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Atlanta 2007.2: Money Maker

Atlanta 2007.2: Money Maker

The first weekend of the 31st Atlanta Film Festival is coming to an end. Saturday was a full day that began with a jury meeting, my panel, and then some screenings and gatherings. It was a busy day indeed. Our panel, “The State of Independent Film,” seemed to go off rather well, with decent attendance. Our top-notch moderator, IMAGE Executive Director Gabe Wardell, kept things moving and I think we touched on most of the necessary topics for a mostly aspiring-filmmaker audience. Here are some quick snapshots from some of our weekend:

(Saturday morning began early with our official Jury Orientation at the hotel. Pictured here are ‘Piggie’ producer Alison Dickey and ‘Somebodies’ director Hadjii, getting their Narrative Feature jury notes from Jury Wrangler Arik Sokol, far right. It looks blurry, because it was that kind of morning.)

(Hanging out during the afternoon at the coincidentally-named festival lounge, The Independent, were ‘Murder Party’ director Jeremy Saulnier, left, and ‘Hamilton’ director Matt Porterfield. The two filmmakers are old childhood friends who also worked on one another’s projects, which are both at the festival. Attention all you programmers out there: do yourself a favor and strongly consider both ‘Murder Party’ and ‘Hamilton.’ Audiences and critics love ’em.)

(On Saturday night, a bunch of us carpooled to nearby Decatur for a party hosted by ‘Paste’ magazine, at their headquarters. A big fan of the magazine, I was happy to finally see their super-cool offices. Performing at the soiree, was singer/songwriter Ari Hest, seen here.)

(Kicking back at the ‘Paste’ party on Saturday, is filmmaker and ‘Hannah Takes the Stairs’ co-star Andrew Bujalski and filmmaker Alex Karpovsky. Both have new films in two very different stages of production. And, they were much more chipper than they seem here. Sorry!)

After the Paste party, a decent chunk of people ventured off to what many have said is a mandatory tourist stop: a bar called The Clermont Lounge. If you know it, you know what we saw. If you don’t, you may be better off. Until you come to Atlanta.

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