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The Films

45RPM
Narrative - 97 min. - Juli Jackson
Film Block 6: Saturday, Nov. 23 at 4:00pm, Century Center
Charlie, an artist who seeks a connection between her work and her deceased father's music, teams up with Louie, an obsessive record collector. Together they scour the South in search of the elusive 45 that hails from the heyday of '60s garage rock.
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7 Lives of Chance
Narrative - 111 min. - Banks Helfrich
Film Block 1: Saturday, Nov. 23 at 10:15am, The ArtsCenter
When a string of sudden deaths of those close to Chance occur, balloons begin to appear in her house followed by eccentric apparitions in her closet. An image of a lone red balloon she held onto as a child for solace accompanies her to an approaching reunion for which she must come face to face with a memory she has yet to accept.
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A-Model Romance
Documentary - 3 min. - Ora Dekornfield
Film Block 9: Sunday, Nov. 24 at 12:30pm, Century Center
When Charlie Banner Von Cannon was sixteen, he swapped his cow for a 1931 A-Model Ford. He drove to Fort Lauderdale, Florida, to spend spring break with his cousin. While flipping through his cousin's yearbook, one of the girls caught his eye. Fifty-years later, he still has the car and is still in love with that girl from the yearbook.

About Time
Narrative - 18 min. - Elisabeth Lewis Corley and Joseph Megel
Film Block 10: Sunday, Nov. 24 at 2:35pm, Century Center
A young man, raised by his father after the death of his mother, finds himself stalled in his life and unable to pursue his dreams of pursuing an acting career. Performing in a play in his hometown, he meets an older actress who acts as a catalyst, changing everything.

Alpacas and Destiny
Narrative - 15 min. - Jordan Imbrey
Film Block 9: Sunday, Nov. 24 at 12:30pm, Century Center
Teenage loner Winslow Timms is left the run of his house for the week when his dad is out on business. He lives an unusual abode-- an alpaca farm. But, like most teenagers, he has social anxiety, and as a result, his only real friends are alpacas. On the way back from getting groceries, he discovers a roadside tent, owned by a mysterious redneck, who sells him an amulet that magically changes alpacas into humans.
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Alphabet Soup
Narrative - 10 min. - Justin Mejia, Bryan Reklis, and Niall Madden
Film Block 11: Sunday, Nov. 24 at 4:50pm, Century Center
Independent short film made in North Carolina. It's a light hearted comedy about a day in the local Cafe where everything goes.... well, like a regular day at the local cafe.

Baby Shoes
Narrative - 3 min. - Michael Howard
Film Block 9: Sunday, Nov. 24 at 12:30pm, Century Center
As a father begins to sell his son's baby shoes and clothes, we see his thoughts of the child's life.
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Beyond Natural Evolution
Documentary - 3 min. - Brad Herring
Film Block 11: Sunday, Nov. 24 at 4:50pm, Century Center
Some species are near extinction because they can't evolve quick enough to fight off invasive species. We can influence this process by genetically engineering animals to be better equipped to meet these demands. But, what are the societal and ethical implications of introducing genetically modified species into the world when long-term implications are unknown?

Buenos Aires
Narrative - 2 min. - Fernando Fernando
Film Block 10: Sunday, Nov. 24 at 2:35pm, Century Center
Buenos Aires, beautiful, chaotic, surreal, funny, magic… a large amusement park.

Chairworks
Narrative - 24 min. - Larry Evans
Film Block 11: Sunday, Nov. 24 at 4:50pm, Century Center
Dr. Parnell has created a new therapy to help patients with anger management. Sometimes you have to hurt to heal.

Changing Our Relationship With Science
Documentary - 8 min. - Brad Herring
Film Block 9: Sunday, Nov. 24 at 12:30pm, Century Center
This film asks scientists from Harvard University and Duke University to imagine what our world will look like in the year 2050 and what role the scientific enterprise would play in shaping it.

Crackerjack
Narrative - 97 min. - Edward Bryan Coley
Film Block 3: Saturday, Nov. 23 at 12:45pm, The ArtsCenter
Crackerjack is a southern fairytale narrated by our executive producer, Jeff Foxworthy, about a lovable loser who finds his means of avoiding responsibility through his drug of choice- men's slow pitch softball. But when his girlfriend, Sherry, gets pregnant and moves out to "get him in gear", the real source of Crackerjack's avoidance surfaces- a curse where generations of fathers on his family tree leave as son as a baby is in the picture.

The Crane Wife
Animation - 4 min. - Daria Dorafshar
Film Block 10: Sunday, Nov. 24 at 2:35pm, Century Center
An interpretation of the Japanese folk tale The Crane Wife. After saving a wounded crane and nursing it back to health, a poor man is visited by a beautiful woman with a talent for weaving who becomes his wife. However, she tells him that he must never see her while she works.

Cultivating Community
Documentary - 5 min. - Patrick Mustain
Film Block 4: Saturday, Nov. 23 at 1:30pm, Century Center
Maurice Small is an urban strategist specializing in food access. In 2012 the Interfaith Food Shuttle, an organization working to fight hunger in the Triangle Area of North Carolina, invited him to Southeast Raleigh to start an urban agriculture program (Urban Ag).

DAR HE: The Lynching of Emmett Till
Narrative - 70 min. - Rob Underhill
Film Block 4: Saturday, Nov. 23 at 1:30pm, Century Center
In an acting tour de force, one man performs 36 roles in the telling of the Emmett Till tragedy. Experience the story, trial, and unbelievable confessions of those accused of Emmett's murder in this riveting drama.
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Death and the Robot, Animation - 12 min. - Animated and directed by Austin Taylor, produced by Alex Thompson and Julia Festa, music by Tom Hauser.
Film Block 3: Saturday, Nov. 23 at 12:45pm, The ArtsCenter
Two lonely souls, bored in their safe havens, venture into new worlds and share an encounter that will nurture a friendship and an everlasting legacy.

Dudley Taft - God Forbid
Music Video - 6 min. - Matthew Krieg
Film Block 2: Saturday, Nov. 23 at 11:00am, Century Center
A western adaptation "Of Mice and Men."

El Cosmonauta
Narrative - 97 min. - Nicolas Alcala
Film Block 5: Saturday, Nov. 23 at 3:15pm, The ArtsCenter
Stas, the cosmonaut, gets lost in space. When he comes back he finds Earth completely empty of human life. Yulia and Andrei wait for him on the other side of a collapsing world. How far would you go for love?
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The Doll Dillemma
Documentary - 10 min. - Jacob Rosdail
Film Block 3: Saturday, Nov. 23 at 12:45pm, The ArtsCenter
Jo Maeder left a life and career in New York City to take care of her aging mother in rural North Carolina. Now, years after her mother has passed, Jo feels trapped by the enormous doll collection that was left behind.

The Fishing Lesson
Narrative - 3 min. - Keith Sarich
Film Block 9: Sunday, Nov. 24 at 12:30pm, Century Center
The Fishing Lesson is a short film that takes a humorous look at our cultural obsession with personal technology. An attractive young couple, Matt and Ashley, are enjoying a day together at the lake. But things quickly go wrong as Ashley is so distracted by her cell phone that she eventually ignores Matt altogether.

Foodie
Narrative - 26 min. - Christopher Moore
Film Block 11: Sunday, Nov. 24 at 4:50pm, Century Center
Foodie is a short, dark comedy film about a food service industry professional who receives an invitation to an exclusive, underground dinner party and finds out there's much more on the menu than he bargained for.
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The Gardening Lesson
Documentary - 4 min. - Jagmeet Mac
Film Block 4: Saturday, Nov. 23 at 1:30pm, Century Center
A grandmother learned how to garden from her grandparents. Now she teaches her grandson. The two grow strawberries and peppers at the Common Ground community garden in Kinston, North Carolina.

Granny's Got Game
Documentary - 74 min. - Angela Alford
Film Block 2: Saturday, Nov. 23 at 11:00am, Century Center
Granny's Got Game is a documentary film about a senior women's basketball team in North Carolina. These six fiercely competitive women in their seventies battle physical limitations and social stigma to keep doing what they love.
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Heartbeats of Fiji
Documentary - 10 min. - Jon Kasbe
Film Block 5: Saturday, Nov. 23 at 3:15pm, The ArtsCenter
Ben is searching for purpose. Masi is following a dream. From separate islands, yet connected through music, their paths crossed at Fiji's Beat Making Lab. The Beat Making Lab believes music can transform individuals and communities. They build studios around the world, training youth in the art of beat making.

HeARTstanding Cow, the MOOvie
Documentary - 13 min. - Wil Weldon
Film Block 1: Saturday, Nov. 23 at 10:15am, The ArtsCenter
HeARTstanding Cow, the MOOvie depicts the life-cycle of Elsie, a cow in Cow Parade NC 2012, envisioned and painted by Steven Ray Miller.

Helpless
Narrative - 6 min. - Christene Hurley and Evan Scott Russell
Film Block 11: Sunday, Nov. 24 at 4:50pm, Century Center
Leah confesses her true feelings to Chayse in the school library while unknown malice lurks in the hallways.
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How to Sharpen Pencils
Documentary - 9 min. - Kenneth Price
Film Block 9: Sunday, Nov. 24 at 12:30pm, Century Center
A practical and theoretical treatise on the artisanal craft of pencil sharpening. The number one #2 pencil sharpener in the world, David Rees takes viewers through the delicate process of sharpening a pencil by hand.
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I Tell What I Have Seen
Animation - 3 min. - Brad Lambert
Film Block 10: Sunday, Nov. 24 at 2:35pm, Century Center
Animated documentary that tells the story of Dorothea Dix's mid-19th century crusade for mental health care reform. Using silhouette-style animation, the movie shows how one woman shocked and shamed the nation into providing humane treatment for the mentally ill.
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Interluding
Narrative - 16 min. - Matthew Krieg
Film Block 10: Sunday, Nov. 24 at 2:35pm, Century Center
Four friends spend one last together before leaving for college reliving the memories of their past.

It's Monday and the South is Rising
Documentary - 20 min. - Jonathan Michels
Film Block 2: Saturday, Nov. 23 at 11:00am, Century Center
Local 22. Robert Williams. The Greensboro sit-ins. North Carolina has a strong history of people fighting for social justice. The most current incarnation of this struggle is the Moral Monday movement. This past summer, seasoned activists, ministers, professionals and everyday people descended upon the NC state capital to protest a string of policies from the Republican-controlled legislature.

Ken Love
Stop Motion - 2 min. - Catherine Chao
Block 11 - : Sunday, Nov. 24 at 4:50pm, Century Center
"Ken Love" follows one lonely doll as he travels around New York City trying to forget his new found love, only to later find out he is unable to escape the inevitable."

Kotzebue
Music Video - 3 min. - Joshua Yates
Film Block 9: Sunday, Nov. 24 at 12:30pm, Century Center
A one-take music video concerned with the tragic fate of a young girl. "Kotzebue" by Cassis Orange.

La Mirada Perdida
i>Narrative - 11 min. - Damian Dionisio
Film Block 10: Sunday, Nov. 24 at 2:35pm, Century Center
Argentina, 1976. Claudio is forced to live with his family in hiding, due to his political ideals. The house in which they live is discovered by the militars. No time to flee, Teresa try to shelter his daughter in a fantasy world to avoid the girl look at the horror they are about to live.
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Light In Me
Narrative - 1 min. - Ora Dekornfield
Film Block 9: Sunday, Nov. 24 at 12:30pm, Century Center
This film is a documentary. I spent a morning, afternoon, and night with three women and girls of different ages. This video encapsulates their feminine beauty, power and strength as they navigate three distinct stages of life.

Link
Narrative - 15 min. - Alex Thompson
Film Block 7: Saturday, Nov. 23 at 7:30pm, Century Center
Harman and Wendel are two WWII concentration camp escapees chained together at the wrist. Their run for freedom is halted when they mistakenly step on a land mine.

Loh Dalum Bay
Music Video - 3 min. - Phil Torres
Film Block 10: Sunday, Nov. 24 at 2:35pm, Century Center
This video was made in collaboration with the Austrian filmmaker Christoph Malin. He spent many, many nights filming atop the mountains of La Palma -- "Europe's Hawaii" -- and the result was a video called "Island in the Sky."

Lost and Found
Animation - 24 min. - Suzanne Faber
Film Block 7: Saturday, Nov. 23 at 7:30pm, Century Center
Based on the best-selling book by OLIVER JEFFERS, this multi-award winning film, tells the unforgettable story of a little Boy who one day finds a Penguin on his doorstep. Although at first unsure what to do, the boy becomes determined to help the penguin find his way back home…even if that means rowing all the way to the South Pole! Featuring the endearing narration by Academy Award®- winner, JIM BROADBENT, this breathtakingly beautiful tale about the power of friendship is sure to captivate the hearts of young and old alike.

Luminaris
Narrative - 6 min. - Juan Pablo Zaramella
Film Block 11: Sunday, Nov. 24 at 4:50pm, Century Center
In a world controlled and timed by light, an ordinary man has a plan that could change the natural order of things.
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Maiden Flight
Animation - 2 mins. - Dwayne Martin
Film Block 9: Sunday, Nov. 24 at 12:30pm, Century Center
Maiden Flight is a story about the strength it takes to let go of what you love most by showing how far a handicap man will go to give his wife a dream. In doing so he sees what he is capable of in spite of his despair.

Mi Ojo Derecho
Narrative - 13 min. - Josecho De Linares
Film Block 10: Sunday, Nov. 24 at 2:35pm, Century Center
Zurdo maintained a special relationship with his grandmother. Since he went away to study they have lost contact. On the last day of summer Zurdo decides to visit her with the intuition that he might not see her again.
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Music Man Murray
Documentary - 22 min. - Richard Parks
Film Block 6: Saturday, Nov. 23 at 4:00pm, Century Center
Music Man Murray is a documentary about a man, his son, and hundreds of thousands of records.
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Over Water Under Fire
Documentary - 12 min. - G. Ligaiya Romero
Film Block 4: Saturday, Nov. 23 at 1:30pm, Century Center
This is a story of the Colorado River. How we change the river, and how the river changes us. A group of Army Rangers raft down the Colorado River as part of a wilderness therapy program.

The Possum Drop
Documentary - 28 min. - Mindy Keeley
Film Block 10: Sunday, Nov. 24 at 2:35pm, Century Center
A whimsical documentary that reveals the age-old tale of outsider influence on a community but with a curious twist, The Possum Drop is a film that will leave the viewer rooting for the underdog. The traditions of this rustic artsy town in the Blue Ridge Mountains are being threatened by exterior forces. The town's New Year's Eve festivities of the past 18 years could be coming to an abrupt halt because the organization PETA wants to stop the annual Possum Drop.
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Rainy Season
Documentary - 20 min. - Joan Widdifield
Film Block 2: Sat., Nov. 23 at 11:00am, Century Center
An intimate story about a family's unexpected change of fate, set in the larger context of post-war Vietnam. A rubber tree-farming family in central Vietnam comes to grips with life after their youngest son finds a leftover American mortar while searching for grasshoppers.
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Sahkanaga
Narrative - 80 min. - John Henry Summerour
Film Block 7: Saturday, Nov. 23 at 7:30pm, Century Center
In 2002, over 300 bodies were discovered on the property of the Tri-State Crematory in the Appalachian foothills of northwest Georgia, thrusting an unassuming, tight-knit community into the international spotlight. SAHKANAGA (meaning “Great Blue Hills of God” in Cherokee, pronounced “sock-uh-nogga”) imagines this event from the perspective of Paul, a teenager who stumbles upon the first body. Matters are further complicated by his father's ownership of the local funeral home and the arrival of Lyla, a beautiful stranger whose recently deceased grandfather is the first corpse that Paul finds. Filmed in Walker County, GA, with a cast of local, non-professional actors (many of whom had a direct connection to the real-life scandal), the tension mounts as Paul is entangled in his own secrets, and the entire community faces the complexities of forgiveness in the wake of an unfathomable tragedy.
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Sea Change
Animation - 3 min. - Michelle Folkman
Film Block 9: Sunday, Nov. 24 at 12:30pm, Century Center
Sea Change is based on the Japanese fable Urashima Taro. A fisherman saves a great turtle and is rewarded with a visit to his undersea kingdom. The man returns to find while he was away 300 years have gone by and everything is changed - even himself.

Simple As That
Doc - 12 min. - Kari Branch, Ashley McCue, Russell Walker
Film Block 9: Sunday, Nov. 24 at 12:30pm, Century Center
A short documentary filmed in the tiny town of Marfa, TX, introduces us to Allan McClane, a philospher and herdsman, and Malinda Beeman, a life-long artist. Both in their 60s, they brought their respective life experiences together to create an artisan goat cheese business in a town where ranchers and artists are often on opposite sides of the barbed wire.
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The Skin Tone of Your Voice
Narrative - Some Profanity - 8 min. - Kip Reynolds
Film Block 4: Saturday, Nov. 23 at 1:30pm, Century Center
"The Skin Tone of Your Voice" grapples with issues of casual bigotry, political correctness and personal acceptance. Todd and Dave work as couriers for a local law firm. It's Dave's first day on the job and jaded but jokey veteran Todd is showing him the ropes. As the day goes on, Todd's sexually and racially charged commentary pushes mild-mannered Dave to a breaking point. But even as the resulting confrontation forces Todd to re-examine his views, questions are raised for both men.

Sri Lakshmi
Narrative - 7 min. - Hanna Brown
Film Block 11: Sunday, Nov. 24 at 4:50pm, Century Center
Jobless and lacking direction, Jamie is staying on a friend's couch while attempting to get his life together. Unexpected help comes in the form of Lakshmi, a Hindu goddess who appears to Jamie late one night. Lakshmi is a cryptic gal though, and it's up to Jamie to figure out just what she is trying to tell him, and- if he's lucky- discover his destiny along the way.

Strange Beauty comes to The Carrboro Film Festival
90 minutes of films
Curated by Jim Haverkamp & Joyce Ventimiglia
Film Block 8: Saturday, Nov. 24 at 10:00pm, Century Center
Films from The Strange Beauty Film Festival, Durham's winter film fest. The complete schedule is here.

Take Me Home
Documentary - 8 min. - Caleb Goodnight
Film Block 4: Saturday, Nov. 23 at 1:30pm, Century Center
Adoptions aren't smooth. The Allison's have been trying to adopt for over 2 years. Take Me Home is a short documentary detailing the ups and downs of trying to adopt internationally.

They Will Rest High On The Mountain
Documentary - 8 min. - Ivan Weiss
Film Block 9: Sunday, Nov. 24 at 12:30pm, Century Center
Dee and Bernice Mitchell live in Elk Park, North Carolina -- the same remote mountain community where they were born. They have lived a full life there, making a solid living and raising three children. Now they are enjoying watching their great-grandchildren grow up and play in the same fields they once did. Like the mountains, they are worn by time but their belief in family and generosity stands strong.

Trap
Music Video - 3 min. - Matt Hedt
Film Block 11: Sunday, Nov. 24 at 4:50pm, Century
One shot one take video by bike!

U-666
Narrative - 10:00 - Jimmy Kelly and Konstantin Sumtsev
Film Block 5: Saturday, Nov. 23 at 3:15pm, The ArtsCenter
Germany, 1943. In an attempt to win the war, the German scientists invent a gas that can teleport machinery anywhere. The experiment is to take place on U-666, which mysteriously disappears at the end of the war. In present day, two men find this submarine in the mountains of North Carolina. The experiment that was lost with its crew is still running and ready to take another two lives.

Voice Over
Narrative - 9 min. - Martin Rosete
Film Block 9: Sunday, Nov. 24 at 12:30pm, Century Center
I will not tell you whose voice over leads us through three extremes situations that are actually the same… Will you survive?
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Wings
Narrative - 11 min. - Adam Perry
Film Block 9: Sunday, Nov. 24 at 12:30pm, Century Center
An idealistic young boy, Elliot, despite discouragements from his older brother, attempts a fanciful form of self-aviation in order to reconnect with his deceased father.

Please check back for the schedule.

The Carrboro Film Festival is sponsored by the Town of Carrboro.

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