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Special public screening of “Dark Money”
on Monday, Oct. 1, 2018

Discover one of the greatest present threats to American democracy: the influence of untraceable corporate money on our elections and elected officials. #DarkMoneyFilmPBS premieres Monday, Oct. 1 at 10:00 p.m. on PBS.

We’ve been selected as one of the 50 winners to receive POV’s special "Dark Money" party pack (woohoo!).

Starting at 9pm, we'll have music, swag and a cash bar to get in the mood before the 10pm screening on the big Avondale Towne Cinema screen.

Please RSVP if you can make it. Limited seating. FREE.

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screening of “The Brainwashing of My Dad”!
7:00 p.m. Oct. 18th [Get Tickets]

 Director Jen Senko will attend the screening and introduce the film. Get more info on “Brainwashing”  here . [ Get tickets here ]

Director Jen Senko will attend the screening and introduce the film. Get more info on “Brainwashing” here. [Get tickets here]

Short Docs about Work (Sept. 17, 2018)


In July 2018 we cooled off with these short films about water.


The Avondale Towne Short Docs Festival kicks off its second season with seven short films about water on Monday, July 2nd, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.

Water as in…

— the streams in metro Atlanta and water monitoring efforts by our neighbors AND the Chattahoochee River where four million people turn on their taps and, lo and behold, get their drinking water (Chattahoochee Riverkeeper, HJacobsCreative, 2017 & 2018)

— memories of the Creek people who lived in this region from an ancestor who keeps the Creek language alive (“Hearing the Call: The Cultural and Spiritual Journey of Rosemary McCombs Maxey,” Craig Womack and Steve Bransford, 8 min. excerpt, 2018)

— how many of us have spent the night alone on a 25-foot sailboat far out in the Gulf of Mexico?… these two 20-somethings made a short film about the adventure of a lifetime (Haden Macbeth, 8 min., 2018)

— if you’ve never jumped into a clear Florida spring this will give you an idea… as well as the springs’ connection to the Floridan Aquifer (Sami Kattan, 8 min. excerpt, 2017)

— this more complete version of the 2015 documentary by Academy Award-winning director Jonathan Demme (who died in 2017) looks at biologist and South Carolinian Tyrone Hayes, who discovered that the pesticide Atrazine was harming frogs and then became targeted in a slur campaign by Syngenta US (“What’s Motivating Hayes?”, 30 min.).

Please join us for this FREE community screening organized by Hal and Henry Jacobs, who will also share a trailer of their upcoming documentary on writer/activist Lillian Smith.

We’ll have a brief talk-back with some of the people involved in the films and time for conversations afterwards.

Doors open at 6pm.

p.s. Got a short doc that is somehow someway related to someone's work or labor of love? Send it our way for consideration for the Sept. 17th screening.


 Talk with filmmakers during intermission (Sept. 18, 2018).

Talk with filmmakers during intermission (Sept. 18, 2018).


Featured filmmakers and guests above: "Black Cat Tips" Kyle Brooks, Melissa Fay Greene, Duane Saunders Jr and Kendra Hawkis, Jon Watts, and Garland McLaurin with Christopher Inniss and Shelton Stroman (Feb. 2018).



FREE Admission. Vintage theater. Cash bar. Great restaurants nearby. (What more could you want?)


The Avondale Towne Cinema Short Docs Festival showcases short documentaries about people and places in the South. Our mission is twofold: benefit filmmakers by providing a platform to showcase their work, and benefit our community by providing a forum for fresh perspectives and insights. We look for films with the heart and soul of this diverse region.


The Towne Short Docs Festival does not use screeners. A festival director checks out entries to find the best films for our community (hint… we are located within 10 miles of six colleges/universities). We invite filmmakers to attend and talk about their work with our audience. 

Screenings take place at the historic AVONDALE TOWNE CINEMA, 106 North Avondale Road, Avondale Estates, Ga


Hal Jacobs is a documentary filmmaker in Decatur, Ga., and devotee to long-form nonfiction narrative, whether it be in print or film. He began making short documentaries after many years of writing, editing and publishing. He produces work through his company, HJacobs Creative, and knows firsthand the challenges that filmmakers face in sharing their work with live audiences.

Henry Jacobs is a photographer, musician and filmmaker in LaGrange, Ga. He is also an outreach manager for Chattahoochee Riverkeeper, where he spends his day educating people about the river south of Atlanta as well as helping others monitor water quality in the area.


 Films should be under 20 minutes in length.

The Towne Short Docs Festival is granted the right to utilize a screenshot from any film submitted for promotional purposes.

By entering your film for consideration to the Towne Short Docs Festival, you authorize that your work is cleared for festival exhibition and accept full legal responsibility for the intellectual property therein.

Films will be screened at the Avondale Towne Cinema. Permission will be requested of filmmakers if additional screenings are scheduled.

We only accept digital submissions (no hardcopy submissions) via Vimeo/YouTube links or through FilmFreeway at



"Graven Image,” director Sierra Pettengill

produced by Field of Vision

"Sriracha,” director Griffin Hammond

“What’s Motivating Hayes?”, director Jonathan Demme (2015)

"Bayard & Me,” director Matt Wolf

Sundance 2017 official selection

“POPS,” director Garland MacLaurin

PBS/Indie Lens Storycast webseries

“Finding Christa,” directors Camille Billops & James Hatch

1992 Sundance Grand Jury Prize

“Pickle,” director Amy Nicholson

2016 NYT Op-Doc

“Ghosts in the Road,” director Jason Hales

Bitter Southerner featured video

“House of Saints,” director Gerry Melendez

2017 Indie Grits Selection

“What So Proudly We Hailed,” director Duane Saunders Jr.


Erin Bernhardt

Laura Coxson

Joseph East

Garland MacLaurin

Duane Saunders Jr.

Jon Watts

2018 Festival Submissions

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