Atlanta Film Festival launches this spring

Special Photo Curt (Chris Hemsworth), Holden (Jesse Williams), Jules (Anna Hutchison), Marty (Fran Kranz) and Dana (Kristen Connolly) are seen in a scene from "THE CABIN IN THE WOODS."

Special Photo Curt (Chris Hemsworth), Holden (Jesse Williams), Jules (Anna Hutchison), Marty (Fran Kranz) and Dana (Kristen Connolly) are seen in a scene from "THE CABIN IN THE WOODS."

ATLANTA -- Atlanta Film Festival 365 has announced a selection of films for the 2012 Atlanta film Festival. This year's festival will have more movies with Georgia ties than any previous Atlanta Film Festival lineup.

"We are excited to announce this year's lineup. With over 50 films that have Georgia connections, this year's festival truly is a tribute to the talent from our state," said Atlanta Film Festival Board President Walker Anderson. "We are also happy to be highlighting venues across this city and to bring the festival to many different neighborhoods and communities. We are grateful to the film-lovers and arts supporters who turn out annually for the festival and are thrilled by the selections we have to offer them this year."

Among this year's films is "John Portman: A Life of Building," a documentary about influential architect and Georgia Tech alum John Portman. Portman helped shape the skyline not only of Atlanta but of 60 cities around the world.

"Hurry Up and Wait" is slated for this year's festival and is a musical documentary about Atlanta-based band Gringo Star.

Additional films with Georgia ties in this year's festival include "That's What She Said," a narrative starring Anne Heche ("Men in Trees") and directed by Macon native Carrie Preston ("True Blood") and "V/H/S," a found-footage horror film which recently played at the Sundance Film Festival. A portion of "V/H/S" was also filmed in Georgia.

The Atlanta Film Festival will open with the feature film "L!fe Happens," a film by director Kat Coiro. "L!fe Happens" is a comedy about three Los Angelenos and what happens when a one-night-stands results in an unexpected pregnancy, Co-writer Krysten Ritter ("Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23," "She's Out of My League") stars in the film, along with Kate Bosworth and Rachel Bilson. Director Kat Coiro and Ritter will be in attendance on opening night.

The Atlanta Film Festival's closing night will take place on March 31 and will feature "The Cabin in the Woods," the highly anticipated horror film starring Chris Hemsworth ("Thor") and Kristen Connolly ("The Happening," "Revolutionary Road").

The final day of the festival, April 1, will be dedicated to encore presentations of fan favorites and critics' choices.

The Atlanta Film Festival has a long tradition of showcasing local, national and international films to Atlanta. Now in its 36th year, the Atlanta Film Festival will continue to bring the best in moviemaking to Georgia.

The 36thannual Atlanta Film Festival runs Friday to April 1 at Landmark Midtown Art Cinema, the Plaza Theatre, The Strand Theatre, The Goat Farm and The Rialto. ATLFF invites Atlantans and cinephiles from around the Southeast to enjoy an eclectic mix of film including narratives, documentaries, shorts and international films.For more information and to purchase tickets, please visitwww.AtlantaFilmFestival.com.