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`Show Us Your Shorts` Film Series Screens `Weaving a Curve` Movie

Free Twizzlers to the 100th Film-goer through the door  ChathamArts: Big Culture in a Tiny Town

Get this in ink right away and please help us spread the word throughout the land! We need some guerilla marketing mobilization to put good clean rural fun on the map! And we are not above bribing you with movie candy . . . Be the 100th person through the gate to get some sticky, chewy goodness.

But here’s the full skinny:

It’s time to “Show Us Your Shorts” at ChathamArts’ Summer Shorts Cinema & Song Fest 2009 with live music performance by teen rockers from Girls’ Rock Camp and Chapel Hill Americana legends , Mandolin Orange!

Tuesday, July 28th, 7 pm at the Fearrington Village Barn, Pittsboro, N.C.

The Chatham County Arts Council celebrates the one year anniversary of their 100-Mile Sustainable Cinema Series with an array of the Triangle’s very best local short films ranging from quirky to dramatic to intriguingly abstract. Teen rockers from Girls Rock Camp (http://www.girlsrockcamp.org/) kick off the celebration at 7 pm. Their motto is, “We put the amp in Camp.”

At 7:30 we roll out the reels with such short screen gems as:

Ajit Anthony Prem’s Banana Bus, which won “Best North Carolina Short” at the All American Film Fest this spring. JaCynthia Shepherd recalls her experiences on the Public School Bus system, where she received much of her education about the basics of life & growing up. www.squigglebooth.com

Nic Beery’s Frame, a story of distress, emptiness, love and happiness. Fourteen year old Kelly’s search yields unexpected and mystical results. This story is set around Bynum and the Haw River. “Frame” premiered in Cannes in 2009 at the “Cannes in a Van” festival. www.beerymedia.com

Todd Tinkham’s American Short, a story of wanderlust and hippie longings, of found treasure and lost spirituality … A rambling American road movie in a stalled car. www.tinkhamtown.com

Stephen Robert’s political mockumentary, Citizen Pratt. This film is quickly developing a cult following. I’m really hoping for a shmoozy political performance from Pratt himself.

Norma Hawthorne and Eric Chavez Santiago’s Weaving a Curve: Meet master weaver Federico Chavez Sosa from Teotitlan del Valle, Oaxaca, Mexico. This film explores the complexity of an ancient Zapotec family weaving tradition and the use of natural vs. synthetic dye materials. Produced by Oaxaca Cultural Navigator LLC, http://oaxacaculture.com

and many more!

At 9 pm, filmmakers lead a Q&A discussion followed by a live concert by artists on the rise toward the big-time, Mandolin Orange (http://www.myspace.com/mandolinorange).

Grab your beer and Twizzlers from concessions and put on your swayin’ shoes. Mandolin Orange makes one recall the sweet days when they’d go see Tift Merritt perform and just know that she was going to be a Grammy nominee someday. With powerful lyrics and haunting melodies, Mandolin Orange will bow your heartstrings on the fiddle and guitar. Andrew Marlin keeps rhythm and picks a tasty lead on both guitar and mandolin. Local fans can’t get enough of Andrew and Emily Frantz’s riveting on-stage chemistry and the blending of their ethereal voices.

The 100-Mile Sustainable Cinema series screens documentaries and independent films involving producers, directors, subjects and/or locations within 100 miles of Pittsboro. We like to keep it local! Proceeds benefit ChathamArts, which promotes and presents the arts in Chatham County through cultural programs & events, artist residencies in the schools and community, gallery exhibits and more. Film series proceeds will also support the development of an at-risk youth documentary arts program. ChathamArts needs sponsors, so dig deep ya’ll! Email info@chathamarts.org to learn more.

Cinema Series Admission is $5 and $3 for students for films at The Fearrington Barn, 100 Village Way, Pittsboro, N.C. Fearrington Village is located eight miles south of Chapel Hill on US Hwy 15-501. More Information about the film series can be found at http://www.chathamarts.org/programs/sustainablecinema09.html. For additional information contact ChathamArts, 919-542-0394, www.chathamarts.org.

Pan Comida! Piece of Cake!

After hours of preparation, Eric and Janet hosted a free 3-hour after school workshop yesterday afternoon for Chatham County, NC teachers, for which they received in-service training credits from the school district.  There were seven teachers.  “The right people always show up,” I reassured them after a few expressed the wish that more would have participated. The workshop was included in the Grassroots Grant awarded to the NC Arts Incubator through Chatham Arts and the NC Arts Council.

We “set the table” with samples of hand carved fanciful wood animal figures, called alebrijes, that are brightly painted; a Francisco Toledo kite crafted from handmade paper; and miniature woven tapestries made with a hand-held cardboard loom.   Another table spilled over with supplies teachers are familiar with:  scissors, rulers, non-toxic paint, brushes, egg cartons, popsicle sticks, buttons, empty plastic bottles and metal cans, stencils of Zapotec rug patterns pre-cut from foam core board, strands of brightly colored and naturally dyed yarn, Elmer’s glue, plain brown wrapping paper, bamboo sticks, and string.

Several taught K-8 and covered art classes at every grade level.  One mentioned that kindergarten art classes go for 25 minutes, and we marveled at what could be taught or experienced in a 25 minute class period.  They were from all over the county, east to west, and said that Latino students 25% to 70% of the student population in their classrooms.  One told the story about a student who spoke no English, but who created extraordinary art and inspired his classmates.

After a brief presentation about the history and art of Oaxaca, the teachers constructed their own hand-held cardboard looms, warped them with string, and proceeded to weave miniature tapestries with yarn connected to a popsicle stick with masking tape, that they could then demonstrate to students.  Eric explained that this was a process he had taught to over 250 school children in Oaxaca with great success to understand the Zapotec culture and weaving techniques.  Some finished quickly and created their own alebrije, cutting, painting and glueing pieces of cardboard, plastic, drinking straws, and foam packing materials together.  Look, it’s an owl.  See the bat flying through the dark sky.  Another wanted to make a kite from brown wrapping paper and dowels, decorated with designs duplicated from the patterns of rugs hanging nearby.  We talked about whether kites need tails in order to fly.

When it was all over, the teachers left satisfied and with instructions about how to construct the loom and kite, and Eric exclaimed, “pan comida.”