Longleaf 2020: Official Selections


Longleaf Film Festival is sponsored by the North Carolina Museum of History.

Due to COVID-19, the sixth annual Longleaf Film Festival, Longleaf 2020, became an online event that included a live-stream reveal of our 89 juried Official Selection films (scroll to see list) on Thursday, April 9.
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Believe us: we are just as disappointed as you are (maybe more so) to miss our annual two-day event. But, that makes next year more special: plan ahead for Friday and Saturday, May 14–15, 2021, for our seventh edition of Film, Fun, and Community.


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2020 Longleaf Film Festival Official Selection: 54 Stones, a Meditation on Highway Stacking
Justin Meckes
54 Stones
A cairn located on NC Highway 54 in Chapel Hill is also Justin’s subtitle, a “Meditation on Highway Stacking”; but the stones are on a busy thoroughfare and, at the time of filming, were in danger of being removed. Click here to visit the director’s website, which includes a biography and running list of projects.


2020 Longleaf Film Festival Official Selection: A Song for Falling Memories
Michael Pearce, Bruce DePyssler
A Song for Falling Memories
John Westmoreland isn’t just lead guitarist in Diali Cissokho and Kaira Ba, a musical group that blends the traditions and rhythms of West African music with subtle timbres of the American South. He also performs in a Chapel Hill retirement community that caters to patients suffering from memory deterioration. There, John uses the power of music to connect with patients and to bring peace and relief to the community members. Click here to watch this documentary short, and click here to see some stills from the film; click here to view a short biography of Bruce, one of the filmmakers. Click here to hear selections of Westmoreland’s music.


2020 Longleaf Film Festival Official Selection: Activized
Eric Stange
Activized
A handful of ordinary Americans, for the first time in their lives, leave their comfort zones and throw themselves into a political cause. But what are their motivations, their goals, successes and failures? And how and why are such activists the embodiment of positive citizen participation in the best American tradition? Click here to view trailers from this film and other projects by the filmmaker, or follow the film on Twitter or Facebook; click here to view bios of the filmmakers.


2020 Longleaf Film Festival Official Selection: Adventures of T-Man: Autism and the Quest for Independence
Nick Deel, Huiying Wang
Adventures of T-Man: Autism and the Quest for Independence
A jobs program for people on the autism spectrum gives Terrence (aka T-Man) the footing to live independently for the first time, even as he struggles to convince his family that he’s ready to go out on his own. Backed into a corner, T-Man is forced to take his future into his own hands as he tries to find his place in the world. Click here to see a trailer.



Scott Simerly Jr.
Alien Guy Tim
An outcast, Alien Guy Tim, wants to prove that he has been abducted by aliens; but he encounters many obstacles along the way. To learn more information about this film visit alienguytim.com. Click here to see a teaser for the film; or read reviews here, on Indie Shorts Mag, and here, in UK Film Review; you can also click here to follow the film on Instagram.


2020 Longleaf Film Festival Official Selection: All the Possibilities: Reflections on a Painting by Vernon Pratt
Marsha Gordon, Louis Cherry
All the Possibilities . . .
All the Possibilities of Filling in Sixteenths (65,536), completed in 1982 but only recently exhibited posthumously for the first time, is a 1,400 square foot systematic abstraction painting by artist Vernon Pratt. This documentary meditation gives viewers a unique experience that features Pratt’s mesmerizing and massive work of art, from the level of the smallest square to the painting as a whole. An accompanying percussive score, inspired by the painting’s mathematical formulas, immerses viewers in Pratt’s world of mathematically-based abstraction, a symphony in black and white. Click here to watch a trailer and here to get an idea of the painting’s size and complexity; read more about the painting and film here, in Academic and Student Affairs News (NCSU); click here to follow the film on Facebook.


2020 Longleaf Film Festival Official Selection: An Ode to Solitude
Matt Andringa
An Ode to Solitude
Heavily inspired by the French New Wave, this intimate narrative short tells the story of David, a bright young boy, struggling with a broken home life, as he tries to reconnect with his best friends from childhood as they search for something to do in their small suburban town. Click here to visit the film’s website, which contains credits and stills.



Christopher G. Moore
Backward Creep
A group of cosplayers on the way to an anime convention think that they’ve hit someone with their car; but they soon find out everything is not what it seems. Click here to read an article about the narrative short in Gruesome Magazine; click here to visit the film’s Facebook page.


2020 Longleaf Film Festival Official Selection: Blood Is My Fate
Zach Ball
Blood Is My Fate
A brave mother must overcome her past in order to save her only child. Click here to watch a trailer.


2020 Longleaf Film Festival Official Selection: Bringing Back Piedmont Prairies
Rua Mordecai
Bringing Back Piedmont Prairies
Before European arrival, much of the North Carolina Piedmont was covered by prairies and large animals like elk and bison. Learn about the history of prairies in the Piedmont and then about work that is underway in North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia to bring them back. Click here to see some videos about that restoration work; click here to watch this documentary short, or click here to view an extended version.



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2020 Longleaf Film Festival Official Selection: Clear the Smoke
Patti Price
“Clear the Smoke”
This music video is dedicated to the memory of Sgt. Michael “Brandon” Harrell and the other 8,000-plus veterans who lose their lives to PTSD—every year. Click here to view a trailer for the music video, or click here to view the filmmaker’s credits at IMDb; click here to follow the production (with music by Tim Keziah and David Parker) on Facebook.


2020 Longleaf Film Festival Official Selection: Conservatory
Brad Dillard, Thomas Espy
Conservatory
Four African American artists navigate their senior year at a prestigious art conservatory, while also leading an organization that promotes diversity and inclusivity on campus. Click here to view a trailer for the film; or, check out the film’s website. Follow the group on Facebook or Instagram.


2020 Longleaf Film Festival Official Selection: Dappled Gardens 1
Byron Butterworth
Dappled Gardens 1
See stunning cinematography of the flowers and lush gardens of this North Carolina estate, where Lilly, a cunning Welsh Terrier, watches over the wildlife and squirrels. Click here to watch a trailer; click here to follow the filmmaker, and Lilly, on Instagram.


2020 Longleaf Film Festival Official Selection: Darkness Purrs
Josh Yip
Darkness Purrs
When a mysterious feral cat appears one night on their back porch, three roommates are forced to confront the darkness that surrounds their house. Click here to read about the new Cinematic Arts program that supported the filmmaker.


2020 Longleaf Film Festival Official Selection: Deserted
Denver Hollingsworth
Deserted
The year is 1865, near the close of the Civil War in North Carolina, and two brothers desert their unit after a deadly battle. Having found refuge in an abandoned cabin, they know the enemy is closing in—but it’s not who, or what, they expect. Click here to watch a trailer, or click here to follow the film on Facebook. Click here to read some background about the film.


2020 Longleaf Film Festival Official Selection: Dig
Jono Seneff
Dig
When a neighbor’s horse is found dead, Caleb must cover for his autistic older brother, Russell, by digging the horse’s grave. While doing so, he also finds himself digging into his own unanswered questions about his relationship with Russell and the nature of disability within a family. Click here to watch a trailer for the film.



John Alston
Dreams and Nightmares
An uncanny tale of life and death. Click here to watch a trailer, or click here to follow the filmmaker on Facebook.


2020 Longleaf Film Festival Official Selection: Drown, a music video
Michael Valentino, Autumn Greenfield
“Drown”
A mother reflects on the past when she was forced to protect herself and her children from an abusive husband. Click here to watch this music video, click here to visit the band’s website, or click here to follow the band on Instagram.


2020 Longleaf Film Festival Official Selection: Everything Will Be Alright
Chris Chism
Everything Will Be Alright
This short film follows a sad ghost as it tries to remain optimistic in spite of circumstances.



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Click here for a list of Longleaf 2020 award winners.
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2020 Longleaf Film Festival Official Selection: F.A.M. (Family.Always.Matters), a TV series pilot
Kyle Romanek
F.A.M. (Family.Always.Matters)
Family drama set in an Atlanta suburb. There, an executive fights to maintain the tangled web of relationships he’s woven between three women: his sexy wife, his hellcat ex, and his curious daughter. Click here to watch the film’s trailer; or, learn more about the filmmaker on Vimeo or his website.


2020 Longleaf Film Festival Official Selection: Fall
The McCready Brothers
Fall
High school student Murray must rewrite his paper, by defining what love is, before he fails his English class. Click here to watch a trailer.


2020 Longleaf Film Festival Official Selection: Fend
Kelvin Edwards
Fend
Tired of being bullied, a depressed teenager decides to finally stand up for himself. Click here to watch a trailer, or click here to read about other projects by the filmmaker.


2020 Longleaf Film Festival Official Selection: Fever Dreams
Robert Underhill
Fever Dreams Movie
In the vein of Twilight Zone and Tales from the Crypt, these four spellbinding vignettes of suspense (all set in North Carolina) are intended to draw viewers into Fever Dreams, a television series that is currently in development. Click here to watch a trailer of the film; click here to follow the series on Facebook.


2020 Longleaf Film Festival Official Selection: Folding Fur
Keaton Sapp
Folding Fur
In a small paper forest lived a small paper fox who loved playing with all the animals, no matter how they were folded. One day, the fox spied a creature he’d never seen before in the forest, and, curiously, when the fox tried to say hello, the new animal ran away with his tail between his legs! The fox had never had trouble making new friends before, but if he was going to win over this new kid, he might have to change his whole outlook. Click here to see a digital portfolio of artwork by the filmmaker; click here to follow him on Facebook; Click here to hear a sample of music from the animated short’s original score, by Tim Carlos.


2020 Longleaf Film Festival Official Selection: Godspeed
Sade Abiodun
“Godspeed”
Inspired by the hit song by Frank Ocean, this narrative short film explores themes of identity, intergenerational community, and self-realization—all through the lens of a black woman coming to terms with her transformation from childhood to womanhood . . . and, all under the watchful eye of one of her greatest pillars: her mother. Click here to watch a trailer, or click here to follow the artist on Instagram; click here to view lyrics and hear a version of the song by Frank Ocean.


2020 Longleaf Film Festival Official Selection: Good Ol’ Bernie
Olivier Ducray, Wilfried Méance
Good Ol’ Bernie
Just retired, Bernie has only one goal left: win the next regional game of racewalking. Click here to learn about racewalking.


2020 Longleaf Film Festival Official Selection: Guardians of Our Troubled Waters
David Weintraub
Guardians of Our Troubled Waters
People had a deep spiritual connection to rivers and streams until the industrial age; then everything changed. This film is about the early heroes who stood up for our waterways and the heroes who stand in their footsteps today. Click here to watch a trailer for the film; read about the film here, on the Hemlock Restoration Initiative website, and here, in the Asheville Citizen-Times.


2020 Longleaf Film Festival Official Selection: Hebo
Kevin Wells
Hebo
Sam Ezell has forged a successful second career as an artist—even though a stroke in 2015 left him partially blind. Click here to see a trailer of this film; click here to follow the film on Facebook; click here to see other projects by this filmmaker, or click here to read about and see samples of Sam’s work.


2020 Longleaf Film Festival Official Selection: Here Come the Orcs, a music video
Thomas Buhrman
“Here Come the Orcs”

An up-and-coming young orc offers praise for Dorgon’s sound leadership. An innovator in his field, chief Dorgon has overhauled management in the orcish workplace. Employee input is now a top concern, as are work-life balance and environmentalism. Lavish costumes, natural settings, and wailing guitars adorn this song of praise for Dorgon, raising hope among orcs worldwide that their leaders will adopt Dorgon’s style. The song was used in a memory scene for the upcoming film Nothing in Durham. Click here to view this music video, or click here to listen to another music video from the larger film project; click here to follow the larger production on Instagram.


2020 Longleaf Film Festival Official Selection: Hollywood in the High Country: A History of the Appalachian Theatre in Boone
Philip J. Arnold
Hollywood in the High Country: A History of the Appalachian Theatre
The Appalachian Theatre closed and was boarded up in 2007, ending its 69-year history as Boone’s iconic main street cinema. Follow the efforts of local townspeople to purchase and restore the Art Deco landmark, a 7-year project that resulted in reopening of the theatre as a performing arts center in October 2019. Click here to watch a short trailer; click here to see series of short videos (filmed by videographer J. D. Dooley) that tour the historic theatre—most were filmed in August 2018, shortly before renovations began.



Kim Best
Hooked on Bats
Bats are fascinating and crucial. But many are in dire straits. In North Carolina, as in many other states, bats need help. Click here for information about the director and her other projects.


2020 Longleaf Film Festival Official Selection: Hourglass
Bryce Knick
Hourglass
Terrible visions plague a woman until she confronts what lurks within them. Click here to view the film—a Middle and High School Student Film entry—listing on IMDb. Or check out the website of the film’s makers.



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Click here for a list of Longleaf 2020 award winners.
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2020 Longleaf Film Festival Official Selection: I Am Your Lighthouse, You, My Sea; Yo Soy Tu Faro, y Tu, Mi Mar
Walter J. Iriarte
I Am Your Lighthouse, You, My Sea
This is an experimental project using only drones—a filming technique that has been coined “drone writing”—to film entirely on the Outer Banks of North Carolina. The wording is a Spanish poem. Click here to watch this short film in English or click here to watch a Spanish version, Yo Soy Tu Faro, y Tu, Mi Mar; click here to visit the filmmaker’s website.


20 Longleaf Film Festival Official Selection: Inoculation
Andrew Harrell, Patrick Nichols
Inoculation
A woman faces an ultimatum from her husband, rooted in his desperate drive to protect them from impending environmental catastrophe. Click here to watch a trailer for the film; click here to visit the Inoculation website, or follow the film on Twitter or Instagram.



Bob Rose
InstaBAND
How does technology effect the music artist? This documentary explores today’s musical artists and their hustle to achieve stardom, armed with social media and a smartphone. Can they post and tweet their way to the top, or will cutting through the noise be too much to handle? Click here to watch a trailer, or follow the production on Instagram or Facebook.


2020 Longleaf Film Festival Official Selection: Keepers of the House
Rhonda Klevansky
Keepers of the House
Eight hospital housekeepers reveal their special, but untold, relationships with patients and their families. In doing so they share the ways their compassion and care contributes to healing in Durham. Read more about the project here, at STATnews.com, or here, with Health Humanities Lab, at Duke University; click here to learn about the production team.


2020 Longleaf Film Festival Official Selection: Kesler
Traemani Hawkins
Kesler
When a free-spirited sophomore is rejected from the music program at his rigid university, he must find a way to achieve his goal—to become the acclaimed hip-hop artist of his dreams—independent of the college system. No matter the cost, Kesler embarks on his journey to freedom, uncovering the secrets that lurk underneath the structure of his university and deconstructing the American college institution. View three teasers for the film here, here, and here, or follow the feature film on Facebook or Instagram; click here to visit the film’s WIX site, which includes an official trailer, information on the cast, and subscription options for additional information; click here to hear music from the movie.


2020 Longleaf Film Festival Official Selection: Kindred Kings
Tre Gray
Kindred Kings
This poetic visual piece explores freedom and true versatility, to remind us that black men are kings, “kindred kings”; and as kings, we get to decide the new narrative for the black man.


2020 Longleaf Film Festival Official Selection: Knuckles
William C. Simmons
Knuckles
A young woman, forced to fight in underground bare-knuckle boxing tournaments as a child, returns home to reconcile with her dying, estranged father. Click here to watch a trailer for the film; Click here to read a related photo-interview with the director.


2020 Longleaf Film Festival Official Selection: Last Words: Katherine
Jim McQuaid
Last Words: Katherine
Owen’s wife of many years recently died. In his grief, he begins to experience her presence. She returns to comfort him through the first wave of grieving. Watch the trailer here or click here to visit film information on the director’s website.


2020 Longleaf Film Festival Official Selection: Libertad, a Middle and High School Student Film entry

Libertad
Follow a high school junior named Cristina as she explores her Hispanic heritage through the annual Fall Arts Festival at Durham School of the Arts, which showcases the holiday Día de los Muertos. Click here to learn more about the program where the Middle and High School Student Film was made.


2020 Longleaf Film Festival Official Selection: Lost in Place
Morgan Holub
Lost in Place
A young girl and her pet robot go on a journey, physically and emotionally. Click here to see some notes and stills from the animated short, and click here to watch a quick video portfolio that shows a few scenes from the film; click here to view samples from the filmmaker’s portfolio on Instagram.



Linda J. Royal
Lumberton
Can the survivors of two devastating floods in two years build resiliency for the future on a foundation of faith? Click here to see an interview with the filmmaker or follow her on Instagram.



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2020 Longleaf Film Festival Official Selection: Making Sweet Tea
John L. Jackson Jr., Nora Gross
Making Sweet Tea
Explore the lives and loves of southern black gay men. This documentary feature blurs the line between art and life while offering a rare glimpse into the lives of people rarely given a platform to speak and demonstrating how research, artistry, and life can converge. Click here to watch a trailer and read a synopsis; click here to visit the project’s website; and click here to learn more about the film on Facebook.


2020 Longleaf Film Festival Official Selection: Medicating and Healing
Seamus Bestwick
Medicating and Healing
Mental health, from the perspective of a schizophrenic and his boyfriend, his caretaker—and how this all affects their relationship. Click here to see some behind-the-scenes footage from the production, or click here to follow the film on Instagram.


2020 Longleaf Film Festival Official Selection: My Father’s Brothers
Shawn Kelley
My Father’s Brothers
This documentary film is a journey to understand what the filmmaker’s father and seven survivors of an all but forgotten battle in Vietnam went through in 1966 and continue to go through today. Some volunteered for the army as teenagers. Others were drafted. Some went back to Vietnam years later in hopes of finding closure and peace. All share a bond that cannot be broken. Click here to view a trailer, and click here to see some scrapbook photos and recent images on Instagram; click here to follow the film on Facebook; click here to see the filmmaker’s portfolio.


2020 Longleaf Film Festival Official Selection: New Bern: Spirit of Freedom
Mike O’Connell
New Bern: Spirit of Freedom
Historians Earl Ijames and David Cecelski reveal the leadership and courage of New Bern’s African American community and the roles they played in creation of the Emancipation Proclamation.


2020 Longleaf Film Festival Official Selection: Nonna, a documentary by Sara Izzi
Sara Izzi
Nonna
The documentary short introduces the filmmaker’s 85-year-old Italian grandmother and follows her during the three days leading up to Christmas dinner, as she prepares food for the family and reflects on the past year’s hardships. Click here to see some stills.


2020 Longleaf Film Festival Official Selection: Ocean Boulevard
Zoe Miller
Ocean Boulevard
In 2019, 47,600 people died from opioid overdose; we talked to 3 who beat the odds. This is their story—and the story of a colorful beach town with two sides: from its vibrant tourist attractions to its drug-riddled underbelly. Click here to watch a trailer and click here to read about the filmmaker and her goals for raising awareness; click here to follow the film on Facebook.


2020 Longleaf Film Festival Official Selection: On the Fritz
Harrison Cole Smith
On the Fritz
As Dana contemplates a life outside her home, a radio comes to life and berates her ambitions. Now, she must overcome her self-doubts and fight back.


2020 Longleaf Film Festival Official Selection: Painted Love
Michelle DeGrace
Painted Love
Stuck in her dreary job as a debt collector, an old-fashioned dreamer discovers a magical portal that leads to a new world full of life and color. Click here to see artwork and stills from the narrative short (costume design by by Ashley Heller); click here to hear a sample from the film score (by musician-composer Tim Carlos).


2020 Longleaf Film Festival Official Selection: Pillow Talk
Benjamin Patrick Timperio
Pillow Talk
After the success of his product, a young entrepreneur struggles with his interpersonal relationships. Click here to visit the filmmaker’s WIX site; click here to view his IMDb credentials.


2020 Longleaf Film Festival Official Selection: Push the Point
Bryan Burton
Push the Point
A musical film set between the worlds of fandom and pop culture, this short follows four online gamers through a squad-based mission. Harder than defeating the red team, however, is sticking together while trying to navigate toxicity, superfandom, and the futility of having an argument—on the Internet. Click here to see the trailer, or click here to visit the film’s website, which includes a note from the director, some stills, an interview, and information on cast and crew.



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2020 Longleaf Film Festival Official Selection: xxFilmTitleXX
Atinuke Diver, Maracel Guevarra
Quilt Journeys
Journeys can be transformative. And while most begin as a single step towards a known destination, for one community of African American women anchored in the Hayti community of Durham, the path towards courage, growth, and change isn’t a straight line, but a circle. Click here to view this documentary short, or click here to learn more about one of the filmmakers, Atinuke “Tinu” Diver.


Jay Capers
Rank: Eight More Seconds
A young bull rider picks the bull that nearly broke his neck at the end of the season. Click here to view a trailer.


2020 Longleaf Film Festival Official Selection: Remains, The Search for SFC Samuel J. Padgett
Joe Day, Jose H. Rodriguez
Remains
In the depths of a Vietnamese jungle, one team of archaeologists and US service members search for the body of a soldier missing since the Vietnam War. Click here to watch a trailer, or click here to view a pitch video for the film; click here to read more about what one report says happened on that day during the war.


2020 Longleaf Film Festival Official Selection: Remembrance, part of the Bad Things, Good People anthology
Tom White
Remembrance
In recovery, dealing with the pains of alcoholism, two lost souls find each other and soon learn that they share an even deeper connection. Click here to read a review of the film; click here to watch a trailer for the Bad Things, Good People anthology, which includes Remembrance.


2020 Longleaf Film Festival Official Selection: Return to Hardwick, Home of the 93rd Bomb Group
Michael Sellers
Return to Hardwick
Sons, daughters, and grandchildren of the greatest generation travel to England and uncover the history of a disappearing World War II airbase. Click here to view a trailer of the film or click here to watch the filmmaker provide a detailed explanation of the documentary feature; click here to follow the film on Facebook; click here to visit the film’s website, which includes a media section and link to an archive of newsletters about the film.


2020 Longleaf Film Festival Official Selection: Roll Pin Punch
Debbie Vu
Roll Pin Punch
A sparring match between two MMA fighters, both women of color, and the pivotal moments that led up to the fight. Click here to watch a trailer or click here to follow the director on Instagram.


2020 Longleaf Film Festival Official Selection: Saving Jake
Katie Damien
Saving Jake
The true story of a hardworking orphan, the events in his life that lead him into homelessness, and the friend who convinces him to find housing and hope. Click here to watch a clip from the film or click here for other information; click here to see some stills from production; click here to follow the director on Facebook.


2020 Longleaf Film Festival Official Selection: Seuls Ensemble (Alone Together)
Jennifer Scully-Thurston
Seuls Ensemble (Alone Together)
We sit with two strangers in extreme circumstances. We follow them through the emotional journey of getting to know each other, falling in like, then in love—a girl meets boy story. Then, we leave the audience to pontificate about the great unknown adventure ahead. Click here to read about the director’s passion for combining dance and film; click here to view other work by the filmmaker.


2020 Longleaf Film Festival Official Selection: She Follows Close Behind
Aidan Weaver
She Follows Close Behind
A woman seeking closure questions an old man about an unsolved mystery from her past. Click here to watch a trailer; click here to see the film’s listing—actors, stills, trivia—on IMDb.


2020 Longleaf Film Festival Official Selection: Shelter
Todd Tinkham
Shelter
Two teenagers run from a court-ordered wilderness program, taking shelter in an abandoned cabin.


2020 Longleaf Film Festival Official Selection: Shoot the Moon
William Rowe
Shoot the Moon
Brothers Sam and Max can’t agree on anything, but when Max’s ambitions to fly to the moon in a cardboard box put the two in mortal danger, it’s up to older brother Sam to get them home in one piece. Click here to view a trailer; click here to some of the drawing steps involved in creating this animated short; click here to see some storyboarding efforts, for this film and others, by the filmmaker; click here to follow the film on Facebook.


20 Longleaf Film Festival Official Selection: Split Second
Kristen Cubbage, Phillip Lehn
Split Second
A loving family’s life changes in a split second. Click here to view a trailer, or click here to follow the film’s journey on Facebook.


2020 Longleaf Film Festival Official Selection: Straight Lines in Nature
Lucas Smith
Straight Lines in Nature
An off-beat comedy about two people meeting in the zombie apocalypse. Click here to watch a trailer.



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20 Longleaf Film Festival Official Selection: The 19th Hole
Sebastian Diaz
The 19th Hole
A young golf-course groundskeeper makes first contact with an alien species and learns the answer to that eternal question: Why would advanced aliens want to come to Earth?


2020 Longleaf Film Festival Official Selection: The Big L
Joey Moore
The Big L
Inspired by characters from her favorite comic books, a young girl becomes her own superhero in an effort to stand up to the bullies at her school. Click here to view the film’s entry on IMBd.


2020 Longleaf Film Festival Official Selection: The Correct Thing: Palmer Memorial Institute
Vincent Singleton and Dr. Eric Winston
The Correct Thing: Palmer Memorial Institute
Depicts the impact this iconic African American boarding school had on its students. Read about the film and the school’s history here, in the Greensboro News & Record and here, at triad-city-beat.com; click here to read a biography of the director. Producer Dr. Eric V. A. Winston is a retired Vice President for Student Affairs and Vice President of Development at Wilberforce University in Wilberforce, Ohio from 1979-2002 and Vice President for Institutional Advancement at Columbia College in Chicago, Illinois from 2005-2013. Born and raised in Savannah, Georgia, Winston received a BA degree from Morehouse College, a MSLS from Atlanta University, and a PhD from Michigan State University. A 1959 graduate of Palmer Memorial Institute, Winston began documentary filmmaking in 2013. Currently he is producing A Century of Service: The Xenia (OH) Rotary Club.

 



David Baeumler
The Distraction Towers
On the road to spiritual transcendence, a voice-over artist gets lost in the forest—and makes some commercials along the way. Follow the director on Instagram. Click here to view other projects by this filmmaker; click here to read a review of the film at OneFilmFan.com.


2020 Longleaf Film Festival Official Selection: The Gift of Winter
Robin Wang
The Gift of Winter
A lonely, widowed man whose partner died 20 years ago has given up his life, mourning and praying for his return—until one day he actually does. Click here to watch a trailer; click here to view the filmmaker’s entry on IMBd.


2020 Longleaf Film Festival Official Selection: The Hauntless House
Audrey Horner
The Hauntless House
A trio of monster teens completes a dare by facing the terrors of a modern suburban house in this Middle and High School Student Film.


2020 Longleaf Film Festival Official Selection: The Hunt
Rachael Silberman
The Hunt
One morning, two friends gear up and set out into the forest on a mission. Their aim? To find love . . . or at least a date. Click here to view a trailer for the film; click here to visit the film’s website and see cast and crew bios, stills, and other information.


2020 Longleaf Film Festival Official Selection: The Journal
Sydney Rowlette, Connor Thomas
The Journal
The trials of living with depression, using journaling in a negative and positive way.


2020 Longleaf Film Festival Official Selection: The Keeper
Bob Celli
The Keeper
The distance between longing and obsession is closer than you think. Click here to watch a trailer; click here to follow the production company on Facebook, or click here to visit the film’s web page and find cast bios, links to stills, and links to reviews.


2020 Longleaf Film Festival Official Selection: The Mayberry Effect
Christopher Hudson
The Mayberry Effect
This thought-provoking documentary feature investigates the topic of nostalgia through the lens of The Andy Griffith Show. Did a simpler time actually exist? How did the show influence our American culture and society? Will future generations continue to enjoy the sitcom? Click here to watch a trailer; click here to hear the filmmaker talk about the project; click here to visit the film’s website and find cast and crew bios (and a short timeline of the TV show’s achievements), or click here to see stills and related videos and read more about the project on the film’s Facebook page.


2020 Longleaf Film Festival Official Selection: The Other Side of the Coin: Race, Generations, and Reconciliation
Frederick Murphy
The Other Side of the Coin: Race, Generations, and Reconciliation
This collection of experiences and thoughts addresses the complexities of race in America. The participants featured represent a span of different generations, which presents its own unique challenges. These challenges tend to reignite historical transgressions into the fold of present-day ideologies, begging the question: How do we reconcile for the sake of future generations and humanity? Click here to watch a trailer; click here to visit the production company’s Instagram page.


2020 Longleaf Film Festival Official Selection: The Scavenger
W. Jarvis Rooker
The Scavenger
In a dystopian future where food is rare, a naive teenager, Girl, rebels against her overbearing father in order to save their family farm from invading pillagers. Click here to watch a trailer, or click here to visit the film’s website for trivia, cast biographies, and a photo gallery; click here to view the filmmaker’s IMDb page.


2020 Longleaf Film Festival Official Selection: The Sound of Silence
Donald Wilson
The Sound of Silence
A man returns to his beach house after losing his better half and wonders if the other half will ever be whole again. Click here to watch a trailer; click here to view other films and videos by the filmmaker; click here to visit his Facebook presence or click here to see his Twitter feed.



Anita Clark-Anderson
The Surprise
A compulsive wife, with the help of her daughter, surprises her husband for their 10th anniversary. Follow the filmmaker on Instagram.


2020 Longleaf Film Festival Official Selection: The Talk
Cameron Voris
The Talk
It’s always messy the first time. Click here to visit the film’s web page.



Samantha McLeod
The Thief
A man steals a woman’s bag and finds some unexpected—and questionable—items.



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2020 Longleaf Film Festival Official Selection: Teresa Ann Ward, by iYo the Philosopher
Joey Gizzi
“Teresa Ann Ward”
This song, by Hip-Hop artist iYo the Philosopher and featuring TreAlise, is a tribute to the artist’s late mother. Click here to watch the music video, or click here to other music videos (and an interview) with the artist.


2020 Longleaf Film Festival Official Selection: This Is Love, A Documentary about Wichita Soul Singer Rudy Love
John Alexander
This Is Love
You may not know Rudy Love by name, but you’ve undoubtedly heard his voice. George Clinton, Sinbad, and Mick Fleetwood investigate an unsung soul hero who turned down fame to make music with his family. Click here to watch a trailer; learn about the film and Rudy on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram; click here to read an interview with the director and his intentions for the film.


2020 Longleaf Film Festival Official Selection: Wasters
Molotov Mitchell
Wasters
Set in an alternate version of 1985, President Ronald Reagan has created a penal colony called “the Redlands” in a stretch of empty Arkansas wastelands. The Redlands are for Communists, drug dealers, and murderers—and no one dares enter. Except, for a price, a certain group of mercenaries, who can locate and retrieve items there. These deadly kamikazes are simply known as “Wasters.” Click here to watch a trailer; click here to read an interview with the filmmaker; click here to watch a video review of the narrative short, or read reviews here, at IndyRed.com or here, in Indie Shorts Mag; click here to visit the film’s IMDb page, which includes a cast list and trivia.


2020 Longleaf Film Festival Official Selection: We Drive It, Inside the North Phillips School of Innovation
Robert Kinlaw
We Drive It
What if kids controlled the school? Click here to view this documentary short; click here to read about the innovative school model that is depicted in the film.


2020 Longleaf Film Festival Official Selection: Who I Am | Radha Varadan
A Full Frame School of Doc Project
Who I Am | Radha Varadan
Take a look at the very active life of Radha Varadan, an Indian traditional dance practitioner who is also a rising high school junior. Click here to learn more about the program where the Middle and High School Student Film was made.



David N. Stiles
Who the Fxxk is Charlotte? A Gaelic Football Story in America
The American women of Charlotte Gaelic Football Club compete at the highest level against teams stacked with imported Irish players. Click here to watch a trailer; click here to visit the director’s Instagram feed.



Kenny Dalsheimer
You Gave Me a Song: The Life and Music of Alice Gerrard
At 84, old-time music pioneer Alice Gerrard performs, teaches, and inspires the next generation while safeguarding memories from her groundbreaking past. This is one woman’s story of being traditional, never conventional—and about getting older, but never giving up. Learn more about Alice, the film, and the filmmakers at the You Gave Me a Song website here [alicegerrardfilm.com]. You can watch the film trailer here [facebook.com] and follow the film via Facebook [facebook.com], Twitter [twitter.com], and Instagram [instagram.com].




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