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Carrboro Film Fest

November 16, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 9:30 pm


New. Southern. Film.

Building on more than a decade of success, Carrboro’s film festival begins a new chapter in 2019. In recent years, the South has produced numerous independent films that challenge and expand our understanding of Southern culture. In an effort to support what we see as a renaissance in Southern cinema, Carrboro Film Fest embraces its identity as a Southern institution and will present exclusively Southern films in a non-competitive setting. Come celebrate Southern cinema with us.

Tickets are $10 per film block, $20 for Saturday, $20 for Sunday, and $40 for a weekend pass.


Home in E Major + “Hebo”: Free Documentary Screening

Saturday, Nov. 16, 10:00, West End Theater

In this personal and intimate documentary, four strangers from profoundly different backgrounds find themselves living under the same roof in Durham, North Carolina: Elisabeth, the 93 year-old landlord and retired linguist from Austria; Li, a 27 year-old engineering scholar from China; Stuart, a 75 year-old retired American lawyer; and Tamar, the 33 year-old filmmaker from Jerusalem. With time and often dramatic upheavals in the house, the four come to support and care for one another in unexpected ways. Home in E Major explores the meaning of “home” while celebrating the shared humanity between unlikely friends. 

“Hebo” is a documentary short that chronicles the unconventional journey of outsider folk artist Sam Ezell in Hillsborough, North Carolina.

Opening this block is a special screening of “The Ebbing Stream,” a film by Hunter Stark.


Southern Communities: Documentary Shorts

Saturday, Nov. 16, 12 PM, Wynn Theater

Southern Communities is a collection of documentary shorts illuminating the diversity of Southern cultures. In this film block, we meet the leader of a Buddhist community in Chapel Hill, a group of African American quilters in Durham, latinx immigrants in South Carolina, and other Southerners whose experiences collectively reveal the complexity of Southern life. 

Films in this block:

Penny Press (4:55) 
Pearl Fryer (4:58) 
Quilt Journeys (5:09)
Nomad Chapter (7:52)
Invisible Hands (8:33)
Every Day Is My Class (10:20)
Blue Skies (12:56)
Little Saluda USA (13:00)
Summer Headstones (18:06)
The Derby (14:38)


Southern Drama: Narrative Shorts

Saturday, Nov. 16, 12 PM, West End Theater

Southern Drama is a collection of narrative shorts portraying the tensions of life in the South. An African American teenager transfers to a white school. A queer Latinx girl comes of age following her grandfather’s death. A Black punk band faces racist backlash on the last day of their tour. The stories presented here illustrate the existential drama of Southern living, in original, profound ways.

Films in this block:

DeepSpace (6:00)
Loc’d Out (6:21)
I AM TX (9:50)
Loser (12:23)
Chicle (Gum) (13:50)
Skin I’m In (6:04)
Crescent (14:07)
Blaming Cairo (15:00)
I am Mackenzie (19:43)

Some of the content might not be appropriate for children.


Southern (In)Justice: Documentary Shorts 

Saturday, Nov. 16, 2:30 PM, Wynn Theater

Southern (In)justice is a collection of documentary shorts highlighting the injustices many Southerners face and the justice many seek. In this film block, we confront the realities of rural poverty, follow a migrant girl separated from her mother at the border, and investigate the white supremacy of Julian Carr, whose name Carrboro bears. Together, these docs remind us how far we still have to go.

Films in this block:

Solitary Confinemen” (1:45)
Dear Johnny Reb (7:46)
A Line Birds Cannot See (9:05)
Some Million Miles (12:30)
As In Death (16:21)
Lowland Kids (22:00)
monumental (35:00)


Southern Humor: Narrative Shorts 

Saturday, Nov. 16, 2:30 PM, West End Theater

Southern Humor is a collection of narrative shorts to remind you how funny and clever we Southerners can be. What happens when two young women discover a lizard-worshiping cult? How does a struggling actor avoid a bully at the dog park? What could go wrong when a dysfunctional family comes together for their father’s funeral? If you need a good laugh, this film block is for you. 

Films in this block:

Bounty (5:28)
High Stakes (5:42)
Train Stop (7:00)
Lizard King (6:27)
Stage Fright (7:32)
Unleashed (9:52)
Belton County (13:00)
Happy Birthday, Papa (15:20)
Pappy Hour (10:40)

Some of the content might not be appropriate for children.


Building the American Dream + “Santuario”: Documentary Screening

Saturday, Nov. 16, 5 PM, Wynn Theater

Building the American Dream documents the rising movement to fight the abuse of immigrants in the Texas construction industry. A Mexican family grieves their son while campaigning for a life-and-death safety ordinance. A Salvadorian couple owes thousands in back pay but fights for their children’s future. A DACA-recipient battles to protect others from his family’s preventable tragedy. Building the American Dream reveals shocking truths about the experiences of immigrants who are excluded from the very American Dream they help build. 

“Santuario” is a documentary short about a Guatemalan grandmother who has lived in North Carolina for 24 years but must take sanctuary in a Greensboro church after the federal government threatens to deport her. 


Southern Thrillers: Narrative Shorts

Saturday, Nov. 16, 5 PM, West End Theater

Southern Thrillers is a collection of narrative shorts revealing the dark side of the South. Will twelve-year-old Anthony survive a deadly rite of passage? Can a priest’s faith withstand the terror of a haunted house? What happens to a Civil War widow trapped in both the past and future? This film block is for those who crave suspense and surprise.

Films in this block:

Your Hand In Mine (6:01)
All You Can Carry (11:03)
All Boys Die (13:06)
The Jinx – 2019 – Short Horror Film (16:18)
She Follows Close Behind (21:08)
The Torment of Penelope (23:48)

Some of the content might not be appropriate for children.


Pageant Material + “Whistle Down Wind”: LGBTQ Films

Saturday, Nov. 16, 7:30 PM, Wynn Theater

Still recovering from the death of his mother, seventeen-year-old Rodney dreams of escaping his small Southern hometown in pursuit of following in his mother’s footsteps as an award-winning pageant queen. Despite an onslaught of bullying and abuse from his stepfather, stepbrothers, and classmates, Rodney calls upon his best friend Monique and a unique cast of Southern characters to help him take the crown in an upcoming teen drag pageant in Atlanta. Pageant Material is a heartwarming reinterpretation of the Cinderella story, celebrating LGBTQ persons and challenging stereotypes of Southern intolerance. 

In the opening short film “Whistle Down Wind,” two young women struggle to maintain a secret relationship while exploring their sexual identities in a small Appalachian town. 

Some of the content might not be appropriate for children.


Driven + “Blick” + “Mombie”

Saturday, Nov. 16, 7:30 PM, West End Theater

Emerson Graham’s nights as a cab driver are filled with annoyances and inconveniences but nothing as dramatic as an attack or disappearance — until tonight. After picking up a mysterious passenger, Emerson’s evening escalates from working a job to performing a quest, as the newly formed duo must race against the clock to defeat a force of evil. The meter is running. 

“Blick” is a brief experimental film about a secret that lies in a river. It’ll mess with your head. 

In “Mombie,” little Kevin’s dad tries to keep the family together after mom comes home . . . changed.

Some of the content might not be appropriate for children.


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November 16, 2019
12:00 pm - 9:30 pm
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