With the 2013 Atlanta Film Festival less than two months away, the festival organizers have provided the first glimpse of this year’s lineup. The four selections they revealed are intriguing, particularly for documentary fans. As an added bonus, passes for the 2013 Atlanta Film Festival are currently 25 percent off through Jan. 31.
Here’s a quick rundown of the first four movies named to this year’s festival lineup:
Blood Brother (documentary feature)
The story: A young American man finds his calling at an orphanage in India for kids infected with HIV.
The director: Steve Hoover, making his directing debut, is best friends with the film’s subject.
The buzz: Acclaimed directors Morgan Spurlock (Super Size Me) and Rob Epstein (The Times of Harvey Milk) have raved about the film, which is premiering at the Sundance Film Festival this month.
Iceberg Slim: Portrait of a Pimp (documentary feature)
The story: Iceberg Slim was a legendary Chicago pimp. Then, as chronicled by interviewees Chris Rock, Henry Rollins, Ice-T, Snoop Dogg and more, he reinvented himself as an author, penning seven books on ghetto life and becoming a cultural icon.
The director: Jorge Hinojosa, helming his first film, is Ice-T’s long-time manager.
Magic Camp (documentary feature)
The story: At Tannen’s Magic Camp for kids, fledgling magicians train to become the next David Copperfield – while, more importantly, learning about themselves in the process.
The director: Judd Ehrlich (Mayor of the West Side) is a two-time Emmy nominee.
The buzz: Captured the Outstanding Family Film Award at last year’s Newport Beach Film Festival.
Congratulations (narrative feature)
The story: When an 8-year-old goes missing in his home, the team on the case moves into the house in an effort to solve this oddball mystery.
The director: Mike Brune, an actor as well as a filmmaker, hails from Atlanta and studied film at Georgia State. Scores bonus points for having appeared in Van Wilder Freshman Year.
The buzz: None yet, as the film is so new. But Brune’s last short film, The Adventure, won a slew of festival awards.
To buy passes and get more information on the 2013 Atlanta Film Festival, visit http://www.atlantafilmfestival.com/2013-fest/.