The Atlanta Film Festival continues through Sunday, April 6th. Monday kicks off one of the high points of the Festival, the Creative Conference. The Creative Conference is a series of seminars that allow the community to learn about the filmmaking process from industry experts. Everything from how to write a screenplay to getting your film into the film festival circuit is taught. Participating industry professionals include two-time Oscar®nominated animator Bill Plympton (“Guard Dog Global Jam”, “Idiots & Angels”), director Rashaad Enersto Green (“Gun Hill Road”, “Grimm”), screenwriter Michael Lucker (“Lilo & Stitch 2”, “Mulan II”), editor Jay Edwards (“Aqua Teen Hunger Force”), Sundance Grand Jury member Daniel Robin, and script consultant Faith Kalulu (The Gersh Agency). If you have ever wondered how films are made or you want to get into the business, this is a perfect way to learn about the growing film industry in Georgia. Also, over 60 film directors will be in attendance showing their films and if a filmmaker is at the Festival, there is always a “Question & Answer” session after the film is shown.
Listed below are the Monday – Wednesday highlights of the Atlanta Film Festival, including the Creative Conference:
Monday March 31
“From YouTube’s Indy Mogul to Tips on Navigating the Film Festival Circuit: A Converstaion with Griffin Hammond”
At this panel, Hammond reveals some of his favorite Indy Mogul moments. He also discusses the challenges of producing and distributing his recent film, Sriracha (Food On Film block 3/30), which is now making its festival rounds.
“Dom Hemingway” (2013)
After spending 12 years in prison for keeping his mouth shut, notorious safecracker Dom Hemingway (Jude Law) is back on the streets of London looking to collect what he is owed. Traveling with his devoted best friend Dickie (Richard E. Grant), Dom visits his crime boss, Mr. Fontaine (Demian Bichir), in the south of France to claim his reward. After a near death experience, Dom tries to re-connect with his estranged daughter but is soon drawn back into the only world he knows, looking to settle the ultimate debt.
“The Unwanted” (2014)
Carmilla (Christen Orr) comes to a rural town where her mother mysteriously disappeared years earlier. She is aided in her quest by an emotionally troubled local girl (Hannah Fierman), with whom she becomes romantically involved. Their relationship ignites the wrath of the girl’s father, who holds the key to the dreadful truth Carmilla is seeking. Inspired by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu’s famed Gothic novella. Director Bret Wood will be in attendance.
Tuesday April 1
7 Stages Theatre
“Animation Master Class with Bill Plympton”
Two timed Academy Award nominee Bill Plympton will be showing clips of his work and discusses his career as an independent animator. Free Plympton sketch for everyone in attendance!
Charlie Clark (Liza Burns) is a struggling artist who seeks a connection between her artwork and her deceased father’s music. Out of her element in Memphis, Charlie meets Louie Traxler (Jason Thompson), a record store owner and an obsessive collector who sees a chance to do what he does best. The two of them scour the South in search of an elusive copy of her father’s only 45RPM record. Director Juli Jackson will be in attendance.
Based on the life of historical figure Dido Elizabeth Belle, “Belle” tells the story of the mixed–race daughter (Gugu Mbatha-Raw) of a British Naval officer and an African woman. Raised by her aristocratic great-uncle Lord Mansfield (Tom Wilkinson) and his wife(Emily Watson), Belle’s lineage affords her certain privileges, yet the color of her skin prevents her from fully participating in the traditions of her social standing. Left to wonder if she will ever find love, Dido meets John Davinier (Sam Reid), a young lawyer and apprentice of Lord Mansfield. John and Dido’s meeting is the beginning of a love story that catapults Dido onto a path of self-discovery.
Wed April 2
7 Stages Theatre
“One: A Story of Love and Equality”
In the wake of the legalization of gay marriage in her home state of New York, Becca—a young lesbian filmmaker—is plagued by the fact that the majority of the states in America currently have constitutional amendments banning gay marriage, including every single state in The South—except one. When she finds out that residents in North Carolina are gearing up to vote for one of the most restrictive marriage amendments in the country—Amendment One—she and her girlfriend, Melina, travel to North Carolina in the two months leading up to the vote, to try to understand people’s stories and attempt to build bridges. Director Becca Roth will be in attendance.
“The Sacrament” (2013)
From acclaimed writer/director Ti West, “The Sacrament” follows two Vice media correspondents as they set out to document their friend’s search to find his missing sister. They travel outside of the United States to an undisclosed location where they are welcomed into the world of ‘Eden Parish,’ a self-sustained rural utopia comprised of nearly 200 members. At the center of this small, religious, socialist community is a mysterious leader known only as ‘Father.’ As their friend reunites with his sister, it becomes apparent to the newcomers that this paradise may not be as it seems. What started as just another documentary shoot soon becomes a race to escape with their lives. Ty West will be in attendance.
The Atlanta Film Festival continues through Sunday, April 6. Tickets and passes can be purchased at Atlanta Film Festival Webpage