"YES! Weekly and the Carolina Theatre of Greensboro are pleased to announce the Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers coming to the theatre September 2015 through April 2016. Southern Circuit brings the best of independent film to communities across the South. The Carolina Theatre is pleased to be one of 18 southern communities screening Southern Circuit films this season.
“We are very excited to be involved in this wonderful movie series,” says Charles Womack, YES! Weekly’s publisher. “YES! Weekly prides itself on its movie coverage and support, and this is a great way to be even more involved. We wanted to do something that promises to be a whole lot of fun for everyone, and Mark Burger, our film reviewer extraordinaire, has promised us that film lovers will have wonderful titles to choose from. This is something big for the Triad.”
Myrna the Monster and Other Short Films
Director/Writer | Ian Samuels
Tuesday, September 15, 7pm
Filmmaker Ian Samuels – who has worked for the Jim Henson Company and Sesame Street – will be in attendance for a post-screening Q&A of his collection of short films.
Director Ian Samuels shares his short films including the 2015 Sundance hit, “Myrna the Monster.” Myrna is a heartbroken alien dreamer from the moon who transitions into young adult life in Los Angeles like any other 20-something.
“Caterwaul” is a bittersweet story of an aging fisherman who develops an intimate relationship with a lobster as he struggles to find closure with his lost wife.
A young man faces insecurities about his relationship and what appears to be a human eye frozen in the ice outside his vacation cabin in “The Eyes and The Ice.”
“Nancy and the Dapper Toad” shares the tale of an aging woman who finds the courage to grow up from a storybook dapper toad.
Movement and Location
Director/Director of Photography/Producer | Alexis Boling
Writer/Editor/Producer | Bodine Boling
Tuesday, October 13, 7pm
Filmmaking team Alexis Boling and Bodine Boling bring their combined talents to Southern Circuit. They will be in attendance for a post-screening Q&A.
Kim Getty is an immigrant from 400 years in the future, sent back to modern-day Brooklyn to live out an easier life, and she’s built a new identity in this time that nearly satisfies: she has a full-time job, shares an apartment with a roommate, and is falling in love. But when she finds two other people from the future – a 15-year-old girl and Kim’s own long-lost husband – Kim must fight to keep the life she once had from destroying the life she has built here.
Orion: The Man Who Would Be King
Director/Producer | Jeanie Finlay
Tuesday, November 3, 7pm
Filmmaker Jeanie Finlay will be in attendance for a post-screening Q&A.
August 16, 1977. All of America was stunned by the news of Elvis Presley’s untimely passing. Some went so far as to believe that it couldn’t be true. Somehow he had faked his death. For the executives at Sun Records, that fantasy became an opportunity in the form of Orion, a mysterious masked performer with the voice of The King. First appearing in 1979, Orion recorded 11 albums and performed live to packed houses and rapturous fans around the nation. But who was the man behind the mask? Orion tells the story of Jimmy Ellis – an unknown singer plucked from obscurity and thrust into the spotlight as part of a crazy scheme that had him masquerade as Elvis back from the grave.
Directors/Producers | Dan Rybicky & Aaron Wickenden
Tuesday, February 16, 7pm
Dan Rybicky and Aaron Wickenden bring their impressive filmmaking experience to Southern Circuit. Both Rybicky and Wickenden will be in attendance for a post-screening Q&A.
For many, Peter Anton’s house embodies an end-of-life nightmare: the utility companies long ago shut off the heat and electricity, the floorboards are rotting, and the detritus of a chaotic life is precariously stacked to the ceiling. But for filmmakers Dan Rybicky and Aaron Wickenden, Anton’s home is a treasure trove, a startling collection of unseen and fascinating paintings, drawings, and notebooks, not to mention Anton himself, a character worthy of his own reality TV show. Though aging, infirm, cranky, and solitary, Anton also is funny and utterly resilient. Rybicky and Wickenden’s remarkable journey follows a gifted artist through startling twists and turns. Almost There provides enough human drama for a season of soap operas, plus insights into mental illness, aging in America, and the redemptive power of art.
The Trials of Mohammad Ali
Director/Producer | Bill Siegel
Tuesday, March 15, 7pm
Bill Siegel has more than 20 years of experience in documentary filmmaking including his work on The Weather Underground and Hoop Dreams. The Academy Award-nominated director will be in attendance for a post-screening Q&A.
The Trials of Muhammad Ali investigates Ali’s extraordinary and often complex life outside the boxing ring. Outspoken and passionate in his beliefs, Ali found himself in the center of America’s controversies over race, religion and war. The documentary examines how one of the most celebrated sports champions of the 20th Century risked his fame and fortune to follow his faith and conscience.
Ghost Town to Havana
Director/Producer | Eugene Corr
Tuesday, April 12, 7pm
Academy Award-nominee Eugene Corr brings his directorial experience to Southern Circuit. Corr has directed and written documentaries, feature films and episodic television. He will be in attendance for a post-screening Q&A.
Ghost Town to Havana follows the lives of two extraordinary youth baseball coaches: Nicolas Reyes who coaches in a Havana, Cuba neighborhood rich in community but struggling desperately economically, and Roscoe Bryant who coaches in a troubled Oakland, California neighborhood wracked by three decades of gang violence. After two years of US/Cuban sanctions and countless red tape, Coach Roscoe and his players fly to Havana to play Coach Nicolas’ team.
Movie screenings will begin at 7:00pm with doors opening at 6:15pm. All screenings will be followed by a question and answer conversation with the filmmaker(s). Tickets are $7 or $6 for students, seniors, military, and groups (10+), and are available at the theatre box office Monday through Friday from noon until 5pm, at the door, by telephone at 336.333.2605, and at CarolinaTheatre.com. There is an additional fee for online transactions. Prices include sales tax."
- A Press Release