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The Works Partners with The Hambidge Center and Film Love for Art Auction Preview Event
Public screening of Andy Warhol’s “Empire” and mask-making workshop

ATLANTA (Sept. 30, 2019) – The teams behind The Works and The Hambidge Center announced today
they have partnered with Film Love to host a public screening of Andy Warhol’s “Empire,” a silent, 8-
hour film that has captured the attention of the art world since its debut in 1964. “Empire” will be
shown at noon on Oct. 12 in a blackout room in the Makers Building at The Works, an adaptive mixed-
use community located at 1235 Chattahoochee Avenue NW in Atlanta’s Upper Westside.

Situated on 600 acres in the North Georgia mountains, the Hambige Center provides a residency
program for artists of all mediums to explore, develop and express their individual talents. The screening
comes ahead of Hambidge’s annual fundraiser, the 2019 Art Auction + Masquerade Bash, which will be
held on Oct. 26 at The Works. To prepare for the Masquerade-themed soiree, local sculptor Julia Hill will
lead a mask-making workshop, 4-6pm, in conjunction with the “Empire” screening on Oct. 12. Hill is
known for incorporating multiple genres into her work including performance, installation, puppetry,
metal fabrication, carpentry and ceramics along with drawing and painting. Her large-scale puppets have
been performed at a variety of notable venues namely The High Museum and the New Orleans Jazz and
Heritage Festival among others.

The “Empire” screening and mask-making class are free and open to the public, though registration is
required. The art auction is a ticketed event, with all proceeds benefitting Hambidge. (See links below.)

“Having this unique preview event that features one of art history's most famous and playful
provocateurs is the perfect way to set the mood for our annual auction," said Jamie Badoud, Executive
Director at Hambidge. "The team behind Hambidge's Art Auction + Masquerade Bash is excited to
explore the spirit of the season by inviting this year's guests to play with the ideas of truth and hiding
through our masquerade theme.”

Filmed in 1964, “Empire” features one continuous shot of the Empire State Building shot over the course
of six hours. The silent film, shown in black and white, is projected in slow motion, extending its running
time to between seven and eight hours. “Empire” has many entry points from the spectacular sunset in
the opening reel, to the long middle stretch where the iconic building keeps watch over 1960s
Manhattan, to the mysterious darkness of the film’s final minutes. Guests are invited to come and go as
they please or to camp out for the film’s entirety.

"I’m excited to present and project ‘Empire.’ There’s really nothing else like it. It’s an irresistible
challenge, a spectacle, intellectually rigorous, fun and totally unique,” said Andy Ditzler, founder of Film
Love. “Its full projection in 16mm will be an opportunity for many to finally see what five decades of fuss
has been about.”

This year's art auction will include a magical masquerade exploring our true selves through immersive
art experiences, one-of-a-kind performances and amazing installations. The auction features over 200 of
the best emerging and established artists from across the region, and many $100 fixed-price works of
art for budding young collectors. Hambidge is also celebrating long-time Hambidge champions, Ruth
West and Bob Wells, as its honorary auction chairs. The event will feature food by Chef Chris Hall of
LocalThree preparing a beautiful array of complimentary options for VIP ticket holders. Executive Chefs
Duane Kulers of Supremo Guey and Maricela Vega of Chicomecóatl and 8ARM will be offering food for
purchase throughout the evening.

“The Hambidge art auction and this unique preview event reflect the types of creative activations we
seek to offer at The Works,” said Malloy Peterson, Vice President of Development at Selig. “Over the
next year, this project will really take shape as its adaptive reuse design comes to life and tenants begin
to open to the public. We are developing The Works to be a place where makers, artisans and
entrepreneurs can thrive and engage with the community through interesting events and imaginative
experiences. As big supporters of local artists and art institutions like the Hambidge Center, we’re
excited to play host to this year’s art auction and continue to find ways to weave art across different
mediums throughout the development for our visitors to enjoy.”

The Works’ first phase is currently under construction, spans 27 acres and includes 485,000 square feet
of reimagined commercial space with tenants, including Scofflaw Brewing Co., Chattahoochee Food
Works, Ballard Design, Adelina Social Goods, Basik Spaces and Stellar Bodies, with more announcements
to come.

To register for the screening of “Empire” please visit:


For tickets to the mask-making workshop please visit:


For tickets to the Hambidge 2019 Art Auction + Masquerade Bash please

About The Works

The Works is an 80-acre adaptive mixed-use development in the heart of Atlanta’s Upper
Westside, located off Chattahoochee Ave. near Topgolf Midtown. The Works’ vision includes
distinctive retail and dining, imaginative experiences and inspired gathering areas in an
interconnected environment preserving the character of Atlanta’s historic industrial Upper Westside.
The multi-phased master plan comprises 350,000 square feet of retail and entertainment, 500,000
square feet of office space, 500 residences, 200 hotel rooms and 13 acres of greenspace. Phase One, 27
acres, is currently under construction and scheduled for openings in early 2020. For more information,
please follow the destination on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram or visit the website
About Hambidge:
For more than 80 years, the Hambidge Center has nurtured exceptional creative talents within the arts
and sciences at their 600-acre creative sanctuary in the north Georgia mountains. Their creative
residency program accommodates 9 residents at a time - each supplied with private accommodations,
studio space, and chef-prepared dinners - and provides the space and time needed for visionary works
to be conceived and developed. Website at:

About Film Love

Film Love provides access to great but rarely-screened films, especially important works unavailable on
consumer video. Through public screenings and events, Film Love preserves the communal viewing
experience, provides space for the discussion of film as art, explores diverse forms of projection and
viewing, and illuminates connections between the moving image and other art forms. Held in diverse
locations and venues throughout the city, each program is preceded by introductions to the films and is
followed by lively discussion. In over one hundred and fifty events since 2003, Film Love has provided a
model of moving image history and cinema-going that is both adventurous and accessible. Film Love is
curated by Andy Ditzler. Website:

About Selig Enterprises

With beginnings dating back to 1918, Selig Enterprises is a family-owned and operated real estate
company that has a portfolio of more than 11 million square feet of retail, industrial, mixed-use and
office properties throughout the Southeast. Among Selig’s most recognized projects is 12th & Midtown, a
more than 3-million-square-foot development spanning seven city blocks and featuring Class A office,
luxury hotels, premium residences and flagship retail. Selig’s portfolio boasts several large-scale mixed-
use developments including: 1105 West Peachtree, currently under construction, comprises a 31-story
Class A office tower, a Marriott Autograph hotel, 64 luxury for-sale residences all connected by a ninth?
floor Sky Plaza of green space and amenities; City Springs, a public-private partnership the City of Sandy
Springs and Carter, comprised of retail, residential, government offices and a performing arts center;
LaGrange Station is 305-acre multi-phase land development, with multiple phases under construction,
Great Wolf, a family entertainment and hotel facility that opened in 2017.

In its long history, Selig has been a leader in the creation of the Atlanta skyline in addition to being active
in civic, political, religious and educational organizations in the community. The Selig mission is to create
well-conceived, quality projects in prime locations, with a long-term commitment to ensure stability to
tenants, lenders and the community. Its leaders adhere to a Selig family motto of “you can never do
wrong by doing right.” As the company approaches its second 100 years of service, it will build upon its
proud heritage by continuing to strive for excellence. For more information, please visit


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