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Atlanta Film Festival Features Homegrown Filmmakers

Brantly Watts' narrative short "Birthday Cake" explores the nuances of domestic violence.
Brantly Watts' narrative short "Birthday Cake" explores the nuances of domestic violence.
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The Atlanta Film Festival kicks off Friday, and many local filmmakers made it into the festival this year.

Atlanta filmmaking power couple Brantly and Jon Watts both have short films debuting. The film by Brantly Watts is a narrative short called “Birthday Cake.” The film explores the nuances of domestic violence. In it, the main character Birdie struggles with her decision to leave her abusive lover, as she marks a year without him.

Jon Watts’ film is a short documentary called “Matthew’s Gift.” It follows a day with photographer Oana Hogrefe. Once a year, Hogrefe gifts a photo session to a family with a child who has a life-threatening illness.

For a second year, the Atlanta Film Festival is including a block of short documentaries focusing on Atlanta characters. The block derived from the Watts’ occasional series “Homespun” that they developed in 2013.

“Matthew’s Gift” is included in the “Fish Tank” shorts block on March 28 at 7 p.m. “Birthday Cake” is included in the “A Chapter in Her Life” shorts block on April 1 at 12:15 p.m. The Homespun shorts block, called “Ah, My Hometown” is on March 29 at 7 p.m. All these events are at 7 Stages.