Full 40th Anniversary Film Lineup Announced

We're pleased to announce the full lineup of feature length and short film programming for the 40th Anniversary Atlanta Film Festival (ATLFF). In addition to the announced lineup, the ten-day event will highlight opening and closing night presentations and galas, 37 Creative Conference events and over a dozen unique Special Presentations and events. Of the nearly 5,000 film submissions for the 2016 festival, the final lineup includes 51 feature length films and 100 short films representing 37 countries.

Christopher Escobar, ATLFF Executive Director said, "We're working harder than ever to hold our festival in places unique to Atlanta. In everything from retro film presentations to special homecoming guests and original branding, we're paying homage to the last four decades. And like our founders set out to be in 1976, we're especially committed to creating an opportunity for independent voices to be heard and celebrated."

Kristy Breneman, ATLFF Creative Director said, "As an independent film festival we are not beholden to studio standards for what makes a voice worth hearing or a face worth seeing. This year's lineup pays respect to this independence and to our responsibility to amplify borderless stories."

Information on the opening night, closing night and marquee screenings and galas, specialty events and Creative Conference is forthcoming! Passes for the festival are available for purchase now. Individual screening tickets go on sale March 9, 2016. 



The Arbalest
directed by Adam Pinney
USA, 2016, English, 73 minutes
Tuesday, April 5, 2016, 9:15 PM — Plaza Theatre, Main

“The Arbalest” is a confessional recount of the reclusive private life of Foster Kalt, the world-renowned inventor of the Kalt Cube. The strange reflection pieces together strange events and romantic obsessions that compound in a disturbing invention despite his ten-year vow of silence. —My Nguyen

directed by Irving Franco
USA, 2015, English, 70 minutes
Monday, April 4, 2016, 7:00 PM — Plaza Theatre, Main

Bubblegum, side ponytails, and eighties-inspired hits blanket this witty satire centered around Mickey, a naive and promiscuous teenager who—reeling from her first heartbreak—seeks calculated revenge on her ex-boyfriend by turning her attention to an unlikely subject. —Mikaela Dyett & Alex James
#Competition, #WorldPremiere

directed by Lily Baldwin, Frances Bodomo, Daniel Patrick Carbone, Josephine Decker, Lauren Wolkstein
USA, 2016, English, 81 minutes
Saturday, April 9, 2016, 3:00 PM — Plaza Theatre, Main

A man and his grandmother hide out from an ominous broadcast. The Grim Reaper hosts a TV show. The formerly incarcerated recount their first days of freedom. A suburban mom's life is upturned by the beast growing inside of her. And a high school gym teacher runs drills from inside a volcano.  —Lucy Doughty

directed by Charlie Vundla
South Africa, 2015, English/Zulu, 95 minutes
Thursday, April 7, 2016, 7:20 PM — Plaza Theatre, Upstairs

Amidst a drug and alcohol-fueled depression following his wife’s affair, Smanga aimlessly copes with the unraveling of his life. When he finds himself in the company of an old friend, a deep companionship develops. As Smanga mends his shattered life, confusion strikes. His wife returns, but he can’t forgo his friend’s counsel. Their attempt to cohabitate presents some peculiar challenges. —David Williams

The Cursed Ones
directed by Nana Obiri Yeboah
Ghana/UK, 2015, English, 100 minutes
Friday, April 8, 2016, 7:20 PM — Plaza Theatre, Upstairs

A young girl accused of a village's series of misfortunes. A pastor abusing his rhetoric power to instill fear and distrust in the congregation. A disillusioned reporter swept up in the witchhunt, fighting false prophets in order to save the girl's life. Set in rural West Africa, "The Cursed Ones" is a thrilling, suspenseful story of superstition, morality, corruption and community in the heart of Africa. —My Nguyen

Das Wetter in geschlossenen Räumen (The Weather Inside)
directed by Isabelle Stever
Germany, 2015, German/English/French/Italian, 100 minutes
Tuesday, April 5, 2016, 7:20 PM — Plaza Theatre, Upstairs

Dorothea, an aid worker with a humanitarian organization who helps people menaced by a civil war, finds the luxury of her wealthy world reflected cynically in surrounding poverty. After embarking on an affair with much younger Alec, a seemingly simple and charismatic Arab drifter, two worlds collide within a mutual lust for adventure. As her passion increases, Dorothea loses control, jeopardizing both her aid initiative and her life. —Lucy Doughty

directed by Claire Carré
USA/Poland, 2015, English/Spanish, 86 minutes
Sunday, April 3, 2016, 12:20 PM — Plaza Theatre, Upstairs

What do you do when you lose all your memories? In a world reeling from a neurological epidemic and its aftermath, five stories weave through time, space, love, and struggle to reconcile a future with no past. —Jamie Traner

The Fits
directed by Anna Rose Holmer
USA, 2015, English, 72 minutes
Thursday, April 7, 2016, 9:15 PM — Plaza Theatre, Main

Developed and produced through a micro-budget, micro-timeline initiative for first and second-time filmmakers, "The Fits" stars fresh face Royalty Hightower as Toni—an 11-year-old tomboy emboldened by a strong, confident group of young dancers. While the team navigates a sudden, unexplained outbreak of fainting spells, Toni navigates her innocent but furtive desire to fit in. —Lucy Doughty

Good Ol’ Boy
directed by Frank Lotito
USA, 2015, English, 103 minutes
Saturday, April 2, 2016, 12:15 PM — Plaza Theatre, Upstairs

When ten-year-old Smith moves with his Indian family to small town America in 1979, assimilating into a new culture proves as challenging as wooing the girl-next-door. Brilliant colors and brighter characters propel this tale of young love, traditional parents, and what it means to navigate the American Dream. —Jamie Traner

Here Comes Rusty
directed by Tyler Russell
USA, 2016, English, 80 minutes
Sunday, April 3, 2016, 7:00 PM — Buckhead Theatre

Dicky St. Jon is a struggling businessman with a failing greyhound derby. Desperate to save his track, Dicky agrees to a winner-takes-all wager with Mak Hoffstadt: whomever wins the final race in the Magnolia Derby takes the loser’s business. The only person more determined than Dicky to right past mistakes and make their family proud is Hoffstadt himself—used car salesman, brother-in-law and lifelong rival. —Rashid Nellons
#World Premiere, #Georgia

How to Tell You’re a Douchebag
directed by Tahir Jetter
USA, 2016, English, 80 minutes
Saturday, April 2, 2016, 4:30 PM — Plaza Theatre, Main

Eligible bachelor Ray Livingston views women as an endless pool of possibilities. After an unexpectedly tragic marriage proposal, Ray navigates these possibilities as an emotionless player in a game of hook-ups and heartbreak. Not until his lifestyle stops him in his tracks does Ray realize this element is anything but natural. —Mikaela Dyett

Hunky Dory
directed by Michael Curtis Johnson
USA, 2015, English, 86 minutes
Saturday, April 9, 2016, 12:30 PM — Plaza Theatre, Main

Sidney—an artist of many things but an extraordinaire of nothing at all—struggles to live up to the expectations of his glam rock dream. After the mother of his child goes missing, Sidney's messy life takes an even wilder turn as he's forced to accept responsibility for his eleven-year-old son, George, and graduate from his rockstar facade. —My Nguyen
#Competition, #PinkPeach

It Had to Be You
directed by Sasha Gordon
USA, 2015, English, 85 minutes
Saturday, April 2, 2016, 7:00 PM — Serenbe

Sonia is a musician approaching her thirties who's terrified upon discovering her laidback boyfriend's intention to propose. Though most of her friends are married parents, she fears she isn’t where she dreamed she'd be by now. When forced to comply with now embarrassed Chris's ultimatum, Sonia's anxiety and uncertainty fuel a three-day crash course in self-realization. —Rashid Nellons

Jeder der fällt hat Flügel (Those Who Fall Have Wings)
directed by Peter Brunner
Austria, 2015, German, 92 minutes
Wednesday, April 6, 2016, 7:20 PM — Plaza Theatre, Upstairs

Fifteen-year-old Kati wrestles her fear of death after witnessing her grandmother's last days. The strains of adolescence render Kati's responsibility to her four-year-old sister an afterthought. Poetic illustrations and recurring memories illuminate the effects of death on young Kati, her influence on her impressionable sister, and the mark their grandmother left on them both. —Mikaela Dyett

Last Summer
directed by Leonardo Guerra Seràgnoli
Italy, 2014, English/Japanese, 94 minutes
Monday, April 4, 2016, 9:15 PM — 7 Stages Theatre

Upon losing her custody battle, a Japanese woman is given four final days with her six-year-old son aboard her affluent ex's yacht. Desperate to connect with her child, she must weather disparagement from a cold, obedient crew in order to prepare for many years without him. —Jamie Traner

A Light Beneath Their Feet
directed by Valerie Weiss
USA, 2015, English, 90 minutes
Sunday, April 3, 2016, 2:50 PM — Plaza Theatre, Upstairs

High school senior Beth spends every spare moment caring for her sick mother. Burdened by an early onset role of the ‘responsible adult,’ she yearns for the freedom to be a normal teenager. When presented with an opportunity to attend her dream college, she is torn between her own sanity and her mother’s. —Rashid Nellons

Like Lambs
directed by Ted Marcus
USA, 2016, English, 83 minutes
Friday, April 8, 2016, 9:15 PM — Plaza Theatre, Main

America faces economic collapse. When students from an exclusive boarding school discover the dirty secrets of elite bankers, they forge a plan to seek justice. The newly elected class president leads a revolt to kidnap fellow classmates in an effort to restore the economy. When his ransom video goes viral, the bourgeois must either release trillions from offshore tax havens, or watch as their children are executed on national television. —Rashid Nellons
#Competition, #WorldPremiere

Love & Friendship
directed by Whit Stillman
Ireland/Netherlands/France/USA, 2016, English, 92 minutes
Sunday, April 10, 2016, 12:50 PM — Plaza Theatre, Upstairs

While waiting for social chatter about a personal indiscretion to pass, the beautiful widow Lady Susan Vernon takes up temporary residence at her in-laws’ estate. While there, the intelligent, flirtatious, and amusingly egotistical Lady Vernon is determined to be a matchmaker for her daughter Frederica—and herself too, naturally. She enlists the assistance of her old friend Alicia, but two particularly handsome suitors complicate her orchestrations.

Miles Ahead
directed by Don Cheadle
USA, 2015, English, 100 minutes
Sunday, April 10, 2016, 2:45 PM — Plaza Theatre, Main

In the midst of a dazzling and prolific career at the forefront of modern jazz innovation, Miles Davis virtually disappears from public view for a period of five years in the late 1970s. Alone and holed up in his home, he is beset by chronic pain from a deteriorating hip, his musical voice stifled and numbed by drugs and pain medications, his mind haunted by unsettling ghosts from the past. A wily music reporter forces his way into Davis' house and the two men unwittingly embark on a wild and sometimes harrowing adventure to recover a stolen tape of the musician's latest compositions.

A Morning Light
directed by Ian Clark
USA, 2015, English, 82 minutes
Saturday, April 2, 2016, 2:35 PM — Plaza Theatre, Upstairs

Zach and Ellyn attempt to rekindle their old relationship with a trip to the wilderness. Strange celestial phenomena unfold as they explore this remote landscape. This tense, atmospheric sci-fi explores the concept of extraterrestrial visitation through ecological and psychological impact and our natural connection to the great unknown. —My Nguyen

directed by Derek Kimball
USA, 2015, English, 101 minutes
Saturday, April 2, 2016, 4:45 PM — Plaza Theatre, Upstairs

Hannah Newcombe's coming-of-age summer calls Maine's coastline home. When she witnesses the possible death of a classmate, Hannah grapples with future plans in the wake of his absence. Having lived the sheltered life of an obedient Catholic girl, Hannah seeks to expand her perspective and mute haunted dreams by replacing the boy on his father's lobster-boat—but grueling, grievous conditions threaten to compromise a measured search for broader horizons. —Jamie Traner

directed by Joel Fendelman & Patrick Daly
Philippines/Singapore/USA, 2015, English/Tagalog, 90 minutes
Saturday, April 9, 2016, 5:30 PM — Plaza Theatre, Main

Determined to support her family in the Philippines, Marie adopts both a job as a maid and a whole new set of hardships. She builds a new life in Singapore while her family's financial demands grow stronger still, and in the wake of a betrayal, Marie is forced to choose between her family and dreams of self-sufficiency. —Mikaela Dyett

directed by Brett Michael Innes
South Africa, 2015, Afrikaans, 115 minutes
Monday, April 4, 2016, 9:35 PM — Plaza Theatre, Upstairs

A Mozambican domestic worker struggles to stay afloat while working for a suburban couple in Johannesburg. Her hardships deepen upon discovery that her daughter's death was at the fault of her employers. Leaving the situation for her poverty-stricken homeland would jeopardize her visa and financial family support. Her conflicted indecision intensifies when she discovers that the couple is expecting their first child. —Mikaela Dyett

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directed by Gregg Bishop
USA, 2016, English, 86 minutes
Sunday, April 10, 2016, 7:30 PM — Plaza Theatre, Main

A bachelor party becomes a savage fight for survival when the groomsmen unwittingly unleash a fabled predator upon the festivities. A feature adaptation of the segment "Amateur Night" from the horror anthology "V/H/S."

Sisters of the Plague
directed by Jorge Torres-Torres
USA, 2016, English, 74 minutes
Sunday, April 3, 2016, 7:35 PM — Plaza Theatre, Upstairs

In the absence of her late mother, a ghost tour guide in New Orleans seeks to understand her life whilst an unwanted force unravels her haunted world. —Jamie Traner

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Te Prometo Anarquia (I Promise You Anarchy)
directed by Julio Hernández Cordón
Mexico/Germany, 2015, Spanish/English, 100 minutes
Sunday, April 3, 2016, 5:00 PM — Plaza Theatre, Main

Miguel and Johnny revel in teenage exploration of sexuality and boyish shenanigans as they skate through Mexico City's chaotic neighborhoods by day and toy by night with the web of black-market blood trafficking. Amplified by the chillingly honest performances of social-media-cast leads, this chromatic drama juxtaposes the promise of youth with the lust and innocence lost at the hands of a drug war. —My Nguyen

directed by Paddy Breathnach
Cuba/Ireland, 2015, Spanish, 100 minutes
Tuesday, April 5, 2016, 7:00 PM — Plaza Theatre, Main

Jesus, a young hairdresser working at a Havana nightclub that showcases drag performers, dreams of being a performer himself. Encouraged by his mentor, Mama, Jesus finally gets his chance to take the stage. But when his estranged father abruptly reenters his life, his world is quickly turned upside down. As father and son clash over their opposing expectations of each other, “Viva” becomes a love story as the men struggle to understand one another and reconcile as a family.



Above and Below
directed by Nicolas Steiner
Switzerland/Germany/USA, 2015, English, 110 minutes
Sunday, April 3, 2016, 2:30 PM — Plaza Theatre, Main

From Mars to Earth and underneath. “Above and Below” is a rough and rhythmic rollercoaster ride seating five survivors in their daily hustle through an apocalyptic world. A journey of challenges and beauty in uncomfortable places: Rick & Cindy, Godfather Lalo in the flood channels deep down under the shiny strip of Sin City. Dave in the dry and lonesome Californian desert and April in simulation for a Mars mission in the Utah desert. Through the hustle, the pain and the laughs, we are whisked away to an unfamiliar world, yet quickly discover the souls we encounter are perhaps not that different from our own.

Accidental Courtesy: Daryl Davis, Race & America
directed by Matt Ornstein
USA, 2016, English, 75 minutes
Saturday, April 2, 2016, 2:15 PM — Plaza Theatre, Main

When accomplished musician Daryl Davis isn’t playing piano, he's developing an unusual hobby: he befriends members of the Ku Klux Klan, determined to understand their supremacist perspective. In satisfying this curiosity, Daryl connects with Klan members on a personal level, considering many his friends and reforming countless others. His impressive collection of vacated Klan robes represents those he inspired to leave and provides impetus for his dream to one day open a Klan museum. —Rashid Nellons

Art of the Prank
directed by Andrea Marini
USA/Italy/UK, 2015, English, 82 minutes
Sunday, April 3, 2016, 7:15 PM — Plaza Theatre, Main

He's at it again: world-renowned prankster Joey Skaggs is famous for gaining national real-news attention from prestigious journalists for satirical gags such as Celebrity Sperm Bank, the Fat Squad, and Portofess. Filmmaker Andrea Marini follows the legend as he prepares to execute his latest plan to trick America with his most daunting hoax yet. —Jamie Traner

directed by Cristina Cassidy
USA, 2015, English, 74 minutes
Sunday, April 3, 2016, 5:15 PM — 7 Stages Theatre

Two brothers who are gifted musicians struggle to overcome a childhood at the hands of a disturbed but brilliant composer father. Christopher Rex has been the Principal Cellist of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra since 1979. Charles Rex has been a first violinist with the New York Philharmonic since 1981. The brothers transcend a traumatic childhood of abuse by their father to reach the heights of notoriety as adults in the world of classical music.
#WorldPremiere, #Georgia

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Driving With Selvi
directed by Elisa Paloschi
India/Canada, 2015, Kannada/English, 74 minutes
Friday, April 8, 2016, 7:00 PM — Plaza Theatre, Main

This is the story of a young Indian girl's struggle to survive. Forced to marry years ago at the age of 14, Selvi finds herself determined to leave an increasingly destructive situation. Selvi starts a new life for herself by becoming South India's first female taxi driver. Ride along as we observe through ten years in Selvi's eyes the challenges many women living in India face. —Rashid Nellons
#Competition, #NewMavericks


The Founders
directed by Charlene Fisk & Carrie Schrader
USA, 2016, English, 85 minutes
Monday, April 4, 2016, 9:15 PM — Plaza Theatre, Main

Battling the sexism and stereotypes made sturdy in the 1950s, thirteen women founded the Ladies Pro Golf Association (LPGA). Rare archival footage, historical re-enactments and current-day interviews with surviving founders and leading players present an underdog story never before seen. Despite competing against one another on the greens, these pioneers worked together to keep their dreams of professional golf careers alive. —LeeAnne Goldman
#NewMavericks, #Georgia

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directed by Dominic Rodriguez
USA, 2015, English, 81 minutes
Saturday, April 2, 2016, 2:30 PM — 7 Stages Theatre

This look into the fascinating furry fandom provides insight into the lives of people interested in anthropomorphic animals. Taboo practices are presented as norms in this captivating documentary. Individuals venture to unearth their true ‘fursonas’ and define their own lifestyles contrary to myths spread by the media. —Mikaela Dyett

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The Ground Beneath Their Feet
directed by Nausheen Dadabhoy
Pakistan, 2015, Urdu, 75 minutes
Sunday, April 3, 2016, 5:20 PM — Plaza Theatre, Upstairs

After a devastating earthquake north of Pakistan paralyzes Ruquiya and Khalida, the young women fight to fulfill their culture role of becoming wives and mothers. Women make up just twenty percent of the Pakistani workforce, a hindrance that bears a weight that other cultures may never understand. Viewers experience the profound effects of this physically and emotionally-jarring event through the eyes of the courageous women who faced it. —Mikaela Dyett

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In Pursuit of Silence
directed by Patrick Shen
USA, 2015, English, 81 minutes
Saturday, April 2, 2016, 4:45 PM — 7 Stages Theatre

As much a work of devotion as it is a documentary, “In Pursuit of Silence” is a meditative exploration of our relationship with silence and the impact of noise on our lives. In our race towards modernity, amidst all the technological innovation and the rapid growth of our cities, silence is now quickly passing into legend. From causing aggressive behavior to hundreds of thousands of heart attacks around the world, there is no aspect of human life that noise does not infringe upon. Silence as a resource for respite and renewal from the sensory onslaught of our modern lives is now more important than ever before.

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A Journey of a Thousand Miles: Peacekeepers
directed by Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy & Geeta Gandbhir
USA/Bangladesh/Pakistan, 2015, Bengali/English/Creek, 95 minutes
Saturday, April 9, 2016, 3:30 PM — Plaza Theatre, Upstairs

The world's first all-female, predominantly Muslim peacekeeping unit accepts a Bangladeshi mission to join the United Nations Stabilizing Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH). Leaving home for Haiti, the women leave behind families and the traditional lives of women in Bangladesh. Centered around a 160-woman unit, the harsh realities for three foot soldiers in the UN Peacekeeping Mission become the focus of this brave and beautiful profile. —Mikaela Dyett
#Competition, #NewMavericks

directed by Karina Garcia Casanova
Canada/Mexico, 2015, Spanish/English/French, 78 minutes
Saturday, April 9, 2016, 1:30 PM — Plaza Theatre, Upstairs

When Karina Garcia Casanova set out to film her brother, Juan, upon his return from their Mexican birthplace, she knew she wanted a feature debut anchored in more than home footage—but the paranoia and depression into which Juan falls casts a shadow she can't control. "Juanicas" is a transparent, autobiographical portrait of mental health, familial introspection, and the futility of taking one without the other. —Lucy Doughty
#Competition, #NewMavericks

directed by Stefano Galli
USA/Italy, 2015, English, 43 minutes
Saturday, April 9, 2016, 12:00 PM — Plaza Theatre, Upstairs

A breadbasket of raw, unearthed slices of America shot on 16mm film. The choppy collection of visual stories allows a quiet, quirky, comfortingly intimate peek into this country of characters without beginning or end. —My Nguyen

Last of the Elephant Men
directed by Arnaud Bouquet & Daniel Ferguson
France/Canada/Cambodia, 2015, Aboriginal/Khmer/English, 90 minutes
Tuesday, April 5, 2016, 9:35 PM — Plaza Theatre, Upstairs

For centuries, the Bunong indigenous people of Eastern Cambodia lived with elephants, depending on them for every aspect of life. Now with the forest around them threatened by logging and mining companies, both the Bunong and the elephant face a desperate struggle to survive. “Last of the Elephant Men” follows three members of the tribe as they attempt to prevent the disappearance of the animal at the heart of their culture.

The Legend of Swee’ Pea
directed by Benjamin May
USA, 2015, English, 75 minutes
Saturday, April 2, 2016, 12:30 PM — 7 Stages Theatre

Lloyd ‘Swee' Pea’ Daniels is a basketball legend. The fame he earned on 1980s neighborhood courts nursed a taste for something harder, but his career transcended the effects. Arrested for smoking cocaine and later shot three times, Swee' Pea suffered a fall from grace that only a man as talented and resilient as he could survive. —LeeAnne Goldman

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directed by Georg Koszulinski
USA/Haiti, 2015, Creole, 61 minutes
Friday, April 8, 2016, 9:15 PM — 7 Stages Theatre

Filmmaker Georg Koszulinski follows Extanta Aoleé, a local houngan or ‘Vodou man,’ who has served ancient Haitian spirits called Loa for over fifty years. A family tradition to commune with these spirits gives the practitioner supernatural powers to either heal or harm. This mystical, experimental film brings to light an unseen world beyond the veil. —Rashid Nellons
#Competition, #WorldPremiere

Missing People
directed by David Shapiro
USA, 2015, English, 81 minutes
Saturday, April 2, 2016, 7:20 PM — Plaza Theatre, Upstairs

Martina Batan, an eccentric New Yorker, hires a private investigator to look into her brother's long unsolved, brutal murder. In the meantime she alternates between Manhattan and New Orleans, hoping to find herself in the life and art of the late Roy Ferdinand—an artist known for explicit depictions of his urban environment. The more Martina delves into her art excursions, the more entwined she becomes with her brother and difficult past in this riveting documentary. —Jamie Traner

directed by Scott Haze
Kenya/USA, 2015, English, 81 minutes
Sunday, April 3, 2016, 3:00 PM — Rialto Center for the Arts

This is the true story of Charles Mully, whose unlikely stratospheric rise to wealth and power leaves him questioning his own existence, searching for meaning in life. Against the better judgment of family and community, Mully sets out to enrich the fate of orphaned children across Kenya. Jeopardizing his own life and the security of his family, Charles Mully risks everything and sets in motion a series of events that is nothing short of astonishing.

A Peculiar Noise
directed by Jorge Torres-Torres
USA, 2015, English, 75 minutes
Saturday, April 2, 2016, 7:30 PM — 7 Stages Theatre

Jorge Torres-Torres's feature debut documents the past and present of DIY underground music in Athens, Georgia. From the B-52s to REM to Pylon, the quintessential college town has inspired rockstar dreams for decades. This bright, nostalgic walk through Georgia's rock haven is both a symphonic treasure hunt and an endearing time capsule of hometown greats. —Lucy Doughty
#WorldPremiere, #Georgia

Presenting Princess Shaw
directed by Ido Haar
Israel, 2015, English, 80 minutes
Sunday, April 10, 2016, 5:00 PM — Plaza Theatre, Main

A rousing documentary crowd-pleaser about a star-crossed singer-songwriter and her crafty secret admirer, “Presenting Princess Shaw” examines loneliness, anonymity and connectivity in the Internet age, where showbiz dreams remain but a mouse-click away for even the most hardscrabble striver.

Romeo is Bleeding
directed by Jason Zeldes
USA, 2015, English, 93 minutes
Saturday, April 2, 2016, 4:15 PM — High Museum, Hill Auditorium

Richmond, California native Donté Clark is sick of the violence that has plagued his neighborhood for decades. Armed only with the power of poetry and theater, he inspires his community by creating a platform for the youth to express themselves. Together they perform an emotionally powerful play based loosely on Romeo and Juliet with a modern twist that illustrates the tragedy of their struggle. —Rashid Nellons


Speed Sisters
directed by Amber Fares
Palestine/USA, 2015, Arabic/English, 80 minutes
Thursday, April 7, 2016, 7:00 PM — Plaza Theatre, Main

The first all-woman race car driving team in the Middle East coined themselves The Speed Sisters. These female professionals are no strangers to headlines, drama, or trophies, but crossing the finish-line in a male-dominated industry takes more than experience. Amplified by larger-than-life personalities, this race to become the best while working together wins the hearts of both sport and documentary spectators. —Mikaela Dyett
#Competition, #NewMavericks

The Witness
directed by James D. Solomon
USA, 2015, English, 83 minutes
Wednesday, April 6, 2016, 7:00 PM — Plaza Theatre, Main

Fifty years ago, the name Kitty Genovese became synonymous with urban apathy after news that she was stabbed to death on a Queens street while 38 witnesses in nearby apartments did nothing. Forty years later, her brother Bill, who was 16 at the time of his sister’s death, decides to find the truth buried beneath the story. In the process, he uncovers a lie that transformed his life, condemned a city, and defined an era.
#Competition, #Georgia

The Wrong Light
directed by Dave Adams & Josie Swantek
USA/Thailand, 2015, English, 80 minutes
Wednesday, April 6, 2016, 9:15 PM — 7 Stages Theatre

Thousands of desperate families have sold daughters into Thailand's rampant sex trafficking industry. ‘Activist’ Mickey Choothesa founded a shelter to rescue young girls from their misfortune. He provides food, education, and family…or at least that’s his story. But Mickey's story doesn't quite add up. Is he manipulating these vulnerable girls for profit? "The Wrong Light" exposes Choothesa and the dark side of misrepresented global aid. —Rashid Nellons
#NewMavericks, #WorldPremiere



Short and sweet.

Animated & Narrative, 60 minutes, Ages 7+
Saturday, April 2, 2016,12:00PM — High Museum, Hill Auditorium
Presented in partnership with ASIFA-Atlanta

Sky High | directed by Stewart Powers, United Kingdom, 1:56
Whiteboard animation about the upwards adventure of a young boy.

My Brother is a Zombie | directed by Russell Yaffe, USA, 8:48
Abigail's younger brother, Norman, is the most annoying brother in the world—and he's a zombie! When Abigail gets fed up with taking care of him, she makes a decision that could change their relationship forever.

The Story of Percival Pilts | directed by Janette Goodey & John Lewis, Australia, 8:00
While playing on stilts, young Percival Pilts vows 'Never again shall my feet touch the ground!' Compelled ever higher, he builds his stilts so tall that he no longer fits into normal society.
A whimsical story about the challenges and charms of living an impractical life.

Crap You! | directed by Theo Taplitz, USA, 3:38
Ask not for whom the raven craps; it craps for you.

Welcome To My Life | directed by Elizabeth Ito, USA/France, 8:46
The real life story of a normal, Monster-American family.

Simon’s Cat: Off to the Vet | directed by Simon Tofield, United Kingdom, 12:45
A clever cat will go to great lengths to avoid an imminent visit to the vet.


A pliable backbone.

Experimental, 96 minutes
Friday, April 8, 2016, 7:00PM — 7 Stages Theatre

On Surgery | directed by Russell Sheaffer & Aaron Michael Smith, USA, 7:36
“On Surgery” is a part of a series of collaborative works that explore the intersections of trauma, memory, and abstraction.

A Place I've Never Been | directed by Adrian Flury, Switzerland, 4:40
By sourcing multiple digital images of the same place from different archives, this experiment in film makes use of frame-by-frame montage to give new meaning to the prevailing redundancy of these pictures.

Ripple | directed by Connor Griffith, USA, 3:12
The shapes we make. An advertisement for planet earth.

Theoretical Architectures | directed by Josh Gibson, USA, 5:26
The shadow landscapes on hard plaster secure the days.

untitled | directed by Bonne Fee, USA, 3:00
A passage across a body of water, an audio documentary of childhood and excerpts of motherhood.

This is Yates | directed by Josh Yates, USA, 17:00
“This is Yates” is an autobiographical document that hates itself. Compiled from over 15 years of footage, this film acknowledges the fragmented, media-made self and ultimately builds a collage of home, decaying images, and a body the filmmaker knows will be lost.

The Interior | directed by Jonathan Rattner, USA, 23:55
January, the Alaskan Interior, 56 mushing dogs, 4 humans, and 5 hours of sunlight. This observational work—shot on both 16mm and digital video—examines the interior worlds of its subjects and explores how to write with limited light.

Erasure | directed by Ana Teresa Fernandez, Mexico, 5:39
On September 26, 2014, 43 poor young men, students from a rural teacher’s college were kidnapped in the town of Iguala, Mexico, apparently because their activities might disrupt the speech of the wife of the mayor of Iguala. Reports say the mayor told the police chief to make them disappear.

From Ally to Accomplice | directed by Kelly Gallagher, USA, 17:38
Stories of committed accomplices in struggle who have fought to destroy white supremacy and racism by any means necessary.

An Ecstatic Experience | directed by Ja'Tovia Gary, USA, 6:11
An invocation and a meditation on transcendence as a means of restoration and resistance.


Crucial and vibrant.

Documentary, 90 minutes
Wednesday, April 6, 2016, 7:00PM — 7 Stages Theatre

Bacon & God's Wrath | directed by Sol Friedman, Canada, 8:55
A 90-year-old Jewish woman reflects on her life’s experiences as she prepares to try bacon for the first time.

Irregulars | directed by Fabio Palmieri, Italy, 8:55
Each year 40,000 people from Africa, Asia and Middle East, try to enter Europe. They flee from war, persecution and poverty. Since the ways by land have been interrupted, they board overloaded vessels and face a dangerous and often deadly voyage across the Mediterranean.

Homecoming Queen | directed by Robert Machoian, USA, 3:52
A found footage documentary about a homecoming queen.

SUPER UNIT | directed by Teresa Czepiec, Poland, 19:00
A peek inside a few doors in a Polish ‘housing machine’ comprised of 15 floors and 762 stories where emotions throb, expectations build and desires come true… or not.

Home at Dawn | directed by William Silva Reddington and Guille Isa, Peru, 4:38
An old fisherman recounts his life, the changing world, and his love for the ocean as he embarks out to sea early one morning.

The Tricks List | directed by Brian Bolster, USA, 19:00
A gay man's journey to memorialize and document every sexual encounter he has ever had.

Tokyo Vacations | directed by Adam Svanell, Sweden/Japan, 10:00
An average Japanese employee takes 7 days of vacation per year. In “Tokyo Vacations” we meet five ordinary people in colourless offices who tell us about their best vacation memories. Underneath it all lies the question: how much of our lives do we dedicate to work?

The Send-Off | directed by Ivete Lucas and Patrick Bresnan, USA, 12:34
Emboldened by a giant block party on the evening of their high school prom, a group of students enter the night with the hope of transcending their rural town and the industrial landscape that surrounds them.


Hardy and tight-knit.

Documentary, 90 minutes
Tuesday, April 5, 2016, 7:00PM — 7 Stages Theatre

Presented in partnership with Homespun, a series crafted by Atlanta Film Society Filmmakers-in-Residence Jon Watts & Brantly Watts

Hotel Clermont | directed by Heather L Huston, USA, 29:10
“Hotel Clermont” documents the last days of a storied Atlanta hotel and the lives of its residents.

The New Orleans Sazerac | directed by James Martin, USA, 20:28
“The New Orleans Sazerac” is a short documentary that explores the expansive history and modern applications of the classic cocktail through interviews with historians, authors, experts, and bartenders.

Eat White Dirt | directed by Adam Forrester, USA, 37:25
“Eat White Dirt” weaves the story of Tammy Wright, a 37-year-old mother addicted to eating kaolin, with that of scientists, local historians, a physician, an artist, and three other practitioners of geophagy, or earth-eating.



A delicate investment.

Documentary, 90 minutes
Saturday, April 9, 2016, 2:30PM — 7 Stages Theatre

Saultopaul | directed by John Henry Summerour, USA, 24:00
Atlanta-based artist Susan Cofer invited Georgia-born filmmaker John Henry Summerour (“Sahkanaga”) to spend a year documenting Saultopaul, an 1100-acre farm in northwest Georgia populated by Longhorn cattle, gigantic rock sculptures and Carl, her husband in his 80th year.
#Competition, #Georgia

Kraina | directed by Christina Tynkevych, Ukraine/United Kingdom, 26:55
Kiev, Ukraine, Spring 2015. The war with Russia is five hundred miles to the East, but since the revolution of 2013-14, every moment of Kristina’s life has been affected by the conflict. #Competition

Tourist | directed by Jared Jakins, Vietnam/USA, 16:43
An aging veteran returns to Vietnam after 45 years to explore the remnants of war in his life.

The City of Joy | directed by Joe Gomez, India, 22:00
Following a girl living in a slum trying to get an education, a mother in a village raising her two daughters alone, and a man in the city who pulls a rickshaw through the streets of Kolkata to provide for a family of seven, “The City of Joy” is a portrait of the daily life of three individuals and the city they live in.


Displaced and dispersed.

Documentary, 36 minutes
Filmmaking workshops in Jordan’s Za’atari Refugee Camp and the city of Irbid in northern Jordan, engaged Syrian girls in artistic and technical training in photo and video to reflect on and tell their own stories in first person. With cameras, microphones and pens in hand, the girls set out to document their everyday lives – how it looks, feels and sounds from the ground, at the heart of their world.

The Silence of Nature | directed by Bushra Al Masri, Jordan, 3:05
18-year-old Bushra remembers her brother, who she lost in the war, and his gentle, humorous ways through observing nature and her new urban setting in this visual haiku.

Children |  directed by Marah Al Hassan, Jordan, 5:01
15-year-old Marah captures in this verite essay the resilience and creativity of the Syrian children living in Za'atari Refugee Camp.

Dreams Without Borders | directed by Muna Al Hariri, Jordan, 4:46
Muna, a romantic 16-year-old girl whose family fled from Syria to Jordan, tries to reconcile her need to express herself and be a normal teenager within the new confines of her family’s situation.

The Girl, Whose Shadow Reflects the Moon | directed by Walaa Al Alawi, Jordan, 5:01
Walaa recounts her terrifying journey as a 14-year-old girl from Syria to Jordan, and how filmmaking has given her hope through the chance to voice her story and reach out to other girls with similar experiences.

Barriers of Separation | directed by Raghad Al Khatib, Jordan, 4:25
With a heavy heart, 18-year-old Raghad expresses her desire to reconnect with her father and family in this personal postcard from her new home in Jordan.

The Long Road | directed by Rafif Al Fadi, Jordan, 3:57
16-year-old Rafif creates a journey through the landscape and textures of her new life in a foreign place, and her desire to return to and rebuild her country.

Another Kind of Girl | directed by Khaldiya Jibawi, Jordan, 9:29
17-year-old Khaldiya meditates on how the refugee camp has opened up new horizons and given her a sense of courage that she lacked in Syria.


Nimble and exact.

Animation, 90 minutes
Monday, April 4, 2016, 7:00PM — 7 Stages Theatre
Presented in partnership with ASIFA-Atlanta

teeth | directed by Daniel Gray and Tom Brown, United Kingdom/Hungary/USA, 6:00
This is the story of a man with a misguided and intense focus—one which started in his youth and carried into old age. His life events are chronicled through the loss of his teeth and how his obsessive efforts to amend what was damaged bring on yet further destruction.

BAMPA | directed by Daniel Evans, United Kingdom, 3:25
An animated documentary in which a grandson shares the emotional experience of his grandfather's mental health deterioration due to Alzheimer's disease.

Shell All | directed by Zaven Najjar, France, 9:00
Beirut 1982. To reach his fiancé, Gabriel, 20, has to cross a bridge guarded by numerous snipers. All the city is waiting for tonight’s opening match of the 1982 football world cup. Will the snipers allow Gabriel and his friend Mokthar to cross?

I'm Good With Plants | directed by Thomas Harnett O'Meara, United Kingdom, 8:00
Tim lives in a greenhouse suspended by a crane above the city. He has two wishes in life: to steal the office plant next to the water cooler at work, and to meet Francesca, the hotline operator he calls each day from a phone box in the street.

In Other Words | directed by Tal Kantor, Israel, 6:00
A man recalls a moment of a lost opportunity to communicate with his daughter. Their brief meeting after years undermines his world and renders his words meaningless.

The Loneliest Stoplight | directed by Bill Plympton, USA, 6:18
The life and times of a neglected stoplight.

Golden Shot | directed by Gökalp Gönen, Turkey, 8:40
Rusty machines living in small houses imagine that the sun will come and take them to the sky someday. A small light keeps them alive and dreaming. But one of the machines has a plan to see the sun himself.

The Little Boy | directed by Mona Abdollahshahi, Iran, 7:35
People are leaving a town by the order of military, but one little boy doesn't want to follow them. He wants to complete his own mission…

Remember | directed by Shunsaku Hayashi, Japan, 9:24
Leaving home, a man got a phone call. When he answers it, his house explodes. As if nothing had happened, he went to work.

After the End | directed by Sam Southward, United Kingdom, 11:03
For René Fustercluck, life was bad, the Apocalypse was awful, and then Gordon arrived. “After the End” is the world's first post-apocalyptic rom-com suggesting that the only thing worse than being the last man on earth, is being the second to last man on earth.

Edmond | directed by Nina Gantz, United Kingdom, 9:25
A funny and dark story of a man with cannibalistic urges who travels back through his life, looking for the root of his unhappiness.


Shiny but gritty.

Narrative, 95 minutes
Thursday, April 7, 2016, 9:35PM — Plaza Theatre, Upstairs

Ookie Cookie | directed by Francesca Mirabella, USA, 13:35
Five teenagers play truth or dare in the basement of a funeral reception.

Asunder | directed by Nathalie Álvarez Mesén, Sweden, 17:11
During a family party in the countryside, we follow Nia and her cousin Teo, whose relationship balances on the edge of what is considered normative. A film about power, sexuality, love and the urge to explore.

Rate Me | directed by Fyzal Boulifa, United Kingdom, 17:00
A portrait of teen escort, 'Coco.’

How to Be a Black Panther | directed by Daisy Zhou, USA, 22:18
On July 4th, 1968, Han Kang navigates the day in a small homogeneous suburban town as the only Asian American teenager. Today, both the anniversary of America's independence and the death of a dear African American friend, ignites celebration, mourning, anger, and revelation.

The Man of My Life | directed by Mélanie Delloye, France, 25:33
When Alice sees Eric kissing another girl, she is devastated. To make matters worse, her rival runs with her in the same relay team. Alice might only be 13 years old, but she is not ready to give up her place so easily.
#Competition, #NewMavericks


Imperfect and scarce.

Narrative, 100 minutes
Saturday, April 9, 2016, 12:15PM — 7 Stages Theatre
Presented in partnership with New Mavericks

Battalion To My Beat | directed by Eimi Imanishi, Western Sahara/Algeria/USA, 13:44
“Battalion To My Beat” is set in the Western Saharan refugee camps in Tindouf, Algeria, and follows the story of Mariam, a rebellious 13 year old girl who naively envisions herself a Jeanne D'Arc that will free her people from the occupation.

Land Tides (Marea de Tierra) | directed by Manuela Martelli and Amirah Tajdin, Chile/France, 13:00
Laura, a heartbroken teenager from Santiago, is on holiday in the southern Chilean archipelago, Chiloé, with her friends. As she wanders the lonely island seascapes, she encounters a group of women who are seaweed collectors and shares stories with them.

Que Sera | directed by Robyn Hicks, USA, 6:27
The story of a young couple navigating a cancer diagnosis. Inspired by the writer and director’s personal life, the film is an observation of how such devastating circumstances can pull people apart and bring them together.
#NewMavericks, #Georgia

El Adiós | directed by Clara Roquet, Spain, 14:55
A Bolivian maid attempts to honor the last wishes of her late mistress.
#Competition, #NewMavericks

Seide | directed by Elnura Osmonalieva, Kyrgyzstan, 14:40
Seide lives in a snowy mountain village with her humble family and her beloved horse. When she's forced into an arranged marriage with a man from a wealthy family, she fights to save her horse from being slaughtered for food for the wedding.
#Competition, #NewMavericks

The Real American | directed by Darya Zhuk, USA/Belarus/Russia, 13:09
How a Russian exchange student stopped fearing American culture and started shaving her legs.

Maman(s) | directed by Maïmouna Doucouré, France, 21:03
Life is disrupted for eight-year-old Aida when her father returns with a young Senegalese woman, Rama, whom he introduces as his second wife. Sensitive to her mother's distress, Aida decides to get rid of the new visitor.
#Competition, #NewMavericks



A costly transformation.

Narrative, 90 minutes
Saturday, April 9, 2016, 4:45PM — 7 Stages Theatre

People Are Becoming Clouds | directed by Marc Katz, USA, 14:49
John and Eleanor work to save their marriage after discovering her tendency to turn into a cloud.

Harmony | directed by Felix Schaffert, Switzerland, 17:00
When a 9-year-old girl discovers that her mother works as a prostitute at night, she tries to escape their morbidly symbiotic relationship in a bold move.

Better Than Tomorrow | directed by EuiJeong Hong, United Kingdom, 15:20
A satirical short about a man longing to meet his wife in an enigmatic rehabilitation facility, after being frozen for many years.

Under The Sun | directed by QIU Yang, China/Australia, 19:00
One incident occurs, two families tangle. There’s nothing new under the sun.

Albert the Dog | directed by Pau Suris and Pau Dalmases (aka Pensacola), USA, 12:12
Sandy wakes up to find her stressed ad-man husband behaving like a dog.

Western Women | directed by Alexander Yan, USA, 14:02
In a Las Vegas hotel room, a young man orders an unusual prostitute.



Scraping the sky.

Animation, Documentary, & Narrative, 75 minutes
Thursday, March 31, 2016, 8:00PM — Plaza Theatre, Main
Presented in partnership with WonderRoot’s Generally Local, Mostly Independent Film Series

More Than Music: Senegal | directed by Babacar Ndiaye, USA, 12:57
At a time when Hip Hop seems headed in a disappointing direction, there exists an underexposed community of Artists who've managed to transform the genre to address their community's needs.

Heartwood | directed by Nick Madden, USA, 4:45
A mushroom forager is poisoned and saved by a forest deity.

Violet | directed by Brit Wigintton, USA, 10:39
When Violet finds herself living in a refuge for runaway girls in the Georgia backwoods, she soon realizes that nothing is as perfect as it seems. In order to save her ‘sisters,’ she must make a decision that could change their lives forever.

BIGNATTYDADDY  | directed by John Merizalde, USA, 7:23
Tyler is a 15-year-old living in suburban Texas. He goes on dates, enjoys hip hop, and is an openly outspoken, heavy user of steroids. This jarring juxtaposition sets the tone for an honest and artful character study.

Jinju | directed by Crystal Jin Kim, USA, 10:19
A Korean American mother endures a day of her daughter's sulking until it escalates to the breaking of something deeply precious.
#NewMavericks, #Georgia

A Faraway Beach  | directed by Max Siciliano, USA/Vietnam, 2:45
A voyeuristic documentary portrait of a small fishing village on the southern coast of Vietnam.

The New Orleans Sazerac | directed by James Martin, USA, 20:28
“The New Orleans Sazerac” is a short documentary that explores the expansive history and modern applications of the classic cocktail through interviews with historians, authors, experts, and bartenders.

Gwilliam | directed by Brian Lonano, USA, 5:45
A recently released criminal is looking for a good time. He can forget his sins but he can never forget… Gwilliam.


Light but loud.

Narrative, 95 minutes
Sunday, April 3, 2016, 2:45PM — 7 Stages Theatre

Affections | directed by Bridey Elliott, USA, 16:00
A comedy about isolation and loneliness, “Affections” follows a young woman adrift and seeking intimacy in the most unlikely places.
#Competition, #NewMavericks

Sundae | directed by Sonya Goddy, USA, 7:02
A woman uses ice cream to bribe her son for information.

Palisade | directed by Lizzy Sanford, USA, 6:08
After robbing a convenience store, a young man breaks into a woman's home and holds her cat hostage to prevent her from calling the cops.

What Doesn't Kill You | directed by Darya Zhuk, Israel/USA, 18:01
After a rare diagnosis, Lily's attempts to flee from war torn Israel are thwarted when the airport shuts down and her zany cousin forces her to party.

Join the Club | directed by Eva Vives, USA, 05:05
A writer’s dilemma of whether or not to join a professional networking club takes many interesting turns as it unfolds entirely during one therapy session.

Killer | directed by Matt Kazman, USA, 20:00
When Dusty masturbates for the first time, something bad happens...

Thunder Road | directed by Jim Cummings, USA, 12:52
Officer Arnaud loved his mom.


Some assembly required.

Puppetry, 100 minutes
Thursday, April 7, 2016, 7:00PM — Center for Puppetry Arts
Presented in Partnership with the Center for Puppetry Arts

Loon | directed by MT Maloney, USA/Hong Kong, 9:17
A peaceful monk named Po is disturbed by an eruption of urban development, transforming a small quiet island of rocks and woods into the electric jungle of modern-day Hong Kong.

Separated | directed by Benjamin Freiburger, USA, 14:11
When a wind-up toy's best friend is thrown into a moving box that is headed out of town, the tiny robot must spring to life and rescue her before she is gone forever.

Treeples | directed by Sarah Nolen, USA, 20:00
“Treeples” follows the adventures of everyday girls joining forces with a group of lively forest creatures to rid the woods of monsters.

MANOMAN | directed by Simon Cartwright, United Kingdom, 10:40
When Glen attends primal scream class, he releases something from deep within that knows no limits.

Cole - The Robot | directed by Benjamin T. Wilson, USA, 7:07
An introverted musician with big dreams aspires to greatness. Said musician happens to be a robot.

The Most Best Hat | directed by Jenelle Weidlich, USA, 2:40
On a sunny, sweltering day, a pufferfish loses his sun hat. Never fear, there's always a haberdashery near!

B. | directed by Kai Stänicke, Germany, 15:00
Torn between a cold relationship with K. and her feelings for another woman, shy and insecure B. is heading for a disaster. For too long she has suppressed her desire and lived a lie. But is it really too late for B. to follow her heart?

Ichabod: Sketches From Sleepy Hollow | directed by Hobey Ford, USA, 7:39
“Ichabod: Sketches from Sleepy Hollow” is a short puppet film by award winning puppeteer Hobey Ford, based on Washington Irving's Legend of Sleepy Hollow.

What's for Dinner | directed by Katie McClenahan, USA, 2:11
Set in a remote lighthouse on the shores of an unknown coast, “What’s for Dinner” is the story of two cats who must rely on their own intelligence to feed themselves after tragedy strikes.  


Other Worldly fibers.

Narrative, 85 minutes
Saturday, April 2, 2016, 12:00PM — Plaza Theatre, Main

Gwilliam | directed by Brian Lonano, USA, 5:45
A recently released criminal is looking for a good time. He can forget his sins but he can never forget… Gwilliam.

La Fabbricazione | directed by Hasan Can Dagli, Turkey, 17:47
A movie producer who complains about the absence of the genre of crime thrillers in his country creates a chain of serial killings which he will base his future movies on.

Zelos | directed by Thoranna Sigurdardottir, USA, 14:58
A competitive mother orders a clone to outshine her flawless friend, but soon realizes she purchased an unbeatable rival.

Carnal Orient | directed by Mila Zuo, USA, 8:34
A dark and strangely surreal snapshot of sexual desire aimed at the exotic.

The Quantified Self | directed by Gleb Osatinski, USA, 15:30
When well-meaning parents turn the self-tracking into a family religion, the consequences fall outside the quantifiable.

Boniato | directed by Eric Mainade & The Meza Brothers, USA, 22:04
An illegal migrant worker decides it’s time to move on from picking crops and find a better job. Little does she know, insidious supernatural forces have a different plan for her. Some borders aren't meant to be crossed.


Society for Cinema & Media Studies presents: The Thoughts That Once We Had
directed by Thom Andersen
USA, 2015, English
Thursday, March 31, 2016, 7:30 PM — Plaza Theatre, Upstairs

Assuming the diverse forms of an essay, diary, and found footage film, “The Thoughts That Once We Had” traces a line though both filmmaker Thom Andersen's personal history with cinema and philosopher Gilles Deleuze's influential cinema books. The film is comprised of clips spanning cinema's history, deftly edited together with inter-title commentary, and re-worked dialogue, sound and musical compositions. Andersen's adroit compilation, through a complex procedure of relation and reframing, thus uncovers new and different meanings at work in these classic and lost films.

WonderRoot’s Generally Local, Mostly Independent Film Series
Thursday, March 31, 2016, 8:00 PM — Plaza Theatre, Main — $12 at door/$10 in advance
Once again, we kick-off the festival with WonderRoot’s local short film series. This year’s crop is specially programmed for the Atlanta Film Festival as the STEEL block (See page ##).

Dazed and Confused
directed by Richard Linklater
USA, 1993, English, 102 minutes
Friday, April 1, 2016, 9:30 PM — Plaza Theatre, Main — FREE

It's the last day of school at a high school in a small town in Texas in 1976. The upperclassmen are hazing the incoming freshmen, and everyone is trying to get stoned, drunk, or laid, even the football players that signed a pledge not to.

The Rocky Horror Picture Show
Friday, April 1 & 8, 2015, 12:00 AM — Plaza Theatre, Main — $12
It's a Plaza Theatre institution! Lips Down On Dixie performs the interactive version of “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” at Midnight each Friday.

Food on Film - 25th Anniversary presentation: Fried Green Tomatoes
directed by Jon Avnet
USA, 1991, English, 130 minutes
Sunday, April 3, 2016, 12:00 PM — Plaza Theatre, Main — FREE

While visiting relatives in a nursing home, Evelyn Couch meets Ninny Threadgoode, an outgoing old woman, who tells her the story of a young woman in 1920s Alabama.This year, we are teaming up with Sweet Auburn BBQ and Callanwolde for an after-party sure to be a festival highlight. Party: $20

Music Video Presentation
Monday, April 4, 2016, 7:00 PM — Joystick Gamebar — FREE
Join us at Joystick Gamebar for a series of music videos of all different styles. This series will showcase local and international bands on the rise. Afterwards stay with us for drinks & games with the filmmakers.

Telluride Mountainfilm on Tour ATL presents: Can You Dig This
directed by Delila Vallot
USA, 2015, English, 80 minutes
Monday, April 4, 2016, 7:20 PM — Plaza Theatre, Main — $12 at door/$10 in advance

“Can You Dig This” explores the urban gardening revolution currently taking place in South Central Los Angeles, one of the largest food deserts in the country. We follow the inspirational personal journeys of five 'gangster gardeners,' all planting the seeds for a better life.

Handmade Puppet Dreams
Tuesday, April 5, 2016, 9:15 PM — 7 Stages Theatre — $12 at door/$10 in advance
Heather Henson introduces independent filmmakers and puppeteers who explore their craft specifically for the camera in this handpicked selection of puppet film shorts. Handmade Puppet Dreams showcases the fresh voices of independent puppeteers who embrace film as their medium for individual expressions, to build their visions, and breathe life into their dreams, while exploring a spectrum of live-action puppetry styles. Since 2005, Handmade Puppet Dreams has been screened nationally, where it received a UNIMA Citation of Excellence, and internationally in France, the Czech Republic, India, United Kingdom, Puerto Rico, Israel, and Prague, where it was awarded “The Best Puppet Film” at The World Puppet Festival.

Touch the Puppet Head
Wednesday, April 6, 2016, 9:30 PM — Plaza Theatre, Main — $12 at door/$10 in advance
Hosted by Beau Brown, “Touch the Puppet Head” is a combination of live puppetry performances and curated short puppet films.

Crocodile directed by Matt Harris-Freeth

This Is Ben directed by Pam Severns

Otter of the Underground directed by Christina Jean Benenati

Stay Curious directed by Kevin Kammeraad

Klaus directed by Nicole Horsman

ACVB presents: Friday Night After-Party featuring "Music Voyager"
Friday, April 8, 2016, 9:00 PM — Gallery L1 — $12 at door/$10 in advance
The festival's second-weekend kick-off party will take place at Gallery L1 and feature an exclusive advance screening of the new Atlanta episode of "Music Voyager" before it airs on PBS. After the screening, enjoy a fun evening with festival friends, filmmakers and staff, as well as cocktails, catering and live music. Sponsored by the Atlanta Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Pivot presents: 35 and Single
directed by Paula Schargorodsky
Argentina/USA/Spain, 2015, Spanish/English/Italian, 75 minutes
Friday, April 8, 2016, 9:35 PM — Plaza Theatre, Upstairs — FREE

I’m Paula. 35. Argentine. Over the past 10 years I've been compulsively shooting everyone and everything for no particular reason. All my love stories and breakups have been recorded and systematically stored. While I kept changing boyfriends every 2 years, I shot my friends with their boyfriends, husbands, their bellies and now surrounded by children. Yes, some of us just don't follow the norm. Should I settle down or remain a free spirit?