Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Film Festivals in Focus

Film is important to Durham, and has been for decades.  Since the 1950 movie Bright Leaf, Durham has taken on a roll in film both as a subject and a backdrop, as well as a venue for them to be showcased.  Bull Durham, arguably the most popular sports movie of all time, served as all three.

As of this past weekend, Durham's newly renovated Carolina Theatre played host the to the world premier of the most recent film to make it to the big screen that was shot in Durham, Main Street.  Critical acclaim or not, success or not, it's production brought revenue to the community and exposure to the destination.

The Carolina's renovations, however, are a hit and include both cosmetic as well as functional enhancements resulting in a more user-friendly and luxurious experience.  A return visit is in order for those who've not been recently.

Below is a list of film festivals and series held in Durham annually, and each are linked to their respective websites to make seeing them easy to plan.  Coming up this weekend is the Escapism Film Festival, and it looks to be exactly that - a great escape.

Durham Film Festivals
NC Latin American Film Festival – Duke University, November
BrickFlix LEGO Shorts Film Festival – Carolina Theatre, May
Strange Beauty Film Festival – Durham, February
Nevermore Film Festival – Carolina Theatre, February
NC Gay & Lesbian Film Festival – Carolina Theatre, August
Hayti Heritage Film Festival – Hayti Heritage Center, February
Escapism Film Festival – Carolina Theatre, October
Durham Riverkeeper Film Festival – Neuse River Foundation, January

Durham Film Series
Retrofantasma Film Festival – Carolina Theatre, October
The Tournées Festival – Duke University, Fall
Muslim Film Series - Duke University, Fall
Rights! Camera! Action! Film Series – Duke University, Winter
Screen/Society – Duke University, Fall
Movies in the Park – Durham Central Park, Spring

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