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.
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.
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.
“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?
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
“Florida Man” (2017), by Topic
We also highly recommend…
“Trump Is Making America Great Again: Just not the Way He Thinks,” by Taige Jensen, published on Sept. 17, 2018
SPECIAL SCREENING RELATED TO FLORIDA HURRICANE:
“Five Days Later” (2018), by by Jeremy Asher Lynch, Max Knies, and Kay Parker
FREE. OPEN TO PUBLIC. LIMITED SEATING.
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]
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.