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A Great Lamp

Director: Saad Qureshi
Narrative Features :: Vanguard
Running Time:78:00 minutes
Event Date(s)
10:15 PM EST
Friday, November 15
Thalian Ballroom
1:15 PM EST
Sunday, November 17
UNCW King Hall

Screenwriters: Saad Qureshi, Donald R. Monroe, Max Wilde, Spencer Bang, Steven Maier
Producers: Saad Qureshi, Donald R. Monroe, Alison Donohue
Cast: Max Wilde, Spencer Bang, Steven Maier, Julian Semilian, Laura Ingram Semilian, Netta Green, Connie Stewart,
Smokey, Spaz

Max wheat pastes pictures of their dead grandma, Howie listens to fountain pennies and grants wishes, and Gene lives out of his car in exile from his family, when they discover the prophetic coming of a fabled rocket launch in this heartfelt kaleidoscope of pain and friendship.

Set in a small riverside town in North Carolina, this experimental narrative by UNCSA Alum Saad Qureshi and his friends is one of the most original indie films of the year. Up-close and stylishly improvised, this melancholic black and white drama is a world all its own – a wandering conscious flow of both joy and sorrow.


Saad Qureshi is a Pakistani-American filmmaker raised in North Carolina, where he received his BFA from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts in Winston-Salem. After working on industry shows such as The Blacklist and Good Behavior, his directorial debut feature A Great Lamp premiered at the 2019 Slamdance Film Festival and won Best Narrative Feature at Mammoth Lakes.

Screening with:
“Avenues” by De La Noche
Director: Brian Weeks  / 3:14
Music Video for “Avenues.”