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Film & Streaming Media : Local Theaters, Fests & More

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Center for Documentary Studies

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Started in 1989 the first institution in the US dedicated to teaching, producing, and presenting documentary film.


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Cloud is a group created by undergraduates that uses books and films as a platform for creating discussion. 

Local Theaters

The Chelsea 1129 Weaver Dairy Rd, Chapel Hill, (919) 968-3005
The Lumina 620 Market Street, Chapel Hill, (919) 969-8049
Varsity on Franklin 123 East Franklin Street, Chapel Hill, (919) 967-8665
The Carolina Theatre 309 West Morgan Street, Durham, (919) 560-3030
Rialto Theatre 1620 Glenwood Avenue, Raleigh, (919) 856-8683
Silverspot Cinema University Mall, Chapel Hill

Ackland Film Fourm

The Ackland Film Forum is a collaboration between the Ackland Art Museum and numerous departments at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill highlighting different aspects of the art of cinema and showcasing the aesthetic power of film. Art films, narrative films, and documentaries are chosen by UNC-Chapel Hill faculty and Ackland staff, often in connection with particular courses, campus-wide initiatives, or exhibitions.
Where: Varsity Theatre, 123 E. Franklin Street, Downtown Chapel Hill
Tickets: Students free with valid university or high school ID, $4 for all others. Tickets are available at the Varsity Theatre Box Office.

Festivals in North Carolina

Carrboro Film Festival -  Carrboro in NovemberDiasporas and Indigeneity film festival poster
Cucalorus Film Festival - Wilmington in November
Family Film Festival - Winton in September 
NC Black Film Festival  - Wilmington in March
NC Latin American Film Festival  - UNC- Chapel Hill and Duke University, September - October
Reel To Reel Film Festival -  Kings Mountain, North Carolina in July
RiverRun International Film Festival - Winston-Salem in April

Other Local Film Events

The Cinema, Inc. at the Rialto Theater - in Raleigh. 12 classic films for $20. Runs September through August of the following year.

Duke's Screen Society Coordinated by Duke's Arts of the Moving Image Program's screens film in video in its original format. Free and open to the public.

North Carolina Museum of Art Free with museum membership or $5 Indoor movies are played through out the year and outdoor movies in the summer.

Second Sunday Film Series - Shows local narrative and experimental films in the ArtsCenter in Carboro.

Raleigh Home Movie Day The AV geeks invite the local community to find their Super8mm, 16mm film, VHS and Video8/Hi8 videotapes and have them projected for the public to see.

Media Librarian

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Winifred Metz
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(919) 962-4099
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