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ATLFF ’15, Continued

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Hello Pretties 🙂

As promised, I want to finish up my recap of my Atlanta, Georgia trip where I attended the Atlanta Film Festival for my friends film, Knightsville.

Friday, March 27th: Woke up early with Aly in order to prepare for a panel discussion she was a part of, which is pretty darn cool if you ask me. It was her and 4 other filmmakers and they discussed various things that I don’t really see the need to divulge in. Afterwards we went back to the hotel area of town to putz around, then we all grabbed a delicious lunch at a Thai fusion food restaurant called Poor Calvin’s. The food was great, but the service was horrendous, so I would definitely not recommend going there if you are ever in a rush. SLOW with all capital letters; and I’m not just saying that because I’m a Northerner.

After lunch we headed back to 7 Stages Theater where a second panel discussion was to take place called “Filminism: An Examination of Female Stereotypes in the Film Industry”. No lie, it was the one of the worst hours of my life and I wanted to personally punch out 3 of the 5 panelists, who were all women (I totally could have taken them, too). You would think with that particular discussion topic, the women would be all “power to the females” and such… no. SO wrong. They were horrible women and I don’t even want to talk about this any further because I am starting to fume all over again and I don’t want to finish this post in an angry mood.

Post outrageousness, I branched off with Amanda’s mom and Noelle to explore more of Midtown Atlanta. We did some window shopping, real shopping – where I scored some cute tops for the summer that I can’t wait to break out – and ate some pizza before we met up with the rest of the group. After we met up with everyone, we watched my first feature of the festival, The Sisterhood of Night. Truth be told, it was simply okay. Also, one of the bitches from the panel was the director, so automatically I had a bad taste in my mouth, which was unfortunate. I actually ended up leaving a few minutes early in order to get back to the hotel to change into nighttime attire. Which leads me to the second big party of the festival…

The Group
The second party was pretty cool, but not better than The Goat Farm. It was presented by ACVB and was located at a place called Gallery L1. There was a cool film, lovely live music, free booze and delicious free food being served all night, so it was a big ole win in my book. We ended up staying there for the remainder of the night and from there we just went back to the hotel and snoozed.

Saturday, March 28th: Another early start to the day, but this time we were headed to midtown for the Awards Brunch. Once again, free food and free booze (though to be honest I couldn’t stomach it that early), so I was a happy camper. I scarfed down maybe one too many bacon strips and eggs, but oh well… at least I work out.

Panel Post Short Films
Straight from there we headed to The Palace Theater where the time had finally arrived for Knightsville’s world premiere! It was part of the “New Mavericks” short block, where the film had to be directed by a female and have a strong female lead. There were 7 short films in total, and I enjoyed the majority of them. The best were Knightsville (duh) and another one called The Grey Area, which was outrageously awesome and funny and I suggest you check it out someday if you have the chance. After the debut our large group grabbed some lunch at a local joint that I unfortunately forget the name of; sorry. From there a few of us doubled back to The Palace Theater for another feature, Krisha. Now, this film was amazing. I absolutely loved it and highly recommend it. It also happened to win the audience award and the special jury recognition award at SXSW Film Festival, which is apparently a big deal. I feel it was well deserved.

World Premiere!

World Premiere!

Let’s see… after watching Krisha, I headed back to the hotel with the folks also stayed for the feature. During this time I got some pretty serious road rash from falling like a goon in the middle of an Atlanta street. I like to keep things interesting. Mostly I was upset I ripped my tights -_-

Dinner was some light fare at the hotel restaurant, then it was time for the closing party, which was conveniently located at our hotel – score! It was on the top floor and offered a pretty nice view of midtown Atlanta. Once again, free booze and food. Nothing too exciting happened, but it was a great time overall.

Well, that’s a wrap! We all left early on Sunday morning, so it’s not worth recapping that day for y’all. Overall, it was a successful trip despite a torturous hour here and there, and I had a grand time exploring Atlanta, watching films and supporting one of my close friends. 😀

Atlanta Film Festival ’15

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Good Evening, Y’all!

I just got back from Atlanta, Georgia this morning; as you know, I left early on Thursday to support one of my closest friends, Aly, at the 2015 Atlanta Film Festival. The short film she directed called Knightsville was accepted into the festival (along with 4 other festivals so far!) in the New Mavericks block, which includes a female director and a strong female lead. I am so proud of her; the film was phenomenal. If you ever come across it, give it a watch!

Per usual, I’ll give you a play-by-play of my trip… so here yah go.

Thursday, March 26th: I had a verrry early flight, but it was well worth it because I was settled and in Atlanta by 10h00 with the whole day ahead of me. We didn’t watch any films this day, but we went into midtown Atlanta to explore and get a better lay of the land. Of course being a juice/smoothie fiend, Aly and I stopped at Arden’s Garden, a juice and smoothie shop next to one of the theaters; I sucked down a wheat grass shot and a spinach/pineapple/mango smoothie. It was a much needed surplus of greens in my system.

Arden's Garden

After our daily dose of greenery, Aly, Amanda (the lead actress of Knightsville), Amanda’s mom and I had lunch at a cool place called The Vortex Bar & Grille.

The Vortex Bar & Grille
It had some crazy burger combinations, and a few that I hope rarely get ordered considering the names were Double & Triple Coronary Bypass… yikes. I went with the Hot Southern Mess sandwich, which was a fried chicken breast topped with a fried egg and bacon, covered with white sausage gravy, and served on Texas Toast. When down in the dirty south, right?

Hot Southern Mess

The Hot Southern Mess

It was epic and I washed it down with Terrapin, Hopsecutioner IPA, brewed in Athens, Georgia.

Terrapin Hopsecutioner IPA

Terrapin Hopsecutioner IPA

Post-gorging, we all went home to take a quick digestion nap, then I went with Aly to a Femme Fatales meeting back in midtown that she had organized. I was the resident photographer. From there, we went back to the hotel to change, met up with Aly’s brother and cousin, drank some wine and headed to our party for the evening… it was AWESOME!

Art Installation

Art Installation

The party was located at a place called The Goat Farm Arts Center and if you are ever down in West Midtown Atlanta, check it out! It was featured in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire and was just an amazing venue. We had so so much fun; definitely the best party we attended.

(Love Yourself)

(Love Yourself)

Awesome Art (I want to duplicate this!)

Awesome Art (I want to duplicate this!)

The event was put on by ATLFF ’15 and was called ‘Sound + Vision’. The pictures I took aren’t the best, but Aly has some good ones I will steal and post once she makes them public. Stay tuned for the videos of the art and live music I have from the evening, too.

The Goat Farm

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hehe

The Goat Farm party ended at midnight, but we were still in fiesta mode, so our group walked to a bar close by called Ormsby’s that was equally as amazing – the entire basement was a game lounge equipped with dart boards, bocce ball courts, pool tables, ski ball, air hockey, shuffleboard and a photo booth, to name some. We also munched down late night snacks that probably saved us all from a brutal hangover the following day.

Art Installation 2.0

Art Installation 2.0

… okay, so I know I alluded to that fact that I was going to recap the entirety of my trip in this post, but I keep getting distracted and I’m pretty sleepy, so I think I will finish up the rest tomorrow. It’ll give you something to look forward to!

Live Long & Prosper

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Hey Beauties!

No, I am not a huge Star Trek nerd, so please don’t misconstrue the title of this post (though I did really enjoy the movie that came out recently, but I am being discursive). Rather, I am partially borrowing the title from this article that I wanted to share a bit with you. It focuses on ways to keep living a positive lifestyle while searching for jobs. Now, I’m not going to re-post the article verbatim because you are all very capable of reading it yourselves if you have any interest. Rather, I will just give you the gist of what the author talks about. I think it is hugely beneficial though; I actually did the majority of these things on my own when I was job hunting recently, so I can vouch for them.

Here are 7 ways to “live long and prosper” while job hunting:

1. Think of your job search as a process – not an event.
2. Create a daily routine.
3. Get out of your house at least once or twice a week.
4. Exercise.
5. Volunteer.
6. Beware of revealing the wrong things to the wrong people.
7. Consider career counseling.

Not so bad, right? RIGHT. Being unemployed can be a pain in the rear, but don’t let it get you down and depressed if you can help it. You are awesome and someone out there will be lucky to have you on their team. Don’t forget that! Or maybe you should think about being the boss lady/man yourself and starting up your own business 😉 There are opportunities that exist, you just need the drive and ambition to get there. Most often, that’s the hardest part.

As much as I would love to stay and continue writing, I must get some shut eye. I have a 7h00 flight tomorrow morning to Atlanta, woooo!! One of my best friends is amazing and got her short film accepted into the Atlanta Film Festival (it’s called Knightsville if you want to check it out) so obviously, I am going. I’ll let you know about my adventures when I return on Sunday!

Live Long & Prosper, Friends. xo