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"Opposite of Sex" Opening Atlanta Fest; Full Lineup Announced

"Opposite of Sex" Opening Atlanta Fest; Full Lineup Announced

"Opposite of Sex" Opening Atlanta Fest; Full Lineup Announced

by Mark Rabinowitz

The IMAGE Film and Video Center announced the lineup of the 22nd Atlanta
Film and Video Festival
today — it features two world premieres, a
solid list of regional premieres, and several seminars and special
events. This year the festival, running June 5 – 14th, also boasts an
especially strong contingent of local filmmakers. Festival Program
Director Gabriel Wardell told indieWIRE that “the scope of the festival
is deeper and wider than previous years,” and IMAGE chief Anne Hubbell
told indieWIRE that the festival had “made a concerted effort to show
more Georgia films than any other festival in the world.” In addition,
this year’s festival has expanded to 10 days, with screenings taking
place at six different venues.

This year’s opening night film is the regional premiere of Sony Pictures
release, “The Opposite of Sex,” directed by Don Roos and
starring Christina Ricci (“Buffalo 66,” “The Addams Family“), Martin
Donovan (“Trust,” “Portrait of a Lady“), Lisa Kudrow (“Clockwatchers“)
and Lyle Lovett (“Short Cuts“). Both Roos and Ricci are expected to be
on hand for the event.

“Among other things, this year’s festival reflects an effort to increase
community outreach,” said Hubbell. She continued, “Five free panel
discussions, hands-on demos, and the introduction of the Local Lounge, a
special showcase of local work, all represent the IMAGE mission to build
and create a strong independent community in Georgia.” Wardell added
that the festival has “a commitment to our local filmmakers.” He also
noted that the Lounge lineup is made up of mainly first-time filmmakers
who are getting the education required to navigate the festival scene.
He indicated that press kits and publicity stills, things taken for
granted by many seasoned filmmakers, seem foreign to some of these
directors, and that they’re getting a crash course in preparing for film

The closer this year is Marina Zenovich’s documentary, “Independent’s
,” an inside look at the world of Park City film festivals, featuring such
independent film regulars such as Parker Posey, Greg Mottola (“The
“), Steven Soderbergh, Tom DiCillo and Sundance programmer
John Cooper. Other highlights of the event include Nick Davis’ “1999,”
Trey Parker (“South Park“)’s “Cannibal: The Musical,” Lisa Cholodenko’s
Sundance award winning film “High Art” and Mark Schiffer’s “Strong
Island Boys
,” as well as a presentation by John Pierson of segments from
his Independent Film Channel show, “Split Screen.”

The festival recently announced that Gary Burns’ “Kitchen Party” won the
top narrative jury prize, while Jean Bach’s “Spitball Story” took the top
doc award. “Joshua Tunick’s “Naked Pavement” won the award for best
video documentary and Rod Lurie’s “4 Second Delay” was awarded the best
short film award.

The complete list of features follows:

Narrative Features

1999” by Nick Davis

Back to One” by Tiffany Yates and Richard LeMay

Cannibal: The Musical” by Trey Parker

Central Standard Time” by Scott Large and James Murray

Chesterfield” by David Iversen and Catherine Constantinou

De Profundis” by Lawrence Brose

Detention” by Darryl LeMont Wharton

Dirty, Drunk, and Heartbroke” by Evan Lieberman

Dog Years” by Robert Loomis

Frog & Wombat” by Laurie Agard

Green” aka “Whatever” by Karl Hirsch

Habit” by Larry Fessenden

The Headhunter’s Sister” by Scott Saunders

High Art” by Lisa Cholodenko

In the Flesh” by Ben Taylor

Kitchen Party” by Gary Burns

Le Impossible du Mission” by Lenny Daniel

Men Cry Bullets” by Tamara Hernadez

The Opposite of Sex” by Don Roos (Opening Night)

Out of Season” by Jeanette L. Buck

Paradise Falls” by Nick Searcy

Phantom Pain” by Neil Matsumoto

Scrapple” by Christopher Hanson

Shopping for Fangs” by Quentin Lee and Justin Lin

Sick Bastard” by Kevin Nukem and Taylor Heydman

Strong Island Boys” by Mark Schiffer

Surrender Dorothy” by Kevin DiNovis

Virtue” by Camera Obscura

Documentary Features

Alma” by Ruth Leitman

American Cowboy” by Kyle Henry

The Band” by David Zeiger

Circus Redickuless” by Phillip Glau

The Farm” by Johnathan Stack and Liz Garbus

Goreville, USA” by Seth Henrikson and David Sarnov
Independent’s Day” by Marina Zenovich (Closing Night film)

Jefftowne” by Daniel Kraus

Melvin Van Peebles’ Classified X” by Mark Daniels

Waking in Mississippi” by Andre Robinson and Christy Herring

For more information on the Atlanta Film and Video Festival, call
404/352-4254, or visit their website at>]

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