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LETTER FROM THE MAYOR

CITY OF ATLANTA Kasim Reed MAYOR

55 TRINITY AVE, S.W. ATLANTA, GEORGIA 30335-0300 TEL (404) 330-6100

April 1, 2016 Greetings: As Mayor of the City of Atlanta, it gives me great pleasure to welcome the attendees to the 2016 Atlanta Film Festival. The 2016 Atlanta Film Festival is ten days dedicated to the celebration of cinema. Now celebrating its 40th year, the festival features 200 films from dozens of countries around the world, chosen from nearly 5,000 submissions from 120 countries. With Georgia having the third most productions nationally and fifth most worldwide, the Atlanta Film Festival is in a unique position to bring together global cinema and our local independent film community. I am confident that the 2016 Atlanta Film Festival with be an exciting event that allows our city’s diverse community to experience great films and empower future filmmakers. While in our city, we 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 Coca-Cola, 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 memorable occasion. Sincerely,

Mayor Kasim Reed

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WELCOME

WELCOME

To the 40th annual Atlanta Film Festival! Fellow festival-goer, Believe it or not, the Atlanta Independent Film & Video Festival began in the bathhouses of Piedmont Park. It was hot, it was stuffy, it was strange—it was amazing. “It was the first time the bathhouse had been used as anything but a bathhouse. So there we were, showing these films and videotapes in a place that smelled like old tennis shoes,” recalls Gayla Jamison, a founding member of IMAGE’s board of directors and its first executive director from 1977 to 1980. While the Plaza Theatre, 7 Stages, Rialto, High Museum of Art, and Center for Puppetry Arts signal ample progress with regards to where we gather, we strive to preserve and advance the same pioneering approach that brought a ragtag bunch of filmmakers and filmlovers together all those years ago. As a non-profit organization that thrives on creative and cultural discovery through independent film, our humble hope is to provide an accessible platform for the moving images that matter to our community; we value and prioritize our collaborative nature with local organizations for this reason. Today’s international climate fosters social, economic, and political revolution, in turn yielding stories of incomparable gravity. Independent filmmakers continue to connect the world with these stories, and we take seriously the timeless matters they bring into focus. As the U.S. approaches a pivotal election, we proudly present a 40th anniversary lineup of films whose subjects, communities, and conflicts resonate with Atlanta and the world beyond. Atlanta is a dynamic town. For over a century this Gate City has been a threshold of culture and commerce. Combine this reputation with the immortality of our phoenix spirit, and you have the Atlanta we’re proud to call home. We smile when someone calls Atlanta “the Hollywood of the South,” but truth be told, we’re building a powerhouse all our own. Last year found our number of productions ranked third in the nation. And this is just the beginning. Explosive growth makes Atlanta more than a time capsule of influence and change. Much like the daring art ahead of you—a dystopian “it’s so easy (the mechanism of power)” installation, our Copper shorts block, the films in our Morphine Dreams series—Atlanta bends genres with courage and grace. The Atlanta Film Society remains incredibly conscious of this legacy on which we stand. We hope that you’ll find our festival, our city, and your experience within them as engaging and affecting as it is enjoyable and memorable. Sure, we’re proud of what you’ll experience this week. Human narratives with global significance anchor more than 150 films from over 30 countries. Tireless screeners watched over 4,800 submissions—an all-time record for the Southeast. Our Creative Conference is a compelling curation of nearly 40 talks, demos, and panels. The Screenplay Competition attracted over 480 screenplays—another all-time record. We’ve poured hours, energy, and even a few tears into a festival we hope leaves you enriched and inspired. But that’s nothing compared to the hours and energy poured into these films. When the lights dim and the curtains break, it’s a filmmaker’s heart projected on that screen. It’s entire years of dreaming, funding, making and sharing, polished and presented to you in the comfort of your dayto-day. We cannot overstate the honor it is to bridge this gap for you. Which brings us to one of our very favorite things: you! It’s a privilege to choose and play these films, but our joy is to look across the theater, seminar, or party and see you absorbing, considering, enjoying. It’s the unspoken compensation in your collective gasps, laughs, and sighs that makes this all worth it. Thank you for taking a risk on the small, indie pieces of important stories largely overlooked at the modern multiplex. Thank you for entrusting your time and money to this effort, and thank you for encouraging your family and friends to do the same. Whether you’re a patron, a business partner, a board member, an industry professional, a visiting filmmaker, a student, or, most importantly, a supporter and friend—you’re family when you join us in these spaces. So though we’ve said it before, allow us to say it again. We couldn’t do this without you. We wouldn’t do this without you. Thank you. From all of us,

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STAFF

AJ Holder - Former Media Manager Alex James - Education Programmer & Assistant Features Programmer Alex Watson - Designer Ali Coad - Screenplay Programmer Alyssa Armand - Shorts Programmer Beau Brown - Puppetry Programmer Brittany Myers - Former Designer Cameron McAllister - Marketing Director Ceci Leon - Volunteer Coordinator Christina Humphrey - Senior Shorts Programmer Christopher Escobar - Executive Director Denise Nash - Events Coordinator Donnell Corelle - Filmmaker & Guest Services Director Gregory Bishop - Print Traffic Coordinator Hannah Townsend - Former Development Coordinator Jenni Ivers - Box Office Lead Jessica Hinckle - Operations Director

Kalina Patterson - Venue Manager Kristy Breneman - Creative Director Lucy Doughty - Marketing Manager Marguerite Daniel Mancini - Business Manager Matt Rowles - Technical Director Nick Bowlden - Venue Manager Patrick Suggett - Box Office Lead Rebecca Baker - Transportation Coordinator Robert Pompa - Development Coordinator Sharon Hadden - Filmmaker & Guest Services Assistant Manager Suzette Morales - Executive Assistant Sydney Kelly - Box Office Manager, AV Toolbank Batman Sydney Lamont - Volunteer & Events Coordinator Tashema Wright - Juror & Panels Liaison Theo Lowe - Operations Manager Zach Pyles - Assistant Technical Director

Technical Crew: Anthony Aparo, Brandon Bristol, Georgianna Harris, AJ Holder, Nick Lauinger, Weston Manders Public Relations: Allied Integrated Marketing – Lindsay Corley, Taylor Henning Administrative Captains: Trent Farrington, Emma Yelma Business Associates: Douglas Cochran, Justice Obiaya Marketing Associates: Alexis Ahlzadeh, Mikaela Dyett, LeeAnne Goldman, Rashid Nellons, My Nguyen, Jamie Traner, David Williams Operations Associates: Olivia McCurley, Alli McQueen, Lisa Niedermeyer Programming Associates: Jenirae Beyer-Johnson, Anna Davis, Michaela Eubanks, Kaylee Johnson, Theo Lowe, Taylor McCorry, Trecia Pannell, Cailan Sandusky, Morgan Spann, Duane Stanford, Anna Vecellio, DeAndre Weaver, Brit Wigintton, Candice Wilson Screenplay Programming Associate: Page Rast

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LEADERSHIP

Walker Anderson

Jonathan Baker

Candace Bazemore

Kyle G. Koreyva

Chairman

Vice Chairman

Secretary

Treasurer

BOARD OF DIRECTORS Walker Anderson - Chairman | Comcast NBCUniversal Jonathan Baker - Vice Chairman, Events/Hospitality Chair | Sid Mashburn Candace Bazemore - Secretary | SunTrust, J. Lane Media Kyle G. Koreyva - Treasurer, Finance Chair | PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP Ray Benitez - Industry Co-Chair | SAG/AFTRA, MyMidtownMojo Rebecca Shrager - Industry Co-Chair | People Store Eric Bromley - MarComm Chair | Brambles Limited Ashley Epting - Governance Chair | Epting Events Dr. Kay Beck | Georgia State University Linda Burns* | Plexus Pictures, GPP Pola Changnon | TCM, Turner Broadcasting Shaun Doty | Bantam + Biddy, Chick-a-Biddy

ADVISORY BOARD Thom Abbott | MyMidtownMojo P.J. Younglove Hovey | Morgan Stanley, Telluride Mountainfilm on Tour ATL Chris Ozmikowski | AMC Networks AMBASSADOR COUNCIL Debra Bunkley - Events/Hospitality Committee Ryan Costigan - Events/Hospitality Committee Gabriela Rowland - Events/Hospitality Committee Carolyn Sloss - MarComm Committee Pam Swafford - Industry Committee Chris Walker - Industry Committee

LEGACY COMMITTEE Cindy Abel - Former ATLFS Board of Director | Filmmaker Stan Brading - Former ATLFS Board of Director | Krevolin & Horst, LLC Fran Burst - Former ATLFS Board of Director | Filmmaker Gayla Jamison - Founding ATLFS Executive Director | Filmmaker 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 of Director Amy Tippit - Former ATLFS Staff | “The Walking Dead” Andrew Velcoff - Former ATLFS Board of Director | Greenberg Traurig LLP Mark Wynns - Former ATLFS Staff | Turner Broadcasting

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Christopher Escobar | ATLFS, Escobar Pictures JoAnn Haden-Miller | Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau (ACVB) Peggy Still Johnson | Callanwolde Fine Arts Center, The Recording Academy Asheem Khondker | Turner Broadcasting Michael Koepenick | Guillotine Post Judge Todd Markle | Superior Court of Fulton County Margaret Marshall | Greenberg Traurig LLP L. Chrissie Merrill | State Tax Credit Exchange Alix Rice | Jamestown Properties LaRonda Sutton* | Former Atlanta Mayor’s Office of Film & Entertainment Barclay Taylor | Chamberlain Hrdlicka *Ex Officio


The Founding Board of Directors of IMAGE Film & Video Center

ATLANTA FILM SOCIETY

Robert Rodriguez at the 1993 Atlanta Film Festival opening night presentation of El Mariachi

ATLANTA FILM SOCIETY 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 40-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, Morgan Spurlock, Ray McKinnon, Aaron Katz, Lynn Shelton, James Ponsoldt, James Moll, Robert Rodriguez, Tina Mabry, Carlos Cuar贸n, Marc Webb, Debra Granik, Bill Plympton, James Franco, Leah Meyerhoff, David Gordon Green, Vladimir de Fontenay and Frances Bodomo. The Atlanta Film Society is a membership-based 501(c)(3) arts non-profit.

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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 infinite potential. You may have noticed that Georgia has become a destination for filmmakers, with over 300 productions taking place in 2015 alone. With this in mind, the need for arts funding becomes even clearer. We want our local community involved, our filmmakers employed and educated, our audience engaged, and we want to bring to Atlanta the filmmakers whose talents we can both enjoy and learn from. Our growth, at this juncture, is wildly important. Showcasing what Atlanta is capable of is just as important. Through a generous donation to the Atlanta Film Society, you

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will become a founding supporter of these endeavors. 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. $5,000+ Patrons PJ Hovey $1,000+ Patrons Karen Armand Cheryl D. Ford Lisa Lai Harrison Powell


The Atlanta Film Festival Screenplay Competition was revived in 2008, but the Screenplay Department really began back in 1985. We started off as a small block of seminars, and my how things have grown since then. The Screenplay Competition continues to evolve as the festival itself evolves, always looking to support and expand upon ATLFF’s tradition of filmmaker discovery and innovation. We read nearly 500 submissions from over ten countries and narrowed it down to 12 feature finalists and five pilot finalists. This year’s Screenwriter’s Retreat will unite three Screenplay Competition feature winners with established screenwriters, producers and directors who can provide advice and perspective on how to move forward with their respective projects. Our pilot winner will experience a one-on-one dinner meeting with an industry professional to talk about how to move their project forward. This year’s retreat is hosted by the beautiful Serenbe Inn and we’d also like to thank the International Screenwriters Association for all their support.

Feature Screenplay Winners*

“Black Sunday” - Heidi Willis, Alabama

A Depression era family is trapped in their rural Oklahoma farm house by the worst dust storm in U.S. history, but their safe haven is turned into a house of horrors when they take in two drifters seeking shelter from the storm. “Dietrich Danzig” - John Pisano-Thomsen, Canada

A Pink Triangle survivor recalls his life in the 1930s as a ballet dancer living under the oppression of Nazi Germany. “Lemon Made” - Erik Adolphson, California

When the new kid in town decides to join the neighborhood’s lucrative lemonade business, he accidentally ignites a turf war between rival fourth grade gangs over their lemonade stands.

Pilot Screenplay Winner

“Cold Spring Harbor” - Mike Makowsky, California

Feature Screenplay Finalists*

“The Audition” by Eric Carlson (Virginia) “Catch the Devil” by Martin Blinder (Hawaii/California) “Do You Wanna Talk About It?” by Michael Boyle (California) “Faith” by Steven Brooks (Georgia) “Going Dark” by Alexis Pelot and Jessica Coleman (Georgia) “Homegrown” by Jacques Edeline (California) “Melon Head” by Andy Fortenbacher (New York) “The Midnight Special” by Christy Hall, Rebecca Comerford,

SCREENPLAY COMPETITION

SCREENPLAY COMPETITION

An intrepid, young reporter returns to her Long Island hometown to investigate the disappearance of a twelve year-old girl.

Sol Tryon (New York/California) “Twelve Strays of Christmas” by Ken Lemm (Georgia)

Pilot Screenplay Finalists*

“Bloodworth” by Jonathan Katz (Virginia) “Immaculate” by Colleen Scriven (California) “Janus” by Pearse Lehane (United Kingdom) “Off The Menu” by Dennis Camlek (Georgia)

*Ordered alphabetically by title

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JURY

COMPETITION CATEGORIES & JURORS Best Narrative Feature

Peter Gerard Director of VOD, Vimeo

●Leah Meyerhoff Writer and Director of ATLFF ‘14 Best Narrative Feature winner “I Believe in Unicorns;” Founder of Film Fatales

●Robert Machoian Writer, Director and Producer of ATLFF ‘15 Best Narrative Feature winner “God Bless the Child”

Best Documentary Feature

●Joshua Leake Executive Director, Portland Film Festival

●Melissa Silverstein Founder and Editor, Women and Hollywood; Artistic Director and Co-Founder, Athena Film Festival; Author of “In Her Voice: Women Directors Talk Directing”

●Brantly Watts Writer and Producer, Half-Pint Productions; Creator, Homespun Series; Filmmaker-in-Residence, Atlanta Film Society

Best Narrative Short

●Erica Anderson Head of Crowdfunding and Education, Seed&Spark

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●Jiyoung Lee Filmmaker; Multiple ATLFF alumna; Editor, Turner Studios

●Dan Schoenbrun Film Outreach Lead, Kickstarter


JURY

Best Documentary Short

●Mia Bruno Producer of Marketing and Distribution, Seed&Spark

●Christopher Campbell Writer and Editor for Film School Rejects, Nonfics, Movies.com and Fandango

●Laura Good Senior Programming Coordinator, TIFF

Best Animated Short

●Joe Peery Animator; Former Executive Director of ASIFA-Atlanta

●Jeremy Seymour Animation Director, Primal Screen

●Marisa ‘Ginger’ Tontaveetong Co-Director of ATLFF ‘15 Best Animated Short winner “Starlight;” Executive Director, ASIFA-South; Filmmaker-inResidence, Atlanta Film Society

Best Music Video

●Babacar Ndiaye Filmmaker; CEO, PeaceRoll Productions

●Josh Yates Filmmaker; Filmmaker-in-Residence, The Nickelodeon

●Darya Zhuk Filmmaker; Multiple ATLFF alumna

Filmmaker-to-Watch Award For the third year, our Kickstarter 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 2016 ATLFF lineup.

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AWARDS

“This year’s award includes the symbol for the Atlanta Film Festival: The Phoenix. This design draws from the history of ‘resurgence’ of Atlanta, being reconstructed from the 1860s until now after being burnt down during the Civil War. 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. Like the classic myth of the phoenix rising from ashes, filmmaking is an act—an art—of creating something from nothing.” —Jason Kofke, Visual Artist

ATLFF commissioned another acclaimed Atlanta-based artist to interpret the Kofke design using his own trademark style and natural materials as a nod to Atlanta’s trademark tree canopy. R. Land’s work is featured on buildings throughout Atlanta and his trademark “Pray for ATL” has become iconic.

“...in the heart of Atlanta, in the connecting neighborhoods and villages, I feel this grand sense of community, like a big urban Mayberry. 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.” — R. Land

The winner of the Narrative Short Jury Award qualifies for the Oscar® short list. The winner of the Animated Short Jury Award qualifies for the Oscar® short list. The winner of the Documentary Short Jury Award qualifies for the Oscar® short list.

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CREATIVE CONFERENCE

MONDAY

TUESDAY

What’s the Big Idea?

Grip Truck Show & Tell

SCREENWRITING PANEL — Where do ideas come from? How do you know what to do with an idea once you have it, and how do you know if it’s good or bad? Get started on that screenplay with help from experienced screenwriters!

DEMO — Need grip & electric gear for your next indie? Tour Day-1 Production Services’ 3-ton grip truck and learn why every indie should rent one.

APRIL 4th

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM, 7 Stages Theatre

APRIL 5th

10:30 AM - 11:30 AM, 7 Stages Theatre

Light & Shoot Your Indie Invading Hollywood

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM, 7 Stages Theatre

SCREENWRITING PANEL — How do you break into the industry and find an agent or manager? Find out what to do with your written, polished script.

DEMO — Need camera, grip & lighting for your next indie? Production Consultants and Equipment (PC&E) Film Production Rentals has you covered! Survey the latest cameras and get tips for lighting your next project.

90-Second Pitch Fest

Sound Good?

SCREENWRITING PANEL — Show up and pitch your idea in only 90 seconds! At the end of the session, audience and participants alike will vote for the best 3 pitches. The winner receives admission for one to Michael Lucker’s Screenwriting School!

DEMO — You may know that bad sound can ruin a great movie, but do you know how to achieve quality sound? This demo features local sound mixers and boom operators who will supply you with tips to help you record professional quality audio on a budget.

1:30 PM - 2:30 PM, 7 Stages Theatre

3:00 PM - 4:00 PM, 7 Stages Theatre

1:30 PM - 2:30 PM, 7 Stages Theatre

Table Read: Best 10

4:30 PM - 5:30 PM, 7 Stages Theatre

SCREENWRITING PANEL — Professional actors read 10 pages from each of the winning scripts from our screenplay competition. Dewitt Insurance Presents: Understanding Production Insurance 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM, Plaza Theatre, Upstairs

FINANCE PANEL — When something goes wrong, production insurance is the first line of defense for producers and financiers. DeWitt Stern’s experienced insurance professionals and Greenberg Traurig’s Andy Velcoff explain important production insurance clauses, why tight contracts are essential, and how to navigate a claim. Learn how production insurance goes further when you ask the right questions. Do I Need An Agent?

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM, Plaza Theatre, Upstairs

ACTING PANEL — What does an agent do? What do they look for? How do I find the right agent for me? Answers questions a novice actor would have as they begin their professional career. Casting Directors from The People Store will be there to answer these questions and more!

The Animation Studio Simulation Workshop 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM, 7 Stages Theatre

ANIMATION WORKSHOP — Be a part of an animation simulation! ASIFA-South members present a mock scenario that recreates a basic animation pipeline. Work with others and troubleshoot scenarios such as pushed deadlines and sudden script revisions. Presented by International Animation Society (ASIFA-South) and My Animation Life. (Open to kids age 7+ with supervision. No artistic or animation skill required). Airport Short Animation: Behind the Scenes 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM, 7 Stages Theatre

ANIMATION PANEL- Come behind the scenes to see how of our five minute Airport Shorts animation was created incorporating the use of basic motion tracking in a month and a half. Learn the breakdowns from the simplifications of the storyboarding process, the challenges of working with a remote team over three time zones/ countries, and adapting a horizontal format animation to vertical while keeping the flow of the story, and music composing for animation. Analyze This: A Webseries Pilot Case Study 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM, Plaza Theatre, Upstairs

Unions and Guilds

1:30 PM - 2:30 PM, Plaza Theatre, Upstairs

UNION PANEL — Producers work with actors and crew from a number of different unions. Learn which unions and guilds cover which crafts. Resume Building

3:00 PM - 4:00 PM, Plaza Theatre, Upstairs

PRE-PRODUCTION PANEL — Producer and resumé-coach Linda Burns provides tips that ensure your resumé works to get you the job rather than keep you from getting it.

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PILOTS PANEL — Up-and-coming filmmakers pitch their prospective web series pilots to a panel of seasoned industry professionals. Filmmakers receive invaluable feedback to help them push their pilot to the next level. Audience members get a chance to see the process in action.


1:00 PM - 3:00 PM, Plaza Theatre, Upstairs

FSU SCREENING + PANEL - 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 afternoon of cinematic entertainment as we showcase this year’s selected Keylight Films.

CSX Presents-Stop and Care: Set Safety

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM, Plaza Theatre, Upstairs

PRODUCING PANEL — From insurance and permitting to safety meetings and common sense, this panel shares ways to keep the set safe. “Stop and care” is more than just a slogan; it’s #setlife. Produce This

12:30 PM - 1:30 PM, Plaza Theatre, Upstairs

PRODUCING PANEL — Producers can spend years on one movie. How do they choose? This panel covers what goes into a “good” project, from story and the director’s vision to budget and marketability.

Direct Me!

But What’s The Budget?

DIRECTING/ACTING PANEL — Directors and actors discuss the relationship between them. It’s about more than just communication and trust. How do you get or give a good performance? What makes a director effective in the actor’s eye? What can a director do to get a good performance from their cast?

PRODUCING PANEL — Budgeting isn’t just about what things cost. How much you can raise? What can the market bear once you sell the movie? Producers discuss how they budget their films.

3:30 PM - 5:00 PM, Plaza Theatre, Upstairs

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM, Plaza Theatre, Upstairs

The Art Of Directing No- & Low-Budget Indies 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM, Plaza Theatre, Upstairs

DIRECTING PANEL — Independent filmmakers never have enough money nor time to tell their stories. Short and feature narrative and documentary directors discuss how they “make it work” creatively on no- or low-budget projects.

CREATIVE CONFERENCE

The Florida State University College Of Motion Picture Arts Presents: Selected Keylight Films

WEDNESDAY APRIL 6th

Cast Me! Cast Me!

10:30 AM - 12:30 PM, 7 Stages Theatre

OPEN CASTING CALL — Are you an actor in the Atlanta area? Want an opportunity to get in front of some of the city’s best casting directors? Here’s your chance! Atlanta-based principle and extras casting directors will be on hand to meet new faces. Actors should come prepared with a two-minute monologue or pitch about themselves to present in front of the panel. A Working Actor: What It Takes

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM, 7 Stages Theatre

ACTING PANEL — Atlanta-based actors will have the opportunity to ask some of the hardest working casting directors in our market about the business. Learn what it takes to make it as a working actor during this informative question-and-answer panel. SAGindie: SAG Contracts Made Simple 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM, 7 Stages Theatre

UNION PANEL — Are you a filmmaker about to cast a project? Now is the time to learn about SAG! Are you an actor who wants to know more about the union? Here’s the opportunity! The SAG Indie-Atlanta Outreach Committee reps will be on hand to answer all of your questions.

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THURSDAY APRIL 7th

Through The Lens: A Cinematography Case Study 10:30 AM - 11:30 PM, 7 Stages Theatre

CINEMATOGRAPHY PANEL — Industry cinematographers screen samples of their work to be analyzed, explained and studied by fellow cinematographers and audience members. Learn the personal techniques and different elements that help craft each scene. SCORE!: How To Compose A Quality Film Score Within Budget 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM, 7 Stages Theatre

COMPOSING PANEL — Licensing songs and creating original music can be expensive. But Georgia is full of amazing musicians, songwriters, composers, and music producers. Review your options for scoring on a budget.

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Tips & Tricks From the Cutting Room Floor 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM, 7 Stages Theatre

EDITING PANEL — Editors, used to fixing things in postproduction, are valuable storytellers as well as technicians. Learn tips for production and post-production that can save you time and money while preserving the story. Visual Effects: Raising The Value Of Indie Production 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM, 7 Stages Theatre

VFX PANEL — This presentation demonstrates that regardless of budget and genre, independent filmmakers can (and should) boost their storytelling ability with visual effects. Presented by Brendon Murphy and Sean Thigpen from the Emmy Awardwinning Stargate Studios (The Walking Dead, Heroes Reborn). Support for Creative Activists

10:30 AM - 11:30 AM, Plaza Theatre, Upstairs

CREATIVE VISIONS PRESENTATION — Come hear from local filmmaker Erin Bernhardt on how Creative Visions can help you with networking, fundraising, mentorship, film incubation and impact campaigns, and more. Creative Visions is committed to serving people and stories that use the media, arts and creative industries to create positive social and environmental change locally and globally.


12:00 PM - 1:30 PM, Plaza Theatre, Upstairs

SEED & SPARK — Art of the Pitch is about your story and how you tell it. But it’s really about how you enter the room. Build the tools you need for a successful pitch meeting: identify your end game, craft the story, and convey confidence. The panel covers the basics of pitching anything from film and tech to non-profits and branding. Come prepared to pitch your current or next project! You may be selected from the audience for a 3-minute pitch! Range And Representation: Earn More At The Box Office 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM, Plaza Theatre, Upstairs

DIRECTING/PRODUCING PANEL — Diversity in filmmaking isn’t just about equal representation; it’s about leaving money on the table. Whether behind or in front of the camera, age, race, and gender parity can put butts in seats and money in your pocket. Filmmaker As Activist

FRIDAY

APRIL 7th Pre-Production Law

11:00 AM - 1:00 PM, 7 Stages Theatre

ENTERTAINMENT LAW PANEL — Experienced entertainment attorneys discuss the legalities of pre-production for narrative, documentary, television, and webcasting projects. Topics include: optioning source materials, copyrights, life-story rights, liability for defamation, publicity rights, contracts and clearances. Panelists will also offer industry insights and review of some of the latest Hollywood legal disputes. In The Trenches: Communicating With Your Crew 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM, 7 Stages Theatre

DIRECTING PANEL — Directors work closely with every department on a film set, answering hundreds of creative and logistical questions each day. Learn how to properly communicate with your crew to ensure your vision shines through while inspiring theirs.

3:30 PM - 4:30 PM, Plaza Theatre, Upstairs

DOCUMENTARY FILMMAKING PANEL — Documentary filmmakers discuss the inherent activism that happens both on and off screen when shooting their stories.

Distribute This

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM, Plaza Theatre, Upstairs

DISTRIBUTION PANEL — While many new, ever-changing platforms exist for distribution today, distribution is still the goal for many indie filmmakers. But where do you find distribution? What are distributors looking for and what’s the best way to approach them?

CREATIVE CONFERENCE

Art of The Pitch

Crowdfunding to Independence

12:30 PM - 2:00 PM, Plaza Theatre, Upstairs

SEED & SPARK PRESENTATION — The only proven path to independence as an artist is a direct connection to your audience, and crowdfunding has become a fundamental piece of many independent films. But many filmmakers miss the opportunity to turn their funding campaigns into audience-building opportunities that can last an entire career and provide groundwork for distribution that. Film-related projects will be provided with the crowdfunding action plan most likely to create a lasting, flourishing, direct relationship with your audience. Kickstarter How To: Audience Building & Engagement 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM, Plaza Theatre, Upstairs

CROWDFUNDING PRESENTATION — Over the past six years, Kickstarter has transformed the creative process, proving that when artists and audiences band together, there is no limit on what can be accomplished. Join Film Outreach Lead Dan Schoenbrun for an overview of the past, the present, and the future of film on Kickstarter. We’ll explore the essentials of a great Kickstarter project, discuss best practices and key takeaways from several of our most notable, forward-thinking film campaigns, and discuss how to build and engage audiences on Kickstarter. Tax Incentive Talk

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM, Plaza Theatre, Upstairs

FINANCE PANEL — Learn about Georgia’s tax incentives: how they work, the paperwork required to apply for them, and how to track your expenses.

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OPENING NIGHT OPENING NIGHT PRESENTATION The Fundamentals of Caring Directed by Rob Burnett

USA, 2016, English, 93 minutes Friday, April 1, 2016, 7:00 PM - Plaza Theatre, Main

Having suffered a tragedy, Ben’s life is on hold. In need of work, he becomes a caregiver, where he is put through his paces by his first client, Trevor, a hilarious 18-year-old from England with muscular dystrophy. Instead of bowing to Trevor’s irreverent tactics, Ben treats Trevor in a way no caregiver has ever done before: without kid gloves. One paralyzed emotionally, one paralyzed physically, the two bond through humor in a way only broken people can. They hit the open road on a trip that takes them through the majestic pines of the Pacific Northwest, the foothills of Idaho and Montana, and finally through the open plains of the American Southwest. Along the way, they find some other lost souls, including a 21-year-old runaway who is the sexiest girl Trevor has ever seen in person and not on TV. Ben and Trevor’s journey is a touching, laugh-out-loud tale of two unlikely friends finding hope against all odds. Director/Writer/Producer Rob Burnett scheduled to attend.

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CLOSING NIGHT PRESENTATION Morris From America Directed by Chad Hartigan

USA/Germany, 2016, English/German, 91 minutes Saturday, April 9, 2016, 7:30 PM - Plaza Theatre, Main

A heartwarming and crowd-pleasing coming-of-age comedy with a unique spin, “Morris from America” centers on Morris Gentry (Markees Christmas, in an incredible breakout performance), a 13-year-old who has just relocated with his single father, Curtis (Craig Robinson), to Heidelberg, Germany. Morris, who fancies himself the next Notorious B.I.G., is a complete fish-out-of-water—a budding hip-hop star in an EDM world. To complicate matters further, Morris quickly falls hard for his cool, rebellious, 15-year-old classmate Katrin. Morris sets out against all odds to take the hip-hop world by storm and win the girl of his dreams. Director/Writer Chad Hartigan scheduled to attend.

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SPECIAL PRESENTATIONS

SOCIETY FOR CINEMA & MEDIA STUDIES PRESENTS:

THE THOUGHTS THAT ONCE WE HAD Directed by Thom Andersen

USA, 2015, English Thursday, March 31, 2016, 7:30 PM - Plaza Theatre, Upstairs

Assuming the diverse forms of an essay, diary, and found footage film, “The Thoughts That Once We Had” traces a line though both filmmaker Thom Andersen’s personal history with cinema and philosopher Gilles Deleuze’s influential cinema books. The film is comprised of clips spanning cinema’s history, deftly edited together with inter-title commentary, and re-worked dialogue, sound and musical compositions. Andersen’s adroit compilation, through a complex procedure of relation and reframing, thus uncovers new and different meanings at work in these classic and lost films.

WONDERROOT’S GENERALLY LOCAL, MOSTLY INDEPENDENT FILM SERIES Thursday, March 31, 2016, 8:00 PM - Plaza Theatre, Main

Once again, we kick-off the festival with WonderRoot’s local short film series. This year’s crop is specially programmed for the Atlanta Film Festival as the STEEL block (See page 61).

$12 at door / $10 in advance

DAZED AND CONFUSED Directed by Richard Linklater

USA, 1993, English, 102 minutes Friday, April 1, 2016, 9:30 PM - Plaza Theatre, Main

It’s the last day of school at a high school in a small town in Texas in 1976. The upperclassmen are hazing the incoming freshmen, and everyone is trying to get stoned, drunk, or laid, even the football players that signed a pledge not to.

FREE with RSVP

THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW Friday, April 1 & 8, 2015, 12:00 AM - Plaza Theatre, Main

It’s a Plaza Theatre institution! Lips Down On Dixie performs the interactive version of “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” at Midnight each Friday.

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SPECIAL PRESENTATIONS

FOOD ON FILM 25TH ANNIVERSARY PRESENTATION:

FRIED GREEN TOMATOES Directed by Jon Avnet

USA, 1991, English, 130 minutes Sunday, April 3, 2016, 12:00 PM - Plaza Theatre, Main

While visiting relatives in a nursing home, Evelyn Couch meets Ninny Threadgoode, an outgoing old woman, who tells her the story of a young woman in 1920s Alabama. This year, we are teaming up with Sweet Auburn BBQ and Callanwolde for an after-party sure to be a festival highlight. Party: $20

FREE with RSVP

HBO FILMS PRESENTS:

CONFIRMATION

Directed by Rick Famuyima USA, 2016, English Sunday, April 3, 2016, 6:00 PM - Rialto Center for the Arts

Filmed in Atlanta, “Confirmation” takes a look behind the curtain of Washington politics, depicting the explosive 1991 Clarence Thomas Supreme Court nomination hearings where Anita Hill accused him of sexual harassment. The hearings brought the country to a standstill and became a pivotal moment in American culture forever changing how we perceive and experience workplace equality and gender politics. Kerry Washington, Wendell Pierce, Greg Kinnear, Eric Stonestreet, and Jennifer Hudson star. Written by Susannah Grant.

FREE with RSVP

MUSIC VIDEO PRESENTATION Monday, April 4, 2016, 7:00 PM - Joystick Gamebar

Join us at Joystick Gamebar for a series of music videos of all different styles. This series will showcase local and international bands on the rise. Afterwards stay with us for drinks & games with the filmmakers.

FREE with RSVP TELLURIDE MOUNTAINFILM ON TOUR ATL PRESENTS:

CAN YOU DIG THIS Directed by Delila Vallot

USA, 2015, English, 80 minutes Monday, April 4, 2016, 7:20 PM - Plaza Theatre, Upstairs

“Can You Dig This” explores the urban gardening revolution currently taking place in South Central Los Angeles, one of the largest food deserts in the country. We follow the inspirational personal journeys of five ‘gangster gardeners,’ all planting the seeds for a better life. $12 at door / $10 in advance

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HANDMADE PUPPET DREAMS Tuesday, April 5, 2016, 9:15 PM - 7 Stages Theatre

$12 at door/$10 in advance

Heather Henson introduces independent filmmakers and puppeteers who explore their craft specifically for the camera in this handpicked selection of puppet film shorts. Handmade Puppet Dreams showcases the fresh voices of independent puppeteers who embrace film as their medium for individual expressions, to build their visions, and breathe life into their dreams, while exploring a spectrum of live-action puppetry styles. Since 2005, Handmade Puppet Dreams has been screened nationally, where it received a UNIMA Citation of Excellence, and internationally in France, the Czech Republic, India, United Kingdom, Puerto Rico, Israel, and Prague, where it was awarded “The Best Puppet Film” at The World Puppet Festival.

TOUCH THE PUPPET HEAD Wednesday, April 6, 2016, 9:30 PM - Plaza Theatre, Main

Hosted by Beau Brown, “Touch the Puppet Head” is a combination of live puppetry performances and curated short puppet films. Featuring “Crocodile” directed by Matt Harris-Freeth, “Klaus” directed by Nicole Horsman, “Otter of the Underground” directed by Christina Jean Benenati, “Stay Curious” directed by Kevin Kammeraad and “This Is Ben” directed by Pam Severns. $12 at door/$10 in advance

ACVB PRESENTS:

FRIDAY NIGHT AFTER-PARTY FEATURING “MUSIC VOYAGER” Friday, April 8, 2016, 9:00 PM - Gallery L1

The festival’s second-weekend kick-off party will take place at Gallery L1 and feature an exclusive advance screening of the new Atlanta episode of “Music Voyager” before it airs on PBS. After the screening, enjoy a fun evening with festival friends, filmmakers and staff, as well as cocktails, catering and live music. Sponsored by the Atlanta Convention and Visitors Bureau. All-Access & Filmmaker Badge-Holders Only

PIVOT PRESENTS: 35 AND SINGLE Directed by Paula Schargorodsky

Argentina/USA/Spain, 2015, Spanish/English/Italian, 75 minutes Friday, April 8, 2016, 9:30 PM - Plaza Theatre, Upstairs

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I’m Paula. 35. Argentine. Over the past 10 years I’ve been compulsively shooting everyone and everything for no particular reason. All my love stories and breakups have been recorded and systematically stored. While I kept changing boyfriends every 2 years, I shot my friends with their boyfriends, husbands, their bellies and now surrounded by children. Yes, some of us just don’t follow the norm. Should I settle down or remain a free spirit?


SPECIAL PRESENTATIONS

30TH ANNIVERSARY PRESENTATION:

LABYRINTH

Directed by Jim Henson UK/USA, 1986, English, 101 minutes Sunday, April 10, 2016, 12:30 PM - Plaza Theatre, Main

Young Sarah is left home alone by her parents and she has to babysit her little brother Toby. But the baby keeps crying and Sarah, while telling him a story to make him sleep, inadvertently conjures from a fantasy world the Goblin King who steals the child and brings him to his castle in the middle of a labyrinth. Sarah has to rescue him before midnight, or the baby will became a goblin.

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HONORING VICTOR NUNEZ

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RUBY IN PARADISE directed by Victor Nunez

USA, 1993, English, 114 minutes Saturday, April 2, 2016, 7:00 PM - High Museum, Hill Auditorium

FREE with RSVP Renowned for his moving character portraits set under the blazing Florida sun, Victor Nunez is considered among very first of the Atlanta Film Festival’s auteur alumni. “Gal Young ‘Un,” his feature debut, played the 3rd annual ATLFF in 1979. “Ulee’s Gold,” perhaps his best known work, was the closing night presentation of the 21st edition of ATLFF in 1997. The film went on to earn a score of nominations and awards, including an Academy Award nod for Peter Fonda and two Independent Spirit Award nominations for Nunez. His films have won Jury Prizes all over the world and have been selected three times for Director’s Fortnight at the Cannes Film Festival. Hailing from Peru and Tallahassee, Florida, Nunez holds an MFA in Film Directing from UCLA and is currently on faculty at Florida State University’s College of Motion Picture Arts. Victor Nunez

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Ashley Judd makes her film debut as Ruby, who moves to a Florida beach town and tries as best she can to earn a living. She begins working in a clothing store and starts dating men, but after some hard choices realizes she must first figure out who she is and what she wants out of life before she settles for something less than she deserves. Writer-director Victor Nunez tells his tale as an amiable slice of life story without forcing any of the emotion. Judd gives an astounding performance as a young woman whose quiet inner strength allows her to grow and gain confidence in the person she wants to be. Avoiding all the possible clichés and presenting a positive, realistic, and touching character portrait, “Ruby in Paradise” is a rare and worthwhile discovery. “Ruby in Paradise” won the Dramatic Jury Prize at the 1993 Sundance Film Festival. It was also nominated for six Independent Spirit Awards, winning one for Best Female Lead (Ashley Judd).


MORPHINE DREAMS

MORPHINE DREAMS From unadulterated surrealism to down-and-dirty grindhouse; this a high-octane, uncompromising trio of films that’ll propel you into the deepest level of your subconscious.

FRANKENSTEIN CREATED BIKERS Directed by James Bickert

USA, 2016, English Saturday, April 2, 2016, 9:30 PM - Plaza Theatre, Main

An outlaw biker finds himself addicted to a diabolical substance and hunted by a grenade-tossing femme fatale, bounty hunters, law enforcement, a rival motorcycle gang, mutations and a topless stripper hit squad.

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THE FORBIDDEN ROOM

Directed by Guy Maddin and Evan Johnson Canada, 2015, English, 130 minutes Sunday, April 3, 2016, 7:15 PM - 7 Stages Theatre

A never-before-seen woodsman mysteriously appears aboard a submarine that’s been trapped deep under water for months with an unstable cargo. As the terrified crew make their way through the corridors of the doomed vessel, they find themselves on a voyage into the origins of their darkest fears.

$12 at door / $10 in advance

BELLADONNA OF SADNESS Directed by Eiichi Yamamoto

Japan, 1973, Japanese, 93 minutes Sunday, April 3, 2016, 9:30 PM - Plaza Theatre, Main

Based on the book “Satanism and Witchcraft” by French writer Jules Michelet, young and innocent Jeanne is ravaged by the local lord and makes a pact with the Devil himself. The Devil appears in phallic forms and, through Jeanne, incites the village into a sexual frenzy. In a new restoration using the original camera negatives, this erotic and psychedelic trip of a film springs to life. “Belladonna of Sadness” has previously never been released in the USA.

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IN PARTNERSHIP WITH SPONSORED BY

Thursday, April 7, 2016, 7:00 PM — Ponce City Market Admission is Free and Open to the Public

Now in its fifth year, SOUND + VISION—ATLFF’s signature mid-week event—moves from The Goat Farm Arts Center to Ponce City Market. Join us on the lower levels for some of Atlanta’s tastiest eats or up on the roof for the city’s best views. Featuring some of Atlanta’s hottest bands, daring experimental films and wild art installations—this event is a true festival highlight!

PONCE CITY MARKET

SOUND + VISION AT PONCE CITY MARKET

IT’S SO EASY (THE MECHANISM OF POWER) By Russell Sheaffer & Aaron Michael Smith Featuring percussionist Sean Gill location TBA

“A collaborative work between filmmaker Russell Sheaffer and composer Aaron Michael Smith, “it’s so easy (the mechanism of power)” creates a dystopian landscape that explores the repercussions of disproportionate access to moments in others’ lives. In 2015, a post-accident legal dispute took a surprising turn when the defense attorneys attempted to draw upon extensive surveillance footage of Sheaffer taken during the Atlanta Film Festival, held earlier that year. Sheaffer and everyone he had come into contact with that weekend—friends, festival staff, and strangers alike—were the unwitting subjects. “it’s so easy (the mechanism of power)” manipulates the repurposed surveillance footage and new footage from within the installation in real time, creating a fractured and everchanging visual and audio landscape that examines the ease with which the unsuspecting bystander becomes subject.”

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Sat, April 23

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Cécile McLorin Salvant Jazz Songstress

“She has poise, elegance, soul, humor, sensuality, power, virtuosity, range, insight, intelligence, depth and grace.” – Wynton Marsalis

Sat, April 2 Boban & Marko Markovi´c Orchestra Best Brass of the Balkans

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Fri, Apr 8 Paquito D’Rivera Latin Jazz Legend with the GSU Jazz Band

Sun, Apr 10 Zakir Hussain & Masters of Percussion

Fri, Apr 15 – Sun, Apr 17 Hansel and Gretel • GSU Opera Theatre

*Free Parking for Rialto Series shows in the 100 Peachtree Deck (formerly Equitable Deck) on Fairlie St.


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THE ARBALEST

Directed by Adam Pinney USA, 2016, English, 73 minutes Tuesday, April 5, 2016, 9:15 PM - Plaza Theatre, Main “The Arbalest” is a confessional recount of the reclusive private life of Foster Kalt, the world-renowned inventor of the Kalt Cube. The strange reflection pieces together strange events and romantic obsessions that compound in a disturbing invention despite his ten-year vow of silence. —My Nguyen

CHEERLEADER

Directed by Irving Franco USA, 2015, English, 70 minutes Monday, April 4, 2016, 7:00 PM - Plaza Theatre, Main Bubblegum, side ponytails, and eighties-inspired hits blanket this witty satire centered around Mickey, a naive and promiscuous teenager who—reeling from her first heartbreak—seeks calculated revenge on her ex-boyfriend by turning her attention to an unlikely subject. —Mikaela Dyett & Alex James

COLLECTIVE:UNCONSCIOUS

Directed by Lily Baldwin, Frances Bodomo, Daniel Patrick Carbone, Josephine Decker, Lauren Wolkstein USA, 2016, English, 81 minutes Saturday, April 9, 2016, 3:00 PM - Plaza Theatre, Main When independent filmmakers adapt each other’s dreams for the screen, the result is a collective unconscious indeed: A man and his grandmother hide out from an ominous broadcast. The Grim Reaper hosts a TV show. The formerly incarcerated recount and reinterpret their first days of freedom. A suburban mom’s life is upturned by the beast growing inside of her. And a high school gym teacher runs drills from inside a volcano. Five new works explore the space between sleep and lucidity. Welcome to their dream state. —Lucy Doughty

CUCKOLD

Directed by Charlie Vundla South Africa, 2015, English/Zulu, 95 minutes Thursday, April 7, 2016, 7:20 PM - Plaza Theatre, Upstairs In the midst of a drug and alcohol-fueled depression following his wife’s affair, Smanga aimlessly copes with the unraveling of his life. When he one night finds himself in the company of an old friend, a deep companionship develops. As Smanga begins to mend the shattered pieces of his life, confusion strikes. His wife decides to return, but he can’t live without his friend’s counsel. Their attempt to cohabitate presents some peculiar challenges. —David Williams

THE CURSED ONES

Directed by Nana Obiri Yeboah Ghana/UK, 2015, English, 100 minutes Friday, April 8, 2016, 7:20 PM - Plaza Theatre, Upstairs A young girl accused of a village’s series of misfortunes. A pastor abusing his rhetoric power to instill fear and distrust in the congregation. A disillusioned reporter swept up in the witchhunt, fighting false prophets in order to save the girl’s life. Set in rural West Africa, where villagers believe heavily in the evil of witchcraft and sorcery, “The Cursed Ones” is a thrilling, suspenseful story of superstition, morality, corruption and community in the heart of Africa. —My Nguyen

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DAS WETTER IN GESCHLOSSENEN RÄUMEN (THE WEATHER INSIDE) Directed by Isabelle Stever

Germany, 2015, German/English/French/Italian, 100 minutes Tuesday, April 5, 2016, 7:20 PM - Plaza Theatre, Upstairs Dorothea, an aid worker with a humanitarian organization who helps people menaced by a civil war, finds the luxury of her wealthy world reflected cynically in surrounding poverty. After embarking on an affair with much younger Alec, a seemingly simple and charismatic Arab drifter, two worlds collide within a mutual lust for adventure. As her passion increases, Dorothea loses control, jeopardizing both her aid initiative and her life. —Lucy Doughty

EMBERS

Directed by Claire Carré USA/Poland, 2015, English/Spanish, 86 minutes Sunday, April 3, 2016, 12:20 PM - Plaza Theatre, Upstairs What do you do when you lose all your memories? In a world reeling from a neurological epidemic and its aftermath, five stories weave through time, space, love, and struggle to reconcile a future with no past. —Jamie Traner

EVERYBODY WANTS SOME Directed by Richard Linklater

USA, 2016, English, 116 minutes Saturday, April 2, 2016, 7:00 PM - Plaza Theatre, Main A new ‘spiritual sequel’ to “Dazed and Confused” set in the world of 1980 college life, “Everybody Wants Some” is a comedy that follows a group of friends as they navigate their way through the freedoms and responsibilities of unsupervised adulthood.

THE FITS

Directed by Anna Rose Holmer USA, 2015, English, 72 minutes Thursday, April 7, 2016, 9:15 PM - Plaza Theatre, Main Developed and produced through a micro-budget, micro-timeline initiative for first and second-time filmmakers, “The Fits” stars fresh face Royalty Hightower as Toni—an 11-year-old tomboy emboldened by a strong, confident group of young dancers. While the team navigates a sudden, unexplained outbreak of fainting spells, Toni navigates her innocent but furtive desire to fit in. —Lucy Doughty

GOOD OL’ BOY

Directed by Frank Lotito USA, 2015, English, 103 minutes Saturday, April 2, 2016, 12:15 PM - Plaza Theatre, Upstairs When ten-year-old Smith moves with his Indian family to small town America in 1979, assimilating into a new culture proves as challenging as wooing the girl-next-door. Brilliant colors and brighter characters propel this tale of young love, traditional parents, and what it means to navigate the American Dream. —Jamie Traner

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HERE COMES RUSTY Directed by Tyler Russell

USA, 2016, English, 80 minutes Sunday, April 3, 2016, 7:00 PM - Buckhead Theatre Dicky St. Jon is a struggling businessman with a failing greyhound derby. Desperate to save his track, Dicky agrees to a winner-takes-all wager with Mak Hoffstadt: whomever wins the final race in the Magnolia Derby takes the loser’s business. The only person more determined than Dicky to right past mistakes and make their family proud is Hoffstadt himself—used car salesman, brother-in-law and lifelong rival. —Rashid Nellons

HOW TO TELL YOU’RE A DOUCHEBAG Directed by Tahir Jetter

USA, 2016, English, 80 minutes Saturday, April 2, 2016, 4:30 PM - Plaza Theatre, Main Eligible bachelor Ray Livingston views women as an endless pool of possibilities. After an unexpectedly tragic marriage proposal, Ray navigates these possibilities as an emotionless player in a game of hook-ups and heartbreak. Not until his lifestyle stops him in his tracks does Ray realize this element is anything but natural. —Mikaela Dyett

HUNKY DORY

Directed by Michael Curtis Johnson USA, 2015, English, 86 minutes Saturday, April 9, 2016, 12:30 PM - Plaza Theatre, Main Sidney—an artist of many things but an extraordinaire of nothing at all— struggles to live up to the expectations of his glam rock dream. After the mother of his child goes missing, Sidney’s messy life takes an even wilder turn as he’s forced to accept responsibility for his eleven-year-old son, George, and graduate from his rockstar facade. —My Nguyen

IT HAD TO BE YOU

Directed by Sasha Gordon USA, 2015, English, 85 minutes Saturday, April 2, 2016, 7:00 PM - Serenbe Sonia is a musician approaching her thirties who’s terrified upon discovering her laidback boyfriend’s intention to propose. Though most of her friends are married parents, she fears she isn’t where she dreamed she’d be by now. When forced to comply with now embarrassed Chris’s ultimatum, Sonia’s anxiety and uncertainty fuel a three-day crash course in self-realization. —Rashid Nellons

JEAN OF THE JONESES Directed by Stella Meghie

Canada/USA, 2016, English, 82 minutes Saturday, April 9, 2016, 5:15 PM - Plaza Theatre, Main Writer-director Stella Meghie’s feature revolves around the troubled Jones family, one of whom dies at the start of the movie. When the paramedic who answers their 911 call falls for rambunctious Jean, the courtship goes south during a calamitous Jones funeral. This screenplay won the 2011 ATLFF Screenplay Competition.

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JEDER DER FÄLLT HAT FLÜGEL (THOSE WHO FALL HAVE WINGS) Directed by Peter Brunner

Austria, 2015, German, 92 minutes Wednesday, April 6, 2016, 7:20 PM - Plaza Theatre, Upstairs Fifteen-year-old Kati wrestles her fear of death after witnessing her grandmother’s last days. The strains of adolescence and an awakened sexuality render Kati’s responsibility to her four-year-old sister an afterthought. Poetic illustrations and recurring memories illuminate the effects of death on young Kati, her influence on her impressionable sister, and the mark their grandmother left on them both. —Mikaela Dyett

LAST SUMMER

Directed by Leonardo Guerra Seràgnoli Italy, 2014, English/Japanese, 94 minutes Monday, April 4, 2016, 9:15 PM - 7 Stages Theatre Upon losing her custody battle, a Japanese woman is given four final days with her six-year-old son aboard her affluent ex’s yacht. Desperate to connect with her child, she must weather disparagement from a cold, obedient crew in order to prepare for many years without him. —Jamie Traner

A LIGHT BENEATH THEIR FEET Directed by Valerie Weiss

USA, 2015, English, 90 minutes Sunday, April 3, 2016, 2:50 PM - Plaza Theatre, Upstairs High school senior Beth spends every spare moment caring for her sick mother. Burdened by an early onset role of the ‘responsible adult,’ she yearns for the freedom to be a normal teenager. When presented with an opportunity to attend her dream college, she is torn between her own sanity and her mother’s. —Rashid Nellons

LIKE LAMBS

Directed by Ted Marcus USA, 2016, English, 83 minutes Friday, April 8, 2016, 9:15 PM - Plaza Theatre, Main America faces economic collapse. When students from an exclusive boarding school discover the dirty secrets of elite bankers, they forge a plan to seek justice. The newly elected class president leads a revolt to kidnap fellow classmates in an effort to restore the economy. When his ransom video goes viral, the bourgeois must either release trillions from offshore tax havens, or watch as their children are executed on national television. —Rashid Nellons

LOVE & FRIENDSHIP Directed by Whit Stillman

Ireland/Netherlands/France/USA, 2016, English, 92 minutes Sunday, April 10, 2016, 12:50 PM - Plaza Theatre, Upstairs While waiting for social chatter about a personal indiscretion to pass, the beautiful widow Lady Susan Vernon takes up temporary residence at her in-laws’ estate. While there, the intelligent, flirtatious, and amusingly egotistical Lady Vernon is determined to be a matchmaker for her daughter Frederica—and herself too, naturally. She enlists the assistance of her old friend Alicia, but two particularly handsome suitors complicate her orchestrations.

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MILES AHEAD

Directed by Don Cheadle USA, 2015, English, 100 minutes Sunday, April 10, 2016, 2:45 PM - Plaza Theatre, Main In the midst of a dazzling and prolific career at the forefront of modern jazz innovation, Miles Davis virtually disappears from public view for a period of five years in the late 1970s. Alone and holed up in his home, he is beset by chronic pain from a deteriorating hip, his musical voice stifled and numbed by drugs and pain medications, his mind haunted by unsettling ghosts from the past. A wily music reporter forces his way into Davis’ house and the two men unwittingly embark on a wild and sometimes harrowing adventure to recover a stolen tape of the musician’s latest compositions.

A MORNING LIGHT Directed by Ian Clark

USA, 2015, English, 82 minutes Saturday, April 2, 2016, 2:35 PM - Plaza Theatre, Upstairs Zach and Ellyn attempt to rekindle their old relationship with a trip to the wilderness. Strange celestial phenomena unfold as they explore this remote landscape. This tense, atmospheric sci-fi explores the concept of extraterrestrial visitation through ecological and psychological impact and our natural connection to the great unknown. —My Nguyen

NEPTUNE

Directed by Derek Kimball USA, 2015, English, 101 minutes Saturday, April 2, 2016, 4:50 PM - Plaza Theatre, Upstairs Hannah Newcombe’s coming-of-age summer calls Maine’s coastline home. When she witnesses the possible death of a classmate, Hannah grapples with future plans and moral obligations in the wake of his absence. Having lived the sheltered life of an obedient Catholic girl, Hannah seeks to expand her perspective and mute her haunted dreams by replacing the boy on his father’s lobster-boat—but grueling, grievous conditions threaten to compromise a measured search for broader horizons. —Jamie Traner

REMITTANCE

Directed by Joel Fendelman & Patrick Daly Philippines/Singapore/USA, 2015, English/Tagalog, 90 minutes Saturday, April 9, 2016, 5:40 PM - Plaza Theatre, Upstairs Determined to support her family in the Philippines, Marie adopts both a job as a maid and a whole new set of hardships. She builds a new life in Singapore while her family’s financial demands grow stronger still, and in the wake of a betrayal, Marie is forced to choose between her family and dreams of self-sufficiency. —Mikaela Dyett

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SINK

Directed by Brett Michael Innes South Africa, 2015, Afrikaans, 115 minutes Monday, April 4, 2016, 9:35 PM - Plaza Theatre, Upstairs A Mozambican domestic worker struggles to stay afloat while working for a suburban couple in Johannesburg. Her hardships deepen upon discovery that her daughter’s death was at the fault of her employers. Leaving the situation for her poverty-stricken homeland would jeopardize her visa and financial family support. Her conflicted indecision intensifies when she discovers that the couple is expecting their first child. —Mikaela Dyett

SIREN

Directed by Gregg Bishop USA, 2016, English, 86 minutes Sunday, April 10, 2016, 7:30 PM - Plaza Theatre, Main A bachelor party becomes a savage fight for survival when the groomsmen unwittingly unleash a fabled predator upon the festivities. A feature adaptation of the segment “Amateur Night” from the horror anthology “V/H/S.”

SISTERS OF THE PLAGUE Directed by Jorge Torres-Torres

USA, 2016, English, 74 minutes Sunday, April 3, 2016, 7:35 PM - Plaza Theatre, Upstairs In the absence of her late mother, a ghost tour guide in New Orleans seeks to understand her life whilst an unwanted force unravels her haunted world. —Jamie Traner

TE PROMETO ANARQUIA (I PROMISE YOU ANARCHY) Directed by Julio Hernández Cordón

Mexico/Germany, 2015, Spanish/English, 100 minutes Sunday, April 3, 2016, 5:00 PM - Plaza Theatre, Main Miguel and Johnny revel in teenage exploration of sexuality and boyish shenanigans as they skate through Mexico City’s chaotic neighborhoods by day and toy by night with the web of black-market blood trafficking. Amplified by the chillingly honest performances of social-media-cast leads, this chromatic drama juxtaposes the promise of youth with the lust and innocence lost at the hands of a drug war. —My Nguyen

VIVA

Directed by Paddy Breathnach Cuba/Ireland, 2015, Spanish, 100 minutes Tuesday, April 5, 2016, 7:00 PM - Plaza Theatre, Main Jesus, a young hairdresser working at a Havana nightclub that showcases drag performers, dreams of being a performer himself. Encouraged by his mentor, Mama, Jesus finally gets his chance to take the stage. But when his estranged father abruptly reenters his life, his world is quickly turned upside down. As father and son clash over their opposing expectations of each other, “Viva” becomes a love story as the men struggle to understand one another and reconcile as a family.

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PRESENTED BY ABOVE AND BELOW Directed by Nicolas Steiner

Switzerland/Germany/USA, 2015, English, 110 minutes Sunday, April 3, 2016, 2:30 PM - Plaza Theatre, Main From Mars to Earth and underneath. “Above and Below” is a rough and rhythmic rollercoaster ride seating five survivors in their daily hustle through an apocalyptic world. A journey of challenges and beauty in uncomfortable places: Rick & Cindy, Godfather Lalo in the flood channels deep down under the shiny strip of Sin City. Dave in the dry and lonesome Californian desert and April in simulation for a Mars mission in the Utah desert. Through the hustle, the pain and the laughs, we are whisked away to an unfamiliar world, yet quickly discover the souls we encounter are perhaps not that different from our own.

ACCIDENTAL COURTESY: DARYL DAVIS, RACE & AMERICA Directed by Matt Ornstein

USA, 2016, English, 75 minutes Saturday, April 2, 2016, 2:15 PM - Plaza Theatre, Main When accomplished musician Daryl Davis isn’t playing piano, he’s developing an unusual hobby: he befriends members of the Ku Klux Klan, determined to understand their supremacist perspective. In satisfying this curiosity, Daryl connects with Klan members on a personal level, considering many his friends and reforming countless others. His impressive collection of vacated Klan robes represents those he inspired to leave and provides impetus for his dream to one day open a Klan museum. —Rashid Nellons

ART OF THE PRANK Directed by Andrea Marini

USA/Italy/UK, 2015, English, 82 minutes Sunday, April 3, 2016, 7:15 PM - Plaza Theatre, Main He’s at it again: world-renowned prankster Joey Skaggs is famous for gaining national real-news attention from prestigious journalists for satirical gags such as Celebrity Sperm Bank, the Fat Squad, and Portofess. Filmmaker Andrea Marini follows the legend as he prepares to execute his latest plan to trick America with his most daunting hoax yet. —Jamie Traner

CONCERTO

Directed by Cristina Cassidy USA, 2015, English, 74 minutes Sunday, April 3, 2016, 5:15 PM - 7 Stages Theatre Two brothers who are gifted musicians struggle to overcome a childhood at the hands of a disturbed but brilliant composer father. Christopher Rex has been the Principal Cellist of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra since 1979. Charles Rex has been a first violinist with the New York Philharmonic since 1981. The brothers transcend a traumatic childhood of abuse by their father to reach the heights of notoriety as adults in the world of classical music.

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DRIVING WITH SELVI Directed by Elisa Paloschi

India/Canada, 2015, Kannada/English, 74 minutes Friday, April 8, 2016, 7:00 PM - Plaza Theatre, Main This is the story of a young Indian girl’s struggle to survive. Forced to marry years ago at the age of 14, Selvi finds herself determined to leave an increasingly destructive situation. Selvi starts a new life for herself by becoming South India’s first female taxi driver. Ride along as we observe through ten years in Selvi’s eyes the challenges many women living in India face. —Rashid Nellons

THE FOUNDERS

Directed by Charlene Fisk & Carrie Schrader USA, 2016, English, 85 minutes Monday, April 4, 2016, 9:15 PM - Plaza Theatre, Main Battling the sexism and stereotypes made sturdy in the 1950s, thirteen women founded the Ladies Pro Golf Association (LPGA). Rare archival footage, historical re-enactments and current-day interviews with surviving founders and leading players present an underdog story never before seen. Despite competing against one another on the greens, these pioneers worked together to keep their dreams of professional golf careers alive. From child prodigy fame to Olympian status, each member left a sports world legacy that lives on today. —LeeAnne Goldman

FURSONAS

Directed by Dominic Rodriguez USA, 2015, English, 81 minutes Saturday, April 2, 2016, 2:30 PM - 7 Stages Theatre This look into the fascinating furry fandom provides insight into the lives of people interested in anthropomorphic animals. Taboo practices are presented as norms in this captivating documentary. Individuals venture to unearth their true ‘fursonas’ and define their own lifestyles contrary to myths spread by the media. —Mikaela Dyett

THE GROUND BENEATH THEIR FEET Directed by Nausheen Dadabhoy

Pakistan, 2015, Urdu, 75 minutes Sunday, April 3, 2016, 5:20 PM - Plaza Theatre, Upstairs After a devastating earthquake north of Pakistan paralyzes Ruquiya and Khalida, the young women fight to fulfill their culture role of becoming wives and mothers. Women make up just twenty percent of the Pakistani workforce, a hindrance that bears a weight that other cultures may never understand. Viewers experience the profound effects of this physically and emotionallyjarring event through the eyes of the courageous women who faced it. —Mikaela Dyett

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PRESENTED BY IN PURSUIT OF SILENCE Directed by Patrick Shen

USA, 2015, English, 81 minutes Saturday, April 2, 2016, 7:20 PM - Plaza Theatre, Upstairs As much a work of devotion as it is a documentary, “In Pursuit of Silence” is a meditative exploration of our relationship with silence and the impact of noise on our lives. In our race towards modernity, amidst all the technological innovation and the rapid growth of our cities, silence is now quickly passing into legend. From causing aggressive behavior to hundreds of thousands of heart attacks around the world, there is no aspect of human life that noise does not infringe upon. Silence as a resource for respite and renewal from the sensory onslaught of our modern lives is now more important than ever before.

A JOURNEY OF A THOUSAND MILES: PEACEKEEPERS

Directed by Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy & Geeta Gandbhir USA/Bangladesh/Pakistan, 2015, Bengali/English/Creek, 95 minutes Saturday, April 9, 2016, 3:30 PM - Plaza Theatre, Upstairs The world’s first all-female, predominantly Muslim peacekeeping unit accepts a Bangladeshi mission to join the United Nations Stabilizing Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH). Leaving home for Haiti, the women leave behind families and the traditional lives of women in Bangladesh. Although centered around a 160-woman unit, the lives of three foot soldiers and the harsh realities and responsibilities that accompany the United Nations Peacekeeping Mission become the focus of this brave and beautiful profile. —Mikaela Dyett

JUANICAS

Directed by Karina Garcia Casanova Canada/Mexico, 2015, Spanish/English/French, 78 minutes Saturday, April 9, 2016, 1:30 PM - Plaza Theatre, Upstairs When Karina Garcia Casanova set out to film her brother, Juan, upon his return from their Mexican birthplace, she knew she wanted a feature debut anchored in more than home footage—but the paranoia and depression into which Juan falls casts a shadow she can’t control. “Juanicas” is a transparent, autobiographical portrait of mental health, familial introspection, and the futility of taking one without the other. —Lucy Doughty

LAMERICA

Directed by Stefano Galli USA/Italy, 2015, English, 43 minutes Saturday, April 9, 2016, 12:00 PM - Plaza Theatre, Upstairs A breadbasket of raw, unearthed slices of America shot on 16mm film. The choppy collection of visual stories allows a quiet, quirky, comfortingly intimate peek into this country of characters without beginning or end. —My Nguyen

LAST OF THE ELEPHANT MEN

Directed by Arnaud Bouquet & Daniel Ferguson France/Canada/Cambodia, 2015, Aboriginal/Khmer/English, 90 minutes Tuesday, April 5, 2016, 9:35 PM - Plaza Theatre, Upstairs For centuries, the Bunong indigenous people of Eastern Cambodia lived with elephants, depending on them for every aspect of life. Now with the forest around them threatened by logging and mining companies, both the Bunong and the elephant face a desperate struggle to survive. “Last of the Elephant Men” follows three members of the tribe as they attempt to prevent the disappearance of the animal at the heart of their culture.

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THE LEGEND OF SWEE’ PEA Directed by Benjamin May

USA, 2015, English, 75 minutes Saturday, April 2, 2016, 12:30 PM - 7 Stages Theatre That Lloyd ‘Swee’ Pea’ Daniels became an NBA player was no surprise; at age 16 he was named ‘the next Magic Johnson.’ That his debut happened at age 25—in a body ravaged by bullets and years of crack-cocaine addiction— was a miracle. “The Legend of Swee’ Pea” documents present day Lloyd and tells the story of his past, observing how environment, relationships and personal choice affect the ultimate manifestation of a preternatural gift.

LOA

Directed by Georg Koszulinski USA/Haiti, 2015, Creole, 61 minutes Friday, April 8, 2016, 9:15 PM - 7 Stages Theatre Filmmaker Georg Koszulinski follows Extanta Aoleé, a local houngan or ‘Vodou man,’ who has served ancient Haitian spirits called Loa for over fifty years. A family tradition to commune with these spirits gives the practitioner supernatural powers to either heal or harm. This mystical, experimental film brings to light an unseen world beyond the veil. —Rashid Nellons

MISSING PEOPLE

Directed by David Shapiro USA, 2015, English, 81 minutes Saturday, April 2, 2016, 5:00 PM - 7 Stages Theatre Martina Batan, an eccentric New Yorker, hires a private investigator to look into her brother’s long unsolved, brutal murder. In the meantime she alternates between Manhattan and New Orleans, hoping to find herself in the life and art of the late Roy Ferdinand—an artist known for explicit depictions of his urban environment. The more Martina delves into her art excursions, the more entwined she becomes with her brother and difficult past in this riveting documentary. —Jamie Traner

MULLY

Directed by Scott Haze Kenya/USA, 2015, English, 81 minutes Sunday, April 3, 2016, 3:00 PM - Rialto Center for the Arts What happens when a six-year-old boy in Kenya is abandoned by his family and left to raise himself on the streets? This is the true story of Charles Mully, whose unlikely stratospheric rise to wealth and power leaves him questioning his own existence, searching for meaning in life. Against the better judgment of family and community, Mully sets out to enrich the fate of orphaned children across Kenya. Jeopardizing his own life and the security of his family, Charles Mully risks everything and sets in motion a series of events that is nothing short of astonishing.

A PECULIAR NOISE

Directed by Jorge Torres-Torres USA, 2015, English, 75 minutes Saturday, April 2, 2016, 7:30 PM - 7 Stages Theatre Jorge Torres-Torres’s feature debut documents the past and present of DIY underground music in Athens, Georgia. From the B-52s to REM to Pylon, the quintessential college town has inspired rockstar dreams for decades. This bright, nostalgic walk through Georgia’s rock haven is both a symphonic treasure hunt and an endearing time capsule of hometown greats. —Lucy Doughty

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PRESENTED BY PRESENTING PRINCESS SHAW Directed by Ido Haar

Israel, 2015, English, 80 minutes Sunday, April 10, 2016, 5:00 PM - Plaza Theatre, Main A rousing documentary crowd-pleaser about a star-crossed singer-songwriter and her crafty secret admirer, “Presenting Princess Shaw” examines loneliness, anonymity and connectivity in the Internet age, where showbiz dreams remain but a mouse-click away for even the most hardscrabble striver.

ROMEO IS BLEEDING Directed by Jason Zeldes

USA, 2015, English, 93 minutes Saturday, April 2, 2016, 4:15 PM - High Museum, Hill Auditorium Richmond, California native Donté Clark is sick of the violence that has plagued his neighborhood for decades. Armed only with the power of poetry and theater, he inspires his community by creating a platform for the youth to express themselves. Together they perform an emotionally powerful play based loosely on Romeo and Juliet with a modern twist that illustrates the tragedy of their struggle. —Rashid Nellons

SPEED SISTERS

Directed by Amber Fares Palestine/USA, 2015, Arabic/English, 80 minutes Thursday, April 7, 2016, 7:00 PM - Plaza Theatre, Main The first all-woman race car driving team in the Middle East coined themselves The Speed Sisters. These female professionals are no strangers to headlines, drama, or trophies, but crossing the finish line in a maledominated industry takes more than experience. Amplified by larger-thanlife personalities, this race to become the best while working together wins the hearts of both sport and documentary spectators. —Mikaela Dyett

THE WITNESS

Directed by James D. Solomon USA, 2015, English, 83 minutes Wednesday, April 6, 2016, 7:00 PM — Plaza Theatre, Main Fifty years ago, the name Kitty Genovese became synonymous with urban apathy after news that she was stabbed to death on a Queens street while 38 witnesses in nearby apartments did nothing. Forty years later, her brother Bill, who was 16 at the time of his sister’s death, decides to find the truth buried beneath the story. In the process, he uncovers a lie that transformed his life, condemned a city, and defined an era.

THE WRONG LIGHT

Directed by Dave Adams & Josie Swantek USA/Thailand, 2015, English, 80 minutes Wednesday, April 6, 2016, 9:15 PM — 7 Stages Theatre Thousands of desperate families have abandoned and sold their daughters into Thailand’s rampant sex trafficking industry. ‘Activist’ Mickey Choothesa founded a shelter to rescue these young girls from their misfortune. He provides food, education, and family…or at least that’s the story he sells. Upon further investigation, Mickey’s story doesn’t quite add up. Is he manipulating these vulnerable girls for his own profit? “The Wrong Light” exposes Choothesa and the dark side of misrepresented global aid. —Rashid Nellons

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My Brother is a Zombie | Directed by Russell Yaffe, USA, 8:48 Abigail’s younger brother, Norman, is the most annoying brother in the world—and he’s a zombie! When Abigail gets fed up with taking care of him, she makes a decision that could change their relationship forever. The Story of Percival Pilts | Directed by Janette Goodey & John Lewis, Australia, 8:00

CANDY Short and sweet. Animated & Narrative, 60 minutes, Ages 7+ Saturday, April 2, 2016, 12:00PM High Museum, Hill Auditorium Presented in partnership with ASIFA-South Sky High | Directed by Stewart Powers, United Kingdom, 1:56 Whiteboard animation about the upwards adventure of a young boy.

While playing on stilts, young Percival Pilts vows ‘Never again shall my feet touch the ground!’ Compelled ever higher, he builds his stilts so tall that he no longer fits into normal society. A whimsical story about the challenges and charms of living an impractical life. Crap You! | Directed by Theo Taplitz, USA, 3:38 Ask not for whom the raven craps; it craps for you. Welcome To My Life | Directed by Elizabeth Ito, USA/France, 8:46 The real life story of a normal, Monster-American family. Simon’s Cat: Off to the Vet | Directed by Simon Tofield, United Kingdom, 12:45

A clever cat will go to great lengths to avoid an imminent visit to the vet. An Ecstatic Experience

Theoretical Architectures | Directed by Josh Gibson, USA, 5:26 The shadow landscapes on hard plaster secure the days. untitled | Directed by Bonne Fee, USA, 3:00 A passage across a body of water, an audio documentary of childhood and excerpts of motherhood.

COPPER A pliable backbone. Experimental, 96 minutes Friday, April 8, 2016, 7:00PM 7 Stages Theatre Presented in partnership with Contraband Cinema On Surgery | Directed by Russell Sheaffer & Aaron Michael Smith, USA, 7:36

“On Surgery” is a part of a series of collaborative works that explore the intersections of trauma, memory, and abstraction. A Place I’ve Never Been | Directed by Adrian Flury, Switzerland, 4:40 By sourcing multiple digital images of the same place from different archives, this experiment in film makes use of frameby-frame montage to give new meaning to the prevailing redundancy of these pictures. Ripple | Directed by Connor Griffith, USA, 3:12 The shapes we make. An advertisement for planet earth.

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This is Yates | Directed by Josh Yates, USA, 17:00 “This is Yates” is an autobiographical document that hates itself. Compiled from over 15 years of footage, this film acknowledges the fragmented, media-made self and ultimately builds a collage of home, decaying images, and a body the filmmaker knows will be lost. The Interior | Directed by Jonathan Rattner, USA, 23:55 January, the Alaskan Interior, 56 mushing dogs, 4 humans, and 5 hours of sunlight. This observational work—shot on both 16mm and digital video—examines the interior worlds of its subjects and explores how to write with limited light. Erasure | Directed by Ana Teresa Fernandez, Mexico, 5:39 On September 26, 2014, 43 poor young men, students from a rural teacher’s college were kidnapped in the town of Iguala, Mexico, apparently because their activities might disrupt the speech of the wife of the mayor of Iguala. Reports say the mayor told the police chief to make them disappear. From Ally to Accomplice | Directed by Kelly Gallagher, USA, 17:38 Stories of committed accomplices in struggle who have fought to destroy white supremacy and racism by any means necessary. An Ecstatic Experience | Directed by Ja’Tovia Gary, USA, 6:11 An invocation and a meditation on transcendence as a means of restoration and resistance.


Documentary, 90 minutes Wednesday, April 6, 2016, 7:00PM 7 Stages Theatre Bacon & God’s Wrath | Directed by Sol Friedman, Canada, 8:55 A 90-year-old Jewish woman reflects on her life’s experiences as she prepares to try bacon for the first time. Irregulars | Directed by Fabio Palmieri, Italy, 8:55 Each year 40,000 people from Africa, Asia and Middle East, try to enter Europe. They flee from war, persecution and poverty. Since the ways by land have been interrupted, they board overloaded vessels and face a dangerous and often deadly voyage across the Mediterranean.

The Tricks List | Directed by Brian Bolster, USA, 19:00 A gay man’s journey to memorialize and document every sexual encounter he has ever had.

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CORAL Crucial and vibrant.

The Send-Off

Tokyo Vacations | Directed by Adam Svanell, Sweden/Japan, 10:00 An average Japanese employee takes 7 days of vacation per year. In “Tokyo Vacations” we meet five ordinary people in colourless offices who tell us about their best vacation memories. SUPER UNIT | Directed by Teresa Czepiec, Poland, 19:00 A peek inside a few doors in a Polish ‘housing machine’ comprised Underneath it all lies the question: how much of our lives do we dedicate to work? of 15 floors and 762 stories where emotions throb, expectations build and desires come true… or not. The Send-Off | Directed by Ivete Lucas & Patrick Bresnan, USA, 12:34 Emboldened by a giant block party on the evening of their high Home at Dawn | Directed by William Silva Reddington & Guille Isa, Peru, 4:38 school prom, a group of students enter the night with the hope An old fisherman recounts his life, the changing world, and his of transcending their rural town and the industrial landscape love for the ocean as he embarks out to sea early one morning. that surrounds them. Homecoming Queen | Directed by Robert Machoian, USA, 3:52 A found footage documentary about a homecoming queen.

COTTON Hardy and tight-knit. Documentary, 90 minutes Tuesday, April 5, 2016, 7:00PM 7 Stages Theatre Presented in partnership with Homespun, a series crafted by Atlanta Film Society Filmmakers-in-Residence Jon Watts & Brantly Watts

Eat White Dirt

Hotel Clermont | Directed by Heather L Huston, USA, 29:10 “Hotel Clermont” documents the last days of a storied Atlanta hotel and the lives of its residents. The New Orleans Sazerac | Directed by James Martin, USA, 20:28

“The New Orleans Sazerac” is a short documentary that explores the expansive history and modern applications of the classic cocktail through interviews with historians, authors, experts, and bartenders. Eat White Dirt | Directed by Adam Forrester, USA, 37:25 “Eat White Dirt” weaves the story of Tammy Wright, a 37-year-old mother addicted to eating kaolin, with that of scientists, local historians, a physician, an artist, and three other practitioners of geophagy, or earth-eating.

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year documenting Saultopaul, an 1100-acre farm in northwest Georgia populated by Longhorn cattle, gigantic rock sculptures and Carl, her husband in his 80th year. Kraina | Directed by Christina Tynkevych, Ukraine/United Kingdom, 26:55

Kiev, Ukraine, Spring 2015. The war with Russia is five hundred miles to the East, but since the revolution of 2013-14, every moment of Kristina’s life has been affected by the conflict.

GOLD A delicate investment. Documentary, 90 minutes Saturday, April 9, 2016, 2:30PM 7 Stages Theatre Saultopaul | Directed by John Henry Summerour, USA, 24:00

Atlanta-based artist Susan Cofer invited Georgia-born filmmaker John Henry Summerour (“Sahkanaga”) to spend a

Tourist | Directed by Jared Jakins, Vietnam/USA, 16:43 An aging veteran returns to Vietnam after 45 years to explore the remnants of war in his life. The City of Joy | Directed by Joe Gomez, India, 22:00 Following a girl living in a slum trying to get an education, a mother in a village raising her two daughters alone, and a man in the city who pulls a rickshaw through the streets of Kolkata to provide for a family of seven, “The City of Joy” is a portrait of the daily life of three individuals and the city they live in.

Another Kind of Girl

Children | Directed by Marah Al Hassan, Jordan, 5:01 15-year-old Marah captures in this verite essay the resilience and creativity of the Syrian children living in Za’atari Refugee Camp. Dreams Without Borders | Directed by Muna Al Hariri, Jordan, 4:46 Muna, a romantic 16-year-old girl whose family fled from Syria to Jordan, tries to reconcile her need to express herself and be a normal teenager within the new confines of her family’s situation. The Girl, Whose Shadow Reflects the Moon | Directed by Walaa Al Alawi, Jordan, 5:01

Walaa recounts her terrifying journey as a 14-year-old girl from Syria to Jordan, and how filmmaking has given her hope through the chance to voice her story and reach out to other girls with similar experiences.

IVORY Displaced and dispersed. Documentary, 36 minutes Saturday, April 2, 2016, 1:45 PM High Museum, Hill Auditorium The filmmaking workshops, one in Jordan’s Za’atari Refugee Camp and the other in the city of Irbid in northern Jordan, engaged Syrian girls in artistic and technical training in photo and video to reflect on and tell their own stories in first person. With cameras, microphones and pens in hand, the girls set out to document their everyday lives – how it looks, feels and sounds from the ground, at the heart of their world.

The Silence of Nature | Directed by Bushra Al Masri, Jordan, 3:05 18-year-old Bushra remembers her brother, who she lost in the war, and his gentle, humorous ways through observing nature and her new urban setting in this visual haiku.

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Barriers of Separation | Directed by Raghad Al Khatib, Jordan, 4:25 With a heavy heart, 18-year-old Raghad expresses her desire to reconnect with her father and family in this personal postcard from her new home in Jordan. The Long Road | Directed by Rafif Al Fadi, Jordan, 3:57 16-year-old Rafif creates a journey through the landscape and textures of her new life in a foreign place, and her desire to return to and rebuild her country. Another Kind of Girl | Directed by Khaldiya Jibawi, Jordan, 9:29 17-year-old Khaldiya meditates on how the refugee camp has opened up new horizons and given her a sense of courage that she lacked in Syria.


Animation, 90 minutes Monday, April 4, 2016, 7:00PM 7 Stages Theatre Presented in partnership with ASIFA-South teeth | Directed by Daniel Gray & Tom Brown, United Kingdom/Hungary/USA, 6:00

This is the story of a man with a misguided and intense focus— one which started in his youth and carried into old age. His life events are chronicled through the loss of his teeth and how his obsessive efforts to amend what was damaged bring on yet further destruction. BAMPA | Directed by Daniel Evans, United Kingdom, 3:25 An animated documentary in which a grandson shares the emotional experience of his grandfather’s mental health deterioration due to Alzheimer’s disease.

The Loneliest Stoplight | Directed by Bill Plympton, USA, 6:18

The life and times of a neglected stoplight. Golden Shot | Directed by Gökalp Gönen, Turkey, 8:40 Rusty machines living in small houses imagine that the sun will come and take them to the sky someday. A small light keeps them alive and dreaming. But one of the machines has a plan to see the sun himself.

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PAPER Nimble and exact.

Edmond

The Little Boy | Directed by Mona Abdollahshahi, Iran, 7:35 People are leaving a town by the order of military, but one little boy doesn’t want to follow them. He wants to complete his own mission…

Shell All | Directed by Zaven Najjar, France, 9:00 Beirut 1982. To reach his fiancé, Gabriel, 20, has to Remember | Directed by Shunsaku Hayashi, Japan, 9:24 cross a bridge guarded by numerous snipers. All the city is waiting Leaving home, a man got a phone call. When he for tonight’s opening match of the 1982 football world cup. Will answers it, his house explodes. As if nothing had happened, he the snipers allow Gabriel and his friend Mokthar to cross? went to work. I’m Good With Plants | Directed by Thomas Harnett After the End | Directed by Sam Southward, United O’Meara, United Kingdom, 8:00 Kingdom, 11:03 Tim lives in a greenhouse suspended by a crane above the city. For René Fustercluck, life was bad, the Apocalypse was awful, He has two wishes in life: to steal the office plant next to the and then Gordon arrived. “After the End” is the world’s first postwater cooler at work, and to meet Francesca, the hotline apocalyptic rom-com suggesting that the only thing worse than operator he calls each day from a phone box in the street. being the last man on earth, is being the second to last man on earth. In Other Words | Directed by Tal Kantor, Israel, 6:00 A man recalls a moment of a lost opportunity to Edmond | Directed by Nina Gantz, United Kingdom, 9:25 communicate with his daughter. Their brief meeting after A funny and dark story of a man with cannibalistic years undermines his world and renders his words meaningless. urges who travels back through his life, looking for the root of his unhappiness.

PEARL Shiny but gritty.

How to Be a Black Panther

Narrative, 95 minutes Thursday, April 7, 2016, 9:35PM Plaza Theatre, Upstairs Ookie Cookie | Directed by Francesca Mirabella, USA, 13:35 Five teenagers play truth or dare in the basement of a funeral reception. Asunder | Directed by Nathalie Álvarez Mesén, Sweden, 17:11 During a family party in the countryside, we follow Nia and her cousin Teo, whose relationship balances on the edge of what is considered normative. A film about power, sexuality, love and the urge to explore. Rate Me | Directed by Fyzal Boulifa, United Kingdom, 17:00 A portrait of teen escort, ‘Coco.’

How to Be a Black Panther | Directed by Daisy Zhou, USA, 22:18 On July 4th, 1968, Han Kang navigates the day in a small homogeneous suburban town as the only Asian American teenager. Today, both the anniversary of America’s independence and the death of a dear African American friend, ignites celebration, mourning, anger, and revelation. The Man of My Life | Directed by Mélanie Delloye, France, 25:33

When Alice sees Eric kissing another girl, she is devastated. To make matters worse, her rival runs with her in the same relay team. Alice might only be 13 years old, but she is not ready to give up her place so easily.

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Que Sera | Directed by Robyn Hicks, USA, 6:27 The story of a young couple navigating a cancer diagnosis. Inspired by the writer and director’s personal life, the film is an observation of how such devastating circumstances can pull people apart and bring them together.

RUBY Imperfect and scarce. Narrative, 100 minutes Saturday, April 9, 2016, 12:15PM 7 Stages Theatre Presented in partnership with New Mavericks

El Adiós | Directed by Clara Roquet, Spain, 14:55 A Bolivian maid attempts to honor the last wishes of her late mistress. Seide | Directed by Elnura Osmonalieva, Kyrgyzstan, 14:40

Battalion To My Beat | Directed by Eimi Imanishi, Western

Seide lives in a snowy mountain village with her humble family and her beloved horse. When she’s forced into an arranged marriage with a man from a wealthy family, she fights to save her horse from being slaughtered for food for the wedding.

Sahara/Algeria/USA, 13:44

“Battalion To My Beat” is set in the Western Saharan refugee camps in Tindouf, Algeria, and follows the story of Mariam, a rebellious 13 year old girl who naively envisions herself a Jeanne D’Arc that will free her people from the occupation.

The Real American | Directed by Darya Zhuk, USA/Belarus/ Russia, 13:09

How a Russian exchange student stopped fearing American culture and started shaving her legs. Maman(s) | Directed by Maïmouna Doucouré, France,

Land Tides (Marea de Tierra) | Directed by Manuela Martelli & Amirah Tajdin, Chile/France, 13:00

Laura, a heartbroken teenager from Santiago, is on holiday in the southern Chilean archipelago, Chiloé, with her friends. As she wanders the lonely island seascapes, she encounters a group of women who are seaweed collectors and shares stories with them.

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Life is disrupted for eight-year-old Aida when her father returns with a young Senegalese woman, Rama, whom he introduces as his second wife. Sensitive to her mother’s distress, Aida decides to get rid of the new visitor.

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Harmony | Directed by Felix Schaffert, Switzerland, 17:00 When a 9-year-old girl discovers that her mother works as a prostitute at night, she tries to escape their morbidly symbiotic relationship in a bold move. Better Than Tomorrow | Directed by EuiJeong Hong, United Kingdom, 15:20

A satirical short about a man longing to meet his wife in an enigmatic rehabilitation facility, after being frozen for many years. Under The Sun | Directed by QIU Yang, China/Australia, 19:00

One incident occurs, two families tangle. There’s nothing new under the sun.

SILK A costly transformation. Narrative, 90 minutes Saturday, April 9, 2016, 4:45PM 7 Stages Theatre Presented by the Consulate of Switzerland People Are Becoming Clouds | Directed by Marc Katz, USA, 14:49

John and Eleanor work to save their marriage after discovering her tendency to turn into a cloud.

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Albert the Dog | Directed by Pau Suris and Pau Dalmases (aka Pensacola), USA, 12:12

Sandy wakes up to find her stressed ad-man husband behaving like a dog. Western Women | Directed by Alexander Yan, USA, 14:02 In a Las Vegas hotel room, a young man orders an unusual prostitute.


Animation, Documentary, & Narrative, 75 minutes Thursday, March 31, 2016, 8:00PM Plaza Theatre, Main Presented in partnership with WonderRoot’s Generally Local, Mostly Independent Film Series More Than Music: Senegal | Directed by Babacar Ndiaye, USA/Senegal, 12:57

At a time when Hip Hop seems headed in a disappointing direction, there exists an underexposed community of artists who’ve managed to transform the genre to address their community’s needs.

Jinju | Directed by Crystal Jin Kim, USA, 10:19 A Korean American mother endures a day of her daughter’s sulking until it escalates to the breaking of something deeply precious.

Heartwood | Directed by Nick Madden, USA, 4:45 A mushroom forager is poisoned and saved by a forest deity.

A Faraway Beach | Directed by Max Siciliano, USA/Vietnam, 2:45 A voyeuristic documentary portrait of a small fishing village on the southern coast of Vietnam.

Violet | Directed by Brit Wigintton, USA, 10:39 When Violet finds herself living in a refuge for runaway girls in the Georgia backwoods, she soon realizes that nothing is as perfect as it seems. In order to save her ‘sisters,’ she must make a decision that could change their lives forever. BIGNATTYDADDY | Directed by John Merizalde, USA, 7:23 Tyler is a 15-year-old living in suburban Texas. He goes on dates, enjoys hip hop, and is an openly outspoken, heavy user of steroids. This jarring juxtaposition sets the tone for an honest and artful character study.

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The New Orleans Sazerac | Directed by James Martin, USA, 20:28

“The New Orleans Sazerac” is a short documentary that explores the expansive history and modern applications of the classic cocktail through interviews with historians, authors, experts, and bartenders. Gwilliam | Directed by Brian Lonano, USA, 5:45 A recently released criminal is looking for a good time. He can forget his sins but he can never forget… Gwilliam.

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TIN Light but loud. Narrative, 95 minutes Sunday, April 3, 2016, 2:45PM 7 Stages Theatre Affections | Directed by Bridey Elliott, USA, 16:08 A comedy about isolation and loneliness, “Affections” follows a young woman adrift and seeking intimacy in the most unlikely places. Sundae | Directed by Sonya Goddy, USA, 7:10 A woman uses ice cream to bribe her son for information. Palisade | Directed by Lizzy Sanford, USA, 16:08 After robbing a convenience store, a young man breaks into a woman’s home and holds her cat hostage to prevent her from calling the cops. What Doesn’t Kill You | Directed by Darya Zhuk, Israel/ USA, 18:01

After a rare diagnosis, Lily’s attempts to flee from war torn Israel are thwarted when the airport shuts down and her zany cousin forces her to party.

Join the Club | Directed by Eva Vives, USA, 05:05 A writer’s dilemma of whether or not to join a professional networking club takes many interesting turns as it unfolds entirely during one therapy session. Killer | Directed by Matt Kazman, USA, 20:00 When Dusty masturbates for the first time, something bad happens... Thunder Road | Directed by Jim Cummings, USA, 12:52 Officer Arnaud loved his mom.

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MANOMAN | Directed by Simon Cartwright, United Kingdom, 10:40 When Glen attends primal scream class, he releases something from deep within that knows no limits. Cole - The Robot | Directed by Benjamin T. Wilson, USA, 7:07 An introverted musician with big dreams aspires to greatness. Said musician happens to be a robot.

WOOD Some assembly required. Puppetry, 100 minutes Thursday, April 7, 2016, 7:00PM Center for Puppetry Arts Presented in Partnership with the Center for Puppetry Arts Loon | Directed by MT Maloney, USA/Hong Kong, 9:17 A peaceful monk named Po is disturbed by an eruption of urban development, transforming a small quiet island of rocks and woods into the electric jungle of modern-day Hong Kong. Separated | Directed by Benjamin Freiburger, USA, 14:11 When a wind-up toy’s best friend is thrown into a moving box that is headed out of town, the tiny robot must spring to life and rescue her before she is gone forever. Treeples | Directed by Sarah Nolen, USA, 20:00 “Treeples” follows the adventures of everyday girls joining forces with a group of lively forest creatures to rid the woods of monsters.

The Most Best Hat | Directed by Jenelle Weidlich, USA, 2:40 On a sunny, sweltering day, a pufferfish loses his sun hat. Never fear, there’s always a haberdashery near! B. | Directed by Kai Staenicke, Germany, 15:00 Torn between a cold relationship with K. and her feelings for another woman, shy and insecure B. is heading for a disaster. For too long she has suppressed her desire and lived a lie. But is it really too late for B. to follow her heart? [Pink Peach] Ichabod: Sketches From Sleepy Hollow | Directed by Hobey Ford, USA, 7:39

“Ichabod: Sketches from Sleepy Hollow” is a short puppet film by award winning puppeteer Hobey Ford, based on Washington Irving’s Legend of Sleepy Hollow. What’s for Dinner | Directed by Katie McClenahan, USA, 2:11 Set in a remote lighthouse on the shores of an unknown coast, “What’s for Dinner” is the story of two cats who must rely on their own intelligence to feed themselves after tragedy strikes.

La Fabbricazione

La Fabbricazione | Directed by Hasan Can Dagli, Turkey, 17:47 A movie producer who complains about the absence of the genre of crime thrillers in his country creates a chain of serial killings which he will base his future movies on. Zelos | Directed by Thoranna Sigurdardottir, USA, 14:58 A competitive mother orders a clone to outshine her flawless friend, but soon realizes she purchased an unbeatable rival. Carnal Orient | Directed by Mila Zuo, USA, 8:34 A dark and strangely surreal snapshot of sexual desire aimed at the exotic.

WOOL Other Worldly fibers. Narrative, 85 minutes Saturday, April 2, 2016, 12:00PM Plaza Theatre, Main Gwilliam | Directed by Brian Lonano, USA, 5:45 A recently released criminal is looking for a good time. He can forget his sins but he can never forget… Gwilliam.

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The Quantified Self | directed by Gleb Osatinski, USA, 15:30 When well-meaning parents turn self-tracking into a family religion, the consequences fall outside the quantifiable. Boniato | directed by Eric Mainade & The Meza Brothers, USA, 22:04 An illegal migrant worker decides it’s time to move on from picking crops and find a better job. Little does she know, insidious supernatural forces have a different plan for her. Some borders aren’t meant to be crossed.


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AIRPORT SHORTS The Atlanta Film Society is proud to present the Airport SHORTS program in the new Maynard H. Jackson Jr. International Terminal at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport as part of the Airport Art Program. Unveiled in spring of 2012, the program showcases two hours of short films on nearly 30 screens throughout the terminal to 14 million travelers annually 365 days per year.

Atlanta Film Society Airport Shorts Program 3.0 Memory by Cali Berry

We The Creators by Babacar Ndiaye

Firebird Morning by Raymond Carr

Long Distance by Marcus Rosentrater & Mary Beth Byram

SuPerHeRoInUh by Danielle Deadwyler Bubble by Nathan Honnold Is Not Seems by Deon Kay Mom & Dad by Joey Kopanski

Wave Iteration by Anna Spence Triptych by Micah & Whitney Stansell Return Flight by Marisa Ginger Tontaveetong Within Grasp by Jen West

“We’re delighted to showcase Atlanta’s filmmaking talent in a venue where their work will be seen by hundreds of thousands of people during the year—a rich opportunity for us and for the artists.” -Katherine Dirga & David Vogt, Airport Art Program Photos by Nate Dorn


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CHRISTOPHER HICKS NAMED DIRECTOR OF ATLANTA FILM OFFICE

Christopher Hicks is the new director for the Mayor’s Office of Film and Entertainment for the City of Atlanta.

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tlanta Mayor Kasim Reed has tapped Christopher Hicks to serve as the new Director of the Mayor’s Of f ice of Film and Entertainment. Hicks has lived in Atlanta since 1996 and has led an accomplished career in the entertainment industry, working with some of

the most successful national and international artists to come from Atlanta. Hicks has also been an entrepreneur, running his own production and publishing houses based in Atlanta. “Christopher Hicks has been a pillar of Atlanta’s entertainment industry for more than 20 years,” said Mayor Reed. “He will bring his extensive experience, deep knowledge of the entertainment industry and unique creative vision to the Mayor’s Office of Film and Entertainment. I am excited about what he will be able to accomplish in support of our strong and growing film, television, digital entertainment and music industries.” H ick s ser ved as t he execu t i ve v ice president of Island Def Jam Records, part of Universal Music Group, from 2009 to 2012, splitting his time between Atlanta and New York. In this role, Hicks was part of the team to launch Justin Bieber’s career. He reported directly to the chairman and CEO of Island Def Jam and was in charge of the creative staff across the record label. “I am excited to serve Mayor Reed as a member of his administration and the City of Atlanta, where I’ve made my home for the last 20 years,” said Hicks. “The film and entertain-

ment industry is surging in Atlanta, boosting the economy in the city and across our state. I am thrilled to help advance this industry and support this growing talent pool in my new role.” From 2007 to 2009, Hicks was senior vice president and head of urban music at Warner Chappell, part of the Warner Music Group. He was responsible for reinvigorating the urban music division, which had once been a dominant part of the Warner Music Group business. Hicks also founded and served as CEO of Noontime Music Publishing, and was a managing partner with CONTENT Music Group, where he consulted for Mary J. Blige and Usher Raymond. In 2012, Hicks launched his own production and consulting practice, DSRPT INC., where he advised clients from diverse industries on traditional and non-traditional brand visibility strategies. In his free time, Hicks enjoys volunteering with The First Tee, a youth organization that provides character education and healthy opportunities through golf lessons. Hicks succeeds LaRonda Sutton in this role. Sutton was the first director of the Mayor’s Office of Film and Entertainment and held her post from 2013 through January 2016.

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ATLANTA RANKED #1 FOR FILMMAKERS

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film production (shooting days, number of productions and cash generated), access to equipment and facilities, tax incentives, cost of living, film culture and community, lifestyle, weather and transportation. Atlanta ranked first because of its growing infrastructure, workforce development, tax incentive, affordable housing, thriving music

scene, pleasant weather and 132 Waffle House locations. The city has improved its ranking significantly since last year, when it trailed behind Austin, Chicago, and San Francisco at #6 on the list.

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Also appearing in the show was Ricky Bobby, the Doberman who provided a much-needed meal in season five of The Walking Dead. Ricky Bobby will be featured in the upcoming Melissa McCarthy movie, The Boss, being released April 8 by Universal Pictures. Prince Eli from The Red Road takes home Best of Breed at Westminster

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EUE/SCREEN GEMS EXPANDS LIGHTING AND GRIP

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multi-million dollar lighting and grip investment here in Georgia. Our clients will continue to enjoy exceptional lighting and grip service on site, and MBS increases our stock of globally respected, high-tech brands that we can supply to clients faster than ever.” Bagwell says the deal will expand the number of newer, energy-efficient offerings, including specific products from ARRI, Kino Flo and Quasar, along with new electric and grip trucks and packages. Michael Newport, executive vice president of MBS3 (the manage-

ment company that oversees MBS Equipment Company and MBS Media Campus), says the new partnership works because “MBS is much like EUE/Screen Gems Studios in that we also own and operate our own studio in Manhattan Beach with our own lighting and grip department, so we understand that dynamic and how it relates to production. EUE/Screen Gems has made a significant investment into their lighting and grip inventory, and we’re here to help support that. The two companies also share the same commitment to customer service.”


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TOM LUSE JOINS CRAWFORD MEDIA AT SXSW

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xecutive producer Tom Luse and cinematographer Michael Satrazemis of The Walking Dead joined Craw ford Media Services for a film conversation at the South By Southwest Music and Media Festival (SXSW). Part of the Metro Atlanta Chamber’s ChooseATL presence at SXSW, “Shooting Film in a Digital Age: A Conversation with Tom Luse & Michael Satrazemis from The Walking Dead” explored the art and advantages of shooting film and the flexibilities it affords. Moderated by Crawford senior editor and technical director Ron Heidt, the forum was held at the ChooseATL House at Speakeasy Austin. “The overwhelming success of productions like The Walking Dead has solidif ied Georgia’s place as a premiere shooting destination,” said Lance Kelson, President and COO of Crawford. “Georgia now ranks in the top three locations for film and TV production, thanks to a deep and experienced crew base coupled with comprehensive incentives and a touch of Southern charm.” An executive producer of the series, Luse has been a part of The Walking Dead since its inception in 2010. A Georgia native, he has

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worked on a number of films, including Glory, Remember the Titans, and Drumline, as well as episodics like One Tree Hill. Luse received an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Made for Television Movie for What the Deaf Man Heard, was honored with the Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Dramatic Specials for Paris Trout, and has been honored for AFI's T V Program of the Year for The Walking Dead. Also a member of the series since the beginning, Satrazemis began as a camera operator in season one before rising to his current standing as director and cinematographer for The Walking Dead. In addition to his current efforts, Satrazemis has worked on projects like Anchorman 2, Trouble with the Curve, and The Vampire Diaries. In addition to film processing and dailies for all six seasons of The Walking Dead, Crawford handles the lion’s share of automated dialogue replacement (ADR) plus color correction and finishing services in the region. Crawford is also home to the only motion picture film processing lab in the south. From episodics like The Walking Dead and The Vampire

Diaries (7 seasons) to features like Lincoln and Gifted, Crawford continues to play a significant part in the region’s success. Filmapalooza, the culmination of the 48-Hour Film Project competitions from around the world, came to Atlanta, thanks in part to a sponsorship from Crawford Media Services. Filmapalooza 2016 will celebrate over 130 winning films from 48-Hour Film Project cities around the globe. “Something that sets us apart is our commitment to building strong, lasting relationships,” said Lance Kelson, president and COO of Crawford. “Interacting with the next generation of filmmakers affords us the opportunity to keep Georgia top-of-mind. When they get ready to shoot, we want them to think Georgia.” Filmapalooza began at the W Hotel Atlanta Midtown in early March. Attendees were treated to daily screenings of the winning projects at SCADShow, as well as off-site tours of popular filming locations, panels, parties and workshops. The event concluded with an awards screening and Closing Night Gala.


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QUARTER LIFE FULLY FUNDED

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ongrat s to Celia Q uillian and Shelli Delgado, millennial actors, writers and new film producers who for the past 10 months have been developing a new Atlanta-based comedy web series called Quarter Life*. The show has garnered a following of over 2,000 since publishing on social channels in early December. After finalizing the main cast and

crew, they launched an IndieGoGo campaign and were fully funded. Quarter Life* appeals to the millennial experience, especially the millennial experience in Atlanta. The series follows two women in their mid-20s who develop an unlikely friendship after being promoted from staff writers to viral video production at fictional magazine

company Venus & Mars. Together they battle the absurdity that is their mid-20’s, including dating, maintaining their health, dealing with new co-workers and new friends, and generally discovering their place in the universe.

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“ Who knew there was so much to be learned about frozen stuff!" one juror wrote. "Little Mammoth Media has assembled a great collection of ice-inspired situations that give you a new definition of ice! The videography is professionally accomplished, the background music quite fun and inspiring and the youth narrator clearly describes every situation…. It almost made me like winter."

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he Robert Mello Studio, one of the top training destinations for actors in Atlanta, has relocated to Doraville. After spending over a year in Scottsdale in an 11,000 square foot space that included a theater, Mello realized he wasn’t where he needed to be. “We were moving too far from the mission of the studio: to provide the very best training for actors in Atlanta. Suddenly we were running a space rental business, and my focus wasn’t where it needed to be–on my actors”. After surveying his hundreds of actors, Mello decided on Doraville, discovering that for many actors throughout metro Atlanta, this was the most central location. With one of Atlanta’s newest movie studio complexes in the works (Third Rail Studios, just across the highway), the new location made perfect sense. “The space is just the right size, and now we can get back to focusing on the work,” he added. Mello is especially excited to be pairing up with casting director Erica Arvold and Arvold Education to bring a series of workshops offered nowhere else in Atlanta. “Erica is the real deal. We don’t do ‘pay for play’ with casting directors. Erica is a passionate educator, and the workshops in March reflect that.” In addition to the acting classes, the new home will also house Actors Taping Actors, a four-year-old audition taping service operated by actor Omer Mughal. Mello will also be expanding into more workshops and classes dealing with the business of acting. Susan Fronsoe, former owner and agent at Atlanta Models and Talent, will be offering one on one consultation and workshops on the realities of the business. Michael Kostroff of HBO’s The Wire will be leading a workshop on the psychology of the audition process: Audition Psych 101, a four-hour workshop for actors that deals with the mental side of the audition process. 84

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new visitor’s welcome center has opened a t H a r t s f i e l d - J a c k s o n I n te r n a t i o n a l Airport. The center features two ten-foot video screens that feature videos produced by Atlanta-based production company Craig Miller Productions. The Hartsfield-Jackson Visitor Information Center is a collaborative effort of the Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD) and the Atlanta Convention and Visitor’s

Bureau (ACVB). The ribbon cutting for the center was hosted by Kevin Langston, Deputy Commissioner of the GDEcD; William Pate, President of ACVB; Chris Carr, Commissioner of GDEcD; Miguel Southwell, Aviation General Manager at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport and Sara-Elizabeth Reed, wife of Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed. Craig Miller Produc tions spent eight months shooting over 70 hours of tourism

destinations in Georgia. The footage was then edited into nine regional videos. The videos feature Georgians in the tourism industry and how they make a lasting impression on people from outside of Georgia. Executive producer Craig Miller commented, “The creative work of director Takashi Doscher and director of photography Philip Wages, along with the editorial of senior editor Marc Pilivinsky, made this project an exceptional piece of work.”

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ver the years, an unlikely friendship formed between actress-turned-filmmaker Leanna Adams, 36, and Atlanta comedy legend Jerry Farber, 77. “Jerry is one of the few elders in the industry genuinely interested in helping young comedians get ahead,” Adams says. “He’s had a transformative influence on me, always pushing me to do more to get where I want to be with my career,” she adds. As a tribute, she decided to direct and produce her first documentary film to tell his story. The 18-minute short f ilm recently premiered at the Atlanta Jewish Film Festival and is receiving rave reviews. In a world-class festival of international scope, only one film featured someone from Atlanta. Jerry-actrics: One Comic’s 77-Year Climb from the Top to the Bottom is a portrait of an artist still searching, still curious and still feeling the thrill of per-

forming and making people laugh. Beneath the veneer of silly jokes, Adams also reveals the serious side of a man who struggled with a lifelong gambling addiction. “I’m hoping others can learn from my mistakes,” Farber says. After premiering at the prestigious Atlanta festival, Jerry-atrics entered in film festivals around the country. Adams believes the short documentary just scratches the surface of a larger universal story; she is eager to expand it to a full-length feature. Farber performs almost every week of the year at comedy clubs, corporate events and college campuses around the east coast, now seeing himself as “representing the old-timers.” He’s committed to showing young people, “We love. We have passions. We still have dreams. We’re not dead yet so don’t treat us that way.”

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From L to R: John D. Hopkins (Zac Brown Band), Tammy Hurt (Georgia Music Partners), Mala Sharma (Georgia Music Partners), Governor Nathan Deal, Michele Caplinger (The Recording Academy), Ed Roland (Collective Soul). Photo credit: Andrea Briscoe (Governors office).

GEORGIA MUSIC PARTNERS RAMPS UP LEGISLATIVE EFFORTS

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he 2016 Georgia Legislative Session began this week. Michele Caplinger (The Recording Academy), Mala Sharma and Tammy Hur t (Georgia Music Par tners), Ed Roland (Collective Soul) and John Driskell Hopkins (Zac Brown Band) presented Governor Nathan

Deal with an original R. Land Georgia Music print in conjunction with the start of the session. Monday also marked the start of a year-long initiative to improve the business landscape for Georgia’s music industry and create a business environment that will allow Georgia music to

POE’S MYSTERY THEATRE BUILDS ON SUCCESS

Promotional art for Edgar Allan Poe’s Mystery Theatre.

succeed in the future. This includes introducing legislation that will provide tax incentives on both the live and recording side of the business.

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eorgia produced TV pilot Edgar Allan Poe's Mystery Theatre seeks funding for new episodes after a successful first run on Georgia Public Broadcasting and Virginia’s WCVE TV. The historical drama series fuses the biography of America’s first great mystery writer with his most bizarre tales. Poe returns to his childhood home in Richmond on a desperate quest to revive the crumbling theatre where his mother died. His bitterest rival and former friend, Rufus W. Griswold, launches a mission to destroy Poe’s legacy. Northview High School Theatre program director Paul McClain stars as Edgar Allan Poe, with Keith Brooks (The Walking Dead) as Rufus Griswold, Carrie Anne Hunt (Sleepy Hollow) as Virginia Poe, and Geoff McKnight (I’ll Fly Away) as John Allan. Atlanta filmmaker and founder of DoubleRaven Pictures, Jose Alejandro Acosta, wrote and directed the pilot episode, which made its broadcast premiere last Halloween, earning a 2015 Southeast Emmy nomination and a Telly Award. The show’s early recognition opens up an opportunity for national airing on PBS this fall. DoubleRaven Pictures seeks to secure an underwriter in order to film up to 12 addition-

al episodes, produced in Georgia. “While the original pilot was funded on crowd-funding sites Kickstarter and IndieGoGo, we now seek a serious investor who wants to support a quality drama which teaches history and literature while it provides unforgettable entertainment to wide-ranging audiences,” commented Acosta. “The underwriter’s tax deductible contribution will give them an opportunity to build goodwill

for their brand on a national broadcast with millions of potential viewers.” Georgia filming locations included the historic Carl House in Auburn for the show’s opening sequence, as well as Rome’s Berry College campus and Myrtle Hill Cemetery, Atlanta’s Goat Farm Arts Center, and various Decatur locations.

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tlantic Capital Bank has announced the establishment of a banking initiative centered on the film and entertainment industry in Georgia. The bank will focus on corporate and small business treasury management services including escrow agreements and operating accounts. Lending needs will be funneled through the Small Business Administration group or to partner organizations that specialize in film financing programs. These services will be offered to members of the film, digital media and music segments of the entertainment industry whether they are a vendor supporting the industry or a production studio, operating permanently in Georgia or visiting for a specific project. Atlantic Capital chose Jennifer Hall, a 25-year veteran of Atlanta banking, to spearhead this developing niche market. "Jennifer brings to Atlantic Capital's efforts in these important industry segments, a combination of deep banking experience and a strong network of professionals connected to the film and entertainment infrastructure in Georgia and Los Angeles,” said Kurt Shreiner, a Founder and Executive Vice President at Atlantic Capital. Tony Brevard, senior vice president of Small Business Administration Lending at Atlantic Capital, will serve as the primary SBA lending contact for the bank. Brevard has worked as a business developer in this industry for 20 years before joining Atlantic Capital.

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tlanta Celebrates Photography has received its first Art Works Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. The Art Works category supports the creation of work as well as presentation of both new and existing work, lifelong learning in the arts and public engagement with the arts. This $12,000 grant will support ACP's public art initiatives in 2016.


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ASC NOMINATES SPOTLIGHT AWARD CANDIDATES Cary Joji Fukunaga, director and cinematographer for Beasts of No Nation.

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he American Society of Cinematographers has nominated three cinematographers for the 2016 Spotlight Award, which recognizes outstanding cinematography in feature-length projects screened at festivals, internationally, or in limited theatrical release. The 2016 nominees are Adam Arkapaw for Macbeth; Mátyás Erdély, HSC for Son of Saul; and Cary Joji Fukunaga for Beasts of No Nation. "Our panel had a wealth of material to choose from and worked very hard to determine the best in visual artistry and craftsmanship in this category,” said ASC president Richard Crudo. “Each nominated film evokes intense emotions through its cinematography,” said Daryn Okada, chairman of the ASC Awards. “Their commitment to the visual narrative of

their stories and characters are an integral part of the cinematic experience.” Macbeth, directed by Justin Kurzel, premiered at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival. Son of Saul from director László Nemes won the Grand Prize of the Jury Award at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival, and went on to win the Bronze Frog at Camerimage, the international film festival of cinematography. It also won a Golden Globe and has been recognized by several critics and organizations. Beasts of No Nation, shot and directed by Fukunaga, premiered at the 2015 Venice Film Festival. It was the first feature film produced by Netflix, which received a limited theatrical release in addition to streaming on Netflix simultaneously. Beasts of No Nation has received Golden Globe, BAFTA and Spirit Award nominations, among other accolades.

Mátyás Erdély, HSC, nominated for Son of Saul.

STORY TELLER EXPANDS TO GEORGIA Story Teller Effects Group sets up shop in Georgia.

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ouisiana’s Story Teller Effects Group has opened a new location in Fayetteville, GA. Co-owners Bob Riggs and John Baker say they are “excited to enter the Georgia market and are looking forward to spending time in the Atlanta area.” Baker and Riggs have worked on feature films in Atlanta in the past, saying it

was “only logical” to open a second shop in the state with the growth in the area. Story Teller offers special effects expendables and Trakmat, along with a large inventory of rental equipment and a full effects fabrication shop. The new location is located 15 minutes from Pinewood Studios.

CINEMILLS HITS ATLANTA WITH MATTHIAS SAUNDERS

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inemills Atlanta has launched its mobile studio equipment rental house, offering fully equipped custom designed Mercedes Sprinter Vans to Atlanta and the Southeast. Cinemills Atlanta has customized the Mercedes Sprinter Van to include custom shelving, lockers and DIT workstation, integrated electrical outlets, digital workstation, lighting and ventilation providing a comfortable, reliable, and secure base for on-set operations. “Its our hope that people take advantage of our streamlined equipment support and delivery system especially during a time when budgets are being cut and support staff are

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kept to a minimum,” says Matthias Saunders of Cinemills. Cinemills Atlanta’s custom Mercedes Sprinter vans are equipped with integrated power, a Canon C300 murkier 4k camera package, Porta-Jib Traveller jib arm, 21” broadcast monitor, digital imaging kit and work station, a grip and lighting package with LED/HMI lighting units, Yamaha 3000kw quiet generator, 15 high-powered LED lighting units, and an all purpose production kit with six walkie-talkies and onboard WiFi. Expendables are also available through Cinemills Atlanta. The Atlanta based company was conceived and created by Matthias Saunders and developed in part-

nership with Cinemills Corporation. Cinemills Atlanta provides rental and sales of the entire Cinemills product line.


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SETH HALLEN TAKES REIGNS AT HOLLYWOOD PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATION

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ollywood Professional Association (HPA速) President Leon Silverman has announced he will be stepping down as president of the organization that he helped found to make room for the next generation of leadership and a newly expanded board of directors. In his traditional remarks made during the opening session of the 2016 HPA Tech Retreat, Silverman also announced that the HPA Board elected Seth Hallen to succeed him. Hallen, SVP of Global Creative Services at Sony DADC New Media Solutions, has been an HPA board member since 2007, working closely with Silverman and the Board on a number of key initiatives and management of the organization. Silverman will continue to serve on the board of directors in the newly created role of past president. In 2002, Silverman spearheaded a coalition of post production executives to help launch the Hollywood Post Alliance. Originally envisioned as a place where individuals and companies would share information, build a community voice, and provide education, the HPA quickly established its role as an important trade organization. The HPA has grown and taken root under his stewardship, and formalized an alliance with SMPTE in November 2015. Silverman, won the Lifetime Achievement Award at the HPA Awards in November, 2015, said, "Launching and leading HPA, shoulder to shoulder with a dedicated and impressive

board, staff, and volunteers, has been one of the most exciting and rewarding accomplishments of my career. It has been a true honor to work together with so many colleagues within our phenomenal community, especially during these exciting times of industry transition and expansion. With the stability of our organization, especially now that we are part of SMPTE and with the strength of our newly expanded and reinvigorated Board, it is a terrific time to pass the baton to the next generation of capable and committed leadership." Newly elected HPA board member Bill Roberts, CFO of Panavision, will assume treasurer responsibilities as Phil Squyres steps down from the post he has held since HPA's founding. Squyres will remain on the board. The HPA Board of Directors has grown over the past year with a number of key additions, including newly elected board members Craig German, SVP Studio Post at NBCUniversal Media, Jenni McCormick, executive director of American Cinema Editors (ACE); and Chuck Parker, CEO of SohoNet. Wendy Aylsworth, past president of SMPTE, was appointed as SMPTE representative on the HPA Board. Barbara Lange serves as executive director of SMPTE and HPA. The new board members join Mark Chiolis, Carolyn Giardina, Vincent Maza, Kathleen Milnes, Loren Nielsen, and Vice President Jerry Pierce on the HPA Board of Directors.

Hallen commented on his new role, "The HPA is a unique and important place where creative talent, technical talent and companies join forces to learn and share as they expand their perspectives and shape our industry. It is a distinct honor to continue the important work that Leon has undertaken for this organization, and I am clearly dedicated to making the next phase of HPA a great one." At t he same H PA Tech Ret reat , t he Hollywood Post Alliance formally and officially assumed its new moniker: the Hollywood Professional Association. The transition to the Hollywood Professional Association identity formalizes the broader mission and focus of the organization while acknowledging the changing nature of the industry. Along with the name, a new corporate identity was unveiled. HPA and SMPTE executive director Barbara Lange noted, "The nature of the work and responsibilities that our community is engaged in has changed, and will continue to change. After carefully exploring how to address this growth, it became clear that Professional more accurately and inclusively identifies the creative talent, content holders, global infrastructure of services as well as emerging processes and platforms. Our new name and identity makes that statement."

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SPS OPENS IN ATLANTA

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outheast Production Ser vices recently opened an office in Atlanta, joining offices in New York City (under the banner Emotional Creatures), Charlotte, Raleigh, Wilmington, and Miami. SPS is a full service production and

content creation resource in the Southeastern United States providing full production support services and equipment for the creation of motion and still photography content. Recent productions include shoots for Vogue and IHG

brands Holiday Inn and Holiday Inn Express through Ogilvy/Atlanta. SPS provided services for both productions while they shot simultaneously, with crews traveling to six different cities both domestically and internationally.

TUBE CREATIVE HOSTS THE RAP GAME

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ube Creative served as a home base for the first season of Lifetime’s The Rap Game, a new unscripted reality TV show created by Queen Latifah and Atlanta hip hop legend and So So Def Recordings founder, Jermaine Dupri. The Rap Game utilized Tube Creative’s insert stage for the premiere season’s interviews and confessionals. The contestants used the studio to sit down in front of the camera with produc-

ers from The Rap Game and talk about their thoughts on the process of becoming a Rap Game winner. The show follows a group of five aspiring hip hop artists, all 16 years old or younger, who are trying to get their big break in the business. Dupri acts as a mentor for the musicians as they compete for a So So Def record contract. “Our city has been an iconic stronghold in the world

of rap, hip hop, and R&B for the last 30 years,” say the folks at Tube Creative. “It seems fitting that they are shooting here in the ATL.” The show’s season finale aired at the end of February. Lifetime renewed the show for a second season, to air summer 2016.

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ifec ycle Building Center (LBC) has teamed up with Atlanta’s Mailing Avenue StageWorks to demo and salvage materials during a set strike for Last Vegas. From this set strike alone, the partnership was able to salvage just under 30 tons of wood that would have otherwise gone into the landfill. In the next set strike, LBC had access to the current

set plus sets from previous seasons that were stored off-site. Again, Sony Productions was willing to salvage the sides if LBC could come pick them up. In this set strike, LBC saved 50 tons of materials that were given to indie filmmakers, local home renovators or taken into the store’s inventory.

LBC has also teamed up with local high school drama departments to divert set strike materials away from dumpsters and to local theater groups, high school drama departments and indie filmmakers. A Facebook page titled “Atlanta Theater and High School Drama” has been created to facilitate networking among these local groups.

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n Februar y 24, ChooseATL, a move ment dedicated to attracting and retaining top talent in metro Atlanta, revealed its plans for South by Southwest (SXSW) 2016. ChooseATL will showcase Atlanta's unmatched quality of life and unlimited oppor tunity in the Austin Speakeasy, March 13-14. Dubbed the “ChooseATL House,” the two-day experience will include groundbreaking industry announcements, exclusive dialogues and memorable parties. "We are excited to showcase the hustle and hospitality of our people and the culture of

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our booming region as Atlanta makes its mark in Austin at SXSW," said Hala Moddelmog, president and CEO of the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce. Programming in the ChooseATL House will include four off icial SXSW panels, featuring influential Atlantans such as Yik Yak founders Brooks Buffington and Tyler Droll, The Bitter Southerner editor Chuck Reece, and Ladypreneur League Founder Porsha Thomas. It will also feature an intimate conversation with Tom Luse, executive producer, and Michael Satrazemis, director of photography, for The

Walking Dead, which is filming its sixth season in Atlanta. There will also be a big announcement from digitalundivided (DID), a social enterprise that invests in the success of black and Latina women tech founders, and winner of the U.S. Small Business Administration's 2015 Growth Accelerator Competition. Performances by Atlanta musicians will represent a range of genres, including soulful Billboard-charting artist Ruby Velle, hook-heavy alt-rock trio Kick the Robot, and hip hop artist Steve Cantrell.


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WARNER BROS CHOOSES SOUTHEAST STOCK FOOTAGE

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id 2015, Southeast Stock Footage was approached by the producers of the show Containment for stock footage of Georgia for their upcoming pilot. Since that time, the Atlanta-based aerial imaging company has worked not only with the pilot’s producers, but

also the Warner Bros. production unit developing all of the first year's episodes. The CW series has licensed a package of Atlanta skyline and building-specific shots for use in the upcoming season. The company has licensed footage to

films and television shows such as The Real Housewives of Atlanta, Big Momma’s House (2 and 3), Hard Knocks, Parental Guidance, Necessary Roughness and Single Ladies, to name a few.

SHERRIE PETERSON RETURNS TO THE ATL

I Acting, coaching, directing, teaching and back in Atlanta: Sherrie Peterson.

t’s been a busy year for Sherrie Peterson. She moved back to Atlanta from Virginia Beach after spending three years getting her Masters of Fine Arts in Acting. She jumped right in teaching and coaching at studios in the area: Rob Mello’s Studio and Robert Pralgo’s Acting Class, teaching a technique called Practical Aesthetics, developed by David Mamet and William H. Macy.

Aside from coaching and teaching, she has directed for the stage, helping to create new content including a musical show called The Ghosts of Rock, which opened at Marietta’s The Strand Theatre in early March. Peterson is also working with a cast right now that will be staging Independence by Lee Blessing, as well as developing a season of female driven shows.

INNOCINEMA LAUNCHES IN ATLANTA

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nnocinema's Atlanta headquar ters now offers video production equipment rental services to all of the United States and Canada. With their online rental site up and running, and further enhancements on the way, Innocinema provides “build your own” customizable options with a user-friendly scheduling and invoicing function for easier tracking during pick up, drop off and return. The company has also just enacted a formal equipment rental con-

signment program for customers who’d like to make some extra money renting out their own unused equipment. Now an of f icial par tner with SCL Equipment Leasing, Innocinema can of fer financing for over 8,000 of their products, with direct links via phone and web. SCL Equipment Leasing has a team dedicated to Innocinema to help achieve financing for any production equipment needs.

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he Bell Agency Model and Talent is one of Atlanta’s newest and fastest growing children’s agencies. Co-founder Shanon Bell has managed a successful modeling career for over 23 years. In 2008, she started Shanon Bell’s Children and Family Lifestyle Photography. Many of her modeling clients and agents found that she was photographing families, 96

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and began contacting her directly, inquiring about the children seen in her portraits and requesting help in finding children's talent for their projects. Thus The Bell Agency Model and Talent was born. In a very short amount of time, The Bell Agency has placed children's talent for print and commercials in Atlanta, Charlotte, Birmingham and many other southern cities.

Now also an official authorized dealer for RED Digital Cinema, Innocinema recently added the RED Weapon to their offerings. In addition to RED Demo Day, Innocinema is working directly with a local film community called “Indie Film Loop” to organize semi-regular events and workshops, including an annual convention and trade show to take place in Atlanta in July. There, Innocinema will be holding a workshop and manning a booth.

Shanon and Glenn Bell from Bell Agency.

Bell’s modeling and photography experience, coupled with her husband Glen’s 27 years of experience as an executive in the fashion industry, have brought a unique perspective to the children’s talent industry. Their mission is to match clients with the appropriate children's talent to best represent the image for the project.


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BLESS YER HEART TV WINS BEST INDEPENDENT PRODUCTION

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ction Ar twork is pleased to announce the opening of their new location at 675 Metropolitan Parkway SW, Unit 1096 B-2 in Atlanta. AAR has an easily searchable database on its website, with over 1,500 cleared images that can be printed same or next day. They also have a ready-to-hang collection of artwork that is printed, matted, and framed for quick graband-go rentals.

hat do you get when Kentucky Fried Movie meets Arrested Development, and they have a love child in Portlandia that gets banished to Georgia? A Georgia grown comedy web series, appropriately titled Bless Yer Heart TV. The award winning, smar t, edgy and quintessentially Southern Bless Yer Heart TV is the brainchild of creator and executive producer Sloane Warren, along with Ryan Dunn, Scott Warren and Ronny Mathew. Jim Ross is the director of photography. The series is in its second season and has garnered rave reviews along the way, including a recent Best Independent Production award at this year’s 4th annual Georgia Entertainment Gala. “I’m thrilled with the success we’ve had,” Warren said. “I’m most proud of the opportunities we’ve provided for everyone. People are meeting on our sets and going on to work together beyond our series. Local casting

directors, like Jen Kelley, are even pitching in to direct episodes, which is so fun! We're bridging the gap between theatre and film/TV talent, allowing stage actors to get footage for their reels. Sadly, the local theatre scene isn't as financially supported as film, so many talented theatre actors are transitioning over to TV/film to survive in this craft. “We want to be a part of that history and are proud to announce the series will be part of the LAFF network's online content later this year,” Warren continued. "But our ultimate goal is to be a syndicated 30-minute show that is the South's example for sketch comedy, much like NYC, LA and Portland have been paving the way.”

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shley Adcock-Hill will be taking on the role of vice president, operations for ARRI Rental US, based out of the Secaucus, New Jersey office. Adcock-Hill has spent the last two years heading up ARRI Rental's Global Rental Systems Development team, leading new systems implementations in the UK and Europe. She has more than 20 years' operational experience in the US rental industry, so she brings with her a huge amount of knowledge and expertise. As well as preparing ARRI Rental's US facilities for new systems imple-

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mentations, Adcock-Hill will be responsible for the processes, structures and overall operational efficiency of ARRI Rental US. Taking over Adcock-Hill's current role of projec t leader, Global Rental Systems Development will be Phu Bui. Stepping up from her position as senior project coordinator, Bui will continue to be based out of the ARRI Rental UK office. Martin Cayzer, CEO of ARRI Rental, comments, "We count ourselves fortunate to have Ashley joining us in this role, with her extensive

operational experience in the rental business and her impressive track record leading-high performance teams. The move up for Phu is also a perfect transition and well deserved after two years supporting complex systems integrations. We have every confidence that they will both be instrumental in ensuring that our rental group has the right systems and processes in place for further growth and success, and wish them well in their new positions."


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amy Arnett and his wife BJ Arnett are actors and television hosts dedicated to generating family-friendly, faith-based content. Their new show, Jesus is My Booski, is a green screen production that will bring the high-spirited antics of Jasper, Sasha Sunshine, Sha Na Owa and many more characters to life. The show is slated to air on WATC57 and Parables TV. Camy had a very successful 2015 in front of the camera with the completion of five films as an actor, several which are soon to be released: Mission Improbable, Badge of Faith and Champion. BJ is an assistant professor at Clark Atlanta University and also now hosts BJA Today, produced by Camy Arnett Production Studios (CAPS). CAPS is currently in production with three TV series: Jesus Is My Booski, BYOBB Blast and their BJA Today talk show. They are slated to produce three other films, Annabelle, Take Down and With Me, and will serve as associate producers of the faithbased film Adrenaline.

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PATRICE COLEMAN CONTINUES TO INNOVATE

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true veteran of the indus tr y, Patrice Coleman has spent over 30 years honing her craft as a makeup artist for film and television. She has worked on over a hundred different movies and television series, with stars as bright and varied as Maya Angelou, Samuel L. Jackson, Katie Findlay, Sophia Vergara, Taraji P. Henson, Kate Upton, Jimmy Carter and Senator Ted Kennedy. Coleman’s years of experience have helped her develop an in-depth understanding of the fast-paced world of on-set makeup artistry. As a result, she invented a unique new product that has become a game changer for makeup artists: the DaBlot Mini Cosmetic Palette. Designed to meet the needs of beauty professionals on the go, the DaBlot Mini

Cosmetic Palette is a uniquely designed stainless steel palette that attaches directly to the makeup artist’s hand. Allowing for several dabs of various cream and gel products, the palette eliminates the need for smearing product on the hand. It is compatible with Coleman’s multisheet, refillable DaBlot Makeup Palette Sheets that allow for quick and easy clean up — simply tear off a used sheet to reveal the fresh one underneath. The DaBlot palette travels well, fits comfortably on the right or left hand, and can be tossed into a set bag or attached to a bag strap for easy access. DaBlot products are currently being sold in stores in New York, Los Angeles and Atlanta, and are used on film sets across the country.

Makeup vet Patrice Coleman invents DaBlot.

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ATLANTA METRO STUDIOS:

By Ed Richardson and Brian Livesay

A new purpose-built film community inside the thriving South Fulton community of Union City.

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hanks to the steadfast support of Governor Nathan Deal and the Georgia General Assembly, we each find ourselves with amazing opportunities in Georgia, at the intersection of the arts and large-scale industry. A t l a n t a M e t ro S t u d i o s , a n e w, p u rpose-built film facility, is proud to join the long list of amenities that keeps Georgia on the map for content creators the world over. With thousands of locations, small town charm, wildly varied architecture, rivers, farms, the north Georgia mountains, urban backdrops as well as ocean, coastal lands and the Golden Isles… our state is a terrific fit for filmmaking. Georgia’s Camera Ready program, active in over 160 counties, also provides filmmakers with local liaisons ready to lend their support and share local expertise. T h e m o s t exc i t i n g p a r t o f b r i n g i n g Georgia’s booming film industry (over $6 billion in economic impact in 2015) to our location in Union City is that the productions coming to Atlanta Metro Studios will also become customers of Union City’s hotels, restaurants, gas stations, banks and retail stores, all within walking distance of the studio’s front door. We have been working closely since 2014 with Mayor Vince Williams and the entire Union City team to prepare for the coming opportunities. Union City residents and businesses are ready to provide support for our production clients, and the productions will in turn spur growth for our local businesses. Another great benefit of being located in Union City is that we have an invaluable neighbor just five minutes up the road in Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. Productions can count on the consistency and flexibility of the world’s busiest airport while filming just minutes away at Atlanta Metro Studios. Our location was the site of the former Shannon Mall, a 90 acre development that had been shuttered for years when our partner, John Rooker, purchased the site. The mall had long been a key part of Union City’s economy, however it was off the tax rolls and its redevelopment topped Mayor Vince Williams’ list of key initiatives.

Our teams’ backgrounds range from producers, production designers and transportation coordinators, to construction, development and studio executives. Our goal for the redevelopment was multi-faceted. First, address the deficit of large-scale, purpose-built studios in Georgia’s film infrastructure by building proper soundstages, production offices and flex space in a campus environment. Second, and possibly the more exciting opportunity, was to create a film community inside an existing, close-knit community. In collaboration with our key industry partners as well as the City of Union City, we are working every day to spark economic development and focus a spotlight on all the many benefits of filming in South Fulton. We are on the verge of another monumental shift in Georgia’s film economy due to the purpose-built film corridor that’s fast emerging on Atlanta’s south side. Moving forward, when producers think of Georgia it will be for blockbuster scale infrastructure. In fact, Atlanta Metro Studios features the two largest purpose-built sound stages in North America. This infrastructure development is key to welcoming larger productions, with longer production schedules that generate more locally hired industry jobs.

With the goal of offering real opportunities for the next generation of Georgia filmmakers, we have created a film scholarship program in association with Union City Mayor Vince Williams and Fulton County Schools to send Fulton County High School graduates to the twosemester Digital Film Certificate Program at Clayton State University. The cer tif icate program is par t of the Georgia Film Academy and was developed to teach film tradecraft and give students an opportunity to learn basic on-set skills, become familiar with production terms and procedures and well as gain hands-on experience work-

The Georgia Film Academy is another amazing benefit for our state created by Governor Deal’s constant commitment to our film economy. ing on productions. The combination of classbased teaching and on-set experience gives students a great start toward entry-level positions in production. This truly key educational component will meet the workforce needs of the state’s growing film industry and will further ensure the long-term sustainability of high paying jobs for Georgians. Now more than ever for young Georgians, there is an education based opportunity to follow a creative, collaborative path to a very rewarding career. Another amazing educational partner for Atlanta Metro Studios is the Utopian Academy for the Arts in Riverdale. Led by Founder and Executive Director Artesius Miller, Utopian nurtures academic excellence with a focus on the arts and provides students with a firm foundation to succeed in an ever changing global society. Their commitment to teach students in a relevant, integrative and challenging environment is the root of our collaborative partnership. Atlanta Metro Studios is committed to engaging with the students at Utopian to introduce them to Georgia’s film industry professionals and to include students in local productions. Along those lines, we’ve just finished a project for Union City Mayor Vince Williams that was directed by Utopian students in the 6th and 8th grades. As we work through the final few remaining weeks to open Atlanta Metro Studios, we could not be more proud to be a part of the Georgia film economy and our Union City team. We’re working every day to ensure Atlanta Metro Studios will make a long lasting, positive impact in South Fulton. Instagram #atlantametrostudios Ed Richardson and Brian Livesay are founders and managing partners of Atlanta Metro Studios.

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Kelly O’Neal plays Gilda Sue Rosenstern (photo credit: Josh Lamkin).

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am Kelly O’Neal and I’ve moved from actor to actor/writer/producer. It was a lark, really. Cheap handicam + YouTube = The Gilda Sue Rosenstern Computer Internet Show! The show’s production values were just a notch above non-existent, but Gilda Sue was funny, and I was proud of her. She had a lot to say, and she was far more interesting than any film or TV roles I was auditioning for at the time. Exploring her character in the web series format was the most gratifying thing I had done as a performer in years. It (or rather, she) scratched “the itch.” Suddenly Gilda Sue was more than just a character, more than just an alter ego; she had become a full-fledged partner, and a bossy one at that. The next thing I knew, we had our own stage show and had ventured into stand-up

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By Kelly O'Neal comedy, but what Gilda Sue really wanted was her own movie. It didn’t matter to her that all of my experience to date had been exclusively in front of the camera. So why should it matter to me? As it turns out, being “ready” is a fantasy, and one that we couldn’t afford. So we did the only thing we could do: we began. And things fell into place. Circumstances conformed. Stars aligned. People showed up. Smart people. Funny People. Talented, professional people. People with heart and faith and gear! Cinematographer John Prew and editor Tom Roche were the first on board. Notable actors Robin Spriggs, Col. Bruce Hampton, S h a r o n C o n l e y, C a t h e r i n e D y e r, J a s o n MacDonald, Mark Ashworth, et al., followed

soon after. And other heroes offered locations, props, technical expertise, etc. In short, yeses were the order of the day, and all the no’s of yesterday were driven into hiding. Fast forward eight years, and we are now in post-production for Gilda Sue Rosenstern: The Motion Picture!—my first feature as writer and director. Apparently what works in acting also applies to filmmaking, and to everything else in life: Listen and respond, trust your heart, be here, be now, and most important of all— You. Are. Enough. And yes, Gilda Sue. I know you want your own TV show now, but can we please just finish this movie first?


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true. As soon as I believed I had the ad business figured out, it would throw me on my ass. Adding to the perplexities, years later, my pet goat “Moose” helped us create one of the top Super Bowl spots in 2013. I could wax poetically about what the production business used to be 15 years ago when Pogo Pictures opened, but that’s conversation left for a dark bar, a bottle of whiskey, and a bunch of OGs. The name Pogo evolved from experiencing the ups and downs of this business. Frustrating, maddening, and impossible as it can be, we do it, and we love it. From our own deep, dark sicknesses we cannot imagine doing anything else. Sure, we talk frequently about selling flip-flops on an island somewhere (although I strongly feel most feet should stay hidden), but we never book the tickets. So what is this business we are in, right now? Now it is about everything, everywhere; and therein lies the challenge. There are two billion people walking around with a video camera in their pocket. A production company must stay current and be represented in these “now” places. Now means content, longer format web ads, scripted and non-scripted series, mov-

ies, documentaries, and yep, even client direct marketing. Still needed, thank God, are 15 to 60 second TV commercials. Today’s production companies are told, “Give me everything, faster, better, cheaper, oh yeah and entertain me, damn it.” We must adapt quickly, and continue to do so. As I write this, we are prepping three commercials and one long-form web based ad, developing five TV series, and beginning one documentary. Half of this could disappear by the end of the month. It is the faster and faster running, throw-away world of production. However, this “now” production does give us more opportunities and more creative outlets than ever before. We are in this business because we are attracted to unpredictability and the lack of a consistent routine. We must be challenged everyday, as though life itself is not challenging enough, waking up each morning not knowing whether today we will be a hero, or a goat. Steve Colby is the founder and director of Pogo Pictures.

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The Atlanta Film Festival (ATLFF) is one of the longest-running film festivals in the country. Welcoming nearly 25,000 film lovers and makers to a ten-day showcase of independent films selected from over 4800 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 40th anniversary in 2016 from April 1st-10th with help from The Plaza Theatre, 7 Stages, The High Museum of Art, The Rialto, The Center for Puppetry Arts, and more.

VENUES Plaza Theatre 1049 Ponce De Leon Ave. NE Atlanta, GA 30306 7 Stages 1105 Euclid Ave. NE Atlanta, GA 30307 The High Museum: Hill Auditorium 1280 Peachtree St. NE Atlanta, GA 30309 Rialto Center for the Arts 80 Forsyth St. NW Atlanta, GA 30303 The Center for Puppetry Arts 1404 Spring St. NW Atlanta, GA 30309 Serenbe 10950 Hutcheson Ferry Rd. Chattahoochee Hills, GA 30268

Gallery L1 828 Ralph McGill Blvd NE Atlanta, GA 30306 Ponce City Market 675 Ponce De Leon Ave. NE Atlanta, GA 30308 Callanwolde Fine Arts Center 980 Briarcliff Rd. NE Atlanta, GA 30306 Opening Night Party at Paris on Ponce 716 Ponce De Leon Ave. NE Atlanta, GA 30306 Filmmaker Headquarters & Filmmaker Lounge at the Highland Inn Ballroom 644 North Highland Ave. NE Atlanta, GA 30306

PARKING Plaza Theatre: FREE, front & rear lots

7 Stages Theatre: $2-7 lots in back

Druid Hills Presbyterian Church: Limited parking, FREE on weekdays

Rialto: $4-10 lots surrounding The High Museum: Hill Auditorium Paid lots surrounding

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

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Badges are available for purchase and pick-up at Festival Headquarters only, located in the ballroom of the Highland Inn. Individual box offices do not sell, or distribute, festival credentials. * Purchase online at atlantafilmfestival.com

BOX OFFICE & THEATRE POLICIES Arrival & Seating: Our priority pass-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. If you’re bringing a friend with a buddy pass, they may join you in your priority line for any screening, panel, or party; no exceptions. Limited to (1) per event.

BOX OFFICE INFORMATION Official box offices for the 2016 Atlanta Film Festival will be located at both the Plaza Theatre & 7 Stages. These offices will open one (1) hour prior to the first scheduled event and will close 30 minutes after the last scheduled event, 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: 1-877-725-8849 Email: ticketing@atlantafilmfestival.com

LINES A, B & C - HOW THEY WORK LINE A: This line is reserved for the following badge types: * All-Access * Filmmaker * Press * Film & Conference * Industry * Weekend 1 OR 2 * Film Badge-holders must be in Line A at least 15 minutes prior to show-time to take advantage of the priority seating their pass 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.

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2016 BADGE OPTIONS Every badge comes with year-round Atlanta Film Society membership, through December 31st, 2016. For more information: atlantafilmsociety.org/member OPENING & CLOSING WEEKEND: $150 Both the Opening & Closing Weekend passes act as all-access passes for their designated weekend: opening (April 1-3), closing (April 8-10). Both come with (4) buddy passes**

FILM & CONFERENCE: $250 Admission for (1) to all films, panels, and filmmaker lounge. Seated via Line A. Includes (6) buddy passes**

MOVIEHOPPER: $50 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: $150 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 *Some films require an RSVP for admission. See atlantafilmfestival.com/rsvp for details. **Buddy Passes: One buddy pass allows you to bring (1) friend with you to any screening, panel, or party. Limited to (1) per event.

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ALL-ACCESS: $350 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 (10) buddy passes**

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The Thoughts That Once We Had 108 min

The Fundamentals of Caring 93 min

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Good Ol’ Boy 103 min

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7:00pm - p. 39 Everybody Wants Some 116 min

12:30pm - p. 51 The Legend of Swee’ Pea 75 min

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A Morning Light 82 min

Fursonas 81 mins

CANDY (Kids) 60 min (FREE)

1:45pm - p. 58 IVORY (Documentary) 35 min

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7:20pm - p.50 In Pursuit of Silence 77 min

5:00pm - p. 51 Missing People 81 min

7:30pm - p. 51 A Peculiar Noise 74 min

Romeo is Bleeding 93 min

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Ruby in Paradise FSU presents Victor Nunez 114 min

It Had to be You 85 min @ Serenbe

9:00pm 9:30pm - p. 31 MORPHINE DREAMS: Frankenstein Created Bikers 114 min

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Above and Below 110 min

Te Prometo AnarquĂ­a 88 min

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A Light Beneath Their Feet 90 min

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Happy Hour @Highland Ballroom (Open to All)

5:15pm - p. 48 Concerto 74 min

7:15pm - p. 31 MORPHINE DREAMS: Forbidden Room 130 min

6:00pm - p. 27 HBO FILMS PRESENTS: Confirmation 120 min

7:00pm - p. 40 Here Comes Rusty 81 min @Buckhead Theater

9:00pm

9:30pm - p. 31 MORPHINE DREAMS: Belladonna 93 min

Hangout @Church


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Pink Peach (LGBTQ)

New Mavericks

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Talent in Attendance

MONDAY, APRIL 4TH, 2016

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PLAZA UPSTAIRS THEATRE

7 STAGES

JOYSTICK

EVENT

10:30am - p. 20 Dewitt Insurance Presents: Understanding Production Insurance

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12:00pm - p. 20

12:00pm - p. 20

Do I Need an Agent?

What’s the Big Idea?

1:30pm - p. 20

1:30pm - p. 20

Unions & Guilds

Invading Hollywood

3:00pm - p. 20 Resume Building

3:00pm - p. 20

12:00pm Filmmaker Lounge @ Highland Ballroom (Open to Filmmakers, Film+Conference & All-Access Pass Holders)

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SCHEDULE

PLAZA MAIN THEATRE

90 Sec Pitch Fest

4:30pm - p. 20

5:00pm

Table Read: Best 10

Happy Hour @Highland Ballroom (Open to All)

5 6 7

7:00pm - p. 38 Cheerleader 70 min

8 9 10 11

7:20pm - p. 27 MOUNTAINFILM PRESENTS: Can You Dig This 80 min

7:00pm - p. 59

7:00pm - p. 27

PAPER (Animation) 95 min

Music Video Competition

8:00pm 9:00pm

9:15pm - p. 41

9:15pm - p. 49 9:35pm - p. 42 The Founders 90 min

Sink 115 min

Last Summer 94 min

Hangout @Joystick

Hangout MountainFilm Monday @Sweet Auburn BBQ

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Narrative Feature

Documentary Feature

Anniversary Screening

Creative Conference

Short Film Block

Events/Specials

SCHEDULE

TUESDAY, APRIL 5TH, 2016

PLAZA MAIN THEATRE

PLAZA UPSTAIRS THEATRE

7 STAGES

11:00am - p. 20

Grip Truck Show & Tell

10

EVENT

10:30am - p. 20

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Pilot Block & Analyze This: A Pilot Case Study

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12:00pm - p. 20

12:00pm

Light & Shoot Your Indie

1:00pm - p. 21

1

FSU Presents: Student Film Showcase

2

1:30pm Sound Good?

3:00pm - p. 20

3

3:30pm - p. 21 Direct Me!

4

The Animation Studio Simulation Workshop

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

5:00pm

5

5:30pm - p. 20 Airport Short Animation: Behind the Scenes

6 7

7:00pm - p. 43 Viva 100 min

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9:15pm - p. 38 The Arbalest 73 min

7:20pm - p. 39 The Weather Inside 100 min

9:35pm - p. 50 Last of the Elephant Men 90 min

Happy Hour @Highland Ballroom (Open to All)

7:00pm - p. 57 COTTON (Documentary) 87 min

9:15pm - p. 28 Handmade Puppet Dreams

9:30pm Hangout @ Clermont Lounge: Karaoke (Open to All 21 years and older)


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Pink Peach (LGBTQ)

New Mavericks

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Talent in Attendance

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 6TH, 2016

PLAZA UPSTAIRS THEATRE

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7 STAGES

EVENT

10:30am - p. 21 11:00am - p. 21

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CSX Presents: Stop and Care-Set Safety

Cast Me! Cast Me!

SCHEDULE

PLAZA MAIN THEATRE

12:00pm

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12:30pm - p. 21 Produce This

1 2 3 4

2:00pm - p. 21

2:00pm - p. 21

But What’s the Budget?

A Working Actor: What it Takes

3:30pm - p. 21

3:30pm p. 21

The Art of Directing No/ Low Budget Indies

SAGIndie: SAG Contracts Made Simple

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

5:00pm Happy Hour @Highland Ballroom (Open to All)

5 6 7

7:00pm - p. 52 The Witness 83 min

8 9 10

9:30pm - p. 28 Touch the Puppet Head 120 min

7:20pm - p. 40 Those Who Fall Have Wings 92 min

7:00pm - p. 57 CORAL (Documentary) 90 min

8:30pm 9:15pm - p. 52 The Wrong Light 80 min

Hangout @Hand in Hand Pub

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Narrative Feature

Documentary Feature

Anniversary Screening

Creative Conference

Short Film Block

Events/Specials

SCHEDULE

THURSDAY, APRIL 7TH, 2016

PLAZA MAIN THEATRE

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PLAZA UPSTAIRS THEATRE

7 STAGES

10:30am - p. 22

10:30am - p. 23

Creative Visions Presents

Through the Lens: A Cinematography Case Study

CENTER FOR PUPPETRY ARTS

12:00pm

12:00pm - p. 23

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12:30pm - p. 23 Art of the Pitch

Score!: How to Compose a Quality Film Score Within Budget

2:00pm - p. 23

2:00pm - p. 23

Range & Representation: Earn More at the Box Office

Tips & Tricks From the Cutting Room Floor

1 2 3 4

EVENT

3:30pm - p. 23

3:30pm - p. 23

Filmmaker as Activist

Visual Effects: Raising the Value of Indie Production

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

5:00pm

Happy Hour @Highland Ballroom (Open to All)

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7:00pm - p. 52 Speed Sisters 80 min

9:15pm - p. 39 The Fits 72 min

7:20pm - p. 38 Cuckold 95 min

9:35pm - p. 59 PEARL (Narrative) 94 min

7:00pm - p. 62

7:00pm

WOOD (Puppetry) 98 min

Ponce City Market Hosts: SOUND + VISION


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Pink Peach (LGBTQ)

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Talent in Attendance

FRIDAY, APRIL 8TH, 2016

PLAZA UPSTAIRS THEATRE

7 STAGES

11:00am - p. 23

11:00pm - p. 23

EVENT

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SCHEDULE

PLAZA MAIN THEATRE

Distribute This

Pre-Production Law

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12:00pm

12:30pm - p. 23 Crowdfunding to Independence

1 2

DELTA Filmmaker Lounge @ Highland Ballroom

2:30pm - p. 23

2:00pm - p. 23

Kickstarter Presentation

In the Trenches: Communicating with Your Crew

3

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

4:00pm - p. 23

4

Tax Incentives Talk

5:00pm Happy Hour @Highland Ballroom (Open to All)

5 6 7

7:00pm - p. 49 Driving with Selvi 78 min

8 9 10

9:15pm - p. 41 Like Lambs 83 min

The Cursed Ones 100 min

9:35pm - p. 29 PIVOT PRESENTS: 35 and Single 75 min

7:00pm - p. 56 COPPER (Experimental) 97 min

9:15pm - p. 51 Loa 60 min

9:00pm After Party @Gallery L1 sponsored by Atlanta Convention & Visitor’s Bureau (w/ screening of “Music Voyager”)

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7:20pm - p. 38

12:00am - p. 26

(Open to Filmmakers & All-Access Pass Holders.)

The Rocky Horror Picture Show

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Narrative Feature

Documentary Feature

Anniversary Screening

Creative Conference

Short Film Block

Events/Specials

SCHEDULE

SATURDAY, APRIL 9TH, 2016

PLAZA MAIN THEATRE

PLAZA UPSTAIRS THEATRE

7 STAGES

12:30pm - p. 40

12:00pm - p. 50 Lamerica 43 min

12:15pm - p. 60

Hunky Dory 88 min

1:30pm - p. 50

10 11 12 1

Juanicas 78 min

2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12

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EVENT

3:00pm - p. 38 collective: unconscious 80 min

2:30pm - p. 58 GOLD (Documentary) 98 min

3:30pm - p. 50 A Journey of a Thousand Miles: Peacekeepers 95 min

4:45pm - p. 60

5:40pm - p. 42

SILK (Narrative) 98 min

5:15pm - p. 40 Jean of the Jones 82 min

RUBY (Narrative) 98 min

12:00pm

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

5:00pm Happy Hour @Highland Ballroom (Open to All)

Remittance 90 min

7:30pm - p. 25 Morris from America 91 min

9:00pm

Closing Night Party @Music Room


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SUNDAY, APRIL 10TH, 2016 ENCORES made possible by FILM FESTIVAL COLLECTIVE presented by

PLAZA UPSTAIRS THEATRE

7 STAGES

EVENT

10 11 12 1 2 3

12:00pm 12:30pm - p. 29 Labyrinth 101 min

6 7 8 9 10

12:50pm- p. 41 Love & Friendship 92 min

2:45pm - p. 41

3:05pm Miles Ahead 100 min

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SCHEDULE

PLAZA MAIN THEATRE

5:00pm - p. 52 Presenting Princess Shaw 80 min

7:30:pm - p. 43 Siren 90 min

Encore Screening TBA

5:20pm Encore Screening TBA

7:45pm Encore Screening TBA

12:30pm Encore Screening TBA

DELTA Filmmaker Lounge @ Highland Ballroom

2:45pm

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

Encore Screening TBA

5:00pm Encore Screening TBA

5:00pm Happy Hour @Highland Ballroom (Open to All)

7:30pm Encore Screening TBA

9:00pm

Wrap Party @Highland Ballroom

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