Preview: 37th annual Atlanta Film Festival keeps sharp eye on local talent

Mud (2013)Matthew McConaugheyThe titles in the 37th annual Atlanta Film Festival, happening March 15-24, can take you as far away as Argentina and Cambodia. But a large number of the shorts, features and documentaries center on our own city. That’s intentional.

“We have been a lot more aggressive this year about trying to find films that represent Atlanta in an interesting way,” says festival Director Charles Judson. “We definitely have a blessing and a curse, in that we have such a diverse city.”

Think about it. Atlanta is poised between cutting-edge technology and sleepy Southern history. We’re rich, we’re working class, we’re black, we’re white, we’re married with kids and we’re LGBT. We’re the city of tomorrow and the historic cradle of the civil rights movement.

(To read more of Steve Murray’s review, click here).

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Steve Murray writes on theater and film. An award-winning arts journalist and playwright, he has written plays including “Hungry to Bed,” “Rescue & Recovery,” “Mileage” and “This Passion Thing” that have been produced internationally. “This Wonderful Life,” his take on the Frank Capra film, has been one of the most frequently produced scripts in the country since its premiere at Portland Center Stage in 2005. He was awarded a 2010 Tanne Foundation Arts Award.

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