2nd Annual Boone Docs Film Festival
Saturday, February 25, 2023, from 2-5 p.m.
Appalachian Theatre of the High Country (559 West King Street, Boone, NC 28607)
General Admission: $10
BOONE, N.C. — Following the success of last year's inaugural event, the second annual Boone Docs Film Festival will be held on Saturday, February 25, 2023, from 2-5 p.m. at the Appalachian Theatre of the High Country (559 West King Street, Boone, NC 28607). The event features short-form documentaries celebrating stories from the Appalachian region.
Subjects of the documentary shorts selected for the festival include luthiers, veterans, musicians, farmers, Cherokee elders, Junaluska matriarchs, protesters, Greek restauranteurs in Birmingham, ways to protect wildlife from interstate traffic along the Pigeon River Gorge, and rock climbers seeking to ascend “the inner mounting flame.”
The documentaries will be screened in blocks and filmmakers are invited to attend and take part in a short question and answer period following each block of films. At the end of the festival, two awards - the Jury Award ($300) and the Audience Award ($200) - will be announced.
Boone Docs Film Festival is a collaboration between the Appalachian Theatre of the High Country and Appalachian State University's Center for Appalachian Studies. The festival is organized by two College of Arts and Sciences faculty members - Dr. Beth Davison and Thomas Hansell, professors in the Department of Interdisciplinary Studies and co-directors of University Documentary Film Services - and Anne Ward, assistant professor in the Department of Communication.
Tickets cost $10 and are available for purchase at the Appalachian Theatre of the High Country's box office or online at etix.com/ticket/p/3105247/boone-docs-film-fest-2023-boone-appalachian-theatre.
A kick-off event will take place this Thursday, February 9, 2023, from 6-7 p.m. at the Blowing Rock Art and History Museum (159 Ginny Stevens Lane, Blowing Rock, NC 28605). The event will feature a screening of last year's award winners: "Alchemy" by director Bridget Fitzgerald (recipient of the 2022 Jury Award) and “Bright Morning Stars: The Johnsons of Hemphill” by director Ethan Payne (recipient of the 2022 Audience Award). The kick-off event is free and open to the public.
About the Center for Appalachian Studies
The Center for Appalachian Studies promotes public programs, community collaboration, civic engagement and scholarship on the Appalachian region. The center is committed to building healthy communities and deepening knowledge of Appalachia’s past, present and future through community-based research and engagement. Learn more at https://appcenter.appstate.edu.
About the Department of Interdisciplinary Studies
The Department of Interdisciplinary Studies offers graduate and undergraduate degrees in four program areas: Appalachian studies; gender, women’s and sexuality studies; global studies; and interdisciplinary studies. The department is also home to Watauga Residential College, an interdisciplinary, alternative general education program. The department promotes creative and imaginative engagement through a cross-disciplinary investigation of complex systems and problems. Learn more at https://interdisciplinary.appstate.edu.
About Appalachian State University Documentary Film Services
University Documentary Film Services at Appalachian State University teaches, engages in and presents documentary work grounded in collaborative local and global partnerships. Photography, film/video, audio and narrative writing are used to capture and convey memory, life, research, theory and culture. Additionally, the program provides professional consultation to students, faculty and staff engaged in documentary projects; maintains an archive of campus documentary work; hosts workshops for the campus community; and coordinates screenings of both finished and ongoing documentaries produced by Appalachian faculty and staff, as well as visiting professional documentarians. It is a unit within Appalachian's University College. Learn more at https://doc.appstate.edu.
About the Department of Communication
One of seven departments housed in the College of Fine and Applied Arts, the Department of Communication at Appalachian State University focuses on preparing students to succeed in the varied fields within the communication industry. The department offers five majors – advertising, communication studies, electronic media/broadcasting, journalism and public relations – and a minor in communication studies. Graduates work in a wide range of positions in media, corporate, agency, government and nonprofit organizations. Learn more at https://communication.appstate.edu.
Written by Lauren Andersen
February 8, 2023