This year marks the 100th anniversary of the Rialto Center for the Arts and the 40th year of the Atlanta Film Society. In celebration of both anniversaries, the first ever Be Downtown Film Festival will be held at the Rialto on July 22 and 23. The Be Downtown Film Festival will celebrate the Rialto’s roots with a two-day festival celebrating films from the 1960s, 1970s, and 1990s, with most of the screenings in glorious 35mm just as they were screened at the Rialto during their original releases.
The festival kicks off with a #FlashbackFriday on July 22, showcasing two 35mm 1970 action classics; Gordon Park’s classic “Shaft” (1971) which screens at 7:30 PM, followed by Robert Clouse’s “Enter the Dragon” (1973), starring Bruce Lee at 10:00 PM.
On Saturday, July 23, the program begins with a sing-along presentation of Walt Disney’s “Aladdin” (1992). A 35mm 20th anniversary screening of “Space Jam” (1996) follows at 3:00 PM. Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the film, the Rialto will screen the original widescreen director’s cut of Sergio Leone’s Spaghetti Western epic “The Good, The Bad and The Ugly” (1966) at 5:30 PM. Closing out the festival, a rare 35mm print of George A. Romero’s “Night of the Living Dead” (1968) will show at 10:00 PM. Pre-show festivities begin at 8:30 PM on Forsyth Street (a block featured in Season 1 of “The Walking Dead”), with professional makeup artists and photo-ops. A special event will take place on Poplar Street following the film, wrapping up the festival.
Friday – July 22
7:30 PM – SHAFT – directed by Gordon Parks – Screening in a rare 35mm Print. Starring Richard Roundtree, Moses Gunn, Charles Cijoffi.
10:00 PM – ENTER THE DRAGON – directed by Robert Clouse – Screening in Wide-Screen Cinemascope. Starring Bruce Lee, John Saxon, Jim Kelly.
Saturday – July 23
12:30 PM – Walt Disney’s ALADDIN – directed by Ron Clements and John Musker – Screening will feature an audience sing-along. Starring Scott Weinger, Robin Williams, Linda Larkin.
3:00 PM – SPACE JAM – directed by Joe Pytka – The 20th-anniversary edition in 35mm. Starring Michael Jordan, Bugs Bunny, Wayne Knight.
5:30 PM – THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE UGLY – directed by Sergio Leone – Screened in the original widescreen format with remastered in 5.1 Surround Stereo. Starring Clint Eastwood, Eli Wallach, Lee Van Cleef.
10:00 PM – NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD – directed by George A. Romero – Extremely rare original 35mm print shown in widescreen 1.66:1. Starring Duane Jones, Judith O’Dea, Karl Hardman.
Tickets for each film are $9 for adults, $5 for children and are on sale now. Get tickets online at www.tickets.rialtocenter.org or by calling (404) 413-9849.
For more information go to www.atlantafilmsociety.org