Article on Summer Movie Festivals

by Eric Pudalov, Community Events Coordinator

As some of you may know, outside of GCSS, I write on a website called Associated Content, who call themselves “The People’s Media Company.” At times, I have tried to tie in what we do at GCSS with my writing on the latter, by either talking about disabilities or about community events in Atlanta, which comprises much of my work here.

Recently, on AC, I published an article entitled Summer Movie Festivals in Atlanta, Georgia for 2010. I thought some of you who read this blog might be interested in these festivals, particularly the free ones.

The only one mentioned in the article that I wouldn’t recommend for families that we serve is Sci-Fi Summer Con Atlanta, which isn’t really a film festival, although it includes showings of sci-fi movies. The movies include a lot of what I would call “adult content,” and I also would be concerned for the safety of someone with a disability at an event like that (unless they were accompanied by a guardian).

However, don’t be deterred! I also discuss Atlantic Station’s “Movies and the Market,” Mall of Georgia’s “Movies Under the Stars,” and Piedmont Park’s “Screen on the Green.”

You also may have heard about safety issues regarding Screen on the Green. During the first night of that event, a scuffle broke out between some teenagers, and apparently gunshots were fired, causing the film to be shut down early.

However…the following day, Atlanta police held a press conference with the Piedmont Park Conservancy, Peachtree TV, and the Mayor’s Office of Special Events, discussing how to boost security for the next showing. Next week, Screen on the Green is scheduled to continue, with added police presence.

So, despite how it may sound, the next showing is likely to be a lot safer than the previous one. Of course, it’s understandable that Atlanta residents may still be nervous, so if you don’t feel comfortable attending, that’s your choice.

Anyway, please check out the article if you have a chance. There should be more to come as summer continues.

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About gcsscommunity

My name is Eric Pudalov, and I work as Community Events Coordinator with Georgia Community Support and Solutions, whose mission is to provide creative, life-enriching solutions to people with developmental disabilities and their families. I became interested in this field, however, due to having a disability myself; namely, I had brain surgery in 1996 at age 14, to remove a benign tumor. Following this, I had many difficulties with short-term memory, loss of strength, confusion, and emotional control. Fortunately, at present, I've recovered much of what I'd lost. Despite some setbacks, I graduated high school with honors, and received an academic scholarship to Adelphi Univ., where I earned a BA in Communications. Since then, I've held a number of different jobs and internships, among them a TA position at Sylvan Learning Center, and work as a "Service Leader" with Hands on Atlanta. Since living in GA, I've also been involved with two programs (including GCSS) that serve people with disabilities. My experience has included sharing apartments with adults with autism and other disorders. Though my so-called "limitations" may differ from those of others in the program, these experiences have helped me to realize that people, overall, are capable of much more than we may at first perceive. Search Engine Submission - AddMe
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