It's hard to believe, but the Carrboro-based cinematic institution known as Flicker is now a tenth of a century old, and therefore, nearly a tenth as old as the moving picture medium. Departing curator Jen Ashlock and incomer Nicole Triche have pulled out all the stops for this weekend's tenth anniversary celebrations, which are generously spread over three days.
When the very first Flicker event screened at Local 506 in 1994, the highlight of the evening was Peyton Reed's Almost Beat. Reed has long since traded in his lo-fi origins for the hi-fi charms of Kirsten Dunst and Renee Zellweger (in Bring It On and Down With Love, respectively) but in the ensuing decade, scores of Triangle filmmakers have loaded Super-8 cartridges and made films to be seen at Flicker.
Thursday night features work by the five filmmakers who have served as Flicker directors: Norwood Cheek (now in L.A.), Roger Beebe (now teaching in Florida), Jim Haverkamp (Durham-based producer of Monster Road), Jen Ashlock (student and instructor at UNC) and Nicole Triche (producer of WUNC-TV's North Carolina Visions). Cheek's Young Rock will wrap up the evening: It's an inside account of the Chapel Hill music scene, circa 1994, with videos by Superchunk, Polvo and the Archers of Loaf.
Over at the ArtsCenter in Carrboro on Friday night, Triangle alum Phil Morrison will screen Tater Tomater, his Flicker fave from years back. He'll also discuss Junebug, his recently wrapped feature that was filmed in Winston-Salem. Afterward, he'll introduce Reed's Almost Beat. A block of Flicker hits will close the evening.
Saturday's events are divided between classes at the ArtsCenter and a parade of Flicker hits at the festival's present home, Cat's Cradle. Classes include a Super-8 workshop, a hand-processing film seminar and a class on filmmaking and film festivals.
Then, in the evening over at the Cradle, it's hits, hits and more hits by such local luminaries as Brett Ingram, Joyce Ventimiglia, Chris Jolly, Jason Middleton and many more.
The Flicker festivities run Sept. 23-25. Ticket prices range from $5-10. For more information, call Local 506 at 942-5506, the ArtsCenter at 929-2787 or Cat's Cradle at 967-9053. Or go to www.flickerfestival.com.