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Tarheel Shorties Film Festival Makes Wilson Debut

Post Date:06/04/2019 12:31 PM

The Tarheel Shorties Film Festival kicks off in Wilson on June 8, 2019 between 4 p.m. and midnight.  The festival will showcase a slate of independent films from North Carolina artists, starting with a panel discussion on arts and economic development. The festival was launched to showcase the legacy of indie film in NC showcasing filmmakers like Norwood Cheek, Francesca Talenti, Dave Monahan and dozens of the states’ most talented creators.  Tarheel Shorties will feature a mix of indoor screenings at the Edna Boykin Cultural Center and outdoor screenings at the Vollis Simpson Whirligig Park. 

For more information on Tarheel Shorties, visit  This free event is a part of the Whirligig Park’s Kaleidoscope Series and is made possible by GigEast, Wilson Tourism Authority, Comfort Inn & Suites, Greenlight, and the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural & Cultural Resources. This event is free and open to the public.  Beer, wine and popcorn will be for sale at the Edna Boykin Cultural Center.  The Vollis Simpson Whirligig Park will feature food trucks, beer and wine throughout the event.

Tarheel Shorties Schedule

4 p.m. – Panel: The Creative Economy: How the Arts Impact Economic Development
Location: Edna Boykin Cultural Center, 108 Nash Street NE, Wilson, NC 27893

Sponsored by GigEast, this panel discussion will feature Raleigh-based neon artist, Nate Scheaffer, responsible for the interactive public art installation at Dorthea Dix Park titled Light the Woods with Sound May of last year and Dan Brawley, Chief Instigating Officer of the Cucalorus Festival and special guests!  Artists will discuss arts and technology and their impact on economic development.

5:30 p.m. – Shorts for Everyone
Location: Edna Boykin Cultural Center, 108 Nash Street NE, Wilson, NC 27893

“Shorts for Everyone” features a host of family-friendly films, incorporating talented child-actors and youthful storytelling adventures, as well as engaging documentaries about the state.

7:30 p.m. – Victoria Victoria
Location: Vollis Simpson Whirligig Park Stage, 301 S. Goldsboro St, Wilson, NC 27893
For more information on the band Victoria Victoria, visit to learn more about the band featured in one of the short films “Strange Kid” and to listen to their melodically entrancing sounds.

8:45 p.m. – Outdoor Shorts
Location: Vollis Simpson Whirligig Park, 301 S. Goldsboro St., Wilson, NC 27893
“Outdoor Shorts” begin just after sunset at the Vollis Simpson Whirligig Park.  This mix of comedy and tragedy includes Love, intergalactic – a human-alien romantic comedy, The Future is Bright – an electric recreation of a dark moment in Greensboro history, Cherie Berry – and a raucous musical ode to NC’s beloved elevator matriarch.
10:30 p.m. – Late Night Shorts

Location: Edna Boykin Cultural Center, 108 Nash Street NE, Wilson, NC 27893
“Late Night Shorts” showcases NC’s finest genre films for adults only.


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