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Chapel Hill Author/Filmmaker To Serve As Judge for 2017 Film Festival

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Author Mark Spano

Mark Spano joins the jury for “OUT at the Movies Int’l LGBT Film Fest” 

March 30, 2017 (Chapel Hill, NC) — Mark Spano, author of the critically acclaimed mystery novel Midland Club and producer/director of the new documentary “Reimagining Sicily,” will serve as a judge for OUT at the Movies Int’l l LGBT Film Fest ‘17 presented by BB&T.

The festival will take place in Winston-Salem, NC, October 5 – 8, 2017, in the Aperture Cinema, 311 W. Fourth St.; Wake Forest University Welcome Center, 1834 Wake Forest Road; and the UNC School of the Arts ACE Film Complex, 1533 S. Main Street.

“Being asked to be a judge for the OUT at The Movies Festival is such an honor,” Spano said “There is so much going on in film and the arts in general across North Carolina. I’m always pleased to contribute in any way I can.”

From the films submitted and screened, the invited jury will award Best Narrative Feature, Best Documentary Feature, Fest Short, Best Actor, and Best Actress.

Mark Spano, owner/operator of Mark Spano Communications Inc. and Thunderfoot Press, has spent decades working in both film and television. He has produced numerous television series and programs, including “Models of Teaching,” a national television series on excellence in education funded by The Kenan Alliance for Partnerships in Education, and “Carolina Countryside,” a weekly public television series, among many others.

As a filmmaker, Spano’s work includes “The Quality of Light: A Biography of Claude Howell.” In homage to his Sicilian heritage, he recently completed the definitive documentary “Reimagining Sicily.”

A resident of Orange County, NC, near Chapel Hill, Spano met key people involved with OUT at the Movies during a book reading/signing event for his new novel Midland Club hosted by the North Star LGBTQ Community Center in Winston-Salem. After the event, he was invited to be a judge at the 2017 Film Fest.

About “OUT at the Movies Int’l LGBT Film Fest” —  Rex Welton and Lee Mecum founded Winston-Salem’s OUT at the Movies LGBT Film Series in 2004, screening films monthly. The Film Fest began as a way to celebrate 10 years of making quality LGBT movies available to the Winston-Salem community. Filmmakers, documentary subjects, and actors travel from as far away as California to introduce their films and participate in Q&A and meet-and-greet sessions. For more information, go to outatthemovieswinstonsalem.org.

For more information on Mark Spano, visit blog.markspano.com.

 


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“Mayberry Modernism” at AIA Winston-Salem

Founder of TriangleModernistHouses.com Addresses Architects

George Smart

March 8, 2010 (WINSTON-SALEM, NC) – George Smart, founder and director of the award-winning website TriangleModernistHouses.com, will speak March 16 to the Winston-Salem Section of the American Institute of Architects.

Smart’s topic will be “Mayberry Modernism:  North Carolina’s Modernist Legacy.”

“We’re excited about having George Smart,” said Section President Chad Everhart AIA. “He has assembled an extraordinary collection of modernist homes in North Carolina and the subject is very relevant to our membership. Our board felt it was important to have George present because many architects do not realize how many great modern buildings we have in our state.”

According to Smart’s research, North Carolina is home to more modernist houses than anywhere else in the country except California and Illinois. His presentation showcases the state’s modernist gems, many of which are still in excellent condition while others are endangered or destroyed.  “Most people, even many architects, are surprised by the numbers,” Smart said.  “I’ll discuss the history of modernist houses in North Carolina and show the audience terrific houses from both the past and the present.”

The AIA Winston-Salem is comprised of about 120 AIA members, primarily in Forsyth County. The Section membership also includes architects from Northern Piedmont counties including Alexander, Alleghany, Ashe, Caldwell, Davie, Stokes, Surry, Watauga, Wilkes, and Yadkin.  For more information on AIA Winston Salem, visit www.winstonsalem-aia.org.

For more information on Triangle Modernist Houses, and to see its growing archive of modernist houses and their architects, visit www.trianglemodernisthouses.com.

About Triangle Modernist Houses

Triangle Modernist Houses (TMH) is a 501C3 nonprofit established in 2007 to restoring and growing modernist architecture in the Triangle. The award-winning website, now the largest educational and historical archive for modernist residential design in America, continues to catalog, preserve, and advocate for North Carolina modernism.  TMH also hosts popular modernist house tours several times a year, giving the public access to the Triangle’s most exciting residential architecture, past and present. These tours raise awareness and help preserve these “works of art” for future generations. Visit the website at www.trianglemodernisthouses.com. TMH also has an active community on Facebook.