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The Exceptionally Extraordinary

Come along with colorful characters carrying on a cherished Mardi Gras tradition as they gather at the epicenter of all things costuming — the family-owned Jefferson Variety fabric and craft store. The film highlights the creativity and personal expression linked in the cultural identity and narrative of New Orleans and provides a deeper look into the significance of costuming and the carnival season.

By Lindsey Phillips and Lauren Domino.

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The Last Barn Dance

By Ted Richardson (Encore Presentation). A story about farming, fragility, and a fight to save the family business. Randy Lewis struggles to save his dairy farm in the piedmont region of North Carolina, where dozens of family-owned dairies have disappeared. While keeping the business afloat, Randy also hosts one of the only true old-time barn dances left in the region, keeping the tradition alive and the community that loves it.

Red Wolf Revival

By Rosh Patel and Madison McClintock. Three decades ago, the nearly-extinct red wolf was reintroduced in North Carolina. While this flagship conservation effort paved the way for reintroducing several other species across the country, today fewer than 100 wild red wolves remain - and their fate hinges on significant biological, political, cultural and economic challenges.

An Enduring Legacy: Louisiana's Croatian-Americans

By James Catano. Little-known even in their home state, the Croatians of Lower Plaquemines Parish have used grit and determination to build an oystering industry that has made Louisiana famous. Follow the lives of four figures who embody the 150-year Croatian experience in Louisiana and share in the history of this unique tight-knit community.

Soul City

Learn the story of a group of civil rights activists who attempted to build a multiracial utopia - Soul City - in the heart of North Carolina's Klan country in the 1970s. Rich archival material, interviews with former and current Soul City residents, animation and soulful rhythms of the era bring alive the vision of founder Floyd B. McKissick and his band of idealists who, though the odds were stacked against them, risked it all to build the city of their dreams.

By Monica Berra, SheRea DelSol and Gini Richards.

Eat White Dirt

Discover the oddly spellbinding personal, cultural and scientific history of the deeply transgressive and often misunderstood practice of consuming earth, a phenomenon known as geophagy. The film collects and combines the experiences, processes and explanations of people who eat white dirt with information from the scientists who study the phenomenon. 

By Adam Forrester.