Sunday, April 11, 2010

A few of my favorite movies at the festival this year

In my humble opinion, a few movies not to miss at the 2010 Atlanta Film Festival (April 15 - 23) are:

FREEDOM RIDERS (opening night - April 15 @8:00pm) - Purchase Tickets Here The screening is followed by an after party at Hotel Midtown.

RACING DREAMS screens Sat @ 2:15pm and Mon @ 7:05pm (click on day/time to buy tickets) This is such a great little movie. It's like HOOP DREAMS for NASCAR.

NONAMES screening Sat @ 9:45pm and Monday @ 4:15pm - This movie touched me because it reminds me so much of my son, and a few other family members. The movie does such an excellent job of showing the fine line between external cause-and-effect and careless decision-making. Kathy Lindboe, the director, will be in attendance.

I AM COMIC screens Sun @ 5:30pm and Tue @ 9:40pm - Jeff Foxworthy, Dave Attell and Margaret Cho are scheduled to attend the Sunday screening.

10 CONDITIONS OF LOVE screens Monday @ 7:10pm - Rebiya Kadeer will be in attendance. China protested this film's screening in Australia and it resulted in the film festival's computer system being hacked. This will be the North American premiere of the film.

You can see information on the Chinese protests against the Melbourne Film Festival screening here:

THE SQUARE screens Wed at 9:25pm - This is probably my favorite movie in the whole festival.

BURNING ICE screens Thurs @ 7:10pm - I don't have a trailer for this film, but I do have a description: Burning Ice follows a group of 45 world-renowned artists, musicians and scientists as they travel to the High Arctic to witness the effects of climate change. Travelling on a Russian ice-breaker up the west coast of Greenland are musicians Jarvis Cocker, Lesley Feist, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Martha Wainright ,KT Tunstall, Robin Hitchcock; Performance artist Laurie Anderson; Photographer Chris Wainwright and Poet Lemn Sissay. As scientists study the glaciers and ocean currents, the sheer beauty of the landscape inspires an extraordinary outpouring of art projects, music and song. The journey is organized by the UK based arts organization Cape Farewell. Director Peter Gilbert will be in attendance.

THE SECRET TO A HAPPY ENDING - closing night - April 23 @ 7:30pm - I can't find a trailer for this movie. The Drive-By Truckers will be performing live after the screening - followed by an after party at Artmore Hotel.