Conventional wisdom advises that habits are ingrained after 21 days of repetition. If that theory holds true, then the eat~play~shop local habit requires time and effort to develop. Each month I’ll be sharing “21 Days” of some event or place in the Triangle, enabling (and I mean that in the most positive sense possible) your inner Localista to come out and play. This month it’s all about local festivals that celebrate arts, culture, food and beverage.
Film festivals bookend the Spring and Fall seasons here in the Triangle, Full Frame in spring and Carrboro Film Festival in late fall. Started in 2006 with an idea to promote local area short films of twenty minutes or less, the festival has grown into a two-day event that includes submissions from across the state (and beyond) with blocks of films showing in two locations, the Carrboro Century Center and the ArtsCenter.
Films screened at the 2013 festival covered a wide array of genres, from animation to documentary, narrative and music videos. Subject matter ranged from local issues making headlines, like the Moral Monday protests in “It’s Monday and the South is Rising” to tragic events impacting a young family in central Vietnam during “Rainy Season”. In addition to entertaining and evocative films, special workshops on topics such as special effects, screenwriting and the story drafting process rounded out the festival for those interested in learning more about the film making process. At the end of the two-day event an after party at Open Eye Cafe wrapped up the weekend festivities. In between all that film viewing are opportunities to explore the Carrboro community and discover why it’s called the Paris of the Piedmont.