Special Film Event


Winner of the 2017 Footcandle Film Festival's Audience Favorite Award

Free and Open to the Public, Thursday, August 22nd, 7:00pm at the HICKORY COMMUNITY THEATRE

With special guest Corey Mitchell, the musical theatre and theatre teacher featured in the film and currently in Hickory to work with the Hickory Community Theatre directing the upcoming production of Hair

The Hickory Community Theatre, the Footcandle Film Society and the United Arts Council of Catawba County are partnering to bring the inspiring documentary “Purple Dreams” to Hickory for a one night showing on Thursday, August 22 at 7:00pm.  

Directed by Joanne Hock, “Purple Dreams” follows the talented and driven students of Charlotte’s Northwest School of the Arts, as black youth stereotypes are turned upside-down.  A three-year journey serves as an inspirational window into the lives of inner-city, at-risk students who succeed at their passion, while embracing the transformative power of their arts education as they audition, rehearse, and perform the first ever full-length high school production of The Color Purple, a Broadway musical based on Alice Walker’s award-winning novel. 

Corey Mitchell, the musical theatre and theatre teacher at Charlotte’s Northwest School of Arts who oversaw the high school production, and is featured in the documentary, is currently in Hickory to work with the Hickory Community Theatre, directing the upcoming production of the landmark rock musical Hair, which begins performances on September 6. 

The film screening is free and open to the public. Doors open at 6:30pm and the films starts at 7:00pm. Mitchell will be on hand to take questions from the audience following the film.

August Newton-Conover Film Screening


Monday, August 26th

Newton-Conover Auditorium, Newton

7:00pm  •  $5.00 for all tickets

The Footcandle Film Society will be screening the documentary film THE BIGGEST LITTLE FARM on Monday, August 26th at the Newton-Conover Auditorium near Downtown Newton. The showtime is 7:00pm.

This screening is part of a monthly film series at the Newton-Conover Auditorium hosted by the Footcandle Film Society.  An optional discussion of the film will take place in the auditorium immediately after the conclusion of the film.  There will be beer, wine, beverage and refreshments for sale before the film.  The screening is open to the public and all potential future film society members are welcome; no membership to the film society is required to attend the screening.

About the film:  are followed through their successes and failures as they work to develop a sustainable farm on 200 acres outside of Los Angeles. Over the years, the desolate they purchase begins to thrive and its transformed.  This film was the winner of the Best Documentary awards at the Sedona International Film Festival and has been nominated or won awards at several other festivals in recent months.

This film is rated PG for mild thematic elements.

Upcoming events


Footcandle Film Society was founded in 2008 and has provided the citizens of Catawba County with an opportunity to view and discuss films that have traditionally not been available or shown in theaters in the area. The film society has shown at least one film per month since its inception, with the films ranging from documentaries, foreign narratives, and award-nominated movies of all genres.  The screenings all include moderated discussions of the films.

In addition to the monthly film screenings, the film society also brings the annual Footcandle Film Festival and Children's International Film Festival events to Western North Carolina.


  Admittance to the monthly film screenings

  Invitation to special film screenings throughout the year

  Advance ticket sales to the annual Footcandle Film Festival

  Annual "Oscar Night Party" and Annual Meeting


Contact Footcandle Film Society:

Post Office Box 9123, Hickory, North Carolina 28603

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Footcandle Film Society is a 501(c)6 non-profit organization.

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