The world premiere of Chris Moore, Howard Zinn and Anthony Arnove's performance doc "The People Speak" will open the 33rd Atlanta Film Festival launching the event which will screen 166 films over ten days beginning April 16. The screening of "People," which has run the festival circuit this year in a series of "work in progress" hybrid performances, will be a final cut of the film screens theatrically before its soon-to-be-announced television premiere.
The 2009 AFF will present independent features, documentaries, shorts, animation and student shorts from the U.S. and around the world, including Canada, Italy, England, Germany, Israel, Australia, South Africa, and India. In addition to showcasing festival favorites like "Goodbye Solo," "Art & Copy," "500 Days of Summer," "Tyson" "Alexander the Last," "Moon," "Prom Night in Mississippi," "Beeswax," and "Kassim the Dream," the 2009 Atlanta Film Festival will spotlight discoveries with a series of premieres including the world debuts of "I Am The Bluebird," described as "a psychological drama about memory in the tradition of 'Memento' and 'Eternal Sunshine,'" "We Fun," a doc look at Atlanta's indie music scene, "General Orders No. 9," described as an "experimental rumination on Southern history," and "Faded Glory," a baseball doc about how a middle-aged team's attempts to compete on the amateur baseball circuit with kids half their age.
Also on tap are the U.S. premieres of "Greek Pete," the story of a Brit hustler, "Playing for Charlie, an Aussie bildungsroman and "Madholal Keep Walking," an Indian drama about a dreamer and his efforts to build a new life after a tragic incident. The festival will also feature a five-film Mexican Cinema sidebar culminating in a closing night screening of "Rudo & Cursi" starring Gael Garcia Bernal and Diego Luna's with director Carlos Cuaron in person for a post-screening Q&A.
"This screening continues our tradition of showcasing strong, impactful works," commented Atlanta Film Festial executive director Gabriel Wardell in a statement. "From the second we laid eyes on this passionate, provocative film at a work-in-progress screening earlier this year, we knew it was the perfect fit for Atlanta, home of John Lewis, and the birthplace of Martin Luther King."
[For more information including a full line-up, visit the festival's website.]