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True Stories Well Told: A Night of Local Documentaries

Sunday, April 14, 2024
On the program are: Recyclery (Dir. Nic Beery), a short film about ReCYCLEry, a DIY bike shop in Carrboro, NC. ReCYCLEry teachs bike repair and maintenance, and allows community members to earn their own bikes. A Day in the Life of a Grease Goddess (Dir. Dean Garris), which follows Moya Hallstein, the Grease Goddess, as she goes about collecting used grease for conversion into biofuels. Noah’s Arc – ReBirth of a Jazz Singer (Dir. Nic Beery) is a short documentary that tells the story of Jazz Singer Noah Powell. From his humble roots in Kinston, NC, to touring with the likes of jazz great Stanley Baird, Noah was on a trajectory of musical heights. His passionate, soulful voice was inspiring and moving. While achieving professionally, Noah’s personal life was heading in a downward spiral. Noah was an addict and heroin was his drug of choice. In his words, he “hit bottom and went through the trap door in the bottom”. Noah became a convicted felon and spent 18 months behind bars. Noah’s future looked bleak. Noah’s Arc is the powerful and honest story of one man’s struggle to re-build his life and start again. A moving tribute to the ability to overcome incredible obstacles and begin again, from nothing, and set a course of peace, love and redemption. The Last Barn Dance (Dir. Jason Arthurs)is a story about farming, fragility, and a fight to save the family business. Farmer Randy Lewis knows that losing his dairy business would mean losing his livelihood – his farm is limping along through an economy that has decimated most other family farms in North Carolina – but Randy is most worried about losing his way of life and ending a family heritage that has hosted nearly 50 years worth of barn dances. The farm is fragile, the band is old, the barn is beaten, and Randy, with no kids of his own and little faith the younger generation will pick up the pieces, is trying to save the dance.