Five Free Events at #ATLFF2019

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In addition to all the amazing screenings, workshops and meet-ups at this year’s Atlanta Film Festival; most of which require prepaid badge access or tickets, there are also 5 free events that you don’t want to miss! One of these we want to highlight is the premiere screening of HBO’s “Game of Thrones” Season 8! Although I’ve yet to become a raving fan of the show, I’ve always told myself that I need to check it out “for real, for real” to see what all the hype is about! The premiere screening will be held at Plaza Theater on Sunday, April 14, 2019, 9:00 PM. To RSVP for this free event, please visit www.atlantafilmfestival.com/schedule-2019. Along with “Game of Thrones”, be sure to check out these other free offerings:


ACVB Presents: “Music Voyager”

Monday, April 8, 2019, 6:00 PM

Plaza Theatre Main, 1049 Ponce De Leon Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30306

Join us and the Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau for the world premieres of “Music Voyager” episodes 5 & 6 that feature yours truly—the Atlanta Film Festival—as well as the Plaza Theatre, Dad’s Garage, Paris on Ponce, Karen Anderson & Tiny Doors, Atlanta United and more!

Free admission with advance RSVP at https://www.atlantafilmfestival.com/schedule-2019.

 

The Florida State University College Of Motion Picture Arts Presents:

Selected Keylight Films
Wednesday, April 10, 2019, 6:00 PM

Plaza Theatre Main, 1049 Ponce De Leon Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30306

The FSU College of Motion Pictures Arts presents a showcase of eight short student films followed by a panel discussion with representatives from the College. Ranked by The Hollywood Reporter as one of the top 25 film schools in the country, FSU College of Motion Picture Arts produces student films that regularly win prestigious awards like the Student Emmys and Oscars. Join us for an evening of cinematic entertainment as we showcase this year's selected Keylight Films.

Free admission with advance RSVP at https://www.atlantafilmfestival.com/schedule-2019.

 

SOUND+VISION

Thursday, April 11, 2019, 7:00 PM - 11:00 PM

Eastside Trail // Atlanta BeltLine & Historic Fourth Ward Park

After a year hiatus, SOUND+VISION — ATLFF’s signature mid-week event—returns! Join us on the Eastside Trail of the Atlanta BeltLine and Historic Fourth Ward Park for a night of live music, daring virtual reality films, unforgettable art installations, rockin’ music videos and Atlanta’s best food trucks! Previously held at Atlanta landmarks like The Goat Farm and Ponce City Market, this event is a true festival highlight!

Previous performers include Big Freedia, Tank and the Bangas, HelloOcho, Kodie Shane, Lonnie Holley, Gringo Star, Biters, Jungol.

Free admission. No RSVP necessary.

 

Presentation of HBO’s “Game of Thrones” Season 8 Premiere

Sunday, April 14, 2019, 9:00 PM

Plaza Theatre Main, 1049 Ponce De Leon Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30306

HBO is partnering with ATLFF to give guests a chance to see the final season premiere on the big screen at The Plaza!

Free admission with advance RSVP at https://www.atlantafilmfestival.com/schedule-2019.

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The 43rd Annual Atlanta Film Festival

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The kick off to the 43rd Annual Atlanta Film Festival is today! This two-week long festival takes place Thursday, April 4th - Sunday, April 14th. This year’s Opening Night Presentation this is a comedic drama called The Farewell directed by Lulu Wang. The Farwell tells the story of a Chinese family who decides to conceal the news of their grandmother’s terminal illness from her by organizing a spontaneous Chinese wedding in order to reunite and all bid their final farewells. Along with such heartfelt films like The Farewell, patrons, film professionals and movie goers will also have the opportunity to be a part of 11 days worth of workshops, talent and filmmaker appearances, special music, and various film and art presentations.

While many of these films require badge access which can be purchased in advance, we would also like people to know that there are a host of five different free events including the highly anticipated premiere screening of Games of Thrones Season 8! Some of these events require an RSVP while others may not. For full details, please visit https://www.atlantafilmfestival.com/schedule-2019. Dress Like A Gent has had the privilege of covering the Atlanta Film Festival for nearly 5 years now and we always are stunned and touched by the amazing work put in to make this event possible. Not to mention, all the films I’ve seen there have been simply amazing, thought provoking, heart-wrenching and honest! Be sure to take advantage of these offerings before these two weeks expire!

For more information on the 2019 Atlanta Film Festival and ticketing, please visit www.atlantafilmfestival.com.

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The 19th Annual Atlanta Film Festival

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The 19th Annual Film Festival is set to kick off beginning next Wednesday, February 6 through Tuesday Feb 26, 2019. Opening night, film lovers and patrons of the Atlanta Jewish Film Festival (AJFF) will view the Israeli dramedy called “Shoelaces”. This film is a story about the relationship between an aging mechanic and his full-energy special-needs son that he abandoned. The film provides a very realistic depiction of special-needs people, but in a way that is humorous and nature-sensible. Along with this film, the Atlanta Film Festival will present 180 screenings, with “an international collection of 76 films from 24 countries, at various Atlanta venues including Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre, Sandy Springs Performing Arts Center, Regal Perimeter Pointe, Regal Atlantic Station, UA Tara Cinemas and The Woodruff Arts Center.

Since my first involvement with AJFF many years ago, I have grown to love and respect the overall AJFF experience and the great effort they put into bringing together such a host of gifted filmmakers, actors and creatives of the Jewish community. This is an event not be missed!

For more information and tickets, please visit www.ajff.org.

*Photo Courtesy of Atlanta Jewish Film Festival

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The Premiere of Atlanta's Cinébash

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Saturday, June 23rd from 7 PM - 12 AM, an innovative blend of music, the arts, food and dance, will makes its premiere début celebrating cinema arts and the work of graphic designer Saul Bass. Deceased now 22 years, Saul Bass is forever remembered for his motion picture title sequences, including Alfred Hitchcock's Vertigo and Psycho, as well as his promo movie posters for films like Exodus, West Side Story and The Shining. Guests and lovers of the arts alike will gather this year at Cinébash to experience a well-rounded demonstration of Bass' artistry while networking among people in the industry hopefully to leave with a deeper appreciation for this type of craft. DJ Santiago Páramo will set the atmosphere musically along with an assortment of foods from several local restaurants including Taste of Atlanta. Alon's Bakery & Market, 1KEPT, City Barbeque, DAS BBQ, and FLIP Burger.

For more information about the event and to purchase tickets, visit Cinébash 2018

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Exclusive Interview with Filmmaker Pablo Solarz of The Last Suit

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The conclusion of the 2018 Atlanta Jewish Film Festival climaxed with a heart-clinching screening of The Last Suit by Director Pablo Solarz of Argentina. The Last Suit is a narrative about a Jewish 88-year-old tailor by the name of Abraham who sets out on an exhausting journey to reunite with the man who saved his life during the time of the Holocaust. This film, chosen as the celebratory closing at #AJFF2018 was an experience that captivated its viewers as we journeyed with Abraham from trial to triumph. Prior to the screening, we got the chance to speak with Pablo Solarz and hear first hand about what it took to bring this phenomenal project to life.

When asked how he felt to have The Last Suit shown as the closing film for this year’s festival, Pablo says it’s “like a dream” and that he’s very grateful to share this film with such a largely diverse audience. Originally written in 2004, it took over 13+ years to bring such a dream to fruition. His hope is for people to leave with a feeling of humanity and brotherhood; that no one is superior or inferior to the other. Also, Pablo wants people to realize how important it is to keep the memory of such tragedies alive in order to gain consciousness as to what we still see happening today. Both written and directed by Pablo Solarz himself, to date, the film is being viewed in 6 countries including Argentina, Spain, France, Germany, Poland and the U.S.

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For more information on the 2018 Atlanta Jewish Film Festival and the film The Last Suit, please visit ajff.org.


 

 

The 2018 Atlanta Jewish Film Festival Returns!

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Atlanta welcomes the 18th Annual Atlanta Jewish Film Festival! This year's festival kicks off January 24th - February 15th and one not to be missed!  Both patrons and first-timers alike can anticipate a total of 192 screenings with an array of films from 27 countries. These heart-felt screenings will be shown at some of the most popular venues in the city including the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre, Perimeter Point 10, Atlantic Station Stadium, Hollywood Stadium 24, The Springs Cinema & Taphouse, Tara Cinemas 4 and the Woodruf Arts Center. The Atlanta Jewish Film Festival has something for everyone to enjoy and infuses both Jewish culture and timeless modern themes in a very captivating style. I, personally have had the privilege of participating in the film festival for the past two years and admit that AJFF has been my all time favorite film festival yet! AJFF Executive Director, Kenny Blank, encourages followers of the festival to expect a "universality to the stories told in this year's lineup, with both sweeping and epic stories, personal narratives, unconventional perspectives, and stories that intersect with other communities."

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The opening ceremony this year will commence with a media reception on the evening of January 24th followed by an exclusive documentary screening of Sammy Davis Jr.'s I've Gotta Be Me. This documentary highlights the Harlem-mite's legendary journey as a singer, dancer, artist and entertainer during the time of racial persecutions and the dire need to break through such barriers during his era. This, along with many other amazing screenings will be available throughout the city for on-goers to enjoy up until February, 15th (as the festival concludes).

For more information on AJFF and ticketing, please visit www.ajff.org.

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The 41st Atlanta Film Festival Starts Today!

The 41st Annual Atlanta Film Festival begins today and will run throughout April 2, 2017. For a span of 10 days total, participators can expect an enthralling plethora of more than 160 feature length and short film presentations, 37 Creative Conferences and over a dozen Special Presentations. The Atlanta Film Festival has proven to be a monumental event that draws in filmmakers, writers, film lovers and more from all over the country and abroad. This highly anticipated Festival (aka ATLFF) has received global recognition as one of the "25 Coolest Film Festivals in the World" and "50 Film Festivals Worth the Entry Fee". The Opening Ceremony and red carpet screening this year will feature a narrative, DAVE MADE A MAZE - a story about a character named Dave who falls victim to his own fort erected in his personal living room. Dave winds up "trapped by the fantastical pitfalls, bobby traps and critters of his own making." Following the opening film, there will be a after party available to pass-holders who have obtained wristbands at the conclusion of tonight's screening. 

For more information on AFF, please visit, www.atlantafilmfestival.com and to check out my recap from last year's 40th annual AFF, visit http://urbanluxmag.com/2016/04/02/40th-atlanta-film-festival/.

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