Festival Schedule

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*Note: While these independent films are not rated by the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), most would fall within the PG-13 range. Films that may fall outside the PG-13 range will be noted with an asterisk. Last updated Friday, April 28.


 

Friday, May 12, 2017

Longleaf Classroom, SECU Education Center, Level R

2 to 3 p.m. AV Geeks: From the Dumpster to Your Film in Three EZ Steps!, with Skip Elsheimer
This workshop is free, but registration is required; space is limited.

Daniels Auditorium, Lobby Level
Seating is Limited; Maximum Occupancy: 300 seats

Film Block A
3 to 5 p.m.
Margaret Byrne: Raising Bertie (documentary feature, 102 minutes)
This intimate portrait follows three young African American men for six-years, as they come of age in rural Bertie County.
Film Block B
5 to 7:30 p.m.
Glenn Pack: no name Maddox (narrative short, 26 minutes)
A young priest tries to help a 14-year-old Charles Manson.
Azure Allen, high school filmmaker: From Dogs to Wolves (narrative short, 10 minutes)
A young man—struggling with the space between the domestic magic of childhood and the sometimes unbearable wilderness of adulthood—loses his way and finds himself homeless on the streets of San Francisco.
Simon Panay: Nobody Dies Here (documentary short, 23 minutes)
A gold mine near Perma, Benin, West Africa: Some dream to find something; others realize there is nothing to be found. Some dig relentlessly, hoping to become rich; others die in the process. And a few of them say that here, nobody dies.
Justin Reich: Jack the Radio: “My Way” (narrative short/music video, 5 minutes)
This music video / theatrical short is part Bonnie and Clyde and part Road House, complete with hitchhiking, robbery, debauchery, and bar brawls. It features the music of Triangle rock group Jack the Radio.
Leon Guanzon: Home Is Where the Farm Is (documentary short, 4 minutes)
Cleo Hicks has transformed his suburban yard into a productive farm.
Clayton Witmer: That Kinda Night (narrative short, 19 minutes)
Kev always thought there was only one girl for him and, after an alien invasion destroys the city, he begins to realize how right he was.
Chris Zaluski and Sam Smartt: Shipping Home (documentary short, 23 minutes)
The construction of Asheville’s first shipping-container residence took a year.
Shaun Swift: Chester (narrative short, 15 minutes)
When a furry guy named Chester offers comfort to a lonely girl, he either makes the worst move of his life—or the best one.
Wilfried Méance: Unleavened Bread (narrative short, 9 minutes)
Vanessa is in love with Rémi. Rémi is in love with Vanessa. Only one damper: his bread won’t rise . . .

Demonstration Gallery and Atrium, Lobby Level

7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Private Reception for Invited Filmmakers
Filmmakers: register here by May 1.
Film, Fun, and Community! Meet others in the industry and chat one-on-one.

Saturday, May 13

Demonstration Gallery, Lobby Level

10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Directing for the Actor/Acting for the Director, with Estes Tarver
This workshop is free, but registration is required; space is limited.

Daniels Auditorium, Lobby Level
Seating is Limited; Maximum Occupancy: 300 seats

Film Block A
11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Jason Honeycutt: Supermom (narrative short, 15 minutes)
A daughter thinks her mom is a real-life superhero—and she might be right!
Rob Phillips and Jay Korreck: Teacher of the Year (documentary feature, 90 minutes)
What happens when a real teacher tries to become a Hollywood hero?

Dogwood Classroom, SECU Education Center, Level R
Seating is Limited; Maximum Occupancy: 35 seats

Film Block A
11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Steve Kahn: The Opera Singer (narrative short, 3 minutes)
A woman is haunted by unfulfilled dreams.
Zoë Miller, high school filmmaker: For Rose (narrative short, 4 minutes)
1960s housewife and writer Joan Fields leaves her family in North Carolina to pursue a dream of being published.
Brendan Malone: Foodie (narrative short, 4 minutes)
A hungry con man succeeds, then needs to find a new venture to sink his teeth into.
Ray Petrolino and Robert Hundley: Cart Blanche (narrative short, 8 minutes)
A series of food market shopping events . . .
Yaser Talebi: The Descendants (narrative feature, 81 minutes)
Jacob’s family worries about Farrokh, who left Iran to continue his studies—he has not been in touch with them for a long time . . .

Longleaf Classroom, SECU Education Center, Level R
Seating is Limited; Maximum Occupancy: 100 seats

Film Block A
11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
David Over: The In Between (narrative short, 11 minutes)
After the death of his best friend and secret crush, teenager Alex mysteriously reunites with her for one more day together in a dreamlike “in between.”
Kevin Stocklin: The Harrow (narrative feature, 93 minutes)
Miller lives alone in an abandoned Alabama slaughterhouse. His memory and sanity are shattered and his only company is the spirit of his lover, who was murdered a decade ago.

Demonstration Gallery, Lobby Level

1 to 2 p.m. Lunch-n-Learn Panel: Getting to Distribution, with featured guests Thomas Varnum and Ted Roach
This workshop is free, but registration is required; space is limited. Boxed lunches require advance payment.

Daniels Auditorium, Lobby Level
Seating is Limited; Maximum Occupancy: 300 seats

Film Block B
1 to 3 p.m.
Fernando Medina: Parchment Wings (narrative short, 14 minutes)
This journey into a fairy tale brings comfort to an unlikely pair in the wake of a tragedy.
Dylan Powers: Unravel (narrative short, 5 minutes)
As one conflict ends, a new one begins. A man must find a way to cope after a life-changing experience.
Casey Toth: If I Didn’t Make It (documentary short, 12 minutes)
Dave Artigues faces financial and emotional uncertainty each day as he unravels his 15-year tenure as the owner of a small goat farm near Rougemont.
Sean Rooney: Gertie Gunther Knits A Stitch (narrative short, 15 minutes)
Gertie attempts to rekindle her love for avid racing-fan husband Vernon by entering a local knitting competition.
Christopher Matthews, high school filmmaker: The Boyd Estate (narrative short, 9 minutes)
A man hires a young boy to switch his dying brother’s will.
Chad Knuth: As Large As Alone (narrative short, 13 minutes)
With his older sister, May, trapped in a coma and their parents caught at an impasse concerning her fate, Noah must act as the bridge between their two worlds to make his sister’s final wishes heard.
Katie Damien: Ghost Image (narrative short, 7 minutes)
When a ghostly apparition shows up in a photographer’s work, she has to eliminate all cameras from her life—or risk losing it to the thing that haunts her.
Nic Beery: My Dumb Face (narrative short, 24 minutes)
It’s the crappiest night of Aly’s life. She’s 30 years old, her life lacks direction, and she’s been all but abandoned by her mother—for a psychotic stepfather who has left her stranded at a rural roadside bar.
Catherine Salisbury: Le Soi (narrative short, 4 minutes)
A single ballerina struggles with the inner conflict of self-doubt and personal growth.

Dogwood Classroom, SECU Education Center, Level R
Seating is Limited; Maximum Occupancy: 35 seats

Film Block B
1 to 3 p.m.
Kimberly K. Best: Every Egg Has a Story (documentary short, 10 minutes)
With their vivid colors and wide array of symbols, pysanky (decorated eggs) may impart magic, assist in healing, and even—according to some legends—have the power to save the world from evil.
Roshan Patel: Red Wolf Revival (documentary short, 24 minutes)
The last remaining wild population of red wolves is located in eastern North Carolina and faces cultural, economic, and biological challenges even there.
Scott Mason: Tar, Pitch, and Turpentine (documentary short, 9 minutes)
The tar, pitch, and turpentine industry in rural North Carolina was big business in the 19th century. This brief historical and educational look examines some of its impacts.
Michael Raab: Relish Our Dogs (documentary short, 5 minutes)
Andy Griffith, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Ben Affleck, Buddy Hackett, World War II, a secret recipe, and a Coast Guard plane in the parking lot. Not your average hotdog stand!
Joey Dwyer and Timmy Dwyer: Running On Empty (documentary feature, 55 minutes)
After a grueling year on the road, a frustrated young veteran completes his 3,600-mile run from Oceanside, California, to Portland, Maine—with a greater understanding of his country and himself.

Longleaf Classroom, SECU Education Center, Level R
Seating is Limited; Maximum Occupancy: 100 seats

Film Block B
1 to 3 p.m.
Andrew Brewster, high school filmmaker: After Yesterday (narrative short, 14 minutes)
Harris Tray is struggling to connect with his granddaughter amidst loss and early signs of dementia.
Jim McQuaid: Memory of a Kiss (narrative short, 10 minutes)
Where does love begin? Where does love end? A father’s dementia casts a shadow over a mother’s memories and a son’s future.
Wren Culp: Broken (narrative short, 17 minutes)
A young soldier returns home from the Civil War carrying a terrible secret that threatens to estrange the only family he has left: his mother.
Vlad Akesenova: Millennium: Eternal Sunrise (narrative short, 11 minutes)
In the fantasy world of Charani, an ancient legend may help to resurrect the beloved mother an 11-year-old girl recently lost.
Chris Mathews: Echoes of a Note (narrative short, 7 minutes)
A former child prodigy battles crippling limitations to developing and sharing her talent while her younger brother begins to develop his own skills.
Xiao Xiao: Cheers for Mushrooms (documentary short, 9 minutes)
For chef Dennis Wiggins, mushrooms are more than an ingredient for a recipe. He’s been collecting wild mushrooms for over 30 years and believes they can save the world.
Morgana McKenzie: Atlas World (narrative short/music video, 7 minutes)
A malignant spirit forces a girl into a perilous journey through a watery underworld; this is an authorized music video for “Atlas World” (Solomun Day Remix) by Liu Bei.
*Konrad Arnold: Team Phil (narrative short, 3 minutes)
Freshly unemployed from his seventh job in three years, it’s going to take a lot for Phil to ace his next interview. Good thing he brought some help: Team Phil!
*R. Keith Harris: Hunger (narrative short, 12 minutes)
A loving boyfriend must overcome an evil threat from within to save the girl he loves.
*Emma Taylor: Words (narrative short, 12 minutes)
Two single New Yorker twenty-somethings find love and intimacy during a one-night-stand but struggle with the insecurities that result.

Demonstration Gallery, Lobby Level

3 to 4 p.m. So You Want to Make a Movie, with Kim Best, Andrew Martin, and Vernon Rudolph
This workshop is free, but registration is required; space is limited.

Daniels Auditorium, Lobby Level
Seating is Limited; Maximum Occupancy: 300 seats

Film Block C
3 to 5 p.m.
Monica Berra, SheRea DelSol, and Gini Richards: Soul City (documentary short, 20 minutes)
In the 1970s, a group of civil rights activists and city slickers attempted to build a multiracial utopia in the heart of Klan Country, North Carolina. This is their story . . .
Christopher Everett: Wilmington on Fire (documentary feature, 90 minutes)
Following a racially charged election in November 1898, a white mob led by some of Wilmington’s leaders burned the offices of the city’s only black-owned newspaper. That was only the beginning.

Dogwood Classroom, SECU Education Center, Level R
Seating is Limited; Maximum Occupancy: 35 seats

Film Block C
3 to 5 p.m.
*Michael Howard: Where We’re Meant to Be (narrative feature 113 minutes)
Travel in and out of the lives of vastly different people as each one’s path connects to the next during pivotal moments that lead to change.

Longleaf Classroom, SECU Education Center, Level R
Seating is Limited; Maximum Occupancy: 100 seats

Film Block C
3 to 5 p.m.
Jordan Timpy and Cassie Timpy: Face to Face with Slavery (documentary short, 31 minutes)
Follow two volunteer filmmakers as they journey around the globe to the front lines of slavery and meet survivors and activists face to face.
Mark Wampler: Radioactive Veteran (documentary short, 26 minutes)
Along with other military personnel, Donald Guy was assured he was safe as he gazed at a billowing mushroom cloud and marched through the desert toward the atomic blast.
Carol Thomson: The Rise and Fall of Liberty documentary feature, 52 minutes)
When developers in Durham demolish an iconic tobacco auction house in the name of revitalization, they not only displace a community of artists, they also threaten the soul of a community.

Daniels Auditorium, Lobby Level
Seating is Limited; Maximum Occupancy: 300 seats

Film Block D
5 to 7:30 p.m.
Jacob Diehl: Waking Season (narrative short, 4 minutes)
The instrumental song, “Waking Season,” by the band Caspian was the initial inspiration for this short film.
*Aidan West: Ellen Infinity (narrative short, 16 minutes)
A hopeless romantic tries to escape the responsibilities of an unexpected pregnancy with his ex-girlfriend by re-creating a perfect version of their past relationship.
Ryan Romkema: Taxidermy—A Lost Art? (documentary short, 6 minutes)
Take a short glimpse into the fading art of taxidermy with this visit to a Chatham County professional.
Sam Ramsey and Christopher Matthews, high school filmmakers: The Airborne Renaissance Man (documentary short, 12 minutes)
This North Carolina pilot has done everything from flying across the country in his 1941 biplane to crash-landing in the Colombian jungle while spraying herbicide on a drug cartel’s farm.
Gavin Lankford: Splash (narrative short, 5 minutes)
Adventures at bath time! Bath toys band together to save themselves after they are left behind by the boy.
Michael O’Connell: The Courthouse (documentary short, 30 minutes)
The geographic and cultural center of many towns is the courthouse, and the Chatham County Courthouse in Pittsboro is no exception. Explore how the history and rebuilding of this iconic Southern landmark relates to the community’s sense of place.
Kelly Creedon: In This World (documentary short, 15 minutes)
Courvosier “Vosiey” Cox, a 15-year-old triple threat—actor, singer, comedian—is planning the talent show he knows will launch his career to sell-out hordes of adoring fans.
*Adam Linzey: Jeff (narrative short, 17 minutes)
A British electrician working in Los Angeles thinks he sees his best friend commit a crime, then questions his sobriety.
Brian Gersten, Liv Dubendorf, and Wei Ying: Caviar Dreams (documentary short, 15 minutes)
Delve into the complex world of caviar, a tapestry of tales that will leave you knowing more than you ever thought possible about this unique delicacy.
Arianna Cadeddu, high school filmmaker: Negative Edge (narrative short, 3 minutes)
A young girl struggles to escape a coma.
Andrew Huggins: Four Pies (narrative short, 13 minutes)
When her mother dies, a woman returns home to her two sisters and grieving father.

Daniels Auditorium, Lobby Level
Seating is Limited; Maximum Occupancy: 300 seats

7:30 p.m. Awards Ceremony
Join us for presentation of awards for Longleaf 2017—16 categories, including the Judges’ Choice Winner, Made-in-NC Winner, Yonder Winner, and best student-made films.

Oak & Dagger Public House, Seaboard Station
No maximum occupancy!

8 to 10 p.m. Wrap Party!
This is a FREE public reception for friends, family members, and other supporters of filmmakers and Longleaf at Oak & Dagger Public House. Your favorite brew is on you; munchies are on Longleaf.  Donations support Longleaf 2018!  Registration is requested but not required.

 

Click here for an alphabetical list of this year’s official selections—
and links to trailers and other information!

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