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The Blank Family Foundation Film Series uses the power of documentary film to address a wide range of societal issues. The Foundation recognizes that the documentary medium can concurrently spark imagination, illuminate a subject, challenge conventional thinking, entertain and engage audiences, create awareness and inspire action.

Registration is required for all film screenings.  If you would like more information on our film series or would like to be added to our contact list for invitations, please contact us.

 

UPCOMING EVENTS

Stay tuned to this page for Film Series events coming this year.

 


RECENT EVENTS

December 7, 2016

The Blank Family Foundation is joining with interfaith organizations on December 7th for a screening of Newtown and a discussion with the film's director, Kim Snyder, and representatives from Atlanta's interfaith community about trauma, healing and the array of actions individuals can take to address gun violence. Seating is limited, and RSVP is required to attend. For more information, contact Laura Pritchard-Compton at LPritchard-Compton@ambfo.com

Community Engagement GuidePlease contact Laura Pritchard-Compton at LPritchard-Compton@ambfo if your organization would like to be added to our gun safety community engagement guide. 

                
            

About the Film

NEWTOWN

Filmed over the course of nearly three years, the filmmakers use unique access and never before heard testimonies to tell a story of the aftermath of the deadliest mass shooting of schoolchildren in American history on December 14, 2012. Newtown documents a traumatized community fractured by grief and driven toward a sense of purpose. Joining the ranks of a growing club to which no one wants to belong, a cast of characters interconnect to weave an intimate story of community resilience.


October 13, 2015

About the Film

Unbranded

(From Hot Docs Film Festival): Border to border from Mexico to Canada, four friends embarked on the journey of a lifetime. Across solely public land, Ben Masters, Jonny Fitzsimons, Ben Thamer and Thomas Glover traversed desert to mountain across five states and 3,000 miles—with 16 horses in tow. A journey once a reality for western frontiersmen, the men choose to use wild mustangs as their trail horses. The mustangs have been bred perfectly to suit the rocky terrain of the west, but they are threatened by decreasing public lands, highways and tourism. With exquisite cinematography of breathtaking terrain from the Grand Canyon to Yellowstone, Unbranded takes us into this challenging endeavour, exploring the greater plight of the mustangs, and the importance of public lands.


May 12, 2015

About the Film

Most Likely to Succeed

Where a college diploma once meant a guaranteed job, now more than half of America's new college graduates are unable to find employment. Join us for a new documentary film, “Most Likely to Succeed,” that locates the source of the problem – not in the economy but in our educational system, which was developed at the dawn of the Industrial Age to train obedient workers.  With radical changes in the marketplace wrought by technology and the outsourcing of labor, our rote-based system of learning has become outdated and ineffective. The film follows students at a San Diego charter school, High Tech High, which replaces standardized tests and compartmentalized subjects with project-based learning and a student-focused curriculum, offer an alternative. Following the film, we will host a discussion of how schools like High Tech High and Atlanta’s Drew Charter School are transforming education.

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March 4, 2015

About the Film

The Raising of America
The Raising of America Signature Hour
To create a healthier and more prosperous future for our nation, we must give every child a strong start.  We know that opportunities in early childhood alter the wiring of children’s developing brains in ways that carry life-long consequences for learning, earning and health. We also know many families with young children are squeezed for time, money and resources.  So it’s critical for communities to find solutions that work for parents. The good news is that Georgia is making great progress. We can make a difference.
 
Join us for a documentary film and discussion on the latest discoveries from neuroscience and stories of families, businesses and communities aspiring to create nurturing environments for all of Georgia’s children.

January 14, 2015

Green Streets Documentary

About the Film

Can inner-city entrepreneurship save the American Dream?
Please join us for a cinematic celebration of urban innovation.

Green Streets follows 29-year-old entrepreneur Tyrone Mullins and his friends as they find opportunity in an unlikely place: the trash of their distressed low-income community. This special film screening and discussion event invites the audience to consider how the American Dream can take hold in our most disadvantaged neighborhoods.

This film will be followed by a conversation with Mullins, filmmaker Sophie Constantinou and some of Atlanta most forward-thinking urban innovators and entrepreneurs.

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September 30, 2014
underwater dreams

About the Film

Underwater Dreams, written and directed by Mary Mazzio, and narrated by Michael Peña, is an epic story of how the sons of undocumented Mexican immigrants learned how to build an underwater robot from Home Depot parts. And defeat engineering powerhouse MIT in the process.
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mary mazzioMary Mazzio, an award-winning documentary film director, Olympian, and former law firm partner, is Founder and CEO of 50 Eggs, Inc., an independent film production company. Mary wrote, directed and produced the highly-acclaimed award-winning films, TEN9EIGHT, The Apple Pushers, A Hero for Daisy, Contrarian, Apple Pie, and Lemonade Stories. She is currently wrapping up Underwater Dreams, narrated by Michael Peña and funded by the Bezos Family Foundation and the Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund, among others.