I had the pleasure of attending the Atlanta Underground Film Festival last night and I wasn't prepared for how amazing it was going to be. I'm not a movie junkie by any means nor am I an independent film expert. I fall into the category of "sometimes I go to the movies and maybe I'll watch a documentary if it's on Netflix." Tragic, I know. But I love film and I love how it brings people together and tells powerful stories, so I had to go to this event. And I'm so glad I did.
We went to the "Jig of Life Shorts Block", which were essentially short films, back to back, from 7:30-9 pm. Every single film was riveting, I was enthralled and engaged. Maybe it's my untrained, non-movie expert eye, or maybe it's just that I don't do this enough, but by the time the segment was over I was filled with a surge of creativity and inspiration that I haven't gotten from film in a long time. There was so much talent displayed, I was inspired.
Some of my favorites, though honestly all of them were amazing, included:
- "The Herd" by Colin Borden
Just. So. Intense.
- "Jada" by Doug Roland
Such a moving story with beautiful cinematography. Somehow this slightly sad story is told in a lighthearted way.
- "Behind the Wall" by Bat-Sheva Guez
An inspiring, wonder-filled story told in one apartment building. I just loved it.
Incredible films aside, I chose to wear a glittery t-shirt dress and some 70's inspired boots. I wore fake lashes for the first time and it felt like there were butterflies perched on my eyes (heavy, very heavy.)
Today's the last day for this awesome festival so check it out!