Atlanta Film Festival Announces The Return of Signature Sound + Vision Event

In partnership with the Atlanta BeltLine, the festival highlight returns after a one-year hiatus with music, art and more

ATLANTA, GA (April 10, 2019) — The Atlanta Film Festival (ATLFF) is pleased to present the return of the signature mid-week event, SOUND+VISION, to the 43rd annual festival as one of seven Special Presentations. This year, ATLFF is partnering with Art on the Atlanta BeltLine to celebrate the merging of cinema with music and visuals at the free event on Thursday, April 11, 2019 from 7:00 PM – 11:00 PM in Historic Fourth Ward Park, along the Atlanta BeltLine’s Eastside Trail.

Now in its seventh year and its biggest yet, the event will feature live music, screenings of bold music videos and virtual reality films, unbelievable art installations and Atlanta’s best food trucks, creating an immersive experience like no other. Stage performers include WHOAA, with one half of the duo hailing from Atlanta and whose music video “Candy Love” will screen at the event, as well as Theo and the Bear on the Main Stage. Following the live musical acts will be a special 80th anniversary presentation of THE WIZARD OF OZ, featuring live performances from the Alliance Theatre cast.

The festival is proud to host the World Premiere of six music videos and one virtual reality film at SOUND+VISION, as well as showcase Georgia film with screenings of five music videos and four virtual reality films that have ties to either a Georgia production or filmmaker(s). Tickets can be purchased to view virtual reality films that will be screened under The Shed at Ponce City Market and at the VIP lounge at Paris on Ponce., Projection art will be featured along the surfaces of the Atlanta BeltLine’s Eastside Trail. For a full lineup of music videos and virtual reality films scheduled to screen, please find additional information HERE.

“As the Atlanta BeltLine has become a staple in Atlanta’s arts community by establishing itself as a prominent host of art from countless visual artists, performers and musicians, we are thrilled to partner with them for an unforgettable evening,” said ATLFF Executive Director Chris Escobar.

Art on the Atlanta BeltLine is proud to partner with the Atlanta Film Festival for this exciting event,” said Miranda Kyle, Arts and Culture Project Manager for Atlanta BeltLine, Inc. “Working with esteemed arts organizations like AFF helps us connect more Atlantans to arts and culture that is free and accessible.”

The event has previously been hosted at Atlanta landmarks such as The Goat Farm and Ponce City Market, with previous performers including Big Freedia, Tank and the Bangas, HelloOcho, Kodie Shane, Lonnie Holley, Gringo Star, Biters and Jungol.

Art on the Atlanta BeltLine and the Atlanta Film Festival are excited to continue their partnership into the fall with BeltLine After Dark on October 18 and 19, 2019. This free festival will take place along the Atlanta BeltLine’s Westside Trail at Gordon White Park, the Atlanta BeltLine space in Historic Ashview Heights, and Washington Park.  

Presenting Sponsors for Art on the Atlanta BeltLine are 10th & Monroe, Georgia Natural Gas, Northside Hospital and Ponce City Market.  Additional sponsors include MailChimp, Park Tavern, Turner Foundation, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution at the Gold Level; Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and Kroger at the Silver Level; and Flashpoint Artists Initiative at the Patron Level.

Major support for this project is provided by the City of Atlanta Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs. Major funding for this organization is provided by the Fulton County Board of Commissioners. This program is supported in part by Georgia Council for the Arts through the appropriations of the Georgia General Assembly. Georgia Council for the Arts also receives support from its partner agency – the National Endowment for the Arts. The project is also supported by an Art Works award from the National Endowment for the Arts. To find out more about how National Endowment for the Arts grants impact individuals and communities, visit This program is supported in part by Georgia Council for the Arts through the appropriations of the Georgia General Assembly. Georgia Council for the Arts also receives support from its partner agency – the National Endowment for the Arts.



Date: Thursday, April 11, 2019

Time: 7:00 PM – 11:00 PM

Location: Eastside Trail // Atlanta BeltLine & Historic Fourth Ward Park (VIP Lounge located at Paris on Ponce, featuring Chloe Wine and other festival sponsors)

Cost: FREE and Open to the Public

This Special Presentation joins the 2019 film lineup of 31 feature length films, 98 short films and 36 creative media presentations. The 11-day event, taking place from Thursday, April 4 – Sunday, April 14, 2019, will also include Opening and Closing Night Presentations, 13 Marquee screenings, seven Special Presentations and a number of Creative Conference events.

The Atlanta Film Festival is the annual centerpiece of educational and enriching film programming that is provided year-round by parent organization, the Atlanta Film Society. For a full lineup of films or to purchase a festival badge or individual screening ticket, please visit



Meeting A Monster
Directed by Gabriela Arp
USA, 2018, English, 9:57

Angela King relives the memories and motivations of the eight years she spent inside the white power movement, and the path she took to get out.


My Africa
Directed by David Allen
Kenya/USA/United Kingdom, 2018, English, 9:17

Narrated by Academy Award-winning and Kenyan-raised actress Lupita Nyong’o, “My Africa,” transports viewers to the untamed rangelands of northern Kenya, where a community is reknitting the bonds that have long enabled people and wildlife to coexist.

The Evolution of Testicles
Directed by Ryan Hartsell
USA/Ireland/England, 2018, English, 8:55

Two parts humor, one part emotion, this salty-sweet VR piece starring Chris O’Dowd raises awareness about testicular cancer through laughter and inspiration.

Blue Bird
Directed by Parnaz Rad
USA, 2018, English, 02:37

A lone bluebird tries to escape from the caverns of a withered heart. The scars of the heart tell a lifetime of stories.


Plomo: Journey of a Bullet
Directed by Giulia Jiménez Tani
USA/Venezuela, 2018, Spanish/English, 02:50

You are the bullet fired by a GNB policeman into the middle of a protesting crowd in Caracas, Venezuela. Inspired by true events.

[Georgia], [CineMás]

Tower of Babel by the Sea (海邊的巴別塔)
Directed by Feng Wei-Jung
Taiwan, 2018, English, 14:14

Enticed by the devil, a man tries to build his Tower of Babel to reach to the realm of the gods, yet in the process, he loses his health and his life. As pollution spreads like a pandemic, man is cursed, and nature is caught in a spiral of death. Inspired by Goethe’s Faust.

Flight of the Unwanted
Directed by Thomas Nybo
Bangladesh, 2018, English, 05:40

Enter the chaotic world of Rohingya refugees being forced from their homes in Myanmar into crowded refugee camps in Bangladesh.


Home with América
Directed by Alvaro Morales
Peru/USA, 2019, English, 12:00

Gladys, an undocumented immigrant living in L.A., left her native Peru 22 years ago. Gladys explores her connection to a place that she cannot return to without risking the life she’s built in the US.

[World Premiere], [CineMás]



Ashanti, Takeira, Jessy’ka  – “Know Your Worth”
Directed by Paras Chaudhari | USA, 2018, English, 5:22

Bunnies – “The Problem with Link Think”
Directed by Opertura (Aya Yamasaki & Jason Brown) | USA, 2018, 2:04

COEDS – “Too Cool for School”
Directed by Andrea Garcia | USA, 2018, English. 3:24
[World Premiere], [Georgia]

Daron Malakian and Scars On Broadway – “Lives”
Directed by Hayk Matevosyan | USA, 2018, English, 4:06

Dave Keuning – “Restless Legs”
Directed by Russell Sheaffer | USA, 2018, English, 3:06

Dillon & Diamond D – “Femme Fatale”
Directed by Janice Chun | USA, 2018, English, 4:36

Emel Mathlouthi – “How Many (Kaddesh)”
Directed by Marion Petegnief, Sami Battikh | France, 2018, Arabic, 4:35

Father ft. Kwabs – “Velvet”
Directed by Iggy LDN | United Kingdom, 2018, English, 4:01
[World Premiere]

Flamingo Shadow – “Taxi”
Directed by David Matysiak | USA, 2018, English, 4:12

Golden Vessel – “Bigbright”
Directed by Harry Deadman | Australia, 2018, English, 4:17
[World Premiere]

Hurray for the Riff Raff/ Alynda Mariposa Segarra – “Pa’lante”
Directed by Kristian Mercado | Puerto Rico/USA, 2018, English/Spanish, 8:34

Ina Wroldsen – “SEA”
Directed by Thor Brenne | Norway, 2018, English, 4:55

Local H – “Innocents”
Directed by Felix Piñeiro | USA, 2018, English, 6:14

Off Bloom – “Not Sorry”
Directed by Sara Samsøe | Denmark, 2019, English, 3:36

Pig Destroyer – “Mt. Skull”
Directed by Joe Stakun | USA, 2018, English. 2:13
[World Premiere]

Tech N9ne x Navé Monjo – “Levitation”
Directed by Morgan Cooper | USA, 2018, English, 6:22
[World Premiere]

The Tumbling Wheels – “Sleepwalking”
Directed by Sasha Solodukhina, Emily MacKenzie | USA, 2018, English, 4:48

Tispur – “Dewhorn”
Directed by Brandon Kapelow | USA, 2018, English, 6:38

We The Lion – “Go Go Go”
Directed by Daniel Higashionna, Mikael Stornfelt | Peru, 2018, English, 2:12

WHOAA – “Candy Love”
Directed by Mike IAMEYEPHOTOS, WHOAA | USA, 2018, English, 4:26

Young Fathers – “Lord”
Directed by Rianne White | Scotland/United Kingdom, 2017, English, 3:41

Young Won Han Bok (영원한복)
Directed by Crystal Jin Kim | USA, 2019, 4:00
[World Premiere], [Georgia]


About the Atlanta Film Festival and Atlanta Film Society

The Atlanta Film Festival, now in its fifth decade, is an Academy Award-qualifying festival and one of the region’s largest and longest-running preeminent celebrations of cinema in the Southeast United States. More than 30,000 festival attendees enjoy independent, animated, documentary and short films each year, selected from more than 8,400 submissions from 120 countries. The Atlanta Film Festival is the chief annual operation of the Atlanta Film Society (ATLFS), one of the oldest and largest organizations dedicated to the promotion and education of film in the United States, which enriches the community through screenings, classes, workshops and other events year-round. It is also the most distinguished event in its class, recognized as the ‘Best Spring Festival’ by Atlanta Journal-Constitution, ‘Best Film Festival’ by Creative Loafing and Atlanta Magazine, as well as one of the ’25 Coolest Film Festivals in the World’ by MovieMaker Magazine. Major funding for the Atlanta Film Society is provided by Turner, XFINITY, Delta Airlines, MailChimp and the Fulton County Board of Commissioners through the Fulton County Arts & Culture Department and the National Endowment for the Arts through the Art Works category. 

About the Atlanta BeltLine

Atlanta BeltLine, Inc.’s vision is to be the catalyst for making Atlanta a global beacon for equitable, inclusive, and sustainable city life. As one of the largest, most wide-ranging urban redevelopment programs in the United States, the Atlanta BeltLine is building a more socially and economically resilient Atlanta with our partner organizations and host communities through job creation, inclusive transportation systems, affordable housing, and public spaces for all. For more information on the Atlanta BeltLine, please visit

About Art on the Atlanta BeltLine

Art on the Atlanta BeltLine is largest temporary public art exhibition in the history of Atlanta. It showcases the work of hundreds of visual artists, performers, and musicians along the Atlanta BeltLine corridor. This spectacular project places working professionals alongside emerging artists, and draws residents and visitors into some of the most unique public spaces in the City of Atlanta, providing powerful new perspectives on the city and its vibrant neighborhoods. The exhibition showcases how art strengthens and beautifies current and former industrial areas and creates signature spaces exemplifying the transformation of the city through the Atlanta BeltLine. Art on the Atlanta BeltLine touches almost 20 intown communities.

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