Film Picks

The best film picks, January 24

CorrespondentJanuary 23, 2014 

The N.C. International South Asian Film Festival features the documentary “Blood Brother.”


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    • Also Friday night, the N.C. Museum of Art’s Car Crazy film series continues with one of their most beautifully offbeat selections yet – Jim Jarmusch’s 1991 drama “Night on Earth,” made up of five stories concerning taxi drivers and their passengers set in five cities (Los Angeles, New York, Paris, Rome and Helsinki) during the same night. It starts at 8 at the Museum Auditorium in the East Building with an introduction by NCMA film curator Laura Boyes. Tickets are $7 ($5 for students and NCMA members). Details: 919-715-5923 or

    • Sunday afternoon, the Raleigh branch of the Christian collective Bread for the World is sponsoring a special screening of Kristi Jacobson and Lori Silverbush’s 2012 documentary “A Place at the Table,” about the issue of hunger in America, at the Rialto Theater. The screening is at 1:30 p.m. and admission is free. Details: 919-606-7324 or

    • Back at Duke on Monday night, the Screen/Society’s AMI Showcase: Hitchcock Series will be presenting a rare 35 mm screening of the one of the Master of Suspense’s most acclaimed films, the 1963 horror classic “The Birds.” The screening, at White 107 (White Lecture Hall) at 7 p.m., will be introduced by Professor Markos Hadjioannou from the Literature Department. Free. Details: 919-660-3030 or

    • Wednesday night , the Rialto in Raleigh once again hosts the always reliably funny Found Footage Festival, a night of live comedy and rare video. It starts at 8, and admission is $12. Details: 919-856:8683 or

    • Thursday evening in Durham, the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival’s Winter Series continues with a free screening of Lucy Walker’s 2013 documentary “The Crash Reel,” about snowboarding champion Kevin Pearce, who suffered a traumatic brain injury in a 2009 training accident. The film starts at 7:30 at Fletcher Hall at the Carolina Theatre (309 West Morgan St., Durham,) in Durham. Doors open at 7 and seating is first come, first served. Details: 919-687-4100 or

At Duke University on Friday evening, the opening night of the two-day N.C. International South Asian Film Festival features Steve Hoover’s 2013 documentary “Blood Brother,” about Pittsburgh native Rocky Braat connecting to a group of HIV/AIDS orphans in India. The free screening, at White 107 (White Lecture Hall), starts at 7 and will be followed by a discussion. On Saturday, the Festival continues with a program of six short films (“Singhing Bee,” “Lost Dreams,” “Table for Free,” “Enthenthadooram (Distance Dreams),” “Samosa” and “To Be Free”) from 12:30-3 p.m.; Bidyut Kotoky’s 2013 documentary “As the River Flows” at 3:30; and the closing night film, Raffaele Brunetti and Marco Leopardi’s 2008 documentary “Hair India” at 7 pm. A discussion follows. Details: 919-660-3030 or

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