This weekend, Sept. 12-14, Mobile will host the SoAL Film Festival, now in its sixth year, which seeks to showcase all varieties of films by, for or about the South and its people. With this regional focus, the festival looks to nurture each new crop of Southern filmmakers, both to prove their home is fertile ground for their art and to spread their current and future efforts hither and yon. By illuminating screens all around the city, the SoAl Film Festival hopes to make Mobile, and the South, flicker with possibility.
Festival passes are $25, which gets you a full day pass for all of the films on Saturday plus the bonus of any surprises that might pop up Friday night. Those can be picked up Friday night during Art Walk in the CLA Art Park. For more, visit http://southalabamafilmfestival.org/
Individual admission to each screening is $10. Grab a marker and start circling:
“Sons of Liberty,” Director: Drew Hall
Venue: Bernheim Hall, Ben May Public Library,
Showtime: Saturday, Sept. 13, 11:30 a.m.
A special operations unit races to find and prevent the construction of a devastating micro nuclear device created by a group of radical mercenaries whose political beliefs blur the line between terrorist and revolutionary.
“Mobile in Black and White,” Director: Robert Gray
Venue: Centre for the Living Arts, Showtime: Saturday, Sept. 13, 1 p.m.
Mobile in Black and White takes a hard look at the ways racism continues to pervade the structures and institutions of a supposedly post-racial world. Expertly blending the insights and experiences of local residences and leading experts, this documentary is a powerful, thought-provoking catalyst for constructive community conversations on race.
“The Road to Livingston,” Director: Erik Mauck
Venue: Centre for Living Arts, Showtime: Saturday, Sept. 13, 3 p.m.
Delia Meyer’s brother, Louis, was convicted of triple murder in 1999 and is currently on death row in Livingston. Since his incarceration, Delia has fought for his innocence, while also taking up the larger issue of the death penalty. Her story is one of sacrifice and loyalty as she continues to support her brother and the many others she meets along the road to Livingston.
Shorts Block, Venue: Crescent Theater, Showtime: Saturday, Sept. 13 at 1p.m.
“Shackled” Director: Stephen Wise
“Dirty” Director: Fred Rabbath
“The Bags, Probably 1971,” Director: Joshua Yates
“Chondriac,” Director: Austin Hermann
“Housesitter” Director: Rex New
“Midnight Chicken” Director: Joseph Brennan
“Last Stop, Flamingo,” Director: Georg Koszulinkski
Venue: Crescent Theater, Showtime: Saturday, Sept. 13, 2:30 p.m.
The third installment of Georg Koszulinski’s Florida trilogy, “Last Stop, Flamingo” explores early visions of Florida. Imagined landscapes give way to mythological creatures in a reflection on the many ways
“Homespun Series,” Director: David McMahon
Venue: Crescent Theater, Showtime: Saturday, Sept. 13, 4 p.m.
Created by AKA Blondie creators Jon Watts & Brantly Watts, Homespun is a curated series of short documentary films profiling unique individuals around the metro Atlanta area. The series features local filmmakers who highlight the characters and neighborhoods that give Atlanta its distinctive culture.
“Stomping Ground,” Director: Dan Riesser
Venue: Crescent Theater, Showtime: Saturday Sept. 13, 5:30 p.m.
Ben & Annie are a young couple on a weekend trip to Annie’s small North Carolina hometown. After meeting a charming old friend, they embark on an impromptu “Bigfoot hunt” that threatens both their relationship and their lives.
“Thou Wast Mild and Lovely,” Director: Josephine Decker
Venue: Crescent Theater, Showtime: Saturday, Sept. 13, 7:30 PM
Thou Wast Mild and Lovely is a highly intimate and subtly erotic thriller inspired by John Steinbeck’s East of Eden and featuring love, death, guns, goats, a farmer, his grown daughter and the secrets they no longer succeed in keeping. The New Yorker said of this film “Her movie feels like a wildly urgent direct address in real time,” and described Decker as “one to watch.”
“Skanks,” Director: David McMahon
Venue: Crescent Theater, Showtime: Saturday, Sept. 13, 9:30 p.m.
In the winter of 2012 a community theatre in Birmingham, Alabama mounted an original drag musical, “Skanks in a One Horse Town.” “Skanks” follows the actors and creators from rehearsal through performance, at their homes, and with their families. The cast of amateur performers bond to form a family of sorts while creating an unconventional show in religion and football-obsessed Alabama.
“The Visitor,” Director: Giulio Paradisi (as Michael J. Paradise)
Venue: Crescent Theater, Showtime: Saturday, Sept. 13 at Midnight
In this unforgettable assault on reality legendary Hollywood director/actor John Huston stars as an intergalactic warrior who joins a cosmic Christ figure in battle against a demonic 8-year-old girl, and her pet hawk, while the fate of the universe hangs in the balance. Multi-dimensional warfare, pre-adolescent profanity and brutal avian attacks combine to transport the viewer to a state unlike anything they’ve experienced … somewhere between Hell, the darkest reaches of outer space, and Atlanta, Ga.