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The Atlanta Film Festival is a Academy qualifying festival. In 2002 at the 74th Academy Awards, Short Live Action winner THE ACCOUNTANT by Lisa Blount and Ray McKinnon qualified for its Oscar run after qualifying at the Atlanta Film Festival.
Ray McKinnon and Lisa Blount are joined by Walton Goggins to celebrate the win for "The Accountant" as best live-action short.
Reading his Oscar acceptance speech reminds me why we all do what we do:
McKinnon: I thought we were going to get a little short one. We'd like to thank the Academy for this wonderful honor in a category that still allows for a person who is just burning to make a movie, to load the camera in the back of his daddy's old truck, gather up some talented dreamers and do it. And if the stars align and the fates conspire, that person might find themselves standing right here at the Good God Almighty Academy Awards. I want to thank everybody who helped us on our film, especially my two partners here, my true friend Walton Goggins and my dear and beautiful wife Lisa Blount.
Ray, Lisa and Walton have a new feature called RANDY AND THE MOB now being released independently across the country.
The tone to his current blog, as he and the team face the challenges of unleashing a feature into the marketplace without stars, or the support of a major marketing machine, is decidedly "philosophical."
"For some reason buoyancy has returned. We, who worked so long on this one thing and then to find it not reaching heights hoped, have become philosophical. It is sound philosophy based on some perspective. It is now a terribly crowded marketplace where star-driven, art-house darlings are shoving one another aside like fat summer action pics. And yet, we’re still a-living. Humbly so. In fact, we have made three films and they all were basically the films we wanted to make. Actually films we dreamed long to make. So now if the Ginny Mule team and our Timbergrove cousin make no more in this homemade way, we would be very proud and grateful… mostly. Not to say we’re giving up the Randy ghost. Au contraire. We are moving on down the road just as we stay firm on Arkansas screens. Onto Macon, GA. Athens, GA. Charlotte. Greensboro. Virginia. Jackson, MS. And then some. A film’s life isn’t always fast and furious. It can be the long haul. A steady trickle with a digital life to follow. The film now chooses to live each day in spite of knowledge of its future demise. It revels merely in its gift of being alive. The film is following its bliss. Unburdened now. Free of the need of the tastemaker’s elegant affirmation or taking personal a critic’s grinding axe. The film now spins to spin. Twenty-four frames a second. Happy spinning. Gladly spinning. Spinning, spinning, spinning."
Randy and the Mob is now booked in the following theaters:
10/19 - Macon GA - Cox Capital Theater
10/19 – Athens GA - Cine Arthouse
10/19 – Austin Texas – Regal Arbor @ Great Hills
10/26 – Charlotte, NC – Ballantyne Village
10/26 – Greensboro - Carousel 15
11/2 – Charlottesville, VA - Virginia Film Festival
11/9 – Asheville, NC – Asheville Film Festival