We are just two months out from the 2014 Atlanta Film Festival, and we couldn’t be more excited to bring these films to our audience. We are pleased to announce the first wave of narrative features—an incredibly diverse group of films, ranging from local filmmakers and up-and-coming American indie auteurs to hyper-imaginative animation and foreign language festival hits. This first batch of films is just a sample of the feast to come.
Shining an early spotlight on Atlanta’s film scene, “A is for Alex” and “The Unwanted” are the first local productions included in this year’s lineup. Last year, "A is for Alex" director Alex Orr served as a producer for one of the festival's biggest hits, "Congratulations!" Bret Wood, director of "The Unwanted," has been making films in Atlanta for years and incorporated dozens of local actors and craftsmen for this film.
“1982” was a hit at the Toronto International Film Festival and is a fantastic example of the exciting things happening in independent black cinema. A third of these films were helmed by female filmmakers, with “45RPM,” “Bobô,” “Forev,” “I Believe in Unicorns” and “Nothing Bad Can Happen” all showcasing the growing number of female directors on the festival circuit.
“The Congress” and “Cheatin’” couldn’t be any more different, but both films tell exciting stories through contrasting means of animation.
Controversial German film “Nothing Bad Can Happen” screened in Un Certain Regard at Cannes. “Metalhead” is a film all the way from Iceland and made its debut in Toronto. It does an amazing job of capturing the striking landscape while telling a story about loss, community and heavy metal.
“Beside Still Waters" and “Speak Now” both won Audience Awards at the Austin Film Festival and are sure to find enthusiastic audiences in Atlanta. “Handy”—the title says it all. Who knew a film made up of a cast of hands could evoke so much emotion?
The 2014 Atlanta Film Festival will be held March 28, 2014 - April 6, 2014 primarily at the Plaza Theatre and 7 Stages Theatre.
— Kristy Breneman, Programmer- Features and Special Programs
A special thank you to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution for helping us announce these films over the weekend!
1982 directed by Tommy Oliver
Set in Philadelphia at the very onset of the crack cocaine epidemic, "1982" tells the story of a black father dealing with his wife's addiction and his efforts to shield his 10-year old daughter from the ill effects of having a drug addicted mother. Inspired by true events, "1982" is about a father who's willing to do whatever it takes to protect his family.
45RPM directed by Juli Jackson
Charlie Clark is a struggling artist who seeks a connection between her artwork and her deceased father’s music. Out of her element in Memphis, Charlie meets Louie Traxler, a record store owner and an obsessive collector who sees a chance to do what he does best. The two of them scour the South in search of an elusive copy of her father’s only 45RPM record.
A is for Alex directed by Alex Orr
"A is for Alex" is the story of unconventional inventor/filmmaker, Alex Orr. Struggling with life's daily challenges, Alex seeks support from his business partner, Daniel. As his once-revolutionary invention crashes and burns—literally—he must also cope with the impending birth of his son, his mother's imprisonment for child pornography, and the complications of shooting a film. When you have a new child coming into the world, A is for ANXIETY.
Beside Still Waters directed by Chris Lowell
When Daniel Thatcher's parents died in a car accident, none of his friends came to the funeral. Now he's losing the family home. The weekend before he has to move out, Daniel hosts a memorial celebration and insists that his friends attend. Daniel also invites his ex-girlfriend, Olivia, to the house, with the hopes of rekindling their old romance.