By Meredith Sammons
Carrboro Commons Staff Writer
In its fifth year, the festival serves as a platform for filmmakers to share their art with the town of Carrboro. Along with viewing films, attendees will be able to purchase refreshments and take part in question and answer sessions with filmmakers.
Co-founder of the Carrboro Film Festival and filmmaker Nic Beery emphasized the importance of making and celebrating short films. “What I really love to do equally to making films,” he said, “is promoting local talent and to shine as bright a spotlight on local films—to see what wonderful talent is out there made by local residents.” Beery added, “People in this community have really caught on to their craft. They are seeing others and going, ‘Wow, I can try this or that.’”
Five years ago Beery agreed to head-up the festival with Jackie Helvey, a member of the Town of Carrboro Arts Committee Advisory Board. It was Helvey who proposed the idea to the Town of Carrboro Arts Committee and said, “‘You know what you guys need? We need a film festival.’ Their faces lit up and they said, ‘Oh my god, that’s a great idea.’”
This year the festival has more momentum and bigger audiences. Beery said, “The support of Carrboro and the arts—it’s wonderful.” Beery also said this year has the “best group of films that I’ve ever seen.”
Putting it all together hasn’t been easy, according to Helvey and Beery. Both agreed that organizing the event has had its intricacies. “We happily do all the logistics,” Helvey said, “Logistics are hard to do, but ultimately it’s worth it.”
Helvey and Beery received numerous entries for this year’s festival. “We easily could’ve had two or three times more films,” Beery said.
Helvey and Beery screened each entry and judged which films best fit the 2010 festival. Helvey said when it comes to choosing films it is like solving a puzzle. “Every film has a redeeming value,” she said. “There are such good films and content of movies but we don’t want to have 400 animations. At the end of judging we look at the type—it’s like a little puzzle and this one fits better,” Helvey said.
“It’s like a museum. You have to curate how people see the films, almost like a rollercoaster,” Beery added.
This year 28 movies will be screened within three blocks of time between 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. Question and answer sessions along with breaks will follow each 75-80 minute block.
As for the quality of films submitted, Beery said it has never been better. “Technically and creatively the films this year have been better than before. There is more variety than before— there’s music videos, animations, comedies, dramas.”
The festival will take place in the Century Center’s Century Hall at 100 North Greensboro St. Admission is seven dollars for adults and three dollars for children 12 years of age and younger.