Wake Forest Film Festival

Friday, March 29, 2019 - 3:00pm to 9:00pm

Mark your calendars for a cinematic tour de force; the debut of the Wake Forest Film Festival! This inaugural event aims to spotlight passionate, creative and thought-provoking movies by some of today's most promising and accomplished local, national, and international filmmakers. The festival is a three-day film showcase that will engage audiences with films of all lengths and genres that include short and feature, documentary, horror, animation, narrative and student. This festival is intended for both the general public and film professionals. Please review the screening schedule for movie titles, times and film ratings.

Film Package Prices

  • Thursday Night Opening Reception & Movies
  • Film Fest Package - $40 (includes all films, opening reception & award ceremony)
  • Student Film Fest Package (ID required) - $20 (includes all films, opening reception & award ceremony)
  • Films only package - $20 (includes all films on Friday & Saturday only)
  • Films Day Pass – Individual $10 (includes all Friday movies only)


Featured Films


3 pm - Burning Grief
Filmmaker: Roger Barker, Mike Donaghy
Category: Short
4 min. 22 sec.
Three sisters deal with grief in their own different ways during a journey to a heritage railway station.

3:05 pm - Vinyl Dinosaurs
Filmmakers: Michael and Cindy Salerno 
Category: Documentary Feature
47 min.
After becoming intrigued by her grandmother's old records, a young woman discovers a new world in old vinyl as she goes digging for “vinyl dinosaurs”—vintage records of great music from the past. On her journey, she meets a community of record lovers who help keep the past the alive and rocking.

4 pm - GRIT
Filmmaker: Charles Wilson
Category: Short
11 min. 19 sec.
After a long day’s work, a young teacher returns to find his home has been burglarized. When he discovers his relation to the culprit and their motive, he resorts to rogue tactics in order to save a loved one spiraling down a deadly path.

4:15 pm - Smoke’s Last Thought
Filmmaker: Miranda Javid
Category: Animated Short
16 min. 15 sec.
A wisp of smoke rises through Los Angeles. She celebrates her life—and mourns her imminent demise.

4:35 pm - Greece
Filmmaker: Sarah Deakins
Category: Short
15 min. 28 sec.
On a rainy afternoon in a British nursing home, a woman struggles to make a last connection with her seemingly catatonic mother.

4:55 pm - Hot Questions
Filmmaker: Al Julian 
Category: Short
Film location:
8 min. 32 sec.
During a criminal interrogation, the tables are turned in a shocking manner.

5:20 pm - The Spectrum
Filmmaker: Angeline Bryant
Category: Student Feature   
45 min.
The Spectrum follows the perspective and imagination of Garrett, a seventeen year-old boy with Autism Spectrum Disorder and his journey to find independence.

6:10 pm - Fallen
Filmmaker: Emily Lawton
Category: Animated Short
4 min. 4 sec.
A leisurely bus ride turns into a flood of happy memories for an old woman.A leisurely bus ride turns into a flood of happy memories for an old woman.

6:15 pm - The Session
Filmmaker: Al Julian, 
Category: Short
10 min. 19 sec.
In a room full of killers, someone is bound to snap.

6:30 pm - FOXES
Filmmaker: Tristan Taylor
Category: Short
14 min. 48 sec.
Brothers and their girlfriends meet for dinner. After a testy exchange, the men’s roles of big-brother- caregiver and little-brother-in-need-of-guidance must evolve—for the stakes are life itself.

7 pm - Hunters and Gatherers
Filmmaker: Andreas Ramm
Category: Short   
14 min. 59 sec.
Two survivors of riot and strife roam a post-apocalyptic urban landscape seeking gear and sustenance. What they find is a clue to what happen that may spell their doom - or their ultimate salvation.The year is 2044. A violent conflict permeates throughout the country. Various zones are ridden by chaos and terror. To put down riots, the regime sends troops but does not shy away from biological warfare. The wind seems to carry the toxic substances to every corner of the region.
Virtually indifferent to this, an off-track sniper unit prowls one of the recently embattled zones. Haggard, yet thinking themselves safe, they wander through the streets and rows of houses of the war stricken metropolis. Their aim is to make contact with the rest of their unit. In this forlorn world, they become aware of the consequences of their actions only late. The line between good and evil has become unclear. The battle is hopeless and there is no end in sight. Because war is hell and it has imprisoned mankind.

7:15 pm - Wilmington on Fire
Filmmaker: Christopher Everett
Category: Documentary
1 hr. 30 sec.
A massacre kept secret for over 100 years. Now the truth will finally be revealed.


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