BOONE – The High Country’s Appalachian Theater is proud to announce the first annual BOONE DOCS FILM FESTIVAL from 4-7 p.m. Saturday, February 26 at its historic downtown Boone location. This inaugural festival features eleven short documentaries focused on or originating from the Appalachian region. Screenings take place over a three-hour period and include conversations with filmmakers and attendees, with audience members being invited to vote for the ‘Audience Award’ at the end of the event.
The festival is a collaborative project between theater and faculty at Appalachian State University with a common goal of providing a creative platform for authentic stories about the beauty and complexity of Appalachian life and culture that extend beyond common stereotypes. Festival organizer Beth Davison said: “The stories in these documentaries feature exciting new voices from a wide range of mountain communities.”
Eleven short films by filmmakers from six different states have been selected to screen at the festival. The documentaries last from four to 24 minutes and explore both the joy and the pain of life in these mountains. Topics range from the seriousness of suicide and the issues facing trans youth, to dancing choreography with the snowboard, to being a radio DJ and motocross racing. Mountain landscapes, music and art intertwine with each film, letting the beauty of the region shine through.
Filmmaker and festival juror Anne Ward summed up the screening selections saying, “I was so impressed with the quality of the work that was submitted. The films we have selected provide an excellent representation of the visions and voices in the Appalachian region today.
The festival kicks off with a separate event at 7 p.m. on Thursday, February 24 in Room 114 of the Belk Library on the Appalachian State Campus during a free public screening of two Appalachian-focused documentaries, “Theirs Is The Kingdom” and “Fog Likely Farm”. .” Free parking is available in the library car park.
Here is a full list of films screened at the first BOONE DOCS FILM FESTIVAL:
“26 Main Street South.” – Directors: Gabi Metzger and Brooke Randle
“Alchemy” – Director: Bridget Fitzgerald
“As Long As You Can” – Directors: Nikole Lee, Ellie Mullins
“Bright Morning Stars: The Johnsons of Hemphill” – Director: Ethan Payne “Brother Samuel Tate: A Life on Air” – Director: Willard Watson
“Get What You Give” – Director: Lucas Pruitt
“Joyous Snow Rendezvous” – Director: Amber Patee Adams
“Pottero” – Director: Lindsey Martin
“Rudy’s Watches” – Director: Jordan Clark
“Wild & Scenic” – Director: Jesse Aaron Barber
“Working Sticks: Art, Impermanence, and Childhood in an East Tennessee Town” – Director: Shara K. Lange
Tickets for the BOONE DOCS FILM FESTIVAL at the Appalachian Theater are $10 each and can be purchased online through the ATHC’s contactless ticketing portal on the theater’s website, www.apptheatre.org. Places are reserved with seats spaced between groups.
The Appalachian Theatre, located at 559 W. King Street in the heart of downtown Boone, is committed to the safety and well-being of its community and will continue to follow the advice of health and government officials in the development and implementation of COVID-19 related policies.