Charlotte’s Ninth-Annual Joedance Film Festival Selects 13 Local Films Finalists for 2018


The Ninth-Annual Joedance Film Festival, which will be held August 3-4, 2018 at Uptown Charlotte’s Charlotte Ballet, has announced the 2018 lineup with 13 local films.

The 9th Annual Joedance Film Festival will be held FridaySaturday, August 3-4, 2018 (8-11 p.m.) at Charlotte Ballet, 701 N. Tryon St., beginning a new partnership with the Charlotte cultural gem. The new venue offers Joedance both indoor and outdoor-tented seating, more than doubling the 2017 capacity up to 350. Joedance has sold out every year.

Admission begins at 7:30 p.m. each night. Films begin at 8 p.m. Tickets cost begin at $25 for each night and can be purchased online at THE EVENT IS EXPECTED TO SELL OUT BOTH NIGHTS.

Joedance ushers in the new era in 2018 with a larger venue and new event management consultant, giving Joedance an opportunity to double attendance, increase contribution to Atrium Health’s Levine Children’s Hospital, and ensure the organization’s future and legacy.

The films selected (and the dates they will be shown) follow. (Some films are for Mature Audiences):

2018 Film Selections

FRIDAY, August 3

Trance – Mini Documentary (2:07) Directed by Mike Reda. An amateur fighter describes what it’s like to get into the ring, and what led him to pursue that lifestyle.

For Love (8:00) Written and Directed by Kevin Murray. Matt schleps through his workdays at a local convenience store, mostly unnoticed by his customers, colleagues and to his sorrow, Maddie, the girl of his dreams. Little do they know that Matt single-handedly saves the world from destruction every night as a hero.

Knight Errands (22:53) Produced by Dan Gamber; Written and Directed by Jackie Gamber; Steadfast Archie must complete a risky “to-do” list to prove his virtue, but winning the love of his life might be the death of him.

Auto Repair (9:41) Produced by Elijah B. Moore, Written by Elijah B. Moore and Joseph Fry, Directed by Joseph Fry, Director of Photography Andrew Kennedy. A young actor builds the courage to face his father and share important news with him.

The “Documentary” with George & Monty (7:00) Written and Produced by Jason King and John Schwert; Directed by John Schwert. The rise and fall of George and Monty, from the Funny or Die web series featuring Jason King and John Schwert.

Running Out (8:28) Produced by Juli Emmons; Written and Directed by Christopher Baker. Two brothers, who have grown apart over the years, share a reconnecting phone call.

Goodman (9:21) Produced, Written and Directed by Andrew Huggins. A modern-day adaptation of Nathaniel Hawthorne’s, “Young Goodman Brown”, from 1835.

SATURDAY, August 4

Ben Burden – “White Lighters” (2:00) Directed by Joshua Yates. A music video based on the phrase, “I’ve been afraid for you.”

T is for Tada (19:33) Produced by Juli Emmons; Written and Directed by Christopher Baker. Three young friends stumble upon an old magician. Then, one friend decides to rob him.

Resolute (5:43) Produced by Ashley Chase; Written and Directed by Paul Duncan. A father faces keeping a promise when an epidemic hits home.

A Chess Player (22:45) Produced by Chip White; Written and Directed by Shea Sizemore. What happens when the one thing you love becomes the one thing you are? This is the story of Tony Summerall and his rise and fall as the world’s greatest Chess Master. From his relationship with his abusive, sports-obsessed father, to the grave consequences of an expected checkmate, to the fraction-of-a-second when one loses the identity they’ve spent a lifetime cultivating. The game may be chess, but the feeling is universal. There’s a little Tony Summerall in all of us!

Earworm (8:24) Written and Directed by Anil Dhokai. After waking up with a song stuck in his head, a man discovers that it comes from an unlikely source.

Companyon -”Sea is for Courage”

(3:25) Directed by Mike Reda. A music video that looks inside the mind of someone, anyone, struggling to find their purpose in life.

Joedance Film Festival showcases short and feature-length films each year. Eligible filmmakers should:

*reside in Charlotte; or

*be originally from Charlotte or

*be connected to Charlotte (films, cast or crew)

There is no fee to submit a film.

Visit for more film submission details.

All proceeds from year-round Joedance Film Festival events and donations go to support rare pediatric cancer research at Atrium Health’s Levine Children’s Hospital.