Lights! Camera! Atlanta!

One of the largest and longest running film festivals is happening this month. And you do not want to miss it! The Atlanta Film Festival will take place from March 15th to March 24th at the Plaza Theatre.

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They’ve got an amazing line-up folks that you should definitely check out if you love films. Just announcing their Opening and Closing Night films took my breath away.

The first film,MUD,” starring Matthew McConaughey reflects the story of Mark Twain’s famed Huckleberry Finn as a deeply Southern film. McConaughey with a Southern accent? I’ll take it.

The Closing Night film, “Spectacular Now,” is a must-see. I remember being in Athens when they were filming this movie and it looked simply stunning. After reading about the film, I realized that I love simplicity of it. The movie is all about that. It’s a simple story, with simple characters that portray a very powerful message. I can’t wait to see it. And, I get to see if I made it in the film when I was rushing to class that one morning.

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But don’t skip over the other events happening during the week. They’ve got multiple screenings, screen-writing workshops, along with seminars to help you succeed in the film industry, and much, much more!

There is one event that happens every third Tuesday of the month: Eat, Drink and B-Indie. Doesn’t that just sound dangerously fun? From 7:30pm – 9:30pm at Manuel’s Tavern you’ll experience conversations with Atlanta and Georgia filmmakers about specific topics, whether they be about a film or even a project that they’re currently working on. You just have to dress like a hipster to go of course. Just kidding.

If you haven’t purchased your tickets for the festival yet, get on it! Head on over to to get them. You’ll also find the full schedule, film titles/synopses and seminar topics too!

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