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  • 15 Aug 2019 2:57 PM | Chris Frye (Administrator)

    The Last Black Man in San Francisco” made quite the buzz at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. It was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize and the film’s writer and director, Joe Talbot, won the directing award. Does the film live up to the hype for our hosts? Listen in and find out as they share their review and also discuss the creature feature “Crawl“. Rounding out the episode are bits of tinsel town talk and recommendations of films our hosts recommend your add to your viewing queue.

    Recommendations: “Fast Color“, “Inception

  • 8 Aug 2019 11:52 AM | Chris Frye (Administrator)

    Quentin Tarantino has released the penultimate film of his career. Alan & Chris share their thoughts on his "Once Upon a Time...In Hollywood" as well as the smaller indie comedy "Sword of Trust" starring Marc Maron. After the review segment, Chris takes a turn running the movie news desk. The episode closes out with recommendations of films you might have missed that you should consider adding to your viewing queue.

    Recommendations: "Ophelia (2018)", "Doubt (2008)"

  • 30 Jul 2019 10:44 PM | Alan Jackson (Administrator)

    The 2019 Footcandle Film Festival is coming to the Drendel Auditorium at the SALT Block in Hickory the weekend of September 27thto 29th.  This is the fifth year of the film festival and will bring thirty-five films for attendees to view and meet some of the filmmakers throughout the weekend.  A complete list of the films, their descriptions and trailers can be found on the festival web site (www.footcandlefilmfestival.com).

    On Friday, Saturday and Sunday the festival will be showing films that were submitted from filmmakers around the world and selected by the festival screening panel.  Over 300 films were submitted for consideration for this year’s festival and 35 were selected for this year’s event.  The films are a mixture of narrative and documentaries as well as feature-length and short films, all shown in the Drendel Auditorium.

    Many of the filmmakers will be in attendance throughout the weekend to attend screenings of their films and discuss their work with attendees in question-and-answer sessions.  Some filmmakers are traveling to Catawba County from other states and countries to attend the festival.

    On Friday evening the festival will hold its Opening Nightevent where many of the short film selections are screened, followed by an opening night reception with food and drink in the Hickory Museum of Art and adjoining SALT Block locations.  Later that evening, for the more “adventurous" viewers there will be a second late-night screening of edgier, more mature shorts that’s being referred to as the "Night Gallery" following the reception.


    At 7:15pm on Saturday night, the festival will screen the weekend’s “spotlight” film:  ODE TO JOY, starring Martin Freeman and Morena Baccarin. This romantic comedy is based on a story from NPR’s “This American Life” radio program.  The film is based on a true story about Charlie (Freeman), a man who struggles with acute narcolepsy brought on anytime he experiences joy and experiences complications when he falls in love.

    At 7:00pm on Sunday there will be an awards ceremony at Moretz Mills where festival winners will be announced and a full dinner will be served to attendees. There will be six awards presented at this year’s awards ceremony determined by a combination of panels of judges and audience voting.

    Tickets can be purchased for each of the individual films and for the two special events. For attendees that want more flexibility with their festival weekend schedule they can purchase a “weekend pass” that allow them to attend any of the films and the Friday Opening Night Short Film event.  The closing ceremony and dinner is not included in the weekend pass and must be purchased separately.

    Tickets are now on sale for the general public by visiting www.footcandlefilmfestival.comand clicking the link on the home page to “Purchase your festival tickets now”.  Tickets can be purchased with credit or debit cards; taxes and credit card charges will apply.  Tickets will remain on sale up until the weekend of the film festival for any events that are not sold out.

    The Footcandle Film Society has been screening and facilitating discussions on films in Western North Carolina since its inception in 2008.  Through monthly film screenings, discussions, partnerships with various international and educational organizations, the film society has built a community of over 600 members that support film efforts in our region.

    For any questions about the festival please contact the film society at info@footcandle.orgor visit the festival’s web site at www.footcandlefilmfestival.com.

  • 12 Jul 2019 10:38 AM | Chris Frye (Administrator)

    Whether you like big budget blockbusters or indies this episode has reviews of both types of films.  First up is talk on the latest Marvel superhero movie "Spider-man: Far From Home".  Ari Aster's sophomore film "Midsommar" occupies the second review slot followed by the hosts sharing bits of movie news and their recommendations on films you might want to watch.

    Recommendations: "Eyes Wide Shut" , "Lady Macbeth"

  • 5 Jul 2019 11:17 AM | Chris Frye (Administrator)


    Heard of Forky?  He's kind of a big deal...as is the movie he's in..."Toy Story 4".  Alan & Chris review this film as well as the latest offering from auteur director Jim Jarmusch "The Dead Don't Die".  Afterwards they share some movie news and then close the episode out with their recommendations of films to seek out.

    Recommendations: "MacGruber" , "Bad Times at the El Royale" , "Personal Shopper" & "Almost Famous"

  • 19 Jun 2019 4:16 PM | Chris Frye (Administrator)

    On this episode of Footcandle Films we're all about monsters… monsters of the giant lizard variety and monsters of rock. The show kicks off with a review of "Godzilla: King of the Monsters" and continues with a review for the Elton John biopic "Rocketman". Chris then takes a turn running the news segment. Our hosts close out the show, as always, with their recommendations of films you might want to check out.

    Recommendations: "Walk the Line", "Observe and Report"

  • 6 Jun 2019 10:37 AM | Chris Frye (Administrator)

    Hugh Jackman stars as presidential candidate Gary Hart in "The Front Runner". Elisabeth Moss stars as a Courtney Love-esque rocker in "Her Smell". Both films are reviewed on this episode followed by a news wrap-up of the 2019 Cannes Film Festival. Before signing off each host gives a recommendation of a film you might want to seek out.

    Recommendations: "Triple Frontier", "The Lonely Island Presents: The Unauthorized Bash Brothers Experience"

  • 23 May 2019 1:05 PM | Chris Frye (Administrator)

    Oscar-winning director Sebastian Lelio decided to do an English language remake of his own film casting Julianne Moore in the lead. Alan & Chris share their thoughts on “Gloria Bell” as well as the critically derided “Serenity” – the latest cinematic effort from Matthew McConaughey & Anne Hathaway.

    Next our hosts discuss the news of the latest actor chosen to wear the Batman’s cowl and the odd new direction of the “Saw” franchise.

    Closing out the episode each host offers a suggestion of a film to screen in the comfort of your own home.

    Recommendations: “Burning”, “Homecoming”

  • 8 May 2019 10:46 AM | Chris Frye (Administrator)

    After 21 films “Avengers: Endgame” has arrived in theaters to wrap-up some major themes in the MCU and bid farewell to some beloved characters. Another film, seemingly in development since the first Marvel film came out, has finally seen the light of day with the release of “The Man Who Killed Don Quixote” on iTunes. Our hosts share their thoughts on both as well as discuss some movie news and share their recommendations of films you should check out.

    Recommendations: “Unicorn Store“, “Pet Sematary (2019)

  • 17 Apr 2019 2:38 PM | Chris Frye (Administrator)

    We've had odd film review pairings in the past but this one...it's a doozy. First up we talk about the inspiring space program documentary "Apollo 11". From the soaring heights of space we then plunge into the underworld of bad cops and ruthless criminals in the noir thriller "Dragged Across Concrete". Once the reviews wrap we devote the news segment to our recent visit to the RiverRun Film Festival. Last, but not least, we close the episode with recommendations of films you might not have heard of that you should consider seeking out.

    Recommendations: "Ode to Joy", "The Breaker Upperers"

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