Indigo Moon Film Festival is pleased to announce the dates of the 2017 festival as October 13-15, 2017. Filmmakers and audiences from around the world will gather in Historic Downtown Fayetteville for three days of fun, films and friends. “This year will be even bigger and better!” according to festival organizers. Certainly NOT having a hurricane will make a huge difference! The Farmers Almanac predicts cooler than normal temperatures and average rainfall. This would bode well for IMFF 2017.
Selected Films will be announced September 1 at a special announcement event, open to the public. Stay tuned for more information.
IMFF 2016 Album (with Hurricane Matthew)
Indigo Moon Film Festival Announces Encore Showings
Review of Indigo Moon Film Festival
by Wendy Keeling
This first year festival was well planned. The communication with filmmakers was great. From my arrival to the festival it was obvious that they had put a great deal of love in the fest. Great films were selected. They had a fantastic opening party with red carpet opportunities, adult beverages, and amazing food. Unfortunately the unexpected disruption by Hurricane Matthew put a damper on the weekend. Due to severe flooding and power outages they were forced to cancel the event. Even then I was made to feel safe and welcome. Even with the difficulties of their inaugural festival I highly recommend submitting to them. I cannot wait to see what they can do next year!!
BETHEL: A light in the storm
Having lived in Ohio most of my life, I had no experience with hurricanes before Matthew hit last weekend. If not for the kindness of strangers, I don’t know how I would have endured the flooding.
On Saturday morning of the storm, I arrived in downtown Fayetteville with my 11-month-old daughter. We were there for the inaugural Indigo Moon Film Festival, where my documentary “Radioactive Veteran” was scheduled to play.
My plan was to participate in a brief Q&A after the screening and mingle for a bit with other filmmakers. I brought my daughter along mostly to give my spouse some time off. Of course, I also knew audiences love babies, and we were hoping for an audience award, after all.
Not long after we arrived, however, the power started going out in the downtown area. The inland effects of Matthew had become much worse than anticipated, and the festival’s prospects were looking bleak. When one of the festival’s main venues lost power, we knew the festival was over.
About a dozen festival volunteers and filmmakers gathered with us at the festival’s base of operations in a gallery next to the theater, which still had power. Soon, folks started getting text messages and phone calls saying that streets were flooding. A few people left in an attempt to get home, but they were forced to return within a few minutes. Our street was high enough to be safe, but many of the streets leaving downtown were underwater.
As we faced the realization that we had nowhere to go, the power in our building went out, too.
At that point, my only concern was taking care of my daughter. I didn’t have enough milk or diapers to last the night, and she had never been away from her mother that long.
Fortunately for us, we were surrounded by some of the kindest people I’ve ever met. A volunteer named Diane lived a couple blocks away, and she braved the rain and wind to fetch some milk for us. She also called a neighbor who later brought us diapers and baby food. Other volunteers collected soft food and makeshift toys from within the building. An attendee named Linda offered to share her hotel room four miles away if she could find a safe way there. Everyone remaining was more than willing to entertain a curious baby over the next several hours.
We were strangers to this group of people, but they made us feel like family.
After the rain subsided early that evening, Linda set out and found a safe way to the hotel. We joined her soon after. The hotel had no power and no water, but we at least had a bed to sleep on. We rested that night and returned home safely the next morning.
Not everyone caught in the flooding has been as lucky as we were. The death toll is at 20 and climbing. Our state now desperately needs more of the kindness my daughter and I received from the folks at the Indigo Moon Film Festival. That kindness was a light for us on a stormy day, and communities across eastern North Carolina are still in need of such light.
As the state deals with the hurricane’s aftermath in the coming weeks, let us shine brighter than we ever have.
Bradley Bethel is a documentary filmmaker and former teacher who lives in Mebane.
Filmmakers Awarded “Survivor Laurel”
Thanks to all the filmmakers who came to the inaugural Indigo Moon Film Festival and hung in there with us!
You deserve an award! We hope you display it with pride!
And we hope to see all of you back next year: October 13-15, 2017.
INDIGO MOON FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES 2016 JURY AWARDS
Long before the Indigo Moon Film Festival began, our Jury of film experts had already watched and judged all the films that were “Official Selections.” There were so many great films and choosing the best in each category was difficult. Thank you to the jury members and Congratulations to the following films and filmmakers!
Best Narrative Feature – Nessun Dorma Best Narrative Short – The Telegram Man Best Documentary Feature – My Love Affair with the Brain Best Documentary Short – The 100 Years Show
Best Animation – The Orchestra
Best Student Film – One Day on Carver Street
We will be sending these beautiful trophies to you soon.
Filmmakers who braved the storm and stuck it out with us will also be receiving SPECIAL recognition…. stand by!
INDIGO MOON FILM FESTIVAL + HURRICANE MATTHEW
Some of you have been wondering how the inaugural Indigo Moon Film Festival went… Well, we had two uninvited guests…. Matthew and Nicole.
When we started the festival, we were expecting 5-6 inches of rain and light breezes. Well, Hurricane Nicole pushed Hurricane Matthew farther inland and held him over Fayetteville long enough to get a ton of water. more than 15 inches. Lots of flooding, dams breaking and people stranded in cars. Some people around the region have even died because of the storm.
We were fortunate, we lost power and had to stop the festival mid-way through Saturday’s screenings. But some of our friends and neighbors lost everything.
We will be announcing the Jury Award Winners tomorrow. There is no way to give audience awards since not every film was even screened. But we will be sending a very special award to all the filmmakers who came out and stayed with us through the rain, wind and dark.
It will be a festival none of us will ever forget.
GroundSwell Pictures is a 501(c)(3) with a mission of engaging and inspiring diverse communities by producing films, showing films, teaching filmmaking and supporting films that make a positive difference. Through GroundSwell Pictures, we will produce films about significant social issues, showing movies to the public through MoonShadow Film Society, teach filmmaking to young people through Shooting Stars Film Camp, support filmmakers and to enrich the community through cultural arts through Indigo Moon Film Festival.