International Freethought Film Festival, presented by the Freethought Film Festival Foundation (FFFF), announced its official selections for its fourth annual event. The 10 scheduled screenings include nine feature-length and 13 short independent films. The films reflect any or all of the mission statement of FFFF of promoting reason, critical thinking, and freedom of inquiry. The film program is a wide spectrum of freethought themes and will include conversations with filmmakers, a panel discussion, and a comedy themed opening night after party. The venue for all of the film screenings is the Cinefest Film Theatre in downtown Atlanta.
The International Freethought Film Festival takes place from Friday, November 7, 2014 – Sunday, November 9, 2014 at Cinefest Film Theatre, located at 66 Courtland St SE, Atlanta, Georgia. The following feature films will be presented over the weekend-long event:
- THAT’S NOT FUNNY (d. Mike Celestino, U.S., 2014)
- FLAMES OF BODHICHITTA (d. Dorgee Tsering, U.S., 2014)
- HOUSE OF THADDEUS (d. Michael Boedicker, U.S., 2013)
- SCARRED LANDS & WOUNDED LIVES-THE ENVIRONMENTAL FOOTPRINT OF WAR
(d. Alice & Lincoln Day, U.S., 2008)
- THE SECRET INGREDIENT (d. Dror Shostak, Israel, 2014)
- HUG AN ATHEIST (d. Sylvia Broexks, U.S., 2013)
- THE ALGERIAN (d. Geovanni Zelko, U.S., 2014)
- VOICES (d. Gary Tsai & Hiroshi Hara, U.S., 2013)
- FUNVAX (d. Ryan Harper, U.S., 2013)
Opening night of the International Freethought Film Festival kicks off at 7:00 pm on Friday, November 7, 2014. The opening night film, That’s Not Funny, is “a dead serious documentary about comedy.” Director, Mike Celestino asks, “How are boundaries defined in comedy? Is there a line, and if so, when is it okay to cross it? Is it in our nature to make fun of things that make us uncomfortable, topics that might otherwise be considered dire or taboo?” The film examines these questions and events via historical analysis, archival footage and commentary. Following the film, FFFF will host a comedy themed after party, with stand-up comic, Steve Hill. A silent auction of items, including Simpsons and Family Guy collectibles will be held to benefit the film festival. Participants will be able to use their mobile devices to bid on items before and during the event, regardless of whether or not they are in attendance.
On Saturday, November 8, 2014, five screenings are scheduled. Following the screening of House of Thaddeus, the filmmakers will participate in a live interview and Q&A with Skepticality podcast host, Derek Colanduno. After the documentary, Hug an Atheist, the Atlanta Coalition of Reason will co-host a panel discussion on the topic of being “openly secular”. Following three feature length films, the event closes onSunday, November 9, 2014 with a presentation of short films. Included in the shorts lineup is the premier of the film, High Contrast. It is the first film project of FFFF under their new film development program, Freethought Film Lab. The director of High Contrast is Kelli Cooke. Among the cast are Atlanta’s Marcus Weathersby and Jonna Johnson, and Hollywood-based actor, Jeremy Meyer.
The International Freethought Film Festival is a home for independent films from around the globe that critically examine truth-claims. Reason, logic, critical thinking and science are embraced as the best ways to explain the natural world; while superstition, dogma, tradition and argument by authority are rejected as justifications for practices, policies and behaviors that are often of detriment to humans and the earth. Freedom of inquiry and expression are boldly exercised.
“The basis of the International Freethought Film Festival is that nothing is unquestionable.” said founder and executive director of FFFF, Andrea Steele-Meyer. “FFFF is the only nonprofit organization where independent film is the exclusive conduit for presenting the spectrum of freethought ideals.”
Seats for individual screenings can be reserved via Eventbrite. Admission to each screening is a suggested donation of $5.00. All access passes can be acquired for a suggested donation of $35. Ticket information is published on the FFFF Website at http://www.freethoughtfilmfest.org/, where trailers, synopses, event schedule and parking information can also be viewed online.