The 11th Carrboro Film Festival Winners!

Carrboro Film Festival “Excellence in Filmmaking” Winners

 

My Luchador, Shea Sizemore, submitted by Chip White

Soul City, Monica Berra, SheRea DelSol, Gini Richards

Love is in the Fair, Kelly Creedon, Callaghan O'Hare and Sami Jorgensen

Goodnight, Henning Backhaus

Mousse-30, John Hellberg

The Perfect Wife, John Ensslin

Vinyl Dinosaurs, Michael and Cindy Salerno

Kopy Kings, Greg Dorchak

Q&A with Shaun Swift

What is the name of your film?

Chester

What was the inspiration behind the story?

We wanted to tackle the ideas of social anxiety, loneliness and forming friendships as seen through the eyes of a squirrel.

What do you hope audiences will feel, do, or think about as a result of watching this film?

I hope audiences smile and connect to the ideas of the film. It's a sweet movie with universal ideas so I hope it connects with the audience. 

Anything you’d like to say about the film or yourself that you think will add the experience of watching your film at The Carrboro Film Festival on November 19th and 20th?

Ever since making the film, I've noticed a significant amount of squirrels approaching me more, so I've become the pied piper of squirrels. 

How can we find out more online about your film? 

Chester has a Facebook page and an IMDB page! Like us on Facebook for news and updated on the film! 
There also will be updates on my website, shaunswiftfilms.com

Q&A with Chip White

What is the name of your film?

My Luchador

What was the inspiration behind the story?

Inspiration? Telling a quirky story about identity and how a marriage succeeds when both partners build the other one up.

What do you hope audiences will feel, do, or think about as a result of watching this film?

Audience feel? I hope they feel inspired and hopeful. I hope they smile.

Anything you’d like to say about the film or yourself that you think will add the experience of watching your film at The Carrboro Film Festival on November 19th and 20th?

The day we shot all the stuff in the gym, the crowds, the coaching, the big match… was August 1st and it was 101º with 90% humidity outside, and we had no AC, a couple of dozen extras, plus crew, actors, etc… we went through sooooooo much water that day. Best part was nobody complained (well few extras did) they just powered through, smiled, nailed their parts and exceeded their job description.

How can we find out more online about your film?

http://myluchador.com     https://www.facebook.com/myluchador/
 

Q&A with Carol Housel-Kenney

What is the name of your film? 

Crossroad Amigos

What was the inspiration behind the story? 

The screenwriter as ad various jobs that put im at somewhat of a risk for robbery (convenience store cashier, pizza delivery driver) and at times ven became so depressed and aggravated that e once thought, "If someone pulls a gun on me, I'm just going to tell them no." No e a tough guy, bu just having a littl bit of tantru. 

What do you hope audiences will feel, do, or think about as a result of watching this film? 

The goal of this film is to show that all of us have our own struggles, and sometimes we aren't all that different. 

Anything you’d like to say about the film or yourself that you think will add the experience of watching your film at The Carrboro Film Festival on November 19th and 20th? 

Crossroad Amigos was filmed using (most of) the Dogma 95 Vow of Chastity guidelines. 

How can we find out more online about your film? 

https://www.facebook.com/crossroadamigos/ 
 

PODCAST: Kyle Klubal on LOCAL FILM TALK

Director Kyle Klubal recently did an interview with Bob Walters for the LOCAL FILM TALK podcast about his epic crime thriller JACKRABBIT 29.  You can get the interview by clicking HERE or listen below.

When a young couple goes missing in Texas, a large reward is issued for their return. The reward attracts an eccentric mix of characters to the town including bounty hunters, hit-men, and more.

JACKRABBIT 29 screens on Saturday November 19th during Block 6 at the 11th Annual Carrboro Film Festival.

PODCAST: Bradley Bethel on LOCAL FILM TALK

Director Bradley Bethel recently appeared on the LOCAL FILM TALK podcast to talk about his documentary exposé UNVERIFIED: THE UNTOLD STORY BEHIND THE UNC SCANDAL.  You can get the interview by clicking HERE or listen below.

After a college writing tutor's colleagues are falsely accused in a university athletics scandal, he becomes determined to set the record straight. Along the way, he realizes he's up against more than he anticipated.

UNVERIFIED screens on Sunday November 20th during Block 8 at the 11th Annual Carrboro Film Festival.

PODCAST: Greg Dorchak on LOCAL FILM TALK

Director Greg Dorchak recently sat down with Bob Walters for an episode of LOCAL FILM TALK to discuss his workplace comedy KOPY KINGS.  You can get the interview by clicking HERE or listen below.

The misfits who work at a 24-hour copy center in Austin have their lives disrupted with a new hire - just as the owner blows into town with bad news: he is selling out to corporate America.

 

Q&A with Kyle Klubal

What is the name of your film?

JackRabbit 29

What was the inspiration behind the story?

I was driving to Texas through the Desert on the I10 when I went
through Phoenix and saw an exit for JackRabbit Trail. I later saw an
exit sign with the number 29 and literally within 10 seconds the
entire idea was there for the movie.

What do you hope audiences will feel, do, or think about as a result of watching this film?

Just how crazy and connected of a world we live in where one small
little event could set in motion such a crazy chain of events with
both regular and over the top characters.

Anything you’d like to say about the film or yourself that you think will add the experience of watching your film at The Carrboro Film Festival on November 19th and 20th?

I'd like to thank the Carrboro Film Festival for being a festival that takes programs bold, edgy and unique films. 
 

PODCAST: Cindy and Michael Salerno on LOCAL FILM TALK

Co-directors Cindy and Michael Salerno recently did an interview with Bob Walters for the LOCAL FILM TALK podcast about their Durham-based music documentary VINYL DINOSAURS.  You can get the interview by clicking HERE or listen here.

Vinyl Dinosaurs is a documentary feature which follows a teenager as she “discovers” vinyl for the first time and she takes a journey through records stores, radio stations, record shows, and meets various people along the way to see vinyl records as a way to mark time and discover how they and she fit into the world.

VINYL DINOSAURS screens on Saturday November 19th during Block 2 at the 11th Annual Carrboro Film Festival.

Q&A with Henning Backhaus

What is the name of your film?

"Gute Nacht", German for "Good Night".

What was the inspiration behind the story?

One day I met my film school teacher Michael Haneke at the staircase, he told me that he planned to launch a project: A handful of short films made by film students should visually accompany and interpret classical songs. He's a big fan of music by Franz Schubert (just watch his movie "The Piano Teacher" *cough cough*) and he wanted to show the clips at television and eventually there should be a DVD for music lessons at schools in Austria. He added that he'd be delighted if I was part of the project and wished me a nice day. There was no time to so say "I don't know" or "no".

So I chose Schubert's song "Good Night" from the song cycle "Winter Journey". I had to think about the DVD for kids and decided to translate the lyric of the song into a story with sock puppets. Big Sorry if the music clip should be too gloomy. Kids in Europe can stand it, especially in Vienna, the city of Sigmund Freud (and Michael Haneke :))

What do you hope audiences will feel, do, or think about as a result of watching this film?

In my opinion every sad story has always a funny side. I would be glad if people have something to laugh about and are totally devastated at the same time.

Anything you’d like to say about the film or yourself that you think will add the experience of watching your film at The Carrboro Film Festival on November 19th and 20th?

In case some of you are familiar with Schubert's "Winter Journey" - of course it's music of Romanticism, but for me the song cycle is also kinda precursor of German Expressionism. The sparse piano accompaniment is dry, abrupt and precise, it's b/w-music in a way. That's why I decided to make an expressionistic b/w-film. In a way.

How can we find out more online about your film?

Very good question! Our main actor Ingbert Sock has his own Facebook page, cos we plan to make further films with him. Most is in German, mea culpa: https://www.facebook.com/Ingbert-Socke-169792093474585/

You can also find some nice pictures of the shooting on the website of Film Academy Vienna. Have a look: http://www.filmakademie.wien/de/film/gute-nacht/
 

PODCAST: PABLO IRABURU & JORGE FERNÁNDEZ on LOCAL FILM TALK

Co-directors PABLO IRABURU & JORGE FERNÁNDEZ  recently appeared on the LOCAL FILM TALK podcast to talk about their award-winning documentary DISTRICT ZERO.  You can get the interview by clicking HERE or listen below.

What’s hidden inside the smartphone of a refugee? It contains clues to a refugee’s memories, past, identity and some contacts from the world he had to flee from. This film narrates the daily life of a tiny mobile phone shop in one of the largest refugee camps in the world.

DISTRICT ZERO screens on Saturday November 19th during Block 1 at the 11th Annual Carrboro Film Festival.

PODCAST: Chris White on Local Film Talk

Director Chris White recently sat down with Bob Walters for an episode of LOCAL FILM TALK to discuss his 5-part southern gothic anthology film UNBECOMING.  You can get the interview by clicking HERE or listen below.

A retired U.S. senator with a dark secret, an in-school suspension teacher and his captive audience of one, two lost souls’ unlikely meeting at a roadside diner, the stomach-churning memory of True Love lost, a father’s last will and testament passed on via workshop mix tape.

UNBECOMING screens on Saturday November 19th during Block 4 at the 11th Annual Carrboro Film Festival.

Q&A with Chris White

What is the name of your film?

UNBECOMING

What was the inspiration behind the story?

UNBECOMING is an anthology feature—five short films made over fifteen consecutive weeks, one film every three weeks. I wrote a new five page short film every 15-20 days, all summer long, then made the film and moved on to the next one. The stories grew out of casting, really. And location. I only shot within a 50-mile radius of my house in Greenville, SC. Then I selected two actors I’d never worked with for each film...tried to imagine what they might talk about. Wrote to fit their mouths. So...inspiration by random rules and a ticking clock, I guess? But. The cumulative effect totally surprised me. I never intended it, but UNBECOMING is about its author’s view of the world, of how he sees things and where he finds hope.

What do you hope audiences will feel, do, or think about as a result of watching this film?

For makers, I hope UNBECOMING inspires them to make their movie. Tell their story. Just...get started, you know? For others, I hope that UNBECOMING causes them to lean in to more attentive, more graceful dialogue with people in their lives. At heart, each of these stories is about listening and, ultimately, understanding.

Anything you’d like to say about the film or yourself that you think will add the experience of watching your film at The Carrboro Film Festival on November 19th and 20th?

I am always amazed when something I’m made with friends and colleagues is selected by strangers to screen. It’s incredibly rewarding to be given that kind of trust and affirmation by a curator you respect. Carrboro FF is known for having great taste...a fiercely independent spirit and a willingness to throw something new out there. I’m excited to sit in the room with the CFF audience and then interact afterwards with the collected community. Honestly, I can’t wait for them to tell me what the hell UNBECOMING actually means!

How can we find out more online about your film? 

I’m here: www.ChrisWhiteHQ.com and here: www.twitter.com/chriswhitehq. UNBECOMING lives here: www.facebook.com/unbecomingfilm.

Q&A with Drew Maynard

What is the name of your film?

The Saurus

What was the inspiration behind the story?

It's something we're all guilty of, really. Sometimes we just can't zoom out and see the bigger picture. A lot of times we tend to hone in and focus on the smaller things. The Saurus just can't find his way out. And unfortunately, he's the butt of this joke.

What do you hope audiences will feel, do, or think about as a result of watching this film?

I find great value in humans connecting with one another amid silly situations. If someone could connect with this sad human on the screen, I'd hope that the story somehow enriches his or her daily life.

Anything you’d like to say about the film or yourself that you think will add the experience of watching your film at The Carrboro Film Festival on November 19th and 20th?

Please don't diagram these sentences. Or if you take the time to do so, I'd love to see the what it looks like.

How can we find out more online about your film? 

drewmaynard.com
 

Q&A with Ellen Hemphill & Jim Haverkamp

What is the name of your film?

It Had Wings

What was the inspiration behind the story?

It is a short story by Allan Gurganus, which appeared in his short story collection "White People." He and Jane Holding, who plays the widow character in the film, approached us to see if we'd be interested in adapting the story. Jane appeared in a film portion of "The Narrowing," a theater/film piece we did in Durham in 2013.  ( http://archipelagotheatre.org/project/the-narrowing/) We both loved the story, as did our creative team. We all responded to the idea of the epic struggles and experiences that are often masked by everyday life.

What do you hope audiences will feel, do, or think about as a result of watching this film?

We think of it as a little reminder that the mythic is always waiting inside the ordinary. It is a bird's eye view of the vulnerability of the solitary life of the woman, but also of her courage and resolve, that allows her vision to give her purpose.

Anything you’d like to say about the film or yourself that you think will add the experience of watching your film at The Carrboro Film Festival on November 19th and 20th?  

This is the first film put together by our collective known as Archipelago Theatre (and now Archipelago Theatre/CINE). Ellen co-founded the company in 1990, and has worked steadily since then to push the boundaries of live performance, including incorporating photography and film & video into theatrical works. Jan Chambers, our production designer on the film, has been with Archipelago for 22 years, and Allison Leyton-Brown, who composed and played on the score, for 12 years. Jim joined the team in 2009. Together, we've been exploring how to expand, and now hybridize, the worlds of theater and film. We're embarking on a new project called "Eve and Poppy" that we're simultaneously excited and terrified about.

How can we find out more online about your film? 

At the Archipelago Theatre/CINE web site: www.archipelagotheatre.org

Q&A with John Hellberg

What is the name of your film?

MOUSSE

What was the inspiration behind the story?

I got the idea after seeing an old re-run of the Swedish television show with people hanging out in a bar, drinking beer, and telling jokes to each other. I put a lot of effort into getting different layers in the film as it plays out but the main thing for me is still the gallows humour that is the very base of the storytelling in Mousse. I also enjoy twisting the different characters in a way that the audience will have a hard time figuring out a character’s next move.

What do you hope audiences will feel, do, or think about as a result of watching this film?

I hope they feel entertained and understands the mixture between surrealism and grounded realism.

Anything you’d like to say about the film or yourself that you think will add the experience of watching your film at The Carrboro Film Festival on November 19th and 20th?

It was made with a budget of 15 000 dollars.

How can we find out more online about your film? 

Go to http://mousse.nu/ or the Facebook page of ”Filmen Mousse”.