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Here are some of the films playing Monday and Tuesday at the 36th Annual Atlanta Film Festival:
Atlanta Film Festival website

Monday March 26

7:00 pm Landmark Midtown Art Cinema

Cloudburst (2011)

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Source: Atlanta Film Festival

Oscar wining actresses Olympia Dukakis and Brenda Fricker star as a lesbian couple from Maine, Stella and Dotty. When Dotty is declared legally blind and put into a nursing home by her daughter, the couple decides to go on a road trip to Nova Scotia to get married. If they can make it to their destination and get married, no one can separate them again.

Note: Director Thom Fitzgerald will be in attendance at the screening.

7:00 pm Woodruff Arts Center

John Portman: A Life of Building (2011)

This film is a documentary of architect, John Portman, who was once nearly run out of the American Institute of Architects, only to become one of the most innovative creators of cityscapes around the world. Spectacular time-lapse footage shows off Portman’s sense of style that has influenced architectural structures for the past 45 years.

9:15 pm Landmark Midtown Art Cinema

V/H/S (2012)

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Source: Atlanta Film Festival

This film is a “found footage” horror film about a group of misfits hired to break into a abandoned home and find a “rare” VHS tape. Things, though, go wrong from the start as they find a dead body in a home filled with old TV’s – TV’s that show footage that could foretell bad things to come.

Note: Co-Director David Bruckner will be in attendance at the screening.

Tuesday March 27

7:00 pm Strand Theatre

Take Me Home (2011)

Homeless and down on his luck in New York City, Thom (Sam Jaeger) is forced to find work as a “gypsy cab driver.” Along comes Claire (Amber Jaeger), who has just discovered that her husband is cheating on her and her father has suffered a heart attack in California. Claire gets into Thom’s cab and convinces him to drive her across America to see her father. It’s an adventure that will change both their lives. The film is written and directed by lead actor Sam Jaeger, who stars in the film with his real life wife, Amber.

9:45 pm Landmark Midtown Art Cinema

Tilt (2011)

Set in Europe in the early 90’s, four friends try to make enough money to open their own bar called TILT. One of the guys meets the love of his life, but her father is determined to break up the couple. Can love survive the trials of immigration, a violent homeland and an ever-changing political landscape? This film was the Bulgarian entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the Oscars.

9:45 pm Landmark Midtown Art Cinema

I Want My Name Back (2012)

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Source: Atlanta Film Festival

“Rapper’s Delight” by the Sugarhill Gang was one of the first Hip-Hop songs to hit mainstream and forever changed the music industry. The song’s success, though, didn’t guarantee that its creators would reap its rewards. This documentary explores the rise, fall and resurgence of Wonder Mike (Michael Wright) and Master Gee (Guy O’Brien) as they try to reclaim their rightful place in the music industry.

Note: The Michael “Wonder Mike” Wright will be in attendance at the screening.

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