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September 9, 2016

“It’s like a black mecca. Like Black Hollywood,” says Amber L.N. Bournett, one half of the Atlanta-based art film duo, House of June.

You have Hollywood and you have Black Hollywood in Atlanta.” We—Bournett, myself, and the duo’s other half, Ebony Blanding—have been speaking for more than an hour. The quirky Candler Park cafe we’re in will be closing soon, and both women are coming off a full shif...

September 7, 2016

“More blood! More blood!’”

Mauricia “Mo” Grant, a costume supervisor working on the set of the 2014 film No Good Deed, took a deep breath. She dipped a hand gingerly back into her supply of fake blood, trying to follow the assistant director’s orders while still remaining calm. Grant continued to apply more and more of the red goop to actor Idris Elba’s chest for the next...

September 6, 2016

Location scouts don’t just get in their car and drive around anymore. “I used to carry a bunch of maps with me,” says Tony Holley, a Georgia native who has been doing the job locally for years. “Big map books, various city maps. I don't do that anymore. The internet has been a huge windfall for all that.”

Holley is now also a location manager, his most recent credits being the Netflix series Stranger T...

September 5, 2016

The Staircase had been difficult—not enough money, not enough experienced crew, not enough time—but that seems to be the rule rather than the exception in this industry. It was a good script, based on fact with minimal Hollywood fantasy mixed in; the story of Santa Fe’s Miraculous Staircase in the Sisters of Loretta Chapel.

My stay in New Mexico was interrupted by the unexpecte...

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September 9, 2016

July 21 — On July 21st, members of The Recording Academy - Atlanta Chapter gathered together at The Buckhead Theatre for their Summer Celebration. Everyone enjoyed live performances by Chantae Cann, Chelsea Shag, All Cows Eat Grass, and WERC Crew.

Georgia Music Partners, the advocacy arm of the chapter, as well as Senator Jeff Mullis and Representative Lee Hawkins were on hand to di...

September 9, 2016

July 22-24 — The Indie Film Loop, a platform for film and digital media professionals to learn, showcase, discover and be discovered, held its second annual conference, presented by Creative Synergy Design, LLC, at the Cobb Galleria Centre in Atlanta.

The two-day weekend kicked off with a fun and family friendly Moonlight Cinema event, hosted by Blue SkEye Aerial Media, and includi...

September 9, 2016

July 30 — Atlanta-based nonprofit re:imagine/ATL hosted their third annual Purple Sparkle Carpet Bash at the Woodruff Arts Center in Midtown to celebrate the conclusion of The Green Room music video camp. The event premiered eight music videos produced by crews of 5th-12th graders from around the city.

Campers had just five days to learn and incorporate different film technique...

September 9, 2016

August 6-7 — The Second Annual Marietta International Film Festival, created and founded by Richard Tavernaro, took place at the Earl Strand Theater, screening 78 films (eight features and 70 shorts) from across the U.S. and 14 countries, with 19 awards distributed for best domestic and international films, shorts, acting, and technical features.

This year's event also inc...

September 9, 2016

July 15 — House of June, an Atlanta-based indie art film house, shared their work at a special rooftop screening at Eyedrum Art & Music Gallery in July. Aptly titled “Unapologetic Melaninated Cinema,” the event was attended by over 220 viewers and featured House of June’s catalogue of three short films: Q&A, The Grey Area, and Bzzz.

Founded by directors Ebony Blanding and...

September 9, 2016

July 21-24 — On the weekend of July 21-24, the Macon Film Festival screened 61 competition films, five spotlight films, four special screenings, three after-parties, and more over four days at five venues located within three walkable blocks in historic downtown Macon.

Known as the “Friendliest Film Festival” by filmmakers far and wide, the event opened with a max capacity...

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