“Best of the Fest” from the Atlanta Film Festival

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The 2014  Atlanta Film Festival had one of its strongest programming lineups in years. Always known for its Academy Award qualifying shorts programs (both live action and animated), this year also saw a packed lineup in documentaries and features. If you missed any of this year’s Festival and you just want to see some of your favorites again, you are in luck as the Atlanta Film Festival is bringing the Best of the Fest to the Lefont Theatres in Sandy Springs, June 24th through June 26th. Part of the ATLFF On Tour program, Best of Fest is made possible thanks to the generous grant program and sponsorship of Fulton County Arts & Culture.

Rabbit and Deer

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Tuesday, June 24th will kick off with a free screening at 1 pm of the best of the Animated Shorts that played this year. Then at 7 pm, a wonderful documentary, “Getting to the Nutcracker” will be shown. This is a marvelous behind the scenes look at putting on “The Nutcracker Ballet” in Los Angeles. This film was the Grand Prize Award winner for this year’s Festival. At 9 pm, the big hit at this year’s Atlanta Film Festival, the hilarious “Limo Ride” will be shown. Audiences were on the floor laughing at this film about a group of friends that take a drunken limo ride they will never forget.

Atlanta Zombie Apocalypse

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Wednesday, June 25th will start at 7 pm with the Best of the Shorts block, featuring a number of short films locally produced.  At 8:30 pm, the Audience Award winning short film “Atlanta Zombie Apocalypse” will be shown.  Festival goers are still talking about this film. Then at 9:30 pm, is the locally produced comedy film “A is for Alex.”  One of my favorite films of the Festival, it’s a comedy about a year in the life of an inventor husband and his pregnant wife.

A is for Alex

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Thursday, June 26th features  two films not to be missed. The documentary “Cyber-Seniors” will be shown at 7 pm.  The film about senior citizens who get their first taste of being online has gotten rave reviews from critics across the country. Then at 9 pm, the incredibly inventive film “The Congress” will be shown to close out the Best of the Fest.  The film starring Robin Wright and Harvey Keitel  is a fascinating mix of live action and animation. The film was won a number of awards including Best Actress, Best Screenplay and Best Picture at last year’s Austin Fantastic Fest.

For more information, ticket prices and a more detailed breakdown of the films, go to www.atlantafilmfestival.com.     

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