Georgia's film industry continues to boom with major motion pictures like the Hunger Games sequels, Anchorman 2, the Fast & Furious franchise and all things Tyler Perry.
These mega productions have in many ways overshadowed the burgeoning and blossoming indie film scene.
Film and television productions have made a staggering $3.3 billion dollar economic impact for the fiscal year 2013 according to the Georgia Film, Music and Digital Entertainment Office. Television series such as Being Mary Jane, Drop Dead Diva (6th season), The Game (7th season), Single Ladies (3rd season), Walking Dead (5th Season), The Rickey Smiley Show (3rd season) and Vampire Diaries (5 seasons) have all played an integral part in the bottom line for the impact on Georgia’s economy, but not by themselves.
Indie productions have not only contributed to this bottom line but have also provided a steady resource of workers for production crews along with actors and actresses for film and television production in the Peach State.
Over the next few months I will highlight the talent pool that continues to thrive beneath the Hollywood radar here in Georgia.
One such contributor to the indie scene is Director Will Feagins, Jr., who has been quietly amassing a steady arsenal of visuals ranging from music videos, over 48 in the last few years, and a number of mini documentaries including Change In The Game, which takes a candid look at the evolving landscape of hip hop as seen through the eyes of artists in Atlanta's underground hip hop scene.
You can watch the full film below.
There was also the award-winning short film Underexposed which highlights the often overlooked hip hop scene in Atlanta. View the 15-minute short film below as well.
The most recent mini doc of Will Feagins, Jr. is called Heaven Can Wait. This film moves him out of the underground hip hop world, and into the art arena with a beautifully shot doc exploring the meaning and motivation of three of Atlanta's visual artists (Goldi Gold, Craig Flux Singleton and Kevin Mistersoul Harp) who come together to collaborate and create a mural full of love, as an ode to the young men of Chicago and across the world who die so young. Heaven Can Wait is as much a work of art as it is a beautiful expression of brotherhood and artistic spiritual collaboration. Told in their own voices, Heaven Can Wait is both a testament to solid docu-making and an opening into the art world for the common person. The documentary is also below.
First, watch Change In The Game in full: