Family Film Festival set for July 8-10

Published 9:47 am Tuesday, July 5, 2011

WINTON – National Geographic Entertainment will be presenting its award winning feature film, “The First Grader,” at the inaugural North Carolina Family Film Festival, set for July 8-10 at the historic C. S. Brown Cultural Arts Center in Winton.

Also screening at the Festival are narrative and documentary films suitable for all ages, including work by acclaimed German director Percy Adlon.

Snacks will be available for purchase throughout the Festival.

On Friday (July 8; 6-9 p.m.), Tina Mabry and Morgan Stiff, the Director and Producer team behind the critically acclaimed “Mississippi Damned” will be visiting the Film Festival. “Mississippi Damned” was filmed in Hertford County in 2008 and has won numerous awards and recognitions at film festivals around the world.  Filmmakers Mabry and Stiff will discuss their Hertford County roots, their careers, and their upcoming projects.

On Saturday (July 9), the Festival will run from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m.  Washington, DC filmmaker Shauib “Curtis” Mitchell will be visiting the Festival to discuss his films “Too Saved” and yet to be released “Nocturnal Agony”.

Saturday is also Community Day featuring crafts, games, face painting, video workshop, free books, and much more. A selection of family friendly films will be shown.

Sunday, July 10, will conclude the Festival with “Dinner and a Movie.” National Geographic’s First Grader will be screened and a down-home Southern meal will be served from 2-6 p.m.

Tickets prices for Friday, July 8 and Saturday, July 9 are $3 for adults and $2 for children, ages 3 to 18.  Children aged 2 and under are admitted free.  Sunday’s “Dinner and a Movie” presentation will cost $5, which includes both the movie and the meal.  Tickets may be purchased at the door.

“Dinner and a Movie” tickets are available through C. S. Brown Cultural Arts Center Board Members and at the door in a limited number.

All proceeds from the Festival will go toward restoration of historic Brown Hall, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Vendor space is also available for a cost of $10 per day.

Sponsors of the North Carolina Family Film Festival include Hertford County 4-H, Southern Bank, Nucor Steel, Ace Hardware of Ahoskie and Murfreesboro, Meherrin River Press, Barn Films, Elizabeth Sewell Parker Memorial Library of Murfreesboro and Congressman G. K. Butterfield.    Sponsorship opportunities are still available.

The C.S. Brown Cultural Arts Center is located at 511 South Main Street, Winton NC 27986.  More information regarding the Festival can be found at on Facebook at North Carolina Family Film Festival or by calling 252-395-2327.