Georgia filmmaking community remembers Sarah Jones

Georgia filmmaking community remembers Sarah Jones

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. 

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Opening and Closing Night Films Announced

Opening and Closing Night Films Announced

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").

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A man, his pug, and ATLFF encourage you to see "Cinema Six"

A man, his pug, and ATLFF encourage you to see "Cinema Six"

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.

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ATLFF Artistic Director Charles Judson Departs

After more than seven years of service to the Atlanta Film Festival, Artistic Director Charles Judson has left to pursue other opportunities.

"The past seven years have been an amazing time of change for both the film industry and for the Atlanta Film Festival, and I feel honored to have been a part of that change," said Judson. "Now it's time for a change of my own direction in the industry and in the direction of the Festival."

Executive Director Christopher Escobar has delegated Judson's duties among the current staff, and Judson will consult with staff during the transition and lead-up to this year's annual event (March 28 - April 6). There are no current plans to place a successor to Judson.

"Charles has made valuable contributions to the organization that will be felt for years to come," said Escobar. "We wish him the best and we're looking forward to a great 2014 festival."