Serendipity is a celebration of arts in Atlanta via the medium of film. It’s a project for Fulton County Arts and Culture’s Virtual Arts Initiative. This comes from Fulton County Arts and Culture’s website:
“Fulton County recognizes the therapeutic value of the arts and the need to support the creative community during the COVID-pandemic and is pleased to offer operational support to enhance the arts sector’s ability to present virtual arts programs and creative engagement opportunities for Fulton County residents and visitors. FCAC strongly welcomes and encourages a diversity of artistic expressions that highlight the breadth of cultural experiences inclusive of, but are not limited to, spoken word, virtual arts exhibitions, arts classes and workshops, performances and literary readings.”
This project showcases some of Atlanta’s best cinematic works in visual art, storytelling, dance, music, and more. The final selections were based on the theme of “these works matter and will make our future better.”
For this project, we began by opening submissions to films that were shot in or about Atlanta and the surrounding area. Our judges were Jordan Neal of Plasma Magazine, Atlanta based filmmaker Lev Omelchenko and Jim Farmer of Out On Film. They reviewed all submissions and selected works that accurately embody the project’s theme and ethos. Selected films and filmmakers are:
- Serotiny: The Story of Lead to Life by Fraser Jones — most serendipitous.
- Dear, Dreamer by Kristian Melom — best nonfiction editing.
- TNC by Bobby Huntley — best fiction editing.
- Ends by David Tabor — best original soundtrack.
- 125 University Ave. SW by Zoie Taylor — best experimental film.
- Thank You for Calling by Pricilla Torres — best acting.
- Birthday Cake by Brantly Watts — best screenplay.
- The River by Kristian Melom.
- Archive by Adam Forrester.
- PATH! by Zak Norton.
- These Smooth Stones by Weston Manders.
- Spoon by Brantly Watts.
- Indoumentada by Andres Lugo.
- Lizzard Queen by Anca Vlasan.
- Young Won Han Bok by Crystal Jin Kim.
- Rubber Bullets by Jonathan Banks.
- Black by Joshua Cleveland.
Seventeen short films were selected and grouped to create a four-part miniseries, including a brief Q&A with selected filmmakers. The project was edited by Omelchenko and curated by Neal. Each episode will be on view on the ArtsATL YouTube page beginning January 2, and remain on view until April 30.