2019 Footcandle Film Festival Schedule

The following is the schedule for the 2019 Footcandle Film Festival.  All screenings and events take place at the Drendel Auditorium at the SALT Block with the exception of the closing awards ceremony and dinner which will be held at Moretz Mills on Lenoir-Rhyne Boulevard.

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Thursday, September 26th



Special Event:  Screenwriting Competition Winner’s Presentation, presented by the Visiting Writer’s Series of Lenoir-Rhyne University.  The scriptwriting competition winner will be announced, the winner will discuss their work and answer questions from the audience, and a “table read” of selected scenes will be presented.  The event will take place in the Belk Centrum on the campus of Lenoir-Rhyne University and is free and open to the public.

Friday, September 27th

Film Screening: F/11 and Be There  (Documentary, United States, 84 min)  Burk Uzzle’s singular vision and dedication led him from a small, homebuilt darkroom on his father’s porch in North Carolina into the company and guidance of the 20th Century’s most important photographers.

Film Screening: The Last Witness  (Narrative, United Kingdom, 93 min) An ambitious journalist comes across a disturbing spate of suicides by Polish soldiers in this political thriller based on the harrowing true events of the Katyn Massacre in the Spring of 1940

Film Screening: Well Groomed  (Documentary, United States, 85 min) Competitive creative dog grooming is the most colorful competition in America and this film captures the hearts, minds, and imaginations of the artists involved.



Opening Night – Short Film Selections, Reception & Night Gallery Collection  The festival officially starts with the Opening Night event! The evening begins with a collection of eleven (11) short film selections. These films, submitted by filmmakers around the world, are of varying length, style, and themes. Afterwards, everyone is invited to an Opening Night Reception in the art museum for food and drink. For those daring souls that want to see some more interesting, unique, and possibly bizarre short films, the “Night Gallery” collection of late-night short films will be presented after the reception (approximately 9:45pm). The ticket price includes your admission to the entire night of events.

Saturday, September 28th

Film Screening: Free Fight  (Narrative, Netherlands, Subtitled, 45 min) The strong bond between two MMA fighter brothers is put under pressure after the sudden passing of their mother.

Film Screening: While I Breathe, I Hope   (Documentary, United States, 75 min) What does it mean to be young, Black, and Democrat in the Southern Republican state of South Carolina? Though the experiences of Bakari Sellers the film looks to unravel that question.

Film Screening: The Dancing Dogs of Dombrova  (Narrative, Canada, 102 min) Estranged siblings Sarah & Aaron arrive in Poland and embark on a quest to fulfill their dying grandmother’s wish… find, dig up, and bring home the bones of her favorite childhood dog.



Documentary Short Film Block   Three short documentary films make up a 95 minute block during the festival weekend. This block includes the films Martin Hill: Camera Man, EXIT, and Reeves: A Home for Music.

Footcandle Spotlight Presentation: Ode to Joy  (Narrative, United States, 97 min) Charlie struggles with acute narcolepsy brought on anytime he experiences joy. When he falls in love his life becomes extremely complicated. This comedy is based on a radio story from “This American Life”.

Film Screening: The Rusalka  (Narrative, United States, 79 min) In a story of myth, passion, and revenge a man searches a NC lake for the monster that murdered his husband. Meanwhile that monster falls in love with an unsuspecting visitor.

Sunday, September 29th



Narrative Short Film Block   Three short narrative films make up a 76 minute block during the festival weekend. This block includes the films: Destination Moon, Excuse Me I’m Looking for the Ping-Pong Room and My Girlfriend, and The Transfer.

Film Screening: Kifaru  (Documentary, Kenya, Subtitled, 81 min) This film follows the lives of two young Kenyan recruits that join Ol Pejeta Conservancy’s rhino caretaker unit – a group of rangers that protect the last northern white rhino.

Film Screening: 8 Slices   (Narrative, United States, 83 min) A struggling pizza parlor unknowingly hires an undercover YouTube star who’s notorious for his sarcastic viral videos. As he gets to know the staff the situation gets complicated.

Film Screening: Behind the Bullet  (Documentary, United States, 84 min) Four individuals share the conflicting emotions and moral injury that comes after a self-defense, accidental, or unintentional shooting, offering a new perspective on gun violence.



Closing Awards Ceremony & Dinner   It’s the Hickory, North Carolina version of the Oscars! Everyone is welcome to attend a festive event to close out this year’s festival. Join us at Moretz Mills as we enjoy a full dinner (catered by Liazzo’s) and present awards for the best films from the weekend festival.

The ticket includes dinner and attendance at the awards ceremony. Beer, wine and alcoholic beverages will be available through a cash bar during the evening.

Weekend Pass


Opening Night & All Film Screenings:  $70.00 per person (plus taxes and credit card processing fees)

Includes one ticket to the opening night short films, all 11 feature film screenings and both blocks of shorts shown throughout the weekend (Friday, Saturday, and Sunday). Note: This pass does not include the Closing Awards Ceremony & Dinner.