Part One: Charlotte Film Society 30th Anniversary. Charlotte is a growing, changing city and in the last few decades, Charlotte residents have experienced a growth in their appetite for culture. The demand for different kinds of culture is one that the Charlotte Film Society has tried to fill over the years. During their 30th anniversary this year, they’re celebrating the films they’ve brought to Charlotte audiences over the years that wouldn’t have been seen here, had it not been for their work. We’ll take a look at some of the different kinds of films and the many series and conversations the Charlotte Film Society brings here and how the organization has evolved and grown as the city of Charlotte has grown.
Richard Maschal - Retired in 2008 after 40 years with the Charlotte Observer (those last 10 years as the arts and architecture critic). He wrote the “Wet Wall Tattoos: Ben Long and the Art of Fresco”, and is now writing a memoir on growing up in Bayonne, NJ. He’s doing a talk about The Mill and The Cross, the film the CFS is showing.
Jay Morong - Programming director at the Charlotte Film Society. He’s also a lecturer of Theatre and Film in the Department of Theatre at UNC Charlotte.
- EVENT: Part of the 30th Anniversary celebration: The Movie The Mill and The Cross will be screened twice on Nov. 17th (3pm and 7:30pm) at Theatre Charlotte. Richard Maschal will be leading a discussion about the film. Details.
Part Two: CAJA: Charlotte Arts Journalism Alliance. There’s a project afoot that is working to improve the quality of arts journalism in the Queen City and bring area arts audiences a much-increased access to compelling arts stories here in our region. The Charlotte Arts Journalism Alliance, of which WFAE is a partner, along with UNC Charlotte and four other media groups in town, has come together to share arts news stories, and utilize talent from freelance journalists in the area. We’ll meet some of the members of the Alliance and talk about how this benefits news consumers in Charlotte, and how it helps Charlotte-area media keep pace with 21st Century changes to journalism today.
Greg Collard - CAJA Board Member and WFAE’s News Director
Rick Thames - Editor of the Charlotte Observer and CAJA Board Member
Meg Whalen - Director of Communications in the College of Arts and Architecture at UNC Charlotte and Board Member of CAJA