SoAL 2013 Favorites

Year Five has been a landmark year for us. Thank you to everyone who has come out throughout the weekend to enjoy Southern film. You have all helped us grow this festival into what it is today.

Last year we decided to add awards into the mix and let the audience pick their favorite films. This year’s eligible films were the The Spectacular Now, The Phoenix Rises, Euphonia, Congratulations!, Who Are You People, Southern Music Video Showcase, and short films C.U.P.I.D., Georgia Howl, I Am The Interloper, The Halloween Spirit, Waiting In Line, and Inertia.

…and the favorites are…

Favorite Feature:

  • Who Are You People – filmmakers Jonathan Robinson & Barry Steadman
  • Congratulations! – filmmaker Mike Brune (runner up)

Favorite Short Film:

  • Waiting In Line – filmmakers Joseph Brennan & Taylor Noll
  • Inertia – filmmaker Travis Lee Ratcliff (runner up)

Favorite Southern Music Video:

  • Tupelo Honey – Multi – filmmaker Nathaniel Nuon / Nuon Films
  • The Showdown at St. Lawrence – The Underhill Family Orchestra – filmmaker Luke Lindgren (runner up)

Tupelo Honey, Waiting In Line, and Who Are You People will get an encore screening today at 3PM at the Centre for the Living Arts.

Final 2013 Lineup

Our 2013 film lineup is our strongest yet. Check it out, then go get your weekend passes.


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FEATURES

Muscle Shoals
Showtimes Friday, September 13 at 8:30PM and Saturday September 14th at 1PM at the Crescent Theater

Located alongside the Tennessee River, Muscle Shoals, Alabama is the unlikely breeding ground for some of America’s most creative and defiant music. Under the spiritual influence of the ‘Singing River’ as Native Americans called it, the music of Muscle Shoals changed the world and sold millions upon millions of copies. At its heart is Rick Hall who founded FAME Studios. Overcoming crushing poverty and staggering tragedies, he brought black and white together in Alabama’s cauldron of racial hostility to create music for the generations while giving birth to the ‘Muscle Shoals Sound’ and ‘The Swampers’. Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Percy Sledge, Gregg Allman, Clarence Carter, Etta James, Alicia Keys, Bono, and others bear witness to Muscle Shoals’ magnetism, mystery, and why it remains influential today.


The Spectacular Now (Rated R)
Showing Saturday, September 14 at 11AM and 10PM at the Crescent Theater

Based on the beloved book by Tim Tharp, THE SPECTACULAR NOW is the story of Sutter Keely (Miles Teller) – high school senior, effortless charmer, and self-proclaiemd “life of the party” – and of how he unexpectedly falls in love with the “nice girl” Aimee Fineky (Shailene Woodley). While Aimee dreams of the future, Sutter lives in the now. And yet somehow, they’re drawn together. What starts as an unlikely romance becomes a sharp-eyed, straight-up snapshot of the heady confusion and haunting passion of youth – one that doesn’t look for tidy truths. The film was directed by James Ponsoldt and written by Scott Neustadter and Michael Weber ((500) DAYS SUMMER), and also features wonderful supporting turns from Brie Larson, Kyle Chandler, Jennifer Jason Leigh, and Mary Elizabeth Winstead



Escape from Tomorrow
Showing Saturday, September 14 at Midnight at the Crescent Theater

Escape from Tomorrow is a 2013 American fantasy-horror film, the debut film of writer-director Randy Moore. It stars Roy Abramsohn as a man having increasingly disturbing experiences and visions during the last day of a family vacation to the Walt Disney World theme park. It premiered in January at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. The festival’s program claims the film is “ultimately about the terror of ubiquitous entertainment.” The film became one of the most talked-about films at Sundance, and then received some attention in the national media, because Moore had made most of it on location at both Walt Disney World and Disneyland without permission from The Walt Disney Company, which owns and operates both parks.



Who Are You People?
Showing Saturday, September 14 at 5:30PM at the Crescent Theater and Sunday, September 15 at 1PM at Bernheim Hall in the Main Branch of the Mobile Public Library

Documentary that explores the making of Close Encounters of the Third Kind in Mobile, Alabama from May 31 to September 2, 1976, as told by the locals that experienced this sci-fi classic.


Close Encounters of the Third Kind
FREE Outdoor Screening Saturday, September 14 at 7:45PM near the Mobile Film office in Fort Conde Village near Emanuel and Monroe Streets

Roy Neary sets out to investigate a power outage when his truck stalls and he is bathed in light from above. After this, strange visions and five musical notes keep running through his mind. Will he find the meaning of the visions, and who – or what – placed them in his mind?


The Phoenix Rises
Showing Saturday, September 14 at 11AM at Bernheim Hall at the Main Branch of the Mobile Public Library

Worlds collide when a team of brilliant scientists are recruited to work with a secretive government run project called the Phoenix Program to develop counter measures for climate based weaponry. Special Agents Bob Smith and Tom Jones hand picked the team after observing their success with building the worlds first space elevator for the Bonner Prize a secret recruitment project purposed to find the worlds best and brightest. A newly formed terrorist group is using climate based weapons to hold the US and its allies hostage. Using extremely low frequency delivery methods the terrorists can cause earthquakes, alter rain patterns, cause droughts, and create deadly storms seeming out of thin air; but the terrorist threat is not the only challenge for the team. A deadly, vindictive mercenary from their past, Jamal Duegro, has launched a revenge operation to reacquire technologies his clients want returned to them and will stop at nothing in order to protect his interests.


Congratulations!
Showing Saturday September 14th at 3PM at the Crescent Theater

Congratulations! is an absurdist comedy about Detective Dan Skok of the Missing Persons Bureau and the unusual case of Paul Ryan Gray, a boy who goes missing in his own house.


Euphonia
Showing Saturday September 14th at 1PM at the Center for the Living Arts

Stale sounds of the suburbs send a teenager out with a sound recorder in search of better ones. Listening with this device he begins to build his own soundscape and drift away from his surroundings. His dependence on the recorder affects his relationship with a charismatic girl and he struggles to re-engage with the world around him.


REGIONAL SHORTS

All Regional Shorts will be shown Saturday, September 14 at 2PM at Bernheim Hall at the Main Branch of the Mobile Public Library

C.U.P.I.D. – Fighting Owl Films (8 min)

A young man finds his life drastically altered and, in some cases, endangered as a platoon of high-tech C.U.P.I.Ds attempt to steer him toward his soul mate.

Georgia Howl – Max Allman (7 min)

A boy lives on a plot of forgotten land with his hermit father in rural Georgia. Hoping to reconcile his father’s pain about the past, the young boy leaves for town to buy him a gift.

I Am The Interloper – Travis Brown (9 min)

An alcoholic writer looks for clues to help unlock a secret from his past.

The Halloween Spirit – Carrie Hunter (5 min)

A young girl finds herself falling in love on Halloween night with a boy that can never be with her.

Waiting In Line – Joseph Brennan & Taylor Noll (9 min)

A local, open-mic night comedian and his friend debate the point of living anymore.

Inertia – Travis Lee Ratcliff (15 min)

1929, Jack decides to walk away from his life as a hired killer and retire to live simply. He soon discovers that the absence of his violent lifestyle leaves him feeling incomplete. “Inertia” seeks to explore how our choices determine the habits that define our character, whether we like it or not.



SoAL/SouthSounds Southern Music Video Showcase
Showing Friday, September 13th at 11PM at the Crescent Theater and Saturday, September 14th at 4PM at the Main Branch of the Mobile Public Library

2 Blu & The Lucky Stiffs – Dead Mans Blues – filmmaker: Kevin Wayne
Austin Eley Wade – An Introduction – filmmaker: Matt Gates
Eric Erdman – I’m Through – filmmaker: Ray Iddings
Eric Lee – Small Town Ways – filmmaker: Alan Moore
Multi – Tupelo Honey – filmmaker: Nathaniel Nuon
Nick Nicholson – Granpas Still – filmmaker: Kevin Wayne
Ryan Balthrop – Runaway Train of Thought – filmmaker: Lauren Balthrop
Ryan Balthrop – Way Down Low – filmmaker: Dustin Rudzinski
Sonny Bama – The Bottom – filmmakers: Blake Franklin & Wes Phillips
The Underhill Family Orchestra – The Showdown at St. Lawrence – filmmaker: Luke Lindgren

The Spectacular Now added to 2013

Newly added, The Spectacular Now will show Saturday Sept 14 as part of the 2013 SoAL Film Fest.

Based on the beloved book by Tim Tharp, THE SPECTACULAR NOW is the story of Sutter Keely (Miles Teller) – high school senior, effortless charmer, and self-proclaiemd “life of the party” – and of how he unexpectedly falls in love with the “nice girl” Aimee Fineky (Shailene Woodley). While Aimee dreams of the future, Sutter lives in the now. And yet somehow, they’re drawn together. What starts as an unlikely romance becomes a sharp-eyed, straight-up snapshot of the heady confusion and haunting passion of youth – one that doesn’t look for tidy truths. The film was directed by James Ponsoldt and written by Scott Neustadter and Michael Weber ((500) DAYS SUMMER), and also features wonderful supporting turns from Brie Larson, Kyle Chandler, Jennifer Jason Leigh, and Mary Elizabeth Winstead.