THURSDAY, JUNE 15th

REGIONAL SHOWCASE   7pm

 

Fantastic shorts from around the state of North Carolina and where to find them is at the CFIFF Regional Showcase.  Highlighting the immense filmmaking talent within our state. Filmmaker Q&A will follow the screening.

Naked In The Blueberry Fields
Directed by Karen Labbe.  A concise love story of an imaginary world and time where lovers can be whatever they want to be without caring for materialistic needs or the idea of society.
OAKDALE
Directed by Christen Christian.  A short documentary about Oakdale Cemetery in Wilmington, North Carolina. It was the first cemetery of the Rural Cemetery Movement to be built in North Carolina.
Acito On The Mound
Directed by Shawn Lewallen. After leaving his friend’s funeral, Miller drives to a baseball field where the two played a game together in 1963. This game was a story Joe Acito liked to recount about a rough day he had pitching and how he had to dig deep to find the moxie needed to get himself out of an inning.
Penny Popper Takes Flight
Directed by Chic Scaparo.  Penny Popper an eccentric artist, wife, and mother of two makes an incredibly bold decision when she is diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s disease and decides to take her own life before the disease does it for her.
To Die For
Directed by Clark Ivers.  In the aftermath of a catastrophic event the last humans on earth survive underground. Arlin Franger is depressed after the loss of her family. One day she is given a choice: What will she die for?
Awaiting Grace
Directed by Curtis Thieman.  Mark decides to be frozen when he discovers he is terminally ill. He has high hopes for the future but the timing couldn’t be worse.
Restocked
Directed by Dylan Bradshaw. A halloween store employee must go to the extreme to restock the store’s supply of clown masks.
Relish Our Dogs
Directed by Michael Raab. A short documentary about a place that’s more than just a hot do stand. It’s a local institution.
Even Cats
Directed by Jillian Carney. Bethany, a 35 year old who has been anorexic since high school, has her monotonous routine turned upside down after her parents buy her a grave plot.

RUNNING ON EMPTY    8pm

Directed by Joe and Timmy Dwyer.

 

After multiple deployments, Brendan O’Toole completed his final tour with the U.S. Marines in June of 2012. When he first returned home, he was in a mental state of mind similar to many of his brothers and sisters throughout the military. When he reached out for help, he was denied assistance from the Veterans Administration. O’Toole’s frustration reached a breaking point.  A cross-country journey intended to make a difference was certainly looked upon as an ambitious dream of young wonderers; however, when O’Toole reached Dallas, TX, people started to believe it was possible.  After a grueling year on the road Brendan completed his 3,600-mile run from Oceanside, CA to Portland, ME with a greater understanding of his country and himself.