On Second Thought for Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Feb 27, 2018


One of the film’s up for an Oscar this weekend is one of the shortest. The Live Action Short Category features movies that only take a few minutes to tell a story, but still have enormous impact. “DeKalb Elementary” could take home the top prize. It’s based on a Georgia school shooting in 2013. We talked with the film’s writer and director, Reed Van Dyk.

Video games are a multi-billion dollar worldwide industry. Still, women make up only 14 percent of people working in the gaming industry. On top of that, most games these days are marketed to men and centered around very masculine protagonists. A new Atlanta-based game is looking to flip the script. “PrinceNapped” follows a gutsy female character on a quest to save a kidnapped prince. The game is produced by a mostly female team at Ker-Chunk Games in Norcross, Georgia. We talked with company executives Molly Proffitt and Leah Knighton. We also checked in with Kate Edwards, the former executive director of the International Game Developers Association.

Atlanta’s Center for Puppetry Arts pays tribute this weekend to the women of the Jim Henson Company. We were joined by Fran Brill of Savannah, who was the first female puppeteer Henson hired for Sesame Street.