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If you’re planning to be in Atlanta this weekend, keep a few things in mind: You’ll want some shade on hand, because you’ll be facing an extended summer swelter, and the heat will be relentless. You’ll want a cooler, more enjoyable snack, and this is it.
The Atlanta International Film Festival is in full swing, and the city will get as much as five days of the best the country has to offer. The festival has been running for nearly three decades now, and the lineup of films that’s gone on to become staples of the American film festival landscape is pretty remarkable — to say nothing of the events and activities surrounding the festival.
There’s so much to do, from films, symposiums, the Saturday night movies, lectures and a whole lot more.
This year’s event doesn’t start until June 7, but you can buy tickets now. That’s a good idea for a festival that is celebrating such a long and legendary run.
The festival begins on Friday, June 6 with The Red Road, a documentary that tells the story of a pair of men on a quest to cross the United States in a red truck. They will cross the country and live in a log cabin. The film will play both on Friday and Saturday.
On Friday night, the festival will host the Sunday night movies. On Saturday evening, the festival will host a symposium. But one of the best parts of getting into this festival is attending the film screenings in the evening on Friday and Saturday, as we talk with directors and actors and the best of the best on making movies. Here’s what I’ll be looking for.
Dedicated to the films that were made under the aegis of the film festival, but which have not been released on DVD, Blu-Ray or streaming, the festival offers, for a small fee, tickets to screenings that are “first