The polls are closed, the votes have been tallied, and the backers jury has decided: Moon Molson's: The Bravest, The Boldest is the winner of the 2014 ATLFF Filmmaker To Watch Award. As part of the award, Molson will receive a travel stipend to come to Atlanta and accept the award at the Awards Brunch on Saturday April 5.
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If you're at all connected to the filmmaking industry in the South -- or filmmaking in general -- you've probably already heard of "Slates for Sarah," a social media tribute to the late Sarah Elizabeth Jones. Jones, a Camera Assistant who lived in Atlanta, was in Savannah earlier this month working on the set of Midnight Rider when she was struck and killed by a train. Online recollections from her colleagues and friends in the South and around the world echo the remembrances sent to us here at the Festival from locals who knew her and worked with her.
The 38th Annual Atlanta Film Festival will open with "Joe," starring Nicolas Cage as an ex-con and unlikely role model who meets a 15-year-old boy (Tye Sheridan) and is faced with the choice of redemption or ruin. Director David Gordon Green ("Pineapple Express," television's "Eastbound & Down") is scheduled to attend. Closing out this year’s fest is "The Double," a stylish black comedy starring Jesse Eisenberg and Mia Wasikowska. Eisenberg plays Simon James, a timid man living an isolated existence in an indifferent world until his exact physical double and opposite personality arrives in the form of new co-worker, James Simon. "The Double" is directed by cult favorite Richard Ayoade ("Submarine," television’s “The IT Crowd").
ATLFF 2013 selection Cinema Six (a raunchy comedy about what happens when you work for too long at a movie theater) is now available on iTunes and other home video sites. Co-writer/director Mark Potts sends this video reminiscence of his time at the Atlanta Film Festival and what we're pretty sure is a description of a detour he took to the Clermont Lounge.
HBO is partnering with ATLFF to give guests a sneak preview of GAME OF THRONES. Based on the popular book series “A Song of Ice and Fire,” by George R.R. Martin, this hit Emmy®-winning fantasy series chronicles an epic struggle for power in a vast and violent fantasy kingdom. Watch the first episode from the new season a full week before it airs on HBO, on Sunday April 6! Then join us for a Westeros-themed feast and party after the screening
Simon James is a ghost. Friends, family, and coworkers meet his every action with complete indifference. He grimly goes through the motions, hoping for recognition that never comes. All of this changes when James Simon arrives. Directed by Richard Ayoade and starring Jesse Eisenberg, Mia Wasikowska and Wallace Shawn.