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

Charlotte, NC

Wednesday, September 25th

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Clemency

Years of carrying out death row executions have taken a toll on prison warden Bernadine Williams. As she prepares to execute another inmate, Bernadine must confront the psychological and emotional demons her job creates, ultimately connecting her to the man she is sanctioned to kill.

Screening

Date

Time

7:30 PM

9/25/2019

Special Presentation

Chinonye Chukwu

Directed by:  

Drama/USA/2019/113 min

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Martin Hill: Camera Man

Martin Hill: Camera Man is the story of an unlikely curator of iconic Hollywood film cameras. For over 40 years, Martin collected cast-off film equipment from the big motion picture studios. He was a savvy broker/dealer/hoarder of Hollywood's antiquated film production gear and discarded scrap. Martin trucked his "treasures" back east from Hollywood and stored everything in a leaking, dilapidated, former bowling alley in his back yard in Midland, North Carolina.There are no collections in the world that rivals Martin's cinematic treasures. Cameras that lensed iconic movies such as, The Ten Commandments, The Grapes of Wrath, Gone With the Wind, Rocky, Lawrence of Arabia, Star Wars, 2001: A Space Odyssey and countless other Academy Award winning features are crammed into Martin's leaking, building.His most prized possession is Charlie Chaplin's personal camera, purchased by Chaplin in 1917. It's a 35mm Bolex that framed Hollywood's earliest films, including The Gold Rush and The Kid.Director / Producer, Joanne Hock and Editor/cinematographer John Disher embarked on a ten-year journey with Martin, documenting and telling this story of passion and preservation, obsession and compulsion, unmet expectations, sacrifice and disappointment as Martin Hill took on the task of being the sole guardian of this magnificent Hollywood Camera collection.

Screening

Date

Time

7:45 PM

9/25/2019

Documentary Shorts Block 1

Joanne Hock

Directed by:  

Documentary/USA/2019/30 min

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Our Ingredients: Corn

Food is a unifying force across our communities. In this short film, we share the stories of three Latinos - each from a different country but now living in the same American city - who come together to shareflavors of their homeland, all of which include one central ingredient.

Screening

Date

Time

7:45 PM

9/25/2019

Documentary Shorts Block 1

Cesar Rodriguez

Directed by:  

Documentary/USA/2019/8 min

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Still Plays with Trains

Still Plays With Trains captures one man's passion to share the joy of childhood. By recreating his 10th birthday with a 3000 square foot replica of the old Lackawanna Railroad in his basement, he gives us a nostalgic glimpse of what it was like growing up in the 1950's.

Screening

Date

Time

7:45 PM

9/25/2019

Documentary Shorts Block 1

Ross Kauffman

Directed by:  

Documentary/USA/2018/17 min

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The Rider

An 81 year old man stays active by riding his bicycle

Screening

Date

Time

7:45 PM

9/25/2019

Documentary Shorts Block 1

Ryan Stevenson

Directed by:  

Documentary/USA/2019/3 min

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The Tides That Bind

People have been sending messages in bottles for hundreds of years, in search of everything from romance to scientific data. Once found, a message in a bottle can capture the imagination and ignite a feeling of adventure. No one understands that more than Clint Buffington, who has found over 90 messages in bottles. Even more impressive, Clint has been able to track down many of the senders, which usually takes some detective work. Clint never knows where each message might take him, and he's made some unlikely friends along the way.

Screening

Date

Time

7:45 PM

9/25/2019

Documentary Shorts Block 1

Nick Natalicchio

Directed by:  

Documentary/USA/2019/22 min

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Woke Up Breathing

An animal rescuer in small town Arizona shares his horses and his way of life with tourists on Route 66.

Screening

Date

Time

7:45 PM

9/25/2019

Documentary Shorts Block 1

Josh Johnson, Grayson Tyler Johnson

Directed by:  

Documentary/USA/2019/19 min