The Atlanta International Film Festival will offer a program of World Shorts and Youth Films at the Plaza Theater on May 27th.
“The spirit of the Atlanta International Film Festival is one of friendship and universal cooperation. Its aim is to reveal and focus attention on works of quality in order to contribute to the evolution of motion picture arts and encourage the development of the film industry throughout the world.”
Ginny Has a Grunge Band won Best Feature Screenplay at the RiverReel Festival in Cincinnati. See the announcement at http://cincinnatifilmsociety.org/festivals/riverreel/riverreel-awards-2017/
The Invisible Kingdom has received a nomination from the Bucharest Film Awards. This year’s event will be held September 27-29 and is sponsored by ViraFilms Association.
Oui, Ginny Has a Grunge Band is one of four scripts in competition at this year’s Paris Play Festival, a multimedia festival held in July. This year’s Paris Play judges are Zoé Chaloin, Emmanuel Lakkari, and Adèle Godefroy. See: http://parisonlinefilmfestival.com/in-competition/
Note to Ginny: The French and the Americans have never agreed who invented the cinema, but to be honest, the l’homme team makes the better case: the Lumière brothers staged the first exhibition with their Cinématographe projector, and Georges Méliès’ A Trip to the Moon told the first fictional story using cinematic effects. But at least we get credit for rock and roll.
The screenplay Lexington Blue has reached the finals of the River Bend Festival (April 6-8). Goshen, Indiana, the home of the fest, is a true haven for avant-garde and underground film. Its Independent Script Competition is one of the indie world’s most prestigious, judged by Stephen Susco, writer of such films as The Grudge (2004), Red (2008), and Beyond the Reach (2014).
Note to Mordechai and Hunny-J: Goshen is cinema sacred ground, the birthplace of Howard Hawks, who directed Scarface, Sergeant York, Bringing up Baby, His Girl Friday, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, To Have and Have Not, The Big Sleep, Red River, Rio Bravo, and too many other classic films to mention. Even if your interest in film doesn’t extend much past anime, Hunny-J, you should know that MoMA considers many of Hawks’ works masterpieces of cinematic art.
Lexington Blue is a feature screenplay semifinalist for this year’s Milledgeville Film Festival. This festival is complete as one could wish, with screenings, workshops, get-togethers for filmmakers, and even an awards show with a red carpet. It is a friendly and fun alternative to the ATLFF.
Note to Mordechai and Hunny-J: Good luck to you both in bringing home the Milly! You will find Milledgeville to be a very friendly town. I recommend breakfast at the Local Yolkal followed by a stroll along the Oconee River Greenway. Or if you want to get out of town, there’s Andalusia, Flannery O’Connor’s farm. It reminds me of the kind of places where you used to work, Mordie.
This year’s RiverReel Festival will be held March 24th and 25th at the Mockbee Brewery in historic Over-the-Rhine, Cincinnati. RiverReel is an annual celebration of film, music and the moving image sponsored by the Cincinnati Film Society. And yes, Ginny and the band are in.
Note to Ginny: Congratulations on another high profile gig! Your agent Kara must be working overtime. And I know Marten and Koos will be inspired by the brewery venue, so long as they are willing to put aside Dutch beer for one evening.