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Triangle’s Newest Film Festival Highlights All Aspects of Filmmaking

Beyond Film Festival Announced for The Cary Theater

The Triangle’s newest film Festival “BEYOND: The Film Festival” will be based out of The Cary Theater and seeks to celebrate the many facets of the art of storytelling through film. The Cary is already a hub and resource for the Triangle’s film community, hosting regular Rough Cuts Reviews (free screening nights for local filmmakers), as well as  Zombiepalooza and Sick Chick Flicks Film Festival and regular screens national new and classic independent films. Beyond will be a 4 day event, including workshops and other art forms exploring the Festival theme.Logo_Beyond.TFF_Cary Theater_BW.Reversed

It was The Cary Theater’s focus on cinema that led to creation of the festival.  Operations and Programs Supervisor, Joy Ennis, explains, “When we opened The Cary, we put “launch a signature film festival” on our list of goals. It’s been 3 ½ years and we feel like we’re at a point in our growth to take on a new challenge, so we decided to take the plunge. Our intention has always been to create an event that supports the mission of the theater – to provide a unique setting for cinema and live performance that creates a community centered gathering place in Downtown Cary and makes The Cary an institution in the downtown landscape. Since our primary focus is film – an event that celebrates the magic of this art form seemed like the perfect fit for us.”

Beyond will highlight all aspects of filmmaking, featuring a short film competition and screenplay writing competition. Each year, the festival will explore a new theme and focus on a different aspect of the filmmaking process. “We love the idea of looking “BEYOND” the final product of the finished film. Our intention is to highlight a “behind the scenes” area of filmmaking each year.” Joy added, “We’re starting with screen writing – because it is the bedrock that the film is built on. We envision each year to highlight a new aspect of filmmaking – cinematography, costume design, directing.”

Beyond 2018 – Focusing on Hometown Stories and Scriptwriting

For its opening year, the theme for the screenwriting competition and short films will be “Hometown Stories” and the Festival will explore the foundational aspect of filmmaking – the script. The call for applications elaborates: “Hometown Stories have a sense of place. It is where we grew up. Hometown has resonance of things past, things we hold dear, things we have abandoned. No other place we live will ever have the impact of our hometown. Whether the genre is comedy, drama, documentary or farce, the hometown always becomes a character and exerts its influence over the narrative. Hometown stories tell us about our beliefs, biases, dreams and nightmares. What’s your Hometown Story?”

To apply to this year’s Festival

Competition Short Films must have been completed after January 1, 2016 and should not exceed 30 minutes in length, including credits. All non-English language films must have English subtitles. Each film must follow the theme of “Hometown Stories”, but is not limited to genre.

Screenplays must have been completed after January 1, 2016. Submitted screenplays should be for short films and should not exceed 40 pages in length and written in English. Each film must follow the theme of “Hometown Stories”, but is not limited to genre. Click here to submit<

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180 seat venue – “The Cary” opens this week.

By Alex DunhamImage

Cary’s first indoor movie theater, which operated as The Cary in the 1940s and 50s before becoming a clothing retailer, reopens as a dual movie theater and live performance space on Saturday, February 22. The Town purchased the theater property in 2012, renovated it, and attached a major addition.  The elaborate finished result promises to have a significant presence in the Triangle’s film and performing arts communities.

Margue designed by

Margue designed by Lynn Basa of Chicago and Matt McConnell of Raleigh.

Cary plans to program the theater every Thursday through Sunday with 4-5 films and 1-2 live performances per week. The current film schedule includes classics, documentaries, indies and children’s movies (a full listing can be found here.  Most of the film schedule is familiar, but a few rarer, more challenging films are scheduled as well.  Cary also plans to be including some Bollywood films in their schedule.   One weekend per quarter will be themed, the first of which is “Best of the Oscars” weekend in March.

The theater itself is intimate, comfortable, and versatile. 120 of the 180 seats are refurbished movie seats.  The first several rows, though, are folding chairs, which if removed would allow the front space to become a dance floor, a dining area, or an area for an extended stage. High quality video and sound were focuses of the renovation and acoustic music of all genres may feature in future programming plans. Performer needs were taken into account as well – groups have access to two dressing rooms with sinks and a small kitchen and the stage is easily accessible from the loading area behind the building.

Art conservator Jan Hessling works to restore an original mural in The Cary's second floor lobby.

Art conservator Jan Hessling works to restore an original mural in The Cary’s second floor lobby.

The renovation sought to incorporate The Cary’s history wherever possible. The recreated marquee on the front of the original building is complemented inside by mementos of the original theater, including the two remaining original theater seats, a display of an old roll of film found on site before the renovation, and a restored original mural in one of the upstairs lobbies. The interior is upscale but relaxed rather than pretentious; a movie theater atmosphere prevails.

Snack bar (or future cafe) from above.

Snack bar (or future cafe) from above.

In the Town of Cary’s plans, however, The Cary is much more than its renovated theater. What is now a concession stand on the addition’s lower floor will in the future be leased as a daytime café with outdoor seating.  A curved staircase from the lower floor leads to a grand lobby and reception area, which adjoins a second lobby and potential conference room. Also on the addition’s second floor is a further leasable room to be offered by the Town as office space. Most

View from patio off The Cary's third floor potential restaurant/bar space.

View from patio off The Cary’s third floor potential restaurant/bar space.

impressive, though, is The Cary’s beautiful top floor and balcony, envisioned by the Town as an upscale wine bar.   When The Cary is fully occupied, and assuming the theater lives up to its promise of intimacy and excellent video and sound, it has the potential to become one of the most appealing arts venues in the Triangle.

Interested readers should attend The Cary’s opening weekend, Saturday, February 22 through Sunday, February 23, during which admission to all performances and movies is free.  Visit The Cary’s website here.

 

Location: Downtown Cary; the address is 122 E. Chatham Street, Cary, NC 27511
Capacity: Between 120 and 180
Use: Film, music, theater; acoustic music possible
Rental Rates: $600 for 5 hours for Cary-based groups, $900 for non-Cary groups
Parking: There are about 30 spots between the addition and the neighboring Johnson’s Jewelers; at night, spaces are available behind the venue at First United Methodist Church on Waldo St.

Alex Dunham is an undergraduate at UNC-Chapel Hill with an interest in classical music administration.

 

 

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