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Film Studies Events

The following events organized, supported and promoted by the Film Studies department showcase the diverse interests and activities of the faculty and students, as well as their applied learning and community outreach initiatives.


WHQR 91.3fm and 96.7 fm Public Radio and UNCW Department of Film Studies present the 14th annual DocuTime Film Festival.

WILMINGTON, NORTH CAROLINA – Saturday, February 6th marks Wilmington’s 14th annual DocuTime one-day documentary film festival. DocuTime has established a solid reputation for bringing acclaimed documentaries to the big screen in Wilmington and allowing a dedicated community of documentary-lovers to a have a full day of award-winning, enlightening enjoyment. DocuTime takes place at UNCW’s King Hall Auditorium from 9:30am – 7:00pm on Saturday, February 6. Tickets are $7 general admission per film or $25 for an all day pass; senior tickets are $5 general admission per film or $20 for an all day pass (plus NC sales tax). Student tickets are free. Advance tickets may be purchased at Sharky’s Box Office (located at UNCW’s Fisher Student Center, 910-962-4045) or online at and are available until the day of the festival.


EL Cacao Unbranded (2015) Poster Frame by Frame (2015) Poster Pie Lady of Pie Town (2014) Poster The Gleaners and I: Two Years Later (2002) Poster Big Star Last Day of Freedom (2015) Poster

9:30am UnBranded & Sun Dancer

11:20am Frame by Frame

1:15 Documentary Shorts: Fairy Tales, Last Day of Freedom, & Pie Lady of Pie Town

3:10pm The Gleaners & I and El Cacao

5:05pm Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me

This year’s lineup includes a global variety of award-winning films – from the documentary Unbranded, which follows three friends on their epic journey to adopt, train, and ride wild mustangs 3,000 miles in some of the American West’s wildest terrain – to – Frame by Frame, a story of four Afghan photojournalists in the pursuit of truth, operating in a dangerous media landscape following a Taliban regime - to - a very special screening of The Gleaners and I, a captivating journey through rural and urban France that focuses on the idiosyncratic individuals who live off what others throw away, from food to furniture – to -  Big Star: Nothing can Hurt Me - the story about greatest band that never made it and the immense influence they had on a diverse group of artists such as R.E.M, Wilco, Jeff Buckley, and Elliot Smith -- there is absolutely something for everyone in the festival. DocuTime brings these documentaries to the community to offer diverse perspectives and meaningful life stories that educate and entertain audiences.


The event originated in Los Angeles as an International Documentary Association (IDA) sponsored event. One of the founders of IDA, Paula Lee Haller, relocated to Wilmington. It was her dream to expand IDA events to other venues. After successfully launching the inaugural DocuFest-Wilmington in 2003, the festival is now celebrating its fourteenth year. We are very proud to be part of the vibrant film community in Wilmington and appreciate your support.


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