Helmed by the not-for-profit Urban Mediamakers Association, the three-day Urban Mediamakers Film Festival showcases independent features, shorts, documentaries, cartoons, and music videos from a wide swath of burgeoning artists. In addition to having their creations screened and judged, novice filmmakers can learn the ins and outs of modern media by participating in in-depth discussions and presentations led by guest speakers who have found success in the industry. Past presentations and workshops have covered topics such as turning independent books into films, building a brand through social media, and developing a compelling story that can invoke thought and positive change. Beyond the premiers and presentations, the film festival also hosts an awards party and Videopalooza, a showcase for youth films.
Self-defense classes for kids and adults are the focus for this martial arts academy, in both group and private settings. During HapKiDo classes—a derivative of classic karate—black-belt instructors Maurice Murphy and R.J. LoPresti lead children through combat techniques that are designed to boost confidence, improve focus, and avoid the high price of bodyguards. Adult training also incorporates meditation and philosophy. The staff offers up nutrition tips throughout class, and are available for one-on-one consultations.
Yang's Table Tennis Club aims to give players of all skill levels a place to improve their game, whether they are looking to get a fun workout or pursue a spot on the U.S. Olympic Team. To that end, they offer private and group lessons as well as memberships, which get players access to open play six days a week, tips from a professional coach, free league play, and discounts on lessons. The space offers 17 professional tables as well as a 2008 Bejing Olympic rubber floor mat.
Fitness Together is all about synergy. Specialized in one-on-one training, the center’s certified trainers design fitness programs that unite strength training, cardio routines, and nutrition plans that work together to catalyze weight loss. The plans’ strength-training component, dubbed Aspire 8, fuses resistance training and cross training to build solid core muscles without ever having to tear a phonebook in half. During Cardio Together regimens, the trainers get patrons’ heart rates pumping with a mix of aerobic workouts. Finally, the education-oriented Nutrition Together programs teach patrons how to make more healthy food choices, leading to a lifetime of nutritious eating habits.
Starting at age four, future engineers are made at Youth Technology Learning Center. Or at least that's the starting age for its engineering-themed classes. Kids Early Simple Machines class teaches four-, five-, and six-year-olds the basics of building using Legos, which is what all interns at architectual firms design with anyway. For slightly older engineers, robotics classes and basic engineering keeps their brains engaged. And for slightly older crowds, technology takes center stage at classes about fashion and character illustration or movie and video game creation.
A floating floor cushions heels at Daza Dance Ballroom Academy while overhead bulbs that shine like stars illuminate a flurry of foot tapping and twirling. Inside the spacious Buckhead studio, students set to work mastering the cha-cha in group classes, dipping a partner in private sessions, or choreographing a memorable first wedding dance. Professional instructors oversee lessons and participate in dance parties, which, unlike solitary-confinement cells, foster a social atmosphere to practice new moves.