2018 ATLANTA FILM FESTIVAL — Films & Special Presentations

Narrative Features

American Animals
Bart Layton
The unbelievable but true story of four young men who mistake their lives for a movie and attempt one of the most audacious art heists in US history...

Los Años Azules (The Blue Years) 
Sofía Gómez-Córdova
Four young adults as different as the four seasons have managed to craft a home for themselves in the shattered relic of a once beautiful house... 

Are You Glad I'm Here
Noor Gharzeddine
Kirsten, brazen American post-grad, befriends her next-door neighbor, Nadine, an intelligent mother relegated to full-time Beirut housewife...

Documentary Features

306 Hollywood
Elan Bogarín & Jonathan Bogarín
After the loss of their grandmother, a brother and sister foray into the depths of magical realism to excavate and appreciate the home she left behind...

Abu
Arshad Khan
Using home videos and classic Bollywood films, a filmmaker crafts an intimate portrait of his Pakistani-Muslim family grappling with the realities of having a gay son in a modern...

Armed With Faith
Geeta Gandbhir & Asad Faruqi
Hidden within the mountainous border of Pakistan and Afghanistan are some of the most violent homegrown terrorist groups. For years, Al-Qaeda and the Taliban...

Short Film Blocks

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Carbon Copy 
Documentary, 95 minutes
Filaments of connection floating in projector light.

 

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chandler

Hard World for Small Things
Narrative, 102 minutes
Portraits of young minds and steel spines.


 

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railment

Imaginary Flying Machines
Animation, 102 minutes
Renderings of an animated technicolor world.

Blindspotting
Carlos López Estrada
Collin (Daveed Diggs) must make it through his final three days of probation for a chance at a new beginning.  He and his troublemaking childhood best friend, Miles... 

Cabeza Madre (Mother's Head)
Edouard Salier
John, a first-generation American, travels to visit his estranged mother in her home country of Cuba for the first time in years. Upon his arrival John...

Cardinals
Grayson Moore & Aidan Shipley
Valerie has just returned home from a prison sentence served for a drunk driving accident that cost her neighbor his life. All Valerie wants is to return...

Clara's Ghost
Bridey Elliott
Clara Reynolds is the under-appreciated matriarch of a family in the spotlight. Her husband is an aging comedian that is beginning to recognize his career...

Dead Pigs
Cathy Yan
A Chinese farmer loses his livelihood when pigs mysteriously die across the country. An eccentric woman fights to save her family home from encroaching...

Disappearance
Ali Asgari
When a young virgin decides to sleep with her boyfriend, she finds herself under threat from her conservative society. Desperate for a solution...

Eighth Grade
Bo Burnham
Thirteen-year-old Kayla endures the tidal wave of contemporary suburban adolescence as she makes her way through the last...

Facades
Natalie Bastens & Kaat Beels
Alex’s world is turned upside down when her mother abruptly abandons her dementing father. But when Alex moves home to care for him...

Fat Tuesday
Jorge Torres-Torres
Caught up in the glitz and pageantry of Mardi Gras, a group of friends find themselves enamored with the infamous city of New Orleans...

Hearts Beat Loud
Brett Haley
Frank (Nick Offerman) and his daughter Sam (Kiersey Clemons) form a songwriting duo shortly before she leaves for college. As they grow...

In the Shadows
Dipesh Jain
A reclusive shopkeeper spends his life isolated from the outside world, interacting with his home of Old Delhi solely through hidden closed-circuit cameras...

It's a Party
Weldon Wong Powers
Successful Atlanta rap artist Cory Masters is late for his own surprise birthday party. While his friends anxiously await his arrival, each one individually addresses...

Lamp Light
Mason Rey
Crippled by insecurity and doubt, Don Gos struggles with a stilted career and dating life. As he contemplates his failures while driving...

Lean on Pete
Andrew Haigh
Fifteen-year-old Charley Thompson (Charlie Plummer) arrives in Portland, Oregon with his single father Ray (Travis Fimmel), both of them eager...

Leave No Trace
Debra Granik
Will (Ben Foster) and his teenage daughter, Tom (Harcourt McKenzie), have lived off the grid for years in the forests of Portland, Oregon. When...

Melecotones (Peaches  
Héctor Valdez
In the retrofuture, Diego attempts to salvage his relationship with girlfriend Laura by taking her to the hotel where they once vacationed as a happy...

Never Steady, Never Still
Kathleen Hepburn
Living in a remote part of Canada, Judy battles daily with the pain and inconvenience of Parkinson’s Disease. After her husband dies...

Poor Jane
Katie Orr
Jane is a stay at home mom who has just realized she doesn’t love her husband anymore. She decides to bid her family adieu...

A Prayer Before Dawn
Jean-Stéphane Sauvaire
“A Prayer Before Dawn” is the remarkable true story of Billy Moore, a young English boxer incarcerated in two of Thailand’s most notorious prisons. He is quickly...

Prison Logic
Romany Malco
Two college students film a documentary on larger-than-life, chain-smoking inmate Tijuana Jackson, who is currently serving time in prison. After...

Restos De Viento (Wind Traces)
Jimena Montemayor Loyo
In the wake of losing their father and patriarch, a family drifts aimlessly through life. The mother, Carmen, struggles with depression and the task of caring...

Savage Youth
Michael Curtis Johnson
Elena, an aspiring young artist, meets and falls in love with Jason, a horrorcore rapper. Suddenly engrossed in his world, Elena finds herself...

Still
Takashi Doscher
When Lily (Madeline Brewer) loses her way on a hike through the Appalachian wilderness, she finds rescue in the form of a peculiar married...

Strange Colours
Alena Lodkina
When Milena learns her estranged father has fallen ill, she travels to the remote opal mining community he calls home. Crossing paths with...

Summer '03
Becca Gleason
Inspired by true events, “Summer 03” centers on Jamie, a 16-year-old girl (Joey King) and her extended family who are left reeling after her calculating grandmoth...

T-Junction
Amil Shivji
When her estranged father suddenly passes, Fatima finds herself struggling to mourn a person to which she had no connection. As she helps her grieving...

Tell Me Your Name
Jason DeVan
Abused by her father and abandoned by her mother as a young child, Ashley is sent to live with her estranged Aunt Tanya.  During her stay, she becomes...

Thy Kingdom Come
Eugene Richards
A priest visits the residents of a small town and demonstrates the healing power of listening. From prisons to living rooms, the priest compassionately listens...

Tigre
Silvina Schnicer & Ulises Porra Guardiola
Sixty-five year old Rina visits her home in the Tigre Delta accompanied by her forty-something friend Elena. They await the arrival of their estranged children...

Tully
Jason Reitman
A new comedy from Academy Award-nominated director Jason Reitman (“Up in the Air”) and Academy Award-winning screenwriter Diablo Cody (“Juno”). Marlo...

Venus
Eisha Marjara
Having recently embraced her own identity, Sid, a transgender woman, finds herself tangled in a complex web of expectations and aspirations when...

When She Runs
Robert Machoian & Rodrigo Ojeda-Beck
Kirstin, a young wife and mother, competes for a spot in the the Olympic trials. In her quest to win, she sacrifices it all as she moves out of her...

Yamasong: March of the Hollows
Sam Koji Hale
In a futuristic world filled with fantastical, mechanized creatures, one automaton girl joins forces with a tortoise warrior and a band of outlaws to defeat..

You Were Never Really Here
Lynne Ramsay
A traumatized veteran, unafraid of violence, tracks down missing girls for a living. When a job spins out of control, Joe's nightmares overtake...

Black Memorabilia
Chico Colvard
In the history of racism in the United States, one major physical manifestation of oppression has survived into the present, wrapped in the protective embrace...

Cocaine Prison
Violeta Ayala
In a world dominated by drug trade and ineffectual police forces, it is often the lowest, replaceable workers in the hierarchy who find themselves imprisoned. Enter...

Freedom for the Wolf
Rupert Russell
What is a democracy? Across the globe, this heralded form of government is under attack by the very leaders it elected. In this groundbreaking documentary, we follow...

Ingrid
Morrisa Maltz
Ingrid, a successful fashion designer and mother, dropped everything to create a new life for herself in the middle of the woods. Since then, she has...

Island Soldier
Nathan Fitch
Every year, young Micronesian citizens leave their families and island homes on military deployment—as United States soldiers fighting for the American dream...

Liyana
Aaron Kopp & Amanda Kopp
Five orphaned children living in Swaziland collectively weave a cathartic tale of love, hope, and bravery through a fictional character they create named Liyana...

Man Made
T Cooper
At the world's only all-transgender bodybuilding competition, four male bodybuilders take the stage. What precedes this triumphant moment are a set of...

Man on Fire
Joel Fendelman
Grand Saline seemed like your average small town in Texas until the day when Charles Moore, an elderly white preacher, publicly set himself on fire to protest...

Maynard
Sam Pollard
In 1970, Maynard Jackson Jr. was elected as mayor of the city of Atlanta, sparking a revolution in the black community. As the first black mayor elected...

Mermaids
Ali Weinstein
All throughout the United States, there exists a vibrant and mythical subculture dedicated to the existence of real life mermaids. In the exploration of...

Nos Llaman Guerreras (They Call Us Warriors)
Jennifer Socorro, Edwin Corona Ramos, & David Alonso
In a country torn apart by political and economic upheaval, a team of young wo...

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Nothing Without Us : The Women Who Will End AIDS
Harriet Hirshorn
For the past 30 years, women around the world have been on the move to tear down the forces that would silence them....

ONIBO
Julien Mauranne & Victor Guillon
Curious about urban life outside of their rural Peruvian village, two teenage brothers of the Amazonian Shipibo Indians leave for Lima to chase their dreams...

RBG
Betsy West & Julie Cohen
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ginsburg has created a breathtaking legal legacy for women’s rights while becoming an unexpected pop culture icon...

Silas
Anajli Nayar & Hawa Essuman
Faced with environmental destruction and governmental corruption, Liberian activist Silas Siakor is fighting back to save the country...

Take Light
Shasha Nakhai
When it comes to power and electricity, Nigeria is a country in crisis. Torn between its desire to enter the global stage and its inability to provide...

Waiting for David
Emelie Svensson & Karin Oleander
April 19, 1993. After a grueling 51-day standoff between the FBI and the Branch Davidian cult in Waco, Texas, over 70 members of the cult perished...

Won't You Be My Neighbor?
Morgan Neville
From Academy Award-winning filmmaker Morgan Neville (“20 Feet from Stardom”), “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?” takes an intimate look at America’s...


Creative Media

 MANIC

MANIC

Episodic Showcase
Kick back with a show of engaging and lovingly offbeat episodic programs.

 Annihilation

Annihilation

Music Videos
Our delightfully eccentric ensemble of visually stunning musical combustions.

 Lá CAMILIA

Lá CAMILIA

Virtual Reality
Virtual Reality returns with an upgrade. Enjoy an immersive selection of interactive, animated, documentary and other thrilling experiences.

 You can't play with us

You can't play with us

Kaboom
Puppetry & Stop Motion Animation, 64 minutes
Unicorns, Rasputin, Sharknado - oh my! Puppets and clay that will blow your mind.
 

 Expire (Exhale)

Expire (Exhale)

Last Life in the Universe
Narrative, 110 minutes
Glimpses beyond the veil of time and space.
 

 

 hail my country

hail my country

Laughter
Narrative, 77 minutes
Humorous collisions of circumstance and character.                                                         

 

 footprint

footprint

MadeinUSA
Documentary, 99 minutes
Broad stripes and bright stars, the American ethos.

 

 Counterfeit Kunkoo

Counterfeit Kunkoo

Nobody's Woman
Narrative, 103 minutes
Painstaking accounts of lives led, loved, and lost.

 

 odd man

odd man

The Place Promised in Our Early Days
Narrative, 104 minutes
Meditations on weathered hands and patient hearts.

 

 pantheon

pantheon

Of One Blood
Narrative, 99 minutes
Family ghosts of the past, present, and future.

 

 Wyrm

Wyrm

Rebels of the Neon God
Narrative, 96 minutes
Turbulent intersections of love and tech.


 

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Short Films Attached to Features
Narrative & Documentary



 

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Pupae

Spring in My Hometown
Narrative (Local), 85 minutes
Films and filmmakers grown in Georgia clay.
 

 

 ZION

ZION

Stud Life
Narrative & Documentary, 104 minutes
What makes a man?


 

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edge of alchemy

Those Who Make Tomorrow  
Experimental, 83 minutes
Exceptional avant-garde works that transform through beauty, wit and wonder.

 

 Abu Adnan (Adnan’s Father)

Abu Adnan (Adnan’s Father)

Under the Same Moon
Narrative & Documentary, 107 minutes
Blueprints of borders fabricated internally and externally.

 

 Atlanta from the ashes

Atlanta from the ashes

Walking Distance
Documentary (Local), 61 minutes
Snapshots of peach state roots.


 

 raisin

raisin

What We Do in the Shadows
Narrative, Animation, & Documentary, 68 minutes
A weird and wacky balm for the soul.

 

 Kudzu

Kudzu

Year of the Carnivore
Narrative, 108 minutes
Tales of breaking points, cruelty, and carnage.

 

 那個午後的冒險  (The Adventure of the Afternoon)

那個午後的冒險  (The Adventure of the Afternoon)

Young and Wild
Animation & Puppetry (Family Friendly), 49 minutes
Fables for kids who still believe in magic.


Special Presentations

ACVB presets: "Music Voyager"
Please join us at The Hill Auditorium at the High Museum of Art for a special screening of Music Voyager: "Atlanta’s Stage" (Episode 3) and Music Voyager: "Atlanta’s Canvas" (Episode 4)...

Amber Nash Masterclass
For the last eight years, Amber Nash has voiced the incomparable character of Pam Poovey on FX's Emmy Award-winning show "Archer." Amber graduated from Georgia State University... 

The Art Institute of Atlanta Presents: Senior Film Screening
A showcase of short films created by senior level students from The Art Institute of Atlanta...

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

Dad's TV
The film/video side of Dad's Garage Theatre returns with a collection of projects from the past year. Watch the first public screening of a new television pilot, "Weird City,"...

The Florida State University College of Motion Picture Arts Presents: Selected Keylight Films
The FSU College of Motion Pictures Arts presents a showcase of eight short student films followed by a panel discussion with representatives from...

Jason Reitman Masterclass
Four-time Academy Award® nominated film director, screenwriter and producer Jason Reitman will host a Masterclass at Dad's Garage as part of the 42nd annual Atlanta Film Festival...

JURASSIC PARK
25th Anniversary at Fernbank Museum of Natural History

In director Steven Spielberg's three-time Academy Award®-winning blockbuster "Jurassic Park," paleontologists Alan Grant (Sam Neill) and Ellie Sattler (Laura Dern)...

Miss Richfield 1981 “Born Again”
Logo Founder Matt Farber presents Miss Richfield 1981 "Born Again" at Plaza Theatre. In her all-new show, Miss Richfield 1981 is “Born Again” finding new religion...

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PLAZADROME: "The Astrologer"
Videodrome and The Plaza Theatre’s cult film series continues with Craig Denney’s “The Astrologer.” Alexander is running a con game at a circus as a psychic. When...

re:imagine/ATL Presents: CURRENTS on Tour - Teen Takeover
Film festivals have long been an anchor for allowing a platform for stories surrounding cultural influences to be brought to light—now it's time to listen to youth voices...

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

Romany Malco Masterclass
Romany Malco’s breakout role was as the trash-talking womanizer Jay in Judd Apatow’s box office hit, "The 40 Year Old Virgin." Many remember him...

YOU42 Presents: “Dead By Midnight/11 PM Central”
It's Halloween at WKIZ when the malicious Mistress of Midnight (Erin Brown) arrives to host her annual horror movie marathon ‘Dead by Midnight.’ When the WKIZ staff...