Charlize Theron in “Tully.”

The 42nd Atlanta Film Festival opens April 13 with two weeks worth of major and independent releases and special events.

The festival opens on April 13 with “Blindspotting,” the feature film debut from director Carlos López Estrada starring “Hamilton” actor and Tony Award winner Daveed Diggs, at the Plaza Theatre. Diggs will attend the screening and receive an ATLFF Innovator Award.

More big screenings will take place throughout the 10-day festival including “Tully” (starring Charlize Theron, Mackenzie Davis, Mark Duplass and Ron Livingston), “Leave No Trace” (starring Ben Foster and Thomasin Harcourt McKenzie ) and “Won’t You Be My Neighbor,” a feature-length documentary profiling beloved children’s educator Fred Rogers.

Academy Award-nominated director Jason Reitman (“Juno,” “Up in the Air”) will be on hand to introduce “Tully” on April 15 and participate in a post-film Q&A.

Rafael Casal and Daveed Diggs in “Blindspotting.”

The closing night film will be “Eighth Grade” from first-time director Bo Burnham, who will attend the screening on April 21. The film chronicles the life of a 13-year-old girl and her “disastrous” final year of middle school.

This year, ATLFF received a record-breaking 7,600-plus feature length and short film submissions, and more than 150 were selected for screenings this year.

ATLFF is also launching a new initiative to honor originators, innovators and rebels in the film industry, a symbolic gesture in the spirit of key figures who have helped shape Atlanta’s story.

For tickets and a complete lineup of films, visit

Collin Kelley

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.