2013 Atlanta Film Festival Monday – Wednesday Highlights

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The 2013 Atlanta Film Festival continues through next weekend. Here are some highlights happening at the ATLFF for the next few days,  check out the full schedule of movies at Atlanta Film Festival Website

(Photo Courtesy: Atlanta Film Festival Organization)

(Photo Courtesy: Atlanta Film Festival Organization)

Starting Monday morning and through Friday, the Atlanta Film Festival conducts the Cinformation Seminar Series at the 7 Stages Theatre. These seminars go over just about every aspect of filmmaking, from how to write a script to how to get a job in the industry. Go to the Atlanta Film Festival website for more details on how to attend these informative seminars,

Monday 3/18

7:00 pm
Plaza Theatre – Main Screen

“Between Us” In this dark comedic drama, two couples, who have known each other since their college days, confront their fears and their expectations about marriage. Grace (Julia Stiles) and Carlo (Taye Diggs) are newly married and leave New York to visit Sharyl (Melissa George) and Joel (David Harbour) in their opulent, mid-west home. While Sharyl and Joel are better off, it seems as though Grace and Carlo are the happier couple because money doesn’t always buy you happiness. But looks can be deceiving. It’s bound to be a night neither couple will forget; a night filled with drinks, laughter and tears – a night that could alter each of their lives. Between Us Website

9:30 pm
Plaza Theater – Upstairs Theatre

“Wolf” This award winning film explores the vicious cycle of sexual abuse. A close-knit couple is shocked to discover that their teenage son has been sexually abused by a trusted member of the community. Now the family must deal with the stigma and the son must deal with the shame, especially since he still has feelings for his abuser. The film stars Irma P. Hall, Mikala Gibson, Jordon Cooper, Eugene Lee, and Shelton Jolivette. Wolf Website

Tuesday 3/19

7:00 pm
7 Stages Theatre

“Orphan Black” This is a special look at the premiere episode of BBC America’s newest scripted series, Orphan Black. Sarah (Tatiana Maslany), an orphan, has always been on the outside looking in. When she witnesses the suicide of a woman who looks just like her, she assumes her identity and takes on her life; now everything should be easy. Sarah learns, that there is much more to the woman who’s life she has taken over. Her choice to assume the woman’s identity just may lead to her end. Orphan Black Website

7:15 pm
Plaza Theatre – Main Screen

“Iceberg Slim: Portrait of a Pimp” Is a documentary on Robert Beck, known to the world as Iceberg Slim, a one-time pimp who became famous when he gave up that life and became a world famous writer. Iceberg Slim became a household name, who became an inspiration to hip-hop artist and rappers, such as Ice-T and Ice Cube, as well as a source of material for comedians such, as Eddie Murphy and Dave Chappele. The film includes archival footage of Silm with interviews of Chris Rock, Snoop Dogg, Quincy Jones and Ice-T. Iceberg Slim: Portrait of a Pimp IMDB Page

9:30 pm
Plaza Theatre – Main Screen

“American Milkshake” Just picked up at Sundance by Kevin Smith and his distribution company, Phase 4 Film, this a comedy set in a time where O.J. is standing trial and Tupac and Biggie are in the midst of their feud. Jolie Jolson (Tyler Ross) is Al Jolson’s great-great-grandson. Jolie doesn’t feel he fits in with the suburban, white rich kids and he wants to be gangsta like Henrietta (Khareeka Epps), his black pregnant-with-someone-else’s baby girlfriend. Jolie wishes he could be black and is convinced that if he makes the basketball team, he will be well on his way to making his goal. American Milkshake Facebook Page

Wednesday 3/20

6:00 pm
The Goat Farm Arts Center

“Sound & Vision at The Goat Farm” The Atlanta Film Festival brings back this popular event by mixing local bands, music videos, food trucks and experimental films, to create a one-of-a-kind experience. Bands appearing include Gringo Star and Dog Bite. Event is Co-Hosted by Luis Sandoval and Cousin Dan. Sound & Vision at The Goat Farm Event Info

7:15 pm
Plaza Theatre – Main Screen

“Mohammed to Maya” This documentary follows the one year journey of Maya Jafer (formerly Mohammed Jafer), a 42 year-old Muslim from Chennai, India as she undergoes sexual reassignment surgery in Thailand. The film shadows Maya as she tries to maintain her religious faith while facing the scorn and persecution from her family and her religious community. Mohammed to Maya Website

9:30 pm
Plaza Theatre – Upstairs Theatre

“Chez Upshaw” Heaton (Kevin Pollak) and Rita (Illeana Douglas) own a bed and breakfast that has seen better times. If something doesn’t change, and change quickly, they will soon be out of business. A new guest at the B&B enters their lives. Reg (George Coe), who has a rather unusual request…could they help him with his suicide? Suddenly the B&B becomes an overnight sensation where Heaton and Rita make art out of their guest’s final days. Chez Upshaw IMDB Page

Check out the 2013 Atlanta Film Festival for the full schedule of events and movie times, Atlanta Film Festival Website

The Plaza Theatre
1049 Ponce De Leon Ave, Atlanta, GA 30306
Plaza Theatre Website

7 Stages Theater
1105 Euclid Ave N.E., Atlanta, Ga 30307
7 Stages Theater

The Goat Farm Arts Center
1200 Foster St., Atlanta, GA 30318
The Goat Farm Arts Center Facebook Page

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