The Longleaf Film Festival is back in person

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RALEIGH, NC — Dozens of movies with North Carolina ties are hitting the big screen this weekend. For the first time in two years, the North Carolina Museum of History’s Longleaf Film Festival is back and in person.

Festival co-director Sally Bloom said the museum is thrilled to once again welcome moviegoers, directors and enthusiasts to watch some of the biggest new films from the Tar Heel State.

During the two days of the festival, they will screen 68 films with ties to the state through the people who make them, the places where they are filmed or the subjects they cover. And of these 68 films, more than two dozen will be seen for the very first time.

In addition to the screenings, two workshops are offered free of charge.

Below is the schedule of events for the festival.

  • The festival kicks off Friday, May 13 at 4:15 p.m. with a block of films
  • Friday from 6:15 p.m. to 8:15 p.m., people are invited to a paid reception for filmmakers and cinephiles from the official selection
  • Friday at 8.30pm, enjoy the Movies-N-Moonlight outdoor cinema block in Bicentennial Square in front of the museum
  • On Saturday May 14, 10 blocks of films screened in three locations at the museum from 11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
  • Free Saturday Morning Workshop: “Film Secrets from the State Archives,” a curated selection of film clips from the NC State Archives, with archivist Vann Evans and film historian Marsha Gordon discussing how filmmakers find the inspiration in these historical films
  • Free Saturday afternoon workshop: “Our Strange New Land: Narrative Movie Sets in the American South,” where photographer and Duke’s Center for Documentary Studies founder Alex Harris and filmmaker Roni Nicole Henderson Day discuss their craft, their on-set collaboration and a new book, with Margaret Sartor, about narrative cinema in the South
  • The festival ends with the awards ceremony followed by an off-site closing party
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