The Charlotte Film Festival is coordinated by CHARLOTTE CINEMA ARTS, a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization.

Charlotte, NC

Saturday, September 28th

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Book Week

Book Week is a shaggy dark comedy about a disgraced novelist turned English teacher trying to find redemption.

Screening

Date

Time

12:00 PM

9/28/2019

Narrative Feature

Heath Davis

Directed by:  

Narrative/USA/2019/96 min

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In Good Faith

Produced by Naka Productions, Inc., award winning video production company in Charlotte, NC, IN GOOD FAITH is a documentary that centers around the work of Dr. Orlan Svingen, professor of history at Washington State University (WSU), and his ongoing work with the Mixed Bands of Shoshone, Bannock and Sheepeater Indians at the Fort Hall reservation in Pocatello, Idaho.Through his decades of work with Indian tribes across the U.S., Dr. Svingen has developed strong relationships at Fort Hall and forged the creation of Indian history field schools that are conducted in Central Idaho and Southwestern Montana.Since 2010, Dr. Svingen and his students have researched The Virginia City Treaty of 1868, negotiated and signed almost 150 years ago by Chief Tendoy.It was signed, in good faith, by the US government and tribal members, but never ratified.Though never ratified, the US took all that was promised to them and, in return, granted the tribe an Executive Order reservation, a far cry from the terms of the treaty.Dr. Svingen, researching National Archives microfilm, found the "Holy Grail". It was the signed and sealed Cession Document that clearly laid out the parameters of the treaty and the boundaries of the lands the tribe gave up - over 12,000 square miles of territory in Wyoming and Montana.With these findings, the Mixed Bands have started the legal process to right the wrong and proceed IN GOOD FAITH.

Screening

Date

Time

1:55 PM

9/28/2019

Documentary Feature

Beverly Penninger, Alyson Young

Directed by:  

Documentary/USA/2018/57 min

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Juskatla

Juskatla weaves together perspectives of the people who live on the islands of Haida Gwaii-an archipelago on Canada's Northwest coast, and the ancestral territories of the Haida Nation. From industrial loggers who harvest trees from ancient forests, to Sphenia Jones, a Haida matriarch who bears an intimate knowledge of her People's territories, Juskatla meditates on the divergent ways of being that shape the islands and its people.

Screening

Date

Time

1:55 PM

9/28/2019

Screening with IN GOOD FAITH

Georg Koszulinski

Directed by:  

Documentary/USA/2019/14 min

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Life Lakota

A glimpse into the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe and the challenges they face as a nation, a cultural enigma, and a piece of American heritage, too often forgotten.

Screening

Date

Time

1:55 PM

9/28/2019

Screening with IN GOOD FAITH

Directed by:  

Documentary/USA/2019/16 min

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Katie's Dog

On the eve of her wedding, Gerry and Patty's daughter Katie died in an accident, plunging their marriage into depression. Katie's grief-stricken fiance cared for Katie's dog. But after two years, he's moving to Chicago and can't take the dog. Gerry clings to the dog but Patty needs to move on.

Screening

Date

Time

2:15 PM

9/28/2019

Narrative Shorts Block 6

Jim McQuaid

Directed by:  

Narrative/USA/2018/17 min

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Long Roads

In search of a cure for his fatal illness Mickey takes a cross country road trip with his best friend Natalie in hopes of gaining a medical miracle from an old Cherokee medicine man.

Screening

Date

Time

2:15 PM

9/28/2019

Narrative Shorts Block 6

Ashleigh Chavis

Directed by:  

Narrative/USA/2019/22 min

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Mike

Mike is an intellectually challenged man in his mid-50's, working for his only friend, Donald. When one dream propels Mike onto a course of adventure and splendor along the path of life, the dream mission turns out to be not as simple as it might have seemed. It's a tale about finding yourself while experiencing the moment. One dream. One Journey.

Screening

Date

Time

2:15 PM

9/28/2019

Narrative Shorts Block 6

Kent Smith

Directed by:  

Narrative/USA/2019/31 min

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Thank You Kindly

Two people at a crossroads in life find inspiration in one another through a chance encounter, but who knew just just how much one night could change their lives.

Screening

Date

Time

2:15 PM

9/28/2019

Narrative Shorts Block 6

Noah Weisberg

Directed by:  

Narrative/USA/2019/19 min

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The Big Question

The Big Question is a coming of age comedy that follows the journey of Emma, a 6th grader at St. Thomas Middle School, as she embarks on a mission to understand the greatest mystery of life: the 'BIRDS AND THE BEES'.Emma seeks clarity from some unusually interesting characters and hits many obstacles along the way.

Screening

Date

Time

2:15 PM

9/28/2019

Narrative Shorts Block 6

Estes Tarver

Directed by:  

Narrative/USA/2018/15 min

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Blue & Gold Marching Machine

Follow along as 200 musicians and dancers celebrate the 100th year of the North Carolina A&T marching band from band camp to the "Greatest Homecoming on Earth"

Screening

Date

Time

4:00 PM

9/28/2019

Documentary Shorts Block 2

Jay Capers

Directed by:  

Documentary/USA/2019/18 min

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The Correct Thing: Palmer Memorial Institute

Chronicle of the establishment of Palmer Memorial Institute by Dr Charlotte Hawkins Brown in 1902 and closing in 1971.Over 2000 African Americans attended this iconic boarding school which was considered to be the gold standard in black education during its existence.

Screening

Date

Time

4:00 PM

9/28/2019

Documentary Shorts Block 2

Vincent Singleton

Directed by:  

Documentary/USA/2019/35 min

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The Infamous Future

After a famous article revealed that seventy-five percent of New York state inmates came from seven specific neighborhoods in New York City, one civic organization decided to make a change. By creating New York City's first all-boys public school in over thirty years, David C. Banks and his Eagle Academy defy an entrenched American mindset, insisting that young black and brown men are not one of America's problems, but instead one of its greatest successes.

Screening

Date

Time

4:00 PM

9/28/2019

Documentary Shorts Block 2

Richard Butterworth

Directed by:  

Documentary/USA/2019/40 min

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Camilla, Keep Your Word

Camilla, Keep Your Word is a Hurricane Katrina evacuation love story.

Screening

Date

Time

4:35 PM

9/28/2019

Narrative Shorts Block 4

Holland Gallagher

Directed by:  

Narrative/USA/2019/16 min

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Dorris, 85

While trying to maintain composure and a sense of normalcy in a tough situation, Dorris Havemeyer struggles to keep up her spirits while celebrating a significant birthday.

Screening

Date

Time

4:35 PM

9/28/2019

Narrative Shorts Block 4

Grace Philips

Directed by:  

Narrative/USA/2019/12 min

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Ella

Ellen "Ella" Liddy Watson moved to Wyoming where she could vote, own property, and raise her own cattle.She married Jimmy Averell in secret so she could continue to own her own homestead.Jimmy helped her purchase her homestead, improve the property, purchase cattle and a cattle brand.Unfortunately, the two made enemies of local cattle baron A.J. Bothwell.Bothwell and his gang accused Ella of rustling cattle, kidnapped her and Jimmy, and lynched them.This is Ella's story.

Screening

Date

Time

4:35 PM

9/28/2019

Narrative Shorts Block 4

Kerry Everett

Directed by:  

Narrative/USA/2019/22 min

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Free

A Young plantation worker is secretly taught to read and write by his masters wife. Using only the air as their blackboard, this random act of kindness provided an education that paved the way from slavery to freedom.

Screening

Date

Time

4:35 PM

9/28/2019

Narrative Shorts Block 4

Ben Hartley

Directed by:  

Narrative/USA/2018/12 min

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Pipe Dream

Each year thousands of budding actors take that huge leap of faith and move to L.A. or New York in search of stardom. This is the story of once such actress who, with nothing but her talents and determination, would go from anonymity to Broadway stardom within a few short years. She would later become known as the beloved legend of stage and screen, Carol Burnett.

Screening

Date

Time

4:35 PM

9/28/2019

Narrative Shorts Block 4

Chris King

Directed by:  

Narrative/USA/2019/20 min

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Whistler's Mother (The Movie)

The artist James McNeill Whistler spent years trying to capture the essence of his mother for his most famous work of art - not to create a masterpiece - but to save his mother from possession by the Baba Yaga, an evil Russian witch.

Screening

Date

Time

4:35 PM

9/28/2019

Narrative Shorts Block 4

Robbie Robertson

Directed by:  

Narrative/USA/2018/15 min

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My Father's Brothers

Outnumbered 10-to-1 in the Vietnam jungle, an army platoon is savagely attacked while they wait for reinforcements. 50 years later, survivors tell their story of tragedy, resourcefulness and heroism. Some volunteered for the army as teenagers. Others were drafted. Some went back to Vietnam years later in hopes of finding closure. All share a bond that cannot be broken.

Screening

Date

Time

6:10 PM

9/28/2019

Documentary Feature

Shawn Kelley

Directed by:  

Documentary/USA/2019/74 min

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Cells

When a reputable doctor finds himself being held captive by a group of masked intruders, he struggles to understand their motives while being forced to answer why billions of dollars go wasted each year in the name of medical research.

Screening

Date

Time

6:45 PM

9/28/2019

Narrative Shorts Block 3

Raymond Wood

Directed by:  

Narrative/USA/2018/12 min

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Maere

A sleep doctor unable to move in his bed knows the science behind sleep paralysis but the nightmare refuses to end.

Screening

Date

Time

6:45 PM

9/28/2019

Narrative Shorts Block 3

Daniel Hamby

Directed by:  

Narrative/USA/2019/10 min

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Road Kill

An innocent road trip takes a sinister turn when two young women and the hitchhiker they've picked up along the way are forced to stop at a roadside motel.

Screening

Date

Time

6:45 PM

9/28/2019

Narrative Shorts Block 3

Tyrone Trullinger

Directed by:  

Narrative/USA/2018/13 min

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Sombra City

In the year 2037, a corporate assassin revisits a city lost in time and the love he left behind.

Screening

Date

Time

6:45 PM

9/28/2019

Narrative Shorts Block 3

Elias Plagianos

Directed by:  

Narrative/USA/2019/11 min

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The Housesitters

On their last day as house sitters, a young couple is visited by a stranger who exposes the lies between them.

Screening

Date

Time

6:45 PM

9/28/2019

Narrative Shorts Block 3

Whitney St. Ours

Directed by:  

Narrative/USA/2019/14 min

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Utopia

In this surreal drama about self-acceptance, an aspirational sunny California blond wakes up from a coma in Uganda; and no, nothing is as it seems.

Screening

Date

Time

6:45 PM

9/28/2019

Narrative Shorts Block 3

Aimiende Negbenebor Sela

Directed by:  

Narrative/USA/2018/15 min

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Ways to Look at the Moon

Sensing their relationship is drifting apart, an artist attempts to reconnect with an astronomer but gets lost in a universe of her own making.

Screening

Date

Time

6:45 PM

9/28/2019

Narrative Shorts Block 3

Katherine Clark

Directed by:  

Narrative/USA/2019/18 min

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iCANDY

A young boy watches a cam-girl live-stream while his family waits for dinner.

Screening

Date

Time

6:45 PM

9/28/2019

Narrative Shorts Block 3

Gavin Jennings Harwell

Directed by:  

Narrative/USA/2019/4 min

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Gill

A headstrong scientist bickers with her only lifeline while test piloting a malfunctioning teleportation suit.

Screening

Date

Time

6:45pm

9/28/2019

Narrative Shorts Block 3

Kieran Moreira

Directed by:  

Narrative/USA/2018/9 min

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Portrait of a Lady On Fire

On an isolated island in Brittany at the end of the eighteenth century, a female painter is obliged to paint a wedding portrait of a young woman.

Screening

Date

Time

7:55 PM

9/28/2019

Charlotte Film Society Special Presentation

Celine Sciamma

Directed by:  

Drama/France/2019/119 min

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Tammy & The T-Rex

It's the 25th Anniversary of 2019's most unbelievable repertory film discovery! Directed by Stewart Raffill - the same genre warrior behind MAC AND ME, THE ICE PIRATES, and MANNEQUIN TWO: ON THE MOVE - TAMMY AND THE T-REX is a love story as old as time. This post-JURASSIC jam stars the heavenly combo of Denise Richards (STARSHIP TROOPERS; WILD THINGS) and the late Paul Walker (THE FAST AND THE FURIOUS franchise; SHE'S ALL THAT) in an unprecedented mishmash of rom-com tropes and R-rated horror thrills.

Screening

Date

Time

9:05 PM

9/28/2019

Special Presentation

Stewart Raffill

Directed by:  

Teen Comedy/USA/1994/91 min

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Bliss

A brilliant painter facing the worst creative block of her life turns to anything she can to complete her masterpiece, spiraling into a hallucinatory hellscape of drugs, sex, and murder in the sleazy underbelly of Los Angeles.

Screening

Date

Time

10:45 PM

9/28/2019

Charlotte Film Society Special Presentation

Joe Begos

Directed by:  

Horror/USA/2019/80 min