AFF 2009 – The Georgia Connection

If you’re making plans to attend the Atlanta Film Festival this weekend, consider taking a look at these three films. Coincidentally, the films all have a connection to Georgia:

The chilling evidence of war in "Deadland"

The chilling evidence of war in "Deadland"

Deadland – It’s five years after WWIII. Society has broken down, the U.S. is under martial law, and a pandemic has swept what’s left of the country. But Sean is determined to find his estranged wife in the post-war madness. He finds a clue to her locale in the form of a coded message to a corrupt military commander.  He takes it and seeks an expert who’ll help him decode the message. Sean soon finds himself on a collision course with the commander and his corrupt corps of soldiers.

Deadland is a post-apocalyptic action flick that was filmed in southwest Georgia and features a number of Atlanta actors as well as some well-known character actors.  Screens Saturday, April 18 at 9:30 pm, and Monday, April 20 at 1:30 pm.

Lauren (Maggie Tilly) carries her sister Jeannie (Tilly Hatcher) in "Beeswax"

Lauren (Maggie Tilly) carries her sister Jeannie (Tilly Hatcher) in "Beeswax"

Beeswax – Twin sisters Jeannie and Lauren face major challenges in their lives:  Jeannie believes she may be sued by her absent business partner, and Lauren, between jobs and relationships, contemplates a job offer in Africa. Jeannie turns to her ex-boyfriend – a law school grad – for help, while Lauren tries to make her decision on her own.

It’s described as a legal thriller and a look at a close knit group of people who care for each other like family.  I see the film more as a character study of the sisters – around whom the film is centered – and what seems to be a rivalry beneath the surface of their otherwise congenial relationship.  Atlanta resident Tilly Hatcher and her twin Maggie lead a cast of non-professional actors who give natural and honest performances; so much that it’ll feel like eavesdropping instead of watching a movie!  Screens Monday, April 20 at 9:15 pm.

We Fun – What happens when the Peter Pan Syndrome meets critical mass? For members of several Atlanta independent rock bands, they make better and more unique music. We Fun is a behind the scenes look at the indie rock scene and culture in Atlanta. From their time hanging out to concert performances, these bandsmen live like teen boys sans destructive tendencies but make music that no mainstream pop star would dare make. Laid back experts give an overview and criticism of the bands and indie rock.  Screens Saturday, April 18 at 7:00 pm, and Wednesday, April 22 at 2:05 pm.

Check the Atlanta Film Festival website for more films and schedule.

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