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Reasons to be glad

Reasons to be glad

Happy Thanksgiving Wishes

Here are some thoughts I shared with everyone on the ATL Film Festival list:

Thanksgiving is a time for each to us to reflect on the things that fill our lives with joy. Challenging times such as these remind us to appreciate even the most simple things in life: our health, our friends, our family, our community.

I am reminded of a scene in Manhattan where a despondent Woody Allen conjures a litany of things that bring joy to his life:

Why is life worth living? It’s a very good question. Um… Well, There are certain things I guess that make it worthwhile. uh… Like what… okay… um… For me, uh… ooh… I would say… what, Groucho Marx, to name one thing…uh… um… and Wilie Mays…and um… the 2nd movement of the Jupiter Symphony… and um… Louis Armstrong, recording of Potato Head Blues…um… Swedish movies, naturally… Sentimental Education by Flaubert…uh… Marlon Brando, Frank Sinatra…um… those …incredible Apples and Pears by Cezanne…

uh… the crabs at Sam Wo’s…”

There is no doubt that arts touch our lives in ineffable ways. They move our soul. The arts inform every aspect of our lives–yet they remain unsung and under supported.

On behalf of the board and staff of the Atlanta Film Festival, I want to thank everyone for their continued support of, and faith in, this organization.

2008 has been an amazing year for the Atlanta Film Festival: not only did we officially re-branded to “Atlanta Film Festival 365.” We also launched a blog, began utilizing Twitter, . We are grateful for our Metro Atlanta Arts Fund Sustainability Grant, and the tool box support that allowed us to develop an ambitious strategic plan.

Without a committed base of supporters, we couldn’t continue to do the important work of bringing meaning to the moving image by championing shared community experiences, fostering the free exchange of ideas, and nurturing the development of a thriving industry.

Please consider making a pledge of support here, or consider purchasing a gift membership for a friend, colleague, loved one, or other movie lover in your life for the holidays.

It’s a gift that keeps giving! An amazing value.

Thanks again for your support. We can’t wait to work together to make 2009 even better!

For Indiewire, I’ll add this final note to filmmakers: It’s still not to late to submit your film to the Atlanta Film Festival in 2009–April 16-25, 2009.

Finally–one of my all time favorite short films–I defy you to watch this film, and NOT smile:

Reasons to Be Glad by fellow Bardian Jeffrey Noyes Scher:

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