Geoff Marslett’s 2010 animated comedy feature film “Mars” will be screened at this year’s Atlanta Film Festival, which runs from April 28 to May 7.
Mars is a 78-minute movie, and will be shown at 7:15 p.m. Tuesday, May 3 and 8:30 p.m. Friday, May 6 at Landmark Midtown.
In the movie, the discovery of life on Mars places a robotic expedition and a manned mission in a race to the Red Planet. On the way, we discover that love -biological, spiritual, and even mechanical — can flourish in all kinds of ways.
Landmark Midtown will also be the venue for a showcase of animated shorts to be screened at 10:15 p.m. Sunday, May 1 and 2:30 p.m. Monday, May 2. Here’s the rundown:
Birdboy (Pedro Rivero; 13 min., Spain, 2010)
After a terrible industrial accident, Dinky’s destiny might be in hands of her eccentric friend Bird Boy, a rootless and introverted kid that hides in the forest abandoned to his fantasies.
Chief Serenbe (Evan Curtis; 5 min.)
As Jack Kerouac says: “Home in Missoula, Home in Truckee, Home in Opelousas, Ain’t no home for me. Home in old Medora, Home in Wounded Knee, Home in Ogallala, Home I’ll never be.”
Denmark (Daniel Fickle; 6 min.)
Pily is a lovable crustacean of mixed origin who struggles to escape his underwater home when it becomes threatened by pollution.
Eye of the Storm (Christopher Alender; 5 min., U.S.A., 2011)
Set in a visually arresting steampunk world, Eye of the Storm is the epic tale of a lonely sky captain who must literally and figuratively brave a raging tempest in order to find his salvation on the other side. Featuring music by Lovett.
Grandpa Looked Like William Powell (David Levy; 4 min., U.S.A., 2010)
Sometimes a memento only reminds you how little you know someone. Such a thing happened to me when I came to possess my Grandpa Herman’s high school autograph book from 1924.
Paths of Hate (Damian Nenow; 10 min., Poland)
A short tale about the demons that slumber deep in the human soul and have the power to push people into the abyss of blind hate, fury and rage.
Polo’s Robot (Peter Lowey; 9 min.)
In a strange land, an inventor builds a robot that will bring his nightmares to life.
Sketchi (Lily Sun; 3 min., Canada)
A girl struggles to revive her beloved dead dog.
The Man Who Shot The Man Who Shot Lincoln (Drew Christie; 5 min., U.S.A., 2010)
Animated in charcoal and pastels in the pages of 13 paperback books, The Man Who Shot The Man Who Shot Lincoln is a look into the strange and bizarre true life of Boston Corbett, assassin of John Wilkes Booth.
The Renter (Jason Carpenter; 10 min., U.S.A., 2011)
Amongst fields of weeds and rotting pears, a young boy is dropped off at an elderly woman’s home for the day.
The Wonder Hospital (Beomsik Shimbe Shim; 8 min.)
In a mysterious hospital, modification of physical beauty is not what you would expect.
ATLFF11 tickets are now on sale. To browse the lineup, visit http://atlanta.slated.com/2011.