Earlier this month, we announced 18 feature films competing in the Narrative and Documentary Feature categories at the 2015 Atlanta Film Festival. Now, we are pleased to add three films to the Documentary Feature competition lineup. HOLBROOK/TWAIN: AN AMERICAN ODYSSEY marks a return to Atlanta for ATLFF alum Scott Teems (THAT EVENING SUN). Alexandra Rahmilevich's Israeli documentary HONOR THY FATHER AND THY MOTHER, DAMN IT. will feature in its North American premiere at ATLFF. Danielle Beverly's OLD SOUTH—set and shot in Athens, Georgia—was one of the first ten films announced for ATLFF '15 and has now been added to the documentary competition.
Holbrook/Twain: An American Odyssey
directed by Scott Teems
USA, 2014, English, 95 minutes
For nearly two thirds of his life, Hal Holbrook has portrayed famed American writer and satirist Mark Twain in his award-winning one-man show, "Mark Twain Tonight!" Holbrook has performed the show internationally, on Broadway and television, and before 5 U.S. Presidents. Filmed in classic black and white, the documentary takes a behind the scenes look at the celebrated 89-year-old actor responsible for bringing Twain to life, night after night. The film also features interviews with Holbrook's notable admirers and collaborators such as Sean Penn, Martin Sheen, Cherry Jones and many more.
Honor Thy Father and Thy Mother, Damn It. (.כבד את אביך ואת אמך, בלאט)
directed by Alexandra Rahmilevich
Israel, 2014, Hebrew/Russian, 51 minutes
As far back as they can remember, Dasha (22) and Natasha (21) have felt unrelated, not belonging to anyone or any place. The difficult relationship between their parents in Ukraine destroyed their family. One day, without any warning, their father decided to take them from Ukraine to Israel. The girls were separated from their mother and her existence was hidden from them since. After 16 years, following their father's death, the girls yearned to fill the empty space in their hearts, and reunited with their mother in Israel. But it was a strangers' rendezvous. The film follows the belated relationship between the mother and daughters for three years and raises questions about parenthood and the patterns that parents pass to their children.
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directed by Danielle Beverly
USA, 2015, English, 54 minutes
In a historically black neighborhood in Athens, Georgia, a college fraternity traditionally known to fly the confederate flag moves in and establishes their presence by staging an antebellum style parade. "Old South" follows the neighborhood struggle over three years, while both communities fight to preserve their historical legacies against an evolving cultural backdrop in the South—and the nation as a whole.
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