Not Coming to a Theater Near You

Festival Press Release 

ATLANTA (February 18, 2019) — The Emory Cinematheque is proud to present “Not Coming to a Theater Near You,” a new, weekend-long student-run film festival that will run from Friday, March 1st through Sunday, March 3rd.
Not Coming to a Theater Near You” will showcase a variety of the acclaimed documentary and non-Western narrative features released in the last two years. What binds them together is the fact that they have not been shown theatrically here 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 will present his latest film GOOD LUCK as the festival’s opening night selection and will participate in a post-film Q&A with Dr. Anna Grimshaw from Emory's Department of Anthropology. For the festival’s closing night, newly Oscar-nominated filmmaker RaMell Ross will present his acclaimed debut feature HALE COUNTY THIS MORNING, THIS EVENING and participate in a post-film Q&A.

Certainly, 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. Often the kinds of films featured in this festival don’t premiere in Atlanta despite the fact that the audience exists. The Emory Cinematheque hopes to fill this void by bringing these first-run films to our dedicated audience.

”Not Coming to a Theater Near You” is a student-run festival, programmed by second-year film studies major Evan Amaral (supervised by Director of Undergraduate Studies Dr. Michele Schreiber), and sponsored by the Department of Film and Media Studies. All screenings will take place in Emory’s White Hall 208, and will be shown on DCP. The festival is free and open to the public.

Each film will be introduced by Evan Amaral. For more information, visit the Emory Film and Media Studies website at, our facebook page at, or call 404-727-6761.

The schedule for the festival is as follows:

Friday, March 1st:

7:00 p.m. (Opening Night Screening)
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 2nd:

12:00 p.m.
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.

3:00 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.

7:00 p.m.
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 3rd:

2:00 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.

6:00 p.m. (Closing Night Screening)
RaMell Ross, USA, 76 minutes
*Featuring post-screening Q&A with RaMell Ross

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.