The 2014 Atlanta Film Festival kicked off March 28 and continues through April 6. The festival celebrates its 38th year as “one of only two-dozen Academy Award qualifying festivals in the United States.” The main schedule of events is showcased at The Plaza-Atlanta’s oldest theater. Other presentations will take place at 7 Stages Theatre, The Goat Farm Arts Center and Callanwolde Fine Arts Center.
Popular events on the festival’s lineup include a sneak preview of HBO Presents: Game of Thrones, an interactive performance of FX Presents: Archer Live! and six spotlight films. They include:
- Beside Still Waters: Directed by Chris Lowell, this film tells the story of Daniel Thatcher as he attempts to rekindle love with his ex, Olivia, after his parents tragically die in a car accident.
- Dear White People: Written and directed by Justin Simien, this film presents a witty and satirical depiction of “black militancy, post racial fantasies and the commodification of blackness.”
- The Raid 2: This Indonesian film follows the story of Officer Rama as he tries to protect his family by joining an anti-corruption task force.
- Locke: This 85-minute drama, directed by Steven Wright, “Tak[es] place entirely over the course of one absolutely riveting car ride.”
- The Sacrament: Written and directed by the acclaimed Ti West, this film follows the story of “two Vice media correspondents as they set out to document their friend’s search to find his missing sister.”
- Obvious Child: This Gillian Robespierre film tells the story of a 27-year-old comedian who finds herself pregnant after drunkenly sleeping with a “nice young professional” after she’s dumped by her boyfriend.
The dates of the Atlanta Film Festival coincide with the announcement of its screenplay competition winners. Aspiring filmmakers enter this contest with hopes of launching their career. This year, Be Normal by Lyvia A. Martinez, Whatever Happened to Barbara Brown by Lutfu Emre Cicek and Rattle the Cage by Lane and Ruckus Skye claimed the winning spots. Each of the three winners receives mentorship, an official screenplay reading and access to the festival’s intensive trainings and workshops to refine and ready their work for production. Notable competition winners include: Robert Rodriguez, Spike Lee, and Victor Nuñez.
Film festival attendees can enjoy all event presentations, including workshops. Each event is ticketed separately unless an all-access pass is purchased. There are discounts available for students, seniors and military personnel. For more information visit http://atlantafilmfestival.com.