Charlotte’s Joedance Film Festival Announces 2019 Film Selections

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Joedance Film Festival, which is riding a wave of expansion as it celebrates its 10th anniversary, has announced the films selected from North Carolina and South Carolina for the 2019 Festival.

Three nights of films will be held Aug. 1-3, 2019, 7:00-10:30p.m., at Charlotte Ballet, 701 N. Tryon Street, Charlotte, NC 28202. Tickets start at $30 and can be ordered at:

https://www.carolinatix.org/events/detail/joedance-film-festival

Beginning this year, Joedance has added a third night (Thursday) of film showings. Thursday, Aug. 1, will be the Cultural Arts Evening showcasing Arts+, a non-profit organization that serves 4,500 students in the region through music and visual art programs, half of whom receive free or reduced programming.

The 2019 Joedance Film Festival selections, which consists of films from North Carolina and South Carolina, are as follows:

Film name/Filmmaker Name

Thursday, August 1, 2019 7:00-10:30p.m., Charlotte Ballet, 701 N. Tryon Street, Charlotte, NC 28202                                                                       

“Barbarians”/David Aguilar, Director

“Blue & Gold Marching Machine”/Jay Capers, Executive Producer

“Curb Service”/Andrew Huggins, Director

“Dear Hannah”/Raven Angeline Whisnant, Director

“Facility 003”/Ace Kim, Director

“Grandpa”/John Niespodzianski, Producer

“Mockingbird”/Brad Hord, Producer

Friday, August 2, 2019, 7:00-10:30p.m., Charlotte Ballet, 701 N. Tryon Street, Charlotte, NC 28202                                               

“Grace in Training”/Andy Heck, Director

“Sanguine Addiction”/Paul Streiner, Director

“The Boo Hag Film (Testify)”/Jason Kendall, Director

“The Valley”/Thomas Clay, Producer

“Whatever It Is”/Mike Reda, Director

Saturday, August 3, 2019, 7:00-10:30p.m., Charlotte Ballet, 701 N. Tryon Street, Charlotte, NC 28202                                               

“Guest of Honor”/Justin Robinson

“Live from the Double Door Inn”/Ahujadaddy Films, Producer

“Manhood”/Rodney Stringfellow, Director

“Sarah’s Big Day”/Juli Emmons, Producer

“Stop Asking For Permission”/Rolando Gil, Director

“Truce”/Chris Niespodzianski, Director

The 10th annual Joedance Film Festival, which raises money for pediatric cancer research, will run Thursday-Saturday nights, August 1-3, 2019 at Charlotte Ballet, which will host the event for the second consecutive year. The move to Charlotte Ballet has positioned Joedance to participate in the North Tryon Street renaissance and contribute to the northern tier of Uptown Charlotte’s continued growth.

Starting this year, Joedance has expanded its film eligibility footprint by accepting films with North Carolina and South Carolina connection. The territory expansion is designed as a first step to position Joedance as a major film festival in the Mid-Atlantic region, and to mirror the service footprint of the organization it benefits, Atrium Health’s Levine Children’s.

Joedance Film Festival from Joedance Film Festival on Vimeo.

Joedance Film Festival, including related events year-round, honors the late Joe Restaino by raising funds and awareness for pediatric cancer research at Atrium Health’s 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.

Joedance is also committed to raising awareness of the regional film industry by showcasing films from North Carolina and South Carolina. The 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’s Levine Children’s in nine years, including $20,000 in 2018.

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