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Mike's ProfileMike has a degree in Film from The University of Texas at Austin. He has worked in the entertainment industry for the past 25 years and sees two to four new movies in the theatre a week. Mike has a weekly movie blog where he reviews films both present and past at: lastonetoleavethetheatre.blogspot.com He can be followed on Twitter @lastonetoleave
36th Annual Atlanta Film Festival Opening Weekend
Friday March 23
7:00 pm Landmark Midtown Art Cinema
Life Happens (2012)
Party girl, Kim (Krysten Ritter), lives with her best friend, Deena (Kate Bosworth). After a one night stand, Kim gets pregnant and decides to keep the baby. There’s a hitch though…the girls are determined to not let this ”addition” change their way of life.
Note: Director/screenwriter Kat Coiro will be in attendance at the screening.
9:30 pm Landmark Midtown Art Cinema
The Woman In The Fifth (2011)
Ethan Hawk plays Tom, an American writer who is suffering from writers’ block and is in a bad marriage. When his wife decides to go home to France, he attempts to follow her but is robbed and left with no money, while stranded in a foreign land. To get a hotel room, he takes a job as a night watchman, which leads him to meet a woman (Kristin Scott Thomas) who just might change his life.
Saturday March 24
4:00 pm Landmark Midtown Art Cinema
Flat Daddy (2011)
This film is a documentary about four families and how they cope with family members who are away for 15 months serving in the military for our country. The title comes from the idea of creating life-sized cutout pictures of military family members who are away so their children will remember what their parents look like.
Note: Co-directors Nara Garber and Betsy Nagler will be in attendance at the screening.
8:30 pm Landmark Midtown Art Cinema
A man (played by Rudolf Martin) is discovered half dead in the desert by a young, single mother (Heather Ankeny). The man suddenly realizes he has no idea how he got there or who he is. His only clue to help him figure out who he is comes from a scrap of paper in his pocket with the name, “Manny Elder,” written on it.
Note: Producer Mark Stolaroff will be in attendance at the screening.
9:15 pm Landmark Midtown Art Cinema
Irvine Welsh’s Ecstasy (2011)
Based on the book by Irvine Welsh (Trainspotting), Lloyd (played by Adam Sinclair) is a clubbing, part-time drug mule whose only goal in life is to take ecstasy and have fun. But his fun loving lifestyle has a price, and he gets deeper and deeper in debt to a local mobster. Lloyd meets Heather (Kristin Kreuk) who is trying to escape her bad marriage. The young couple falls in love, but Lloyd must start making choices to either keep his parting lifestyle or clean up his act to stay with Heather.
Sunday March 25th
12:30 pm Landmark Midtown Art Cinema
Beauty is Embarrassing (2012)
Documentary about artist/performer Wayne White who has led an interesting life. Raised in the mountains of Tennessee, he showed a flair for art in high school and soon after college, took off for the big city of New York. There he became one of the main forces behind Pee-wee’s Playhouse, the successful Saturday morning TV show. Wayne was the designer behind a great many of Pee-wee’s puppets and sets. He then went on to design and work on Peter Gabriel’s music video ,“Big Time,” and the Smashing Pumpkins music video “Tonight, Tonight.” Wayne has had continued success as a painter/sculptor, as well as a performing artist.
Note: Wayne White, Director Neil Berkeley and Producer Chris Bradley will attend the screening
4:30 pm Landmark Midtown Art Cinema
All Me: The Life and Times of Winfred Rembert (2012)
This is a documentary of self-taught folk artist, Winfred Rembert, who lived in Cuthbert, GA in his youth and mostly worked in the cotton fields. During the 60’s, he was arrested at a civil rights protest and was jailed for seven years. While in jail, he learned the craft of leatherworking and once he gained his release and freedom, he started creating large scale paintings made of leather painted with dyes. His pieces depicted his life – from his early days in school and the long days in the cotton field to showing what it was like on the prison chain gang. His work in the last ten years has been increasingly known and respected in art circles with showings all over the United States.
Note: Artist Winfred Rembert, his wife Lillian Rembert and Director Vivan Ducat will attend the screening.
6:30 pm Landmark Midtown Art Cinema
The Last Fall (2012)
Kyle (played by Lance Gross) has just spent 3 years with the NFL, but it hasn’t been a successful ride. He mostly played on practice squads, and then he is released from his fourth team. Told by his agent that it’s the end of the line, he goes back to his hometown to live with his mother and try to re-evaluate his life. He runs into his high school sweetheart, a single mom named Faith (played by Nicole Beharie), and they soon are in each other’s lives again. But things are complicated by Faith’s ex and the possibility that Kyle could return to the NFL.
Note: Director Matthew Cherry and actors Lance Gross and Nicole Baharie will attend the screening.
8:30 pm Landmark Midtown Art Cinema
Monsieur Lazhar (2011)
This Academy Award nominated film for Best Foreign Language Picture, is the story of a Montreal elementary school where a teacher commits suicide, and her death is discovered by her students. Monsieur Lazhar is soon hired to replace the teacher, and he begins to reach his students with his own, unique teaching style. Monsieur Lazhar, though, has a tortured past – one that may come back to haunt him.