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"V/H/S" and "The Signal" Producer Linda Burns Teaches Script Breakdown & Budgeting Workshops June 4th & 5th

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Linda Burns, long-time Atlanta filmmaker and instructor of The PA Academy (presented by Atlanta Film Society and Georgia Production Partnership ), is offering several workshops in June that will appeal to those looking to break into the film industry in Georgia, or professionals looking to hone their skills in breaking down, scheduling and budgeting their scripts. One way that Burns earned a stellar reputation in Atlanta’s film community was by staying here in the 1990s and 2000s, when much of the state’s film business was stagnant. After the film boom began in the mid-to-late 2000s, Burns’ educational offerings and partnerships with ATLFS and GPP became wildly popular. Well known for producing television and commercial work, Burns also has produced indie smash hits “The Signal” and “V/H/S.” On Saturday June 4th, Burns is teaching the first of a two-part workshop— Breakdown & Schedule Your Indie Script —followed by her entry-level class— Create a Proper Film Resume . On Sunday, J

#GAfilm Review: "The Nice Guys" (***½)

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Russell Crowe and Ryan Gosling star in “The Nice Guys.” “The Nice Guys” jostles your funny bone and warms the part of your heart (the top right half, I think) that stores all your nostalgia. It makes you admire a time, or even a mentality, that you didn’t know you missed. I wasn’t alive in the 1970s and I’m not a violent person, but this is a time/universe I want to occupy (minus the guns and danger), even if only for a day. It’s indubitably a Shane Black film—dialogue that sizzles and jokes that zing. There’s also some violence, raucous behavior, perfectly 70s outfits, and lots of glorious vinyl. Black directed as well as co-wrote the script with writing partner Anthony Bagarozzi. 1977 is as much a character in this film as its two stars, the moralistically misguided Jackson Healy (played by the talented and surprisingly bellied Russell Crowe) and the shambled mess of a detective, Holland March (Ryan Gosling, handsome even in his drunken stupor). The plot of “The Nice Guys” takes abou

"Everybody Wants Some!!" Review (***½)

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Blake Jenner, Tyler Hoechlin and Ryan Guzman star in “Everybody Wants Some!!” Richard Linklater’s filmography is chock-full of some of the most influential and timeless films of the past 20 years. For me, his “Before” trilogy is his best work. The three films—for those who haven’t seen them (yet)—follow a couple’s relationship over the course of about 16 years. Each movie in the trilogy pretty much amounts to a series of conversations between the two leads as we check in on them at different points in their lives. The director’s focus on passing time and nostalgia is perfectly represented in these three films. Linklater seems to have a fascination with hindsight that allows his films to not only get better and better with age, but to sneak up on you and pack way more of a punch than you might have expected before the final credits start to roll. “Everybody Wants Some!!” is the latest from the auteur director and has been dubbed a ‘spiritual successor’ to the 1993 classic “Dazed and Con

#GAfilm Review: "Captain America: Civil War"

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Chris Evans and Robert Downey Jr. star in “Captain America: Civil War.” Taking pause from the tropes, “Captain America: Civil War” sobers the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) in eloquent and effective fashion; asking its audience, clearly and concisely, to consider the cost. For once in the MCU’s history, we don’t have mass-casualties justified by ‘the greater good,’ nor the grand contradiction of heroism that tends to accompany them. Instead, Earth’s mightiest heroes are asked to take a hard look in the mirror and redefine their brand of heroism. Directors Joe & Anthony Russo impress with how they approach these themes; they’re not flashy or shiny, they don’t use ‘entertainment’ as an excuse for mindless destruction, and they don’t insult the intelligence of their audience. As I watched this film, I was floored by the risk taken in trading out the big bangs for the big ideas, yet it never once felt like an disingenuous soapbox capitalizing on an election year. Moments that we’ve c

Atlanta Jewish Film Festival to Honor Lawrence Kasdan with Inaugural Icon Award

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At the opening night of the 16th annual Atlanta Jewish Film Festival in January, executive director Kenny Blank announced the organization’s next big step in achieving global recognition for their brand—the Icon Award for Contributions to the Cinematic Arts. Perhaps best known for writing “Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back,” “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” “Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi” and “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” Kasdan has also had a tremendously successful career as a director and producer, making films such as “Body Heat,” “The Big Chill,” “The Accidental Tourist,” “Grand Canyon” and “Wyatt Earp.” Kasdan has received four Academy Award nominations across three categories (Best Picture, Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Original Screenplay). Kasdan will receive the Icon Award on Sunday, May 22, 2016 at 7:00 PM at the Woodruff Arts Center’s Rich Auditorium. An intimate conversation with Kasdan will be hosted by ArtsATL co-founder Catherine Fox. The presentati