Peachtree Valley International
Film Festival Showing of
Support? SYSTEM DOWN
Sep 26, 2009 - Atlanta, Georgia
[ click for larger on all images ].
arrived in Atlanta on Friday, the 25th, and checked into one of the
hotels downtown. Lucked out
with my room and had a beautiful view of the city skyline. There
had been floods in the area earlier in the week, but the city had not
been affected. It was cloudy, but you didn't notice that at
I was pleasantly surprised by the
subway system, MARTA. It was only $1.75 from the Airport to
downtown within one block of the hotel -- a pretty good deal!
On Saturday morning I took the train
to "Five Points", the station that serves "Underground Atlanta".
been to a 'film festival'
before and wasn't sure what to expect...well, "Underground
Atlanta" is located..... underground, right near the City center.
It's a big shopping mall and has the standard shops along with a few
more unique items -- you could sit down and a mystic would give you a
Tarot card reading (I gave it a thought, but it wasn't in the budget
and I already know I'm going bald!).
The actual Festival area was more at
ground level. Plenty of banners!
Lobo, the producer (on right), and his assistant, Ms. Sharon
Aguinaldo, came with a local
man, John, who had helped with distributing literature. They'd arrived
earlier in the week to speak with the organizers and also attend some of
the 'workshops' that were held on movie making, production, and
had a nice website, but I didn't see
as many people as I expected.
It was Saturday afternoon and
there was tough competition from
College Football, especially when Georgia was playing!
Air Tran Airlines was one
of the Corporate sponsors and a lot of their staff helped at the event.
was its second year and it takes time for a festival to gain attention.
of the movies played to only a few people. Our movie, Support?
had the biggest 'buzz'
on the festival calendar! From what I could see, we also had
the largest crowd of people at a movie, about 25-35 very motivated
people. Mr. Vern Mills
(left & right images), State Coordinator for
F4J Georgia attended. He's been working
hard to get parents motivated to work for reform.
notables were Mr. Carnell
Smith -- he and his daughter were there along with his wife (to the
far left). Carnell had been a victim of Paternity Fraud, forced to
pay support for a child that was not his. He started a campaign for
reform and to also help other
parents with testing.
"If The Genes Don't Fit, You Must Acquit."
Squires (immediately to the left of Angelo), has a Doctorate in
Sociology and is an Assistant Professor at California State University.
She is concerned with the consequences current Family Law has on our
were some quick snap-shots -- sorry to anyone I missed! I talked
to many others and heard some awful stories of how
parent/child relationships had been destroyed.
The Movie documented
(click to see trailers) so much injustice in our present system and also
the financial incentives that drive this destructive behavior in our
As one of the smaller Movie Producers, Angelo
and his team also have to work second jobs to help support themselves.
Visit the Movie site to
buy a T-shirt or make a donation -- it is much appreciated!
I was glad to be one of the parents Angelo
interviewed for the film while I was
being held in jail
and I'm very thankful for his personal commitment to help the
general public realize what indignity & injustice occurs everyday in our
Court systems. -- John
Murtari (images and descriptions above
free for reuse).