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The third-annual SCAD AnimationFest — three days of screenings, behind-the-scenes presentations, discussion sessions and demonstrations — runs September 26–28 in Midtown. It all takes place at SCADshow, the university’s theater space at 173 14th Street NE.

A “Secrets of ‘The Simpsons'” session begins at 6:30 p.m. September 27 with Emmy Award-winning writer-producer Mike Reiss.

Animation, the largest of SCAD’s degree programs, prepares prospective artists for careers in film, television, interactive media and video games. More than 3,000 SCAD graduates work in the multibillion-dollar Georgia film industry, according to the college.

The AnimationFest lineup includes “Secrets of The Simpsons” at 6:30 p.m. Friday, with four-time Emmy Award winner Mike Reiss, a longtime writer and producer of the Fox show. Reiss’ presentation includes rare clips and two classic episodes.

Also scheduled are producer Laura Green Berry, lead animator Jalysa Leva and creative director Jeremy Seymour of Primal Screen; Jennifer Cook, head of production for Dreamscape Immersive; producer John Heinsen of Bunnygraph Entertainment; Jay Li, animator and project manager at Secret Sauce Studio; Mark McCray, senior director of programming for Adult Swim; character designer Jules Premus of Floyd County Productions; motion lead J. R. Schmidt of Google Creative Lab; and directing animator Becki Tower of Pixar Animation Studios. Schedule HERE.

Admission for the general public is $25 and $40 for all festival events; $25 for screenings only; and $10 for single tickets to the “Saturday Morning Cartoons + Global Shorts for Kids” program only. Details, tickets and passes HERE.


BronzeLens Festival names its top films, filmmakers

Princess of the Row, directed by Max Carlson, won four awards at Atlanta’s recent BronzeLens Film Festival — best of festival, best feature film, best actor for Edi Gathegi and best actress for Tayler Buck.

The film tells the story of a runaway foster child who stops at nothing to live with the only family she knows — her homeless, mentally ill dad, a veteran living on the streets of Los Angeles.

The 10-year-old BronzeLens, a festival for African American audiences, is one of Atlanta’s major film events and one of the largest festivals of its kind in the nation.

The Eric Pumphrey-directed Evelyn x Evelyn, a 13-minute drama about a couple in despair over the lost of their child, was named best short, making it eligible to enter the Academy Awards’ short subject competition. Other winners:

  • DOCUMENTARY: The Infamous Future, the story of New York City’s Eagle Academy, the first all-boys public school created in a 30-year span and located in a challenging neighborhood.
  • SHORT DOCUMENTARY: Medina’s Song, director Medina Tutu Kafi’s 13-minute film about a young Sudanese educator who uses her classroom to spark resilience and pride among the Nuba people, who’ve been bombed by government forces since 2011.
  • SOUTHERN SHORT DOCUMENTARY: Circle of Boundaries, directed by Porfirio Agustin Fernando Castillo, which looks into the lives of people with disabilities and their families.
  • INTERNATIONAL FILM: Sprinter from the United Kingdom, the story of a Rastafarian teenager in Philadelphia who hopes to qualify for Jamaica’s national youth track team.
  • MUSIC VIDEO: The Maestro, which celebrates the life of painter Ernie Barnes through dance on film. Award-winning Atlanta choreographer Juel D. Lane directed and stars.
  • STUDENT FILM: K.I.N.G., director Rashad Frett’s drama about a troubled teen who ventures into an unfamiliar city trying to bond with his estranged father.
  • WEBISODE: King Ester, the story of a transgender woman from a tough neighborhood fighting to get out of New Orleans as Hurricane Katrina approaches. Written by Dui Jarrod.


Voter suppression documentary to premiere here

Suppressed: The Fight to Vote, which profiles 14 Georgia voters disenfranchised during the 2018 election, screens September 24 at downtown’s Auburn Avenue Research Library. The 38-minute film, from award-winning producer-director Robert Greenwald (OutfoxedIraq for Sale, Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Price) and Brave New Films, features political activist Stacey Abrams along with other experts, poll watchers and everyday Georgians speaking about the reality of voter suppression and the threat it poses in 2020.

Stacey Abrams

The 14 Georgia voters profiled dealt with polling place closures, voter purges, missing absentee ballots, extreme wait times and voter ID issues. Several of them will take part in a panel discussion after the screening, moderated by Black Voters Matter cofounder Cliff Albright.

The film was produced in partnership with such community organizations as Fair Fight, New Georgia Project, the ACLU of Georgia, the AFL-CIO of Georgia, Common Cause Georgia and Planned Parenthood Southeast.

“My dad was registering African Americans in South Georgia in the 1950s,” says Andrea Young, executive director of the ACLU of Georgia, “and as this film shows, though we’ve made progress, many barriers remain.”

Doors open for a reception at 5:30 p.m., with the screening at 6:30 p.m. The Auburn Avenue Research Library is at 101 Auburn Avenue NE.

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