Atlanta Film Festival
Now on its 30th year, the Atlanta Film Festival follows a jury system by selecting only the best of the best. It is a venue where animations, narratives, documentaries, features and videos are given a tremendous break. For nine consecutive days, there are about 150 motion pictures that can be viewed as the audience will not only satisfy their eyes but as well as learn the art of movie making from the invited industry experts during panel discussions.
Opening night of the Atlanta Film Festival highlights the premiere of a novel independent production together with the artists themselves who will be coming over to watch it on the big screen. Every day, there are about three flicks that are screened at the same time beginning from noon until the evening. It features a diverse selection of subjects, perspectives and styles.
Every Atlanta Film Festival, there are also debuts of music retrospectives that roots from genres of rock, folk, soul and rap. In the recently concluded event, “Ain’t Got No Home” by Woody Guthrie was launched. It is about America’s archetypical country singer who wrote classics such as “This Is Your Land”, “Union Maid” and “Roll On Columbia.” It looks into his very life as well as in some of the country’s most chaotic periods. It may have been filled with remarkable tragedy but it utterly has that deep sense of optimism that will surely move hearts.
Another of its kind in the Atlanta Film Festival is “Rural Rock And Roll” which is about a band of who lives six hours away from San Francisco, California. Despite their location, it did not stop them to pump out creative music by making do with limited resources as they operate anonymous to the ears of the rest. There is also “I Want To Be Happy: The Jackie Washington Story” that is about an 86 year old Canadian singer and instrumentalist who started out as part of the Washington Quarter at the tender age of five. Another is “Twenty” that is about following the return of a soldier from Iraq. It is through the efforts of Robert Cray, a multiple Grammy Award artist that collaborated with director Sue Turner- Cray.
As for the juvenile hopefuls who are raring to build a career in the movie industry, there are a collection of short flicks made by individuals who are 18 years old and younger. The line- up includes “What’s So Funny About Peace, Love and Understanding?” that is about breaking the notion of a listless teenager as they tackle significant issue on the Guld War as well as with homophobia, school segregation and environmentalism. There is also “Generation Next: Tomorrow’s Directors Today!” that is about a round- up of the latest crop of cutting- edge motion picture makers that have each their own sense of style with more than a piece of an account to share.