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

Charlotte, NC

Documentary Features

A Man And His Trumpet: The Leroy Jones Story

In a city full of musicians, Leroy Jones, trumpet virtuoso and consummate New Orleanian, is a musician's musician. Follow Jones' life journey as he came up playing on the streets of the Saint Bernard Projects and 7th Ward, quickly establishing himself as one of NOLA's most sought after trumpeters, founding the legendary Fairview Baptist Brass Band and Hurricane Brass Band. In present day Jones was touring and recording for the past 20 years with Harry Connick Jr. as the solo trumpeter. A decade after the storm that nearly destroyed his beloved city, Jones is navigating life as both a world renowned musician and a citizen amidst a rapidly changing New Orleans.

Screening

Date

Time

6:00 pm

September 27, 2018

Documentary Feature

Cameron Washington

Directed by:  

Documentary Feature/US/2018/85 min

A Sniper's War

A Sniper's War is a story of a sniper, whose anti-US views led him to join the pro-Russian rebels in the ongoing Ukrainian conflict, a primary source of tension between the United States and Russia. When social media becomes a communication platform to schedule sniper duels, Deki's rival threatens to kill him.

Screening

Date

Time

1:50 pm

September 29, 2018

Documentary Feature

Olya Schechter

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Documentary Feature/US/2018/80 min

In Pursuit of Justice

Walking past Jacquetta Thomas lifeless, brutally beaten body in September of 1991 changed Greg Taylor's life, and North Carolina's criminal justice system, forever. For seventeen years, Greg and his family fought to undo his wrongful conviction. It would take the creation of a unique, independent state agency - one vested with all the powers needed to determine innocence - and the revelation the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation misrepresented the truth in their scientific reporting, to set Taylor free.

Screening

Date

Time

7:00 pm

September 28, 2018

Documentary Feature

Gregg Jamback

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Documentary Feature/US/2018/98 min

Jewish American Soldiers: Stories from WWII

A documentary focusing on the life stories of Jewish American World War II veterans. The film explores their unique experiences of being Jewish soldiers during a time of extreme anti-Semitism both abroad, and in America.

Screening

Date

Time

2:30 pm

September 30, 2018

Documentary Feature

Glenn Fishkin

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Documentary Feature/US/2018/57 min

Manry at Sea - In the Wake of a Dream

In 1965, newspaper editor Robert Manry was a happily married family man in Cleveland, Ohio. His colleagues at the Plain Dealer were shocked to learn he had set sail on a solo voyage across the Atlantic in his 13½-foot sloop, Tinkerbelle. By the time his 78-day odyssey ended, Manry had become the target of a wild cat and mouse news media chase, was welcomed by a cheering throng of 50,000 Britons and had become a hero to his countrymen and to dreamers everywhere...

Screening

Date

Time

5:00 pm

September 28, 2018

Documentary Feature

Steve Wystrach

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Documentary Feature/US/2018/93 min

Nailed It

"Nailed It" chronicles the genesis and legacy of the 40 year Vietnamese nail salon and its influence on an $8 billion-dollar American industry. For mixed-race Vietnamese filmmaker Adele Pham it's personal, as she confronts her cultural conflicts and discovers her place within the community, by peeling back the layers of this niche trade seen by everyone but known to few.

Screening

Date

Time

1:45 pm

September 30, 2018

Documentary Feature

Adele Pham

Directed by:  

Documentary Feature/US/2018/60 min

Six:Eight

Today the Triangle area is an area of unprecedented growth and innovation, yet it has deeply rooted historical trends felt and experienced among members of its minority communities. In many ways, it serves as a microcosm for a larger conversation playing out across the country. SIX:EIGHT explores how the tensions between minority and majority cultures came to be and charts the beginning of a path to move forward.

Screening

Date

Time

3:25 pm

September 29, 2018

Documentary Feature

Alex Schwindt

Directed by:  

Documentary Feature/US/2018/47 min

This One's For The Ladies

THIS ONE'S FOR THE LADIES explores the sexual and social identity of contemporary black America through intimate, eye opening and often hilarious accounts from women and men who find love and community in the underground world of exotic dancing.

Screening

Date

Time

9:00 pm

September 28, 2018

Documentary Feature

Gene Graham

Directed by:  

Documentary Feature/US/2018/83 min

hillbilly

In "hillbilly" directors Sally Rubin and Ashley York show the evolution of the uneducated, promiscuous `hillbilly' stereotype in film and television, linking it with corporate exploitation of Appalachia's natural resources. The narrative anchor is York, a liberal feminist living in L.A. who returns to her hometown in eastern Kentucky in the weeks leading up to the election. The film seeks to illuminate the experience of white rural voters and to expand cultural understanding of the region, showcasing the African-American Affrilachian Poets workshop and the Appalachian Media Institute at Appalshop, where queer young adults find community and refuge. "hillbilly" aims to challenge viewers perception of Appalachia and to offer folks within the region a cinematic portrayal of which they can be proud, ultimately creating dialogue between urban and rural America.

Screening

Date

Time

4:30 pm

September 29, 2018

Documentary Feature

Sally Rubin, Ashley York

Directed by:  

Documentary Feature/US/2018/85 min