Super Bowls come and go, but the people who live in the neighborhoods surrounding these massive new stadiums are always there. The Home Team takes a deep look at something more important than football. This gritty southern portrait exposes the glaring inequality highlighted by the NFL’s lavish stadiums. Atlanta’s Mercedes-Benz complex sucked up hundreds of milions in public dollars, but sits right next to a declining African American neighborhood, Atlanta’s historic Vine City. With careful and crafty camerawork and a subtle sense of observation, this intimate doc tells the story of the resident’s themselves.
Camille Pendley is the director of The Home Team, a story that grew out of her reporting on English Avenue and Vine City. As a journalist, Camille’s work has been published in the Washington Post, the Guardian, VICE, Atlanta magazine, Creative Loafing, the Bitter Southerner, and the New York Times.
Laura Asherman is an award-winning filmmaker and founder of Forage Films. Exploring resilience and identity, Asherman creates character-driven stories that spark positive social change. Her short “Power Lines” is in the Ponyhawk shorts block at this year’s festival.
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