Published 9:17 am Tuesday, May 29, 2012

WINTON – Hertford County’s own version of Hollywood is coming to your backyard.

This weekend Hertford County will play host to the 2nd Annual North Carolina Family Film Festival, a Barn Films, LLC, production for the C.S. Brown Cultural Arts Center. The event, slated to take place June 1-3, will feature films, local history and fun for families throughout the area.

On Saturday, June 2 the world premiere of “Children Go Where I Send You”, directed by Como resident Caroline Stephenson, will be presented during Community Day at the C.S. Brown.

“Children Go Where I Send You” is a short documentary that tells the story of Hertford County’s Rosenwald Schools.

Between the years of 1912 and 1932 more than 5,000 schools were constructed for the education of African-Americans in the South by the Rosenwald School project, which was a collaboration between educator and political leader Booker T. Washington and Julius Rosenwald, a Chicago philanthropist and business man.

During this time, Hertford County saw 10 such schools built within its borders, four of which still stand today.

The film explores the history of the schools with personal stories along with background and perspective from C.S. Brown Alumni and renowned educator Dr. Dudley Flood.

The film was made in collaboration with students from Hertford County High School’s Digital Media class.

The schedule for the film festival is as follows:

Friday, June 1 (Opening night):

7 p.m.-“Eye of the Hurricane”, a family drama about a small Everglades community struggling to put their lives back together after a devastating hurricane, at Vaughan Auditorium in Marks Hall on the campus of Chowan University, Murfreesboro.

Admission is $3 for children and $5 for adults.

Saturday, June 2:

Community Day at C. S. Brown Cultural Arts Center, Winton  will be held from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. and feature movies and fun for the whole family.

11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.-“Around the World with 4 Films”, a short film block, featuring “Storywoods”, Iram Parveen Bilal’s “Marwa”, “Wa is for Wayang”, and “Bonsai”.

Other films featured will be Marvin T. Jones’ “Aunt Betty and Fort Stevens”, Caroline Stephenson’s “Children Go Where I Send You” and short films produced by students of Hertford County High School’s Digital Media class.

There will also be games, crafts, face painting, snacks for sale and a free book for every child in attendance.

Admission is $2 for children and $4 for adults.

Sunday, June 3:

Dinner and a Movie at C. S. Brown Cultural Arts Center, Winton

2 p.m. “Children Go Where I Send You”

3 p.m. “Daughters of the Dust”, a film that tells the story of three generations of Gullah women.

Admission is $6 and includes all movies and a homemade meal.

For more information call 395-2327 or visit