Opening Night Film
Join us for a powerful opening night celebration, starting with the feature documentary, Refuge – a story of love and fear in the American south. Set in the most diverse square mile in America – Clarkston, Georgia – REFUGE follows the friendship between a Muslim heart doctor and a former member of the KKK, revealing what is possible when we leave the security of our tribes and what is at stake for our country if we don’t.
Co-director Din Blankenship and subjects Chris Buckley and Arno Michaelis will join us for a Q&A.
And following the film, we invite you to join us on the rooftop of Capital One Hall, with a drink on us. There are food trucks galore, putt putt golf, a lively biergarten, amazing views, and more!
Impact // Filmmaker’s Voice
We hope that our film can rekindle our sense of empathy. We’ve captured a story about a community that insists that their shared humanity is more important than any kind of shared ethnicity, shared faith or even shared language. We hope that anyone who watches it will see themselves in all of the characters. If people walk out of this film and are more likely to offer compassion to someone who is different than they are – someone of a different race, a different faith, different political beliefs – if you’re more likely to see a person’s full humanity and offer understanding to one another after seeing this film, then we feel like the film will have been a success.