Emory Cinematheque Proudly Presents "Not Coming to a Theater Near You"

February 22, 2019

ATLANTA — Emory Cinematheque proudly presents “Not Coming to a Theater Near You,” a new weekend-long, student-run film festival happening March 1-3, 2019 on Emory’s campus.

“Not Coming to a Theater Near You” showcases a variety of acclaimed documentary and non-Western narrative features released in the last two years that have never been shown theatrically in Atlanta. The first half of the program consists of works by established filmmakers, while the second half sheds light on emerging storytellers.

Acclaimed experimental filmmaker Ben Russell presents his latest film “Good Luck,” as the festival’s opening night selection. A Q&A between Russell and Anna Grimshaw from Emory's department of anthropology follows the screening. For the festival’s closing night, newly Oscar-nominated filmmaker RaMell Ross presents his acclaimed debut feature “Hale County This Morning, This Evening” and participate in a post-film Q&A.

“Atlanta is becoming a hub for American film production and its film industry is growing at a more rapid pace than ever; however, our city considerably trails behind other production hubs in one crucial way—a diversity of theatrical offerings.” says Evan Amaral, second year film studies major and programmer of the festival.  “Often the kinds of films featured in this festival don’t premier in Atlanta despite the fact that the audience exists. Emory Cinematheque hopes to fill this void by bringing these first-run films to its dedicated audience.”

”Not Coming to a Theater Near You” is a student-run festival sponsored by the department of film and media studies with supervision from director of undergraduate studies Michele Schreiber. All screenings take place in Emory’s White Hall 208 with introductions by Amaral and are shown on DCP. The festival is free and open to the public.

For more information, visit film.emory.edu or call 404-727-6761.


The schedule for the festival is as follows:

Friday, March 1st:

7 p.m. (Opening Night Screening)

“Good Luck”

Ben Russell, France/Germany, 143 minutes

*Featuring a Post-Screening Q&A with Ben Russell

Shot on 16mm film, Russell’s latest is another experimental subversion of the ethnographic documentary tradition. Filming in a Serbian underground mine, as well as an illegal mining operation in Suriname, Russell reveals the disturbingly intimate details of our global economy, creating an epic portrait of the labor that props up our fragile world. A Stray Dogs release.

Saturday, March 2:


“The Day After”

Hong Sangsoo, South Korea, 92 minutes

Festival regular Hong’s third film produced in 2017, this playful, Rohmer-esque tale of marital infidelity follows Bongwan (Hae-hyo Kwan), the owner of a small publishing company. He quickly takes a liking to his new assistant, aspiring writer Song Areum (Min-hee Kim), but things grow complicated when she is mistaken for his mistress. A Cinema Guild release.

3 p.m.


Lucrecia Martel, Argentina/Spain, 115 minutes

With her first film in nine years, modern master Martel returns to the big screen with an adaptation of Antonio di Benedetto’s legendary novel. Don Diego de Zama (Daniel Gimenez Cacho) is a low-level colonial magistrate in the Spanish-controlled Argentina of the seventeenth century, anxiously awaiting his transfer to Buenos Aires. Days become years as Zama languishes in bureaucratic indecision, descending into a feverish madness. A Strand release.

7 p.m.

“Bisbee ‘17”

Robert Greene, USA, 112 minutes

Bisbee, Arizona, 1917. The mining company runs the local economy, and, when the IWW attempts to organize the workforce, over 1,000 immigrant miners are rounded up and deported, left in the desert to die. In his latest innovative combination of documentary and fiction filmmaking, Robert Greene visits the town on the centenary of this event, grappling with its legacy by re-enacting the deportation with a cast of local citizens. A Grasshopper Film release.

Sunday, March 3:

2 p.m.


Sadaf Foroughi, Iran/Canada, 102 minutes

This debut feature by Iranian-born, Montreal-based filmmaker Foroughi is a scathing indictment of her home country’s strict gender norms. Mahour Jabbari bursts onto the screen as Ava, a strong-willed high schooler who must face the judgement of her parents and peers when she is caught in the midst of an act of rebellion. A Grasshopper Film release. 

6 p.m. (Closing Night Screening)

“Hale County This Morning, This Evening”

RaMell Ross, USA, 76 minutes

Nominated for two Independent Spirit Awards, a Gotham Award, a DGA Award, and the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature, Ross’ Sundance-winning debut feature is one of the most acclaimed documentaries of the year. After spending years in Hale County, Alabama, Ross created a rich tapestry of African American life in the contemporary Southeast, weaving together day-to-day life with the historical roots of racial injustice. A sensory experience like no other, Ross’s film proves that American nonfiction cinema is evolving in bold new ways and staying true to the communities it represents. A Cinema Guild release.