Conversations with Atlanta's Movers and Shakers, Cinema Life Festival Director & CEO, Caroline King
Back in March, we were fortunate to have a conversation with the founder and CEO of Cinema Life, which is a collective of film festivals based in Atlanta and founder of Sweet C. Productions, Caroline King.
Atlanta Film and TV: We shared a little bit about you in our introduction. But, could you tell us more about who you are, and what it is that you do in the Atlanta Film and TV community?
Caroline King: "I have been in the film industry and theater as a kid. I grew up in New Orleans and attended the New Orleans Center for the Arts Creative Arts, where I majored in musical theater. After high school, I moved to Chicago, worked with Second City, Improv Olympic, and dabbled in comedy. About six-years-ago, I moved to Atlanta to focus on my film career. My first film, Church Wives, is a mockumentary like The Real Housewives but for church wives. Church Wives was the first film I wrote, directed, and produced, and it also made its way through the film festival circuit all over the country. When I came to Atlanta, I wanted to build upon what I had seen in other cities, with a focus on short independent films. I started with the Atlanta Comedy Film Festival and expanded to include the Georgia Short Film Festival and The Women's Comedy Film Festival in Atlanta and Chicago. We also have Summer in The South and the Southern Horror Film Festival. "
"The saying we have at Cinema Life is, 'The most tragic story is the one that goes untold.' I want to ensure that anyone with a story has the capability to share it through their resources and community."
- Caroline King
Atlanta Film and TV: Can you share about the events you host through Cinema Life?
Caroline King: "Film Pitch ATL is an incredible networking event featuring three filmmakers pitching their upcoming projects to a panel of experts that give their feedback on the pitches. Think American Idol meets Shark Tank, but for film pitches. It’s an amazing learning experience for people pitching, but also the people in the audience. It’s a fun, casual and judgment free place to pitch your ideas and also learn from our panelists that have decades of experience in the film industry. Other than the people pitching, the audience is filled with other actors and filmmakers actively assembling cast and crew for upcoming projects so it’s a fantastic place to meet fellow professionals and get to work! Even if you come alone, you will leave having made several new friends. Film Pitch ATL happens on the last Wednesday of the month. The next one is April 26th at Wild Heaven West End Brewery and Gardens in the lounge.
The Georgia Shorts Film Festival is an international film festival featuring films and screenplays by local filmmakers and filmmakers from all over the world that are premiering their films here with us in Atlanta.
The event is happening at Wild Heaven Brewery and Gardens at 1010 White Street on May 14 from 11am-7pm
We will have live table reads of screenplays read by local actors, an exclusive panel with Georgia Production Partners about the growth of film production in Georgia, a seminar hosted by me about digital marketing in the arts that focuses on building your personal brand and how to market yourself, film screenings, Q&As with the filmmakers and we close the day with an Awards Ceremony to celebrate all of our amazing filmmakers! It is going to be an amazing day and we can't wait for everyone to join us!
Tickets are still available for Film pitch ATL and The Georgia Shorts Film Festival here and as an exclusive offer just for Atlanta Film and TV followers we have a special 40% off discount code! Use the code AFTV at checkout to get your discount to both of these events! "
Watch our full conversation here.
Atlanta Film and TV: How can people connect with you?
Caroline King: "Follow me on Instagram @carolinekingofficial, @bitchbeerpodcast, @cinema_life_org."