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Film Fest in Atlanta

Film Fest in Atlanta

Here in Atlanta, the 28th Atlanta Film Festival opened last night with a screening of Jim McKay’s “Everyday People” and a multi-venue opening night bash outside the Rialto theater downtown. (It will close on June 20th with Jean-Francois Pouliot’s “Seducing Doctor Lewis”). Local paper, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, bouyed fest organizers with a praising write-up on opening day. Leading Friday’s “Movies & More” section was a Top 25 Fest Films article in which writer Bob Longino wrote, “Reel for reel, the 28th annual Atlanta Film Festival has the best crop of movies in the event’s history.”

At the pre-screening reception inside the Rialto last night, Longino told me that he watched nearly twice that many movies ahead of the fest. His doc-heavy top ten:

1. Jehane Noujaim’s Al-Jazeera doc, “Control Room”
2. Ondi Timoner’s Sundance Grand Jury prize-winning rock doc, “Dig!”
3. Christopher Boe’s Danish Cannes ’03 award winner, “Reconstruction”
4. Zana Briski & Ross Kaufman’s Sundance audience award-winning doc about poor children in India, “Born Into Brothels”
5. Luigi Falorni & Byambasuren Davaa’s doc, “The Story of the Weeping Camel”
6. Mario Van Peebles drama about his dad, “Baadasssss!”
7. Jim McKay’s HBO film about genrification in Brooklyn, “Everyday People”
8. Eric Chaikin and Julian Petrillo’s Scrabble doc, “Word Wars”
9. Fest retrospective screening, “All The President’s Men”
10. Jonathan Demme’s doc, “The Agronomist”

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