Wake Forest Film Festival

 

2020 Film Festival Schedule

Friday, March 13

9 am - A Rodeo Film (Short film)
A bull rider who falls out of love with the sport must choose between his family’s legacy of rodeo and his own aspirations of life. Fusing western culture with hip-hop culture, this film expands on the black experience.

9:24 am - Horizon leap (Short Film)
A soul's journey through the forest towards the stars.

9:32 am - Arapaho Truths (Short film)
The Northern Arapaho People of the Wind River Indian Reservation of Wyoming are storytellers. In an effort to pass their culture to the next generation, the Elders tell the children four traditional stories. Using clay animation, shadow puppets, paintings, drawings and performance, the children make the stories come to life.

10:07 am - The Turner Exhibit (Short film)
Growing resentment between brothers Anthony and Alex Turner, one successful and the other struggling, leads to tragic consequences. Over the course of three holiday gatherings, tensions caused by strained family bonds and social inequity boil over into jealousy, deception, and betrayal.

10:37 am - Fever Dreams (Full Feature Film)
Four creepy tales guaranteed to give you Fever Dreams...

Lunch Break

12:30 pm - CLOSE2U (Short Film)
Timid Franek finds a new job. This is the last chance to pay off his rent to a selfish landlord, Bronek, and to have a passionate romance with his supervisor, Joanna...until Franek discovers a sad secret about his landlord...

1:01 pm - The Spirit Seam (Short Film) 
The Spirit Seam is a short-animated film about a little girl, Pollywog, and her Pap-Paw. Located in an Appalachian coal-mining town in the 1950s, the film takes the audience through the daily life of both characters. It is a piece rooted not only in family roots and origin, but in grief over the loss of family members as well.

1:21 pm - Ouroboros (Short Film)
One masked dancer threatens the cycle of acceptance met by rejection when part of her mask falls away and she can truly see.

1:34 pm - In the House of Paper Flowers (Short Film)
In a house covered with papery flowers, a woman with white hair, two cats, and a tiny wolf songstress learn a valuable lesson about the enduring power of love.

1:47 pm - The Fall (Full Feature Film)
When Michael meets Evie, they believe they're meant for each other. But as the leaves fall and the weather grows colder, their all-too-perfect tale of love at first sight is confronted with reality.

3:42 pm - A Song for Falling Memories (Short Film)
John Westmoreland is a musician who performs in a Chapel Hill retirement community that caters to patients suffering from memory deterioration. John uses the power of music to connect with these patients and to bring peace and relief to the community members.

5:30 pm - Reception

6:30 pm - Don't Pass Me By (Full Feature Film)
A stirring story about regret, love, and second chances, woven together in a vignette style. The story follows four women who sit at a crisis point in their lives--their desires clouded by fear, duty, tragedy, and regret. As each story unfolds, the characters struggle to find the courage to live for themselves, to reclaim the relationships they have lost along the way, and to make time for the things that really matter. 

Saturday, March 14

9-10 am - Women in Film Panel Discussion Workshop
Join us to look at the role of Women in Film, featuring successful to new in the industry female professionals in front of and behind the camera. We will be discussing our speakers' individual journeys, successes and challenges, as well as addressing the insights into the art, craft, and business film with the public. Afterwards, join our Audience Q&A and use the opportunity to pick our experts’ brains.

Panel Participants

  • Cherie Kelly - Upcoming Director, Writer, and Producer, Native of Durham, North Carolina. Owner of Kelly Entertainment Productions, a family-oriented production whose mission is to keep it real and relevant through the form of storytelling by way of documentary film related to the African American Community.

  • Kay Barnes - Writer/Director born in Alabama to a Georgia Musician and an Alabama seamstress.  She has worked in six short independent films since 2014; Currently working on Mirage as a Producer, and One-Leg as an Actress. Kay is also currently completing her MFA in Screenwriting from the North Carolina School of the Arts.  

  • Nidhi Kathuria - New Jersey-based filmmaker. Her filmography includes writing, producing, and direction of many independent short films and one full feature.   Her debut independent feature film produced under the banner of her film company Sara Jahan films, called  "Prince of Bollywood" is streaming on Amazon Prime now. 

  • Kim Soden - Moderator and Board Member of the Wake Forest Film Festival

  • Gauri Singh - Moderator and NC Filmmaker and Board Member, Wake Forest Film Festival, Organizer of the NC International South East Asian Film Fest and Franklin County International Film Fest

This workshop is free and limited to 20 participants.


10:30-11:30 am - Everything You Need to Know about Script Writing in 60 Minutes Workshop
This workshop is an overview of writing scripts for film and television. Participants will discuss structure and format, and talk a bit about the business of screenwriting. Tony Daniel is the coauthor of horror film Flu Birds seen on the SyFy Channel, and Chiller Channel film Beneath (directed by Larry Fessenden) in addition to other scripts for film and television. He taught scriptwriting at the University of Texas at Dallas and several of his former students are cutting the rug as television staff writers and movie screenwriters in Hollywood and beyond. Daniel is also a highly regarded science fiction novelist, the author of ten novels, and many award-winning short stories.

This workshop is free and limited to 20 participants.

Noon - Mine 21(Short Film)
A young woman searches for answers about the Tennessee coal mine explosion that took the life of her grandfather and 12 other men in 1981. She discovers that her grandmother’s heroic testimony before the US Congress helped save lives. But the collective trauma of the event continues for the community, even four decades later.

12:32 pm - Birds (Short Film)
Grandmother always replies to Luka's curious questions. One answer forces the child to catch birds, which will help him to see his mother.

12:50 pm - Beautiful (Short Film)
A young woman who has self-confidence issues questions everyone around her, until she sees her true beauty.

1:07 pm - Tank Man (Short Film)
The story of the iconic gentleman who stood in front of and stopped a line of tanks after the Tiananmen Square massacre of June 4, 1989. This film is a speculation of what he went through the day he took his courageous steps 30 years ago.

1:27 pm - The Turner Exhibit (Short Film)
Growing resentment between brothers Anthony and Alex Turner, one successful and the other struggling, leads to tragic consequences. Over the course of three holiday gatherings, tensions caused by strained family bonds and social inequity boil over into jealousy, deception, and betrayal.

2:00 pm - When All That's Left is Love (Full Feature)
The emotionally gripping story of a wife’s determination to care for her Alzheimer’s stricken husband in their home. With unprecedented, behind-the-scenes access, the film reveals the toll that the disease takes on families coping with Alzheimer's, while also showcasing the power of love that sustains both patients and caregivers.

25-Minute Break

3:45 pm - That Thing Between Us (Short Film)
Their relationship has reached a point where they cannot be in the same room...without falling asleep...

4:16 pm - Rear View (Short Film)
To process the death of his wife, a grieving husband embarks on a road trip with his daughter to the place where it all began, the place where he and his wife fell in love.

4:39 pm - A Song for Falling Memories (Short Film)
John Westmoreland is a musician who performs in a Chapel Hill retirement community that caters to patients suffering from memory deterioration. John uses the power of music to connect with these patients and to bring peace and relief to the community members.

5:09 pm - Only the Educated are Free (Full Feature Film)
This documentary celebrates the life of the civil rights attorney and former University of Missouri system president. The film chronicles his life as he grew up in the south during the time of racial segregation and follows his illustrious career as he seeks social justice equity and equality for all.

6:40 pm - A Rodeo Film (Short Film)
A bull rider who falls out of love with the sport must choose between his family’s legacy of rodeo and his own aspirations of life. Fusing western culture with hip-hop culture, this film expands on the black experience.

7:10 pm - Tank and Tony Talks
Join actor, Tank Jones, and screenwriter, Tony Daniel, for an informative question and answer session; giving you a glance behind the scenes of film making.

8:00 pm - Awards

Film Package Prices

  • Film Fest Package: $25 (includes all films, Red Carpet Reception and Awards Ceremony)

  • Student Film Fest Package: $15 (includes all films, Red Carpet Reception and Awards Ceremony)

  • Day Pass: $15 (Friday Day Pass includes Red Carpet Reception and Saturday Day Pass includes Awards Ceremony)