Monday, April 29, 2024

Celebrate the 10th Annual Longleaf Film Festival at the NC Museum of History

Apr 29, 2024

The North Carolina Museum of History is thrilled to announce the tenth annual Longleaf Film Festival! The festival announced this year’s Official Selections on Friday, April 12 in a virtual event.

Longleaf Film Festival, a free-to-attend festival that highlights the best of independent film demonstrating a Tar Heel State connection, will occur on Friday, May 10, and Saturday, May 11. This year’s festival will be screening 71 documentaries and narrative works. Film fans can join us at the festival’s home base, the North Carolina Museum of History, a place that seeks to share the stories that connect us all. The weekend is packed with ways to celebrate the art and craft of independent filmmaking with popcorn, socials and more!

Here’s what to expect when making your plans to join us:

Friday, May 10
Opening Film Blocks: Daniels Auditorium
3–5 p.m. and 5–7 p.m.
Longleaf opens with two wonderful films, Isaiah Alexander Forte-Rose’s Forbidden Fruit, a short that follows an eleven-year-old boy navigating a rural food desert. This block also screens the feature-length Box Brown: A Box Marked Freedom directed by Aravind Ragupathi and Robert Alan Underhill and starring Mike Wiley. This film shares the true story of Henry "Box" Brown, an enslaved man who mailed himself to freedom in 1849. In the 5–7 p.m. film block, an array of shorts speak of loss, friendship and survival.
Reception for Filmmakers and Friends
5–7 p.m.
Join us for the Official Selection Filmmakers and Friends Reception. Meet filmmakers, actors and other film fans! While Longleaf Film Festival screenings and workshops are free to attend, the reception is a ticketed event.
8:30–10 p.m.
After the reception, stay for Movies-N-Moonlight, an outdoor film block on Bicentennial Plaza featuring nine different narrative and documentary shorts. Some chairs are provided or bring your own!

Saturday, May 11
Ten film blocks in three spaces at the museum show everything from narrative and documentary features and shorts to music videos and animated films.
Blocks begin at 11 a.m., 1 p.m., and 3 p.m. To learn more about the films, explore the festival schedule here. To learn more about the individual films and watch trailers, check out the Official Selections here.
Workshops feature topics of interest for filmmakers and film fans. Explore a virtual production studio, learn about the legal basics for filmmakers, and join the conversation with the “How It Started/How It’s Going” panel discussion. Register for workshops here!

Final Film Block and Awards Program
5–7:30 p.m.
The final film block of the festival takes place in Daniels Auditorium and is followed by the Awards Program where we celebrate excellence in filmmaking, with our host David Menconi.
Longleaf Film Festival is sponsored, in part, by Carlyle Adams Foundation, Celito, The Freelance Editor, CT Wilson Construction Company, Monarch Realty, Ricci Law Firm P.A., Bellhop, Empire Properties, and ZenBusiness.

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About the N.C. Museum of History
The North Carolina Museum of History, a Smithsonian Affiliate, fosters a passion for North Carolina history. This museum collects and preserves artifacts of state history and educates the public on the history of the state and the nation through exhibits and educational programs. Admission is free. In 2023, more than 355,000 people visited the museum to see some of the 150,000 artifacts in the museum collection. The Museum of History, within the Division of State History Museums, is part of the N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources.

About the Smithsonian Affiliations Network
Since 2006, the North Carolina Museum of History has been a Smithsonian Affiliate, part of a select group of museums and cultural, educational and arts organizations that share Smithsonian resources with the nation. The Smithsonian Affiliations network is a national outreach program that develops long-term collaborative partnerships with museums and other educational and cultural organizations to enrich communities with Smithsonian resources. More information is available at

About the North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources
The N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources (DNCR) manages, promotes, and enhances the things that people love about North Carolina – its diverse arts and culture, rich history, and spectacular natural areas. Through its programs, the department enhances education, stimulates economic development, improves public health, expands accessibility, and strengthens community resiliency.

The department manages over 100 locations across the state, including 27 historic sites, seven history museums, two art museums, five science museums, four aquariums, 35 state parks, four recreation areas, dozens of state trails and natural areas, the N.C. Zoo, the N.C. Symphony, the State Library, the State Archives, the N.C. Arts Council, the African American Heritage Commission, the American Indian Heritage Commission, the State Historic Preservation Office, the Office of State Archaeology, the Highway Historical Markers program, the N.C. Land and Water Fund, and the Natural Heritage Program. For more information, please visit https:\\

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