Special Event: Not One, But TWO!


Join Longleaf Film Festival for  two  special film screenings this fall.


First, on Friday, September 14,

help us celebrate the 25th anniversary of a made-in-NC classic: Super Mario Bros.  This film was the first live-action film to be adapted from the goals, obstacles, and characters in a video game—and its special effects were notably innovative for the time.  Not that it needs introduction, but in the film (1993; MPAA rating: PG; run time: 104 min.), brothers Mario (Bob Hoskins) and Luigi (John Leguizamo), two Brooklyn plumbers, work to rescue archaeologist Daisy (Samantha Mathis) from evil King Koopa (Dennis Hopper) in a parallel dimension.

Come early, at 6:15 p.m., for craft beer from Clayton’s Double Barley Brewing and concessions. Following a brief introduction, the film will screen at 7 p.m., in Daniels Auditorium at the North Carolina Museum of History.  A Q&A session with the film’s archivist and “super” fan Ryan Hoss and others will will follow.

This evening is copresented by Longleaf Film Festival, filmSPARK, and Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, Raleigh.


Eventbrite - Super Mario Bros., presented by Longleaf Film Festival

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Second, on Friday, October 5,

Longleaf will present a new groundbreaking documentary on the work of female film directors.  Half the Picture interviews several high-profile women about their careers and investigates their experiences with gender inequality in Hollywood.  The screening of this film (2018; TVPG Rating: TV-PG; run time: 94 min.) will begin at 7 p.m., with a panel discussion, Women in Film, North Carolina Style (see below), to follow.

This evening is copresented by Longleaf Film Festival and and MOHA, the Museum of History Associates.


Eventbrite - Half the Picture, presented by Longleaf Film Festival

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Women in Film, North Carolina Style,
a panel discussion on the current environment for women in North Carolina’s film community, includes filmmakers Kelly Creedon, Lana Garland, Nicolle Jones, and Camden Watts; the panel will be moderated by Beth Yerxa. Prepare your questions and be a part of this discussion after the film.


Filmmaker Kelly Creedon is a 2018 judge for Longleaf Film Festival.Kelly Creedon is an independent documentary filmmaker and visual journalist whose work uses the craft of intimate storytelling to explore communities and the questions that unite and divide them. Her short documentary In This World—the story of 15-year-old Courvosier “Vosiey” Cox, of Durham, who is determined to make it in show business so he can leave poverty behind and take care of his family—screened widely at festivals around the country and was recognized by Pictures of the Year International and the Alexia Foundation.


Durham's Lana Garland is a 2018 panelist for Longleaf Film Festival.Lana Garland has worked as a creative director, a director, and a writer/producer, creating content for such networks as BET, ESPN, and Denmark’s TV2. In documentary film, she has worked on Bowling for Columbine with director Michael Moore, Stolen Moments: Red Hot + Cool (Independent Television Service and PBS), and Unchained Memories: Readings from the Slave Narratives (HBO) with actors Samuel L. Jackson, Oprah Winfrey, Don Cheadle, and more. In the realm of short film, her works include Rapture and AfterLife. Lana has received the Ella Fountain Pratt Emerging Artists Award and a filmmaking grant from the Southern Documentary Fund for Living Off the Line, a project on African American washerwomen. Her company, Insibah Media, is based in Durham and creates documentaries, webseries, and marketing videos for the Internet and for broadcast and cable TV.


Screenwriter-filmmaker N.C. Jones is a 2018 panelist for Longleaf Film Festival.Screenwriter and Filmmaker N.C. Jones was born and raised in Raleigh. She then studied theater, screenwriting, and computer science at East Carolina University, then spent over 15 years in production, marketing, and other positions in the TV and film industry. She has worked on independent film projects, volunteered at film festivals, and completed several original feature-length screenplays—all while working full-time. N.C. has been a semifinalist (2010) and a quarterfinalist (2012) for one of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting. She is currently in production on her latest short film project, Merit Badges—and is still working full-time, now as a co-organizer and website/communications manager for the Triangle Filmmaking Communty networking group and as a coordinator for its bimonthly screenwriting workshop, as well as helping organize the annual filmSPARK Film Festival.


Writer, producer, director Camden Watts is a 2018 panelist for Longleaf Film Festival.Camden Watts is a writer, producer, and director of independent films. Brewconomy, a documentary about North Carolina’s craft beer industry, screened at Longleaf Film Festival in 2016. Since then, her film projects have included Good Thing: A Documentary About Landfill Dogs (in production) and The Innocent AK (2017). After struggling to find resources, connections, and opportunities while making her first feature-length film, Abandoned Allies, in 2009, Camden founded the the TriFilm Society. “I vowed that no one else should suffer through the same mistakes I made. By sharing my lessons learned, I could turn those really dark days into something purposeful. Today we offer membership, real-life events, online training, and many other services to help filmmakers succeed.” Camden is originally from eastern North Carolina and currently lives in Raleigh with her husband, Derek, and their daughter, Samantha.


Beth Yerxa, executive director of Triangle ArtWorks, is a 2018 panelist for Longleaf Film Festival.Beth Yerxa is executive director of Triangle ArtWorks, a nonprofit that works with arts organizations, economic development agencies, and small businesses to ensure artists in the Triangle have resources they need to thrive and to increase the visibility and power of the arts community as a business segment. Prior to helping found Triangle ArtWorks, Beth served on the Raleigh Arts Commission and was chair for an unprecedented three years; she is currently a member of the City of Durham’s Small Business Advisory Committee and speaks frequently on the role and impact of the arts community as a vital business segment in the Triangle. Beth began her career in Washington, DC, as a litigation attorney handling toxic tort claims and advising trade associations regarding emerging environmental laws. In Raleigh, she expanded her practice to include compliance and regulatory matters for businesses of all sizes and providing advice on environmental.

Photo courtesy Indy Week, Durham


Eventbrite - Half the Picture, presented by Longleaf Film Festival

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