Carrboro Film Festival Arrives Saturday

This weekend, the ArtsCenter in Carrboro is hosting the Carrboro Film Festival, with workshops, special guest speakers, and more than 30 films screening over two days.

This is the tenth annual festival; it got its start in 2006 and it’s been growing ever since. This year’s crop of films include documentaries, animated films, three-minute shorts and hour-long features. Special guests include film editor Michael Miller – whose career includes work on films like Woody Allen’s “Manhattan” and Martin Scorsese’s “Raging Bull” – and director Patrick Read Johnson, who’ll be screening a rough cut of his latest film, “5-25-77.” (The title refers to the original release date of “Star Wars.”)

“5-25-77” will screen on Saturday afternoon from 3:15-6:30, with Johnson in attendance. Miller will speak from 7:30-9:00.

Michael Miller joined Aaron Keck on WCHL Thursday…


…and so did Patrick Read Johnson.


The films (31 in all) will screen in four blocks: one on Saturday from 12:45-3:00 pm, and three on Sunday from 1:00-7:30. Among the films is a documentary called “Brewconomy,” about the burgeoning North Carolina craft brew industry.

See the “Brewconomy” trailer here.

“Brewconomy” director Camden Watts and producer Shane Johnston joined Aaron Keck on WCHL Tuesday.


View the full schedule for the Carrboro Film Festival.

See the full list of films.

‘Honorable Ellie’ Film Documents Kinnaird’s Career

Former State Senator and Carrboro Mayor Ellie Kinnaird is the subject of a new documentary that will be screened at the Carrboro Film Festival.

Kinnaird and producer Martha Moore sat down with WCHL’s Ron Stutts to discuss the film:

The Carrboro Film Festival takes place November 22 and 23. You can find out more here.

Carrboro Film Festival: Growth And New Perspectives

CHAPEL HILL – The eighth-annual Carrboro Film was well received this weekend, setting new standards for future film festivals.

Director of the Carrboro Film Festival Nic Beery said this was the biggest year so far.

“This year’s festival was bigger and better than ever. We broke box office records, we had international films, we have short films from around the corner and from around the world, and the audience response was nothing short of breathtaking” Beery said.

Some of the changes to this year’s festival included allowing foreign movies, and movies longer than 20 minutes.

This was also the first year the Carrboro Film Festival was split between two venues, the ArtsCenter and the Century Center. Beery said he was nervous about it, but the turnout ended up great.

“I was nervous about that, but I do believe it was a success. We averaged many more people in the audience for every block than we anticipated” Beery stated.

Although this year the Film Festival included several foreign films and longer movies, Beery said that the majority of the films were still from artists in North Carolina.

“I’d say 60 to 70 percent of the films were made from North Carolina filmmakers, which is awesome, which is a statement to how great our filmmakers are here at home, but it was nice to see films from Spain, and England, and France, and around the country too” Beery said.

Hundreds of artists and filmmakers from across the state submit movies for the festival, but not all of them can make it.  Beery said that as the festival grows, it gets harder selecting which films make it.

“It’s very hard to pick films for the Carrboro Film Festival; this year we got hundreds of films and quite honestly many of us felt there was 30 to 40 hours of film that we just couldn’t show, and it gets harder as the filmmakers kick it up a notch every single year” Beery said.

The Carrboro Film Festival takes place the weekend before Thanksgiving.

For more information on the Film Festival click here.

Carrboro Film Festival: Back & Bigger This Weekend

CARRBORO – The Carrboro Film Festival is back, and this time around, it has triple the entries and has expanded to two days. Event organizers say this weekend will bring the drama in all the right ways.

Jackie Helvey, along with fellow Carrboro Arts Committee member, Nic Beery, organized the town’s first film festival in 2006.

Helvey has watched the event thrive and grow to a 2-day event with submissions from across North Carolina and beyond.

This year marks the first time that international films and feature-length narrative and documentary movies are screened. The lineup this weekend also features another new addition—two free workshops on visual effects and 3D animation

“I think it has encouraged local filmmakers to create more,” Helvey says. “It’s not only that—we’ve gotten international fame. This year, we have a lot of films that are from other countries.”

Click here for the weekend’s schedule of events.

Seventy-three films, a record number for the festival, will be shown in both the Century Center and the ArtsCenter. In total, 198 films were submitted for consideration. Helvey, along with the selection committee, watched each film in order to narrow down the entries.

Helvey says that the recent opening of the Hampton inn, Carrboro’s first hotel, was an incentive for the Board of Aldermen to support the expansion of the festival as it would help accommodate the out-of-town attendees.

“The Board of Aldermen really understand that is it events like this that bring people to Carrboro, that expose people to Carrboro,” Helvey says.

Documentary filmmaker and UNC graduate Jonathan Michels first submitted work to the festival as a student.

“It has meant a lot coming back to the festival as more of a seasoned documentary filmmaker. It is just a validation of the hard work that has been put into the project,” Michels says.

Michels’ piece this year is about this past summer’s Moral Monday movement, a series of weekly protests in Raleigh against the N.C. General Assembly.

His film is called “It’s Monday and the South is Rising.”

“You’d also have thousands of people showing up to these rallies from all over North Carolina and even surrounding states,” Michels says. “It does mean a lot to people to see a film made about this event. It is also something that they can hand to other people and say, ‘This is what it was like to be at Moral Monday during the summer of 2013.’”

Michels explains the film is meant to be a snap shot of what it was like to experience the Moral Monday protests. Helvey says it is a “piece of history.”

In addition to documentaries, the selected films encompass genres ranging from drama, comedy, animation, student films and experimental pieces.

Click here for ticket information.