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2022 ATLANTA FILM FESTIVAL UNVEILS KEY PROGRAMMING AND FULL LINEUP OF OFFICIAL SELECTIONS FOR 46TH ANNUAL EVENT, INCLUDING 27 WORLD PREMIERES

The film festival and Creative Conference will return in-person and virtually with an Opening Night presentation of “892” and an impressively diverse lineup of more than 150 selected works, 11 Marquee films, and 25 educational events

ATLANTA, GA (March 29, 2022) — The 46th annual Atlanta Film Festival + Creative Conference (ATLFF) today revealed key programming highlights, including Opening and Closing Night presentations and the full lineup of selected works from a record-breaking nearly 10,000 submissions. Highlighted by the Opening Night presentation of “892” and Closing Night film “Mija”, 11 Marquee screenings will combine Hollywood star power with the best of independent film. The 155 total announced creative works from submissions will feature diverse filmmakers who continue to uplift voices and stories from around the world.


The film festival and educational conference will take place Thursday, April 21 through Sunday, May 1, 2022 at multiple venues in Atlanta and virtually.


“We’re particularly excited about this year because we are not only back to in-person screenings, but our hybrid format will provide even more opportunities for audiences to participate around the globe,” said Christopher Escobar, Executive Director of the Atlanta Film Festival. “A huge part of our ethos is advocating for diverse voices, which is why it’s even more important that we continue to evolve and connect with communities everywhere in new and innovative ways.”


Kicking off a robust slate of Marquee programming that will be presented throughout the 11-day festival, the Opening Night presentation of Bleecker Street’s dramatic thriller “892” will take place at the Plaza Theatre on Friday, April 22. Starring John Boyega, the late Michael K. Williams, Nicole Beharie, and Connie Britton, the film follows a Marine war veteran who faces mental and emotional challenges when he tries to reintegrate back into civilian life. Screenwriter Kwame Kwei-Armah will be on-hand for the red carpet screening.

The Closing Night presentation of the Disney+ documentary “Mija” will be held on Saturday, April 30, at the Plaza Theatre. Directed by Isabel Castro, the film follows Doris Muñoz, who began a career in music talent management and met Jacks Haupt, an auspicious young singer, and both share the ever-present guilt of being the first American-born members of their undocumented families.

Some highlights of the Marquee programming from celebrated filmmakers and Hollywood studios announced today include narrative features “Cha Cha Real Smooth” starring Dakota Johnson and written and directed by Cooper Raiff, “Emily the Criminal” starring Aubrey Plaza and Theo Rossi, and “Summering”, a coming of age story directed by Georgia-native and celebrated ATLFF alumni James Ponsoldt. Documentary feature highlights include “Look At Me!”, an inside look at a gifted young rapper's tumultuous rise to fame before his death at the age of 20, with never-before-seen footage as XXXTentacion's inner circle speaks out, and “REFUGE”, a story about fear and love in the American South from local Atlanta directors Erin Levin Bernhardt and Din Blankenship.

Since its founding, diversity in programming has been a cornerstone of ATLFF’s mission, demonstrated by the final lineup of 29 feature-length films, 99 short films, and 27 creative media selections. Of these selections, a combined total of 74% are directed by filmmakers who identify as female or non-binary (53%) and/or are Black, Indigenous, or People of Color (BIPOC) (56%). Five specialty tracks will return to the 2022 festival including: New Mavericks, celebrating excellence in film from female and gender non-conforming directors and leads; ¡CineMás!, focusing on Latin American culture; Noire, uplifting Black filmmakers, Pink Peach, featuring films with LGBTQ stories and characters, and Georgia Films, highlighting productions with ties to the state of Georgia.

For five years in a row, the festival received a record-breaking number of creative works and screenplay submissions. Works from more than 110 countries were submitted to the festival, and 33 countries are represented among the final lineup of chosen selections. Nearly 20% have ties to the state of Georgia.


The 12th annual Creative Conference, ATLFF’s popular educational programming extension, returns with in-person panel discussions and one-on-one in-depth virtual conversations focusing on screenwriting, showrunning, pitching shows, podcasting, directing, producing, cinematography, and editing with industry experts from Georgia to NY and LA. The entire Creative Conference lineup ofover 25 events will be announced in the coming weeks. The highlights include Masterclasses, Panels, and Conversations with actress Antonia Gentry (star of Netflix’s “Ginny and Georgia”), actress Priah Ferguson (“Stranger Things”), actor Atkins Estimond (“Hightown”), producer/director Cherien Dabis (“Only Murders in the Building”, “Ozark”), actress Danielle Deadwyler (“The Harder They Fall”, “Station 11”), showrunner Nick Antosca (“Candy”), cinematographer Daniel Patterson (“The Last OG”, “Woke”), director Stacey Muhammed (“Black-ish”, “Queen Sugar”), comedy writer Robert Peacock (“Mad About You”, “Blue Collar TV”), VFX editorBarry Murphy (“1883”), and many more.


ATLFF 2022 will be more accessible than ever, offering a mix of in-person and virtual screenings, as well as virtual Q&A sessions with filmmakers. Screenings will be held at three venues, including Plaza Theatre (1049 Ponce De Leon Ave NE), Dad’s Garage (569 Ezzard St SE), and The Carter Center (453 Freedom Parkway), with more to come. All virtual screenings and events will be presented via Eventive.

The full schedule of films and events will be available Friday, April 1 at www.AtlantaFilmFestival.com and through the ATLFF 2022 app. Festival passes are on sale now on the site. Tickets for individual events will be available at the beginning of April. In-person screening tickets range from $12-50; virtual access is $9.99 per film/panel with an unlimited virtual all-access pass for $85 for both films and Creative Conference. Virtual all-access pass will increase to $100 after Friday, April 1.

The Atlanta Film Festival is the annual centerpiece of educational and enriching film programming that is provided year-round by its parent organization, the Atlanta Film Society (ATLFS). Now in its fifth decade, ATLFF is one of only a handful of film festivals worldwide that is Academy Award-qualifying in all three categories (live-action short, animation short, and documentary short subject).

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2022 ATLANTA FILM FESTIVAL LINEUP

MARQUEE FILMS

OPENING NIGHT PRESENTATION

892

directed by Abi Damaris Corbin

John Boyega, Nicole Beharie, Selenis Leyva, Michael Kenneth Williams, Connie Britton USA // 2022 // English // Bleecker Street // 103 min

A Marine war veteran faces mental and emotional challenges when he tries to reintegrate back into civilian life.

#Marquee #Narrative #GeorgiaTie


CLOSING NIGHT PRESENTATION

MIJA

directed by Isabel Castro

USA // 2022 // English, Spanish // Disney+ // 85 min

Follows Doris Muñoz, who began a career in music talent management and met Jacks Haupt, an auspicious young singer, and both share the ever-present guilt of being the first American-born members of their undocumented families.

#Marquee #Documentary #CineMás #NewMavericks


MARQUEE SCREENINGS

A LOVE SONG

directed by Max Walker-Silverman

Dale Dickey, Wes Studi, Michelle Wilson

USA // 2022 // English // Bleecker Street // 81 min

Two childhood sweethearts, both now widowed, share a night by a lake in the mountains.

#Marquee #Narrative


CHA CHA REAL SMOOTH

written and directed by Cooper Raiff

Cooper Raiff, Dakota Johnson

USA // 2022 // English // Apple TV // 107 min

A man who works as a bar/bat mitzvah party starter who strikes up a unique friendship with a young mom (Producer Dakota Johnson) and her teenage daughter.

#Marquee #Narrative


REFUGE

directed by Erin Levin Bernhardt, Din Blankenship

USA // 2021 // English // 80 min

REFUGE is a story about fear and love in the American South. A leader in a white nationalist hate group finds healing from the people he once hated - a Muslim heart doctor and his town of refugees. Chris is a husband and father, a veteran, and until recently, a leader in the KKK. He started hating Muslims when the planes hit the Twin Towers on 9/11 but is forced to confront his hate when he receives a text from a Muslim refugee, Heval. REFUGE illustrates the false promises of hate and reveals where real and lasting refuge is found. Where there is love, there is refuge.

#Marquee #Documentary #GeorgiaTie


EMILY THE CRIMINAL

directed by John Patton Ford

Aubrey Plaza, Theo Rossi

USA // 2022 // English // Roadside // 93 min

Down on her luck and saddled with debt, Emily gets involved in a credit card scam that pulls her into the criminal underworld of Los Angeles, ultimately leading to deadly consequences.

#Marquee #Narrative


LOOK AT ME! (XXXTentacion)

directed by Sabaah Folayan

USA // 2022 // English // Hulu // 108 min

An inside look at a gifted young rapper's tumultuous coming-of-age with never-before-seen footage, as XXXTentacion's inner circle speaks out for the first time.

#Marquee #Documentary #Noire


MARCEL THE SHELL WITH SHOES ON

directed by Dean Fleischer-Camp

USA // 2021 // English // A24 // 89 min

Jenny Slate, Isabella Rossellini

Feature adaptation of the animated short film interviewing a mollusk named Marcel.

#Marquee #Narrative


MONTANA STORY

directed by Scott McGehee, David Siegel

USA // 2021 // English // Bleecker Street // 113 min

Haley Lu Richardson, Owen Teague

Two estranged siblings return home to the sprawling ranch they once knew and loved, confronting a deep and bitter family legacy against a mythic American backdrop.

#Marquee #Narrative


PHANTOM OF THE OPEN

directed by Craig Roberts

Mark Rylance, Ian Porter

United Kingdom // 2021 // English // Sony Classics // 106 min

Maurice Flitcroft, a dreamer and unrelenting optimist managed to gain entry to The British Open Golf Championship Qualifying in 1976 and subsequently shot the worst round in Open history, becoming a folk hero in the process.

#Marquee #Narrative


SUMMERING

directed by James Ponsoldt

Lia Barnett, Madalen Mills

USA // 2022 // English // Bleecker Street // 80 min

During their last days of summer and childhood -- the weekend before middle school begins -- four girls struggle with the harsh truths of growing up and embark on a mysterious adventure.

#Marquee #Narrative #GeorgiaTie


SELECTED WORKS

NARRATIVE FEATURES

BREAKWATER

directed by Cem Demirer

Turkey/UK, 2022, Turkish, 101 minutes

Aslan, a young insecure fisherman who lives on a Turkish island, finds a valuable lobster cave while diving. Knowing this treasure will bring him wealth and the prestige that he has never had in his society, he decides to keep it a secret from his cousin and best friend Yilmaz until he can properly harvest the lobsters by himself. By not sharing the secret, Yilmaz's growing suspicion conjures a series of paranoid obsessions that thrust him into a downward spiral.

#WorldPremiere #InCompetition #Narrative


DO NOT HESITATE

directed by Shariff Korver

Netherlands/Greece, 2021, Dutch/English/Arabic, 90 minutes

After the sudden disappearance of their superior, three young Dutch soldiers are left to guard a military vehicle by themselves. As their situation and the scorching desert heat renders them increasingly disconnected from reality, an encounter with a local boy escalates into a fight that will mark their lives forever.

#Narrative #CinematographyCompetition

EVERY DAY IN KAIMUKĪ

directed by Alika Tengan

USA, 2022, English, 80min

A young man is determined to give his life meaning outside of Kaimukī, the small Hawaiian town where he grew up, even if it means leaving everything he's ever known and loved behind.

#Narrative

THE GAME

directed by Ana Lazarevic

Serbia/USA, 2021, Serbian/English/Arabic, 93 minutes

When STRAHINJA, a smuggler with poor parenting skills and a gambling addiction, becomes stranded with two refugee boys in the Balkan countryside, they must navigate back roads to find an illegal crossing into Western Europe. The boys’ insatiable gusto for life makes Strahinja aware of the walls he has built around his own.

#Narrative


HANDS THAT BIND

directed by Kyle Armstrong

Canada, 2022, English, 116 minutes

Having severed ties with his father, Andy's opportunity to farm as a landowner has been jeopardized. He devotes his life to working another man’s land, trying to establish new roots with his wife and children, and with the hope that the land might one day be his. But those hopes are destroyed when his boss's ungrateful son unexpectedly returns. As Andy struggles with providing for his family in a world that is increasingly unfamiliar, a darkness settles over the community and mysterious occurrences begin; cattle mutilations, drought, a missing teenager, paranoia, and unexplained lights in the sky. #Narrative #CinematographyCompetition


HÉKATE

directed by Nadia Benedicto

Argentina, 2021, Spanish, 77 minutes

Following a horrific event, Helena and Kira argue on the side of the road. No destination in mind, no plan to follow. The journey unfolds kilometer by kilometer; a journey that soon becomes a ritual — a tribute to the goddess of witches and a ritual of passage towards the autonomy and maturity of her descendants.

#InCompetition #Narrative #PinkPeach #CineMás #NewMavericks


LEARN TO SWIM

directed by Thyrone Tommy

Canada, 2021, English, 93 minutes

Haunted by a tragic loss, Dezi (Thomas Antony Olajide), a jazz musician, cuts off contact with everyone he knows. Time bends, and the lines between his stormy past and reclusive present are blurred, foiling his attempts at solitude and forcing him to face the truth of his past.

#Narrative #Noire


MILES FROM NOWHERE

directed by Jono Mitchell

USA, 2022, English, 76 minutes

Miles is dying. After a year of avoiding his two closest friends, he attempts to reestablish normalcy by gathering them together for their annual cabin trip. However, his plan to reveal his terminal cancer goes awry when Sammy and Victor come clean about secrets of their own. The past becomes the present and the future becomes uncertain as lies, pain, and pride threaten to erase the bonds of friendship entirely.

#WorldPremiere #Narrative #GeorgiaTie #PinkPeach


THE MURDER PODCAST

directed by William Bagley

USA, 2021, English, 91 minutes

Desperate to get more podcast listeners, Chad Thadwick decides he needs a new topic. After a murder in his hometown, the answer is clear: a true crime podcast! With the help of his best friend, Chad starts investigating, only to get wrapped up in a terrifying adventure full of supernatural threats! #Narrative #Narrative #GeorgiaTie


NICO

directed by Eline Gehring

Germany, 2021, German/Persian/English, 79 minutes

The self-confident, life-affirming German-Persian Nico is brutally torn from her everyday life by a racially motivated attack. With the help of tough karate training, she tries to channel her anger, but she also loses touch with herself. When Nico meets the Macedonian Ronny, a connection develops between the two women that makes Nico question the path she has chosen.

#Narrative #PinkPeach #NewMavericks


PORTRAITS FROM A FIRE

directed by Trevor Mack

Canada, 2021, English/Tsilhqot'in, 93 minutes

A coming-of-age story that follows Tyler, an eccentric and lonely teenager who spends his days filmmaking, vlogging his Indigenous community, and hanging out with his grandparents. His father, Gord, is physically present but remains emotionally absent from Tyler’s life for reasons Tyler cannot understand. That is until he meets Aaron, a mysterious, charismatic, and influential figure who encourages Tyler to showcase his most personal film about his mother’s disappearance to the community, leading to a reckoning between past and future, life and death, and father and son.

#Narrative


QUICKENING

directed by Haya Waseem

Canada, 2021, English/Urdu, 90 minutes

Sheila, a Pakistani-Canadian teenager struggles to define her identity as she is pulled between her newfound social life at university and her family’s traditional values. After starting a secret relationship with her classmate, Sheila discovers that keeping these two worlds separate comes at a great cost. #Narrative #NewMavericks #CinematographyCompetition


SALMA’S HOME

directed by Hanadi Elyan

Jordan/USA, 2022, Arabic, 95 minutes

The story follows three women who are facing uncertain times after the death of the family's patriarch Bakri: Salma, Bakri’s ex wife, is a talented baker. Her daughter Farah is struggling with her own marriage. Lamia, Bakri's new wife, is a wannabe socialite and social media influencer. Together they navigate Bakri’s inheritance, finding out that the only way forward is to live together under one roof.#InCompetition #Narrative #NewMavericks


SHE AND I

directed by Gustavo Rosa de Moura

Brazil, 2021, Portuguese, 102 minutes

20 years ago, while giving birth to her daughter, Bia slipped into a coma. But that didn't stop her—even if just lying there, unconscious—from becoming part of her family's everyday life. Suddenly, however, Bia comes to. And while she's reacquainting herself with sight, speech, movement and the basics of human relationships, her now-adult daughter, her ex-husband and his new wife try to deal with the unexpected living presence of that strange but dearly loved woman.

#Narrative #CineMás


SOUL OF A BEAST

directed by Lorenz Merz

Switzerland, 2021, Swiss-German/French/Japanese, 110 minutes

In a delirious summer rush, teenage father Gabriel falls in love with enigmatic Corey, the girlfriend of his best friend Joel. Overwhelmed with the decision of his life Gabriel is catapulted into the unforgiving wilderness of his heart, where imagination is more real than reality.

#InCompetition #Narrative #CinematographyCompetition


YOU RESEMBLE ME

directed by Dina Amer

USA/Egypt/France, 2021, French/Arabic, 91 minutes

Cultural and intergenerational trauma erupt in this story about two sisters on the outskirts of Paris. After the siblings are torn apart, the eldest, Hasna, struggles to find her identity, leading to a choice that shocks the world. Director Dina Amer takes on one of the darkest issues of our time and deconstructs it in an intimate story about family, love, sisterhood, and belonging.

#InCompetition #Narrative #NewMavericks


DOCUMENTARY FEATURES

AFTER SHERMAN

directed by Jon-Sesrie Goff

USA, 2022, English, 88 minutes

A director’s exploration of coastal South Carolina as a site of pride and racial trauma through Gullah cultural retention and land preservation is interrupted by the shootings at Mother Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina. AFTER SHERMAN is a story about inheritance and the tension that defines our collective American history.

#InCompetition #Documentary #Noire


THE BALCONY MOVIE

directed by Paweł Łoziński

Poland, 2021, Polish, 100 minutes

Can anyone be a movie hero? Can the world be locked in one film frame? Director Paweł Łoziński is watching people from his balcony as they are passing by: sad, thoughtful, glued to their phones, young and old. The filmmaker calls out to them, asks questions, and talks about how they deal with life. Standing there with his camera for over 2 years, he creates a space for dialogue, a lay confessional of sorts, where everyone can stop by and tell their story. Every story is unique, and life always surpassesimagination.

#Documentary


BOYCOTT

directed by Julia Bacha

USA, 2021, English, 73 minutes

When a news publisher in Arkansas, an attorney in Arizona, and a speech therapist in Texas are told they must choose between their jobs and their political beliefs, they launch legal battles that expose an attack on freedom of speech across 33 states in America. BOYCOTT traces the impact of state legislation designed to penalize individuals and companies that choose to boycott Israel due to its human rights record. A bracing look at the far-reaching implications of anti-boycott legislation becomes an inspiring tale of everyday Americans standing up to protect their rights in an age of shifting politics and threats to freedom of speech.

#Documentary #NewMavericks


DAUGHTER OF A LOST BIRD

directed by Brooke Pepion Swaney

USA, 2021, English, 66 minutes

Right after the Indian Child Welfare Act of 1978 became the law of the land, Kendra Mylnechuk Potter was adopted into a white family and raised with no knowledge of her Native parentage. This beautiful and intimate film follows Kendra on her journey to find her birth mother April, also a Native adoptee, and to return to her Lummi homelands in Washington State. With a sensitive yet unflinching lens, director Brooke Swaney (Blackfeet/Salish) documents Kendra and April as they connect with relatives and navigate what it means to be Native, and to belong to a tribe from the outside looking in. Along the way, Kendra uncovers generations of emotional and spiritual beauty and pain and comes to the startling realization that she is a living legacy of U. S. assimilationist policy.

#Documentary #NewMavericks

GABOR

directed by Joannie Lafrenière

Canada, 2021, French/English/Hungarian, 101 minutes

A quirky and tender portrait of Gabor Szilasi, the 93-year-old giant of Canadian contemporary photography, as seen through the eyes of his friend, photographer and director Joannie Lafrenière. GABOR tells the story of an immigrant fleeing Hungary and arriving in Canada by boat, creating for himself a rich life full of friends, family and an extraordinary career. Despite his age, Gabor maintainsimpressive health and lucidity, keeping a touch of madness, an enviable sense of humor, and a sharp take on his adopted society.

#Documentary


IN THE BONES

directed by Kelly Duane de la Vega, co-directed by Zandashé Brown & Jessica Anthony USA, 2022, English, 95 minutes

A lyrical documentary that explores the personal and political by interweaving the lives of 12 characters living in Mississippi during a legislative session in which equal pay for equal work and abortion rights are being decided. Although set in three distinct regions of Mississippi, IN THE BONES is a much broader exploration of our culture, an unsettling portrayal of America that lingers, shining a light on the weight women live under in this country and also the resilience expressed in everyday acts of survival. #WorldPremiere #InCompetition #Documentary #Noire #NewMavericks


MAGALUF GHOST TOWN

directed by Miguel Angel Blanca

Spain, 2021, Spanish/English, 90 minutes

Strange things are happening in Magaluf, a small, peaceful town on the island of Mallorca that many have ventured to call the Balearic Twin Peaks. Overrun with tourists, its residents are torn between an everyday aura of doom and genuine holiday pleasure in a place that has become the European paradigm of low-cost tourism and insatiable nightly entertainment. MAGALUF GHOST TOWN is a choral portrait of a community trying to survive the grips of tourism, mixing documentary and fiction in a mysterious yet humorous look at its ensemble of residents.

#Documentary


MASTER OF LIGHT

directed by Rosa Ruth Boesten

USA/Netherlands, 2022, English, 85 minutes

George Anthony Morton is a classical painter who spent ten years in federal prison for dealing drugs. Since his release, he has worked to defy society's expectations and to tackle the white-dominant art world. Journeying back home from Atlanta to Kansas City, George works to heal broken relationships while painting family members in the style of the Dutch Old Masters. Every brushstroke dives deeper into George's soul as he shines a bright light on racial injustice and the intergenerational trauma it begets.

#InCompetition #Documentary #GeorgiaTie #CinematographyCompetition


ONLY I CAN HEAR

directed by Itaru Matsui

Japan/USA, 2021, English/Japanese/ASL/JSL, 54 minutes

In the American Midwest, three hearing teenagers come of age in the vibrant, raucous Deaf community. Balancing both hearing and deaf societies, they often struggle to fit in either world but find connection, understanding, and community in a home between the two disparate spaces, amongst their peers who are also CODA — Children of Deaf Adults.

#Documentary


OUTTA THE MUCK

directed by Bhawin Suchak & Ira Mckinley

USA, 2022, English, 80 minutes

Family, football and history come to life in an intimate portrait of the Dean family, longtime residents of the historic town of Pahokee, Florida. As we take a journey back home, with filmmaker Ira McKinley, to the land of sugarcane, he reconnects with his niece Bridget and nephew Alvin and explores their shared family history that spans seven generations. Told through stories that transcend space and time, OUTTA THE MUCK presents an intimate portrait of a community that resists despair with love, remaining fiercely self-determined, while forging its own unique narrative of Black achievement.

#InCompetition #Documentary #Noire


PROGNOSIS – NOTES ON LIVING

directed by Debra Chasnoff & Kate Stilley Steiner

USA, 2021, English, 81 minutes

In perhaps her bravest act as a filmmaker, Academy Award-winning documentarian and LGBTQ+ activist Debra Chasnoff responded to her diagnosis of stage-4 cancer by turning the camera on herself, her wife, and her sons to chronicle the journey that lay ahead of them. With customary candor and humor, she took on the assignment out of necessity: not wishing to be defined only as patient or victim, she adopted a role she could play with certainty — that of the storyteller. What emerges is a raw, intimate portrait of shifting relationships and identities, a story about hanging onto the people you love, as you prepare to let them go. Completed according to her wishes by a circle of Bay Area peers and family, PROGNOSIS - NOTES ON LIVING is not only a film about illness. Clear-eyed and unsentimental, intimate and honest, it is the unforgettable, present-tense diary of a life fiercely lived, and a love worth fighting for.#Documentary #PinkPeach #NewMavericks


RED LIPSTICK

directed by Shiva Sanjari

France/Iran, 2018, Persian, 42 minutes

Masoumeh, a single 34-year-old hairdresser and owner of a small beauty salon in Tehran, shares intimate conversations with her clients, often reflective of the beauty standards and patriarchal pressures present in their lives. An independent business woman in a rigid society, Masoumeh weighs her own high expectations against the prospects of marriage while working to carve a path of her own. #Documentary #NewMavericks


A WOMAN ON THE OUTSIDE

directed by Zara Katz & Lisa Riordan Seville

USA, 2022, English, 87 minutes

Growing up, Kristal watched nearly every man in her life disappear to prison. She channeled that struggle into keeping families connected, both as a social worker and with her van service that drives families to visit loved ones in far-off prisons. But when Kristal’s dad and brother return to Philly, her happiness meets the realization that release doesn't always mean freedom. Passionate, funny and resilient, Kristal remains determined to carve out a different future -- for herself and for her young nephew, Nyvae. Part observational documentary, part family album, A WOMAN ON THE OUTSIDE is a tender portrait of one family striving to love in the face of a system built to break them.

#InCompetition #Documentary #NewMavericks

NARRATIVE SHORTS

THE AGENT

directed by Emily Frances Kaplan

USA, 2022, English, 12 minutes

A C-list talent agent moves through the world all but invisible, until he enters a pay-to-play audition room where actors looking for their big break mistakenly imbue him with a god-like power to change their lives.

#WorldPremiere #NarrativeShort


ARTISTIC

directed by Nina Lee

USA, 2021, English, 12 minutes

Billie Thomas is a lonely teenage artist. Longing for a friend she finds one in an unlikely person.