April 2, 2018 | Doors open 6pm | Screening 7-9pm | FREE

For our screening on April 2, 2018, we'll feature short docs on the subject of adoption. Our lineup currently includes:

“Bayard & Me” (director Matt Wolf)

The story of Bayard Rustin, one of the heroes of civil rights movement, and how he adopted his same-sex partner in the 1980s because it was the only way they could legally be together. (Sundance 2017 official selection)

“POPS” (director Garland McLaurin) 

Several episodes from the webseries that features same-sex partners from Snellville, Christopher Inniss and Shelton Stroman, who are raising an adopted son. (McLaurin, Inniss and Stroman will be on hand to talk with the audience.)

“Finding Christa” (directors Camille Billops & James Hatch)

Several excerpts tell the story of Billops’s painful decision to put her four-year-old daughter, Christa, up for adoption, and then seek out a reunion 20 years later. (1992 Sundance Grand Jury Prize) Emory curator Pellom McDaniels III will be on hand to talk about Billops and the Billops-Hatch Collection at Emory's Rose Library.

“Pickle” (director Amy Nicholson)

A portrait and a homage to those people who adopt and try to rehabilitate every pet or stray or wild creature that comes their way. (NYT Op-Doc)

“The Adoption of Haley Rose” (director Neely Ker-Fox)

 A loving look at a loving, welcoming family in Columbus, Ga.

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

 "Bayard & Me"

"Bayard & Me"



 "Finding Christa"

"Finding Christa"

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 "The Adoption of Haley Rose"

"The Adoption of Haley Rose"


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.



In July 2017, we began holding bimonthly screenings of short docs that focus on different themes (see schedule above).

Our first short short documentary festival was held on Monday, February 5, 2018.

In Alphabetical Order:

“Garage,” Steve Summers (A father’s garage, Anywhere, U.S.)*

—the mysteries of a father’s garage and workspace, candy corn and all

“Ghosts in the Road,” Jason Hales (Atlanta)

—possible paranormal activity near Arabia Mountain


“House of Saints,” Gerry Melendez (Columbia, S.C.)*

—reflections of an excon living out his days at his historic family home in Columbia, SC


“Long Haul Truckers,” Greg Miller (Atlanta)

—hail to those men and women driving the big rigs


“Matthew’s Gift,” Jon Watts (Atlanta)

—a photographer gives a precious gift to a family


“A Name that I Admire,” Sam Smartt (Virginia)

—a hard-working farmer faces a political dilemma


“What So Proudly We Hailed,” Duane Saunders Jr. (Baltimore)**

—students from Morgan State University delve into the third verse of the “Star Spangled Banner”






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, and after several years of teaching screenwriting at Atlanta-area colleges. 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.


 All films must 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) through FilmFreeway at https://filmfreeway.com/festival/TowneShortDocsFestival

Please send any inquiries or related press materials, including electronic press kit, and photos to towneshortdocs@gmail.com


2018 Festival Submissions

Name *