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           ATLANTA FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES 2011 LINEUP
ATLANTA, GA —The Atlanta Film Festival (ATLFF) proudly announces its diverse 2011 lineup
of narrative and documentary features and short films for this year’s festival, April 28 – May 7 in
Atlanta, GA. Over the course of ten days, the ATLFF will screen more than 125 films curated
from over 1,500 submissions, and with many participating filmmakers and industry
professionals. The program consists of 14 Gala Presentations, 29 Narrative Features, 26
Documentary Features and 10 Short Program Presentations with over 20 features/shorts shot in
Georgia and/or featuring Atlantans. The festival’s main competition consists of 6 Narrative
Features, 4 Pink Peach (LGBT) Features, and 8 Documentary Features battling for their
category’s Grand Jury Prize. This year’s festival will also mark the introduction of the
CINformation Seminar Series. This inaugural program will bring together industry professionals,
academics, and field experts for workshops and discussions where filmmakers, actors, local
artists, and other cinema fans can educate themselves and gain insight into the ever-changing
world of media and filmmaking.

"We are thrilled to be celebrating our 35th anniversary,‖ said Atlanta Film Festival Board
President Walker Anderson. ―This milestone is a true testament to both the creative community
who supports our organization year-round as well as the film-lovers in Atlanta who continue to
turn out and show their support in large numbers during our annual festival. With over 1,500
films submitted, our programmers have risen to the challenge and have created a strong and
diverse lineup of films that is worthy of a 35th anniversary celebration."

The Narrative Feature Competition includes: Sahkanaga, directed by John Henry Summerour;
Old Goats, directed by Taylor Guterson; Pleasant People, directed by David Bonawits; Prairie
Love, directed by Dusty Bias; Stranger Things, directed by Eleanore Burke and Ron Eyal; and
Without, directed by Mark Jackson. The Pink Peach Feature Competition includes:
Codependent Lesbian Space Alien Seeks Same, directed by Madeleine Olnek; The Seminarian,
directed by Joshua Lim; and What’s the Name of the Dame?, directed by Allan Neuwirth. The
Documentary Feature Competition includes: Disabled But Able to Rock!, directed by Blake
Myers; Everyday Sunshine: The Story of Fishbone, directed by Chris Metzler and Lev
Anderson; Eleanore and the Time Keeper, directed by Daniele Wilmouth; Hot Coffee, directed
by Susan Saladoff; I Am, directed by Sonali Gulati; PressPausePlay, directed by David Dworsky
and Victor Köhler; An African Election, directed by Jarreth Merz; and The Pruitt-lgoe Myth,
directed by Chad Freidrichs.

Previously announced films that will also be showcased include the Opening Night film, Azazel
Jacobs’ Terri presented by Turner Broadcasting; Closing Night film Africa United by Debs
Gardner-Paterson; and the partial Gala Films lineup, including John Gray’s White Irish Drinkers;
the World Premiere of Lisa Albright’s Coming Up Roses starring Bernadette Peters; Klim
Shipenko’s Kto Ya?; Justin Chadwick’s The First Grader; the World Premiere of Laura
Newman’s We Are The Hartmans starring Richard Chamberlain; Celine Danhier’s documentary
Blank City; and Joni Steele Kimberlin’s Get Real! Wise Women Speak featuring Jane Fonda,
Della Reese and Nikki Giovanni.
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In the shorts categories, 12 narratives, 11 animations and 11 documentaries will compete in
their respective categories for a Jury Prize. In the Pink Peach category, for best LGBT short, 14
features will compete. As an Oscar® qualifying festival, the ATLFF 2011 Jury Prize winners of
the Narrative and Animated short film categories will automatically become eligible to be
considered for the Oscar® shortlist.

Screening venues include the Landmark Midtown Art Cinema, the Plaza Theatre and the Lefont
Cinema Sandy Springs. The Festival will continue to provide more information regarding
competitions, screenings, panels, and seminars over the next couple of weeks. ATLFF invites
Atlantans and cinephiles from around the Southeast to enjoy an eclectic mix of international
films, narrative features and shorts, documentary features and shorts, and many special
presentations. For more information, please visit www.AtlantaFilmFestival.com.

The 2011 Atlanta Film Festival will feature:

GALA PRESENTATIONS

Terri (USA)
Director: Azazel Jacobs
Orphaned to an uncle who is ailing, mercilessly teased by his peers, and roundly ignored by his jaded
teachers, Terri finds himself alienated and alone. But when the dreaded vice principal, Mr. Fitzgerald,
sees a bit of himself in the boy, they establish a friendship that encourages Terri to consider the
possibility that life is something to be shared, even enjoyed, not just endured.
Cast: John C. Reilly, Jacob Wysocki, Creed Bratton
(Opening Night)

Africa United (UK)
Director: Debs Gardner-Paterson
The extraordinary story of three Rwandan kids who walk 3,000 miles to the Soccer World Cup in South
Africa.
Cast: Eriya Ndayambaje, Roger Nsengiyumva, Sanyu Joanita Kintu, Yves Dusenge, Sherrie Silver,
Emmanuel Jal, Leleti Khumalo
(Closing Night)

The First Grader (UK)
Director: Justin Chadwick
Set in a mountain village in Kenya, this film tells the remarkably true and uplifting story of a proud old Mau
Mau veteran who is determined to seize his last chance to learn to read and write - and so ends up
joining a class alongside six year-olds.
Cast: Naomie Harris, Tony Kgoroge, Sam Feuer
(Passport Film Series)

Blank City (USA)
Director: Celine Danhier
Today, Manhattan is a byword for overpriced property, overexposed landmarks and overdressed
fashionistas. In the late 70s, however, it was rat-infested, crime-crippled, cheap and nasty - somewhere
for America to dump its immigrants, poor people and artists. Music, art, fashion and filmmaking
burgeoned, fueled by drugs, dares, fads, feuds, and a fair helping of madness.
Cast: Deborah Harry, Fab 5 Freddy, Jim Jarmusch, Ann Magnuson, Steve Buscemi and many more
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Get Real! Wise Women Speak (USA)
Director: Joni Steele Kimberlin
Approximately sixty million American women are over the age of fifty and as the world becomes more
complex, the planet cries out for the wisdom of older women. Wise Women Speak profiles extraordinary
women who are using their time and talents to benefit their communities, nations and the world.
Interviews include Nobel laureates, artists, grandmothers, Indigenous shamans, scientists,
businesswomen, political leaders, activists and educators.
Cast: Jane Fonda, Della Reese, Nikki Giovanni, Susan L. Taylor

Coming Up Roses (USA)
Director: Lisa Albright
15 year old Alice (Reyna de Courcy) and her larger-than-life mother, Diane (Bernadette Peters) hold onto
each other and their theatrical fantasies in order to survive their gritty reality; a dangerous neighborhood,
money troubles, even Diane's mental illness will not pull them down.
Cast: Bernadette Peters, Rachel Brosnahan, Peter Friedman, Reyna de Courcy
(World Premiere)

POM Wonderful Presents: The Greatest Movie Ever Sold (USA)
Director: Morgan Spurlock
A documentary about branding, advertising and product placement - that is financed and made possible
by brands, advertising and product placement.

Incendies (Canada, France)
Director: Denis Villeneuve
A mother's last wishes send twins Jeanne and Simon on a journey to Middle East in search of their
tangled roots. Adapted from Wajdi Mouawad's acclaimed play, Incendies tells the powerful and moving
tale of two young adults' voyage to the core of deep-rooted hatred, never-ending wars and enduring love.
Cast: Lubna Azabal, Mélissa Désormeaux-Poulin and Maxim Gaudette
(Passport Film Series)

Kto Ya? (Russia)
Director: Klim Shipenko
This story begins at the Sevastopol station in the early rainy morning. On the platform near Moscow-
Sevastopol train the police find a young man without documents, who has lost his memory. He
remembers a lot of facts: historical dates, songs of his favorite band, but he can't recollect his name or
say where he is from and what his family is.
Cast: Aleksandr Yatsenko, Zhanna Friske, Sergey Gazarov, Anatoliy Belyy, Viktoriya Tolstoganova,
Mikhail Babichev, Tatyana Fedorovskaya, Konstantin Demidov
(Passport Film Series)

Page One: A Year Inside the New York Times (USA)
Director: Andrew Rossi
Unprecedented access to the New York Times newsroom yields a complex view of the transformation of
a media landscape fraught with both peril and opportunity.
Cast: David Carr

The Start of Dreams (USA)
Director: Byron Horne
A no-holds-barred look into the fast-paced life of director Kenny Leon, as he juggles his Broadway career,
running his successful theater in Atlanta called True Colors, and helping kids achieve their dreams of
performing on the Great White Way.
Cast: Kenny Leon, Phylicia Rashad, Anthony Mackie
(Georgia on Our Minds Film Series)
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Things Fall Apart (USA)
Director: Mario Van Peebles
A drama centered around a promising football running back during his senior year in college.
Cast: Ray Liotta, 50 Cent and Lynn Whitfield
(Georgia on Our Minds Film Series)

We Are The Hartmans (USA)
Director: Laura Newman
Hartman’s club is the last local hangout in a town beset by Big-Box-Mart and fast food chains. When the
owner of Hartman’s falls ill, his estranged family comes to town to sell the club and collect the money.
What they don’t expect is a full-scale neighborhood rebellion by the eccentric musicians, drunks and drag
queens that frequent the club.
Cast: Richard Chamberlain, John Carey, Dylan Clements, Chris Cook, Ben Curtis, Brie Eley, Murray Hill,
James Iglehart, Jennifer Restivo, Charlie Romanelli, Blayne K. Ross
(World Premiere)

White Irish Drinkers (USA)
Director: John Gray
A coming of age story set in 1975 working-class Brooklyn, in which two teenage brothers living with their
abusive father and their well-meaning but ineffective mother are caught up in a life of petty crime.
Cast: Stephen Lang, Karen Allen, Peter Riegert, Nick Thurston,Geoffrey Wigdor, Leslie Murphy


NARRATIVE FEATURES

Another Earth (USA)
Director: Mike Cahill
In Another Earth, Rhoda Williams (Marling), a bright young woman accepted into MIT's astrophysics
program, aspires to explore the cosmos. A brilliant composer, John Burroughs (Mapother), has just
reached the pinnacle of his profession and is about to have a second child. On the eve of the discovery
of a duplicate Earth, tragedy strikes and the lives of these strangers become irrevocably intertwined.
Cast: William Mapother, Brit Marling and Jordan Baker

As If I Am Not There (Ireland)
Director: Juanita Wilson
A harsh dose of cinematic realism about a harsh time-the Bosnian War of the 1990s-Juanita Wilson's
drama is taken from true stories revealed during the International Criminal Tribunal in The Hague.
Cast: Stellan Skarsgård, Miraj Grbic, Natasa Petrovic, Fedja Stukan, Nikolina Kujaca, Sanja Buric

Black, White & Blues (USA)
Director: Mario Van Peebles
Bailey plays the blues and has one shot at redemption and paying off a large debt if he can get over his
stage fright.
Cast: Michael Clarke Duncan, Taryn Manning and Tom Skerritt

The Catechism Cataclysm (USA)
Director: Todd Rohal
Father William Smoortser drops his Bible into a toilet at a rest stop just before embarking on a day-long
canoe trip, breaking loose all glorious hell.
Cast: Steve Little, Robert Longstreet and Wally Dalton
(Georgia on Our Minds Film Series)
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Der Sandmann (Switzerland)
Director: Peter Luisi
Benno finds sand in his bed. While he tries to ignore this at first, he soon must realize that he himself is
losing the sand. Day after day the sand increases and soon his time literally starts running short.
Cast: Fabian Krüger, Irene Brügger, Beat Schlatter, Florine Deplazes, Kaspar Weiss
(Passport Film Series)

Fifty-Nothing (USA)
Director: Thomas Johnston
We meet two long-time golf-buddies, Adam, going through a trial separation from his wife of 15 years and
Jon, who is not only losing work to the 'young guy', but also dealing with a 'generous' prostate. They
decide to take off on a weekend journey to let loose and relive the Palm Springs getaway of their younger
days but meet with unexpected results.
Cast: Wendie Malick, Jessalyn Gilsig, Martin Grey, Drew Pillsbury, Michaela McManus, Kathleen Noone,
Anne-Marie Johnson, Steve Hytner

Lord Byron (USA)
Director: Zack Godshall
Byron lives with his ex-wife, her kids, and her boyfriend, and when he's not pursuing his primary passion,
women, he spends his time smoking weed and loafing around. But he's grown restless in his middle-age,
and he feels the need to escape. He just doesn't know where to go.
Cast: Paul Batiste, Justin Bickham, Joseph Diaz, Rosco Hall, Bria Hobgood, Renee King, Kayla Lemaire

The Little Death (USA)
Director: Bret Wood
A strong-willed reformer ventures into a turn-of-the-century brothel to confront the owner, and liberate a
young woman whom she believes is held there in sexual captivity. Based on the play DEATH AND DEVIL
by Frank Wedekind (SPRING AWAKENING), integrated with Anton Chekhov's short story A NERVOUS
BREAKDOWN.
Cast: Daniel May, Courtney Patterson, Clifton Guterman, Christie Vozniak
(Georgia on Our Minds Film Series)

Mars (USA)
Director: Geoff Marslett
The discovery of life on Mars places a robotic expedition and a manned mission in a race to the Red
Planet. On the way we discover that love - biological, spiritual, and even mechanical - can flourish in all
kinds of ways.
Cast: Mark Duplass, Zoe Simpson, Paul Gordon, Cynthia Watros, Michael Dolan, Liza Weil

Mysteries of Lisbon (Portugal)
Director: Raoul Ruiz
Follows a jealous countess, a wealthy businessman, and a young orphaned boy across Portugal, France,
Italy and Brazil where they connect with a variety of mysterious individuals.
Cast: Léa Seydoux, Melvil Poupaud and Clotilde Hesme
(Passport Film Series)

Red Light Revolution (China)
Director: Sam Voutas
A luckless Beijinger opens an adult shop to make ends meet, sparking a sexual revolution in his
conservative neighborhood.
Cast: Jun Zhao, Vivid Wang, Xiduo Jiang, Masanobu Otsuka, Tess Liu, Huimin Tian, Ji Qing, Bing Bo
(Passport Film Series)
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Silver Tongues (USA)
Director: Simon Arthur
Gerry and Joan use their talent for acting and performance as part of a dark game. Driving from town to
town, the two lovers don different personas to deceive and destroy the lives of the people in their path.
But each manipulation begins to take its toll. Soon the performances spiral out of control, and the game
itself threatens their very relationship.
Cast: Lee Tergesen, Enid Graham and Tate Ellington

Snow On Tha Bluff (USA)
Director: Damon Russell
The story of Atlanta robbery boy and crack dealer, Curtis Snow, who stole a camera from some college
kids in a dope deal and made a documentary about his life.
Cast: Adrienne Lockett, Curtis Lockett, Frank Ringer, Brandon Snow, Curtis Snow, D'Angelo Snow, Kita
Snow
(Georgia on Our Minds Film Series)

Troll Hunter (Norway)
Director: André Øvredal
A group of students investigates a series of mysterious bear killings, but learns that there are much more
dangerous things going on. They start to follow a mysterious hunter, learning that he is actually a hunter
of trolls.
Cast: Otto Jespersen, Hans Morten Hansen and Tomas Alf Larsen
(Passport Film Series)

Vacation! (USA)
Director: Zack Clark
An existential beach party movie about life, death, sex, drugs and other stuff that totally messes you up.
Cast: Trieste Kelly Dunn, Lydia Hyslop, Maggie Ross, Melodie Sisk, Michael Abbott Jr., Tara Everhart

Young Goethe in Love (Germany)
Director: Philipp Stölzl
Germany 1772 – the young and tumultuous Johann Goethe aspires to be a poet but after failing his law
exams, is sent by his father to a sleepy provincial court to mend his ways. At first, he tries to do his best
and wins the praise and friendship of his superior Kestner. But then Lotte enters his life and nothing is the
same.
Cast: Alexander Fehling, Miriam Stein, Moritz Bleibtreu, Volker Bruch, Burghart Klaußner, Henry Hübchen
(Passport Film Series)

NICOLÁS PEREDA RETROSPECTIVE
Nicolás Pereda is not even 30 yet, but he has a number of critically acclaimed feature films under his belt.
The Mexico City native has been earning a reputation for being a prolific filmmaker with an edge. ATLFF
is devoting a special program to the young filmmaker, who has shot four super-low-budget features in half
as many years. The festival's focus on Pereda marks a canny awareness of a young Mexican filmmaking
star on the rise.

All Things Overtaken by Silence (Todo, en fin, el silencio lo ocupaba)
A meditation on filmmaking and its process.

Interview with Earth (Entrevista con la tierra)
Through a series of interviews and enactments, documentary and fiction seamlessly merge creating a
hybrid poetic film about Nico and Amalio, two children who lost a friend while climbing a mountain.

Perpetuum Mobile
A weirdly hilarious peak into the adventures of Gabino, a slackerish 24-year old Mexico City moving truck
driver.
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Summer of Goliath (Verano de Goliat)
A documentary/fiction hybrid narrates various stories of the people of the town of Huilotepec in rural
Mexico.

Together (Juntos)
Gabino, Luisa and Paco live in an apartment in Mexico City. They don’t have cold water and the
refrigerator just broke. After their dog goes missing, they make a trip to the country.

Where Are Their Stories (¿Dónde están sus historias?)
Vincente, a young Mexican farmer, contends with his greedy uncles who mean to sell off the land he
works, land owned by his grandmother. He must travel to the hustle and bustle of Mexico City to exact his
revenge. While there, he confronts his estranged mother.
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35 ANNIVERSARY CLASSICS @ THE PLAZA
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To celebrate the Atlanta Film Festival’s 35 Anniversary, ATLFF and Turner are presenting these special
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films (which are also celebrating their 35 anniversary) at the famed Plaza Theatre, including a restored
print of Martin Scorsese’s Taxi Driver.

Network (USA)
Director: Sidney Lumet
A TV network cynically exploits a deranged ex-TV anchor's ravings and revelations about the media for
their own profit.
Cast: Faye Dunaway, William Holden, Peter Finch, Robert Duvall, Ned Beatty

Taxi Driver (USA)
Director: Martin Scorsese
A mentally unstable Vietnam War veteran works as nighttime taxi driver in a city whose perceived
decadence and sleaze feeds his urge to violently lash out, attempting to save a teenage prostitute in the
process.
Cast: Robert DeNiro, Jodie Foster, Albert Brooks, Cybil Shepherd

NARRATIVE COMPETITION

Old Goats (USA)
Director: Taylor Guterson
Old Goats is a comedy that features three elderly men playing themselves, but within a fictional
framework. The story blends fiction and reality.
Cast: Britton Crosley, David Vander Wal, Bob Burkholder, Benita Staadecker, Steve Stolee, Gail Shackel

Pleasant People (USA)
Director: David Bonawits
Jiyoung is an anxious musician living in the Deep South. Her best friends are moving forward in life while
she's stuck dealing with car accidents, health scares and a dwindling office romance. In the midst of all
this turmoil she is trying to record her new album. Her excitement really starts to show while she is in the
recording studio.
Cast: Jiyoung Lee, Josh Hall, Dave Marder, Sarah Atchison, Paula Trude, Becca Cayce
(Music Film Series)

Prairie Love (USA)
Director: Dusty Bias
From the frozen plains of North Dakota comes this wonderfully bizarre story about three people searching
for love in the oddest ways. The absurdist humor and quirky onscreen oddities make the characters of
this grim tale seem strangely lovable. Brazenly idiosyncratic, this film takes the love story into uncharted
territory.
Cast: Jeremy Clark, Holly Lynn Ellis, Garth Blomberg, Greta Grosch, Bryant Mock, Gene Curtiss
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Sahkanaga (USA)
Director: John Henry Summerour
A teenager in rural Georgia stumbles upon a gruesome discovery in the woods, and the fabric of his life
unravels as he suffers the secret.
Cast: Trevor Neuhoff, Kristin Rievley, Jace Flatt, Laura Maynard, Charles Patterson, Chip Jones, Rhea
Thurman, Sharon Huey, Larry Summerour
(World Premiere in conjunction with Independent Film Festival Boston)
(Georgia on Our Minds Film Series)

Stranger Things (USA)
Director: Eleanor Burke and Ron Eyal
An unusual and touching bond develops when grieving Oona reaches out to a mysterious homeless man,
offering him a place to stay in her garden shed.
Cast: Bridget Collins, Adeel Akhtar

Without (USA)
Director: Mark Jackson
On a remote wooded island, a young woman becomes caretaker to an old man in a vegetative state. As
the monotony of daily routine starts to unravel, boundaries collapse and she struggles with sexuality, guilt
and loss.
Cast: Ron Carrier, Joslyn Jensen, Kristine Haruna Lee, Darren Lenz, Jodi Long, Bob Sentinella

PINK PEACH FEATURE COMPETITION

Codependent Lesbian Space Alien Seeks Same (USA)
Director: Madeleine Olnek
The adventures of lesbian space aliens on planet Earth, and the romance between Jane, a shy greeting
card store employee, and Zoinx, the woman Jane does not realize is from outer-space.
Cast: Lisa Haas, Susan Ziegler, Jackie Monahan, Cynthia Kaplan, Dennis Davis, Alex Karpovsky, Rae C.
Wright, Clay Drinko, Julian Brand

Corpus Christi: Playing with Redemption (USA)
Director: Nic Arnzen, James Brandon
Based on Terrence McNally's play about a young gay Jesus, a play which continues to face censorship,
protests, bomb threats and religious condemnation. The film follows an acting troupe and the playwright
as they continue their tour across the USA and internationally, where hate and bigotry are much more
prevalent.
Cast: Jeanene Ambler, Nic Arnzen, Sheilagh Brooks, James Brandon, Steve Callahan, Melissa Caulfield,
Elizabeth Cava, Mark Colbert, Paul Denniston, Terrence McNally, Matthew Montgomery
(Non-Competition - Sneak Preview Screening)

The Seminarian (USA)
Director: Joshua Lim
A closeted gay seminarian's struggle in a troubled relationship leads him to question everything he had
known about God and love.
Cast: Mark Cirillo, Matthew Hannon, Linda J. Carter, Eric Parker Bingham, Javier Montoya, Jessica
Blythe

What’s The Name Of The Dame? (USA)
Director: Allan Neuwirth
This hilarious and heartfelt documentary musical follows top drag divas, each of them a gifted vocalist
and performer, as they reinterpret some of ABBA's greatest songs with humor and style.
Cast: Hedda Lettuce, Edie, Cashetta, Sade Pendarvis, Yolanda, June Bug, Betzy, Joie Starr and Connie
Cat with special appearances by Benny Andersson, Bruce Vilanch, Joan Rivers, Christine Baranski,
Graham Norton, Frank DeCaro, Carson Kressley, Ari Gold, Heather Leigh West
(Music Film Series)
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DOCUMENTARY FEATURE

Barbershop Punk (USA)
Director: Georgia Archer, Kristin Armfield
Barbershop quartet baritone Robb Topolski finds himself at ground zero of a landmark case whose
outcome will affect the rights of every American citizen. Following his personal quest to defend what he
believes to be his inalienable rights, this film examines critical issues surrounding the future of the
American internet and what it takes to challenge the status quo.
Cast: Robb Topolski, Henry Rollins, Janeane Garofalo, Ian MacKaye. The FCC, Michelle Combs of The
Christian Coalition, NARAL, John Perry Barlow, Former White House Press Secretary Mike McCurry,
Damian Kulash of OKgo

Beatboxing (USA)
Director: Klaus Schneyder
In the late 70’s a youth culture evolved in the poorer parts of New York combining several disciplines
under the name of ―Hip Hop.‖ In addition to the four classic elements of Graffiti, Diking, Breakdancing,
and Rapping, the musical side of this culture was enhanced by a fifth element called 'Beatboxing'.
Cast: Adam Matta, Archangel, Baba Israel and Morganics, Bee Low, Bellatrix and the Boxettes,
Butterscotch, Click88
(Music Film Series)

Bejing Taxi (USA)
Director: Miao Wang
This is feature-length documentary that vividly portrays the ancient capital of China undergoing a
profound transformation. The intimate lives of three taxi drivers are seen through a humanistic lens as
they navigate a quickly morphing city, confronting modern issues and changing values.
(Passport Film Series)

Bouncing Cats (USA)
Director: Nabil Elderkin
The inspiring documentary of one man's attempt to use the power of hip-hop for positive social change in
Uganda, to unify, empower and inspire the youth of this war-torn region.
Cast: Abramz, Crazy Legs, Common, Will.I.Am, K’Non
(Music Film Series)

Breaking & Entering (USA, Canada, China, Norway)
Director: Benjamin Fingerhut
Breaking world records is a mysteriously seductive tradition, alternately inspiring, reckless, and bizarre.
Follow a juggler, a grape catcher, and a man who cycles nowhere as they battle the odds - and their
respective nemeses - in pursuit of global dominance.
Cast: George Hood, Michal Kapral, Steve Spalding, Paul Tavilla, Zach Warren, Ashrita Furman

Cleanflix (USA)
Director: Andrew James
Following the ―sanitized‖ movie industry from inception to collapse. Starting with Kate Winslet's bare
breasts in Titanic and the Mormon culture that didn't want to see them, the film launches into the
numerous legal and theoretical debates that led to a DGA lawsuit involving industry titans like Martin
Scorsese, Steven Soderbergh, Steven Spielberg, and Robert Redford.
Cast: Ray Lines, Allan Erb, Neil LaBute, Daniel Thompson, Brad Silberling, Richard Dutcher

Happy (USA)
Director: Roko Belic
HAPPY takes us on a worldwide adventure from desert of the Kalahari bushmen, to the alligator infested
Louisiana Bayou to discover what the new science of happiness can teach us about ourselves.
A Work in Progress Screening
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Just Like Us (USA)
Director: Ahmed Ahmed
The director takes us on a hilarious tour from Dubai to Beirut, Riyadh to New York with a gaggle of other
stand-up talent. Along the way, taboos of culture and geopolitics are exploded, and a younger generation
of both comedy talents and audiences is born.
Cast: Ahmed Ahmed, Ted Alexandro, Sherif Azab, Whitney Cummings, Tommy Davidson, Omid Djalili

Late Rounders (USA)
Director: Evan A. Marshall
Late Rounders follows graduating college football players as they attempt to take the next step in their
careers and make the 53-man roster on an NFL football team. Beyond the glamour of Sunday Game Day,
it reveals the complex underbelly these athletes must traverse to make their way into the pros.
Cast: Corey Peters, Alfonso Smith, John Conner, Aaron Morgan, Ray Fisher
(Scoreboard Film Series)
(Georgia on Our Minds Film Series)

My Perestroika (USA, UK, Russia)
Director: Robin Hessman
A story of five people from the last generation of Soviet children, who were brought up behind the Iron
Curtain. Just coming of age when the USSR collapsed, they witnessed the world of their childhood
crumble and change beyond recognition. Through the lives of these former schoolmates, this intimate film
reveals how they have adjusted to their post-Soviet reality in today's Moscow.

One Lucky Elephant (USA)
Director: Lisa Leeman
Where does an elephant go after a life in the circus? Sixteen years have passed since circus producer
David Balding adopted Flora, the orphaned baby African elephant he lovingly raised as part of his family
and made the star of his show. Ten years in the making, One Lucky Elephant explores the consequences
of keeping wild animals in captivity, while never losing sight of the delicate love story at its heart.

Pigskins & Magnolias: 12 Days of Fandom (USA)
Director: Josh Locklair
A love letter to college football fans of the Southeastern Conference.
Cast: Ted Friedman, Clay Travis, Nathan Davis, Mike "Big Dawg" Woods, Ted Pacheco, SEC Fans
(Scoreboard Film Series)

Rejoice and Shout (USA)
Director: Don McGlynn
The Blues are songs of despair, but Gospel are the songs of hope. Reaching back to its roots this film
traces gospel music’s 200-year history via clips from some hundreds of hours of rare footage and audio
recordings.
Cast: Smokey Robinson, Mahalia Jackson, Rev. James Cleveland - Mavis Staples -Andrae Crouch - Ira
Tucker, Sr. - Marie Knight - Willa Ward - Ira Tucker, Jr.
(Music Film Series)

Starting At The Finish Line: The Coach Buehler Story (USA)
Director: Amy Unell
For 55 years, Duke University coach Al Buehler has inspired countless athletes and met enormous
challenges -- breaking new ground in race relations, women's athletics and international sport. Now, Al
Buehler faces his latest challenge -- an inoperable benign brain tumor.
Cast: NBA Star Shane Battier, Coach Al Buehler, Olympian John Carlos, NBA All-Star Grant Hill,
Olympian Carl Lewis, Olympian Jackie Joyner-Kersee, Coach Mike Krzyzewski, Olympian Joan Benoit
Samuelson, Olympian Mary Decker Slaney, Coach LeRoy Walker, Olympian Dave Wottle
(Scoreboard Film Series)
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Thievery Corporation: Live at the 9:30 Club (USA)
Director: Jolyon Hoff
The first ever live concert film from Thievery Corporation. Part documentary, part concert film -- Live at
the 9:30 Club will bring you in and surround you with the energy that is Thievery Corporation. TC's
eclectic ensemble weaves in and out of the band's musical history while delivering a beautiful and
engaging visual experience. This is an intimate account of the band and a dazzling recording of one of
the world's most unique musical stage-shows.
(Music Film Series)

World Peace & Other 4th-Grade Achievements (USA)
Director: Chris Farina
Public school teacher John Hunter and his students participate in an educational exercise that he created
entitled the World Peace Game. This interactive experience triggers a transformation of the students from
children of a neighborhood school to citizens of the world. The World Peace Game exposes children to
the complex issues of the greater geo-political world that they will one day encounter
Cast: John Hunter Students of John's Venable School's 4th-grade class.

DOCUMENTARY FEATURE COMPETITION

An African Election (USA, Switzerland)
Director: Jarreth Merz
The 2008 presidential elections in Ghana, West Africa, serve as a backdrop for this feature documentary
that looks behind-the-scenes at the complex, political machinery of a third world democracy struggling to
legitimize itself to its first world contemporaries.
Cast: Jerry Rawlings, Nana Akufo-Addo, Atta Mils, Dr. Afari-Gyan

Disabled But Able To Rock! (USA)
Director: Blake Myers
Meet Danger Woman, the Songbird of Justice that fights against the three Tri-Phobes: Homophobia,
Race-ophobia, and Disable-phobia. Her karaoke singing destroys her enemies while delighting fans and a
curious public. This character study follows her over a 13-year period and reveals a single woman's
struggle with autism, a tragic family history, and societal stigmas both real and imagined that paint the
picture of a person that just wants to be perceived as 'normal'.
Cast: Betsy Goodrich, Jebby Goodrich, Susan Goodrich, Paul Benamy, Dean Benamy
(Georgia on Our Minds Film Series)
(Music Film Series)

Eleanore and The Time Keeper (USA)
Director: Daniele Wilmouth
The complexities of a mother's sacrifice are discovered when 91-year old Eleanore, moves her
developmentally disabled son Ronnie into a group home after 64 years of devoted companionship and
daily ritual in their modest Pennsylvania farmhouse. This quiet love story between a mother and son
records the inevitable transformation in their relationship, and shifting definitions of home over a seven-
year span.
Cast: Eleanore Hickman, Ronnie Hickman, Danièle Wilmouth

Everyday Sunshine: The Story Of Fishbone (USA)
Director: Lev Anderson and Chris Metzler
From the shifting fault lines of Hollywood fantasies and the economic and racial tensions of Reagan's
America, Fishbone rose and became one of the most original bands of the last 25 years. With a blistering
combination of punk and funk they demolished the walls of genre and challenged the racial stereotypes
and the political order of the music industry and of the nation.
Cast: Narrated by Laurence Fishburne; Featuring interviews with Flea, Gwen Stefani, Ice-T, Perry Farrell,
Branford Marsalis, George Clinton, Tim Robbins, Gogol Bordello, and others
(Music Film Series)
2011 Atlanta Film Festival Lineup
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Hot Coffee (USA)
Director: Susan Saladoff
The McDonald's ―Coffee Case‖ has been routinely cited by the media as an example of how citizens have
taken advantage of the legal system. We will show how this case became so popular in the media, who
funded the effort and to what end. We will tell the truth and let the audience decide if spilling hot coffee is
really as profitable as they might otherwise believe.
Cast: Joan Claybrook, Oliver Diaz, Joanna Doroshow

I Am (USA, India)
Director: Sonali Gulati
A personal documentary by an Indian lesbian filmmaker struggling with the inability to come out to her
mother.
Cast: Sonali Gulati
(Passport Film Series)

PressPausePlay (Sweden)
Director: Victor Köhler & David Dworsky
An 80 minute global journey capturing how digital technology and mindset have transformed the concept
of art and culture.
Cast: Lena Dunham, Moby, Robyn Carlsson, Lykke Li, Moby, Seth Godin, Robyn, Andrew Keen, Hot
Chip, Bill Drummond, Scott Belsky, Ólafur Arnalds, Sean Parker, Ted Schilowitz
(Passport Film Series)

The Pruitt-Igoe Myth (USA)
Director: Chad Freidrichs
Explores the social, economic and legislative issues that led to the decline of conventional public housing
in America, and the city centers where they reside.

SHORTS PROGRAM
Known for its Short Film Programs, ATLFF has divided this year’s best into ten distinct programs:

Drama 1 & 2
Pink Peach 1 & 2
Other Worlds
BBC America Comedy
Comedy
Documentary 1 & 2
Animation
Shorts Playing with Features

Special Screenings – part of the CINformation Seminar Series

The Candy Shop
The film is a Fairytale/Parable about the child sex trafficking epidemic that has overrun our city of Atlanta.
We are using the film to not only raise awareness but provoke meaningful action towards this issue taking
place in our own backyard.
(Georgia on Our Minds Film Series)

Extinction
Paleontologists seeking clues to an extinction event, befriend a South African youth with a gift for finding
fossils.
(Georgia on Our Minds Film Series)
2011 Atlanta Film Festival Lineup
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About the Atlanta Film Festival
The Atlanta Film Festival provides a unique opportunity for audiences to explore international and independent cinema through interaction with
filmmakers, their films and film industry professionals through this 10-day event. The Atlanta Film Festival offers year-round programming to
activate, inform and support the local film scene with exclusive screenings, engaging workshops, and dynamic events. The Atlanta Film Festival
is the largest and longest-running film festival in Atlanta, as well as one of the few dozen Academy Award® qualifying festivals globally. The
2011 Atlanta Film Festival, with the generous support of presenting sponsor Turner Broadcasting, will screen more than 125 films curated from
over 1,500 submissions, with many filmmakers and industry professionals participating. For more information, please visit
www.AtlantaFilmFestival.com

2011 Atlanta Film Festival Sponsors
As Presenting Sponsor of the Atlanta Film Festival for the past eight years, Turner Broadcasting is committed to supporting the Festival’s mission
to lead the community in creative and cultural discovery through the moving image. The Festival is pleased to recognize significant support of
returning Platinum Sponsor, Comcast—who will be extending the reach and adding dimension to the festival by providing exclusive Video-On-
Demand content as well as sneak previews of festival films. Bark Bark is also at the Platinum Level, and are the imagination behind this year’s
creative marketing campaign. The Atlanta Film Festival is honored to welcome Ovation, Stella Artois and W Hotels as new Gold Level sponsors,
as well as announce AirTran and Guillotine Post as returning sponsors now at the Gold Level. 2011 Silver Sponsors include BBC America,
Creative Loafing, Marbury Creative Group, Current TV and Lab 601. Bronze Sponsors include Greenberg Traurig, Georgia Film, Music and
Digital Entertainment Office, Entertainment Partners and Festival Genius. The Atlanta Film Festival 365 is also made possible by many
additional supporting and participating sponsors.

Atlanta Film Festival Supporters
Major funding for the Atlanta Film Festival is provided by the Fulton County Board of Commissioners under the guidance of the Fulton County
Arts Council, City of Atlanta Bureau of Cultural Affairs, and Georgia Council for the Arts with appropriation from the Georgia General
Assembly, and the National Endowment for the Arts. This program is also supported in part by Metropolitan Atlanta Arts Fund

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