Screening of Anytown, USA Student Films of Mt. Gilead, NC
The overwhelming majority of North Carolinians live in towns of 5,000 people or less; in fact, North Carolina has the second-most number of small towns in the country. But the mass exodus of manufacturing abroad as well as urban flight has devastated smaller communities, many of which are struggling to survive.
Anytown USA, created and taught by Randolph Benson, is an annual filmmaking production and editing course offered by CDS's continuing education program in which students create videos about one small North Carolina town. Together the short films form a nuanced, intimate portrait of communities as they adapt in the face of change. This year's class focused on the town of Mount Gilead. Students will screen their films at the Full Frame Theater at this free, public event.
Image: From 2018 Anytown, USA student Ernie Sears' film, Plow, Needle, and Saw: The Reinvention of a Small Town