A few of our team members attended the 10th annual Attic Film Fest hosted by TAFF. The mission of the film festival year after year is to support and empower independent filmmakers to spread Christ’s message through the films they make. But TAFF doesn’t just choose any redemptive film, they look for quality. Many of the filmmakers are professionals with the exception of a few hand-picked emerging artists. Rest assured, the films you encounter during this special weekend will leave you feeling inspired and uplifted.
Like many film festivals, films submitted compete for public screenings and cash awards. There are Q & A sessions that follow the film and even a panel of award winners. Ratings range from G to R depending on the content involved but each film must carry a message of hope and redemption to be considered. It is very reminiscent of SXSW and we are proud that something of this caliber is in our city to spread the Gospel. This year the festival was held at the Alamo Drafthouse on South Lamar.
Friday evening we caught a few films but the one we were most excited to see covered the history by Alan Graham and his vision. As a station we’ve worked closely with Graham and his team. It’s so refreshing to see that his ministry is reaching beyond our city or even our state. Martha Iglehart who viewed the film “Alan Graham: The Man Behind Mobile Loaves and Fishes” reviewed it at very thought provoking and inspirational.
In case you’re not familiar with the ministry, we’ll catch you up. Alan Graham started out as a young commercial real-estate developer who decided to found a ministry to serve the homeless here in Austin. Over time he discovered that serving this group of people needed to go beyond simply providing food and clothing for them, he needed to give his whole life in dedication. And so the ministry not only was changing the lives of the homeless here but it was changing Graham’s life as well. To date, Mobile Loaves & Fishes has served over 4 million meals. Graham has not stopped here, he’s gone on to found Community First!, a 27-acre master planned community that provides affordable, permanent housing and a supportive community for the disabled, chronically homeless in Central Texas.
The short film has gone on to win several awards. You can watch Graham’s journey free on Vimeo.
Our coverage of the film festival and some of the amazing films we encountered will continue throughout the week. If you’d like to support TAFF by volunteering or donating, you can do so here: http://atticfilmfest.org/