WCU to host independent filmmakers and their films

'’Bama Girl,' a documentary chronicling the efforts of a black woman to become homecoming queen at the University of Alabama, is part of the Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers, showing September through April at Western Carolina University.

‘’Bama Girl,’ a documentary chronicling the efforts of a black woman to become homecoming queen at the University of Alabama, is part of the Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers, showing September through April at Western Carolina University.

Students and community members will have the opportunity to engage movie directors about their work as part of the 2008-09 Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers, the nation’s only regional tour of independent filmmakers and their films, running from September through April at Western Carolina University.

The WCU Lectures, Concerts and Exhibitions Series is coordinating the event, which features six films and their filmmakers and includes both documentaries and works of narrative fiction.

“This is a rare opportunity to see a unique, very different kind of film,” said Elizabeth Heffelfinger, a professor in the English department, which sponsors the event along with the Honors College, the College of Fine and Performing Arts and the College of Arts and Sciences.

All Southern Circuit films will begin at 7 p.m. in the A.K. Hinds University Center movie theater. Ticket price is $4 for the general public and $2 for Western students, faculty and staff (with identification). Following is a complete schedule:

– Thursday, Sept. 4, “Shame,” with producer/director Mohammed Naqvi. This documentary chronicles a Pakistani woman’s quest for justice after she is punished for a crime she did not commit.

– Monday, Oct. 6, “Beyond the Call,” with producer/director Adrian Belic. This documentary is about three middle-aged men who take food and medicine to some of the most forbidding places on earth, often the frontlines of war.

– Thursday, Nov. 6, “Tjúba Tén (The Wet Season),” with producer/director Ben Russell. Billed as “experimental ethnographies,” “The Wet Season” was recorded in a Suriname jungle village and comprises recordings, re-enactments and community performances.

– Thursday, Feb. 5, “Tru Loved,” with director Stewart Wade and producer Antonio Brown. A narrative film that explores love and acceptance, “Tru Loved” is about the outsider daughter of lesbian mothers and her romance with the quarterback of her high school’s football team.

– Thursday, March 12, “Random Lunacy: Videos from the Road Less Traveled,” with producers/directors Stephanie Silber and Victor Zimet. This documentary follows a family of vagabonds who travel the world playing Dixieland jazz.

– Thursday, April 16, “’Bama Girl,” with producer/director Rachel Goslins. “’Bama Girl” documents a black woman’s campaign to defeat a racist system and become homecoming queen at the University of Alabama.

For more information about Western’s participation in the Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers, contact Dyona Davis at (828) 227-3622 or ddavis@email.wcu.edu; or Elizabeth Heffelfinger at (828) 227-3930 or heff@email.wcu.edu.