Meredith College Documentary Film Festival January 25

Meredith College Documentary Film Festival January 25

The Meredith College Documentary Film Festival will be held Sunday, January 25, 2015, in Carswell Auditorium. This is the second year of Meredith’s festival, which is an opportunity to watch inspiring films and to hear from the filmmakers who created them.

The festival is free and open to the public. Attendees can stay for the full schedule or choose which films to view.

Meredith College Documentary Film Festival Schedule

2 p.m. Landscapes of the Heart: The Elizabeth Spencer Story (58 minutes) offers a personal window upon author Elizabeth Spencer’s life and work, viewed through the prism of the Southern lineage that defined her. It is one woman's personal reflections on class, race, and the changing role of women during a defining century in the history of the South, and the nation.  Followed by a discussion with filmmakers Sharon Swanson, Walter Bennett, and Rebecca Cerese.

4 p.m.  Change Comes Knocking: The Story of the North Carolina Fund (59 minutes) focuses on a ground-breaking anti-poverty movement started in the 1960s by Governor Terry Sanford's effort to look realistically at problems of poverty in his race-torn state. The Fund brought to the forefront the "radical" idea of including local people in decisions about their own destinies. This led to the cultivation of local leadership, and an authentic mobilization of the poor in their own communities. Followed by a discussion with filmmakers Rebecca Cerese and Steven Channing.

5:45 -6:45 p.m. Dinner Break featuring Short Documentaries: 
Blackbirds, Bottlecaps, and Broken Records: Environmental Artist Bryant Holsenbeck at Work
Brewconomy, a film by Meredith alumna Camden Watts, ’03
It’sss Gonna Get Me
The Kinda Sutra

Landfill Dogs, a film by Camden Watts, ’03, featuring Meredith Associate Professor of Art Shannon Johnstone

7 p.m.  Private Violence (80 minutes) reveals a simple, but deeply disturbing, fact of American life: the most dangerous place for women in America is their own home. Private Violence follows the story of two survivors who have left their abusers only to face systems that fail, judge, marginalize, and blame them for the violence to which they have been subjected. Followed by a discussion with filmmaker Cynthia Hill.

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

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