Official Selections

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Longleaf 2017 will screen 60 juried films to engage, enrich, and entertain you. Join us on May 12 and 13—at the Museum of History—for film, fun, and community through the following 2017 Official Selections.

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2017 Longleaf Film Festival Official Selection: After Yesterday
Andrew Brewster
After Yesterday
Harris Tray is struggling to connect with his granddaughter amidst loss and early signs of dementia.  Click here to watch a trailer.


2017 Longleaf Film Festival Official Selection: As Large As Alone
Chad Knuth
As Large As Alone
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.


2017 Longleaf Film Festival Official Selection: Atlas World
Morgana McKenzie
Atlas World
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.  Click here for stills from the film.


2017 Longleaf Film Festival Official Selection: Broken
Wren Culp
Broken
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.  Click here for a trailer.


2017 Longleaf Film Festival Official Selection: Cart Blanche
Ray Petrolino and Robert Hundley
Cart Blanche
A series of food market shopping events . . .


2017 Longleaf Film Festival Official Selection: Caviar Dreams
Brian Gersten, Liv Dubendorf, and Wei Ying
Caviar Dreams
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.  Click here for a trailer.


 

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2017 Longleaf Film Festival Official Selection: Cheers for Mushrooms
Xiao Xiao
Cheers for Mushrooms
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.


2017 Longleaf Film Festival Official Selection: Chester
Shaun Swift
Chester
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.  Click here for a trailer or click here to visit Chester on Facebook!


2017 Longleaf Film Festival Official Selection: Echoes of a Note
Chris Mathews
Echoes of a Note
A former child prodigy battles crippling limitations to developing and sharing her talent while her younger brother begins to develop his own skills.  Click here for director’s notes and information.


2017 Longleaf Film Festival Official Selection: Ellen Infinity
Aidan West
Ellen Infinity
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.  Click here to watch a trailer.


2017 Longleaf Film Festival Official Selection: Every Egg Has a StoryKimberly K. Best
Every Egg Has a Story
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.


2017 Longleaf Film Festival Official Selection: Face to Face with Slavery
Jordan Timpy and Cassie Timpy
Face to Face with Slavery
Follow two volunteer filmmakers as they journey around the globe to the front lines of slavery and meet survivors and activists face to face.  Click here to watch a trailer.


 

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2017 Longleaf Film Festival Official Selection: Foodie
Brendan Malone
Foodie
A hungry con man succeeds, then needs to find a new venture to sink his teeth into.  Click here for information about the film.


2017 Longleaf Film Festival Official Selection: For Rose
Zoë Miller
For Rose
1960s housewife and writer Joan Fields leaves her family in North Carolina to pursue a dream of being published.


2017 Longleaf Film Festival Official Selection: Four Pies
Andrew Huggins
Four Pies
When her mother dies, a woman returns home to her two sisters and grieving father.  Click here to follow development of the film on Facebook.


2017 Longleaf Film Festival Official Selection: From Dogs to Wolves
Azure Allen
From Dogs to Wolves
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.


2017 Longleaf Film Festival Official Selection: Gertie Gunther Knits a Stitch
Sean Rooney
Gertie Gunther Knits a Stitch
Gertie attempts to rekindle her love for avid racing-fan husband Vernon by entering a local knitting competition.  Click here to view some production stills from the film.


2017 Longleaf Film Festival Official Selection: Ghost Image
Katie Damien
Ghost Image
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.  Click here to hear an interview about Katie’s work.


 

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2017 Longleaf Film Festival Official Selection: Home Is Where the Farm Is
Leon Guanzon
Home Is Where the Farm Is
Cleo Hicks has transformed his suburban yard into a productive farm.  Click here to watch a trailer.


2017 Longleaf Film Festival Official Selection: Hunger
R. Keith Harris
Hunger
A loving boyfriend must overcome an evil threat from within to save the girl he loves.  Click here to learn more about the director.


2017 Longleaf Film Festival Official Selection: If I Didn't Make It
Casey Toth
If I Didn’t Make It
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.  Click here to watch a trailer.


2017 Longleaf Film Festival Official Selection: In This World
Kelly Creedon
In This World
Courvosier “Vosiey” Cox, a 15-year-old triple threat—actor, singer, comedian—is planning the talent show he knows will launch his career to sold-out hordes of adoring fans.  Click here to watch a trailer.


2017 Longleaf Film Festival Official Selection: Jack the Radio's My Way
Justin Reich
Jack the Radio: “My Way”
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.  Click here to watch an earlier video for the song.


2017 Longleaf Film Festival Official Selection: Jeff
Adam Linzey
Jeff
A British electrician working in Los Angeles thinks he sees his best friend commit a crime, then questions his sobriety.  Click here to watch a trailer.


 

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2017 Longleaf Film Festival Official Selection: Le Soi
Catherine Salisbury
Le Soi
A single ballerina struggles with the inner conflict of self-doubt and personal growth.


2017 Longleaf Film Festival Official Selection: Memory of a Kiss
Jim McQuaid
Memory of a Kiss
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.  Click here to see headshots of the cast.

 


2017 Longleaf Film Festival Official Selection: Millennium: Eternal Sunrise
Vlad Akesenova
Millennium: Eternal Sunrise
In the fantasy world of Charani, an ancient legend may help to resurrect the beloved mother an 11-year-old girl recently lost.  Click here to view a trailer.


2017 Longleaf Film Festival Official Selection: My Dumb Face
Nic Beery
My Dumb Face
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.  Click here to view a trailer or click here to follow the film on Facebook.


2017 Longleaf Film Festival Official Selection: Negative Edge
Arianna Cadeddu
Negative Edge
A young girl struggles to escape a coma.


2017 Longleaf Film Festival Official Selection: no name Maddox
Glenn Pack
no name Maddox
A young priest tries to help a 14-year-old Charles Manson.


 

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2017 Longleaf Film Festival Official Selection: Nobody Dies Here
Simon Panay
Nobody Dies Here
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.  Click here to view a trailer.


2017 Longleaf Film Festival Official Selection: Parchment Wings
Fernando Medina
Parchment Wings
This journey into a fairy tale brings comfort to an unlikely pair in the wake of a tragedy.  Click here to view a trailer.


2017 Longleaf Film Festival Official Selection: Radioactive Veteran
Mark Wampler
Radioactive Veteran
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.  Click here to view a trailer or click here for background information.


2017 Longleaf Film Festival Official Selection: Raising Bertie
Margaret Byrne
Raising Bertie
This intimate portrait follows three young African American men for six-years, as they come of age in rural Bertie County.  Click here to view a trailer.


2017 Longleaf Film Festival Official Selection: Red Wolf Revival
Roshan Patel
Red Wolf Revival
The last remaining wild population of red wolves is located in eastern North Carolina and faces cultural, economic, and biological challenges even there.  Click here to view a trailer.


Michael Raab
Relish Our Dogs

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!


 

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2017 Longleaf Film Festival Official Selection: Running On Empty
Joey Dwyer and Timmy Dwyer
Running On Empty
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.  Click here to view a trailer.


2017 Longleaf Film Festival Official Selection: Shipping Home
Chris Zaluski and Sam Smartt
Shipping Home
The construction of Asheville’s first shipping-container residence took a year.  Click here to view a trailer.


2017 Longleaf Film Festival Official Selection: Soul City
Monica Berra, SheRea DelSol, and Gini Richards
Soul City
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 . . .  Click here to view the film’s press kit.


2017 Longleaf Film Festival Official Selection: Splash
Gavin Lankford
Splash
Adventures at bath time! Bath toys band together to save themselves after they are left behind by the boy.  Click here to view other examples of Lankford’s animation talents.


2017 Longleaf Film Festival Official Selection: Supermom
Jason Honeycutt
Supermom
A daughter thinks her mom is a real-life superhero—and she might be right!  Click here to view a trailer.


2017 Longleaf Film Festival Official Selection: Tar Pitch and Turpentine
Scott Mason
Tar, Pitch, and Turpentine
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.


 

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Ryan Romkema
Taxidermy—A Lost Art?
Take a short glimpse into the fading art of taxidermy with this visit to a Chatham County professional.


2017 Longleaf Film Festival Official Selection: Teacher of the Year - A Documentary Based on a True Story
Rob Phillips and Jay Korreck
Teacher of the Year
What happens when a real teacher tries to become a Hollywood hero?  Click here to view a trailer or click here to read an interview with the teacher and filmmakers.


2017 Longleaf Film Festival Official Selection: Team Phil
Konrad Arnold
Team Phil
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!


2017 Longleaf Film Festival Official Selection: That Kinda Night
Clayton Witmer
That Kinda Night
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.  Click here to view a trailer.



Sam Ramsey and Christopher Matthews
The Airborne Renaissance Man
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.


2017 Longleaf Film Festival Official Selection: The Boyd Estate
Christopher Matthews
The Boyd Estate
A man hires a young boy to switch his dying brother’s will.


 

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2017 Longleaf Film Festival Official Selection: The CourthouseMichael O’Connell
The Courthouse
The geographic and cultural center of many towns is the courthouse, and the Chatham County Courthouse in Pittsboro is no exception. The courthouse is the house of justice, but it’s also the house of injustice. Explore how the history and rebuilding of this iconic Southern landmark relates to the community’s sense of place. See the trailer here.


2017 Longleaf Film Festival Official Selection: The Descendants
Yaser Talebi
The Descendants
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 . . .  Click here to view a trailer.


2017 Longleaf Film Festival Official Selection: The Harrow
Kevin Stocklin
The Harrow
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. The Harrow was filmed around Raleigh and other North Carolina locations.  Click here to view a trailer or click here to follow the film on Facebook.


2017 Longleaf Film Festival Official Selection: The In Between
David Over
The In Between
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.”  Click here to view a trailer.


2017 Longleaf Film Festival Official Selection: The Opera Singer
Steve Kahn
The Opera Singer
A woman is haunted by unfulfilled dreams.  Click here to view a trailer or click here for a review of the film.


2017 Longleaf Film Festival Official Selection: The Rise and Fall of Liberty
Carol Thomson
The Rise and Fall of Liberty
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.  Click here to view a trailer and read information about the film.


 

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2017 Longleaf Film Festival Official Selection: Unleavened Bread
Wilfried Méance
Unleavened Bread
Vanessa is in love with Rémi. Rémi is in love with Vanessa. Only one damper: his bread won’t rise . . .


2017 Longleaf Film Festival Official Selection: Unravel
Dylan Powers
Unravel
As one conflict ends, a new one begins. A man must find a way to cope after a life-changing experience.  Click here to view other projects by Powers.


2017 Longleaf Film Festival Official Selection: Waking Season
Jacob Diehl
Waking Season
The instrumental song, “Waking Season,” by the band Caspian was the initial inspiration for this short film.  Click here to hear the song.


2017 Longleaf Film Festival Official Selection: Where We're Meant to Be
Michael Howard
Where We’re Meant to Be
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.  Click here to view a trailer.


2017 Longleaf Film Festival Official Selection: Wilmington on Fire
Christopher Everett
Wilmington on Fire
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.  Click here to view a trailer.


2017 Longleaf Film Festival Official Selection: Words
Emma Taylor
Words
Two single New Yorker twenty-somethings find love and intimacy during a one-night-stand but struggle with the insecurities that result.



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