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SCHLOCK BUSTER: Southern Circuit Film Tour spotlights independent cinema soundcheck

Sick of sequels? No love for “bromances”? Do high-action blockbusters put you to sleep? That’s why the Dare County Arts Council joined the Southern Circuit Film Tour: to bring one-ofa-kind cinema with DIY spirit — instead of 3D copycats with one-dimensional plotlines. “Unless you want to go to Norfolk or Raleigh, there are no options for independent film,” says Dare Arts Program Coordinator, Lindsay Neilson. “So, we really tried to appeal to a wide variety of interests with dramas, documentaries and biographies.” Look for three fall shows at Roanoke Island Festival Park with three more roaming premieres in early 2012. All will feature a guest director or producer to give local fans the experience of a big city film festival — without feeling like they drove halfway to Hollywood.

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9/17/11: A Bird of the Air: Lost soul chases mouthy parrot and discovers pretty librarian — and her basset hound — in this star-crossed romance based on Joe Coomer’s quirky novel, The Loop. Featured Guest: Director Margaret Whitton. More info: www.abirdoftheair.com 

2/18/12: Barbershop Punk: A music fan sues his cable provider and sparks a free speech debate by asking: who owns the Internet? Officials, lobbyists and punkers Henry Rollins and Ian MacKaye lead the discussion. Featured Guest: director Georgia Sugimura Archer. More info: www.barbershoppunk.com

10/22/11: Louder Than a Bomb: Part Glee. Part 8-Mile. All real. Four high school teams battle each other and their personal struggles while competing in Chicago’s only “poetry slam.” A film fest favorite. Featured Guest: director Jon Siskel. More info: www.louderthanabombfilm.com

3/24/12: A Gift for the Village: Art professor Jane Vance was finishing a painting for a Tibetan lama when tragedy struck Virginia Tech. By hand-delivering her work, the healing process joins two cultures. Featured Guest: producer Tom Landon. More info: www.agiftforthevillage.com

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11/5/11: Ahead of Time: The world’s youngest PhD at 20, by 24 Ruth Gruber was a foreign correspondent covering the rise of Nazism — and starting a 70-year career defying gender standards. Featured Guest: producer Zeva Oelbaum. More info: www.ruthgruberthemovie.com

4/21/12: You Don’t Know What I Got: Five women — such as a cop, a guru and Ani DiFranco — speak their minds and hearts in this 2001 documentary with a simple premise: some storytellers are better than others. Featured Guest: producer/director Linda Duvoisin. More info: www.whatigot.com $12 tickets and updates at www.darearts.org; see individual movie websites for trailers and reviews.

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