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Michael Reese

The 2019 ELEVATE Atlanta Art and Culture Festival began Monday. The annual event is hosted by the City of Atlanta Mayor's Office of Cultural Affairs, and this year, it takes place in the historic Pittsburgh neighborhood of Atlanta.

The week-long festival features exhibitions, performances and other cultural events, such as screenings of films like 2019's The Last Black Man in San Francisco and 1989's Do The Right Thing.


Little Shop of Stories is bringing best-selling New York Times author Jason Reynolds to Decatur at the Holy Trinity Episcopal Parish on Thursday, Oct. 10 at 7 p.m.  Hear how Reynolds inspires young readers with contemporary stories that deal with real-world issues.


50 years ago today, Apollo 11 launched from Cape Kennedy. A few days later, on July 20, 1969, the first two humans landed on the moon — Commander Neil Armstrong and Lunar Module Pilot Buzz Aldrin.

Also at the launch was a film crew, documenting everything, from its preparation to mission control to the faces of the crowds witnessing the historic moment. These were mixed in with astounding footage taken by Armstrong and Aldrin, which all came together in a documentary film called Moonwalk One.


Stills from Parallel Love: The Story of a Band Called Luxury

Going from punk rock to the priesthood is not a common progression. Then again, Georgia band Luxury never followed the rules.

A new film called Parallel Love: The Story of a Band Called Luxury follows the Toccoa and Athens group through their brush with death and, eventually, three members becoming Eastern Orthodox priests. The documentary feature makes its Georgia premiere at the Plaza Theatre in Atlanta on Wednesday, June 19 and at Ciné in Athens on Thursday, June 20.


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Hollywood's Golden Age and the rise of fascism in Europe were happening at the same time, a world apart. Those worlds collided when Hollywood decided to tackle fascism in film.

 

The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington D.C. opened the exhibit Americans and the Holocaust last year. Now, a traveling event focuses on how depictions of the Nazi agenda influenced American audiences, and why we fought. The event, called What Were We Watching? Americans Response to Nazism Through Cinema, Radio and Media, takes place Tuesday night at the National Center for Civil and Human Rights. 

 

 


 

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Long before Aretha Franklin became known as "The Queen of Soul," she was singing gospel in her father's church. A new documentary called "Amazing Grace" highlights the recording of her 1972 Grammy-Award winning album of the same name over two nights at a church in south Los Angeles. That footage has never been released publicly — until now. 

Alan Elliott directed the film and spoke with On Second Thought host Virginia Prescott about the delays in releasing the documentary. Producer Tirrell Whittley also joined the conversation. 


Poker and chess are both considered professional sports. Competitive gaming is now on that list. Esports is, in fact, booming. Market watchers predict revenues to hit $1.5 billion by 2020. The gaming industry is so big that Georgia high schools got the green light to form student esports teams in 2018. 

As the definition of athletes expands, so do demands to treat gaming-related injuries. Dr. Vonda Wright is an Atlanta-based orthopedic surgeon. She's currently partnering with game developers Skillshot Media to research and treat professional gamers. Wright spoke with On Second Thought host Virginia Prescott about her efforts. 

 


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This year's Atlanta Film Festival celebrates Georgia talent, along with the debuts of some significant documentary and narrative features.

Beth Ward, film and books editor for Arts ATL, joined us for a conversation about some of the festival highlights, including Georgia-produced Summer Night and Lulu Wang's The Farewell, starring Awkwafina. The festival runs through April 14.


The Atlanta Jewish Film Festival was founded in the year 2000 and saw nearly as many visitors that first year. Since then, it's grown into the largest Jewish film festival in the world, now attracting tens of thousands of moviegoers each year.

The 2019 festival begins Wednesday, and it will showcase 76 films across 180 screenings over the next three weeks. The goal, organizers say, is to inspire "social and cultural understanding" among all communities. Hazel Gold, co-chair of the Film Evaluation Committee for the Atlanta Jewish Film Festival, joined "On Second Thought" to talk about how the showcase is curated.

Shawn Snyder, the director and co-writer of "To Dust," also joined the conversation on the line from New York. His film, a dark buddy comedy featuring actors Matthew Broderick and Géza Röhrig, will be screened as a part of the 2019 line-up.

Luis Sandoval, Simon David

An upcoming documentary aims to highlight Atlanta soul musician Lee Moses for a new era. The documentary, "Time and Place," focuses on Moses' life and the soul scene in Atlanta during the 1970s. The documentary takes its name from Moses' solo album. The album has become a staple of Southern soul despite not finding commercial success when it was released. 

 

Filmmaker Simon David stopped by "On Second Thought" to discuss the documentary and how it traces Atlanta's soul scene through those who remember it. Doris Moses, Lee Moses' widow, also joined the conversation.

 

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Golden Globe nominations have been announced, and several Georgia-based productions are in the running. The list came as a "Boycott Georgia" hashtag is being used by some film industry insiders. Some are protesting the victory of Brian Kemp, while others say they're concerned about the religious freedom bill the governor-elect expressed support for on the campaign trail. Opponents say the proposed legislation would discriminate against the LGBTQ community. 

 

GPB's "The Credits" podcast host Kalena Boller spoke to "On Second Thought" host Virginia Prescott about the controversial issue. 

 


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The 50 Foot Film Festival showcases horror, science fiction and suspense films by Georgia filmmakers. It returns to Atlanta for one night only at the Plaza Theatre on Tuesday.

 

We spoke with Debbie Hess, the festival organizer, and Vashmere Valentine, director of the fantasy film "The Wish & The Wisp," which will be shown at the festival.

 

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There aren't many African-American males who play lead roles in superhero or Sci-Fi films. Earlier this year, we got a taste of representation in "Black Panther." The movie made more than $1 billion in less than a month. "Kin" is a new Sci-fi film, starring a young black man.


Fulldome Film Kicks Off Macon Film Festival

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The Macon Film Festival begins tonight, but the audience will have to look up, around, and behind them to see the first film. The planetarium of the Macon Museum of Arts and Sciences is the screen for Savannah filmmaker Diana Reichenbach’s fulldome film, "Stardancer’s Waltz."

“Everybody can understand and connect through animation and that's honestly what brought me into animative filmmaking and then, eventually fulldome,” Reichenbach said.

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When Hollywood comes to your town, it can be exciting. It can also mean a lot of work.

 

The crew for the upcoming film "Best of Enemies" was in Macon recently. Filmmakers used the County Commission Chambers downtown as a stand in for City Hall in 1960s-era Durham, NC. For that to happen, there was a lot of 21st century stuff that had to move. That was Justin Crum’s job.

 

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Antonio Sanchez began playing drums at age five. He’s since performed and recorded with many jazz legends, including Chick Corea and Pat Metheny.

Never did Sanchez think he would compose music for film until he was approached by director Alejandro González Iñárritu. The two worked together to create the score for the 2014 film "Birdman."

The score, reflective of Sanchez’s talents, is all percussion. He is now on tour, performing the drum score live alongside a screening of the film. He joins us to discuss the new project and talk about how his drumming has evolved.

Gullah Geechee On Screen

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Julie Dash's 1991 "Daughters of the Dust" features a family in the Gullah community in 1902 South Carolina.

The first Gullah Geechee Heritage Film Festival kicks off this weekend in Horry County, South Carolina. The festival hopes to educate younger audiences and create opportunities to share Gullah narratives on-screen. We talk with Amy Kelly, one of the festival’s organizers, about how the Gullah community has been depicted in film.

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Georgia is a hub of television and film production, with many major projects taking place on soundstages and in city streets across the state. Every now and then, you may pass a production crew around town and wonder, ”what exactly are they filming?”

We sit down with Atlanta Journal-Constitution reporter Jennifer Brett to learn all about what’s coming up in entertainment in the Peach State. 

Georgia is a hub of television and film production, with many major projects taking place on soundstages and in city streets across the state. Every now and then, you may pass a production crew around town and wonder, ”what exactly are they filming?” We sit down with Atlanta Journal-Constitution reporter Jennifer Brett to learn all about what’s coming up in entertainment in the Peach State.