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Film Selections for Second Annual Longleaf Film Festival Announced


The second annual Longleaf Film Festival, a program of the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh, announces the films selected for its juried festival Friday, May 13, to Saturday, May 14. More than 40 films from across the state and around the world will be screened for the public during the event. To view the official selections — drama, sci-fi, comedy, romance and documentaries — visit

Admission is free for all films at the festival of narrative and documentary films, features and shorts. Seating is first come, first seated. A free, public awards ceremony concludes the festival on Saturday evening.

Longleaf 2016 official sections include Andrew Stacy Huggins’ short drama “Civil,” Chip Hackler’s comedy short “Cosmic Kiosk” and Anna R. Jones’ documentary “Chairman Jones — An Improbable Leader” about her father, James Henry Jones, a leader during the fight for school desegregation in Northampton County. Other selections are Cardinal Gibbons High School student Dylan Crumpler’s short “Silly Honest Kind;” Brian Gersten and Liv Dubendorf’s short documentary “The Hollerin’ Contest at Spivey’s Corner;” and Ellen Hemphill and Jim Haverkamp’s dramatic short “It Had Wings,” based on the story by author Allan Gurganus. 

The festival will kick off Friday, May 13, with film screenings from 3 to 7 p.m. in the museum’s Daniels Auditorium. On Saturday, May 14, watch films from 11 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. on three screens throughout the museum. At 8:30 p.m., festival winners will be announced in the awards presentation. Winners were selected by a panel of judges including film critics, filmmakers, and film scholars. 

During Longleaf 2016, the public can meet independent filmmakers and actors associated with many of the films. Films will be screened in two-hour blocks, with time in each block for Q&A sessions. 

 “The 2016 Longleaf Film Festival will feature imaginative and real-life stories that enrich, entertain and connect us,” says Sally Bloom, Festival Co-Organizer. “We hope the festival helps to form a sense of community for both filmmakers and film fans. We are happy the event is free so that we can bring terrific films to more people.” 

Winning entries at Longleaf 2016 will be presented in five categories: narrative feature, narrative short, documentary feature, documentary short, and middle and high school student film. Major prizes will be given for Judges’ Choice Award, Made-in-NC Winner, and Best student-made films. The festival is sponsored, in part, by Boxcar Bar + Arcade, the TriFilm Society and the N.C. Museum of History Associates. 

Although the festival’s independent films are not rated by the Motion Picture Association of America, most are in the PG-13 range and some are family friendly. Films outside the PG-13 range will be noted in the online and printed programs. 

Festival Workshop and Panel Discussion of Filmmakers

On Saturday, May 14, at 10 a.m., filmmakers are invited to the free workshop Acting for the Director, presented by award-winning actor, director, writer and producer Estes Tarver. From 1 to 2 p. m., filmmakers can join a lunch-n-learn panel discussion on entertainment law and distribution, led by Thomas Varnum, a partner with Brooks Pierce law firm in Wilmington. Vernon Rudolph, a filmmaker and director of photography at Sky Grass Media, LLC, will share his expertise, as well. Registration for the workshop and the panel discussion is coming soon at

  • Tarver has acted in New York City, Los Angeles and regionally. He has appeared on stage and in television programs such as CBS’ “Under the Dome” and MTV’s “Finding Carter.” Tarver’s Moonlight Stage Company, an acting studio and performance venue, is in Raleigh. The company recently released the feature drama “Changeover.”   
  • Varnum works with independent producers and filmmakers, counseling his clients throughout the development, production and distribution processes. He helps them bring their ideas all the way from inception to the screen. 
  • Rudolph is a filmmaker with experience in the distribution process. His credits including “30 for 30,” “ToY” and “Phin.” He has a bachelor of fine arts from  Savannah School of Art and Design.

Plan to attend the Longleaf Film Festival, and see many thought-provoking and moving stories that help connect us all.

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For information about the N.C. Museum of History, a Smithsonian-affiliated museum, call 919-807-7900 or access or follow on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google+ or YouTube.