Year Three: 2017




In 2017, year three, Longleaf received entries from eight countries and again accepted entries only through Film Freeway. New for this year: the festival increased its number of workshops, and added an off-site Wrap Party (cosponsored by Oak & Dagger Public House in Seaboard Station). A total of 60 films were shown on three screens at the museum in 12 film blocks.

The afternoon of Friday, May 12, began with the first of four free workshops, “AV Geeks: From the Dumpster to Your Film in Three EZ Steps!” with Skip Elsheimer. That session was followed by two well-attended film blocks in Daniels Auditorium. The evening ended with Longleaf’s third annual opening-night reception for filmmakers and invited guests sponsored by the North Carolina Museum of History Associates.

Saturday, May 13, included the following free workshops:

  • “Directing for the Actor/Acting for the Director” with Estes Tarver,
  • a lunch-n-learn panel, “Getting to Distribution” with featured guests Thomas Varnum and Ted Roach, and
  • “So You Want to Make a Movie” with Kim Best, Andrew Martin, and Vernon Rudolph.

Six more film blocks in the museum’s education wing and four film blocks in Daniels Auditorium completed screenings for the day. Longleaf 2017 wrapped up with Steve Neilson, of Dagtype Films and a member of our Longleaf Advisory Board, hosting the annual awards ceremony. There, 47 films were recognized for having Tar Heel Tie-Ins and 15 other prizes were awarded.

Judges for 2017 included three-time judges Craig Lindsey and Marsha Gordon and two-time judge Noel Manning. New for Longleaf 2017 were Jill Boinske, Marcianne Miller, Paolo Tosini, and Lawrence Toppman.

We very much appreciate two lifetime sponsors: the North Carolina Museum of History Associates and the TriFilm Society. Second-year sponsor, J. A. Steel and Warrior Entertainment, also helped support the event, alongside new sponsors Asbury Shorts Film Concert, Dagtype Films, and the Cary Theater.

During the free festival, more than 900 people attended, most enjoying a continuous supply of free popcorn. And, because we are history buffs, for the record we joined Twitter this year, which averaged 14.5k impressions weekly and at festival time had 395 followers. Social audiences also continued to support the festival on Facebook, with a weekly average reach of 1.3k—and, we started the year with 326 followers but ended with 563—and on Instagram, where we posted 204 images for 278 followers.

 

Click here for a list of award winners for 2017 . . .
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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.

2017 Longleaf Film Festival: Official Selections Laurel

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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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Special Event: Best of Longleaf 2015–2016

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Join us at the Museum of History on Friday, October 7, for a free showcase featuring ten Longleaf Official Selection short films!

Be in Daniels Auditorium at 6:30 p.m. to see the ten films (listed below) from Year One and Year Two, narrative and documentary shorts from the 2015 and 2016 Longleaf Film Festivals.

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RSVP for the event and make a donation, OR purchase concession packages—we’ll have candy, sodas, popcorn, and beer from Clouds Brewing in Raleigh. Pick from three concession packages when you RSVP—all proceeds will support next May’s free-to-attend Longleaf Film Festival. A Q&A session with film directors will follow the screenings.

Best of Longleaf is one of the Museum of History’s First Fridays at the Museum events, which means—as always—the museum’s lobby-level exhibits and the Museum Shop are open until 9 p.m., and beer samples are available (while they last).

The following ten narrative and documentary shorts from the 2015 and 2016 Longleaf Film Festivals will be screened:
 
 

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2016 Longleaf Film Festival Official Selection: 1-0
Saman Hosseinpuor
1-0 (2016 Official Selection; 1 min.)
A boy is watching a soccer game on TV and gets so excited he forgets he’s in the middle of a haircut. Oops!


2016 Longleaf Film Festival Official Selection: Civil
Andrew Stacy Huggins
Civil (2016 Official Selection; 9 min.)
One fateful day in South Carolina, 1865: Five individuals’ lives will be changed forever. Click here for a trailer.


2016 Longleaf Film Festival Official Selection: Clyde's Place
David Puckett
Clyde’s Place (2016 Official Selection; 17 min.)
Every Tuesday since 1974, Clyde Maness has opened the doors of the Maness Pottery and Music Barn for the public to enjoy southern cooking, live music, and a vibrant social scene. Click here to watch a trailer.


2015 Longleaf Film Festival Official Selection: First Metro
Hugo P. Thomas
First Metro (2015 Official Selection; 6 min.)
Damien recently became a hobo, and he is about to beg in the subway for the first time. But how to beg? Click here to watch a trailer.


2016 Longleaf Film Festival Official Selection: Keepsake
Meredith Sause
Keepsake (2016 Official Selection; 17 min.)
After their mother dies, estranged sisters Misty and Julie return to their childhood home to clean out her house. Unfortunately for them, their mother was a hoarder. Click here to watch a trailer.


2015 Longleaf Film Festival Official Selection: KERS
Alexia Salingaros
KERS (2015 Official Selection; 5 min.)
Braving the general public’s critical eye, a female graffiti artist reveals her talents and takes us through the struggles she faces in her art form.


OhCrappyDay-Still-1_web
Jon Bacon and Steven Neilson
Oh Crappy Day (2015 Official Selection; 18 min.)
On a blind date with a charming young woman, a film student struggles to keep his OCD tendencies on the down low. Click here to watch a trailer.


2016 Longleaf Film Festival Official Selection: The Last Barn Dance
Jason Arthurs and Ted Richardson
The Last Barn Dance (2016 Official Selection; 32 min.)
Randy Lewis knows that losing his dairy business would mean losing his livelihood, but he is most worried about losing a way of life and ending a family heritage that has hosted barn dances for nearly 50 years. Click here to view a trailer.


2016 Longleaf Film Festival Official Selection: The Red Thunder
Alvaro Ron
The Red Thunder (2016 Official Selection; 7 min.)
Sarah, a nerdy teenager, needs her mom’s brand new car to go on a date with Danny, the boy she is in love with. Click here to view a trailer.


2016 Longleaf Film Festival Official Selection: Wut
Sergi Marti
Wut (2016 Official Selection; 12 min.)
Wut is a courageous Rottweiler, trained to obey his master . . . a Nazi soldier assigned to occupied France during World War II. Click here to view a trailer.


 

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Year Two: 2016


Longleaf Film Festival at the NC Museum of History, 2016
In 2016, year two, Longleaf received entries from 10 countries and screened 50 films on three screens at the museum. By accepting entries only through Film Freeway and launching Facebook and Instagram pages, the festival became part of the virtual community.

The afternoon of Friday, May 13, began with two film blocks in Daniels Auditorium, and the evening ended with an opening-night reception for filmmakers. Saturday, May 14, started with a morning workshop, Acting for the Director, that was led by producer/director/actor Estes Tarver. Following a morning film block, a lunch-n-learn panel discussion, Getting to Distribution featured filmmaker Vernon Rudolph and entertainment attorney Thomas Varnum. Three more film blocks completed the day.

Longleaf 2016 concluded with Guy Gaster, North Carolina Film Office, hosting the annual Longleaf awards ceremony. There, 39 films were recognized for having Tar Heel Tie-Ins and 17 other prizes were awarded.

During the free festival, more than 850 people attended. The following 50 films were screened:

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2016 Longleaf Film Festival Official Selection: 1-0
Saman Hosseinpuor
1-0
A boy is watching a soccer game on TV and gets so excited he forgets he’s in the middle of a haircut. Oops!


2016 Longleaf Film Festival Official Selection: A Mighty Fine Memory
Hannah Furgiuele
A Mighty Fine Memory: Stories and Tunes from the Fiddler of Banjo Branch
This film features master fiddler Roger Howell, 2015 recipient of the Brown-Hudson Folklore Award, which is presented by the North Carolina Folklore Society to recognize individuals who have made exemplary contributions to traditional culture and folklife in the state.Produced by Liston B. Ramsey Center for Regional Studies at Mars Hill University. Click here to watch a trailer.


2016 Longleaf Film Festival Official Selection: Atomic Retro Customs
Wei Ying and Geoff Groberg
Atomic Retro Customs: The Electric Guitars of Matt Nowicki
Matt Nowicki is a luthier in North Carolina who builds electric guitars that are famous for their retro designs and custom details. Click here for the website.


2016 Longleaf Film Festival Official Selection: Believe
Cara Hagan
Believe
If you don’t believe in Santa Claus already, Believe will change your mind . . .


the independent documentary about North Carolina craft beer
Camden Watts
Brewconomy
Brewconomy, an independent documentary about North Carolina craft beer, explores the growth of craft beer in the state and the industry’s positive impacts on local agriculture, community, and economy. Click here for a trailer.


2016 Longleaf Film Festival Official Selection: Cameron
Nadia Dean
Cameron
An epic adventure unfolds on the frontiers of North and South Carolina during the American Revolution. Click here for a trailer.


2016 Longleaf Film Festival Official Selection: Chairman Jones
Anna R. Jones
Chairman Jones—An Improbable Leader
James Henry Jones was a self-educated farmer who emerged as a trailblazer during the 1969 school desegregation crisis in Northampton County. His leadership as North Carolina’s first black school board chairman introduced a new era in public education and had a marked effect on racial progress in the state. Click here for a trailer.

 

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2016 Longleaf Film Festival Official Selection: Civil
Andrew Stacy Huggins
Civil
One fateful day in South Carolina, 1865: Five individuals’ lives will be changed forever. Click here for a trailer.


2016 Longleaf Film Festival Official Selection: Clyde's Place
David Puckett
Clyde’s Place
Every Tuesday since 1974, Clyde Maness has opened the doors of the Maness Pottery and Music Barn for the public to enjoy southern cooking, live music, and a vibrant social scene. Click here to watch a trailer.


2016 Longleaf Film Festival Official Selection: Cosmic Kiosk
Chip Hackler
Cosmic Kiosk
Trapped in his little booth, security guard Hank Goodman yearns for adventure and true love. Click here to watch a trailer.


2016 Longleaf Film Festival Official Selection: Daylight Come
Evan Vetter and Holly Border
Daylight Come
Following decades of war in the Democratic Republic of Congo, two American women struggle to help a group of Congolese women rebuild their lives amidst the scars of sexual violence and poverty. Click here to watch a trailer.


2016 Longleaf Film Festival Official Selection: Death Key
J. A. Steel
Death Key: Origins
The Mayans predicted the end of the world on December 21, 2012, so . . . why are we still here? Click here to watch a trailer.


2016 Longleaf Film Festival Official Selection: Ellie
Morgana McKenzie
Ellie
Desperate measures are taken to escape a violent world concealed within an isolated cottage.


2016 Longleaf Film Festival Official Selection: Figs for Italio
Bob Celli
Figs for Italo
Based on a True Story, Figs For Italo is about a brother and sister in WWII Italy, and how past events can change everything and ripple into the present. Click here to watch a trailer.

 

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2016 Longleaf Film Festival Official Selection: Flightless
Brad Hinkle
Flightless: The Art of Mark Strucko
Strucko, a renowned contemporary wildfowl sculptor, travels from his home and workshop in Raleigh to the 45th annual Ward World Championship Wildfowl Carving Competition—a competition sponsored by the Ward Museum of Wildfowl Arts—in Ocean City, Maryland. Click here to watch a trailer.


2016 Longleaf Film Festival Official Selection: Frame Drop
Neil Soffer
Frame Drop
Ned, a meticulous young man, sets up his first apartment according to a strict plan. While applying the finishing touches, a phenomenon forces him to question his way of life.


2016 Longleaf Film Festival Official Selection: Harker
Paul-Thomas Parnell
Harker: The Awakening
A popular high school senior encounters a crashed meteor and gets infected with a strange alien weapon, which makes him very sick but also gives him strange new abilities. Click here to watch a trailer.


2016 Longleaf Film Festival Official Selection: Hominid
Justin Suttles
Hominid
Two ambitious, young primatologists and their team of researchers receive funding for a trip into the depths of the Northern Cascades to find what they believe will be the truth behind the legend of Sasquatch. Click here to watch a trailer.


2016 Longleaf Film Festival Official Selection: I only smile in pictures
Clayton Witmer
I Only Smile in Pictures
In a bleak, distant future, the monotony of one man’s life is broken when he finds what genuine happiness can be. Click here to watch a trailer.


2016 Longleaf Film Festival Official Selection: In the Dark
David Spaltro
In the Dark
A skeptical grad student interviews a renowned paranormal specialist—for her thesis on the benefits of supernatural research in regards to modern psychology—then joins a field study trip to Brooklyn, where they visit a family home “besieged by evil spirits.” Click here to watch a trailer.


2016 Longleaf Film Festival Official Selection: It Had Wings
Ellen Hemphill and Jim Haverkamp
It Had Wings
A widow, alone at home, sees something heavenly—and apparently wounded—fall into her backyard. Kindness becomes what might save us yet. Click here to watch a trailer.

 

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2016 Longleaf Film Festival Official Selection: January
Nic Beery
January
A chance encounter on a train changed their lives forever. Click here to watch a trailer.


2016 Longleaf Film Festival Official Selection: Keepsake
Meredith Sause
Keepsake
After their mother dies, estranged sisters Misty and Julie return to their childhood home to clean out her house. Unfortunately for them, their mother was a hoarder. Click here to watch a trailer.


2016 Longleaf Film Festival Official Selection: Knob Goblins
Christopher G. Moore
Knob Goblins
As part of his final psychotherapy treatment, a mental patient returns to the basement of his deserted childhood home so he can face his fears involving the death of his younger brother. Click here to view a trailer.


2016 Longleaf Film Festival Official Selection: Le Couteau
Zoë Miller
Le Couteau
A woman gets ready for work . . .


myfriendsposter
Ylet Mlo and Rose Gard
My Friends
The imagination and wonder of a little girl.

 


2016 Longleaf Film Festival Official Selection: No Child
Rob Underhill
No Child
Growing up, and the power of growing together. Click here to view a trailer.


2016 Longleaf Film Festival Official Selection: One Day on Carver St
Azure Allen
One Day on Carver St.
In the Jim Crow south, a world where the lines between black and white were firmly drawn, Charlie’s Place was a rare pocket of diversity. Click here to view a trailer.


PeaceInOurPockets Updated
Kenny Dalsheimer
Peace in Our Pockets
The inspiring story of Kenyan activists using mobile phones, text messages, and grassroots organizing to build peace and defuse violence in the lead up to Kenya’s 2013 elections. Click here to view a trailer.

 

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2016 Longleaf Film Festival Official Selection: Permanent Press
Shaun Swift
Permanent Press
A demon terrorizes a small mountain community in the form of a possessed dryer—a brand new cycle of terror.


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Meghan Cowen
Pillow Talk
A comedy short about a teenage girl and her desperate search for a boyfriend.


2016 Longleaf Film Festival Official Selection: Silly Honest Kind
Dylan Crumpler
Silly Honest Kind
A filmmaker shoots for perfection but instead discovers something greater.


2016 Longleaf Film Festival Official Selection: Son of Clowns
Evan Kidd
Son of Clowns
When minor TV star Hudson Cash loses his show and returns home to live with his parents, he finds that adjusting to life back in North Carolina—where his family’s backyard circus is floundering—may be his most challenging role yet. Click here to view a trailer.


2016 Longleaf Film Festival Official Selection: Terms and Conditions
Elizabeth Fletcher
Terms and Conditions
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2016 Longleaf Film Festival Official Selection: TEST
Jay Lifton
TEST
A seemingly unremarkable man spends one day taking a bizarre test at a mysterious facility. Click here to view a trailer.


2016 Longleaf Film Festival Official Selection: That Deputy Sheriff Might Surprise You
Kim Best
That Deputy Sheriff Might Surprise You
Formidable even as a child and dubbed “the Shark” by her colleagues, Lucy Zastrow, the first woman deputy in the Durham County Sheriff’s Office, proved herself to be tough but fair.

 

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2016 Longleaf Film Festival Official Selection: The Disappearing Church
Michael Raab
The Disappearing Church
Once the center of a thriving Ukrainian immigrant community, Saints Peter and Paul Russian Orthodox Church in rural St. Helena, North Carolina, has seen its congregation all but disappear.


2016 Longleaf Film Festival Official Selection: The Hollerin' Contest at Spivey's Corner
Brian Gersten and Liv Dubendorf
The Hollerin’ Contest at Spivey’s Corner
The National Hollerin’ Contest at Spivey’s Corner is full of history, characters, and sounds. This documentary short features the stories of three former champions as they attempt to reclaim their titles and keep the oft-forgotten tradition of hollerin’ alive. Click here to view a trailer.


2016 Longleaf Film Festival Official Selection: The Land Still Speaks to Us
David Weintraub
The Land Still Speaks to Us
Elders in Henderson County share values from their lives on topics from farming and canning to making molasses and moonshine—like a window, a time machine into the soul of western North Carolina.


2016 Longleaf Film Festival Official Selection: The Last Barn Dance
Jason Arthurs and Ted Richardson
The Last Barn Dance
Randy Lewis knows that losing his dairy business would mean losing his livelihood, but he is most worried about losing a way of life and ending a family heritage that has hosted barn dances for nearly 50 years. Click here to view a trailer.


2016 Longleaf Film Festival Official Selection: The Red Thunder
Alvaro Ron
The Red Thunder
Sarah, a nerdy teenager, needs her mom’s brand new car to go on a date with Danny, the boy she is in love with. Click here to view a trailer.


2016 Longleaf Film Festival Official Selection: This Is My Home Now
Mariah Dunn Kramer
This Is My Home Now
Four youths from three Montagnard immigrant families, who have fled their homelands in Southeast Asia, work to forge a new future in North Carolina. Click here to view a trailer.


2016 Longleaf Film Festival Official Selection: To Die For
Clark Ivers
To Die For
In the aftermath of a catastrophic event, the last humans on Earth survive in an underground facility built by the USDEP, the Department of Extinction Prevention. Click here to view a trailer.

 

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2016 Longleaf Film Festival Official Selection: Union Bound
Harvey Lowry and Michael Davis
Union Bound
This is the amazing, true story of Joseph Hoover, a Union soldier who was captured by the South, then was aided by slaves who helped him avoid recapture until he could make it back to Union-held territory. Click here to view a trailer.


2016 Longleaf Film Festival Official Selection: Unverified UNC
Bradley Bethel
Unverified: The Untold Story Behind the UNC Scandal
After a college writing tutor and some of his colleagues are falsely accused in a university athletics scandal, he grows determined to set the record straight. Click here to view a trailer.


2016 Longleaf Film Festival Official Selection: Voices of the Lumbee
Jason Hutchens
Voices of the Lumbee
This documentary film raises awareness about ongoing struggles in the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina, still suffering in the wake of decades of economic downturn in the state’s Coastal Plain region. Click here to view a trailer.


2016 Longleaf Film Festival Official Selection: Voices Unlocked
Jonathan Newport
Voices Unlocked: A True Story
The younger brother of a teen with nonspeaking autism creates a short documentary to raise awareness of the unappreciated abilities of people with autism while also highlighting the Rapid Prompting Method (RPM), a new form of therapy that is opening the world of autistics and changing perceptions about them at the same time. Click here to view a trailer.


2016 Longleaf Film Festival Official Selection: Walker World
Paige Blankenship
Walker World
Meet Allen Walker, the eccentric creator of Walker World: a large playhouse of wonder built completely out of recycled and refined materials on the edge of North Carolina’s Cape Fear River in Castle Hayne.


2016 Longleaf Film Festival Official Selection: Wut
Sergi Marti
Wut
Wut is a courageous Rottweiler, trained to obey his master . . . a Nazi soldier assigned to occupied France during World War II. Click here to view a trailer.


2016 Longleaf Film Festival Official Selection: You Wouldn't Expect
Evan Kidd and Marilynn Barner Anselmi
You Wouldn’t Expect
Almost 7,600 individuals were forcibly sterilized by the North Carolina Eugenics Program between the 1930s and 1974. This is the story of one.

 

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