Second Screening of “The Water and the Blood”

This Thursday, August 2nd you will have a second chance to see Micah Stansell’s video projection The Water and the Blood. Even if you saw it last Saturday at Culture Shock, you may want to come back on Thursday from 9:00 p.m. to 11:30 p.m to revisit this masterful work projected across the High Museum of Art’s exterior. Last Saturday was the first time The Water and the Blood had been projected outside and on such a massive scale, yet it’s hard to imagine a more perfect setting for these dreamy Southern images than a hot summer night in the tranquility of Sifly Piazza.

ATL Film Watch: July 30th–August 5th

Check out film happenings around Atlanta this week:

Monday July 30th–Friday August 3rd: GSU’s Cinefest is showing Sound of Noise (2012), a movie about a tone-deaf cop who “works to track down a group of guerilla percussionists whose anarchic public performances are terrorizing the city.” Details here.

Tuesday July 31st: The Plaza Theatre is showing cult favorite The  Room (2003) at 9:30 p.m., details here.

Thursday August 2nd: The Atlanta Film Festival presents a night of Georgia-based shorts and music videos at the Plaza Theatre. 9:30 p.m., details here.

Thursday August 2nd: The Plaza premieres Snow on the Bluff (2011), a film about “Atlanta robbery boy and crack dealer, Curtis Snow, who steals a camera from some college kids in a dope deal and begins documenting his life.” 7 p.m., details here.

Thursday August 2nd: Landmark Midtown Art Cinema screens Bill W. (2012), which tells the story of the founder of Alcholics Anonymous, William G. Wilson. One night only, details here.

Thursday August 2nd: Watch The Notebook (2004) outdoors in Central Park at Atlantic Station. Free, details here.

To put your film event on the weekly ATL Film Watch, email hmafilmprograms@woodruffcenter.org.

The Water and the Blood: A Video Installation by Micah Stansell

This Saturday July 28th, the white walls of the High Museum of Art will become a screen for artist Micah Stansell’s stunning projection, The Water and the Blood. Specially formatted to cover the Museum’s exterior, this is the first time the video installation will be screened outdoors and it will take a full 8 projectors situated on the roofs surrounding Sifly Piazza to pull it off. Even the still images from Stansell’s piece are rather breathtaking and put into motion on such a large scale, the aesthetic effect alone is sure to be overwhelming. As the Art in America review describes, however, The Water and the Blood offers some narrative reflection as well as it “explores the way in which information is pieced together to create a narrative. Rather than develop a plot, Stansell constructs character sketches and allows viewers to connect the dots.”

The projection will run from dusk to midnight as part of the High’s Culture Shock: Homegrown event, which will celebrate the work of a variety of Southern artists. The night will feature music from The Whiskey Gentry and Ashanti “the mad violinist” Floyd and will also highlight exhibitions currently on display in the galleries, including Rising Up: Hale Woodruff’s Murals fromTalladega College, Picturing New York/Picturing the South, and Revisiting the South: Richard Misrach’s Cancer Alley.

*Image courtesy of Micah Stansell

ATL Film Watch: July 23rd–29th

Check out film happenings around Atlanta this week:

Monday July 23–Friday July 27: GSU’s Cinefest Theatre screens Hit So Hard (2011), a rock doc about ‘Hole’ drummer Patty Schemel, daily at 1:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. as well as Color Me Obsessed: A Film About the Replacements (2011), a doc about the band’s die-hard fans, daily at 11:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. Details here.

Wednesday July 25: The Plaza Theatre hosts Doobious Film Slam–“the American Idol for Atlanta Local Filmmakers” at 7:00 p.m.. Judges will constructively critique 5 independent short films from hometown filmmakers. Details here.

Thursday July 26: Watch Clueless (1995) outdoors in Central Park at Atlantic Station. Free, details here.

Saturday July 28: Micah Stansell’s breathtaking projection, The Water and the Blood, will screen from dusk to midnight on the white walls surrounding the High’s Sifly Piazza as part of the Museum’s July Culture Shock program. Details about the event can be found here and information about Stansell and his projection can be found here.

A still from Stansell’s projection, The Water and the Blood

Sunday July 29: Deadline for submissions to WonderRoot’s 9th Annual Local Filmmakers’ Night. Details here.

Sunday July 29: Join fabled Hollywood star Sally Kellerman for a unique experience, a screening of Robert Altman’s classic anti-war film M*A*S*H*.

Sally will talk about the making of this landmark film in a discussion moderated by the always lively Professor Eddy von Mueller of Emory University’s Department of Film and Media Studies. VIP Brunch includes a reserved seat at Midtown Art Cinema plus champagne brunch with Sally Kellerman next door at Apres Diem following the screening. Tickets for Screening + VIP Champaigne Brunch available here. Tickets for Screening Only available here.

To put your film event on the weekly ATL Film Watch, email hmafilmprograms@woodruffcenter.org.

ATL Film Watch: July 16th–22nd

Check out film happenings around Atlanta this week:

Monday July 16: ASIFA (Association Internationale du Film d’Animation) is hosting their Independent Animation Festival at the Plaza Theatre at 7:30 p.m. Details here.

Monday July 16–Friday July 20: GSU’s Cinefest Theatre is screening Beyond the Black Rainbow (2012) daily at 1:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. and George Lucas’ debut feature THX 1138 (1971) daily at 11:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. Details here.

Thursday July 19: The monthly Feminist Film Forum is screening The Other Side of Immigration (2009). Free, Rsvp required, more details here.

Thursday July 19: Watch Forest Gump (1994) outdoors in Central Park at Atlantic Station. Free, details here.

Friday July 20: Catch the end of the Fox Theatre’s Summer Film Festival with a 40th Anniversary Screening of Deliverance (1972). Details here.

Friday July 20–Sunday July 22: See the beloved classic, The Karate Kid (1984), in 35mm at the Plaza Theatre. Details here.

WonderRoot now accepting submissions for the 9th Annual Local Filmmakers’ Night. Deadline July 29, details here.

Tickets on sale now for a special screening on Saturday July 29th: Join fabled Hollywood star Sally Kellerman for a unique experience, a screening of Robert Altman’s classic anti-war film M*A*S*H*.

Sally will talk about the making of this landmark film in a discussion moderated by the always lively Professor Eddy von Mueller of Emory University’s Department of Film and Media Studies. VIP Brunch includes a reserved seat at Midtown Art Cinema plus champagne brunch with Sally Kellerman next door at Apres Diem following the screening. Tickets for Screening + VIP Champaigne Brunch available here. Tickets for Screening Only available here.

To put your film event on the weekly ATL Film Watch, email hmafilmprograms@woodruffcenter.org.

ATL Film Watch: July 9th –15th

Check out film happenings in and around Atlanta this week:

Monday July 9 — Friday July 13: GSU’s Cinefest is screening The Hunger Games (2012)  and the Japanese cult-classic Battle Royale (2000). Daily, 35mm, details here.

Tuesday July 10: See Alice Cooper: Welcome to my Nightmare (1978) on 35mm at the Plaza, details here.

Thursday July 12: watch Grease (1978) outdoors in Central Park at Atlantic Station. Free, details here.

Friday July 13: After a fantastic preview screening here at the High last Saturday, Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012) opens its theatrical release in Atlanta through Tara Cinemas.

Tickets on sale now for a special screening on Saturday July 29th: Join fabled Hollywood star Sally Kellerman for a unique experience, a screening of Robert Altman’s classic anti-war film M*A*S*H*. Sally will talk about the making of this landmark film in a discussion moderated by the always lively Professor Eddy von Mueller of Emory University’s Department of Film and Media Studies. VIP Brunch includes a reserved seat at Midtown Art Cinema plus champagne brunch with Sally Kellerman next door at Apres Diem following the screening. Tickets for Screening + VIP Champaigne Brunch available here. Tickets for Screening Only available here.

To put your film event on the weekly ATL Film Watch, email hmafilmprograms@woodruffcenter.org.

“Beasts of the Southern Wild” Recap

It was such a joy to see a packed house for last Saturday’s preview screening of Beasts of the Southern Wild. Judging from the audience’s gasps, laughter, and uncontrollable tears–Beasts again lived up to the almost cosmic reputation it has developed over the course of its festival circuit. We couldn’t be more thankful to have had the chance to screen it and a sincere thanks to Fox Searchlight for making it possible. If you didn’t get a chance to see it with us, have no fear– Beasts will be theatrically released in Atlanta through Tara Cinemas starting this Friday July 13.

Upon a second viewing, I still think my introductory words stand true–Beasts of the Southern Wild is a film that gracefully melds myth and realism, fantasy and brute experience, aesthetic flourish and historically–even politically–charged images. Our six-year-old protagonist is named Hushpuppy and she uses her imagination as a fortifying refuge in those moments when the world seems utterly unbearable. I would argue that film itself has the potential to be just this kind of imaginative refuge for all of us, taking us away to another world so that we might ultimately engage with the trauma of this world more mindfully, more imaginatively, and with greater resilience. Beasts of the Southern Wild gives us this kind of invaluable mythic space to reflect upon, among other things, the stark reality of Hurricane Katrina. And it gives us the magnificent Hushpuppy to tell us a story like no other.

We screened the film in conjunction with our Picturing the South photography exhibit which is currently on display in the galleries. In particular, Kael Alford’s project Bottom of ‘da Boot, which focuses on Louisiana’s disappearing coastline, resonates rather remarkably with the imagery in Beasts. Though different mediums, Bottom of ‘da Boot and Beasts strike a simliar balance between haunting landscapes and the human stories within them.

  The Richard Misrach exhibit, Cancer Alley, gives us a chance to meditate on another undercurrent in Beasts’ imagery–the devastating pollution that threatens Louisiana’s Mississippi river. His prints are huge, glossy, consuming works which, if you stand close enough, produces something  not wholly unlike the immersive spell of cinema.  

All in all, it was truly great night of film here at the High and we wish Beasts of the Southern Wild the very best of luck as it continues its theatrical release around the country!

Kael Alford Photo Above: Kael Alford (American, born 1971), Joseph and Jasmon Jackson Play in the Bayou, Isle de Jean Charles, Louisiana, 2010, inkjet print, 20 x 20 in. High Museum of Art, Commissioned with funds from Paul Hagedorn, Phyllis and Sidney Rodbell and the H. B. and Doris Massey Charitable Trust, 2012.26.12 © 2012 Kael Alford

Richard Misrach Photo above: Richard Misrach (American, born 1949), Cypress Swamp, Alligator Bayou, Prairieville, Louisiana, negative 1998, print 2012, inkjet print, 60 x 72 in. High Museum of Art, Commissioned with funds from the H. B. and Doris Massey Charitable Trust, Lucinda W. Bunnen, and High Museum of Art Enhancement Fund, 2012.8. ©2012 Richard Misrach.