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The fourth annual Tarheel Shorties Film Festival takes a new format — online — Aug. 25-27.
The homegrown festival yearly showcases a slate of the coolest indie films from North Carolina artists. Alumni filmmakers include Norwood Cheek, Francesca Talenti, Dave Monahan and dozens of the state’s most talented creators.
The festival is rooted in Wilson and supported by the Gig East Interactive, Greenlight, city of Wilson, Vollis Simpson Whirligig Park and Museum, Comfort Suites, Wells Fargo, the N.C. Arts Council and the Arts Council of Wilson.
Among this year’s selected films is “Whirligigs at Night” by William Howard. Howard’s film brings an abstract vision of the details of Wilson’s own Vollis Simpson Whirligig Park after the sun has set.
An additional 15 films will be screened during the three-day festival in three program blocks. Each will be followed by a live Q&A with the filmmakers.
Check out the full line up of films:
Homebound And Hungry
Aug. 25 at 8 p.m.
• “Mi Casita,” by Yolanda House tells the story of a family and their struggle to stay in their home after Hurricane Florence. (Wilmington)
• “Brownstone,” by Shawn Pinner, follows Dr. Blackwell, an expert in treating hoarder disorders, who finds herself in a deadly situation when she breaks the rules of her disabled patient, Mr. Brownstone. (Youngsville)
• “Solitary Confinement,” by Raquel Salvetella de Prada, is a visual representation on an excerpt from prisoner Chris McBride’s letter to the newspaper Indy Week dated July 4, 2012. (Durham)
• “XCTRY,” by Bill Brown, examines leaving one hometown and looking for the next one. (Chapel Hill)
• “Diary of a Garden Chile,” by Vittles Films, shares the stories of Black farmers and growers throughout the Carolinas, their sacred foodways, a new generation's interpretation of rural bounty and a knack for turning misfortune into abundance. (Durham)
• “Long Drive to Yadkin,” by Parrish Stikeleather, shows a man who walks in a barbershop for one last haircut. (Wilmington)
Playing with Portraits
Aug. 26 at 8 p.m.
• “Whirligigs at Night,” by William Howard, brings an abstract vision of the details of Wilson’s own Vollis Simpson Whirligig Park at night. (Wilson)
• “Kindred Kings,” by Tre Gray, is a poetic visual piece that explores freedom and true versatility for the Black man.
• “Hui Chi Lee: Hair Process,” by Erin Durham and Craig Dillenbeck, highlights artist Hui Chi Lee as she speaks about her inspiration and process of working with hair to create her large-scale drawings and sculpture. (Boone)
• “After The Reign,” by Jennifer Scully-Thurston. (Raleigh)
• “Mrs. Buck in Her Prime,” by Erick Green, is a short documentary film that tells the story of an irrepressible 104-year-old pianist who, despite her many infirmaries, determinedly plays at her small town church services. (Washington)
• “All the Possibilities…,” by Marsha Gordon and Louis Cherry, is a documentary meditation on artist Vernon Pratt’s 1,450-square-foot systematic abstraction painting that was completed in 1982 but only recently exhibited posthumously and for the first time. (Raleigh)
Tarheel Dramas: Tough and Transforming
Aug. 27 at 8 p.m.
• “Get a Job,” by Zoe Scretchings, follows Mac, a smart, creative guy who’s into video games. But he’s also 22 years old, unemployed and still living at home with his parents, much to their dismay.
• “Angela Isn’t Changed,” by Samantha Hawkins, follows Angela making last-minute preparations before a first date.
• “Short Form,” by Will Kindrachuk, shows a teenager experiencing an anxiety attack during a live improv performance.
• In “The Black Baptism,” by Stephanie Diane Ford, informed by a mysterious voice, an imprisoned young woman must pass a series of enigmatic tests or face a violent death as the terrifying situation unlocks a dormant power in this story of courage and redemption. (Durham)
Registration to attend the festival online screenings and more information will be available at http://www.cucalorus.org/tarheel-shorties/
ABOUT GIGEAST INTERACTIVE 2020
Tarheel Shorties is an event component of GigEast Interactive 2020, which is also being adapted into a virtual experience. Instead of a two-day event, Gig East Interactive will now include multiple mini sessions that will inspire and spark Wilson’s innovative spirit, with the added benefit of participating from the comfort of your home or office. Join for one event or the entire month of programming.
Keep an eye on www.gigeast.com or the City of Wilson social media for more information.