'Enfield Riot' Film Festival to feature North Carolinian filmmakers


Film Festival director Andrew Wirtz announces the 'Enfield Riot' FIlm Festival on Oct. 6-7 at the Enfield Performing Arts Center in Enfield.


From Contributed Reports

Saturday, September 30, 2017

The Enfield Performing Arts Center will host a two-day “Enfield Riot” Film Festival on Oct. 6-7 highlighting North Carolinian filmmakers in addition to independent films from directors and producers across the globe.

The festival will show eight feature films and 12 short films.

A VIP reception and fundraising event on Oct. 6 for the restoration of The Lodge, EPAC’s location and formerly the 1920 Masonic lodge, which will include festival featured actors and directors. One feature film will be shone. Scheduled to attend include award winning stage and screen actor, writer and director Obba Babatundé, actor, writer and producer P.J. Leonard, actor Sonny Marinelli and actor, writer and producer James Madio. A viewing on Oct. 7 will include seven feature films and 12 shorts, including fictional narratives and documentary films.

Among the feature films to be shown are “American Bad Boy” directed and starring Obba Babatundé, “The Fallen Faithful” starring Sonny Marinelli from North Carolina, “The Believers ” starring Ira David Wood III, “Our Last Sunset Redux” and shorts “The Tell-Tale Heart: Sisters” by Christina Parker, “You Wouldn’t Expect” by Marilyn Anselmi and “Teacher of the Year” by Rob Phillips and Jason Korreck. Additional selections will be announced shortly.

The name “Enfield Riot” honors the events of 1759 in the town’s history, when one of the earliest political actions against British tyranny occurred, helping to spark American independence.

The Enfield Performing Arts Center’s mission is to provide a broad spectrum of quality entertainment and educational programs that reflect and celebrate the diversity of Enfield and Halifax county, foster understanding and appreciation for the ennobling power of the performing arts and create opportunity for cultural enrichment for people at all economic levels.

As part of the epacnc.org’s mission, featured actors will teach a master class on film and theatre production at the Enfield STEAM Academy, a graded middle school in Enfield hosted by Principal Teicher L. Patterson. EPAC will soon announce a partnership between the school and the performing arts center.

Two-day All-Access Passes, including the Friday VIP gala, are $75 and Saturday-only film passes are $45. Tickets can be ordered in advance at “Enfield Riot” Film Festival.