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Interview: Award-winning Atlanta Film Society Senior Filmmaker-in-Residence Brantly Jackson Watts

By Cameron McAllister I first encountered Brantly Jackson Watts at the sold out encore screening of her debut feature, “AKA Blondie,” at the 2012 Atlanta Film Festival. Brantly served as writer and producer for the film alongside her director/producer/ cinematographer husband, Jon Watts . It wasn’t until the 2012 Rome International Film Festival when I actually met Brantly. Since then, it has been a pleasure to see one of my good friends become one of the most prominent content creators in Atlanta’s independent film scene. After “AKA Blondie” enjoyed astounding success in Atlanta and a strong festival run, Brantly and Jon founded the Homespun Series, a recurring documentary short film series from local filmmakers and featuring local subjects. Brantly launched the series with a doc short of her own, “Golden Child,” before making the move into narrative work with “Birthday Cake.” A Southern Gothic short about a woman ‘celebrating’ the anniversary of her escape from an abusive relationshi

Salma Hayek, Holly Hunter, John Boyega Among 2017 SCAD Savannah Film Festival Honorees

By Cameron McAllister To celebrate its 20th anniversary, the SCAD Savannah Film Festival has decided to pull out all the stops. Taking place October 28 through November 4, the festival will honor special guests Salma Hayek, Holly Hunter, Patrick Stewart, Aaron Sorkin, Robert Pattinson and John Bodega. Salma Hayek Pinault  will accept the Outstanding Achievement in Cinema Award.  John Bodega  will receive the Vanguard Award. Georgia-born Academy Award-winner  Holly Hunter  will be presented with the Icon Award.  Robert Pattinson  will receive the Maverick Award. Writer and director  Aaron Sorkin  will accept the Outstanding Achievement in Directing Award, presumably for his directorial debut “Molly’s Game.”  Patrick Stewart will be presented with the Legends of Cinema Award. Additional honorees and programming announcements are still forthcoming. Tickets go on sale October 2nd. For more information, visit


I wanted to do something a little different for this study.  The last few weeks have seemed more tumultuous than ever. The whole word seems to be in turmoil, with issues of war and hatred to the weather and geographical upheaval.  Lives have been changed forever in these last few weeks.  It's easy to get caught up in worry and woe, and to look at what's happening around us instead of keeping our eyes on our Savior.  Let's remind ourselves and each other that we serve a sovereign God who loves us and gave His life for us. He is in control and He has appointed everything to play out according to His will and His purpose. As we see all these things happening, let us remember to look up. Our redemption draws near. I decided to post this piece called "My King" by Chuck Missler for our next study.  I have benefited greatly from Chuck's teachings.  There is a wealth of free material made available on his website   Every time I read this, I'm over

"I Do... Until I Don't" – Review (2.5 of 5 Stars)

by Ali Coad, Senior Editor At the crux of Lake Bell’s sophomore feature, ”I Do… Until I Don’t,” we have a question that recurs and plagues many indie-rom-com movies: is marriage some arcane, no-longer-relevant idea invented by the caveman or is a marriage something worthwhile that can actually endure because of, you know, love? The title of the film is slightly misleading in that, at the end of it, all of our characters, who in the opening scenes were wildly unhappy with themselves and their romantic partners, somehow, miraculously, walk away congenial and happy and holding hands. But let’s start at the beginning. Lake Bell. She’s got comedic chops, that’s something that few can deny; every film or show or clip in which she appears is made better and funnier simply in having her there. Her timing is impeccable, as is her delivery. Her directorial debut, “In A World” highlighted all the best parts of her as an actress and comedian, which is why my hopes where moon high for “I Do… Until