Atlanta Film Society Filmmaker-In-Residence Program

The Atlanta Film Society's Filmmaker-in-Residence program is an initiative to formally support local, accomplished filmmakers with the aim of making their lives as career filmmakers more viable.

Filmmakers-in-Residence are selected from Atlanta Film Festival alumni who live in the metro-Atlanta area. The three-year residency gives access to resources, support and attention to the filmmaker. In exchange, Residents are required to make public presentation of their core work, perform educational service to the community and serve as ambassadors of the Atlanta Film Society to the public.

Are you an Atlanta-based Atlanta Film Festival alumnus interested in participating? Apply here for consideration!

2014—present

Jon Watts and Brantly Jackson Watts are a husband-and-wife team, but also distinctly talented, individual filmmakers. Jon is primarily a Director and Producer. Brantly is a Writer, Director and Producer. Together, they operate Half Pint Productions, LLC, an Atlanta-based film production company. In 2012, they premiered their highly anticipated documentary feature, "AKA Blondie," at the Atlanta Film Festival. In 2014, they launched Homespun Series, a collection of short character-driven documentary films focused on Atlanta’s underground cultural backdrop. At the 2014 ATLFF, they were announced as the Festival's inaugural Filmmakers-in-Residence.

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Micah Stansell and Whitney Stansell work in a variety of media, ranging from textiles, sculpture, painting, and drawing to single and multi-channel film and video works and installation. Inspired by both the visual and oral history of their families and the places that they have called home, their heartbreaking yet joyful work exudes a unity that is rare in any coupling, especially one that works together. Micah received an MFA in Digital Filmmaking and the Arts from Georgia State University and has received several awards for his work, most recently a 2011 Artadia Award, 2010 Working Artist Project Award from the Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia, a Special Jury Prize for Innovative Filmmaking at the 2009 Atlanta Film Festival, and a 2008 Student Academy Award Nomination for his graduate work. The Stansells' work has been reviewed in numerous publications including Art in America, Moviemaker Magazine, and The Atlanta Journal Constitution.


2015—present

Marisa "Ginger" Tontaveetong is an animator from Bangkok, Thailand based in Atlanta, Georgia. Currently finishing up her MFA in Animation at Savannah College of Art and Design-Atlanta, she is also the executive director of ASIFA-Atlanta (International Animation Society affiliated with UNESCO), SIGGRAPH S3 committee member, and co-director of Oscar long-listed animated short "Starlight." With a B.Tech in computer graphics/ multimedia and over 10+ years as web designer/developer working with companies globally such as Unilever in Singapore, she also runs a blog called www.needyanimator.com with a monthly rate of 7-10,000 views focus on soft skill resources for animators and artists including entertainment law, contracts, and film festival tips. She has also been the art director on Atlanta's Global Game Jam's 1st place team in 2014, semifinalist of Adobe Design Achievement Award for both motion media in 2015 and animation in 2014, chosen for the ADOBE ICO-D mentorship program and Variety.com's 110  students who represent the future of film, media and entertainment for 2015. Along with coordinating various children's animation workshop for ASIFA-Atlanta and the Atlanta Film Society for schools all over Atlanta, she has lead creative panels at the Atlanta Film Festival, Dragoncon and invited to speak at various colleges such as Maryland College of Institute of Technology and Bangkok University International College.  

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2016—present

Tiny, redheaded and loud, Jared Callahan tries to be kind to all people. Born into a family of storytellers, he made skateboard movies in high school before studying Media Communication & Production at Point Loma Nazarene University, where he fell in love with moviemaking. Jared crewed projects for over a decade, working on great stuff with friends. First Assistant Director on "Short Term 12" (Sundance Grand Jury Prize for Short Filmmaking 2009) and the feature "I Am Not A Hipster" (premiered at Sundance 2012), Jared then got a master’s degree and mentored teens into his thirties. Two years ago he quit his day job to pursue important stories that need to be told and manage his production company (which is making more projects than is probably healthy to be making at one time). Jared’s directorial feature debut, "Janey Makes a Play," comes out in theaters and online in June 2016. 

Molly Coffee began her journey into film working in the art department on shows like "The Walking Dead", "The Carbonaro Effect" and "Atlanta". She has always championed independent film and the local puppet community. Her first love is fabrication and the building of worlds when it comes to filmmaking as she begins her transition from identifying as a production designer to a director. Molly is the creator/director of the stop-motion film "Frowning", the puppet short film "Magic The Gathering The Musical", the pilot "Peppers Place" and is the owner of the independent production company Zombie Cat Productions.  She also records weekly podcasts with her co-conspirator Charles Thomas called Atlanta Film Chat where they focus on what Atlanta can do to make the local film community stronger.  She is also a member of the national network of women filmmakers, Film Fatales.

Babacar Ndiaye is a Chicago-born and Atlanta-based filmmaker and visual artist. His work covers many diverse platforms from documentary film to graphic novels. Babacar has worked on numerous film and television projects for clients such as TruTV, Adult Swim, and VH1, as well as music videos for clients like Def Jam and Capitol Records. His latest film, "More Than Music: Senegal," is currently screening in multiple festivals and has been featured by NPR, Kickstarter and numerous other outlets. Babacar has a B.A. in International Affairs from UGA and an M.A. in Film, Television and Digital Production from Georgia State University. 

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Marcus Rosentrater is a commercial animator, independent filmmaker and community-based film curator in Atlanta, GA. For Floyd County Productions, Marcus is employed as the animation director for FX Networks' hit show “Archer”. Independently, he has co-directed and edited feature length and short form non-fiction documentary films. His work has been screened in over 50 cities internationally, earning several awards, and has been highlighted in global publications such as Esquire, LA Times, Wired and Time. In addition to making films, Marcus also curates and exhibits rare, experimental, non-fiction and essay films through the Atlanta based year-round series, Contraband Cinema.