Atlanta Film Society presents Airport Shorts
Engaging an international audience at the world’s busiest airport.
Hartsfield Jackson Airport Art Program
The Airport Art Program develops and integrates art, exhibits and performances into the fabric of the Airport environment for the benefit of passengers and employees. The Program has three major components: commissioning artists to create site specific artwork, presenting rotating exhibitions, and scheduling performing arts series. Each part of the program strives to meet the Department of Aviation's goal of becoming the world's best airport by exceeding customer expectations.
Atlanta Film Society Airport Shorts Program 4.0
We are proud to present the Airport SHORTS program in the new Maynard H. Jackson Jr. International Terminal at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport as part of the Airport Art Program. Unveiled in spring of 2012, the program showcases two hours of short films from all over the world on nearly 30 screens throughout the terminal to 14 million travelers annually 365 days per year. Ten new films from local filmmakers will debut during the 41st annual Atlanta Film Festival in March 2017.
The Power in Her Hands
"India became a place I learned to love and alternately hate: it’s a hard and sometimes deadly place to travel as a single woman, the heat can be unbearable, the monsoons impassable, the schism between rich and poor unconscionable, but amidst the chaos, color and cacophony we were shown immeasurable kindness, compassion and deeply felt love of the visual in all forms."
Phoebe Brown is an Atlanta based producer and documentary filmmaker. A graduate of the M.F.A. program in Digital Filmmaking and Fine Arts at Georgia State University, Brown began her career in the film and television art department. She then moved into producing non-fiction television. Her short documentaries have been screened in festivals around the globe. She is primarily a documentary filmmaker, but is equally at home in the world of narrative film. Her visual perspective skirts the experimental, featuring unusual framing, movement and visual leaps. Brown is a storyteller, finding the constructs of real versus imagined one that can be continually bent - in both directions.
Levitate, Levitate, Levitate
"Once upon a time, in West End Atlanta, time stood still and four indigos gleamed. Cloaks of shimmer adorned their skin and tresses. On this night, leaving the family hosting them, they embarked on numinous travel for their next departure into cosmic."
HOUSE OF JUNE is an independent art film house focused on producing original cinematography and narratives for film and web based in Atlanta. They focus heavily on creating narratives starring women of color in leading and supporting roles. Their films cinematically address a void of women of color and people of color living in fullness and vividly in modern context, invoking authorial cinematic expressiveness to form more thoughtful characters with well versed visuals. House of June has been featured in Shadow and Act, Blavity, The Fader, Essence, and their works have screened in All Access 2016, Nickelodeon Presents Daughters, and Spelman’s Camille Olivia Hanks Cosby Academic Center. Their short unfolds the narratives of four lives, interconnected by looming numinous travel, framing Atlanta as its muse.
In Passing 66, Coffee returns to her stop-motion roots while playing with the romanticization of hitch-hiking and the experience of a lone girl through such a journey.
Molly Coffee is an Atlanta filmmaker and set designer who began her filmmaking career working by day full time in the art department for The Carbonaro Effect and The Walking Dead. She lends her talent to a variety of media including Stan Against Evil, Atlanta, Steel Country, V/H/S Viral, and stage and puppetry shows. Coffee is an Atlanta Film Society Filmmaker-in-Residence, a member of the international female directors group “Film Fatales”, the owner of independent production company Zombie Cat Productions, and a contributor to the weekly podcast Atlanta Film Chat.
Sympathetic Resonance focuses upon the experience of two spaces: the world within the film and the world the viewer occupies. Changing backgrounds and subjects filmed in time-lapse take the viewer deeper and deeper into the film, then placing the subject upon the viewer himself before beginning the process again.
Deon Kay is an Atlanta-based Filmmaker and Professor who focuses primarily on documentary and experimental film, and is most happy exploring the space between these genres. He was born and raised in South Africa, and has lived for seven years in Atlanta by way of Paris, Milan, Providence, Iowa City, and rural Canada, which is why he tries to spend as much time as possible on the road. These days he is primarily occupied with teaching, curriculum development, and social impact documentary, but he loves to experiment in all forms and styles of media production, especially music videos and motion graphics. He is currently an Assistant Professor of Mass Communications and the Film and Video Production Concentration Head at the University of West Georgia.
Varanasi is a fairytale, a journey into subconscious, towards an emotional metamorphoses, leaving the viewer filled with a sense of wonderment. Through the character's journey, ambient narrative operating in broad strokes of symbolic imagery and tone, and cyclical movement through the film, Zhuravlov takes viewers on an emotional quest through dreams and memories. Universal themes and imagery both entice, intrigue and create emotional resonance in the viewer to spark their own imagination.
Alex Zhuravlov is a film director based in Atlanta. His films screened at SXSW, Salt Lake City and Atlanta film festivals. Featured on Vimeo Staff Picks, Short of the Week and Film Comment Magazine. He is currently working on a number of documentary and narrative films focused upon the personal stories of the people in his community.
Odyssey Redux is a compressed version of Homer's epic poem ‘The Odyssey’ which tells of Odysseus’ ten-year journey to return to his wife Penelope after he leaves the Trojan Wars. Along with more narrative based imagery, kinetic typography re-mixes the epic poem as Cavafy's prose poetry 'Ithaka' (1911) adapts the story to a modern message.
Alessandro Imperato is a motion designer and experimental media artist. He regularly performs live video shows with the Medeology Collective. His film is layered and evocative; textures and subtle temporal effects evoke a Gerhard Richter painting effect with the tensions and visual poetry of the work residing in the notion of ancient form translated for a contemporary audience. Imperato’s theme of journey and dealing with the self in personal trials and tribulations along the way remind the viewer of the importance of home and personal inner peace; the journey is more important than the destination.
Combining narrative/symbolic elements of Dante's Il Paradiso and Jack and the Beanstalk, Il Gambo is a multimedia film composed of photographic elements, oil painting textured with mastic, puppetry and 2d animation. It celebrates vertical movement, the joys of journeying to new places and the sweet satisfaction of the perfect souvenir.
Colin Wheeler is a freelance animator and designer. Past projects include commercials for Nickelodeon, Toys-R-Us, and Home Depot. Wheeler and his partner are involved in designing for a variety of short films including Southern Fried Queer Pride and the Xperimental Puppetry Theatre. Specializing in experimental animation, they make puppets and stop animation focused upon embracing haptic qualities and Brechtian aesthetics in their spare time. His multimedia film combines photographic elements, oil painting textured with mastic, puppetry and 2D animation as it celebrates vertical movement, the joys of journeying to new places and the sweet satisfaction of the perfect souvenir.
Next Stop provides travelers a sense of wonder about what lies ahead as they venture out on a world tour; taking them upwards and onwards to different exotic lands. Influenced by the luxurious lifestyles of travelers during the Golden Age of Flight in the 1950s and 60s, destinations are nondescript, allowing viewers to focus more on the experience versus a specific global landmark.
Christina Maloney is a motion artist and Motion Media Professor with the Savannah College of Art and Design based in Atlanta. With over a decade of experience in both film production, design and motion, Maloney has worked on numerous feature film and television projects as art department crew, in post-production on short films within the festival circuit, and with an Atlanta based motion studio working on commercials and motion graphics for broadcast and out of home experiences. Currently in her 3rd year of professorship at SCAD, Maloney shares her passion and knowledge guiding undergraduate and graduate students in finding their own creative career paths. Her film awakens a sense of wonder about what lies ahead when venturing on a world tour, focusing on nondescript locations to showcase a collective experience versus the specific.
I <3 ATL
I <3 ATL is an abstract travelogue exploring the city of Atlanta, celebrating the diverse and dynamic energy of the city through avant-garde and experimental techniques. The result is a visually engaging “city symphony” that celebrates Atlanta’s diverse and dynamic energy.
Katherine Balsley is a filmmaker, video artist and animator whose work invokes experimental and abstract techniques and, most recently, documentary and narrative. Balsley’s work has been screened in the Museum of the Moving Image, the Anthology Film Archives, the Institute of Contemporary Arts in Boston, and the Milwaukee Art Museum. Her shorts have accumulated awards around the globe including Best Experimental from the Athens International Film and Video Festival and a Director's Prize from the Black Maria Film Festival. A recent transplant from Milwaukee, Balsley teaches film studies and production at Georgia Gwinnett College.
Fragment(s) aims to intrigue a passing viewer into exploring the fleeting imagery of ever changing locations and subjects, to reaffirm them of the possibilities of a foreign place and to excite them or invoke a sense of mystery and curiosity. It reveals a beautiful or abstract image of life in Vietnam but does not linger long enough for the viewer to relish in it.
Max Siciliano is an Atlanta based filmmaker, calling the city home since 2009. He studied film and video and anthropology at Georgia State University. His short films have screened at the Atlanta Film Festival, Wonderroot Filmmakers night, the High Museum, Low Museum, Mammal Gallery, Eyedrum, and Avondale Towne Cinema. Siciliano has recently been exploring other concepts and outlets in visual art in addition to filmmaking.