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Atlanta Film Festival Announces Its First Ten Selections, All Directed by Women

Atlanta Film Festival Announces Its First Ten Selections, All Directed by Women

The Atlanta Film Festival has chosen six narrative features and four documentaries — all directed by women — as its initial ten selections. 

ATLFF Director of Programming Kristy Breneman said, “Films from female directors composed nearly half of last year’s feature film program. This first glimpse at the Festival’s 2015 lineup showcases the outstanding quality of work found in submissions from female filmmakers.” 

“These first ten films are some of the most exciting in our festival’s history,” she continued. “The fact that such an exceptional and diverse crop all come from female directors is a testament to how much the independent film industry is shifting and evolving for the better. We just hope one day Hollywood takes note.”

The 39th annual Atlanta Film Festival will take place March 20-29, 2015. It is currently fundraising via Kickstarter to bring filmmakers to the festival. 

Here are the ten women-directed pics the ATLFF has chosen so far for its programming next year (descriptions and photos via the festival press release): 

Apartment Troubles

directed by Jennifer Prediger, Jess Weixler
USA, 2014, English, 77 minutes

Olivia and Nicole are codependent roommates who are definitely going to make it; They’re just not sure how. When they get evicted from their shoebox apartment in Manhattan—conceptual art just doesn’t cover the rent—they boldly take off to L.A. and the promise of sunshine. As one door slams shut, another opens—a tarot card reading later, the duo decide to take their performance art sensibilities to the mainstream by auditioning for a reality TV talent show.

Starring: Jess Weixler, Jennifer Prediger, Megan Mullally, Will Forte, Jeffrey Tambor, Bob Byington

Breathe (Respire)

directed by Mélanie Laurent
France, 2014, French, 91 minutes

Seventeen-year-old Charlie is bright and beautiful, but not without her insecurities. When new girl Sarah arrives, Charlie is captured by her charisma and the two strike up a deep friendship. For a time, it seems as though each is what the other has been waiting for. When Sarah tires of Charlie and begins making new friends, their relationship takes a turn for the worse.

Starring: Joséphine Japy, Lou de Laâge, Isabelle Carré, Claire Keim

Female Pervert

directed by Jiyoung Lee
USA, 2015, English, 63 minutes

Phoebe is a lonely video game designer seeking a true connection in the modern world. Unfortunately, she doesn’t relate to people like most in ‘normal society.’ So she starts seeing a therapist, she changes her diet and joins a book club. As her path to self-improvement unfurls, some of her more eccentric interests lead her down a darker path. She meets a few men along the way, hoping to spark a love connection. But her perversions are hard to suppress. Will she be able to change? Or will she accept her fate as a female pervert?

Starring: Jennifer Kim, Joshua Mikel
#Narrative, #GAfilm

Imba Means Sing

directed by Danielle Bernstein
USA/Uganda, 2015, English, 75 minutes

Following Angel, Moses and Nina from the slums of Kampala, Uganda through a world tour with the Grammy-nominated African Children’s Choir, “Imba Means Sing” showcases these extraordinary characters as they travel from one extreme to the other. The story is told from the children’s perspectives on their one shot journey from poverty to education. The film is an intimate look at how each child processes the joys and challenges of this life-altering opportunity.

#Documentary, #GAfilm

Next Year (L’année Prochaine)

directed by Vania Leturcq
France/Belgium, 2014, French, 105 minutes

Clotilde and Aude are eighteen and have always been best friends. Their relationship is strong and interdependent, as teenage friendships can be. They are finishing school and have to decide what to do the following year, after their baccalaureate. Clotilde decides to leave their small, provincial village and go to Paris, dragging Aude along with her. But the two friends will experience this departure differently, ultimately splitting up.

Starring: Constance Rousseau, Jenna Thiam, Julien Boisselier, Kévin Azaïs

Old South

directed by Danielle Beverly
USA, 2015, English, 54 minutes

In a historically black neighborhood in Athens, Georgia, a college fraternity traditionally known to fly the confederate flag moves in and establishes their presence by staging an antebellum style parade. “Old South” follows the neighborhood struggle over three years, while both communities fight to preserve their historical legacies against an evolving cultural backdrop in the South—and the nation as a whole.

#Documentary, #GAfilm

The Sideways Light

directed by Jennifer Harlow
USA, 2014, English, 85 minutes

An ethereal and creepy mystery, “The Sideways Light” tells the story of Lily as she cares for her ailing mother, Ruth. While Ruth’s mind unravels, Lily struggles to understand her and the strange happenings in the house her family has called home for generations. Is Ruth the cause of the disturbances in the house? Or is it something older and more profound hidden there and in Lily’s bloodline?

Starring: Lindsay Burdge, Annalee Jefferies, Mark Reeb, Matthew Newton

The Sisterhood of Night

directed by Caryn Waechter
USA, 2014, English, 102 minutes

The story begins when Emily Parris exposes a secret society of teenage girls who have slipped out of the world of social media, into a mysterious world deep in the woods. Emily’s allegations of sexually deviant activities throw the town of Kingston into hysteria and the national media spotlight. As the accused uphold a vow of silence, Emily’s blog takes an unexpected turn when girls across the country emerge with personal stories of sexual abuse. Why are the Sisterhood girls willing to risk so much for a ritualistic gathering in the woods? From the story by Pulitzer Prize-winner Steven Millhauser, “The Sisterhood of Night” chronicles a provocative alternative to adolescent loneliness, revealing the tragedy and humor of teenage years changed forever by the Internet age.

Starring: Georgie Henley, Kara Hayward, Willa Cuthrell, Olivia De Jonge, Kal Penn, Laura Fraser

Sound of Redemption: The Frank Morgan Story

directed by N.C. Heikin
USA, 2014, English, 84 minutes

At 17, Frank Morgan was deemed Charlie Parker’s successor. In order to be just like his idol, he started taking heroin. Frank Morgan went from alto sax prodigy to junkie to bank robber. He landed in San Quentin, where there were so many jazz junkies that they formed a big band. It would take Morgan 30 hard years to turn his life around, but he did. Seamlessly weaving live performance and biography, “Sound of Redemption” penetrates the heart of the complex and gifted Frank Morgan and raises the roof at San Quentin.


Trans: A Documentary About Transboys

directed by Nathalie Cools
Belgium, 2014, Dutch, 42 minutes

There are several important steps that a trans man goes through during his transition. Following procedures that take place at the University Hospital in Ghent, Belgium, “Trans” follows several anonymous trans men as they find themselves at different stages in the process to transition from woman to man.

#Documentary, #PinkPeach

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