Our short docs screening series and festival is on hiatus because of the closing of Avondale Towne Cinema on December 15, 2018. Please check back for details on our glorious (we can only hope…) return to showcasing people and places around the South.


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 PHOTOGRAPH BY PATRICK HEAGNEY FOR ATLANTA MAGAZINE (JUNE 2018)

PHOTOGRAPH BY PATRICK HEAGNEY FOR ATLANTA MAGAZINE (JUNE 2018)

SPECIAL SCREENING


Clark Ashton: The Artist of Druid Hill
Monday, December 10, 2018, 7:00 p.m.

Short films by and about the artist of Druid Hill, Clark Ashton. For the last 30 years, he’s created a body of artwork that thousands drive by everyday on busy North Druid Hills Road, yet few stop long enough to truly appreciate the depth and beauty of the work.

Here's a chance to get up close and personal.

And learn more about growing corn.

Screening followed by a Q&A with the artist.

And live music.

FREE. OPEN TO PUBLIC. LIMITED SEATING.

LINKS

Homepage of John Clark Ashton Cornelius Farmer

DeKalb History Center Blog Post (by Samantha Mooney, 11/14/18)

2017 Atlanta Artadia Awardee Spotlight

“Clark Ashton: Shouting to the Hard of Hearing” (by Donna Mintz, artsatl.com, 2/3/16)


Voting matters.

That’s the theme of our next screening of short docs at Avondale Towne Cinema on MONDAY, NOV. 5th, 7:00-9:00 p.m. 

We’ll see politics through the lens of two short films currently on the festival circuit.

“Come and Take It” (2018), co-directed by Austin filmmakers PJ Raval and Ellen Spiro, follows the young University of Texas graduate behind a controversial protest against guns on campus. Targeting the idiocy of Texas' "campus carry" law (which allows loaded handguns in public university classrooms), the protest called for demonstrators to brandish sex toys (which is illegal). In today’s political climate, "Come & Take It" shines a spotlight on the collective power of young people and their ability to engage and enact political change.

http://comeandtakeitdoc.com/ 

“Fight for the First” (2017), directed by Sharon Liese, begins as fledgling reporters at the Columbia Missourian rush to report unprecedented student protests on campus and try to gain access to the governor. These young journalists fight for their constitutional right to report the truth at a local level, while on a national scale, truth and news reporting is under attack. What’s a young journalist to do?
https://vimeo.com/239012146

Plus a few other short docs that take a look, sometimes a humorous one, at elections and political matters:

“Admit it. Republicans have broken politics.” by Vox, published on Oct. 29, 2018

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mICxKmCjF-4&t=1s

“Florida Man” (2017), by Topic

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IKF5ffgXebE

We also highly recommend…

“Trump Is Making America Great Again: Just not the Way He Thinks,” by Taige Jensen, published on Sept. 17, 2018

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/09/17/opinion/trump-maga.html

SPECIAL SCREENING RELATED TO FLORIDA HURRICANE:

“Five Days Later” (2018), by by Jeremy Asher Lynch, Max Knies, and Kay Parker

https://vimeo.com/297116994

FREE. OPEN TO PUBLIC. LIMITED SEATING.


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NYC Filmmaker Jen Senko at the October 2018 screening of The Brainwashing of My Dad.


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)

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

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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).

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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).

About

 
 

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

SOUTHERN PEOPLE & PLACES...

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.

ABOUT THE FESTIVAL

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

ORGANIZERS

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.

RULES

 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 https://filmfreeway.com/festival/TowneShortDocsFestival

 
 

PAST SCREENING HIGHLIGHTS

"Bayard & Me,” director Matt Wolf

Sundance 2017 official selection

"The Brainwashing of My Dad,” director Jen Senko

Award-Winning feature length

"Come and Take It,” co-directors PJ Raval and Ellen Spiro

"Dark Money,” director Kimberly Reed

PBS POV

"Fight for the First,” director Kimberly Reed

“Finding Christa,” directors Camille Billops & James Hatch

1992 Sundance Grand Jury Prize

“Ghosts in the Road,” director Jason Hales

Bitter Southerner featured video

"Graven Image,” director Sierra Pettengill

produced by Field of Vision

“House of Saints,” director Gerry Melendez

2017 Indie Grits Selection

“Pickle,” director Amy Nicholson

2016 NYT Op-Doc

“POPS,” director Garland MacLaurin

PBS/Indie Lens Storycast webseries

"Sriracha,” director Griffin Hammond

http://srirachamovie.com/

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

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

GUEST FILMMAKERS

Erin Bernhardt

Laura Coxson

Joseph East

Garland MacLaurin

Duane Saunders Jr.

Jan Senko

Jon Watts

2018 Festival Submissions

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