Mars” goes on mission to Atlanta at film festival

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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.

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