The late morning ceremony was more of a formality — the $12 million project has been under heavy use for several months now, a sign that Atlantans were ready for a new way to move around northeast Atlanta, which is close to cementing its reputation as one of the city’s most bustling areas. Since 2005, Beltline officials say, more than $775 million in private investment has been pumped into the area within one-half mile of the trail.
The path is arguably the most tangible part of the $2.8 billion project that proposes encircling Atlanta’s urban core with a loop of parks, trails, and transit. Yes, Beltline trail segments can be found in southwest Atlanta and northwest Atlanta, but those paths flirt with the project, running along its edges and occasionally above the former railroad corridor that forms the Beltline’s 22-mile spine.
When you ride a bike on the Eastside Trail, you're practically covering the same ground where trains used to transport goods and even circus elephants. More importantly, the project provides the greatest example of what the Beltline will look like — which will become only more clear once more than 600 trees are planted and bloom next to the trail.
As Beltline officials look forward to the project’s next phase — first on the list is building a new Edgewood Avenue bridge that will help the trail and future transit lines link to the street — we look back and offer some pointers for the next segments.
HBO's look into the strange relationship between legendary director Alfred Hitchcock and one of his blonde bombshell leads, Tippi Hedren, begins with the most sinister of quotes: "Blondes make the best victims. They're like virgin snow that shows up the bloody footprints."
Frankly, the review could end there, and that quote, with the chilling and uncomfortable feeling it provokes, would sum up the entire experience of The Girl. The gorgeous vintage style is lush and immersive, but one can never shake the feeling of deep unease throughout. There's something very Hitchcockian or even Lynchian in the way The Girl develops, and even if you are familiar with Hedren's harrowing experience filming The Birds and Marnie, there's still something exceptionally eerie about seeing it play out the way it does.
Director Julian Jarrold takes his time in letting the story unfold, from the first moments when Hitchcock's wife Alma (a muted but powerful Imelda Staunton) spotted Hedren in a TV commercial and suggested he bring her in for casting, to the infamous sequence where Hitchcock insisted Hedren be pelted and attacked by live birds for the film's apex, to the final days of shooting Marnie when Hedren began to viscerally anticipate her impending freedom away from Hitchcock's physical and psychological tyranny.
The success of the film though ultimately lies with the connection and tension between its two leads, and here things wobble, though only slightly.
The Georgia World Congress Center is looking into adding some fancy new additions to Centennial Olympic Park, in hopes of sustaining long-term interest from both local residents and visitors alike.
To do so, they recently asked the park's original designers to come up with a "wish list" of various projects. The plan contains proposed ideas that range from overdue improvements like additional on-street parking to a number of possible new attractions.
While there's no timetable or funding lined up just yet, assistant park manager Joe Skopitz hopes that the new features will encourage visitors to spend more time at Centennial Olympic Park.
Massachusetts Senator John F. Kennedy, however, more closely resembles a modern media celebrity. We frequently see him addressing large groups and surrounded by adoring throngs. At one point we see a group of young woman rushing up from a distance, as if they’ve just spotted The Beatles. Presented by Andy Ditzler’s Film Love series at 7:30 p.m. tonight, “Primary” shows Kennedy sitting through a make-up session for a photographic portrait and, later, reveals a group of prospective voters watching him give a speech on TV. Compared to Kennedy, Humphrey seems merely life-sized.
“Primary” offers an early example of the kind of campaign journalism that would define the coverage of the 24 hour news cycle. Director Robert Drew and cameramen Richard Leacock and Andrew Mayles used newly-invented mobile cameras and lighter sound equipment that allow them to follow the candidates through crowds and listen in on conversations in automobiles. That fly-on-the-wall perspective on campaigns would become the standard technique, and “Primary’s” editor, D.A. Pennebaker, won an Oscar for his Clinton campaign film The War Room. If “Primary” looks old-fashioned today, it’s partly because it pioneers a cinema verite approach that technological changes would greatly improve.
1. Tens of thousands of Georgia Pacific employees received "voter information packets" informing them their jobs may rely on the outcome of the presidential election. They were also told that the owners are Mitt Romney supporters. You can fill in the blanks from there...
2. On that note, a lot of people will watch two men talk about a variety of issues tonight. Watch it live at 9 p.m. or read about it here.
3. Over 100 new surveillance cameras will be installed in downtown Atlanta, with the hopes of further reducing crime in the area. This will bring the total number up to 762 and will only cost a modest $2.25 million — funded by grants that support the Operation Shield Initiative.
4. Starting on Nov. 1, the Georgia Archives will only accept public appointments six days a month. According to the AJC, the archives were already offering the fewest open hours in the nation.
5. According to a study by the Beer Institute, Georgia stands near the top of U.S. beer shipping states, but only ranks 42nd in terms of per capita consumption. The jury's still out regarding how much of those numbers can actually be attributed to the work of our favorite
The problem with the proliferation of short films on the Internet, especially comedies, is that you don't often get a chance to see them the way comedies are meant to be seen: with an audience.
The folks at Class Clown Films recognize this dilemma, and have arranged a special preview screening of two shorts—Unfollowed and Lunchtime Warfare—Tuesday night, October 16, at the Plaza Theater.
I spotted this Tweet promoting the event, and followed the link to its Facebook invitation.
Hosted by DJ Southanbred and Comic Karlous Miller, with an appearance by SFX supervisor Ndosi Anyabwile, the event promises music, sketch comedy, and the films themselves.
There's a suggested donation of $5, and it is highly encouraged that one RSVP by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 804-721-0446.
For complete information, and to catch the trailer for Lunchtime Warfare, hit the jump:
1. Film Love presents: Two Films by Robert Drew at the Plaza Theatre
2. Ryan Leslie at the Loft
3. H.W. Brands at Decatur Library
4. Autumnal continues at Kai Lin Art Gallery
5. Relics of Marriage at the Atlanta Arts Exchange
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