Like nearly all film festivals last year, Atlanta Film Festival had to adjust on the fly. Their 2020 slate was delayed until September, and all screenings were either virtual or drive-ins. But they rose to the challenge, putting some screenings in interesting locations (like Pullman Yard) and offering food from local restaurants. It wasn't quite the same as sitting in the Plaza Theatre, but it still felt special.
For 2021, ATLFF is back on schedule, running April 22 through May 2. Out of more than 7,000 submissions, more than 150 works were chosen for exhibition this year. The first three have been announced, including two documentaries and one narrative feature. See below for titles and official descriptions.
Directed by Jim & Will Pattiz
USA, English, 120 Minutes
In their feature film debut Carterland, the Pattiz Brothers examine the tragic, yet inspiring story of America's most misunderstood president. While leading the nation through a series of unprecedented crises, Carter also confronted climate change and fought for social justice at home and abroad. This groundbreaking film draws on archival footage, experts, and insiders to reveal how Carter's selfless leadership and moral integrity ultimately cost him the presidency.
Off the Road
Directed by Jose Permar
Mexico/USA, Spanish, 77 Minutes
A group of young musicians sing the deeds of three men who live in the most isolated region of the Baja California Sur desert. As the “Baja 1000,” the world’s largest annual all-terrain car race, takes place crossing the Mexican-U.S. border, these men look for an opportunity to be a part of it and escape the apparent monotony of their small communities.
See You Then
Directed by Mari Walker
USA, English, 74 Minutes
A decade after abruptly breaking up with Naomi, Kris invites her to dinner to catch-up on their complicated lives, relationships, and Kris' transition. Over the course of a one night encounter, they engage in a series of increasingly intimate and vulnerable conversations, before a shocking revelation is unveiled. See You Then focuses on the universal truth that no matter how much you change, a part of you will always stay the same.