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Indigo Moon Film Fest to bring documentaries, narratives to downtown venues

Showcase to feature North Carolina-connected stories, documentaries, animation


“Black Barbie” will open the eighth annual Indigo Moon Film Fest in downtown Fayetteville beginning Friday and running through Sunday.

More than 80 independent films from around the world will be featured, including dramas, documentaries, animation, student-directed works and films with North Carolina connections.

Venues will include Cameo Art House Theater and Capital Encore Theatre.

A variety of ticket packages is available.

“Black Barbie” is the opening-night feature at 7 p.m. Oct. 13 at the Cameo.

The documentary explores the intersection of merchandise and representation through the life story of Beulah Mae Mitchell, an insider at Mattel, according to the festival website.

Directed by LaGueria Davis, “Black Barbie” delves into the challenges and triumphs faced by Black women as they strive to have their voices and stories heard, refusing to remain invisible in a world dominated by tradition, the release said.

Watch the trailer for 'Black Barbie' here.

For ticket information, go to Indigo Moon Film Festival.


“When Hope Breaks Through,” from award-winning director Matthew Wagner, is the story of Mike Shoreman, a disabled paddleboarder who attempts to become the first person with disabilities to cross all five Great Lakes. He forms strong bonds with members of his crossings team as they face obstacles from boat breakdowns, medical emergencies and hallucinations.

“When Hope Breaks Through” will be screened at 10 a.m. Oct. 14 at the Loge, the upstairs theater at the Cameo.

A double feature will present the documentaries “Teacher,” directed by Adam Gacka, and “Steve Roach: Life in the Soundcurrent,” directed by Kurt Lancaster Struggling. They will be shown at Capital Encore Academy at 10 a.m. Oct. 14.

Narrative features

“Witnessed,” by director Dominic Goodie, is the story of Daniel Ortez. Unsure of life in a hostile world, Ortez is forced to grow up when his father is killed during an armed robbery. He takes it upon himself to get justice by any means, but a detective is only a few steps behind him. It will be screened at 10 a.m. Oct. 14 at the Cameo.

“Out and About,” from director Peter Callahan, goes inside the mind of a middle-aged man as he tries to come to terms with his life over the course of an afternoon walk through his hometown. It will screen at 2 p.m. Oct. 14 at Capitol Encore.

North Carolina connections

Several films to be shown during Indigo Moon have North Carolina connections. Among them:

  • “Cabarrus,” a narrative short from director Andrew Huggins, a glimpse into the life of a struggling family in North Carolina.
  • “Closet Space,” from directors Glenn Lissner and Al Julian, is the story of a flesh-eating demon that forces tough choices on two old friends.
  • “Fire & Flood,” from director Madison Cavalchire, looks at the rural community of Seven Springs, North Carolina, which has a long history of survival. After being nearly destroyed during the Civil War, a fire swept through town in the early 1920s. More recently, hurricanes have pushed the town to the brink of collapse, bringing severe flooding has left it virtually beyond repair.
  • In “Girl Talk,” by director Andrew Huggins, a woman asks a man for dating advice.
  • “In the Pines” is an 18-minute film by Dugan Bridges. With their lives at stake, three young people must rely on their love and friendship to defy the forces of hate and violence that set their world ablaze in turn-of-the-century North Carolina.
  • In “The Time Before,” by director Dustin Abernathy, Sophie searches for missing memories using new technology that could help solve the mystery of her childhood.

Documentary shorts

“Linda & Henry,” by director Rebecca Branson Jones, celebrates the love story of the Mabes in the 51st year of their marriage. The couple ride through the foothills of Stokes County on the North Carolina-Virginia state line pointing out old tobacco fields they once worked in. The property has been developed for vacation homes with a view.

Self-taught fiddler Henry has won nearly every fiddlers convention in Virginia and North Carolina, making him a legend in the bluegrass community.

The 25-minute film was recorded over 10 years.

“Rosenwald: Toward a More Perfect Union, by director Charles Poe, is the story of a mostly forgotten philanthropist, a Jewish son of immigrants from Chicago who became a champion for Black education in the Jim Crow South.

Both films will be screened as part of the “Heroes” short block beginning at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 14 at the Cameo.

Other documentary shorts on the schedule include “0530: Riding in the Dark,” about a group of cyclists; “Aris Demetrios: Sculpture From the Heart,” about the renowned sculptor; and “Who We Are,” about how many young women fall victim to drugs, domestic violence, and poverty and a California nonprofit that helps them get their lives on track.

Narrative shorts

“Everybody Don’t Electric Slide” is a 15-minute mystery from director Rodney Stringfellow. At a large family gathering after a funeral, an older woman confronts an awkward young man she doesn’t recognize. To reveal his identity, she forces him to use a haunted typewriter that will type only the truth.

“Eso No Rima (That Doesn’t Rhyme),” by director Roberto Villafane, is the story of what happens in the day-to-day of a couple when one is a poet and the other is not. Everyday situations are complicated because one is idealistic and vague and the other is realistic and concise. Benito is a diffused poet who wants to finish writing and publish his book of poems. Analía doesn’t always understand her husband.

“Hedgehog” is a story about the war in Ukraine by director D. Mitry. As the war begins, 6-year-old Nina is sent to her grandmother’s remote village. In a shack outside, Nina discovers a badly wounded Russian soldier.

Other narrative shorts featured include “Agents of Change, Project: Polymer;” “Be Quiet;” “By Any Other Name;” “C L O N E:” “Can’t Go Home Again;” “Closing Time;” “Dak’toká Taíno (I Am Taíno;” “First Last Kiss;” “Food for Thought;” “For Roy;” “Grandma’s Hats;” “Head” (adult theme); “I Mustache You;” “Killer in a Small Town;” “Last Words: Katherine;” “Vigil Hours;” “Time Spent;” “Transgressing;” “Vax;” “Sampha;” “Scam;” “Shame Full;” “Shop at the Edge of Town;” “Slam Dunk, Sehaj!” “Loosen Up: The Short” (adult theme); “Lost and Found;” “Midnight Ride;” “Our Males and Females” (adult theme); “The Haunted Baby Carriage From Hell;” “The Perfect Boy;” and “Radio Telescope.”

First-time filmmakers

“Like Son, Like Father” is a 17-minute narrative from director Mark Bethea. While his Army Ranger father is deployed to Afghanistan, 15-year-old Harry comes out as gay in a YouTube video. Upon his father’s return, the two have a heart-to-heart talk at the beach, where the father reveals a secret of his own.

“Healing Dakota” is a documentary from director James Michael LaMonte that follows the journey of discovery and healing of a brave K9 who develops PTSD while serving.

“Let’s Talk” is from student director Elad Mukades. When Ori picks up his soldier brother for a day at the beach, he is horrified to find that his brother has become religious. In addition to that aggravation, a tire goes flat. As the sun sets, Ori is forced to choose between his “new” brother, who is planning to make shabbat in a deserted place, and going to be with his sick mother.

Other features from first-time filmmakers include “Angelman,” directed by Sacha Picard; the documentary “Cancer/Evolution Episode 1: The Dustbin of History,” Maggie Jones and Brad Jones; “Ghosts of the Void,” Jason Miller; “I Am Not Down,” Jyoti Madnani; “Interview With Ian,” Janice Lauren Baker; “Salsa Open Moscow,” Viacheslav Karbanov; “Soil,” Sam Lembeck; documentary short “The Red Creek Sessions,” Justin Harris; “No Time Off for Good Behavior,” Christopher Riley; “The Year of the Dog,” Robert Grabow, Michael Peterson, and Andrew McGinn;

Student filmmakers

“Not Without a Trace” is among films by student directors scheduled during Indigo Moon. Emily Prins’ documentary short is the story of 14-year-old Deanie Peters, who got up to use the restroom at her brother’s wrestling meet on Feb. 5, 1981, and was never seen again. Forty years later, the suburban community around Grand Rapids is still feeling the effects of her disappearance.

The narrative short “Playing House” is by student director Eunjin Lee. Seven-year old Shio lives desiring only the love of her mother but is cast aside to spend her days alone. One day, Shio ventures outside, and something unusual happens that breaks down her world.

Other films by student directors include “A Thief,” Steven Hedrick; “Clone,” Ryan Kennedy; “Henchmen,” Jackson Mirmina; “Zombellini,” Dave Flores; “What Was Lost,” Simeon Gooderham; “The Survivor,” Rajath Rajanikanth; “Prayer of the Birds,” Yevgeniya Regent;
and “Resurgence,” Krushan Naik.


“Flower” is a two-minute short by director Carolyn Gair with no dialogue, only music. Zip, a character made from found objects, finds a “broken” flower and tries to fix it while his friends look on.

“Earthling,” at just over 10 minutes, is from directors Keith Lane and Molly Graham. In the summer of 1976, twin brothers Jack and Jim Weiner and two friends go camping in Maine’s Allagash wilderness, where they are abducted by aliens. Ten years later, with massive changes in their personalities, they explore repressed memories through hypnosis.

Other animated features include “A Tree Once Grew Here;” “Animated Diaries of War: Coffee;” “Departure;” “I’m Gonna Get You;” “The Thread of Remembrance;”

Contact Bobby Parker at rparker@cityviewnc.com.

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