Elmo and Channing and more showcased during DocuTime

by Cole Dittmer
Thursday, January 19, 2012

Supplied photo by Pewee Flomoku

In this production still from "Pray the Devil back to Hell," Liberian women demonstrate at the American Embassy in Monrovia at the height of the civil war in July 2003.

Returning to the silver screen for its 10th annual edition, the DocuTime documentary film festival will provide Wilmington film lovers with another full day of award-winning documentaries from around the world. The event is open to the public and is presented by WHQR public radio and the department of film studies at the University of North Carolina Wilmington. Beginning at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 28, the festival will present a total of four feature-length documentaries and six documentary shorts in UNCW’s King Hall Auditorium.

Tickets are available both before and during the event and are $7 for general admission, $5 for seniors, free for students with student identification. An all-day pass can be purchased for $23. Advance tickets can be purchased at Sharky’s Box Office at UNCW’s Fisher Student Center or online at www.etix.com

10:30 – 11:15 a.m.

"Pray the Devil Back to Hell" tells the story of a group of courageous Liberian women who formed a bond to bring peace to their country by ending the bloody civil war that plagued Liberia since 1989. American directors Abigail E. Disney and Gini Reticher tell the story of these women through personal interviews, archival footage and contemporary pictures of Liberia.

11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.

"Unfinished Spaces" is a documentary by Cuban directors Alysa Nahmias and Benjamin Murray about three visionary architects who were commissioned to build Cuba’s National Art School by Fidel Castro and Che Guevara in 1961. The buildings were partially finished when the rising political tensions of the 1960s halted the construction and left them unfinished for 40 years. Now, Castro has invited the exiled architects back to Cuba to finish their work. Their life’s journey is brought to the screen in this exploratory documentary.

1:30 – 3:20 p.m.

Six documentary shorts will be presented in this order: "Petropolis: Aerial perspectives of the Alberta Tar Sands," "Electric Shadows," "Cat Listening to Music," "Slow Tango," "Flying People" and "Sharp Edge Blunt."

3:30 – 4:50 p.m.

"Being Elmo: A puppeteer’s journey" is directed by Constance Marks and follows the creation and life of one of the most beloved characters on "Sesame Street," Elmo, and his creator, Kevin Clash. The documentary is narrated by Whoopi Goldberg and includes interviews from other celebrities like Frank Oz, Rosie O’Donnell and Cheryl Henson, as well as behind-the-scenes footage from "Sesame Street" and the Jim Henson studios.

5:00 – 6:25 p.m.

"Carol Channing: Larger than life" is a celebration of the life and career of the 90-year-old Broadway actress and the legacy that she leaves behind. Director Dori Berinstein captures the essence of what made Channing such an enduring icon of the American theater in a documentary that spans the entirety of her career.

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