Southern Circuit Film Series starts at WCU
Western Carolina University will host a series of films on topics from classic horror to the growing fear of genetically modified organisms to the flaws of public education as part of the 2013-14 Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers.
The tour is part of WCU’s Arts and Cultural Events Performance Series and a program of South Arts, a nonprofit regional arts organization. All films in the series are free and will start at 7:30 p.m. in the theater of A.K. Hinds University Center. A question-and-answer session with the filmmaker will follow, and refreshments will be available.
The series starts with “How to Make Movies at Home” on Tuesday, Sept. 17. The film is a fictional depiction of do-it-yourself filmmakers in Maine in the process of making a movie when a Hollywood film company encroaches upon their town and their movie. Intended to be entertaining yet educational, “How to Make Movies at Home” offers real lessons for aspiring filmmakers.
The series continues Tuesday, Oct. 22, with “Birth of the Living Dead,” a documentary about the revolutionary filmmaking techniques used by George Romero, the impact classic horror film “Night of the Living Dead” had on the craft, and a reflection of the turbulent era in which it was created.
On Tuesday, Nov. 12, WCU will screen “GMO OMG,” a film that explores whether it is possible to prevent genetically modified organisms from completely infiltrating the food system. The director, Jeremy Seifert, goes around the country seeking out food that is free of GMOs, interviewing farmers and attempting to interview an executive at the Monsanto Corporation, a producer of seeds engineered to increase the yield of crops.
Then on Tuesday, Feb. 4, the series will feature “The Iran Job,” a documentary about an American professional basketball player who joins an Iranian basketball team for a season to “get away from the familiar.” The film is politically-driven and depicts women’s struggles against the oppressive Iranian regime as well as the political process in Iran and the United States.
A feature documentary depicting the birth of Rwanda’s film industry, “Finding Hillywood,” will be screened Tuesday, March 18. The film depicts the impact of genocide and the power of film to transform trauma and suffering into art through chronicling one man’s journey to become a filmmaker and bring movies to rural areas through the use of a giant inflatable screen.
The film series concludes Tuesday, April 8, with “The New Public,” which explores the flaws of public education and the children that fall through the cracks. The film documents a new public high school called the Brooklyn Community Arts & Media, which was created to help inner city youth succeed by strengthening relationships and adapting the class structure to fit their unique needs.