for Small Things (Narratives)

102 min

8:30pm - p. 54 9:00pm Island Soldier 85 min Party @ Callanwolde Fine Arts Center (Open to Filmmaker & All-Access Badge-Holders)


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FRIDAY, APRIL 20, 2018

10

HILAN

DHPC BLACKBOX

10:00am - p. 23

10:00am - p. 23

Post Production for Indies

Film Independent & Fiscal Sponsorships

12:00pm - p. 23

12:00pm - p. 23

Creating Quality Narrative Shorts

Directing Documentaries

EVENT

11 12 1 2

2:00pm - p. 23

2:00pm - p. 23

Give Good Notes

The Battle of Art vs Commerce

4:00pm - p. 23

4:00pm - p. 23

The Art of Directing No / Low Budget Indies

Speed Dating Meets Career Day

3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

12

12:00pm

Filmmaker Lounge @ Highland Ballroom (Open to Filmmakers, Film+Conference & All-Access Badge-Holders)

5:00pm Happy Hour @Highland Ballroom

6:00pm - p. 48

6:00pm - p. 65

Tigre 92 min

(Documentaries)

8:00pm - p. 44 Hearts Beat Loud 97 min

99 min

8:15pm - p. 54 Freedom for the Wolf (w/ The Wolf Guru) 94 min

10:15pm - p. 63 Kaboom

10:30pm - p. 42

64 min

12:00am - p. 26

(Open to All)

Madeinusa

(Puppetry & Stop-Motion)

11

SCHEDULE

PLAZA THEATRE

Los Años Azules (The Blue Years) 103 min

9:00pm

Party @ Callanwolde Fine Arts Center (Open to Filmmaker & All-Access Badge-Holders)

Rocky Horror Picture Show

12


– Narrative Feature

– Creative Conference

– Documentary Feature

– Creative Media

– Short Film Block

– Events/Specials

SCHEDULE

SATURDAY, APRIL 21, 2018

PLAZA THEATRE

HILAN

DHPC BLACKBOX

WOODRUFF:

RICH AUDITORIUM

EVENT

10 11 12 1 2 3 4 5

12:15pm - p. 56 12:45pm - p. 47 Thy Kingdom Come (w/ Saltwater Baptism)

60 min

4:00pm - p. 48 4:30pm - p. 43

Dead Pigs 132 min

6 7 8

2:30pm - p. 55 Ingrid 52 min

12:00pm 12:30pm - p. 47

Nos Llaman Guerreras (They Call Us Warriors) (w/ Laws of the Game) 99 min

2:15pm - p. 43 Facades (w/ Absent) 107 min

12:00pm - p. 33

Summer ‘03 102 min Disrupt Reality Theater (VR : Open to Badge-Holders and MovieHoppers Only)

@ Highland Ballroom

2:45pm - p. 46 Still 88 min

When She Runs 71 min 5:15pm - p. 58 5:45pm - p. 57 Silas 80 min

Filmmaker Lounge

Won’t You Be My Neighbor? 94 min

(Open to Filmmakers, Film+Conference & All-Access Badge-Holders)

5:00pm Happy Hour @Highland Ballroom

7:30pm - p. 29 CLOSING NIGHT Eighth Grade 94 min

9

9:00pm

9:45pm - p. 45

10

Leave No Trace 108 min

11 12

13

12:00am - p. 47 Tell Me Your Name 89 min

Closing Night Party


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SUNDAY, APRIL 22, 2018

HILAN

DHPC BLACKBOX

RIALTO

EVENT

10 11 12 1 2 3

12:00pm - p. 33

12:00pm - p. 64 Last Life in the Universe (Sci-Fi & Fantasy)

110 min

2:30pm - p. 65 Nobody’s Woman

Onibo (w/ Last Honey Hunter) 95 min

(Narratives/Animation)

104min

4:45pm - p. 57

@ Highland Ballroom

Disrupt Reality Theater

(Open to Filmmakers, Film+Conference & All-Access Badge-Holders)

(VR : Open to Badge-Holders and MovieHoppers Only)

Strange Colours 85 min

5:00pm

306 Hollywood 94 min

6 7

Filmmaker Lounge

4:00pm - p. 47

4 5

12:00pm

12:30pm - p. 44 Black Memorabilia 64 min 2:00pm - p. 44

SCHEDULE

PLAZA THEATRE

7:00pm - p. 42

Happy Hour 6:00pm - p. 46

6:00pm - p. 56

Restos de Viento (Wind Traces) 93 min

Maynard 99 min

@Highland Ballroom

Cardinals 84 min

8 9 10

9:00pm - p. 55

9:00pm

Man Made 98 min Wrap Party

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Oz Magazine is about people - the many fascinating people who make Atlanta a major player in the visual communication industry - and the cre...

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