2023 Atlanta Film Festival Announces First Wave of Films

Written by Matt Rodriguez

The Atlanta Film Society has announced the first waves of films for the 2023 Atlanta Film Festival. Running from April 20 through April 30, 2023, the festival received over 9,000 submissions from 118 countries.

“We chose this initial wave of films because together they reflect the breadth and diversity of the 160+ films that will make up ATLFF’s final slate,” says Programming Director Jonathan Kieran.

This initial wave of films includes two narrative features and three documentary features. Over 160 other films, shorts, and other programs that will show at the festival will be announced later in March. Tickets and passes to the 2023 Atlanta Film Festival are available on their official website.

Documentary Feature
Directed by Débora Souza Silva
United States, English, 103 minutes
Wanda Johnson and Angela Williams, mothers of young Black men victimized by police brutality, come together and build a network of community-led support, mutual aid, and healing in this documentary spanning Oakland’s Fruitvale to the American South.

Narrative Feature
Directed by Soda Jerk
Australia, English, 70 minutes
Comprised entirely of hundreds of film samples, Hello Dankness is a suburban stoner musical about the psychotropic disintegration of reality in America from 2016 to 2021.

Documentary Feature
Directed by Alexandria Bombach
United States, English, 118 minutes
Blending 40 years of home movies, raw film archive, and intimate present-day verité, a poignant reflection from Amy Ray & Emily Saliers of Indigo Girls – the iconic folk rock duo. A timely look into the obstacles, activism, and life lessons of two queer friends who never expected to make it big.

Narrative Feature
Directed by Marianne Blicher
Denmark, Danish, 99 minutes
Former beauty queen and senior citizen Solvej lives alone with her dog in a social housing area on the outskirts of Danish provincial town Viborg. Each day, she performs the same old routines roaming around on her scooter dealing her prescription drugs, dreaming of a world outside Viborg and reminiscing over old love letters from her past. When unforeseen circumstances bring her neighbor’s daughter, rebellious 17-year-old Kate into her life, an unlikely friendship forms and new hope for the future emerges.

Documentary Feature
Directed by Jordan Bellamy & Josh Gilligan
On Sept 8, 2019, The Golden Ray, an outbound 656 foot cargo ship loaded with 4200 vehicles capsized in the Saint Simons Sound off the coast of Brunswick, Georgia. In order to protect a fragile ecosystem amidst the backdrop of ongoing global commerce, concerned locals work to hold authorities accountable when the salvage project to remove the ship suffers every setback imaginable.

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Matt Rodriguez

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