The Atlanta Film Festival has announced titles for its 38th edition, taking place March 28-April 6 at the Plaza Theatre and 7 Stages.
Over 10 days, the festival will present 54 Narrative and Documentary Features, 11 Short Program Presentations and 12 Special Presentations.
The festival includes 43 features/shorts shot in Georgia and/or featuring Atlanta natives; these films are part of the Georgia on Our Mind film track.
The fest’s main competition consists of eight Narrative Features, seven Pink Peach (LGBT) Features, and nine Documentary Features going for their category’s Grand Jury Prize.
Look for schedule information at atlantafilmfestival.com.
The 2014 Atlanta Film Festival will feature:
CENTERPIECE & SPOTLIGHT FILMS
directed by David Gordon Green
USA, 2014, English, 114 minutes
A gripping mix of friendship, violence and redemption erupts in the contemporary South in “Joe,” directed by David Gordon Green. “Joe” brings Academy Award® winner Nicolas Cage back to his
Protests in the form of blog posts on arts sites and a petition followed Kennesaw State University’s decision to remove artist Ruth Stanford’s installation “A Walk in the Valley” from the school’s Zuckerman Museum of Art before its grand opening last weekend.
Signed by more than 1,300, the petition demanded the reinstatement of the work — a meditation on the KSU-owned farm of Corra Harris, the late author (1869–1935) who wrote in support of a black man’s lynching. It also called for an apology from the school to the artist
On Wednesday, KSU issued the following statement, updating that it has asked Sanford to reinstall the commissioned work. The full text of the KSU statement:
On Tuesday, March 4, Kennesaw State University officials received a petition from people who are disappointed by and object to the withdrawal of the exhibit “A Walk in the Valley” from the opening of the Bernard A. Zuckerman Museum of Art. We deeply respect the views of the petitioners, and at the same
High launching Friday evening hours
The High Museum of Art is switching nights it will stay open late, from Thursday to Friday, starting this week.
To launch the extended hours, in which the museum will remain open until 9 Friday nights, the High will offer “Pay as You Wish” admission from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. this Friday and present live music and exhibit tours.
Starting March 14, the High will offer half-price admission from 4 to 9 p.m. Fridays.
In another move, the Woodruff Arts Center will will offer free parking in its garage to High patrons from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays through May 28. www.high.org. HOWARD POUSNER
Cowboy Gathering at Booth Museum
If you’ve been meaning to round up your posse and head to Cartersville’s Booth Museum to see the exhibit “Today’s West: Contemporary Art from the Buffalo Bill Center of the West” (which complements the High Museum of Art’s “Go West: Art of the American Frontier,” also from the Buffalo Bill Center), here’s some
Dinos to inhabit Atlantic Station
A 19-foot-long dinosaur will be set loose in Atlantic Station’s Central Park on Tuesday, but no need to call security. The Pachycephalosaurus is one of 17 life-size animatronic stars of the exhibit “Extreme Dinosaurs” that will open March 29 in in the Premier Exhibition Center, presented by the same company behind “Bodies … The Exhibition.” “Extreme Dinosaurs” also will include 14 real and replica fossils and nine interactive activities. 404-842-2600, tickets.prxi.com/atlanta. HOWARD POUSNER
‘Wall Street’ rallies to encore
Pinch ‘n’ Ouch Theatre is extending the run of its comedy “Wall Street Wedding” through March 22. The premiere by producing artistic director Grant McGowen, which finds laughs in marriage and friendships after the stock market crash of 2008, was to have closed March 1. It will feature a new cast and director (Hillary Heath). At Druid Hills Baptist Church, 1085 Ponce de Leon N.E., Atlanta. 1-800-838-3006,
By Howard Pousner / email@example.com
The Alliance Theatre’s just-announced 2014-15 season will feature seven world premieres, two of them musicals.
The world premiere of a musical adaptation of “Bull Durham,” based on the hit 1988 film, was announced earlier as the Alliance’s season kickoff, opening Sept. 3. The movie’s director-screenwriter, Ron Shelton, contributed the book, with music and lyrics by folk musician Susan Werner.
The other musical being readied for an Alliance Stage (main stage) world premiere is “Tuck Everlasting,” based on Natalie Babbitt’s best-selling novel.
Also coming to the main stage of Atlanta’s largest theater: a fresh mounting of Robert Harling’s play-turned-hit-movie “Steel Magnolias”; and “Tell Me My Dream,” a world premiere from Atlantan Pearl Cleage that spins a time-traveling family story.
The Alliance will open the season of its more intimate Hertz Stage on Sept. 26 with a bang: a world premiere adaptation of “Native Guard,” U.S. Poet Laureate
The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra is mourning the passing of Douglas Sommer, 54. Sommer, who played bass, died Feb. 27 of cancer.
Here is a release from the ASO about the loss. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution should have more details shortly:
We are deeply saddened to say goodbye to a talented artist, inspiring teacher, and true friend. Following a courageous battle with cancer, bassist Douglas Sommer passed away this week.
Doug was a part of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra (ASO) family for 25 years —since 1989— and will be greatly missed. We will honor Doug’s memory during the concerts on March 13, 15, and 16 when Music Director Robert Spano and Principal Guest Conductor Donald Runnicles are both with the Orchestra.
With an inspiring commitment to education, Doug served as a longtime faculty member in the Atlanta Symphony’s Talent Development Program, and also was the program’s faculty lead for a year. In addition, he coached students in the Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra, was
World premiere presented for free
The Vega String Quartet will give a world premiere of a new composition by Atlanta composer Richard Prior during a free concert at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Schwartz Center for Performing Arts’ Emerson Concert Hall. Presented by the Emory Chamber Music Society of Atlanta, the concert also includes the Vega performing Beethoven and Prokofiev quartets. 1700 N. Decatur Road, Atlanta. 404-727-5050. www.arts.emory.edu. HOWARD POUSNER
Southern Museum autism program
Kennesaw’s Southern Museum of Civil War and Locomotive History is hosting a special event from 9 a.m. to noon March 1 for families affected by autism. With the help of the Lionel Collectors Club of America, the museum will present three types of model train layouts for children of different ages and needs. There will be a sensory-friendly room with puzzles and activities and special showings of “The Great Locomotive Chase.” Autism Speaks representatives will be
By Howard Pousner / firstname.lastname@example.org
The Atlanta Film Festival has announced the films that will command the prestigious opening and closing slots of the 38th annual fest, March 28-April 6.
The opening night feature will be “Joe,” starring Nicolas Cage as a hard-living ex-con who meets a hard-luck 15-year-old boy and becomes an unlikely protector and role model. Based on the novel by the late Mississippi writer Larry Brown, the Texas-set drama is directed by David Gordon Green (HBO’s “Eastbound and Down,” “Pineapple Express”), who will appear at the screening.
The closing film is “The Double,” a black comedy starring Jesse Eisenberg (“The Social Network”) as timid, isolated Simon, whose life is turned upside down by the arrival of a co-worker, James (also played by Eisenberg), who shares his appearance but is his opposite in terms of confidence, charisma and ease with the opposite sex. Also featuring Mia Wasikowska, “The Double” is directed by Richard Ayoade (the British
Atlantans can view Oscar-nominated shorts
Been catching up on your best picture contenders in preparation for Sunday’s Academy Awards ceremony?
Lefont Sandy Springs also will offer the chance to screen all five nominees in the best documentary short category at 10:30 a.m. Saturday and 6 p.m. Monday. 5920 Roswell Road, Atlanta. $15. 404-255-0140, www.lefonttheaters.com.
Meanwhile, Landmark’s Midtown Art continues its daily run of separate programs of Oscar-nominated animation and live action short films. 931 Monroe Drive, Atlanta. $10.50; $8 ages 62 and up and under 12. 404-879-0160, www.landmarktheatres.com. www.shorts.tv/theoscarshorts. HOWARD POUSNER
Jewish festival prevails over winter weather
Two winter storms during its 23-day run couldn’t derail the Atlanta Jewish Film Festival, which attracted 31,000 amid snow and ice that required 18 screenings (including opening night at Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre) to be hastily rescheduled.
“Our team worked incredibly
Work by 18 artists at ‘Price Is Right’ show
The Swan Coach House Gallery opens its fifth annual “The Price Is Right: Art Under $1,000″ exhibit on Thursday, tempting viewers with work by 18 emerging and well-established Atlanta artists.
The show provides an alternative for art lovers who might not be able to budget a major work by an established artist they’ve followed. Instead, they may find a work on paper or a smaller painting by that same artist at a more affordable price. Swan Coach House also has a track record for helping launch the careers of young artists first shown in “The Price Is Right.”
Opening reception: 6-9 p.m. Thursday. Through April 4. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays. 3130 Slaton Drive N.W., Atlanta. 404-266-2636, www.swancoachhouse.com/gallery. HOWARD POUSNER
Jerry’s Habima tunes up for ‘Little Shop’
Having celebrated its 20th anniversary as Georgia’s only theater troupe led by professionals that features actors with special needs,