The 39th Annual Atlanta Film Festival will open this Friday, March 20th with the feature film “I Am Michael” starring James Franco, Zachary Quinto and Emma Roberts. “I Am Michael” is based on a true story about Michael Glatze (James Franco), a gay rights activist who renounces his homosexuality and leaves his partner (Zachary Qunito) to become a Christian pastor. Academy Award nominee James Franco is scheduled to attend the opening night film.
The Atlanta Film Fest will run Friday March 20 – 29, 2015. The main venue for the festival is the Plaza Theatre, located at 1049 Ponce De Leon Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 3030. Other venues used during the festival will be the 7 Stages Theatre, the Woodruff Arts Center, the Rialto Center for the Arts, the Fox Theatre and the Goat Farm. There will be over 150 screenings and events at the festival.
The Atlanta film festival is known for it’s Short film programs and is lone of only 4 film festivals in the United States where it’s Animated, Live Action and Documentary Short programs are all qualifiers for the Academy Awards. In addition to the short programs, 62 feature films will be presented. In all over 39 countries will be represented at the Atlanta Film Festival. In addition to the film lineup, an extensive Creative Conference will be going on during the festival covering everything that has to do with the film industry.
Besides the open night film, “I Am Michael,” here some highlights of the feature film group:
This French film is directed by actress Melanie Laurent (Inglourious Basterds) is the story about a seventeen-year-old boy, Charlie, who falls in love with the new girl in school. They seem to be made for each other, that is until the girl starts making new friends and abandons Charlie.
“Funny Bunny” (2015)
Fresh off its screening at SXSW, this film is about a anti-childhood obesity advocate and a maternally neglected trust-funder who bond as they vie for the attention of a trouble animal activist.
“Love & Mercy” (2014)
The life of Beach Boys founder Brian Wilson, from the early successes to his nervous breakdown and his dealings with controversial therapist Dr. Eugene Landy (Paul Giamatti). Paul Dano plays Brian Wilson in the early days, and John Cusack plays him in the later years. Elizabeth Banks, Jake Abel and Kenny Wormald co-star.
“Madina’s Dream” (2015)
A look at a forgotten war; rebels and refugees are fighting to survive in war-torn Sudan.. Eleven-year-old Madina dreams of a brighter future for her family and her fellow countrymen.
“Tomorrow We Disappear” (2014)
A way of life is about to disappear as the homes of the Kathputli Colony have been sold, and the land is to be redeveloped. The inhabitants, including magicians, acrobats, and puppeteers must find a way to unite or lose their identity forever.
“While We’re Young’ (2015)
A middle-aged couple’s (Ben Stiller, Naomi Watts) life are overturned when a young couple (Amanda Seyfried, Adam Driver) infiltrate their life. Their world will never be the same.
The closing night film will be the documentary “Sunshine Superman” (2014) which is about Carl Bonefish, the father of BASE jumping. His passion for skydiving led to more dangerous and spectacular feats of human flight.
The Atlanta Film Festival runs March 20 – 29. For more information of to the Atlanta Film Festival webpage.