Special Event: Asbury Short Film Concert

Asbury Short Film Concert, Raleigh North Carolina 2017

New York City’s longest-running touring exhibition of award-winning short films will stop in North Carolina for the first time ever in March! Asbury Short Film Concerts feature shorts selected from major US and international film festivals. This special event is being presented by Longleaf Film Festival and Dagtype Films and takes place on March 3. Join us at the North Carolina Museum of History for this First Friday event: tour the museum’s lobby-level exhibits, shop at the gift shop, and purchase concessions—including craft beer from the Oak and Dagger brewery—beginning at 5 p.m.; enjoy live music with Castle Wild starting at 6:30 p.m.; then enjoy the films, which start screening at 7:30 p.m. Tickets cost $15 and are available online.

The annual collections of comedy, drama, and animation combine award-winning shorts from the past with new honorees. Academy Award-nominated director Jason Reitman (Juno, Up in the Air, Thank You for Smoking) calls the Asbury concerts “the best short-film show I’ve ever seen.” With this stop on the 35th anniversary tour, Daniels Auditorium in Raleigh joins such previous venues as the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, Lakeshore Theater in Chicago, DGA (Directors Guild of America) Theater in Manhattan, and Royal Festival Hall in London.

Seating is limited; buy your tickets now!

The March 3 concert will include two Longleaf Official Selections: Oh Crappy Day and Civil. Both were filmed in North Carolina.

Oh Crappy Day (Dagtype Films), about a film student who struggles to keep his OCD tendencies on the down-low during a blind date, has been screened at 35 international festivals and has earned 11 awards, including Narrative Short, Best Comedy at the 2015 Longleaf Film Festival. 2015 Longleaf Film Festival Official Selection: Oh Crappy Day
2016 Longleaf Film Festival Official Selection: Civil Civil (by Andrew Stacy Huggins), a film on death and forgiveness set in 1865, received Narrative Short, Best Drama at the 2016 Longleaf Film Festival; it has been screened at 19 festivals and has won 8 other awards.

Other highlights of the evening include:

  • Asad, from director Bryan Buckley, features the amazing story of a young Somali boy who is forced to make adult decisions on a daily basis in his wartorn country. The Academy Award nominee for Best Live Action Short Film in 2013 has won multiple Best of Show contests in film festival across the US. (This short is replacing the originally scheduled A Poet Long Ago.)
  • Globe Trot, the latest short-film dance project from acclaimed independent filmmaker Mitchell Rose. Rose teamed with choreographer Bebe Miller to create this international crowd-sourced piece, which was awarded first prize at WorldFest in Houston, as well as Best Experimental Film at the Crossroads Film Festival in San Francisco and the Audience Award in Poland’s ShortWaves Film Festival.
  • Fait d’Hiver, a classic dark comedy short film from Belgian director Dirk Beliën. The story features an angry businessman, who is stuck in horrendous highway traffic and decides to try out his new mobile phone—with absolutely astonishing results. Fait d’Hiver received an Academy Award nomination for Best Live Action Short Film.

Steven Neilson, producer of Oh Crappy Day, will serve as guest host for the North Carolina debut on March 3.

Seating is limited; buy your tickets now!

Live music by Castle Wild begins at 6:30 p.m., March 3, 2017
The film concert is part of First Fridays at the Museum, which runs from 5 to 9 p.m. Other events include live music by Castle Wild, beginning at 6:30 p.m., and concessions, including craft beer. The museum’s lobby-level exhibits and the Museum Shop will be open throughout the evening.
Longleaf Film Festival is a program of the North Carolina Museum of History. Dagtype Films is an independent production company in Raleigh. Asbury Short Films Concerts provide the opportunity to see little gems on a big screen. Help us promote our Asbury Short Film Concert—the 35th anniversary and the first in North Carolina!
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Longleaf Film Festival is proud to have products from the Oak and Dagger Public House as our featured beers on March 3, 2017

The Museum of History and Longleaf Film Festival are excited to have products from the brewery at Oak and Dagger Public House as our featured beers on March 3, 2017: for sampling during First Fridays at the Museum and as concessions for the Asbury Short Film Concert.

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.

          Eventbrite - First Fridays at the Museum: Best of Longleaf, 2015–2016

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.


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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.


 

Click here for a list of award winners for 2016 . . .
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Click here for a list of award winners for 2015 . . .
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