Please join us this week as several of our students present “preview screenings” of their thesis films. It is a diverse line-up of films that both educate and entertain so be sure to make plans to attend.
Tuesday, November 5, 7:00 p.m.
Porter Byrum Welcome Center Auditorium, WFU
Unconditional, co-directed by Rhonda Chan Soo, Kelly McKenna and Hanna Teachey, explores how second-parent adoption laws in North Carolina harm children and parents in same-sex families. A second-parent adoption, for an unmarried couple, allows a “second parent” to adopt their partner’s biological or adoptive child without the legal parent losing their parental rights. The film follows two North Carolina families as they navigate the legal system and fight to obtain legal parental-child bonds.
Watch as these families persevere against a legal system that fails to protect them.
Thursday, November 7
211 E. Third Street
Adam Musick was a rising rock n’ roll musician in Athens, Georgia but in 2006 he disappeared from the scene and started hog farming. The 24/7 grind on the farm has taken him away from his musical passion. MUSICKLAND, co-directed by Cameron Bargerstock & Jacob Rosdail, explores Adam’s two worlds, why he left music, and what it will take to get it back.
The festivities will begin at 7:30 with food and beer. The film screening will start at 8:30. A Q & A with directors will follow the screening.
The Possum Drop
Friday, November 8, 7:00 p.m
Annenberg Auditorium, Carswell Hall, WFU
For 18 years Clay Logan has brought thousands of people to Brasstown, N.C. to witness the ringing in of the New Year with the annual possum drop. It is an annual tradition that PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) wants to end. The Possum Drop, directed by Mindy Keeley, follows Clay’s effort to fight PETA and keep Brasstown’s New Year’s Eve tradition alive. A whimsical documentary that reveals the age-old tale of outsider influence on a community but with a curious twist, The Possum Drop will leave the viewer rooting for the underdog.