THE WOMANS ANGLE
ATLANTA February 1, 2009 Who will be the next Penny Marshall director of Hollywood hits like Big, Awakening and A League of Their Own? As Atlantas film community continues to blossom, The Womans Angle is helping women climb into the directors chair. Heres a chance to say you knew them when.
On Friday, March 20 at 7:30 pm, six locally produced short films will have their Atlanta premiere at The Plaza Theater 1049 Ponce de Leon Avenue all directed by women. The program repeats on Sunday, March 22 at 2:00 pm. We kept seeing women interested in directing their own film, then fade away, explains Tracy Martin, volunteer executive director, co-founder of The Womans Angle, and a film director herself. The Womans Angle aims to mentor women by encouraging their directing talent, and guiding them at every critical stage of their films development to take it to the finish line.
Tickets for the 90-minute screening are $10 and include a party with the directors after the show. Advance reservations are strongly recommended. To order, visit www.womansangle.com.
Film concepts were selected by a panel of local experts, and most films are first-time directing efforts. However, theyre made by experienced film professionals now working as producers, writers, actors, assistant directors, and casting directors. The 2009 Womans Angle shorts are A Peacock Feathered Blue by Jenna Milly; Playgirl by Melanie Mascioli; Wheels by Tracy Martin; Love Happens by Dellis Caden Noble; Flights of Angels by Kimberly Jurgen and Happy Hour by Angela Barnes Gomes.
All films were shot in Atlanta in 2008; all are self-financed. Many directors served as volunteer crew members for each others films in various roles to learn from each other and strengthen their networks for future projects. Yet the similarities end there. Each story and directing style is different, offering an entertaining mix of comedy, kitsch, drama and experimentation.
Part of the credit for the rise in feature film production goes to Governor Perdues 2008 Entertainment Industry Investment Act. The new law, passed in May, offers up to a 30% tax credit on expenses for qualified film and TV crews working around the state. The new incentives place Georgia in the top five states in the U.S. in terms of financial competitiveness for attracting film and TV productions, continuing to break the boundaries between Atlanta, New York and LA. That means more film people can stay in Atlanta, and others will move here, infusing Georgia with even more talent. The good news is independent filmmakers here have more experienced people to help make their own lower budget indie productions, Martin explains.
The Womans Angle relies on the support and guidance of highly respected film industry professionals to lead intensive workshops for Atlanta filmmakers, men and women, and directors are encouraged to mentor other first-time women directors.
For film summaries and directors bios, visit www.womansangle.com. The event is made possible through generous donations from sponsors and partners including the Fulton County Arts Council, Women in Film, Atlanta Film Festival, Oz Publications and Film Finish a new feature post facility in West Atlanta.
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the Plaza Theatre
1049 Ponce De Leon Ave.
Atlanta, GA 30306
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