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NC Retrospective: Jim Haverkamp

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Saturday, November 10
4:15 PM
Jengo's Playhouse
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The Cucalorus NC Filmmaker Retrospective showcases groundbreaking artists who've had a lasting impact on film culture in North Carolina. This year's retrospective artist, Durham based filmmaker and curator Jim Haverkamp, has been an integral part of the independent film scene in Durham and the Triangle for more than 14 years. When Norwood Cheek (last year's retrospective artist) moved to LA in the late 90's, he carried the Flicker Film Festival torch forward for the next generation. Ask artists in the triangle about Jim and you'll get a flood of compliments - things like guru and saint seem to pop up a lot.

A native of Iowa City, Iowa, Jim Haverkamp lives and works in Durham, North Carolina, where he is a freelance video editor, teacher, and filmmaker. His award-winning short fiction and documentary films have screened around the world, including the Ann Arbor Film Festival, Black Maria Film Festival, Chicago Underground Film Festival, Brazil's Documenta festival, regional PBS, on Czech TV, and at the Cucalorus Film Festival. Jim also teaches editing and video production for Duke University's Program in the Arts of the Moving Image, video for theater design for Duke Theater Studies, and short form production at Duke's Center for Documentary Studies.

Haverkamp first came to Cucalorus in 1997 with his dry and witty short Courtesy Call. This year's retrospective screening will showcase five of Haverkamp's shorts along with the beguiling and spare featurette Willow Garden, a feature he co-directed with Don Baker, one of Wilmington's most accomplished theater artists. Haverkamp will join Norwood Cheek after the screening for an extended discussion about making movies in North Carolina.

Films in the program:

Courtesy Call / 4:44 / 1997
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.

Last Pack / 4:34 / 2001
When it comes to smoking, quitters never win.

Armor of God / 12:45 / 2002 / Co-director: Brett Ingram
Noise musician Scotty Irving plays homemade instruments inspired by Biblical verse, bangs the ground with hammers, and generally cranks it up for the Lord. This documentary portrait examines his motivations for climbing out so far on musical and theological limbs

When Walt Whitman Was A Little Girl / 11:39 / 2012
Not your typical History Channel biography, When Walt Whitman Was a Little Girl tells the startling, unuttered truth about America's good gray poet. Starting out as an ordinary nine year old girl, Walt is soon catapulted into the world with her senses ablaze.

Willow Garden / 44:00 / 2006 / Co-director: Don Baker
In 1740s Northern Ireland, a young man becomes ensnared in a deadly love triangle and must decide whether to listen to his heart or his father's twisted advice. Based on a famous murder ballad, Willow Garden is a dark fable of love, zealotry, and deception.