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Filmmaker Ted Roach wins two awards at Longleaf Film Festival

The North Carolina Museum of History’s first Longleaf Film Festival, held May 1-2 at the Raleigh museum, featured 41 entries from around the world and spanned genres of comedy, drama, horror, documentary and more.

The festival has announced its winners, with “One-Armed Man,” a narrative short based on a Horton Foote work and directed by UNC School of the Arts alumnus Tim Guinee, taking the Judges’ Choice award. The film is about a wealthy cotton gin executive who is confronted by a disgruntled former employee demanding the return of an arm lost in the gin’s machinery.

“120 Days,” a feature-length documentary by Ted Roach about an undocumented immigrant in Raleigh who was ordered to leave the U.S., won the award for best Made in N.C. Film, as well as the best Documentary Feature Overall.

“Gifts,” a narrative short directed by Morgana McKenzie, a high schooler from Ottawa, Canada, won the Best Student-Made Film. The film focuses on a young girl who was revived after her body was retrieved from the frozen river that consumed her parents.

Twenty-three films with Tar Heel tie-ins were recognized during the festival – films either made in North Carolina, or by a filmmaker who is from the state or attended a North Carolina university.

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Other awards from the festival:

Narrative Feature: Horror/Sci-Fi

“Dust of War”

Narrative Feature: Comedy

“Father-Like Son”

Narrative Feature: Drama


Narrative Feature: Overall


Narrative Short: Horror/Sci-Fi

“Death and the Robot”

Narrative Short: Comedy

“Oh Crappy Day”

Narrative Short: Drama


Narrative Short: Overall

“One-Armed Man”

Documentary Feature: Best Historical

“In So Many Words”

Documentary Feature: Overall

“120 Days”

Documentary Short: Best Historical

“Because No One Else Would”

Documentary Short: Overall

“The Doll Dilemma”

Student-Made Film: Best Documentary


Student-Made Film: Best Narrative