From Indie Darlings to Blockbuster Bets: Your Guide to the Must-See Films at the 2024 Atlanta Film Festival

2024 Atlanta Film Festival

The 2024 Atlanta Film Festival, an 11-day celebration of film, continues to engage movie fans in Atlanta with its diverse and dynamic lineup of films and creative events. Now, a few days into the festival, attendees have experienced an incredible opening night and a number of premieres, but the excitement is far from over. Here’s your guide to the must-see movies and happenings between now and May 5!

Must-See Screenings This Week at the 2024 Atlanta Film Festival:

SING SING – Closing out the festival on May 4, this film by Greg Kwedar presents a poignant tale set in the infamous Sing Sing prison. Colman Domingo stars as a man finding redemption and hope through theater while unjustly incarcerated.

Luther: Never Too Much – The documentary film, chronicles the story of a vocal virtuoso. Using a wealth of rarely-seen archives, Luther tells his own story with assistance from his closest friends and musical collaborators, including Mariah Carey, Dionne Warwick, Valerie Simpson, and Roberta Flack. The film relives the many stunning moments of Luther’s musical career, while exploring his unrequited love life, health struggles, and a lifelong battle to earn the respect his music deserved.

Thank You Very Much – Throughout his short life, Andy Kaufman’s work dissolved the boundaries between fiction and reality, and his commitment to performance on-stage and off rendered any distinctions between his characters and his real-life useless. From Executive Producers Josh and Bennie Safdie, Thank You Very Much is the definitive documentary look at how a shy, oddball kid from Long Island became the most polarizing performance artist of the 20th century.

Red Rooms – The high-profile case of serial killer Ludovic Chevalier has just gone to trial, and Kelly-Anne is obsessed. When reality blurs with her morbid fantasies, she goes down a dark path to seek the final piece of the puzzle: the missing video of a murdered 13-year-old girl, to whom Kelly-Anne bears a disturbing resemblance.

Other Notable Films:

Evil Does Not Exist – Takumi and his daughter Hana live in Mizubiki Village, close to Tokyo. One day, the village inhabitants become aware of a plan to build a camping site near Takumi’s house offering city residents a comfortable “escape” to nature.

Brief History of A Family – A middle-class family’s fate becomes intertwined with their only son’s enigmatic new friend in post one-child policy China, putting unspoken secrets, unmet expectations, and untended emotions under the microscope.

Special Events:

Creative Conference Sessions: Don’t miss the opportunity to gain insights from industry leaders through panels and workshops focusing on various aspects of filmmaking.

Networking Opportunities: Engage with filmmakers, actors, and other industry professionals during planned mixers and Q&A sessions following screenings.

This year’s festival celebrates films from diverse perspectives, including New Mavericks, ¡CineMás!, Noire, Pink Peach, and local Georgia Films. Each track offers films that promise to engage, challenge, and inspire audiences. Screenings are available in person at the Plaza Theatre and Tara Theatre and online after the event, catering to all festival-goers.

Explore the full schedule and book tickets through the Atlanta Film Festival’s official app or website to ensure you don’t miss out! This year’s Atlanta Film Festival showcases exceptional filmmaking and offers an invaluable platform for educational enrichment and professional development in the world of film. Whether you are a film aficionado or an aspiring filmmaker or actor, this week presents unmissable opportunities to immerse yourself in the art and craft of film!


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