Charlotte film festival gives to community through art

Charlotte film festival gives to community through art
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A group of 12 Charlotte film festivals and organizations have joined forces to present an inaugural event, the 1CLTFilmFest. 

Inspired by last month’s WE ARE ONE global film festival headlined by Tribeca Enterprises, YouTube, and 20 of the world’s top film festivals, the event hopes to unite Charlotte through film. 

 “As lifelong fans of all types of films, we wanted to create a festival that both celebrates the diversity of Charlotte and our respective organizations,” said Tre’ McGriff of CineOdyssey Film Festival, and one of the event’s organizers. “The programming will be heavy on short films from international, national, and regional filmmakers, which have garnered awards and accolades both locally and abroad.”

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The event came together rather quickly, as five film groups including The Carolina Film Community, Cine Casual, The Charlotte Film Festival, CineOdyssey, and Carolina Film Festival held a Zoom meeting on June 16. 

Angel Truesdale of the Charlotte Film Festival wants to build the community through art.

“Hopefully everyone saw the amazing effort that was put into the Black Lives Matter mural on S. Tryon St in Uptown Charlotte,” Truesdale said. “Within 72 hours, Black artists and friends were able to bring a concept to life.” 

One of the most important goals of the festival is to raise awareness of and support local nonprofits that are making a big difference in the lives of the community through workforce development, arts education for youth, and assisting COVID-19 frontline workers. 

Attendees will be asked to donate to Creating Exposure Through The Arts and Frontline Food Charlotte. 

Creating Exposure through the Arts is a Charlotte nonprofit designed to educate and mentor youth by creating opportunities of exposure through the arts. Young artists learn to be proficient in their craft under the supervision of professionals and volunteers.

Frontline Foods supports frontline workers with healthy meals purchased from local restaurants. 

An additional nonprofit may be added prior to the festival. 

The collective doesn’t want this to be a singular event, and with possible future sponsors onboard, sees it as an annual endeavor, with opportunities to collaborate on other film-centric initiatives. 

“My mentor, the late Dennis Darrell (pioneering Charlotte film promoter), taught me that we cannot live in silos if we want to build and sustain a real film community,” McGriff said. “There’s strength in community”. 

The dates for the two-day virtual festival are Sat. July 25 and Sun. July 26, 2020. 

The 1CLTFilmFest is curated by the Cine Casual Film Series, the Carolina Film Community, Charlotte Film Festival, Carolina Film Festival, CineOdyssey Film Festival, Queen City Cinephiles, Charlotte Unconventional Film School, Reel Out Charlotte, 15 Short Film Festival, Charlotte Jewish Film Festival, Classic Black Cinema Series and Charlotte 48-Hour Film Project.

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