Documentary Films


The Station, 201-C East Main Street

Daylong documentary screenings of North Carolina’s traditions and folklore. Discussions with filmmakers and community members – rare inside look at these great films! Curated by Tom Rankin, folklorist and former director of Duke’s Center of Documentary Studies

11:00am – Student Action with Farmworkers Shorts  37 min
SAF works with farmworkers, students, and advocates in the Southeast and nationwide to create a more just agricultural system; join us for a series of shorts that depict their engagement with thousands of students, farmworker youth, and community members in the farmworker movement.

Post Film Q&A: SAF Alumna filmmakers

12:00pm – Documenting the Life of Vollis Simpson   15min   View documentary shorts in progress on Vollis Simpson, internationally renowned whirligigs maker, and the project to repair and conserve his remarkable works. Through interviews with his family, friends, collectors, artists, curators, and those involved with the conservation project, these shorts invite viewers into the colorful, kinetic and larger than life world of Vollis Simpson.

Post Film Q&A: Gerret Warner and Mimi Gredy, filmmakers

12:30pm  – Coresounders   72min   For the residents of Eastern Carteret County commercial fishing has been a way of life for three centuries, but the sustained seclusion protecting  their culture is fast eroding challenged on all sides by development, pollution, and globalization of the seafood industry, with the Carolina watermen and their heritage hanging in the balance.

Post-Film Q&A:  Neal Hutcheson filmmaker and Pam Morris, Coresound Museum


2:00pm – A Singing Stream   57min  The story of a gifted African-American family in Granville County NC with interviews and stories, scenes from daily life, reunions, gospel concerts and church services, the film traces the history of the Landis family over the lifetime of its oldest surviving member, 86-year-old Mrs. Bertha M. Landis.

Post-Film Q&A: Tom Davenport and Dan Patterson, filmmakers


3:30pm Sprout Wings and Fly  30 min- This touching tribute to Appalachian culture profiles legendary, old-time fiddler Tommy Jarrell. His unpretentious folk wisdom is interlaced with family scenes and reminiscences, plus plenty of old-time music. Directed by Les Blank.

Post-Film Q&A: Cece Conway

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