Cucalorus and Pinestraw Magazine are pleased to announce that selections have been made for the 1st annual Tar Heel Shorties Film Festival on July 8th, 2017 in Southern Pines, NC. Tar Heel Shorties will kick off at the Sunrise Theater in downtown Southern Pines on Friday, July 8th at 5pm with seven unique short films in an hour long block. Following the block will be a party with attending filmmakers! At 7:30pm is a screening of The Founders, a documentary feature film about the 13 women who founded the LPGA Tour. An exclusive Q&A with co-director Charlene Fisk will follow the screening.
The free event will showcase a slate of the coolest NC short films and a feature documentary with roots in the Sandhills region. The shorties range from animated narratives to archival experimentals, including:
Swimlapse / 9:00 / Eddie Schmit
In the shadow of a chilling accident, a young lifeguard struggles to return to work while teaching a reluctant girl to swim.
Sugar / 3:25 / Kristin Pearson
An animated collage of the futility of a good night’s sleep.
Courtesy Call / 5:00 / Jim Haverkamp
A free agent for decency tries to reach out and touch someone–usually, someone who doesn’t like to be touched. Starring the incomparable Stuart Hoyle. Courtesy Call screened at the 3rd annual Cucalorus Film Festival in 1997. Jim Haverkamp lives and works in Durham, North Carolina, where he is a freelance video editor, teacher, and filmmaker.
Ignite / 4:16 / Christopher Zaluski
Ron Killian has big art dreams. On the brink of 50 years old, however, he’s worried that time may be running out. As a way to reinvent himself, he has created a new art medium using fire. He now spends his days inside his Asheville, NC, bungalow burning canvas, paper, and paint and creating unique pieces that the world may never see.
What it Was, Was Football / 7:00 / Duncan Brantley
A naive country preacher accidentally finds himself at a football game. He has no idea what he is seeing, but describes it as best he can. A visual recreation of Andy Griffith’s classic radio comedy routine.
Bernerd / 5:18 / Marshall Johnson
Bernerd, the controlled burn spokesman, is here to teach us about fire safety. Unfortunately he’s lost his way and now his method mostly involves a trail of lit cigarettes and smoldering ruins. Come with Bernerd as he teaches one family the importance of random fire.
The Private Life of a Cat / 10:00 / Iris Monahan
In 1947, Alexander Hammid (the cinematographer husband of the famous experimental filmmaker Maya Deron) made a silent documentary chronicling his cat having kittens. Fifty years later, Iris Monahan and her dad Dave added cat voices, funky music, and a few laughs.
Acito on the Mound / 14:05 / Shawn Lewallen
The spirit of baseball lives on long after players leave the field. A visit to the pitching mound after saying goodbye to a friend brings back memories of a rough game.
The Founders / 90:00 / Charlene Fisk & Carrie Schrader
They were not supposed to be athletes. They were not supposed to get paid to play. They were not supposed to call the shots. But in 1950, 13 amateur women golfers battled society, finances and sometimes even each other to stake their claim to become professional sportswomen by creating the Ladies Professional Golf Association (The LPGA). Long overdue, this film is about finally recognizing those unseen efforts and identifying The Founders as true icons of sport and equality. The film isn’t just for those who frequent the golf course. This film is for anyone who believes in the transformative power of defying the odds.
With humour, grit and raw talent, these underdogs not only changed the course of women’s sport but created a timeless story of redemption and endurance. Through rare, archival footage, historical re-enactments and current-day interviews with surviving founders and leading players, we tell that story – a special legacy.
Watch a trailer here: https://vimeo.com/153048152
More information about The Founders can be found at http://www.thefoundersfilm.com/