Festival Schedule

 


Seating is not guaranteed in any particular venue or for any particular film block or film;
ALL seating is on a first-available basis.



*Note: While these independent films are not rated by the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), most would fall within the PG-13 range. Films that may fall outside the PG-13 range and/or have a trigger or content warning will be noted with an asterisk and listed, with details, in a separate table at the bottom of this page.
Last updated Thursday, April 14.

 

Click here for an alphabetical list of this year’s official selections—
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Friday, May 13, 2022

Daniels Auditorium, Lobby Level
Seating is Limited; Maximum Occupancy: 300 seats

Film Block A
4:15 to 6:15 p.m.
Quinn Norman: Where Did the Time Go? (Documentary Short, 9 minutes)
Singer-songwriter Elise Koscso is a very dedicated and hardworking musician. Although she faces problems in the competitive music industry, it is clear that Elise’s passion for her music will sustain her.
John Alexander: Little Satchmo (Documentary Feature, 61 minutes)
To the world, Louis Armstrong is iconic—a symbol of musical genius, unparalleled success, and unassailable character. To Sharon, he was simply Dad. Armstrong’s wholesome, non-threatening image preserved his singular career as a Black performer with unfettered access to a white man’s world. Yet he held tightly to the things he loved. Perhaps closest to his heart was a child he hid from the world: a daughter sworn to a life of secrecy until now.
Kelley St. Germain: Short Life of Trouble: The Legend of G. B. Grayson (Documentary Short, 39 minutes)
He came from one of the most isolated places on the East Coast, a blind fiddler that almost no one has ever heard of—despite the fact that his songs are played every day on stages all over the world by the biggest names in the music business.

 

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Demonstration Gallery and Atrium, Lobby Level

6:15 to 8:15 p.m. Reception for Filmmakers and Friends—Celebrate with this year’s Official Selection filmmakers and their film families! Enjoy appetizers, drinks, and community!
Advance registration is required; space is limited. 

 

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Bicentennial Plaza, Outside Front Entrance
Some seating provided; or, bring your own!

Movies-N-Moonlight, Film Block B
8:30 to 10 p.m.
Abby Davenport, Aiden Winter-Deely: Mundance (Animated Film, 5 minutes)
Maria is tired of her mundane office job and wishes her life were like a musical.
In case of inclement weather, Movies-N-Moonlight films, Film Block B, will be screened in Daniels Auditorium. Olympia Stone: The Uncommon Garden (Documentary Short, 21 minutes)
Creating a lush and layered secret garden with thousands of plants, trees, several ponds, and even a stone dragon was not on Dan Krebill’s agenda—until fate intervened and prompted a collaboration that changed the landscape in one corner of his community.
Sadie Zimet, Rachel Gathercole, and Audrey Horner: Sadie Rock and the Mad Ryans: “Fairy Tale” (Music Video; 4 minutes)
A version of the song “Fairy Tale” appears on this group’s All In album. The Durham-based group delivers saucy, fresh rock that is 100 percent original and blends rock ’n’ roll, pop, a little alternative, a hint of southern, a pinch of punk, and a dash of jazz and blues.
Cameron Wolfslayer: To the Roof (Narrative Short, 13 minutes)
Ava and Georgie’s friendship is tested when the friends disagree on their futures after high school graduation. 
Anita Clark-Anderson: Goodbye (Narrative Short, 5 minutes)
Adios, arrivederci, auf Wiedersehen. Friends say good-bye forever.
Justin Meckes: 9 Brief Films from Suburban Zen (Spoken Word, 8 minutes)
Tiny stories, poems, humorous reflections, and deep thoughts.
Isaiah Forte-Rose: Mixed Head (Narrative Short, 1 minute)
A group of separate personalities must come together to make a decision.
Bonnie Monteleone: 356 (Documentary Short, 12 minutes)
Hoping to tell the story about one of the most endangered whale species on the planet, a crew is launched into an unexpected journey—of something hidden from the world—while filming off the coast of North Carolina.
MK Singleton: Good Boy Cerberus (Narrative Short, 6 minutes)
When Cerberus, a three-headed puppy, ends up on the lord of the underworld’s doorstep, he goes through guard dog training to become useful to his new master. Will he remain a cute and loving puppy or end up the monster that he was born to be?

 

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Saturday, May 14

Make a day of it:
Food Truck schedule

We’ll have Cary catering company’s Designer Eats food truck parked outside from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.—
Their options include southern cooked seafood and “some of the best sides on the East Coast”!

Demonstration Gallery, Lobby Level

11 a.m. For Filmmakers and Film Fans: Film Secrets of the State Archives, a workshop to reveal some of the state’s archived film gems and how these films can provide inspiration for filmmakers, with state archivist Vann Evans and filmmaker and film historian Marsha Gordon.
This workshop is free, but advance registration is required; space is limited.

 

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Daniels Auditorium, Lobby Level
Seating is Limited; Maximum Occupancy: 300 seats

Film Block A
11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Kiersten Houser: Mother(s) & Son (Documentary Short, 10 minutes)
A filmmaker captures her wife’s journey of high-risk pregnancy, birth, and early motherhood. Consequently, she discovers her own fear and insecurity surrounding the adventures of parenthood—all while completing the adoption process for a non-biological son, as required by heteronormative state law.
Elec McCready, Isaac McCready: Blue (Narrative Short, 15 minutes)
A tumultuous relationship in three parts, intertwined with music that came from it.
*Glenn Pack: Kalamiti (Narrative Short, 14 minutes)
Internal combustion sparks a sudden separation.
Brian Sheehan: Free Order (Narrative Short, 15 minutes)
A delivery driver becomes involved in a customer’s family situation.
Ed Foster: Rescues (Documentary Short, 30 minutes)
In a world of victims, who rescues the rescuer? This film examines the financial and emotional toll taken on animal rescue workers.
Kimberly Best: Please Rescue Me (Documentary Short, 18 minutes)
Avid animal lover and tree climber Patrick Brandt has rescued more than 250 cats in the last 10 years. And he has no plans to stop!

 

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Longleaf-A Classroom, SECU Education Center, Level R
Seating is Limited; Maximum Occupancy: 45 seats

Film Block A
11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Timothy Hall: Landlocked (Narrative Feature, 81 minutes)
A man reunites with his estranged, transgender father as they journey to scatter his late mother’s ashes off the Georgia coast.
Bridget Fitzgerald: Alchemy (Documentary Short, 23 minutes)
This character-driven and empowering story depicts artist and social entrepreneur Rebeccah Byer and her apprentice, Lucy McGinnis, who struggles with growing up trans in North Carolina.

 

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Longleaf-B Classroom, SECU Education Center, Level R
Seating is Limited; Maximum Occupancy: 45 seats

Film Block A
11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Frederick Murphy: Sweet Home Alabama: A Chief and his Protégé (Documentary Short, 18 minutes)
Explore the parallels between survival, perseverance, and unapologetic preservation.
Rebecca Williams: Blanket Town (Documentary Feature, 65 minutes)
Beacon Manufacturing in Swannanoa (Buncombe County), North Carolina, once the world’s largest producer of blankets, left a lasting impression on the people and culture around the facility. Blanket Town chronicles some of those good times, bad times, and remarkable stories that came from its life and death.
John Rash: Sam Wang: Centripetal Persistence (Documentary Short, 25 minutes)
Photographer Sam Wang’s signature round photographs almost instinctively reflect the circular path of his career and life journey, from his birthplace of Beijing to Clemson, South Carolina, and back again.

 

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Daniels Auditorium, Lobby Level
Seating is Limited; Maximum Occupancy: 300 seats

Film Block B
1 to 3 p.m.
*Tonya McKinny: Interstate (Narrative Feature, 52 minutes)
Olivia and Diane shared a childhood in vulnerable, unsafe circumstances before life sent them down different roads. Adult Diane reaches out from her stable life to Olivia, a sex worker who is now in prison for murder. In addition to its serious topic, Interstate is an opera!
*Anya Dombrovskaya: Sasha & Mar (Narrative Short, 9 minutes)
Tensions rise between two women after a night they cannot recall.
Jo Hatcher: JAZMIN (Narrative Short, 13 minutes)
While searching for her younger sister, Jamila finds herself in unknown surroundings—in which she not only stumbles upon magic within the world but ultimately within herself.
Alyssa Hodges, Raunak Kapoor: C.A.I.N. (Web Pilot, 10 minutes)
A scientist makes a massive artificial intelligence technology breakthrough, but the origins of her research spark a federal investigation.
Alex Lippert: Pan (Narrative Short, 4 minutes)
A tragedy happened in a small town; a little boy now haunts the woods.
Andrew Huggins: Backyard Blackbird (Narrative Short, 15 minutes)
A mother and father confront strange behaviors manifesting in their eleven-year-old son.

 

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Longleaf-A Classroom, SECU Education Center, Level R
Seating is Limited; Maximum Occupancy: 45 seats

Film Block B
1 to 3 p.m.
David Weintraub: The Spirits Still Move Them (Documentary Feature, 58 minutes)
Everything we know about moonshine and moonshiners is wrong. Moonshiners are often portrayed as lazy, drunk outlaws, who were unable to hold a regular job and wore long beards and had even longer arrest records! This film reexamines moonshine history, chronicling the life of Appalachian farmers and the role that liquor production played in helping them make a living. 
Walter Jaime Iriarte: An Atacama Sun in Carolina (Narrative Short, 3 minutes)
A video love poem based in Elizabeth City, North Carolina.
Peyton Lea: The Beach Midwinter (Narrative Short, 14 minutes)
Two estranged brothers spend a weekend at their family’s North Carolina beach house after the death of their father. Their pressing decision: to keep or sell the house.
Connor Ryan: Deepwater Sponger (Narrative Short, 17 minutes)
In an alternate 1927 that’s been destroyed by pollution, a diver ventures into the Earth’s mysterious ocean to find its last cache of fresh water and save humankind. But his treacherous descent brings him face to face with untold horrors, forcing him to decide how much he’s willing to sacrifice for the sake of his mission.
Jinna Kim: Chinese Girl Wants Vote (Documentary Short, 5 minutes)
This short historical documentary features lesser-known suffragist Dr. Mabel Ping-Hua Lee. It was produced during quarantine in response to growing anti-Asian sentiment and in celebration of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month.
Caro Knight: Tiger Blanket (Animated Film, 7 minutes)
An abuela prepares for a night with her grandchildren, complete with loads of Hispanic fun. Unfortunately, the grandkids have no cultural connection to their grandmother, nor do they want to be there. As a last-ditch effort, Abuela conjures up a story of the Tiger Blanket, in hopes that the tale will break through to her nietos.

 

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Longleaf-B Classroom, SECU Education Center, Level R
Seating is Limited; Maximum Occupancy: 45 seats

Film Block B
1 to 3 p.m.
Jon Lance Bacon: Oh Crappy Day (Narrative Feature, 83 minutes)
A young aspiring filmmaker hopes to find love through online dating—if he can just keep his OCD on the DL.
Nikita Hattangady: Falafel (Narrative Short, 19 minutes)
Two people having an awful day meet at a café in London. But, a day that starts out awful doesn’t have to end that way. 

 

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Demonstration Gallery, Lobby Level

2 to 3 p.m. For Filmmakers and Film Fans: Our Strange New Land: Narrative Movie Sets in the American South: a photographer and filmmaker discuss their craft, their collaboration on set, and a new book, with Margaret Sartor, about narrative filmmaking in the South
This workshop is free, but advance registration is required; space is limited.

 

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Daniels Auditorium, Lobby Level
Seating is Limited; Maximum Occupancy: 300 seats

Film Block C
3 to 5 p.m.
Kristi Vincent Johnson: The River Speaks of Thirst (Narrative Feature, Music Video; 54 minutes)
This collection of audio poems, written by North Carolina poet laureate Jaki Shelton Green, document the real experiences of African American people past and present.
*Cameron Parker: Her Skin (Narrative Short, 7 minutes)
When first-time director Ravyn is confronted by an established executive producer days out from her first major production, she tries to convince him not to recast their lead actress. By challenging the bias underlying his decision, Ravyn could end her career before it starts.
Clarke Phillips: You Know His Name (Narrative Short, 10 minutes)
A day-in-the-life story of one Black teenager in America. As he prepares for a photo shoot with his close friend Zoe, dodging his mother’s requests and staying out later than he should, the two discuss their futures, their dreams, and his insecurities, all culminating in a dark and difficult drive home.
Aby Rao: Pressure Cooked (Narrative Short, 9 minutes)
When Priyanka, an Indian American chef, meets with her web show producer and director to plan the next episode, things go awry.
*Justin Zimmerman: Soldier (Documentary Short, 22 minutes)
Daniel Krug is a heroic firefighter, a father of five, a SWAT trainer, and an armored combat enthusiast; he is also a former sniper, with 10 years of combat, security, and search, rescue, and recovery experience in Iraq. And, over the past decade, he’s lost 11 of his close military friends—and almost himself—to PTSD.

 

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Longleaf-A Classroom, SECU Education Center, Level R
Seating is Limited; Maximum Occupancy: 45 seats

Film Block C
3 to 5 p.m.
*Wei Ying, Brad Dillard: Homme Alone (Narrative Short, 9 minutes)
They were together, but now they’re alone. As one of them contemplates this loss, the other won’t go away quietly—threatening both of their existences.
*Scott Slone: Malibu Horror Story (Narrative Feature, 85 minutes)
A team of paranormal investigators searches a sacred American Indian cave for clues in the unsolved disappearance of four local teens.
*Alexander Julian: Birthday Boy (Narrative Short, 10 minutes)
An abusive father gets his just desserts at a birthday dinner.

 

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Longleaf-B Classroom, SECU Education Center, Level R
Seating is Limited; Maximum Occupancy: 45 seats

Film Block C
3 to 5 p.m.
Anita Clark-Anderson: The Time Gatherer (Narrative Short, 3 minutes)
As the clock ticks, time passes by. And before you know it, time is up.
Kylie Wilhelmi: Stuck in the System (High School Student Film, Narrative Short; 4 minutes)
A young foster child is stuck moving from home to home. Will one mother take a chance on this troubled youth?
Kat Cerruto, Paige Dingler, Breanna Stowe: Shaping Seagrove (Documentary Short, 9 minutes)
The potters of Seagrove, North Carolina, go back generations and now include artists who have moved from as far away as Japan.
David Over: Mike Sizzer | A Chair Wrestling Documentary (Narrative Short, 7 minutes)
Meet Mike. He wrestles chairs. And yeah, he’s pretty good at it.
*Ted Kendrick: No Mean Feet (Narrative Short, 8 minutes)
A hunter tracks the legendary Bigfoot to find the task is no simple feat.
Lucy Collins: James (Documentary Short, 12 minutes)
In a neighborhood of million-dollar houses, James lives in a house that’s falling apart, tending to his plants, which threaten to overwhelm his yard, and talking of his past as a young gay man who left his home in the Appalachian Mountains to find a new life in Raleigh.
*Emily Gold: Plantastic! (Narrative Short, 10 minutes)
This trippy, dark comedy explores the burning question: What would your plants say if they could talk?
Shannon Silva: To Live and Die in the Shadows: Meditations on Ferns, Survival, and Horizontal Gene Transfer (Documentary Short, 5 minutes)
Millions of years ago, some 180 million, in fact, ferns acquired a much-needed light sensor (neochrome) that allowed them to modify and survive in low-light environments. That was a chance horizontal gene transfer; we should all be so lucky.
Emory Rice, ommar guiterrez: Bruja (Narrative Short, 6 minutes)
The forest is your friend—until it isn’t.
Jesse Aaron Barber: Wild and Scenic (Documentary Short, 15 minutes)
A town vanished from flooding in the early 1900s, due to the ecological damage of timber harvesting. Now, a group of volunteers seeks to keep the river clean from a new ecological threat: recreational day-use.
Nick Galin: Snake in the Grass (Narrative Short, 7 minutes)
A man on the brink of death from a venomous snake must decide what is most important to him in his final minutes.
Beth Davison: DocuAppalachia—A Half-Century Focus on the Environment (Documentary Short, 20 minutes)
Environmentally, what has changed over the past 50 years, since the beginning of Earth Day? Discovery of an untitled, silent 16-mm film reel in Boone, North Carolina, provides local answers for Watauga County.

 

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Daniels Auditorium, Lobby Level
Seating is Limited; Maximum Occupancy: 300 seats

Film Block D
5 to 7:30 p.m.
Alexa Velez: “Deep Blue” (Music Video, 4 minutes)
This musical and visual elegy speaks to concerns for global warming and rising sea levels.
*Andy Brewster: Caesura (Narrative Short, 16 minutes)
Based on real #MeToo stories, a prodigy pianist trains under the wing of an abusive predator.
Barry Thornburg: From the Soul (Documentary Short, 20 minutes)
As Black gospel music is cast into the popular spotlight by the likes of Kanye “Ye” West and Snoop Dogg, longtime practitioners of the genre, as well as their younger predecessors, strive to remind the world that it isn’t simply a fashionable aesthetic—but an agent of social change and a spiritual salve.
Doug Roland: Feeling Through (Narrative Short, 18 minutes)
One late-night encounter on a New York City street leads to a profound connection between a teen-in-need and a deafblind man.
David Baeumler: 30 Second Thoughts: Volume One (Narrative Short, 3 minutes)
A commercial break from another dimension.
Reuben Armstrong, Jamie Frye: Above All (Documentary Short, 8 minutes)
We were just 15 minutes away from the end of the world . . . And, David Frye was carrying an atomic bomb, airborne in the midst of the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis. This short film was made from family home movies, including previously unseen footage from inside US airbases. Its surprisingly heartwarming story provides a glimpse into what it was like to be in the air during those infamous moments.
Brian Storck: Adrift (Narrative Short, 22 minutes)
After crash landing on an unpopulated planet, the lone pilot forms a connection with their flight computer while trying to escape.
Jose Gonzalez: Ouroboros (Narrative Short, 6 minutes)
A troubled man is stuck in his own head, trying to run from something he can’t escape.
*Dylan Powers: LOOM (Narrative Short, 12 minutes)
A girl’s sanity is tested when she is strangely connected with a paranormal white box television.
*Graham High: Zero One Zero (Narrative Short, 13 minutes)
Looking to boost his confidence, Chuck tries a new meditation technique and manifests a night he won’t forget.
Matt Scott Jones: Veneers (Narrative Short, 16 minutes)
After a day of performing drastically different versions of himself, an exhausted man questions who he really is inside.

 

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Daniels Auditorium, Lobby Level
Seating is Limited; Maximum Occupancy: 300 seats

7:30 p.m. Awards Ceremony
Join us for presentation of awards for Longleaf 2022 categories, including the Judges’ Choice winners.
9 to 11 p.m. Wrap Party!
This is a FREE-to-attend public reception for friends, family members, and other supporters of filmmakers and Longleaf in the Voodoo Room event space at The Big Easy, 222 Fayetteville Street—just a few blocks away!
Your favorite beverage is on you; munchies are on Longleaf.
Donations support Longleaf 2023.
The Wrap Party is open to all festival attendees,
but let us know you’re coming!

 

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*While the independent films shown at Longleaf Film Festival are not rated
by the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA),
most would fall within the PG-13 range. Films that may fall outside the PG-13 range and/or
have a content or trigger warning are noted below.

Birthday Boy violence, blood
Caesura sexual abuse
Her Skin language
Homme Alone violence, blood
Interstate sexual violence
Kalamiti language, mature themes
LOOM flashing lights
Malibu Horror Story language, violence
No Mean Feet blood
Plantastic! flashing lights
Sasha & Mar sexual violence
Soldier suicide
Zero One Zero flashing lights