Short Documentaries -- Part of the Meredith College Documentary Film Festival

Date: Sunday, January 26, 2014
Time: 5:45pm - 6:45pm
Location: Carswell Auditorium and Belk Dining Hall

A series of short documentaries will be shown as part of the Meredith College Documentary Film Festival. Shown concurrently in Carswell Auditorium and Belk Dining Hall.

Wire (1:30 minutes)  Nicole Triche, filmmaker
Stop-motion animation 

Field Notes, Durham Noir (5:06 minutes) Kristin Bedford, filmmaker
Experimental live action video

Lena  (4:00 minutes)  Joyce Ventimiglia, filmmaker

Live action on 16mm film with experimental use of sound & imagery with repeated patterns to enhance storytelling

First (5:00 minutes)
An original documentary film by Meredith College student Kristen Rivera

Rainy Season (2:54 minutes)  Joan King Widdifield, filmmaker
The sad consequences of bombs left behind after the end of the Vietnam War. 

Birth of a Harpsichord  (8:12 minutes) Andrea Love, filmmakers
Stop-motion animation

About the Films and the Filmmakers

All of these women are local to the Triangle except for Durham native Andrea Love who is now living in Washington State.

Wire (director: Nicole Triche)
Twenty-one pieces of wire in gold, silver, and copper twist and coil  in time with the sweet, sad melody by local band, The Octobers, in this stop-motion animated film.

Nicole Triche is an independent filmmaker and an assistant professor in the School of Communications at Elon University where she teaches production and documentary classes in the cinema concentration. Her most recent documentary short, Taxidermists, was screened at the 2013 Full Frame Documentary Film Festival.

Field Notes, Durham Noir  (Kristin Bedford, director)
This short experimental/documentary film explores the lonely spaces and inhabitants in the dead of night along Highway 147 in Durham, NC.

Kristin Bedford has worked as a street photographer in Los Angeles, New York, and Washington, DC. Her photography projects have included documenting homelessness on L.A.'s Skid Row, immigrant rights initiatives, the lives of children with incarcerated mothers, and gay rights campaigns.

Lena  (Joyce Ventimiglia, director)

In Lena, Lena Izzo reflects on her life growing up as an Italian-American in Brooklyn, New York during the Great Depression. This film explores reminiscence and repetition using 16 mm film and experimental sound techniques.

Joyce Ventimiglia is a video production specialist at the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics and the co-organizer of the Strange Beauty Film Festival. She lives in Durham with her husband and daughter.

Rainy Season (Joan Widdifield, director)
Set in a vast historical context, Rainy Season tells the intimate story of the Hoang family, who live in rural Vietnam; and the far-reaching hidden effects of war that shatter a family's simple existence.

Joan King Widdifield is a 1979 Meredith College graduate with a background in psychology and radio broadcasting. She began working with families affected by Explosive Remnants of War (ERW) in 2002 as the psychological advisor to a victim-assistance NGO. She is now completing a feature documentary, Heart and Mines, a broad look at the ERW problem in Vietnam. Rainy Season is the trailer for this longer film.

Birth of a Harpsichord (Andrea Love, director)
This short animated documentary follows the creation of Opus #333, a unique instrument commissioned by harpsichordist Elaine Funaro, built by Richard Kingston, and painted by Lisa Creed. The filmmaker captures their collective experience frame-by-frame with handmade dolls, and two-dimensional needle-felted animation.

Durham native Andrea Love received her B.A. at Hampshire College in 2010. She is currently living in Port Townsend, Washington, where she has been farming, woodworking, and working on her animations.  You can see more of her work at:

The Meredith College Documentary Film Festival is presented by the Meredith College Department of English, funded by the Mary Lynch Johnson Chair in English with cooperation from Carlyle Campbell Library. The Meredith College Documentary Film Festival qualifies as an Academic / Cultural Event in General Education for Meredith students. This event is free and open to the public. Space in Carswell Auditorium is limited; seating will be available on a first come, first serve basis.

For more information, contact the Meredith College Department of English at (919) 760-8507.


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