Charlotte Film Festival to Host Premieres Friday, Nov. 8 In Uptown Charlotte


Joedance Film Festival will showcase three original films during its second Joedance Premieres (sponsored by the Foundation for the Carolinas) on Friday, November 8, 7 p.m., at Coco and the Director (100 W. Trade Street, Charlotte, NC 28202) in Uptown Charlotte. Doors open at 6 p.m.

Joedance Premieres is a year-round series, which showcases films with a connection to the Carolinas, and complements the mission of the annual Joedance Film Festival. The inaugural Joedance Premiere on September 21 in Uptown Charlotte’s Elmwood Cemetery attracted an audience of more than 75.

Here are the details:

Date: November 8, 2019

Time: 6-9 p.m. (Doors open at 6 p.m.; Films begin at 7:00 p.m.)

Where: Coco and the Director

Address: 100 West Trade St. Charlotte, NC 28202

Price: FREE

The following films will be showcased, and the evening will include a filmmaker Question-and-Answer session:

“Cherie Berry”: Written by Jahson and Joshua Oshita, Produced by Patti Price

“Rachel’s Pitch”: Directed by Julia Fulmer

“Soul Bones”: Directed by Andrew Huggins

Joedance, which includes the annual film festival during the first full weekend in August and related events year-round, honors the memory of Joe Restaino by raising funds and awareness for pediatric cancer research at Atrium Health Levine Children’s through an annual film festival featuring directors, producers, writers and actors who share a North Carolina or South Carolina connection. Joedance supports research and clinical trials for pediatric sarcomas, blastomas and brain tumors.

Beginning in 2019, Joedance has expanded its film eligibility footprint by accepting films throughout North Carolina and South Carolina. The territory expansion is designed as a first step to position Joedance as a major film festival in the Southeast region, and to mirror the service footprint of the organization it benefits, Atrium Health and Levine Children’s.

Joedance is also committed to raising awareness of the regional film industry by showcasing films from North and South Carolina. The Restaino family chose a film festival to honor their son because of his love of movies.

To date, Joedance has donated more than $170,000 for Atrium Health Levine Children’s in nine years, including $20,000 in 2018.

To donate to Joedance, visit, or mail contributions directly to: Joedance Film Festival, 301 W. 10th Street, Unit 407, Charlotte, NC 28202.