Origin film still
Origin film still

Origin

Tickets

PURCHASE TICKETS

Saturday, Oct. 28 at 7 p.m.

Origin

USA
| 130 min.
Genre: BIPOC Experience, Directed by Women, Drama, Social Issues

CLOSING NIGHT GALA SCREENING

DIRECTOR

Ava DuVernay

PRODUCERS

Ava DuVernay

Paul Garnes

WRITER

Ava DuVernay

CAST

Aunjanue Ellis

Jon Bernthal

Niecy Nash-Betts

ABOUT THE DIRECTOR

It Turns Blue film still
It Turns Blue film still

Global Shorts Forum: Rocking the Cradle of Civilization

Tickets

PURCHASE TICKETS

Saturday, Oct. 28 at 10 a.m.

Global Shorts Forum: Rocking the Cradle of Civilization

95 min.
Genre: Directed by Women, Documentary, Social Issues, War

A modern collection of short films highlighting the unique challenges people of Middle Eastern and Southeast Asian origin face.

Blood

Directed by Vathana Suganya Suppiah
United Kingdom/Australia, 2023, 10 min.

Georgia premiere

Against the backdrop of a Tamil coming-of-age ceremony where fertility is celebrated, menstruation is shunned and infertility is silenced, Shanti struggles to keep a secret.

Writer: Vathana Suganya Suppiah
Producer: Daljinder Johal
Cast: Bairavi Manoharan, Shruthi Yasothan, Neelam Bakshi, Taru Devani

Sunless film still
Sunless film still

Student Shorts: Block B

Tickets

PURCHASE TICKETS

Friday, Oct. 27 at 9 a.m.

Student Shorts: Block B

114 min.
Genre: Animation, Comedy, Directed by Women, Documentary, Drama, Social Issues

The next generation of filmmakers and animators step into the spotlight in this collection of outstanding student work from SCAD and universities around the world.

Afterimage

Directed by Robyn MacIntosh
Canada, 2023, 8 min.

Georgia premiere

When Bunny's attempts to live up to the legacy of her photographer father fall flat, some unexpected guidance gives her a new outlook on her work.

Producers: Serin Chun, Karen Qin
School: Sheridan College

 

Blood Drive

Directed by Gurinder J. Singh
USA, 2023, 13 min.

Flipping Off film still
Flipping Off film still

Student Shorts: Block A

Tickets

PURCHASE TICKETS

Thursday, Oct. 26 at 9 a.m.

Student Shorts: Block A

118 min.
Genre: Animation, Comedy, Directed by Women, Documentary, Drama, Social Issues

The next generation of filmmakers and animators step into the spotlight in this collection of outstanding student work from SCAD and universities around the world.

Flipping Off

Directed by Kylie Fishman
USA, 2023, 12 min.

World premiere

Flipping Off explores the interaction of sea lions and their trainers, and how those positive connections between humans and animals play into conservation.

The Only Doctor film still
The Only Doctor film still

The Only Doctor

Tickets

PURCHASE TICKETS

Friday, Oct. 27 at 12:30 p.m.

The Only Doctor

USA
| 85 min.
Genre: Documentary, Social Issues

Dr. Karen Kinsell is the only doctor in all of Clay County, Georgia, one of the poorest and unhealthiest rural regions in the state. Her clinic has served the most vulnerable in her community for over 22 years, but Kinsell weighs retirement in the face of potential bankruptcy. When a Hail Mary offer arrives from a medical university, Kinsell makes affordability and access her personal red lines of the potential sale.

DIRECTOR

Matthew Hashiguchi

PRODUCERS

Matthew Hashiguchi

Anjanette Levert

ABOUT THE DIRECTOR

Bad Press film still
Bad Press film still

Bad Press

Tickets

PURCHASE TICKETS

Friday, Oct. 27 at 3:30 p.m.

Bad Press

USA
| 98 min.
Genre: BIPOC Experience, Directed by Women, Documentary, Social Issues

When the Muscogee Nation government abruptly repeals its landmark Free Press Act to muzzle the tribe's hard-hitting news outlet, defiant and foul-mouthed journalist Angel Ellis charges headfirst into a historic (and surprisingly funny) battle to restore her tribe’s press freedoms. An enthralling, edge-of-your-seat nail-biter that unfurls with the energy and suspense of a political thriller, Bad Press is a timely and unprecedented documentary about a lone journalist fighting a corrupt system for her fellow citizens.

Georgia premiere 

DIRECTORS

Rebecca Landsberry-Baker

Joe Peeler

PRODUCERS

Conrad Beilharz

Tyler Graim

Garrett F. Baker

ABOUT THE DIRECTOR

If Dreams Were Lightning film still
If Dreams Were Lightning film still

If Dreams Were Lightning: Rural Healthcare Crisis

Tickets

PURCHASE TICKETS

Friday, Oct. 27 at 12:30 p.m.

If Dreams Were Lightning: Rural Healthcare Crisis

USA
| 25 min.
Genre: Documentary, Social Issues

When Ramin Bahrani was young, he would often accompany his physician father to remote hospitals and clinics throughout North Carolina and Virginia. Decades later, rural hospitals around the country are closing at alarming rates, leaving community members without care. Bahrani's film is an exploration into the lives of people in the rural South with limited or no access to healthcare.

Southeast premiere 

Followed by the documentary feature The Only Doctor

DIRECTOR

Ramin Bahrani

PRODUCERS

Ramin Bahrani

Pamela Ryan

Jason Orans

WRITER

Ramin Bahrani

ABOUT THE DIRECTOR

ABCs of Book Banning film still
ABCs of Book Banning film still

The ABCs of Book Banning

Tickets

PURCHASE TICKETS

Thursday, Oct. 26 at 9:30 a.m.

The ABCs of Book Banning

USA
| 27 min.
Genre: Directed by Women, Documentary, Social Issues

In recent years, more than 2,500 books have been labeled as banned, restricted, or challenged; removed from school districts around the U.S.; and made unavailable to millions of students. By no accident, the themes targeted are the usual scapegoats of the American Right — LGBTQ+ issues, Black history, and women's empowerment — impeding the power of future generations to develop their own thoughts and opinions on critical social issues. The ABCs of Book Banning reveals the voices and profound insights of the inquisitive, youthful minds impacted by bans.

DIRECTOR

Sheila Nevins

PRODUCERS

Sheila Nevins

Trish Adlesic

ABOUT THE DIRECTOR

Anne Frank Gift Shop film still
Anne Frank Gift Shop film still

The Anne Frank Gift Shop

Tickets

PURCHASE TICKETS

Sunday, Oct. 22 at 3 p.m.

The Anne Frank Gift Shop

USA
| 15 min.
Genre: Comedy, Social Issues

When a high-end design firm presents its plans to reimagine the gift shop at The Anne Frank Haus, the company's overt appeals to Gen Z sparks a darkly comic debate about collective trauma, the Holocaust, and tote bags.

Southeast premiere 

A Q&A with director and writer Mickey Rapkin immediately follows the screening. Followed by the narrative feature At the Gates.

DIRECTOR

Mickey Rapkin

WRITER

Mickey Rapkin

CAST

Ari Graynor

Chris Perfetti

Kate Burton

Jason Butler Harner

ABOUT THE DIRECTOR

film still for Shadow Men
film still for Shadow Men

Shadow Men: Inside Russia's Secret War Company

Tickets

PURCHASE TICKETS

Monday, Oct. 23 at 3 p.m.

Shadow Men: Inside Russia's Secret War Company

USA/Ukraine
| 40 min.
Genre: Documentary, Social Issues, War

The Wall Street Journal's latest documentary goes deep inside the lethal, global expansion of the Russian private military company Wagner — tracing the group's evolution from a small guns-for-hire operation into a sprawling network of businesses that has been active on four continents. Through interviews with current and former Wagner fighters, government insiders, victims of attacks, and war crimes investigators, Shadow Men reveals how the group is hiding the flow of riches and resources through a complex network of front companies that ultimately connect to the Kremlin.