The Athens Cultural Affairs Commission presents a FREE screening of the film Sadie with writer/director Megan Griffiths as part of the South Arts Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers at the Morton Theatre on Sunday, September 16, 2018 at 7:00PM. Following the screening of the film, Griffiths will participate in a discussion with the audience about her film and work moderated by local filmmaker, Andrew Shearer.

While her father is away serving in the military, 13-year-old Sadie is a soldier on the battlefield of the trailer park when she lives. With humor and humanity, this coming of age story explores Sadie’s young life, school bullying, and her mother taking an interest in a new man. By testing boundaries and fighting for the people she cares for, Sadie reckons with the realities of solving problems in a difficult, violent world. The film features Melanie Lynskey (Two and a Half Men, Togetherness), Danielle Brooks (Orange Is the New Black), Tony Hale (Arrested Development, Veep), Keith L. Williams (The Last Man on Earth), John Gallagher, Jr. (The Newsroom), and Sophia Mitri Schloss as the titular Sadie.
“We’ve spent a lot of time as a culture trying to reckon with the effects of the intense exposure to violence faced by soldiers,” explained Griffiths, “but what about the effects of similar exposure on those at home? How does this steady diet of violence – from the real-world carnage of war, mass shootings and police brutality, to the fictional, cartoonish bloodshed filling our screens – impact those coming of age in this era?”
As a filmmaker and director, Griffith’s work has received multiple awards including the SXSW Emergent Narrative Director Award, Audience Award for Narrative Feature, and a Special Jury Prize for Eden in 2012. Her film Lucky Them starring Toni Collette, Thomas Haden Church, and Johnny Depp premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival and was distributed by IFC Films. Recently, she directed multiple episodes of HBO’s new series Room 104.
“Most stories about disaffected, violent youth focus on boys,” continued Griffiths. “Stories about war are almost exclusively a male domain. But no one is immune to the imagery with which we are bombarded every day in this society. Young girls are equally at risk of being desensitized and damaged by this constant exposure.”

The Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers is a program of South Arts. Southern Circuit screenings are funded in part by a grant from South Arts in partnership with the National Endowment of the Arts. South Arts, founded in 1975, is a nonprofit regional arts organization advancing Southern vitality through the arts. Their work responds to the arts environment and cultural trends with a regional perspective, through an annual portfolio of activities designed to address the role of the arts in impacting the issues important to our region, and linking the South with the nation and the world through the arts.

Andrew Shearer is an award-winning film journalist, podcast host and underground filmmaker.

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