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Full slate: 35th Atlanta Film Festival, April 28-May 7

The 35th Atlanta Film Festival will open with Azazel Jacobs’s “Terri,” a delicate high school-set coming-of-age comedy starring John C. Reilly as a vice principal who helps an overweight boy embrace his outsiderness, and will include several world premieres among its slate of more than 125 films that will be screened April 28-May 7.

Other ATLFF highlights include the fest-closing “Africa United” from Debs Gardner-Paterson, a road movie through places where there aren’t always roads, following a trio of soccer-mad Rwandan kids on a high-spirited, seven-country, 3,000-mile walk to the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.

As usual, the fest will include a wide array of narratives, documentaries, shorts and international films, with more than 100 filmmakers and industry professionals expected to appear at screenings. The titles, unspooling at Landmark Midtown Art Cinema, the Plaza Theatre and Lefont Sandy Springs, were selected from more than 1,500 submissions.

Also on the schedule:

  • World premieres including Lisa Albright’s “Coming Up Roses,” starring Bernadette Peters as a troubled mom of two daughters who taps into the healing power of song; and Laura Newman’s “We Are the Hartmans,” starring Richard Chamberlain in a comedy about locals rallying to save a suburban Pennsylvania rock club.
  • John Gray’s “White Irish Drinkers,” a drama about two brothers in 1975 who consider crime as a way out of their blue-collar Brooklyn neighborhood.
  • Klim Shipenko’s “Kto Ya?” — a Russian-made drama-mystery.
  • Justin Chadwick’s “The First Grader,” the story of a Kenyan villager and former freedom fighter who fights to go to school for the first time at age 84.
  • Joni Steele Kimberlin’s “Get Real! Wise Women Speak,” a documentary on women working to improve the world in their golden years, featuring interviews with Jane Fonda, Della Reese and Nikki Giovanni.
  • Celine Danhier’s documentary “Blank City,” exploring a wave of no-budget, do-it-yourself filmmaking in New York City in the late ’70s through the early ’80s.

The fest, second largest in Atlanta after the Atlanta Jewish Film Festival, drew 15,000 last year.   Tickets go on sale April 11. Information:

The 2011 Atlanta Film Festival’s full slate, as released by the ATLFF, is pasted below:


Terri (USA)

Director: Azazel Jacobs

Orphaned to an uncle who is ailing, mercilessly teased by his peers, and roundly ignored by his jaded teachers, Terri finds himself alienated and alone. But when the dreaded vice principal, Mr. Fitzgerald, sees a bit of himself in the boy, they establish a friendship that encourages Terri to consider the possibility that life is something to be shared, even enjoyed, not just endured.

Cast: John C. Reilly, Jacob Wysocki, Creed Bratton

(Opening Night)

Africa United (UK)

Director: Debs Gardner-Paterson

The extraordinary story of three Rwandan kids who walk 3,000 miles to the Soccer World Cup in South Africa.

Cast: Eriya Ndayambaje, Roger Nsengiyumva, Sanyu Joanita Kintu, Yves Dusenge, Sherrie Silver, Emmanuel Jal, Leleti Khumalo

(Closing Night)

The First Grader (UK)

Director: Justin Chadwick

Set in a mountain village in Kenya, this film tells the remarkably true and uplifting story of a proud old Mau Mau veteran who is determined to seize his last chance to learn to read and write – and so ends up joining a class alongside six year-olds.

Cast: Naomie Harris, Tony Kgoroge, Sam Feuer

(Passport Film Series)

Blank City (USA)

Director: Celine Danhier

Today, Manhattan is a byword for overpriced property, overexposed landmarks and overdressed fashionistas. In the late 70s, however, it was rat-infested, crime-crippled, cheap and nasty – somewhere for America to dump its immigrants, poor people and artists. Music, art, fashion and filmmaking burgeoned, fueled by drugs, dares, fads, feuds, and a fair helping of madness.

Cast: Deborah Harry, Fab 5 Freddy, Jim Jarmusch, Ann Magnuson, Steve Buscemi and many more

Get Real! Wise Women Speak (USA)

Director: Joni Steele Kimberlin

Approximately sixty million American women are over the age of fifty and as the world becomes more complex, the planet cries out for the wisdom of older women. Wise Women Speak profiles extraordinary women who are using their time and talents to benefit their communities, nations and the world. Interviews include Nobel laureates, artists, grandmothers, Indigenous shamans, scientists, businesswomen, political leaders, activists and educators.

Cast: Jane Fonda, Della Reese, Nikki Giovanni, Susan L. Taylor

Coming Up Roses (USA)

Director: Lisa Albright

15 year old Alice (Reyna de Courcy) and her larger-than-life mother, Diane (Bernadette Peters) hold onto each other and their theatrical fantasies in order to survive their gritty reality; a dangerous neighborhood, money troubles, even Diane’s mental illness will not pull them down.

Cast: Bernadette Peters, Rachel Brosnahan, Peter Friedman, Reyna de Courcy

(World Premiere)

POM Wonderful Presents: The Greatest Movie Ever Sold (USA)

Director: Morgan Spurlock

A documentary about branding, advertising and product placement – that is financed and made possible by brands, advertising and product placement.

Incendies (Canada, France)

Director: Denis Villeneuve

A mother’s last wishes send twins Jeanne and Simon on a journey to Middle East in search of their tangled roots. Adapted from Wajdi Mouawad’s acclaimed play, Incendies tells the powerful and moving tale of two young adults’ voyage to the core of deep-rooted hatred, never-ending wars and enduring love.

Cast: Lubna Azabal, Mélissa Désormeaux-Poulin and Maxim Gaudette

(Passport Film Series)

Kto Ya? (Russia)

Director: Klim Shipenko

This story begins at the Sevastopol station in the early rainy morning. On the platform near Moscow-Sevastopol train the police find a young man without documents, who has lost his memory. He remembers a lot of facts: historical dates, songs of his favorite band, but he can’t recollect his name or say where he is from and what his family is.

Cast: Aleksandr Yatsenko, Zhanna Friske, Sergey Gazarov, Anatoliy Belyy, Viktoriya Tolstoganova, Mikhail Babichev, Tatyana Fedorovskaya, Konstantin Demidov

(Passport Film Series)

Page One: A Year Inside the New York Times (USA)

Director: Andrew Rossi

Unprecedented access to the New York Times newsroom yields a complex view of the transformation of a media landscape fraught with both peril and opportunity.

Cast: David Carr

The Start of Dreams (USA)

Director: Ryron Horne

A no-holds-barred look into the fast-paced life of director Kenny Leon, as he juggles his Broadway career, running his successful theater in Atlanta called True Colors, and helping kids achieve their dreams of performing on the Great White Way.

Cast: Kenny Leon, Phylicia Rashad, Anthony Mackie

(Georgia on Our Minds Film Series)

Things Fall Apart (USA)

Director: Mario Van Peebles

A drama centered around a promising football running back during his senior year in college.

Cast: Ray Liotta, 50 Cent and Lynn Whitfield

(Georgia on Our Minds Film Series)

We Are The Hartmans (USA)

Director: Laura Newman

Hartman’s club is the last local hangout in a town beset by Big-Box-Mart and fast food chains. When the owner of Hartman’s falls ill, his estranged family comes to town to sell the club and collect the money. What they don’t expect is a full-scale neighborhood rebellion by the eccentric musicians, drunks and drag queens that frequent the club.

Cast: Richard Chamberlain, John Carey, Dylan Clements, Chris Cook, Ben Curtis, Brie Eley, Murray Hill, James Iglehart, Jennifer Restivo, Charlie Romanelli, Blayne K. Ross

(World Premiere)

White Irish Drinkers (USA)

Director: John Gray

A coming of age story set in 1975 working-class Brooklyn, in which two teenage brothers living with their abusive father and their well-meaning but ineffective mother are caught up in a life of petty crime.

Cast: Stephen Lang, Karen Allen, Peter Riegert, Nick Thurston,Geoffrey Wigdor, Leslie Murphy


Another Earth (USA)

Director: Mike Cahill

In Another Earth, Rhoda Williams (Marling), a bright young woman accepted into MIT’s astrophysics program, aspires to explore the cosmos. A brilliant composer, John Burroughs (Mapother), has just reached the pinnacle of his profession and is about to have a second child. On the eve of the discovery of a duplicate Earth, tragedy strikes and the lives of these strangers become irrevocably intertwined.

Cast: William Mapother, Brit Marling and Jordan Baker

As If I Am Not There (Ireland)

Director: Juanita Wilson

A harsh dose of cinematic realism about a harsh time-the Bosnian War of the 1990s-Juanita Wilson’s drama is taken from true stories revealed during the International Criminal Tribunal in The Hague.

Cast: Stellan Skarsgård, Miraj Grbic, Natasa Petrovic, Fedja Stukan, Nikolina Kujaca, Sanja Buric

Black, White & Blues (USA)

Director: Mario Van Peebles

Bailey plays the blues and has one shot at redemption and paying off a large debt if he can get over his stage fright.

Cast: Michael Clarke Duncan, Taryn Manning and Tom Skerritt

The Catechism Cataclysm (USA)

Director: Todd Rohal

Father William Smoortser drops his Bible into a toilet at a rest stop just before embarking on a day-long canoe trip, breaking loose all glorious hell.

Cast: Steve Little, Robert Longstreet and Wally Dalton

(Georgia on Our Minds Film Series)

Der Sandmann (Switzerland)

Director: Peter Luisi

Benno finds sand in his bed. While he tries to ignore this at first, he soon must realize that he himself is losing the sand. Day after day the sand increases and soon his time literally starts running short.

Cast: Fabian Krüger, Irene Brügger, Beat Schlatter, Florine Deplazes, Kaspar Weiss

(Passport Film Series)

Fifty-Nothing (USA)

Director: Thomas Johnston

We meet two long-time golf-buddies, Adam, going through a trial separation from his wife of 15 years and Jon, who is not only losing work to the ‘young guy’, but also dealing with a ‘generous’ prostate. They decide to take off on a weekend journey to let loose and relive the Palm Springs getaway of their younger days but meet with unexpected results.

Cast: Wendie Malick, Jessalyn Gilsig, Martin Grey, Drew Pillsbury, Michaela McManus, Kathleen Noone, Anne-Marie Johnson, Steve Hytner

Lord Byron (USA)

Director: Zack Godshall

Byron lives with his ex-wife, her kids, and her boyfriend, and when he’s not pursuing his primary passion, women, he spends his time smoking weed and loafing around. But he’s grown restless in his middle-age, and he feels the need to escape. He just doesn’t know where to go.

Cast: Paul Batiste, Justin Bickham, Joseph Diaz, Rosco Hall, Bria Hobgood, Renee King, Kayla Lemaire

The Little Death (USA)

Director: Bret Wood

A strong-willed reformer ventures into a turn-of-the-century brothel to confront the owner, and liberate a young woman whom she believes is held there in sexual captivity. Based on the play DEATH AND DEVIL by Frank Wedekind (SPRING AWAKENING), integrated with Anton Chekhov’s short story A NERVOUS BREAKDOWN.

Cast: Daniel May, Courtney Patterson, Clifton Guterman, Christie Vozniak

(Georgia on Our Minds Film Series)

Mars (USA)

Director: Geoff Marslett

The discovery of life on Mars places a robotic expedition and a manned mission in a race to the Red Planet. On the way we discover that love – biological, spiritual, and even mechanical – can flourish in all kinds of ways.

Cast: Mark Duplass, Zoe Simpson, Paul Gordon, Cynthia Watros, Michael Dolan, Liza Weil

Mysteries of Lisbon (Portugal)

Director: Raoul Ruiz

Follows a jealous countess, a wealthy businessman, and a young orphaned boy across Portugal, France, Italy and Brazil where they connect with a variety of mysterious individuals.

Cast: Léa Seydoux, Melvil Poupaud and Clotilde Hesme

(Passport Film Series)

Red Light Revolution (China)

Director: Sam Voutas

A luckless Beijinger opens an adult shop to make ends meet, sparking a sexual revolution in his conservative neighborhood.

Cast: Jun Zhao, Vivid Wang, Xiduo Jiang, Masanobu Otsuka, Tess Liu, Huimin Tian, Ji Qing, Bing Bo

(Passport Film Series)

Silver Tongues (USA)

Director: Simon Arthur

Gerry and Joan use their talent for acting and performance as part of a dark game. Driving from town to town, the two lovers don different personas to deceive and destroy the lives of the people in their path. But each manipulation begins to take its toll. Soon the performances spiral out of control, and the game itself threatens their very relationship.

Cast: Lee Tergesen, Enid Graham and Tate Ellington

Snow On Tha Bluff (USA)

Director: Damon Russell

The story of Atlanta robbery boy and crack dealer, Curtis Snow, who stole a camera from some college kids in a dope deal and made a documentary about his life.

Cast: Adrienne Lockett, Curtis Lockett, Frank Ringer, Brandon Snow, Curtis Snow, D’Angelo Snow, Kita Snow

(Georgia on Our Minds Film Series)

Troll Hunter (Norway)

Director: André Øvredal

A group of students investigates a series of mysterious bear killings, but learns that there are much more dangerous things going on. They start to follow a mysterious hunter, learning that he is actually a hunter of trolls.

Cast: Otto Jespersen, Hans Morten Hansen and Tomas Alf Larsen

(Passport Film Series)

Vacation! (USA)

Director: Zack Clark

An existential beach party movie about life, death, sex, drugs and other stuff that totally messes you up.

Cast: Trieste Kelly Dunn, Lydia Hyslop, Maggie Ross, Melodie Sisk, Michael Abbott Jr., Tara Everhart

Young Goethe in Love (Germany)

Director: Philipp Stölzl

Germany 1772 – the young and tumultuous Johann Goethe aspires to be a poet but after failing his law exams, is sent by his father to a sleepy provincial court to mend his ways. At first, he tries to do his best and wins the praise and friendship of his superior Kestner. But then Lotte enters his life and nothing is the same.

Cast: Alexander Fehling, Miriam Stein, Moritz Bleibtreu, Volker Bruch, Burghart Klaußner, Henry Hübchen

(Passport Film Series)


Nicolás Pereda is not even 30 yet, but he has a number of critically acclaimed feature films under his belt. The Mexico City native has been earning a reputation for being a prolific filmmaker with an edge. ATLFF is devoting a special program to the young filmmaker, who has shot four super-low-budget features in half as many years. The festival’s focus on Pereda marks a canny awareness of a young Mexican filmmaking star on the rise.

All Things Overtaken by Silence (Todo, en fin, el silencio lo ocupaba)

A meditation on filmmaking and its process.

Interview with Earth (Entrevista con la tierra)

Through a series of interviews and enactments, documentary and fiction seamlessly merge creating a hybrid poetic film about Nico and Amalio, two children who lost a friend while climbing a mountain.

Perpetuum Mobile

A weirdly hilarious peak into the adventures of Gabino, a slackerish 24-year old Mexico City moving truck driver.

Summer of Goliath (Verano de Goliat)

A documentary/fiction hybrid narrates various stories of the people of the town of Huilotepec in rural Mexico.

Together (Juntos)

Gabino, Luisa and Paco live in an apartment in Mexico City. They don’t have cold water and the refrigerator just broke. After their dog goes missing, they make a trip to the country.

Where Are Their Stories (¿Dónde están sus historias?)

Vincente, a young Mexican farmer, contends with his greedy uncles who mean to sell off the land he works, land owned by his grandmother. He must travel to the hustle and bustle of Mexico City to exact his revenge. While there, he confronts his estranged mother.


To celebrate the Atlanta Film Festival’s 35th Anniversary, ATLFF and Turner are presenting these special films (which are also celebrating their 35th anniversary) at the famed Plaza Theatre, including a restored print of Martin Scorsese’s Taxi Driver.

Network (USA)

Director: Sidney Lumet

A TV network cynically exploits a deranged ex-TV anchor’s ravings and revelations about the media for their own profit.

Cast: Faye Dunaway, William Holden, Peter Finch, Robert Duvall, Ned Beatty

Taxi Driver (USA)

Director: Martin Scorsese

A mentally unstable Vietnam War veteran works as nighttime taxi driver in a city whose perceived decadence and sleaze feeds his urge to violently lash out, attempting to save a teenage prostitute in the process.

Cast: Robert DeNiro, Jodie Foster, Albert Brooks, Cybil Shepherd


Old Goats (USA)

Director: Taylor Guterson

Old Goats is a comedy that features three elderly men playing themselves, but within a fictional framework. The story blends fiction and reality.

Cast: Britton Crosley, David Vander Wal, Bob Burkholder, Benita Staadecker, Steve Stolee, Gail Shackel

Pleasant People (USA)

Director: David Bonawits

Jiyoung is an anxious musician living in the Deep South. Her best friends are moving forward in life while she’s stuck dealing with car accidents, health scares and a dwindling office romance. In the midst of all this turmoil she is trying to record her new album. Her excitement really starts to show while she is in the recording studio.

Cast: Jiyoung Lee, Josh Hall, Dave Marder, Sarah Atchison, Paula Trude, Becca Cayce

(Music Film Series)

Prairie Love (USA)

Director: Dusty Bias

From the frozen plains of North Dakota comes this wonderfully bizarre story about three people searching for love in the oddest ways. The absurdist humor and quirky onscreen oddities make the characters of this grim tale seem strangely lovable. Brazenly idiosyncratic, this film takes the love story into uncharted territory.

Cast: Jeremy Clark, Holly Lynn Ellis, Garth Blomberg, Greta Grosch, Bryant Mock, Gene Curtiss

Sahkanaga (USA)

Director: John Henry Summerour

A teenager in rural Georgia stumbles upon a gruesome discovery in the woods, and the fabric of his life unravels as he suffers the secret.

Cast: Trevor Neuhoff, Kristin Rievley, Jace Flatt, Laura Maynard, Charles Patterson, Chip Jones, Rhea Thurman, Sharon Huey, Larry Summerour

(World Premiere in conjunction with Independent Film Festival Boston)

(Georgia on Our Minds Film Series)

Stranger Things (USA)

Director: Eleanor Burke and Ron Eyal

An unusual and touching bond develops when grieving Oona reaches out to a mysterious homeless man, offering him a place to stay in her garden shed.

Cast: Bridget Collins, Adeel Akhtar

Without (USA)

Director: Mark Jackson

On a remote wooded island, a young woman becomes caretaker to an old man in a vegetative state. As the monotony of daily routine starts to unravel, boundaries collapse and she struggles with sexuality, guilt and loss.

Cast: Ron Carrier, Joslyn Jensen, Kristine Haruna Lee, Darren Lenz, Jodi Long, Bob Sentinella


Codependent Lesbian Space Alien Seeks Same (USA)

Director: Madeleine Olnek

The adventures of lesbian space aliens on planet Earth, and the romance between Jane, a shy greeting card store employee, and Zoinx, the woman Jane does not realize is from outer-space.

Cast: Lisa Haas, Susan Ziegler, Jackie Monahan, Cynthia Kaplan, Dennis Davis, Alex Karpovsky, Rae C. Wright, Clay Drinko, Julian Brand

Corpus Christi: Playing with Redemption (USA)

Director: Nic Arnzen, James Brandon

Based on Terrence McNally’s play about a young gay Jesus, a play which continues to face censorship, protests, bomb threats and religious condemnation. The film follows an acting troupe and the playwright as they continue their tour across the USA and internationally, where hate and bigotry are much more prevalent.

Cast: Jeanene Ambler, Nic Arnzen, Sheilagh Brooks, James Brandon, Steve Callahan, Melissa Caulfield, Elizabeth Cava, Mark Colbert, Paul Denniston, Terrence McNally, Matthew Montgomery

(Non-Competition – Sneak Preview Screening)

The Seminarian (USA)

Director: Joshua Lim

A closeted gay seminarian’s struggle in a troubled relationship leads him to question everything he had known about God and love.

Cast: Mark Cirillo, Matthew Hannon, Linda J. Carter, Eric Parker Bingham, Javier Montoya, Jessica Blythe

What’s The Name Of The Dame? (USA)

Director: Allan Neuwirth

This hilarious and heartfelt documentary musical follows top drag divas, each of them a gifted vocalist and performer, as they reinterpret some of ABBA’s greatest songs with humor and style.

Cast: Hedda Lettuce, Edie, Cashetta, Sade Pendarvis, Yolanda, June Bug, Betzy, Joie Starr and Connie Cat with special appearances by Benny Andersson, Bruce Vilanch, Joan Rivers, Christine Baranski, Graham Norton, Frank DeCaro, Carson Kressley, Ari Gold, Heather Leigh West

(Music Film Series)


Barbershop Punk (USA)

Director: Georgia Archer, Kristin Armfield

Barbershop quartet baritone Robb Topolski finds himself at ground zero of a landmark case whose outcome will affect the rights of every American citizen. Following his personal quest to defend what he believes to be his inalienable rights, this film examines critical issues surrounding the future of the American internet and what it takes to challenge the status quo.

Cast: Robb Topolski, Henry Rollins, Janeane Garofalo, Ian MacKaye. The FCC, Michelle Combs of The Christian Coalition, NARAL, John Perry Barlow, Former White House Press Secretary Mike McCurry, Damian Kulash of OKgo

Beatboxing (USA)

Director: Klaus Schneyder

In the late 70’s a youth culture evolved in the poorer parts of New York combining several disciplines under the name of “Hip Hop.” In addition to the four classic elements of Graffiti, Diking, Breakdancing, and Rapping, the musical side of this culture was enhanced by a fifth element called ‘Beatboxing’.

Cast: Adam Matta, Archangel, Baba Israel and Morganics, Bee Low, Bellatrix and the Boxettes, Butterscotch, Click88

(Music Film Series)

Bejing Taxi (USA)

Director: Miao Wang

This is feature-length documentary that vividly portrays the ancient capital of China undergoing a profound transformation. The intimate lives of three taxi drivers are seen through a humanistic lens as they navigate a quickly morphing city, confronting modern issues and changing values.

(Passport Film Series)

Bouncing Cats (USA)

Director: Nabil Elderkin

The inspiring documentary of one man’s attempt to use the power of hip-hop for positive social change in Uganda, to unify, empower and inspire the youth of this war-torn region.

Cast: Abramz, Crazy Legs, Common, Will.I.Am, K’Non

(Music Film Series)

Breaking & Entering (USA, Canada, China, Norway)

Director: Benjamin Fingerhut

Breaking world records is a mysteriously seductive tradition, alternately inspiring, reckless, and bizarre. Follow a juggler, a grape catcher, and a man who cycles nowhere as they battle the odds – and their respective nemeses – in pursuit of global dominance.

Cast: George Hood, Michal Kapral, Steve Spalding, Paul Tavilla, Zach Warren, Ashrita Furman

Cleanflix (USA)

Director: Andrew James

Following the “sanitized” movie industry from inception to collapse. Starting with Kate Winslet’s bare breasts in Titanic and the Mormon culture that didn’t want to see them, the film launches into the numerous legal and theoretical debates that led to a DGA lawsuit involving industry titans like Martin Scorsese, Steven Soderbergh, Steven Spielberg, and Robert Redford.

Cast: Ray Lines, Allan Erb, Neil LaBute, Daniel Thompson, Brad Silberling, Richard Dutcher

Happy (USA)

Director: Roko Belic

HAPPY takes us on a worldwide adventure from desert of the Kalahari bushmen, to the alligator infested Louisiana Bayou to discover what the new science of happiness can teach us about ourselves.

A Work in Progress Screening

Just Like Us (USA)

Director: Ahmed Ahmed

The director takes us on a hilarious tour from Dubai to Beirut, Riyadh to New York with a gaggle of other stand-up talent. Along the way, taboos of culture and geopolitics are exploded, and a younger generation of both comedy talents and audiences is born.

Cast: Ahmed Ahmed, Ted Alexandro, Sherif Azab, Whitney Cummings, Tommy Davidson, Omid Djalili

Late Rounders (USA)

Director: Evan A. Marshall

Late Rounders follows graduating college football players as they attempt to take the next step in their careers and make the 53-man roster on an NFL football team. Beyond the glamour of Sunday Game Day, it reveals the complex underbelly these athletes must traverse to make their way into the pros.

Cast: Corey Peters, Alfonso Smith, John Conner, Aaron Morgan, Ray Fisher

(Scoreboard Film Series)

(Georgia on Our Minds Film Series)

My Perestroika (USA, UK, Russia)

Director: Robin Hessman

A story of five people from the last generation of Soviet children, who were brought up behind the Iron Curtain. Just coming of age when the USSR collapsed, they witnessed the world of their childhood crumble and change beyond recognition. Through the lives of these former schoolmates, this intimate film reveals how they have adjusted to their post-Soviet reality in today’s Moscow.

One Lucky Elephant (USA)

Director: Lisa Leeman

Where does an elephant go after a life in the circus? Sixteen years have passed since circus producer David Balding adopted Flora, the orphaned baby African elephant he lovingly raised as part of his family and made the star of his show. Ten years in the making, One Lucky Elephant explores the consequences of keeping wild animals in captivity, while never losing sight of the delicate love story at its heart.

Pigskins & Magnolias: 12 Days of Fandom (USA)

Director: Josh Locklair

A love letter to college football fans of the Southeastern Conference.

Cast: Ted Friedman, Clay Travis, Nathan Davis, Mike “Big Dawg” Woods, Ted Pacheco, SEC Fans

(Scoreboard Film Series)

Rejoice and Shout (USA)

Director: Don McGlynn

The Blues are songs of despair, but Gospel are the songs of hope. Reaching back to its roots this film traces gospel music’s 200-year history via clips from some hundreds of hours of rare footage and audio recordings.

Cast: Smokey Robinson, Mahalia Jackson, Rev. James Cleveland – Mavis Staples -Andrae Crouch – Ira Tucker, Sr. – Marie Knight – Willa Ward – Ira Tucker, Jr.

(Music Film Series)

Starting At The Finish Line: The Coach Buehler Story (USA)

Director: Amy Unell

For 55 years, Duke University coach Al Buehler has inspired countless athletes and met enormous challenges — breaking new ground in race relations, women’s athletics and international sport. Now, Al Buehler faces his latest challenge — an inoperable benign brain tumor.

Cast: NBA Star Shane Battier, Coach Al Buehler, Olympian John Carlos, NBA All-Star Grant Hill, Olympian Carl Lewis, Olympian Jackie Joyner-Kersee, Coach Mike Krzyzewski, Olympian Joan Benoit Samuelson, Olympian Mary Decker Slaney, Coach LeRoy Walker, Olympian Dave Wottle

(Scoreboard Film Series)

Thievery Corporation: Live at the 9:30 Club (USA)

Director: Jolyon Hoff

The first ever live concert film from Thievery Corporation. Part documentary, part concert film — Live at the 9:30 Club will bring you in and surround you with the energy that is Thievery Corporation. TC’s eclectic ensemble weaves in and out of the band’s musical history while delivering a beautiful and engaging visual experience. This is an intimate account of the band and a dazzling recording of one of the world’s most unique musical stage-shows.

(Music Film Series)

World Peace & Other 4th-Grade Achievements (USA)

Director: Chris Farina

Public school teacher John Hunter and his students participate in an educational exercise that he created entitled the World Peace Game. This interactive experience triggers a transformation of the students from children of a neighborhood school to citizens of the world. The World Peace Game exposes children to the complex issues of the greater geo-political world that they will one day encounter

Cast: John Hunter Students of John’s Venable School’s 4th-grade class.


An African Election (USA, Switzerland)

Director: Jarreth Merz

The 2008 presidential elections in Ghana, West Africa, serve as a backdrop for this feature documentary that looks behind-the-scenes at the complex, political machinery of a third world democracy struggling to legitimize itself to its first world contemporaries.

Cast: Jerry Rawlings, Nana Akufo-Addo, Atta Mils, Dr. Afari-Gyan

Disabled But Able To Rock! (USA)

Director: Blake Myers

Meet Danger Woman, the Songbird of Justice that fights against the three Tri-Phobes: Homophobia, Race-ophobia, and Disable-phobia. Her karaoke singing destroys her enemies while delighting fans and a curious public. This character study follows her over a 13-year period and reveals a single woman’s struggle with autism, a tragic family history, and societal stigmas both real and imagined that paint the picture of a person that just wants to be perceived as ‘normal’.

Cast: Betsy Goodrich, Jebby Goodrich, Susan Goodrich, Paul Benamy, Dean Benamy

(Georgia on Our Minds Film Series)

(Music Film Series)

Eleanore and The Time Keeper (USA)

Director: Daniele Wilmouth

The complexities of a mother’s sacrifice are discovered when 91-year old Eleanore, moves her developmentally disabled son Ronnie into a group home after 64 years of devoted companionship and daily ritual in their modest Pennsylvania farmhouse. This quiet love story between a mother and son records the inevitable transformation in their relationship, and shifting definitions of home over a seven-year span.

Cast: Eleanore Hickman, Ronnie Hickman, Danièle Wilmouth

Everyday Sunshine: The Story Of Fishbone (USA)

Director: Lev Anderson and Chris Metzler

From the shifting fault lines of Hollywood fantasies and the economic and racial tensions of Reagan’s America, Fishbone rose and became one of the most original bands of the last 25 years. With a blistering combination of punk and funk they demolished the walls of genre and challenged the racial stereotypes and the political order of the music industry and of the nation.

Cast: Narrated by Laurence Fishburne; Featuring interviews with Flea, Gwen Stefani, Ice-T, Perry Farrell, Branford Marsalis, George Clinton, Tim Robbins, Gogol Bordello, and others

(Music Film Series)

Hot Coffee (USA)

Director: Susan Saladoff

The McDonald’s “Coffee Case” has been routinely cited by the media as an example of how citizens have taken advantage of the legal system. We will show how this case became so popular in the media, who funded the effort and to what end. We will tell the truth and let the audience decide if spilling hot coffee is really as profitable as they might otherwise believe.

Cast: Joan Claybrook, Oliver Diaz, Joanna Doroshow

I Am (USA, India)

Director: Sonali Gulati

A personal documentary by an Indian lesbian filmmaker struggling with the inability to come out to her mother.

Cast: Sonali Gulati

(Passport Film Series)

PressPausePlay (Sweden)

Director: Victor Köhler & David Dworsky

An 80 minute global journey capturing how digital technology and mindset have transformed the concept of art and culture.

Cast: Lena Dunham, Moby, Robyn Carlsson, Lykke Li, Moby, Seth Godin, Robyn, Andrew Keen, Hot Chip, Bill Drummond, Scott Belsky, Ólafur Arnalds, Sean Parker, Ted Schilowitz

(Passport Film Series)

The Pruitt-Igoe Myth (USA)

Director: Chad Freidrichs

Explores the social, economic and legislative issues that led to the decline of conventional public housing in America, and the city centers where they reside.


Known for its Short Film Programs, ATLFF has divided this year’s best into ten distinct programs:

Drama 1 & 2

Pink Peach 1 & 2

Other Worlds

BBC America Comedy


Documentary 1 & 2


Shorts Playing with Features

Special Screenings – part of the CINformation Seminar Series

The Candy Shop

The film is a Fairytale/Parable about the child sex trafficking epidemic that has overrun our city of Atlanta. We are using the film to not only raise awareness but provoke meaningful action towards this issue taking place in our own backyard.

(Georgia on Our Minds Film Series)


Paleontologists seeking clues to an extinction event, befriend a South African youth with a gift for finding fossils.

(Georgia on Our Minds Film Series)

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