The East Carolina Film Festival (ECFF) looks to light up Eastern NC with some of the best independent films in May 2011!
With 27,000 college students surrounded by a local population of over 208,000 residents, Greenville North Carolina is poised to welcome hungry audiences with innovative films. Schedules and programming information will be posted here in the coming months, so check back regularly. If you are an independent filmmaker, consider submitting your film for consideration at this year's festival! Films will be accepted through WithoutABox.com. Here are some dates to remember:
May 4-5, 2011
Screenings will be held in Hendrix Theatre on the ECU campus.
Information on Keynote speaker: Kelly Reichardt
American landscapes and narratives of the road are themes that run throughout Kelly Reichardt’s work. MEEK’S CUTOFF, shot on the dry plains of Oregon’s high desert, offers a vision of the earliest days of American frontier culture. WENDY AND LUCY, filmed along the railroad tracks that surround an Oregon suburb, reveals the limits and depths of people’s duty to each other in tough times. Reichardt’s film OLD JOY is an exploration of contemporary liberal masculinity, set in the tamed wilderness of the Pacific Northwest. ODE, a super-8 retelling of the Legend of Billy Joe McAllister, is set around the creeks and underpasses of the rural south. Her first feature, RIVER OF GRASS, was shot in her hometown of Dade County, Florida. Sun-drenched highways, bus stations and dilapidated motels were the denatured setting for this lovers-on-the-run story. Reichardt is the recipient of a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship and teaches at Bard College.
MEEK’S CUTOFF (2010)
WENDY AND LUCY (2008)
OLD JOY (2006)
THEN A YEAR (2002)
RIVER OF GRASS (1994)
Synopsis for Reichardt's "Meek's Cutoff"
The year is 1845, the earliest days of the Oregon Trail, and a wagon team of three families has hired the mountain man Stephen Meek to guide them over the Cascade Mountains. Claiming to know a short cut, Meek leads the group on an unmarked path across the high plain desert, only to become lost in the dry rock and sage. Over the coming days, the emigrants must face the scourges of hunger, thirst and their own lack of faith in each other’s instincts for survival. When a Native American wanderer crosses their path, the emigrants are torn between their trust in a guide who has proven himself unreliable and a man who has always been seen as the natural enemy.