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2017 Atlanta Jewish Film Festival Kicks Off with "Alone in Berlin" from Director Vincent Pérez

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By Cameron McAllister The 17th annual Atlanta Jewish Film Festival (AJFF) kicked off with a bang on Tuesday, January 24, 2017. While the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre has been the opening night venue for the last several years, this year’s gala and film presentation brought forth a mixture of AJFF tradition and new elements. To be quite honest, I wouldn’t miss the AJFF opening night gala for anything in the world. In fact, I need to make sure that the births of any future children do not coincide with this event. The walls of the Energy Centre’s grand ballroom were lined with 18 vendors, including some of Atlanta’s top restaurants—Davio’s, Atlas, Ecco, Southern Art and Bourbon Bar—as well as several global offerings. The lead chef from Tel-Aviv restaurant Ouzeria and her team were present all the way from Israel for the second year in a row, and let me tell you—they make the best food I’ve ever eaten. Sorry, I have to stop myself from gushing when it comes to good food, especially

"Silence" - Review (4 of 5 Stars)

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By Christo Stevens, Senior Editor “I pray but You are Silent. Or am I just praying to nothing?”  This question, asked in a whisper, hovers throughout Silence as we, and our lead character, attempt to grapple with the answer. The film, a long-awaited passion project from legend, master and legitimate superhero, Martin Scorsese is his most spiritual film since 1988’s The Last Temptation of Christ. The catholic director has never been quiet about his Faith nor the curiosities and doubts he might have about it. Based on the novel of the same name, Silence gives Marty a chance to ask big questions and paint with broad strokes while giving the audience a substantial amount to ponder, decipher and marvel at.  In 1670 two Jesuit priests—played by Andrew Garfield and Adam Driver—receive news regarding their once mentor and fellow priest, Father Ferriera—played by Liam Neeson. The priest, who’s now been missing for years, is believed to have denounced Christ after being tortured for his missio

A Triumphant Story of Perseverance and Progress: "Hidden Figures" - #GAfilm Review (5 of 5 Stars)

by Christina Nicole, Senior Editor Using precise mathematical calculations, the real women behind the  Hidden Figures  use a man in a rocket to shatter the glass ceiling in 1960s America.  Hidden Figures  is a magnificent movie in the vain of  Stand and Deliver  and it’s more than the sum of its parts; it’s an instant classic that teachers will use to inspire their student for years to come.  Katherine Johnson, Mary Jackson and Dorothy Vaughn are the “Black Computers” who were integral to NASA sending the first American into space.  Hidden Figures  tells their incredible story. Hidden Figures  shows how “We shall overcome,” but it’s more than just a black movie. It is an intelligent movie. It is a feminist movie. It is a movie that shows the power of perseverance. The racial climate in the US needs more films like  Hidden Figures  and  Loving . The turmoil and strife surrounding the African American community are a lot to bare. These films are inspiring and hopeful. They tell positive

"I Am Not Your Negro" - Review (5 of 5 Stars)

Christina Nicole, Senior Editor Raoul Peck brings to fruition, the goals James Baldwin had for the book he never finished, chronicling the journeys of Medgar Evers, Malcolm X, and Martin Luther King, Jr., Remember This House. This documentary is black and white and colored; it’s a film that holds up a mirror to America and shows the unrelenting truth. Samuel L. Jackson narrates the documentary using Baldwin’s words. Peck connects the past and the present in every section of the film. He juxtaposes the experiences of the four main characters with that of white America in such a way that it feels like James Baldwin himself made this movie. Raoul Peck seamlessly weaves the lives of Medgar Evers, Malcolm X, Martin Luther King Jr, and James Baldwin into the fabric of America. Peck uses interviews and letters to let Baldwin’s voice fervently echo throughout the film.  I Am Not Your Negro  is an intelligent documentary that doesn’t just wash over the audience, but baptizes it. James Baldwin i

Three Georgia Films Nominated for 2017 Academy Awards

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By Cameron McAllister While Georgia’s film industry continues to expand in all directions, it is only natural that we see an increase in the presence of Georgia productions on end-of-the-year lists and in award presentations. With the nominations for the 89th Academy Awards announced this morning, it comes as no surprise that three films made in Georgia showed up. Theodore Melfi’s “Hidden Figures,” Morten Tyldum’s “Passengers” and Clint Eastwood’s “Sully” all received nominations. No two Georgia films were nominated in the same category. “Hidden Figures” is the most lauded Georgia film of the year, taking home three nominations. The hit movie was nominated for Best Picture, Best Supporting Actress for Octavia Spencer and Best Adapted Screenplay for Allison Schroeder and Theodore Melfi. Spencer previously won in the same category for her performance in the 2011 film “The Help.” “Passengers,” the outer space epic starring Chris Pratt and Jennifer Lawrence, might have under-performed this

Georgia Film News Acquires Reel Georgia, Expands Coverage of the Entertainment Industry

Georgia Film News, the leading business publication covering Georgia’s entertainment industry, announced today the acquisition of Reel Georgia. Reel Georgia was founded in 2011 by Cameron McAllister and is a leading outlet for film professionals covering festivals, movies and news. “When we launched, everyone said we should meet Cameron McAllister,” said Randy Davidson, President of Georgia Film News. “He has been in the industry for a long time and built a very solid following with Reel Georgia.” Georgia Film News publishes commentary and analysis about the entertainment industry to thousands of professionals each day. The acquisition of Reel Georgia adds thousands of additional readers to the property. “Reel Georgia has evolved over the years to focus more on festivals, industry awards and film reviews—especially those with a Georgia connection,” said Cameron McAllister CEO of Reel Georgia. “As the state’s film industry continues to explode, we looked at different ways to expand our