CFF: Day Five

Today is Friday and it is now Day Cinco of the Charlotte Film Festival!  If you're in town, fee free to check it out!  Below are a list of films to be screened.  Some are shorts and some are narratives.  You can catch the screening at the Regal Park Terrace 6 or EpiCentre Theaters in Charlotte, NC. 

The film festival after party is located at Kalu on 505 East Sixth Street in Charlotte, NC.  The festivities begin at 9:30 p.m.

Tonights screenings are:

Shorts Block
Catch up on 6 short films!

Toxic Oranges* - A Wall Street Fairy Tale

A homeless orange seller on Wall Street obtains short lived success and fame after inventing a clever credit system for his clients – until the system collapses because of an unfortunate problem with his orange supply.

earthwork  (Best Narrative Feature Award Winner)


In 1994, real-life crop artist Stan Herd travelled from Kansas to New York City to create a massive environmental artwork on land owned by Donald Trump. In an effort to show his unique perspective to a larger urban audience, Stan unexpectedly encounters the true meaning of his art and its ultimate last rewards.

"earthwork" movie trailer one - Rebel from Chris Ordal on Vimeo.

Shooting Beauty (Award Winning Documentary)

The story of an aspiring fashion photographer whose life is changed when she discovers true beauty hidden inside a facility for people living with extreme disabilities.

SHOOTING BEAUTY trailer from George Kachadorian on Vimeo.

12 Paces Without A Head (Mecklenburg Connection)

The 14th century on the North and Baltic seas … Having fun, sparking chaos and kicking up a riot have long been the way of life for high-sea pirates Klaus Störtebeker and Gödeke Michels. Endless maritime conquests have lent Störtebeker the reputation of a rebel and a revolutionary, and to his loyal troops of sea pirates he is a living legend. But the constant fighting and battling with those loathed “moneybags” of the Hanse, the medieval trade union, has worn down the once invincible buccaneers and their bold crew. When Störtebeker is seriously wounded in a battle to capture a ship, the legendary pirate begins to question whether this life holds a future for him, and when he ends up falling in love with the beautiful and feisty Bille, who evokes in him dreams of a quiet life on land, he is finally forced to face his future: What now Störtebeker? Guerrilla or gardener? A fight with Michels, the flaming full-blooded pirate is inevitable, until the discovery of a secret wonder weapon lifts their spirits and reignites their bond – but the mighty Hanse has also stocked up on its weapons and so the final battle nears …

Under the catchy slogan “Mecklenburg Connection” the Charlotte Regional Film Commission and the FilmlocationMV, both founded to support film teams in their regions, have a contracted partnership since 2009 to exchange more than experience in the movie business. The Charlotte Film Festival and the filmkunstfest Mecklenburg-Vorpommern in the German regional Capital Schwerin do exchange presentations of films made in the respective partner region. This year Klaus Störtebeker, who is said to have walked 12 paces after his head had chopped off, in order to save his crew from death, is the German side’s ambassador of the Mecklenburg Connection


How to describe Nobuhiko Obayashi’s indescribable 1977 movie House (Hausu)? As a psychedelic ghost tale? A stream-of-consciousness bedtime story? An episode of Scooby-Doo as directed by Mario Bava? Any of the above will do for this hallucinatory head trip about a schoolgirl who travels with six classmates to her ailing aunt’s creaky country home and comes face-to-face with evil spirits, a demonic house cat, a bloodthirsty piano, and other ghoulish visions, all realized by Obayashi via a series of mattes, animation, and collage effects. Equal parts absurd and nightmarish, House might have been beamed to Earth from some other planet. (Janus Films)

Failing Better Now

Mia’s wish for her 30th birthday is to get a new lease on life. It’s about time! Just fired and kicked out of her apartment Mia convinces here perfect sister Anna to let her pet sit Bernard, her sister’s beloved cat. When Bernard goes missing Mia begins a search of the East Village where she meets and falls for an aspiring rock star.

Failing Better Now TRAILER from Keren Atzmon on Vimeo.

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