Popcorn and a movie 

The Atlanta Film Festival celebrates its 30th year

The first Atlanta Film Festival in 1977 drew around 100 people to see a lineup of independent films that included a short movie called Grant Proposal Film -- which was, literally, a film made to apply for NEA funding. This year's fest is expected to draw more than 30,000 people and includes an eclectic lineup of movies at theaters all across Atlanta.

From Quinceañera, the Grand Jury Prize and Audience Award winner from the 2006 Sundance Festival, to American Blackout, a documentary on U.S. Rep. Cynthia McKinney, to Psychopathia Sexualis, an arts film highlighted by Entertainment Weekly, this year's fest continues the legacy of bringing good independent films to Atlanta.

Our coverage includes spotlights on several provocative films, plus picks and reviews by CL critics Curt Holman and Felicia Feaster, along with Scott Freeman's look at this year's music documentaries.

Popcorn and a movie: The 30th Annual Atlanta Film Festival

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