On Friday, October 5,
Longleaf will present a new groundbreaking documentary on the work of female film directors. Half the Picture interviews several high-profile women about their careers and investigates their experiences with gender inequality in Hollywood. The screening of this film (2018; TVPG Rating: TV-PG; run time: 94 min.) will begin at 7 p.m., with a panel discussion, Women in Film, North Carolina Style (see below), to follow.
This evening is copresented by Longleaf Film Festival and and MOHA, the Museum of History Associates.
Women in Film, North Carolina Style,
a panel discussion on the current environment for women in North Carolina’s film community, includes filmmakers Lana Garland, Nicolle Jones, and Camden Watts; the panel will be moderated by Beth Yerxa. Prepare your questions and be a part of this discussion after the film.
Lana Garland has worked as a creative director, a director, and a writer/producer, creating content for such networks as BET, ESPN, and Denmark’s TV2. In documentary film, she has worked on Bowling for Columbine with director Michael Moore, Stolen Moments: Red Hot + Cool (Independent Television Service and PBS), and Unchained Memories: Readings from the Slave Narratives (HBO) with actors Samuel L. Jackson, Oprah Winfrey, Don Cheadle, and more. In the realm of short film, her works include Rapture and AfterLife. Lana has received the Ella Fountain Pratt Emerging Artists Award and a filmmaking grant from the Southern Documentary Fund for Living Off the Line, a project on African American washerwomen. Her company, Insibah Media, is based in Durham and creates documentaries, webseries, and marketing videos for the Internet and for broadcast and cable TV.
Screenwriter and Filmmaker N.C. Jones was born and raised in Raleigh. She then studied theater, screenwriting, and computer science at East Carolina University, then spent over 15 years in production, marketing, and other positions in the TV and film industry. She has worked on independent film projects, volunteered at film festivals, and completed several original feature-length screenplays—all while working full-time. N.C. has been a semifinalist (2010) and a quarterfinalist (2012) for one of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting. She is currently in production on her latest short film project, Merit Badges—and is still working full-time, now as a co-organizer and website/communications manager for the Triangle Filmmaking Communty networking group and as a coordinator for its bimonthly screenwriting workshop, as well as helping organize the annual filmSPARK Film Festival.
Camden Watts is a writer, producer, and director of independent films. Two of her most recent films, Brewconomy and The Innocent AK, screened at Longleaf Film Festival. She is currently directing and seeking funding for Good Thing: A Documentary About Landfill Dogs. It is a documentary featuring Mary Shannon Johnstone, a professor at Meredith College who photographs dogs from the Wake County Animal Shelter to help them find loving homes. Camden is originally from eastern North Carolina and currently lives in Raleigh, NC with her husband and daughter.
Beth Yerxa is executive director of Triangle ArtWorks, a nonprofit that works with arts organizations, economic development agencies, and small businesses to ensure artists in the Triangle have resources they need to thrive and to increase the visibility and power of the arts community as a business segment. Prior to helping found Triangle ArtWorks, Beth served on the Raleigh Arts Commission and was chair for an unprecedented three years; she is currently a member of the City of Durham’s Small Business Advisory Committee and speaks frequently on the role and impact of the arts community as a vital business segment in the Triangle. Beth began her career in Washington, DC, as a litigation attorney handling toxic tort claims and advising trade associations regarding emerging environmental laws. In Raleigh, she expanded her practice to include compliance and regulatory matters for businesses of all sizes and providing advice on environmental.
Photo courtesy Indy Week, Durham
on Friday, December 7 (Hurricane Florence caused postponement of our original September 14 date), help us celebrate the 25th anniversary of a made-in-NC classic: Super Mario Bros. This film was the first live-action film to be adapted from the goals, obstacles, and characters in a video game—and its special effects were notably innovative for the time. Not that it needs introduction, but in the film (1993; MPAA rating: PG; run time: 104 min.), brothers Mario (Bob Hoskins) and Luigi (John Leguizamo), two Brooklyn plumbers, work to rescue archaeologist Daisy (Samantha Mathis) from evil King Koopa (Dennis Hopper) in a parallel dimension.
Come early for craft beer and concessions. Following a brief introduction, the film will screen at 7 p.m., in Daniels Auditorium at the North Carolina Museum of History. A follow-up session with the film’s archivist and “super” fan Ryan Hoss and others will wrap up the evening.
The museum and Museum Shop remain open after hours, and a display of Super Mario Bros. memorabilia will set the mood! Our evening schedule:
5 p.m.: Craft beer and concessions
6:30 p.m.: Auditorium doors open
7 p.m.: Brief introduction and screening
8:45 p.m.: Panel discussion and Q&A session