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Hi Mom! Film Festival

Hi Mom! is a free-to-enter, cheap-to-attend volunteer run festival of short films, now in year number 10. We see it as an important and fun contribution to the local vibrant culture. Our outdoor show is co-sponsored by the Town of Chapel Hill, an attempt by them to help utilize the parking deck plaza for events. It may be noted that we are one of the few groups to ever use the space - we've put on an outdoor show there for 5 years now and usually have had crowds of 200 - 350. This is the first year the town has "co-sponsored" that show, they are giving us chairs to use so we don't have to rent them, and I think waiving the fee we normally pay ($75 I think).



Official info:

The Hi Mom! Film Fest announces its 10th annual festival of short films, videos and animations, Friday and Saturday September 5th and 6th, 2008 in Carrboro and Chapel Hill. Hi Mom! features a diverse mix of styles, techniques and genres by inspired filmmakers from around the world. Each film in this year’s lineup asserts its own brand of cine-skill that will inspire, provoke, inform, amuse and other terms you learned in psych class. As always, the pancakes will be free!


51 short films in 4 fantastic screening blocks! Behold:


Outdoor Block - a family-friendly fun mix of films atop the downtown Chapel Hill Wallace Parking Deck (located behind post office), 8pm, Friday 9/5. *Rain location is The ArtsCenter in Carrboro.


Late Night Madness - a rude and raunchy no-prudes-allowed block, at The ArtsCenter in Carrboro, 11pm, Friday 9/5.


Matineevening - our thought provoking and poignant block at dusk, at The ArtsCenter in Carrboro, 6pm, Saturday 9/6.


Primetime HM! - our featured block of eclectic and fun shorts, at The ArtsCenter in Carrboro, 9pm, Saturday 9/6.

Afterparty at Nightlight! A full-throttle collision between sight and sound. Featuring Americans in France, Billy Triple Sugarfix, and lots of crazy videos and dance music. Sat - 11 until?


While individual block tickets will be available, Hi Mom! is offering a 10th anniversary "#10 for $10" ticket special! A $10 festival pass gets you into all shows! Visit to buy your ticket now, to review the lineup, and for more info.


>>> Hi Mom! is proud to be sponsored by a dedicated group of local businesses and the Town of Chapel Hill. >>>


Friday, September 5, 2008 - 4:00pm to Saturday, September 6, 2008 - 7:00pm


Chapel Hill & Carrboro

Chapel Hill News Leaving Franklin Street?

Fiona Morgan, over at the Indy, reports that the N&O's parent company McClatchy has the Chapel Hill News building up for sale.
"I think if we got the right price, we'd be interested in talking with somebody," John Drescher, The N&O's executive editor, said in an interview.
Is this inevitable? Can the Carrboro Citizen pick up the slack? Is it time for more startup papers to run tight ships with old school newspaper values? I for one am pretty sad it has come to this but am not surprised one bit. For more details see another recent article by Morgan called What's Up? More bad news at The N&O.

New documentary about WCOM

Elon University students created a 15-minute documentary film about WCOM and Low Power FM stations called "103.5: A Radio Community."

The film has also been submitted into the Carrboro Film Festival, but you can watch it right here...

Former School Board member convicted

Former Orange County School Board Member Dennis Whitling is now on probation and owes $106,138.24 in penalties after being convicted of embezzling funds from a former employer. His jail sentence was suspended but he'll also have to do at least 100 hours of community service.



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