Past Atlanta Event: VOL 20

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VOL 20

October 04, 2013
@ Manuel's Tavern

Atlanta's next PechaKucha Night takes us to Poncey-Highland, where one of the city's oldest, most beloved bars -- MANUEL'S TAVERN -- has agreed to host us on FRIDAY, 10/4!  This means *more seating* and lots of yummy food options!  (Cheese sticks, anyone?)

We're still looking for the following contributors:

-PRESENTERS! Have a story, idea, dream, or creative endeavor you want to share with the community? Get in touch with us!

-PHOTOGRAPHER! We're looking for a friendly photographer to shoot the next event! Must have gear that can handle very low light conditions. Preferably no flashes!

-DJ! We need a DJ to handle all of our sound needs: recording, music, presentations...

To contribute for any of the above opportunities, e-mail us here:


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Dear Bench Diary,

@ VOL 20 ON OCT 04, 2013

Dessa Lohrey placed diaries all over Atlanta to see what people would write in them. In this presentation she shares some of the things that were written. The entries from children are particularly amusing.

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From Billboards to Changed Lives

@ VOL 20 ON OCT 04, 2013

Many of the refugees fleeing from their countries to America have been sent to Clarksville, Georgia. Speaking no English, they have a difficult time finding work. Jeff Shinabarger created jobs for them out of what other people thought of as just trash - old billboards. They turn these billboards into things like wallets, bags, and pillows.

"Presentation of the Day" on May 26, 2014.

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Chasing The American Dream

@ VOL 20 ON OCT 04, 2013

Jen Soong traveled around the world to various developing countires, learned about the hardships they faced, and discovered that Atlanta has the fourth largest refugee resettlement community in the United States. She had an idea on how to help them. She presented her idea at an idea contest called Plywood Presents, and won. She then hired 4 seamstresses and they began making and selling new products. They give back to the community with every sale.

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The Hijacked American Dream

@ VOL 20 ON OCT 04, 2013

The American Dream is not what it used to be. It has been hijacked. Joel Larsgaard talks about the three keys to taking it back. They are:

  • Get rid of the things you don't use
  • Make your future purchases thoughtfully
  • Use a hotel room as a model for your life

The best things in life are experiences. Consume less and make better choices.

"Presentation of the Day" on December 17, 2013.

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Unfamous Pirates

@ VOL 20 ON OCT 04, 2013

Karla Davis and James Abercrombie have a daughter who loves books and pirates. So they did the only logical thing, they made a book about pirates. In this presentation they talk about how they got their inspiration for the content of the book and then share a few of the poems they made for it.

"Presentation of the Day" on January 29, 2014.

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Kevin Byrd's Failures

@ VOL 20 ON OCT 04, 2013

"Everything I do does not lead to success but that's okay."

In Kevin Byrd's Failures at PechaKucha Night Atlanta Vol. 20Kevin Byrd, shows us some of his ideas that did not work out. One was a photo-sticker art project, another was a new T-shirt design. He also tried his luck as a DJ and a dancer. Watch to see what happened with these and more.

This was "Presentation of the Day" on July 14th, 2017. 

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A Crash Course in Independent Filmmaking

@ VOL 20 ON OCT 04, 2013

Kristin Wright teaches us how to be an independent filmmaker. She talks about how to write stories, the challenges of film direction, and what's involved in production. Kristin touches on the good and bad points of being an independent filmmaker and gives us some tips on how to make the most of your work.

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100 Years of an Indian Family

@ VOL 20 ON OCT 04, 2013

Shyam Sriram gives a detailed description of his family tree. He also talks about some of the unique cultural traditions found in his family.

Joel Larsgaard
Radio Producer, Cox Media Group in Atlanta
Kevin Byrd
Art & Design in Atlanta
Jeff Shinabarger
Founder, Plywood People in Atlanta
Kendrick Anderson
Furniture Maker in Atlanta
Dessa Lohrey
Creator of Bench Diary in Atlanta
Shyam Sriram
Community Educator in Pine Lake
Aisha Bowden
Director of AMPlify , Atlanta Music Project in Atlanta
James Abercrombie
Designer/Illustrator in Atlanta, GA
Karla Davis
Film & Video in Atlanta, GA
Kristin Wright
Independent Filmmaker in Atlanta
Jen Soong
Founder, SOMA Goods in Atlanta
Jeremy Aggers
Singer/Songwriter in Atlanta