UNCW MFA Student one of the four Wilmington based directors showcasing in Long Leaf Film Festival in Raleigh


This weekend if you’re looking for weekend road trip Longleaf Film Festival is being hosted at the North Carolina Museum of History in Raleigh.

Several UNCW staff and students have films in the festival, and every film has some connection to North Carolina.

This is the eighth year of the festival, and their excited to return to in person screenings. There will be 68 films showcased this weekend and the festival kicks off Friday at 4:15 PM.

We spoke to MFA student Kiersten Houser about her documentary that is screening at the festival.

Her documentary is about her wife’s journey of high-risk pregnancy, birth, and early motherhood. As well as her completing the adoption process for her non-biological son.

You can also watch Kiersten’s short documentary on PBS.

Long leaf Film Festival is a program of the North Carolina Museum of History. All the films in Long leaf have a North Carolina connection through the people that make them their filming locations or their subject matter.

We talked to the co director of the Long Leaf film festival about what it’s like for her to see people experience the festival.

I get a lot of hugs. I like that. I just I believe so passionately and the work that the filmmakers do, I in my own tiny way, I one of my other jobs here at the museum is I make films for the museum narrative films based on history, primary sources that are used in exhibits and online. So I understand this much what it’s like to create a film world. And I so believe in the storytelling and the passion and the effort and the hard work, the technical skills that it’s it’s a full body and emotional experience to make movies. And I get that and I applaud it. And I just want to give these people a forum where they can share that all across. So, it is super exciting for me to watch these people come in and get the recognition that they so deserve.

—  Sally Bloom Co-Director of Long Leaf Film Festival

You can find more details about the festival here.

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