Saturday, January 27th marks Wilmington's 16th annual DocuTime one-day documentary film festival.
DocuTime has established a solid reputation for bringing acclaimed documentaries to the big screen in Wilmington and allowing a dedicated community of documentary-lovers to have a full day of award-winning, enlightening enjoyment.
DocuTime takes place at UNCW’s King Hall Auditorium from 9:30 am – 5:00 pm on Saturday, January 27th. Tickets are $7 general admission per film, or $22 for an all day pass; senior tickets are $5 general admission per film or $17 for an all day pass (plus NC sales tax). Student tickets are free with UNCW student ID. Advance tickets may be purchased at Sharky’s Box Office (located at UNCW’s Fisher Student Center, 910.962.4045.)
This year's lineup includes:
9:30-11am BLOOD ROAD
Sun Dancer (A brief introduction)
Dance: Helen Mirkil; Video: Bumpacam Productions
As the day begins, we give thanks for the simple things, for the beauty and wonder all around us.
Blood Road (96 min) (USA)
Directed by Nicholas Shrunk
Blood Road follows the journey of ultra-endurance mountain bike athlete Rebecca Rusch and her Vietnamese riding partner, Huyen Nguyen, as they pedal 1,200 miles along the infamous Ho Chi Minh Trail through the dense jungles of Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia. Their goal: to reach the crash site and final resting place of Rebecca’s father, a U.S. Air Force pilot shot down over Laos some 40 years earlier.
11:15 – 12:45 pm DOCUMENTARY SHORTS
Adventures in the Van (2 min) (USA)
Directed by Elizabeth McLamb
A filmed created by the students at Oasis NC, it premiered at the first ever Oasis Film Festival in November 2017.
At What Price? (11 min) (USA)
Directed by John Price
Professional adventure and climbing photographer John Price explores the myth of 'the perfect life' that's so pervasive in social media. Set in the breathtaking Canadian Rockies, this film ponders how to strike the balance as an artist between self-promotion and authenticity.
Behind the Mask (7 min) (USA)
Directed by Svetlana Cvetko and David Scott Smith
Inside the walls of a Level 3 state prison, Tim Robbins and his Actors’ Gang team endeavor to transform the lives of inmates with his comedia dell’arte method of acting.
Yours Sincerely, Lois Weber (6 min) (USA)
Directed by Svetlana Cvetko
In 1916, the highest paid silent film director at Universal Studios was a woman named Lois Weber. Yet today she is virtually unknown. "Yours Sincerely, Lois Weber" examines the achievements of this incredible woman, as told through the eyes of a young magazine photographer hoping to impress her.
The Record Breaker (25 minutes) (Denmark)
Directed by Brian McGinn
Ashrita Furman holds the official record for the most Guinness World Records by one individual, including marks for "Largest Hula Hoop," "Most Apples Sliced in Mid-Air with a Samurai Sword," and "Longest Distance Bicycling nderwater." A health food store owner and devotee of meditation, Furman travels the world creating new categories for record achievement. In The Record Breaker we meet Furman as he's about to attempt to climb Machu Picchu on stilts.
The Constitution – SNEAK PEAK (15 min) (USA)
Directed by David Garrigus
David Garrigus presents several minutes from his current work-in-progress—THE AMERICAN CONSTITUTION. The five-part historical documentary TV series tells the story of the US Constitution's creation, the battle for ratification, and the struggle for a bill of rights—a gripping tale told through the words of the founders performed by acclaimed actors. Many of the world’s leading scholars and historians provide compelling commentary. A Q&A with director David Garrigus follows the screening
1:30-3pm FACES, PLACES
Faces, Places (89 min) (France)
Directed by Agnes Varga
Agnes Varda, one of the leading figures of the French New Wave, and acclaimed French photographer and muralist JR teamed up to co-direct this enchanting documentary/road movie. Together they travel around the villages of France in JR’s photo truck meeting locals, learning their stories and producing epic-size portraits of them. Faces Places documents these heart-warming encounters as well as the unlikely, tender friendship they formed along the way.
"Faces Places" is a film of sheer joy, its exuberance surpassed only by its tenderness and purity of purpose.” Ann Hornaday, Washington Post
3:15-4:45pm MUSIC OF STRANGERS
Music of Strangers (96 min) (USA)
Directed by Morgan Neville.
Music of Strangers follows an extraordinary group of musicians who come together to celebrate the universal power of music. Named for the ancient trade route linking Asia, Africa and Europe, The Silk Road Ensemble, an international collective created by acclaimed cellist Yo-Yo Ma, the film exemplifies music’s ability to blur geographical boundaries, blend disparate cultures and inspire hope for both artists and audiences. Through these moving individual stories, the filmmakers paint a vivid portrait of a bold musical experiment and a global search for the ties that bind.
"A joyous revelation. A group portrait of superb musicians from all over the world offering music as an emblem of what people can do in these fractious times when they live in concert with one another." - The Wall Street Journal
A Presentation of WHQR Public Radio and the UNCW Department of Film Studies
DocuTime made possible by a generous grant by the Landfall Foundation