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21 Days of Local Arts – Strange Beauty Film Festival

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 share “21 Days” of some event, place or organization in the Triangle, enabling (and I mean that in the most positive sense possible) your inner Localista to come out and join us. This month it’s all about local arts events and organizations, across many disciplines, visual and performing.

Do you ever find yourself lacking words to describe something you’ve just experienced? That’s a common reaction to the films screened as part of  Durham’s very popular Strange Beauty Film Festival. The festival of imaginative, unique and striking short films from around the world (including many from NC and Triangle film makers) returns to Manbites Dog Theater (located in Durham’s DIY District) for its fifth season in June.

More than forty experimental films will be shown in four blocks over three days, June 12 – 14, and you’ll find the full schedule on the website (here). The films included this year range from the surreal to the mundane, but that’s status quo for this film festival that claims it’s the “anti-blockbuster” of the summer movie season. Tickets to individual performance blocks are $12, while a pass to all three days of marvelous oddity (including the Aural Fixation listening block on Saturday evening) is just $40. Take some time to peruse the schedule, then purchase your tickets in advance online (here) so you don’t miss a moment.


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