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Special Screening of CVCC Documentary on Polio Epidemic in Catawba County

MiracleNCFootcandle Film Society, in partnership with Catawba Valley Community College, will be screening the documentary “Miracle: How a North Carolina County Named Catawba Battled Polio and Won” on Wednesday, March 29th at 7pm at the Carolina Theater.

“Miracle” is a cumulative work of the faculty of Catawba Valley Community College and its service community to understand and interpret the 1944 Polio Epidemic, Catawba County’s single most formative event.  Professor Richard Eller and some of those involved in the production of the film will be in attendance and discussing the film afterwards.

Tickets are free for all current film society members, although any donations to CVCC would help with their future productions.  All guests (non-film society members) would need to purchase a ticket at the door for $5.00 each.
CVCC will also be bringing copies of the accompanying book — “Polio, Pitchforks, and Perseverance: How a North Carolina County Named Catawba Built a ‘Miracle‘” — for attendees to purchase.  The book is 12 diverse essays that examine the war, polio, and the war on polio that took place in our area in 1944.  The book is a Redhawk Publication, a subsidiary of Catawba Valley Community College. The book was written by students, faculty, and staff of CVCC as well as members of the colleges’ community partners including the Catawba County Historical Museum in Newton, NC. The Catawba County Historical Museum receives a portion of every sale of the book.

2016 Footcandle Film Festival Winners

And the winners are…

* Best Short Film: “I Only Smile in Pictures” (Director: Clayton Witmer)

* Best Feature-Length Narrative: “Remittance” (Directors: Patrick Daly and Joel Fendelman)

* Best Feature-Length Documentary: “Tower” (Director: Keith Maitland)

* Audience Favorite: “Hear the Silence” (Director: Ed Ehrenberg)


Thanks to all who attended & helped make this year such a big success!  Mark your calendars now for next year’s festival on September 22nd-24th, 2017.


Upcoming Screening – “Sing Street” – June 8th & 9th @ 7pm

sing-street-posterFootcandle Film Society will be screening “Sing Street” the latest film from director John Carney (Once, Begin Again) on Wednesday, June 8th & Thursday, June 9th at 7pm at the Carolina Theater in downtown Hickory.  Members are free, guest are $5 at the door provided there is available seating.

About the film:

In 1985 a Dublin teenager forms a rock n’ roll band to win the heart of an aspiring model.

Save the date! – 2016 Footcandle Film Festival – September 23-25, 2016

PrintWe’re excited to announce that we’ll be holding our 2nd Annual Footcandle Film Festival this year September 23rd – 25th, 2016!

Once again it will be a weekend-long event where we’ll show between 10-15 feature films, a curated selection of short films, host an opening reception, have Q&A sessions with the filmmakers and then have a  closing reception where prizes will be awarded.

Mark your calendars now and plan to attend.  As more information (such as film lineup, how to purchase tickets, etc.) becomes available we’ll post updates here.  If you’d like to volunteer drop us an email at

Special Screening – “It’s A Wonderful Life” – December 11th @ 7pm

IAWL HabitatHabitat for Humanity of Catawba Valley will be holding a special holiday screening of the classic film “It’s A Wonderful Life” at Moretz Mill on Friday, December 11th @ 7pm.  In addition to screening the film there will be food, music, door prizes, trivia and an “Ugly Christmas Sweater” contest.  Tickets are $30 in advance, $45 at the door.  To purchase tickets go to or stop by the Habitat offices or the Habitat ReStore.

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