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2008 Atlanta Underground Film Festival: Early Picks

While the fifth annual Atlanta Underground Film Festival won’t get underway until nearly two months from now (Aug. 20-24), a couple of folks have been posting that they’ve been selected to screen already. Sounds like it’s going to be a good fest already with a nice mix of films. There’s a sweet animated short, some horror flicks and a political documentary. They are:

1) Sunflower, dir. Jessica Ramirez, is one you can actually watch online. It’s a cute, retro, simple film with a great Philip Glass-esque soundtrack. This was a student production made at the University of Arkansas.

2) An actor in the short film Zombie Free is happy to announce that the film will be screening at AUFF. I don’t know anything about this film, but I guess it was produced by these guys.

3) Blood on the Highway, dir. Barak Epstein & Blair Rowan, is a feature-length film that just played at the San Antonio Film Festival a few weeks ago. That’s the trailer embedded above. It looks pretty cool. Good gore special effects and corny humor. It also stars the legendary Tom Towles, so that’s a major score. Here’s the description I cooked up for it: “Three weary travelers stop off in Fate, TX, which isn’t such a great place to stop since it’s filled with vampires.” More at the film’s blog.

4) Returned: Child Soldiers of Nepal’s Maoist Army, dir. Robert Koenig and Brandon Kohrt, is a short documentary that chronicles the story of four children who return home after fighting in their country’s civil war. You can find out more about the film and all the issues involved in Nepal’s struggles at the movie’s website.

I think AUFF is still tweaking their final schedule, but I’ll post that up when it seems to be finalized.