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 political, environmental, economic or social justice 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.
2016 Cause + Effect 2nd place ($500) winner “Uncommon Cents” directed by Tery Wilson grapples with the barriers to education presented by living in poverty. Tery Wilson is a self-taught, Atlanta-based filmmaker who makes films in different styles — from documentaries to music videos to dramatic shorts.
“Uncommon Cents” is a short drama about a high school student living in poverty. Although he is smart and motivated, he faces a lot of barriers to his education that more economically privileged students don’t, like food scarcity and responsibility for his younger brother. This film seeks to raise awareness about the poverty that exists in Georgia and in the United States, as the main character says, “This is poverty that is happening right here.”
Over 17 percent of Georgians live below the poverty line. In 2015, that percentage translated to over 1.6 million people. Unlike a lot of other issues, poverty often goes virtually unnoticed. Because of this, students living in poverty are often treated like they aren’t as motivated or don’t try as hard as other students.
To see more films from the only Georgia-focused progressive film festival go to the Cause + Effect website.