REFUGE: A Story About Fear and Love in the American South will open our 2022 festival at 7 pm on 10/13 at the beautiful Capital One Hall. We’re thrilled to share this important story with our audiences and grateful to have three amazing members of the film team with us for a discussion: Producer and Co-Director, Din Blankenship, and subjects, Chris Buckley and Arno Michaelis.

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  • Chris Buckley is a husband, father, war veteran and former extremist. He now champions empathy and acceptance and works with Parents4Peace, a public health ngo that empowers families, friends, and communities to prevent radicalization, violence, and extremism.
  • After founding and playing an active role in a worldwide racist skinhead organization in the late 1980s-1990s, Arno Michaelis is now an advocate of peace, forgiveness, and gratitude. He’s an inspiring speaker and author of My Life After Hate, co-author of The Gift of Our Wounds
  • Din Blankenship is an Atlanta-based architect-turned-filmmaker. In 2021, she founded Late Bloomer Films, which has a compelling lineup of films, including REFUGE.