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Southern Redemption

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In our comings and goings in the modern South of air-conditioning, Starbucks and the Southpoint Mall, it's easy to forget the South of myth, of juke joints and Spanish moss, dusty Greyhound buses and fading mansions, and itinerant musicians with a devilish way around a bent note. But a group of Wilmington filmmakers have a little bit of revivin' on their minds.

This Friday night, June 25, at the Carolina Theatre in Durham, Southern Redemption Part I: From Midnight to Morning, Baby will receive its area premiere. Conceived as the first part of a planned trilogy, this film dramatizes the rivalry of two blues musicians, brothers Dime-Stoe [sic] Joe and Clergy Man. Along the way, we're promised meetings with such colorfully named locals as Doc Reed, Mista Live-D and Fig Evil, and a joint called the Southern Renaissance Social Club, "the only place in town where someone with a six-string can get a gig."

The director is Ian Hayes Brett, who previously made At Night With No Curtains, a horror flick that played last winter at Nevermore in Durham. "I love horror, and I'm very proud of At Night, but I wanted to tackle something more dramatic with Southern Redemption," Brett says.

"There are elements of horror in this film, but there are also elements of spaghetti westerns, and almost every other genre. I don't want people to get caught up trying to place the movie into a specific niche, I just want to tell a story and hope that people respond."

Southern Redemption Part I will play at the Carolina Theatre in Durham on Friday, June 25 at 7 and 9:30 p.m. Tickets are $7.25. Members of the cast and crew will be on hand to discuss the film afterward. 560-3030, www.purplehayesproductions.net.

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