Festival Schedule

 


Festival tickets do not guarantee seating in any particular venue or for any particular film block or film;
ALL seating is on a first-available basis.
*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 Monday, April 22.

 

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Friday, May 10, 2019

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

Film Block A
4:15 to 6:15 p.m.
Cara Hagan: Sound and Sole (Documentary Short, 7 minutes)
Born and raised in the Appalachian Mountains, Arthur Grimes is the only professionally working, African American buck dancer in Boone. In this short film, he recounts some of his dance journey, from eager youth to professional master, and offers a glimpse into his performance experience while demonstrating his deep love for Appalachian music, dance, and history.
John Whitehead: Don’t Get Trouble in Your Mind (Documentary Feature, 83 minutes)
Follow the journey of three African American singers from the hip-hop generation who found a mentor in an 87-year-old fiddler, embraced and revived a nearly lost Black string-band tradition, and took music to new heights, winning a Grammy in 2010.
Darryl Jones: All of This!!! (Narrative Short, 15 minutes)
A group of artists faces rejection and failure in the moments before a natural disaster in Oakland, California. North Carolina premiere

 

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Demonstration Gallery and Atrium, Lobby Level

6:15 to 8:15 p.m. Reception for Filmmakers and Friends—yes, all friends—with entertainment provided by the North Carolina Film Orchestra, appetizers, and drinks!
Advance registration and purchase of tickets are strongly suggested; only a limited number of tickets will be available at the door.

 

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Bicentennial Plaza, Outside Front Entrance
Some seating provided; or, bring your own!

Movies-N-Moonlight, Film Block B
8:30 to 10 p.m.
Johnnie Semerad: Temptation of Saint Francis (Animation, 6 minutes)
Two ill-matched garden statues fall in love in this animated exploration of the battle between spiritual enlightenment and physical desires. (This might be what happens in your garden when you’re not looking!)
In case of inclement weather, Movies-N-Moonlight films, Film Block B, will be screened in Daniels Auditorium. Jay Capers: Blue and Gold Marching Machine (Documentary Short, 18 minutes)
Follow along, from band camp to the “Greatest Homecoming on Earth,” as 200 musicians and dancers celebrate the 100th year of North Carolina A&T State University’s marching band. World premiere
Evan Kidd: “Stir Fry with Orange Sauce,” by Jackson Honeycutt (Music Video, 4 minutes)
We had several ideas for this music video, so we made them all.
Edith Snow: Cheat-Proof (Narrative Short, 19 minutes)
A man and woman try to stave off an affair by confessing their deepest, darkest secrets.
Bill Notarnicola, Ellen Sabin: The Neighborhood Tappers (Documentary Short, 5 minutes)
A tap dance group meets weekly in the Five Points neighborhood of Raleigh. World premiere
Morgana McKenzie: Wild (Indomptable) (Narrative Short, 17 minutes)
Something is living in the corn field. Young Ida doesn’t know what it is, but it seems to understand her better than anyone else on her uncle’s farm. North Carolina premiere
Griffin Hart Davis: Fall of the Matador (Narrative Short, 10 minutes)
A young matador struggles with his craft as bullfighting threatens not only his life but his emotional and spiritual existence. World premiere

 

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Saturday, May 11


Demonstration Gallery, Lobby Level

11 a.m. For Filmmakers and Film Fans: Wide-Angle Lens, a panel discussion on diversity and opportunity in filmmaking, with Chris Everett, Aby Rao, Charlene Regester, and Monique Velasquez; moderated by Lana Garland
This workshop is free, but registration is required; space is limited.

 

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

Film Block A
11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
*Kateryna Czartorysky: Voyager PEN-15 (Narrative Short, 18 minutes)
This underdog story features Alex, a young space station janitor who longs to become an astronaut, and his pessimistic custodial partner—an odd couple whose shear dumb luck has landed them aboard the Voyager PEN-15, a ship that has accidentally launched into space. Or so they think.
Stuart Parks II: love, intergalactic (Narrative Short, 7 minutes)
Produced as part of the 2018 Hampton Roads 48 Hour Film Project, this short follows a popular intergalactic match-making show—as it checks up on a previous season’s winning couple.
*Chris and Lowe McKee: Donny and Clive (Narrative Short, 13 minutes)
Two dim-witted criminals decide to rob a house.
Daniel Smith: Renaldo (Narrative Short, 21 minutes)
A plucky camp director named Renaldo has big plans: to build a climbing tower in an attempt to impress his father. One thing stands in his way: at night he lurks around the camp dressed as the cryptic Deer Man, a local legend in the area.
Bryan Reklis: Split Ends (Narrative Short, 15 minutes)
Lilah tries to get rid of any sign of her ex-girlfriend after their sudden breakup. Unfortunately, she can’t get untangled.
Michelle DeGrace: Curls (Narrative Short, 12 minutes)
A young mixed-race girl comes to find and accept herself by reconnecting with her late mother through Irish dance.
N. C. Jones: Merit Badges (Narrative Short, 6 minutes)
A misfit band of girl scouts faces off with a hardened criminal while trying to hustle enough cookies to get to their national jamboree. World premiere
Estes Tarver: The Big Question (Narrative Short, 15 minutes)
This coming-of-age comedy follows the journey of Emma, a sixth grader, as she embarks on a mission to understand the greatest mystery of life: the “birds and the bees.”

 

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

Film Block A
11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Joanne Hock: Martin Hill: Camera Man (Documentary Short, 33 minutes)
Hill is an unlikely curator of iconic Hollywood film cameras and production equipment that he stores in a leaking, dilapidated, former bowling alley located in his backyard, near Midland (Cabarrus County). Hock’s film is a 10-year journey that tells a story of passion and preservation, obsession, and compulsion, sacrifice and disappointment, and unmet expectations.
Andrew Huggins: Soul Bones (Narrative Short, 11 minutes)
A man in the Deep South must confront his prejudices when a young boy moves into the neighborhood and tries to befriend him. World premiere
Yaser Talebi: Beloved (Documentary Feature, 63 minutes)
Life as a herder is hard and solitary, but 82-year-old Iranian Firouzeh loves her hard life, the changing seasons, and her faithful cows. This striking portrait captures one of the last female herders still working in the traditional way—an indomitable woman who ultimately chooses independence.

 

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

Film Block A
11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Tom White: A Cure for Loneliness (Narrative Short, 11 minutes)
Technology has connected us more than ever before; yet, many of us struggle to have meaningful human interactions. Only behind closed doors do we admit to therapists and doctors the truths about our social anxieties and loneliness. North Carolina premiere
Eric Gordon: When All That’s Left Is Love (Documentary Feature, 78 minutes)
With unprecedented behind-the-scenes access, this film tells the emotionally gripping story of a wife’s determination to care for her Alzheimer’s-stricken husband in their home. Along the film’s journey, we see the toll on families coping with Alzheimer’s, as well as the power of love that sustains both patients and caregivers. North Carolina premiere
Jim McQuaid: Katie’s Dog (Narrative Short, 17 minutes)
After their daughter Katie dies in an accident on the eve of her wedding, her parents plunge into depression, and Katie’s grief-stricken fiance assumes care of her dog. Now, two years later, he’s moving and cannot take the dog with him.

 

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

Film Block B
1 to 3 p.m.
Kimberly K. Best: Stepping Out (Documentary Short, 7 minutes)
Where is that cat of yours going? The Cat Tracker Project uses citizen scientists to track the whereabouts of their outdoor cats.
Alan Young: The Taxi Drivers (Los Taxistas) (Documentary Short, 16 minutes)
Ride along with four Mexican taxi drivers and learn their intimate, often poignant, thoughts about their lives and profession. World premiere
Pilar R. Timpane, Christine Delp : Santuario (Documentary Short, 26 minutes)
Juana Luz Tobar Ortega immigrated to the United States over 25 years ago as an asylum seeker from Guatemala, but in 2017 she was told she had 30 days to leave the country or be deported. Refusing to leave her family and home, Juana took sanctuary at an unfamiliar church in Greensboro. By May 2019, Juana will have been in sanctuary for two years.
Georg Koszulinski: Juskatla (Documentary Short, 14 minutes)
From industrial loggers, who harvest trees from ancient forests, to Sphenia Jones, a Haida matriarch who bears an intimate knowledge of her people and the ancestral territories of the Haida Nation, Juskatla weaves together the perspectives and divergent ways found on the islands of Haida Gwaii, an archipelago on Canada’s northwest coast. North Carolina premiere
Michael O’Connell: The Hammocks (Documentary Short, 26 minutes)
While an early generation of climbers was summiting Everest and enjoying Yosemite’s spectacular beauty in the 1950s, Africans Americans couldn’t gain access to beaches in America. The Hammocks tells the story of a defiant friendship between Dr. Williams Sharpe and African American outdoorsman John Hurst. The friendship itself was an act of resistance and the subsequent story of a coastal Barrier Island’s journey to its place as a pristine Jewel on North Carolina’s Coast is surely inspiring. This is a story of how African Americans asserted their rights not only to open school lunch counters and public spaces, but also recreational wild places.
Nathan Knox: No Sanctuary (Documentary Short, 17 minutes)
Through a collection of interviews, trial footage, home videos, and personal testimonies, No Sanctuary explores the lives of the “Emanuel 9″—those killed by Dylann Roof in the historic Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina, on June 17, 2015—and their families, in search of answers only those with such experiences can provide.

 

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

Film Block B
1 to 3 p.m.
Andy Brewster: A Piacere (Narrative Short, 7 minutes)
A violin student wrestles with her motivations for studying what she loves. North Carolina and regional premiere.
Dale Farmer: The Mountain Minor (Narrative Feature, 79 minutes)
Life-worn Charlie Abner struggles with leaving his present life in Ohio to return to the mountain home and musical heritage that once defined him. The film’s principal actors are traditional musicians who perform all of the music—largely, traditional Appalachian old-time and bluegrass—in the film. This is an overlooked story about the people and cultures behind the resurgence of American Roots music and artful responses to the difficult circumstances of human migration. North Carolina premiere
Grant Lafferty: No Good Deed (Narrative Short, 23 minutes)
A father and son must reconcile a fractured relationship—but during a time of ever-present danger, imposed by an unpredictable and unstable antagonist. Festival premiere

 

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

Film Block B
1 to 3 p.m.
Samuel Coppage: Cultish Behavior (Narrative Short, 14 minutes)
Hannah can’t shake the guilt of a past mistake. Joseph is lost in his religious ideals. Esther is caught in the middle. Can God save them or is all innocence lost? World premiere.
Wende Whitus: Dear Veronica (Narrative Short, 8 minutes)
A lonely man finds joy in a romantic relationship with a pen-pal, though the situation may be darker than it seems.
Katie Damien: Hope (Narrative Short, 15 minutes)
Based on a true story, Hope features a widow with mental illness who attempts suicide and survives only to find herself homeless and unable to reconnect with her son—until a chance encounter changes her life.
Joanne Hershfield: Benevolence (Documentary Feature, 68 minutes)
This is the story of five women who move onto Benevolence Farm, a working farm in Alamance County that is a transitional home for women coming out of prison. We see how the women ended up in prison, as well as the gender-specific issues women face when they get out. Public premiere.

 

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Demonstration Gallery, Lobby Level

2 to 3 p.m. For Filmmakers: Legal Insights for Filmmakers, a panel discussion on current legal issues affecting the film industry, with filmmaker Jameka Autry and legal insights from Ashley Felton, Shelia Huggins, and Mike Tadych; moderated by Beth Yerxa
This workshop is free, but registration is required; space is limited.

 

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

Film Block C
3 to 5 p.m.
Germain Choffart: “I Want to Be with You in the Darkness” (Music Video, 5 minutes)
One relationship. One love. One life. Two angles.
Nicole Triche: All Skate, Everybody Skate (Documentary Short, 19 minutes)
Near the southern tip of Topsail Island, you’ll find a typical small town post office; but, climb the stairs to the second floor and you’ll also find a roller skating rink that is more than 50 years old. And, behind the counter of both, you’ll find Miss Doris.
Rebecca Walters: Tanglefoot (Narrative Short, 7 minutes)
A young and fragile dancer attends a prestigious dance audition, prepared to do whatever it will take to achieve her long-term goal of becoming a professional choreographer.
Marc Rosenzweig: Bum Promises (Narrative Short, 30 minutes)
Deep in the Smoky Mountains, a beaten-down drifter, unsure of his own humanity, manipulates his way into the home of two grieving siblings.
Dan Gamber: D.O.G. Days of Summer (Documentary Short, 6 minutes)
Join us in the Smoky Mountains as we visit a Dutch Oven Gathering (D.O.G) with the Southeast Camper chapter. Learn why exchanging modern luxuries for cast iron makes for some fantastic cooking—and even better fellowship! World premiere
Michael Lippert: Reeves: A Home for Music (Documentary Short, 40 minutes)
Follow the people of Elkin (Surry County), a former tobacco and textile town, as they transform an abandoned 1940s movie theater into a new music venue that celebrates the area’s rich Appalachian folk and music scene in a whole new way.

 

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

Film Block C
3 to 5 p.m.
Andre Taylor: Burning Cradle of Liberty (Documentary Short, 14 minutes)
Members of the radical group MOVE were flushed from their home on May 13, 1985, when Philadelphia police dropped a bomb on their house. Of the 13 people inside, only two survived. World premiere
Bridget Fitzgerald, Dustin Foote: 32° (Documentary Short, 13 minutes)
This short documentary reveals the economic impact of climate change on the Appalachian ski industry and offers insight into what the future holds for a sport threatened by global warming.
Daniel K. Hargrove: Nothing but Love in God’s Water (Documentary Short, 25 minutes)
White Rock Baptist Church has been and continues to be home to many of Durham’s black leaders, including the key figures that once established Durham’s Black Wall Street and North Carolina Central University. Produced by the Bull City Doc Squad, a student-teacher collaborative team at NCCU, this film provides a rich understanding of the profound significance of the black church to African Africans and, more generally, American society.
Frederick Murphy: The American South as We Know It (Documentary Feature, 56 minutes)
Explore the lives and experiences of African Americans who lived through the Jim Crow era. This film depicts a time when racial tension was at its peak.

 

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

Film Block C
3 to 5 p.m.
W. Jarvis Rooker: Restitution (Narrative Short, 10 minutes)
Some people never learn from their mistakes. And for those people, there’s this old cabin in the woods . . . North Carolina premiere
*Erik Bloomquist: Long Lost (Narrative Feature, 95 minutes)
When Seth receives a mysterious letter inviting him to spend a long weekend at a secluded mansion in the country, he soon realizes the people inside the house may know him better than he knows himself.

 

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

Film Block D
5 to 7:30 p.m.
Kat Garrido: Stargazer (Middle and High School Student Film, 3 minutes)
A teacher wonders what it would be like to be an astronaut and go to the moon. East Coast premiere
Clark Ivers: Knightdale Kings (Narrative Short, 12 minutes)
Two best friends meld the imaginary and the real to battle dragons and confront the eternal challenges of childhood. World premiere
Kirk Hewitt, Takayuki Yamato: Team River Runner: Beyond Paddling (Documentary Short, 30 minutes)
A group of Raleigh veterans finds healing for their wounds in the rivers of North Carolina—and in the support of fellow veterans and volunteer whitewater paddlers who are grateful for their service.
Daniel Judson: “Pray Me Over” (Music Video, 6 minutes)
A college boy returns to his mountain home in 1960s Appalachia to claim his estranged father’s land. But he quickly learns that he’s inherited more than he bargained for when he must prove himself to his outlaw kin.
*Dylan Powers: Black Gate (Narrative Short, 13 minutes)
In an attempt to score a one night stand, a lustful teen falls victim to a pedophile with complicated intentions.
Amadio: Jegna (Narrative Short, 7 minutes)
Trapped in a terrible foster home, a young boy secretly meets up with his older brother for a day of therapeutic relief.  World premiere
Kieran Moreira: Gill (Narrative Short, 9 minutes)
When a teleportation suit malfunctions, the test pilot—a headstrong scientist—bickers with her only lifeline. Festival premiere
Brian Gersten: The Grey Zone (Documentary Short, 16 minutes)
Explore the complexities and absurdities that revolve around unresolved border conflicts by learning about the last land dispute between the US and Canada, a 20-acre island in the Gulf of Maine. The film will encourage you to reflect on our incessant preoccupation with borders.
Chuck Kleven: Frontier (Narrative Short, 16 minutes)
After two days of camping alone in the woods, a 10-year-old girl’s reality begins to blend with her favorite comic book.
Lance Johnson: Craving (Narrative Short, 11 minutes)
On the surface, Beau and Lena have a seemingly perfect relationship. But then, Beau’s disturbing craving for something more in life begins to emerge.

 

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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 2019 categories, Judges’ Choice winners, History+, and best student-made films.
8 to 10 p.m. Wrap Party!
This is a FREE-to-attend public reception for friends, family members, and other supporters of filmmakers and Longleaf in the Voodoo Room event space at The Big Easy, 222 Fayetteville Street—just a few blocks away!
Your favorite beverage is on you; munchies are on Longleaf.
Donations support Longleaf 2020.
The Wrap Party is open to all festival attendees,
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