Meredith College Documentary Film Festival February 14

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The Meredith College Documentary Film Festival will be held Sunday, February 14, 2016, in Carswell Auditorium. This is the third 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.  Brewconomy
(60 minutes)This documentary by Meredith College alumna Camden Watts focuses on the way the craft brewing industry provides jobs, increases tax revenue, strengthens community ties, encourages agricultural innovation and production and generally improves the overall state of the economy in North Carolina. Discussions with filmmakers will be led by WUNC radio's Anita Rao and Bit & Grain's Sandra Davidson, cohosts of the feminist podcast She & Her. 

4 p.m. Short documentaries

  • Girl Power (2 minutes) An essay documentary about filmmaker Angela Alford’s daughter Aggie’s quest to prove that girls are powerful.)
  • Miss Todd  (13 minutes) An award- winning stop-motion musical animation film by Kristina Yee about one of the first women in aviation.)
  • The Night Witch  (4 minutes) An animated documentary by Alison Klayman that tells the story of “Nadia”  Popova,  one of the first women to fly WWII combat missions in the Soviet Union.

Followed by the discussion with Rao, Davidson, and the filmmakers

  • Nell Shipman: Girl from God’s Country  (4 minutes) A documentary trailer by Karen Day for her feature-length film focusing on Nell Shipman, who directed and starred in outdoor action films in the 1920s.
  • That Deputy Sheriff Might Surprise You  (13 minutes) A short documentary by Kim Best about Lucy Zastrow, the first female deputy in Durham County, and one of the most celebrated women in law enforcement in the country.
  • Wednesdays in Mississippi (23 minutes)  An excerpt of a recently completed documentary by Marlene McCurtis that tells the story of Dorothy Height and Polly Cowan,  Civil Rights pioneers who developed a program to send interracial teams of northern women into Mississippi in 1964.

Followed by the discussion with Rao, Davidson, and the filmmakers

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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For more information:

Contact Alisa Johnson
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