Beginning on August 15, 2017, Cause +Effect Progressive Film Festival will accept 2-15 minute films about poverty, homelessness, river pollution, gun violence and any other issue that affects Georgians. The festival is free to enter and the winning filmmaker will receive $1,000 cash and screen at the November festival in Athens.
For more films from the only Georgia-focused film festival go to the 2017 Cause + Effect Progressive Film Festival website.
Cause + Effect 2015 2nd prize ($250) winner, “Fallen Soldier” directed by Christian Woolford takes police brutality head on. The documentary-style short film takes place during the memorial and march following Anthony Hill’s death by police shooting.
“Fallen Soldier” shows community and family members as they mourn Tony’s loss and as they protest to increase community awareness of police violence. “This was a life that was stolen by the Dekalb County police, shot down in cold blood,” a protest-leader argues during the film.
“Fallen Soldier” alludes to Tony’s mental health issues, mentioning a battle with bipolar disorder, and tries to educate the viewer about the need for better care for the mentally ill. It also seeks to draw attention to the huge amount of unarmed people killed by police every year.
Georgia, as well as the United States, is seeing a huge volume of police violence against unarmed people, especially African Americans. Out of the 385 fatal police shootings in the first half of 2015, 1 in 6 was unarmed. In 2016, 39 unarmed people of color were killed. One study also found that 25 percent of people killed by police are struggling with mental illness.
For more hard-hitting videos about Georgia issues, check out the Cause + Effect Progressive Film Festival website.