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MUBI now screening “The Dead Nation”

November 7th, 2018
Every year we have more great ideas for programming than we can possibly realize. In the Spring, we talked with the fine folks at MUBI, a video streaming service that specializes in international art house cinema. While discussing a potential partnership for the ACP Film Series, their curator/programmer suggested a Romanian film called "The Dead Nation" which sounded fascinating (trailer here) and is directly related to the intersection of cinema and photography.


"The Dead Nation is a documentary-essay, which shows a stunning collection of photographs from a Romanian small town in the 1930’s and 1940’s. The soundtrack, composed mostly from excerpts taken from the diary of a Jewish doctor from the same era, shows us what the photographs do not: the rising of the anti-Semitism and eventually a harrowing depiction of the Romanian Holocaust, a topic which is not very talked about in the contemporary Romanian society."
The Dead Nation is available for viewing on MUBI starting today, and if you appreciate global cinema, experimental filmmaking, and the best independent filmmakers in the USA, you'll appreciate their rotating slate of 30 films (only) they always have on view. If you want to know more about what's happening in the world of cinema, their "Notebook" is a great read. If you end-up signing-up, tell them Atlanta Celebrates Photography sent you!

New Trailer for Winogrand Documentary, Screening Tues., Oct. 9 at Midtown Arts Cinema

August 30th, 2018

Garry Winogrand: All Things are Photographable OFFICIAL TRAILER from Pieshake Pictures on Vimeo.

We couldn't be happier about bringing the new documentary about Garry Winogrand to Atlanta during the festival, on Oct. 9th at Landmark Midtown Fine Art Cinema, and here's a new trailer. Tickets are free - get yours today!

“Don’t Blink – Robert Frank” Now Available on DVD

April 26th, 2017
Last year's ACP Film Series screening: Don't Blink - Robert Frank, is now available on DVD. (Shag carpet not included.)

"Robert Frank, now 91 years old, is among the most influential artists of the last half-century. His seminal volume, The Americans, published in 1958, records the Swiss-born photographer’s candid reactions to peculiarly American versions of poverty and racism. Today it is a classic work that helped define the off-the-cuff, idiosyncratic elegance that are hallmarks of Frank’s artistry. Director Laura Israel (Frank’s longtime film editor) and producer Melinda Shopsin were given unprecedented access to the notably irascible artist. The assembled portrait is not unlike Frank’s own movies – rough around the edges and brimming with surprises and insights – calling to mind Frank’s quintessential underground movie, the 1959 Beat short, PULL MY DAISY (co-directed by Alfred Leslie, co-written by Jack Kerouac). DON’T BLINK includes clips from Frank’s rarely seen movies, among them ME AND MY BROTHER and COCKSUCKER BLUES. The soundtrack includes Lou Reed, Bob Dylan, Rolling Stones, White Stripes, Yo La Tengo, Tom Waits, and more."

Trailer for “Mapplethorpe: Look at the Pictures”

April 19th, 2016

Looks like we just missed the April 4th screening (on HBO) of the new documentary "Mapplethorpe: Look at the Pictures." Did you catch it? Here's a review on Rolling Stone.

Great quote at the end of the trailer:
"The whole point of being an artist is to learn about yourself. The photographs are less important than the life that one is leading."

“Monk With a Camera” now Streamable

November 23rd, 2015

If you're a fan of the ACP Film Series, or generally appreciate the intersection of photography and cinema, you'll appreciate "Monk With a Camera" which is now available on streaming platforms, including Netflix.

Last night’s AFF “Frame by Frame” Screening

March 24th, 2015
We're pleased to have been able to introduce "Frame by Frame" last night at the Plaza during the Atlanta Film Festival. It was great to see film & photography fans in attendance, and we hope you enjoyed the film as much as we did. The documentary is moving, inspirational, and makes a great addition to the field of documentaries about photography.

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We wanted to quickly share a great Instagram'd quote about the experience of seeing the film from "The Dowda":

"While we indulge in selfies these two brave and committed filmmakers create a living documentary on four Afghani photographers who risk themselves to capture truth, humility, injustice, and tragedy to make a document, to share and establish a real vision of their people and country. The filmmakers who created Frame By Frame helped elevate photography as tool that fights war; a war of weapons and a war of perception. We should be as close to being as bold and brave to examine our own lives through a fraction of the lens that this film highlights. I'm humbled and changed. Thank you @framebyframedoc #fbfdoc"
We have a few films on our radar for this year's incarnation of ACP Film Series, though we're not sure what we'll end-up screening at this date. If you have a recommendation of a recent/new photo-based documentary that hasn't screened in Atlanta, let us know! In fact, last night felt like an mid-ACP October evening -- everyone was enthused, the moon was low and there was a chill in the air.

Big thanks to Frame By Frame and the Atlanta Film Festival!

“Through a Lens Darkly” to air on PBS, February 16th

February 3rd, 2015
We were proud to have "Through a Lens Darkly" as part of ACP 2014, and we just received word that the film will screen on PBS on February 16th!

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In addition to the screening, there's an Indiegogo campaign to raise funds for producing a Tool-Kit for schools that will be a companion piece to the film.

"We are looking to raise $150,000 to cover production costs associated with the creation of the 1World1Family Tool-Kit. We already have a substantial amount of content "in the can," which needs to be reviewed, transcribed and turned into short video pieces. We need to create specific teaching and discussion guides for each short piece and the guides need to be translated into Spanish. We need to create step-by-step instructional materials for how to run a DDFR event, including associated film screenings, community photo-sharing sessions and community discussions on visual literacy. We need to develop best practices and business cases for Diversity & Inclusion training and facilitation guides. We need to create specific educational classroom guides and student activities using our existing content and conforming to Common Core protocols.

We are routing contributions to the campaign through our fiscal sponsor, National Black Programming Consortium, which has been a very strong supporter and funder of our project. All contributions over $150 will be tax-deductible (less the value of the premium received.) "
Help them out, if you can, and don't forget to tune in on Feb. 16th!

Two Videos from Digital Diaspora Road Show

November 11th, 2014
Great to see these two videos from the Digital Diaspora Road Show, the companion photo-sharing event for "Through a Lens Darkly".

Sue Ross Talks “Through A Lens Darkly” on Sojourner Truth Radio

October 21st, 2014
Big thanks to local photographer Sue Ross for passing along this interview where she talks about "Through A Lens Darkly" (screens on Wednesday night!) on Sojourner Truth Radio.

A Live Photo-Sharing Event on Saturday: Digital Diaspora Family Reunion: 1World1Family

October 21st, 2014
Since 2004 and the advent of Flickr, photo-sharing has exploded online, with Facebook now receiving more than 350 million photos a day. With all this snapping and sharing, it's easy to forget how we used to share photos, and what stories we told about them, in the tactile, non-virtual world. The companion event to Wednesday's film screening of "Through a Lens Darkly" is Saturday's "Digital Diaspora Family Reunion: 1World1Family" at Westside Cultural Arts Center from 2-4pm. And while the event will most certainly have a digital component, its center will be real people sharing real stories about family photographs in real-time. Here are a few videos that should help lend context about this special event.

("Frances Dixon shares her family photographs during the Digital Diaspora Family Reunion Roadshow at the Louis Armstrong House Museum in Queens, NY, 2012.") And here's the event's trailer (with a great track from Fela!) which features a few views of the last time the event was held in Atlanta:

We're really excited about Saturday's event, and hope you'll come prepared to share your own family photos!

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