Wednesday, February 06, 2008

Film Festival Activities Broadcast Live on Web

NBC 17 will be present at the first annual Short Circuit Film Festival presented by The Clayton Center and the Johnston County Arts Council this Thursday, February 7. The festival will be held at The Clayton Center located at 111 East 2nd Street in Clayton. The screening begins at 7p.m. Doors to the building will be open at 6 p.m. NBC 17 will project live video feed of the evening activities, beginning with audience arrival, film introductions, audience reaction to each film, question and answer session with the directors as well as footage of the official festival after party held at The Flipside in Downtown Clayton. Actual film footage will not be captured on the broadcast.

The 1st Annual Short Circuit Traveling Film Festival will present a dozen short films selected for their artistic merit by a panel of media arts professionals. The selections range from fiction and animation to experimental and documentary by filmmakers from Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, North Carolina and Tennessee.

Directors from two of the short films featured in the Short Circuit Traveling Film Festival will join the festival activities. Keith Hobgood of Out of Our Minds Studio, located in Winston Salem, North Carolina and creator of the animation “Dear Sweet Emma” along with Clay Walker of Plan B Productions located in Atlanta, Georgia and director of the documentary “The Cole Nobody Knows” will attend the festival to introduce their films and respond to questions after the screening.

Johnston County was amongst a limited list of locations including New Orleans, Tampa, Charlotte and Atlanta, selected to host the traveling festival, a project of the Southern Arts Federation. General Admission is $2.50.

The Film Festival is a prelude to The Clayton Center’s February 9 concert featuring Freddy Cole. Admission to the film festival is free to individuals who purchase tickets to Saturday’s concert.

To catch the live footage of festival activities log on to For a list of films and the festival schedule visit the Short Circuit Traveling Film Festival at For tickets to the festival or to Freddy Cole contact The Clayton Center at (919) 553-1737 or online at .

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