The 3rd Annual Footcandle Film Festival, taking place in Hickory, North Carolina located in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The festival was started and is managed by the Footcandle Film Society, a non-profit group with over 600 members that began independent film screenings in 2008. The home for the festival is the SALT Block, an arts and science center housed in an historic renovated high school near downtown Hickory.
The festival starts with an opening night event where all the Short Film selections are screened in two blocks for a large audience, with a reception in-between in the gallery of the adjoining Hickory Museum of Art. Full-length narrative and documentary features are screened throughout the three days of the festival, culminating in a closing awards ceremony and dinner on Sunday evening.
This is a single-location festival, meaning that all screenings take place in the Drendel Auditorium on the SALT Block which holds 400 people. In 2016, over 1,200 total tickets were sold for the various screenings and events throughout the weekend.
The Footcandle Film Festival awards cash prizes for Best Feature-Length Narrative, Best Feature-Length Documentary, Best Short Film, and an “Audience Favorite” award. In addition, filmmakers that have films selected for the festival are provided free hotel accommodations for the weekend and a travel stipend. All selections receive passes for the full festival weekend – including the opening night reception, closing night awards dinner, and complimentary tickets to their screening.
Come be a part of this unique celebration of indie cinema and submit your film now.
In partnership with the Footcandle Film Society, Lenoir-Rhyne University will host a night with screenwriter and director, William Stribling on Thursday, September 22 at 7 p.m.in PE Monroe Auditorium.
During the event Stribling will discuss the art of writing for film and video. He will also share a screening of his film, Bear with Us, which is currently making the rounds at film festivals worldwide and has garnered several awards along the way.
Stribling is an award-winning filmmaker who holds degrees from New York University in Film/TV Production and Dramatic Literature as well as a Masters in Screenwriting from Chapman University in Orange, California. His short film Down in Flames: the True Story of Tony “Volcano” Valenci was recently released on Amazon after a long and successful film festival run. Stribling’s first feature film Lies I Told My Little Sister was released in 2015 by ARC Entertainment as a “Geena Davis Selection”. Most recently, Stribling directed the web series Edgar Allan Poe’s Murder Mystery Dinner Party for Shipwrecked Comedy. He lives and works in Los Angeles where he is currently writing and directing a digital series for Adaptive Studios.
Stribling’s Bear with Us will also be shown as part of the Footcandle Film Festival, scheduled for September 23 through the 25th. The inaugural film festival was held in September of last year in an effort to bring unique, challenging and entertaining films to Western North Carolina. The event is presented by founders and members of the Footcandle Film Society, a 650-member group dedicated to screening and discussing films on a monthly basis. The society was formed in late 2007 by Alan Jackson, President and CEO of The Jackson Group in Hickory and Chris Frye, Media Producer at The Jackson Group.
During the weekend of September 23rd-25th, filmmakers from around the world will be traveling to Hickory, North Carolina to show their films at the 2nd annual Footcandle Film Festival.
The 2016 Footcandle Film Festival will be held at the Drendel Auditorium on the SALT Block, with films being shown between Friday, September 23rd and Sunday, September 25th. This year’s festival will bring thirty films to the Catawba County area, including short films, documentaries, and dramatic feature films. The festival opens with a Friday night “Short Films” event and reception in the adjoining Hickory Museum of Art, and closes with a dinner and awards ceremony Sunday evening at The Crossing at Hollar Mill.
Close to half of the films will be represented by their directors who will be attending the festival to discuss their films and meet festival attendees. A complete list of the films, their descriptions and trailers can be found on the festival web site (www.footcandlefilmfestival.com).
One of the filmmakers — William Stribling — is a graduate of New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and has been directing films since 2012. One of his short films, “Down in Flames”, was shown at last year’s inaugural Footcandle Film Festival. William is traveling from Los Angeles this year to show his latest film, “Bear With Us”, a comedy starring Christy Carlson Romano (Kim Possible, Even Stevens) and Cheyenne Jackson (30 Rock, American Horror Story, Glee).
William will also be a guest during a special event on Thursday evening, September 22nd, in partnership with the Lenoir-Rhyne Visiting Writer’s Series where he will be screening his film and discussing the art of scriptwriting for movies.
There will also be filmmakers traveling from Germany to show their festival entry “Hear the Silence”, a story of a small, lost unit of German soldiers looking for shelter during an attack on Russia in 1941.
All of the filmmakers responsible for the thirty films to be shown during the weekend were invited to attend as a guest of the festival. The Footcandle Film Society, the organization responsible for creating the festival, has raised money throughout the year to help provide travel stipends for the visiting filmmakers.
Tickets for the film festival are now on sale for the general public by visiting www.footcandlefilmfestival.com and clicking the link on the home page to “Buy Tickets”. Tickets can be purchased with credit or debit cards; taxes and credit card charges will apply. Tickets will remain on sale up until the weekend of the film festival for any events that are not sold out.
The Footcandle Film Society has been screening and facilitating discussions on films in Western North Carolina since its inception in 2008. Through monthly film screenings, discussions, partnerships with various international and educational organizations, the film society has built a community of over 600 members that support film efforts in our region.
We are excited to be partnering with the Lenoir-Rhyne University’s Visiting Writers Series as they host a night with screenwriter and director William Stribling as he discusses the art of writing for film and video. The evening will also feature his film “Bear With Us”, that is also playing during the festival weekend. This event will be taking place in the P.E. Monroe Auditorium on the Lenoir-Rhyne University campus. More details will be available soon!
Tickets are now on sale to the general public for the 2016 Footcandle Film Festival! The festival will be held September 23rd to 25th, 2016, at the Drendel Auditorium on the SALT Block.
On Friday, September 23rd, we will get an early start to the festival by showing two North Carolina-based documentaries. Each of these two screenings will be $5.00 per ticket.
Then, later that night is our Opening Night event where we screen our short film selections, followed by an opening night reception in the gallery of the Hickory Museum of Art. For those brave and more “adventurous” viewers there will be a second late-night screening of edgier shorts we’re calling the “Night Gallery” following the reception. The ticket price for this evening’s event is $20.00 per person, and includes food and drink at the reception.
Can’t choose which films to attend? Starting this year, we are introducing “passes” for the festival. You can choose to purchase a “Feature Film Pass” which will provide you with tickets for all thirteen (13) feature-length films throughout the weekend. These passes are $50.00 and provide you with one ticket for each of the films (a $15.00 savings). Each ticket can be given to someone else if you are unable to attend some of the films.
If you are interesting in attending ALL of the events for the weekend — the Opening Night Short Film Event & Reception, all thirteen feature films, and the Closing Night Awards Ceremony & Dinner, you can purchase an “All Access Pass” for $100.00!
You can purchase all of the tickets mentioned above by clicking this link:
Once on the ticketing site you will see a list of the different films and events. To buy tickets, select a film and then indicate the number of tickets you’d like to purchase. Next click on the “Add Tickets” button to add them to your order. To add other films click on the “Continue Shopping” link and it will return you to the list of screenings to choose from. You can order all of the tickets at one time if you use the shopping cart feature to check out.
You can find out more about each of the films by clicking the “2016 Festival Films” link across the top menu bar of our web site, and then choose the category of film you’d like to explore.
We are proud to announce the feature-length films being shown during the 2016 Footcandle Film Festival! This year’s thirteen feature films were selected from over 200 submissions by a panel of current film society members. All films will be shown at the same location (The Drendel Auditorium at the Arts and Science Center of Catawba County) on the same screen starting throughout the weekend. The schedule for the feature-length film screenings is as follows; you may click on any of the films’ names to see more information and watch a trailer for the film:
- 1:00pm – The State of Eugenics: “The State of Eugenics” shines a light on an often-forgotten chapter in American history— the forced sterilization of thousands of Americans thought to have “undesirable” genetic make-ups. The film follows researchers and journalists who delved into dusty archives to bring North Carolina’s extensive eugenics program into the sunlight, tirelessly insisting the state confront its sordid history. Documentary; Intended for ages 13 & up (contains some adult themes)
- 3:00pm – Deep Run: Executive produced by LGBTQ supporter Susan Sarandon, DEEP RUN is a powerful verité portrait of trans life in rural North Carolina. Exiled by her family and rejected by an ex, 17-year-old Spazz has no one to lean on for support. But when Spazz falls in love again and summons up the courage to become Cole, a strong-willed trans man, his candid humor and steadfast, all-inclusive Christian beliefs counter the bigotry he experiences daily. Documentary; Intended for mature audiences (contains adult language & situations)
- 9:00am – Hear the Silence: A small, lost unit of German soldiers is looking for shelter in a remote, snowy small village in the Ukraine in 1941. They got separated from their company during battle and now they are deep within enemy territory cut off from the German troops. “Hear the Silence” is a parable about the loss of innocence during times of war that results in brutal preventive actions. Subtitled; Intended for mature audiences (contains scenes of violence, adult language & themes)
- 11:00am – Occupy, Texas – Beau Baker, a washed out ‘Occupy, Wall Street’ protester, is woken up on the streets of NYC with news that his parents died and that he must return home to Texas where his parents have left him in charge of his two teenage sisters and their estate. This sets Beau off on a journey to search for and find the strength to reunite with his sisters, his past and himself. Intended for ages 13 & up (contains some adult themes)
- 1:00pm – OzLand – In a dry and dusty post-apocalyptic world, two wayfarers wander aimlessly until one of them finds a copy of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. Using the world around them to interpret what they read, they allow the book to challenge the beliefs, friendship, and even the very survival of these two divergent travelers. Intended for ages 13 & up (contains some adult themes)
- 3:30pm – Remittance – When Marie takes a job as a maid in Singapore to support her family in the Philippines, she trades one set of hardships for another. Betrayed by her husband, she begins to build a new life for herself. As she gets caught up in the new life she is building in Singapore, she is forced to choose between her personal aspirations and family responsibilities back home. Intended for ages 13 & up (contains some adult themes)
- 5:30pm – Dragonfly – Told with heart and humor, DRAGONFLY explores the complicated relationship between a struggling artist and her family as they work to reconcile their turbulent past in order to make the most of their present. When her mom is diagnosed with early on-set Alzheimer’s, a struggling artist returns home to help but brings years of family baggage with her. As she unpacks her past, she rediscovers a mysterious mailbox from her childhood and embarks on a search to solve its mystery. Intended for ages 13 & up (contains some adult themes)
- 7:30pm – The Fits – Eleven year-old Toni is a tomboy struggling to assimilate into a tight knit school dance team in Cincinnati’s West End. Enamored by the power and confidence of this strong community of girls, Toni eagerly absorbs routines, masters drills and even pierces her ears to fit in. However when a mysterious outbreak of fainting spells and incapacitating episodes begins to plague the team, Toni’s desire for acceptance is cast in a different light. Intended for ages 13 & up (contains some adult themes)
- 9:00pm – Bear With Us – “Bear with Us” is a modern farce about a guy who attempts to propose to his girlfriend in the most romantic way possible, but his meticulous plan starts to fall apart when a ravenous bear stumbles upon their charming cabin in the woods. It’s a total comedy of errors that takes a close look at just how far we’ll go to preserve our relationships. Intended for mature audiences (contains adult language & situations)
- 10:00am – Arlette. Courage is a Muscle. – The film centers around Arlette, a 15-year old girl from the Central African Republic who suffered severe injuries during the last war. In Berlin a surgery frees her from her year-long pain. This changes her both physically and mentally: suddenly Arlette is in her puberty. But then war breaks out again in her homeland. What was planned to be a short stay in Berlin turns into a journey without a foreseeable end. Documentary; Intended for ages 13 & up (contains some adult themes)
- 12:00pm – You See Me – Filmmaker Linda Brown’s father embodied 1960s masculinity. But when a devastating stroke leaves him vulnerable and dependent, Linda decides to confront the silence surrounding his troubled and violent past. Drawing on home movies, family photos and interviews, she reveals secrets, uncovers lies, and discovers a redeeming treasure in a lost family video. The result is an engrossing journey about the danger of carrying unresolved grief to our graves. Documentary; Intended for ages 13 & up (contains some adult themes)
- 2:00pm – Off the Rails – The remarkable true story of Darius McCollum, a man with Asperger’s syndrome, whose overwhelming love of transit has landed him in jail 32 times for impersonating New York City bus drivers and subway conductors and driving their routes. Documentary; Intended for ages 13 & up (contains mild adult language)
- 4:00pm – TOWER – Combining archival footage with rotoscopic animation in a never-before-seen way, TOWER reveals the untold stories of America’s first mass school shooting, which took place in 1966. Documentary; Intended for mature audiences (contains images and descriptions of gun violence)
We have some exciting news! As of July 29th we are giving current Footcandle Film Society members the ability to purchase tickets in advance for this year’s film festival before they go on sale to the general public.
All current film society members should have received an email with instructions for purchasing tickets. If you did not get that email, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The festival will be held September 23rd to 25th, 2016, at the Drendel Auditorium on the SALT Block. We are going to put all remaining tickets on sale to the general public on August 15th; we encourage you to get your tickets over the next two weeks to ensure we do not sell out when they are offered to the general public. If you have friends that are not members who might be interested in attending the festival, please have them wait to purchase tickets at this later time.