James Ponsoldt’s “The Spectacular Now” to close Atlanta Film Festival

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Shailene Woodley and Miles Teller star in “The Spectacular Now”

The Atlanta Film Festival will officially announce its lineup any moment now. Earlier this week, news broke that on March 15th, Jeff Nichols’ “Mud” will kick off the festival. Now, it has been confirmed that Georgia-filmed “The Spectacular Now” will close out the fest on March 23rd.

Director James Ponsoldt’s film was shot in Athens last summer and stars Miles Teller, Shailene Woodley, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Kyle Chandler, Brie Larson, Jennifer Jason Leigh and Bob Odenkirk. The film was a huge success at Sundance last month, with Teller and Woodley taking home acting awards. Adapted from a Tim Tharp novel by Michael H. Weber and Scott Neustadter, A24 picked up distribution rights for the film at Sundance and aims to get “The Spectacular Now” in cinemas sometime this summer. Personally, I am thrilled to see this as an ATLFF selection, but not surprised!

In addition to “Mud” and “The Spectacular Now,” we do know a few other movies to look forward to. Documentary titles include “As Goes Janesville,” “Blood Brother,” “Iceberg Slim: Portrait of a Pimp,” “The Institute,” “La Source,” “Losing Lebron,” “Magic Camp,” “Mohammed to Maya,” “Scarred but Smarter: Life n Times of Drivin n Cryin,” “Submit the Documentary” and “Zipper: Coney Island’s Last Wild Ride.” Narrative titles include “A Band of Rogues,” “Cinema Six,” “Claire’s Cambodia,” “Congratulations!” “euphonia,” “Faces in the Mirror,” “Hank and Asha,” “Moral Sleaze” and “The Suicide Kid.”

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