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Docutime Film Festival 2019 at UNCW


 Saturday, January 26th marks Wilmington's 17th 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 have a full day of award-winning, enlightening enjoyment.

All day passes and tickets for individual films can be purchased at the door. 

DocuTime takes place at UNCW’s King Hall Auditorium from 9:30 am – 5:00 pm on Saturday, January 26th. Tickets are $7 general admission per film, or $22 for an all day pass; senior tickets are $5 general admission per film or $17 for an all day pass.  Student tickets are free with UNCW student ID. 

Listen to Paula Haller talk about DocuTime 2018 on Communique.

This year's lineup includes:


Sun Dancer (A brief introduction) 

Dance: Helen Mirkil;  Video: Bumpacam Productions

As the day begins, we give thanks for the simple things, for the beauty and wonder all around us. 

Liyana (96 min) (USA)

Directed by Aaron Kopp, Amanda Kopp  

A Swazi girl embarks on a dangerous quest to rescue her young twin brothers. This animated African tale is born in the imaginations of five orphaned children in Swaziland who collaborate to tell a story of perseverance drawn from their darkest memories and brightest dreams. Their fictional character's journey is interwoven with poetic and observational documentary scenes to create a genre-defying celebration of collective storytelling. 

11:15 – 12:45 pm SCIENCE FAIR 

Science Fair (90 min) (USA)

Directed by Christina Costantini, Darren Foster

Hailed by critics as "immensely likeable," "brilliant and quirky" and an "ode to the teenage science geeks on who our future depends," and winner of the audience award at Sundance and SXSW, National Geographic Documentary Films' Science Fair follows nine high school students from around the globe as they navigate rivalries, setbacks and, of course, hormones, on their journey to compete at The International Science and Engineering Fair.


Un(H)armed (6 min) (USA)

Directed by Tyrone Robinson

A short film about police brutality and those with the power to change it.

Save the World Game Show (3 min) (USA)

Directed by Rowan Raddigan and Hayden Tinkle

A filmed created by the students at Oasis NC, it premiered at the second annual Oasis Film Festival in November 2018. The theme of each featured film centered around environmental topics to align with SEA Academy's Protect the Planet inititative. 

Felix (6 minutes) (USA)

Directed by Alison Otto  

Twice a month for the last 40 years, Felix Belmont has hosted a radio show on KVNF in the small town of Paonia, Colorado, spinning big band music of the ‘30s and ‘40s. Today, at 99 years old, he is believed to be the world’s oldest public radio host. In this endearing short film, Belmont shares the ingredients to life well-lived.

Three Thousand(14 min) (Canada)

Directed by Asinnajaq

In this short film, Inuk artist Asinnajaq plunges us into a sublime imaginary universe—luminescent, archive-inspired cinema that recast the present, past and future of her people in a radiant new light. Diving into the NFB’s vast archive, she parses the complicated cinematic representation of the Inuit, harvesting fleeting truths and fortuitous accidents from a range of sources—newsreels, propaganda, ethnographic docs, and work by Indigenous filmmakers. Embedding historic footage into original animation, she conjures up a vision of hope and beautiful possibility.

Becoming (3 min) (Netherlands)

Directed by Jan van IJken

Becoming is a short film about the miraculous genesis of animal life. In great microscopic detail, we see the ‘making of’ a salamander in its transparent egg from fertilization to hatching.

Weeds (3 min) (USA)

Directed by Kevin Hudson

"Weeds" tells the story of a dandelion, rooted on the wrong side of the driveway in a barren yard surrounded by dry dirt and dead grass. Just across the concrete lies another yard, where the sprinklers spray water endlessly, and the greener grass holds the promise of a better life. While watching helplessly as its fellow weeds wither away and die, the dandelion faces a decision: take action or suffer the same fate.

Standing Still/Still Standing (40 min) (USA)

Directed by Andrew Walton

A documentary short that tells the astonishing story of Matthew Sanford—a paraplegic yoga instructor – and three of his students.

3:15-4:45pm IZTAK

Itzak  (82 min) (USA)

Directed by Alison Chernick .

Director Alison’s Chernick’s new documentary provides an intimate, cinéma vérité look at the remarkable life and career of this Itzak Perlman, widely considered the world’s greatest violinist. In the film, Perlman’s life story unfolds through conversations with fellow musicians and friends.

A Presentation of WHQR Public Media and the UNCW Department of Film Studies

DocuTime made possible by a generous grant by the Landfall Foundation


Mary Bradley moved to Wilmington from Los Angeles, CA in May 2007 with her husband Frank and twin baby daughters, Maggie and Kate. In California, Mary had been Drive Director and the producer of Elvis Mitchell's nationally syndicated public radio interview program "The Treatment" for public radio station KCRW for ten years. Mary was raised in Rhode Island and graduated from Boston University. Mary recently served as President of the Board of Directors of the Association of Fundraising Professionals Cape Fear Chapter.