This weekend, “Hear For Me,” winner of NC Campus Compact’s first student documentary film competition last fall, will be screened as part of the 2013 DocuTime Film Festival. Now in it’s eleventh year, the festival will be held at UNC Wilmington on Saturday, January 26th. This year’s line up features acclaimed films from around the world, including the Academy Award nominee “Chasing Ice” and “Kinshasa Symphony.”
“Hear For Me,” a film by Elon senior Sean Dolan, depicts James Stern, whose experience learning American Sign Language at Elon led him to become an advocate for the deaf community. NC Campus Compact’s 2012 Documentary Film Shorts Competition asked student filmmakers to depict how their campus educates engaged students and strengthens the community. Paula Haller, creator of the DocuTime Festival, was one of the judges who selected Dolan’s film from among 10 entries submitted. After viewing Dolan’s film for the Campus Compact competition, Haller wanted to include it in DocuTime. At the festival, Dolan will introduce his film to the audience.
NC Campus Compact plans a second Documentary Film Shorts Competition for 2013. Guidelines for the competition will be released in March for an October deadline. Finalists will be screened and prizes awarded at the Compact’s CSNAP student conference, to be held November 2 at Central Piedmont Community College in Charlotte, NC.
DocuTime will run from 10 AM – 6:30 PM on Saturday, January 26th at UNC Wilmington’s King Hall.
Local public radio station WHQR and UNC Wilmington’s Department of Film Studies are partners in the event. See the full schedule and details at WHQR’s DocuTime page. The festival was recently featured in the Star News Online and the Lumina News. Dolan was also profiled by the Lumina News in this piece.