Full Bloom Film Festival to showcase films Friday, Saturday

Posted at 6:26 PM on Sep 14, 2017

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BY AMY FUHRMAN

"Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.” — Pablo Picasso

For former Statesville Mayor John Marshall, these words by Pablo Picasso were more than enough motivation to become a Full Bloom Film Festival sponsor.

“If even one person says, 'I want to get involved in art,’ ... It's a win. It’s a slam dunk,” he told a VIP crowd at the festival’s opening session on Thursday evening.

Art often involves improvisation, and that was definitely the case on Thursday, when the planned film session at Mitchell Community College’s Shearer Hall had to be moved due to technical difficulties.

The easy-going crowd shifted to the nearby Statesville Woman’s Club for the planned post-showing dinner. Then, after dinner was enjoyed and drinks were poured, a projector was put up outside for an outdoor viewing of the evening’s film selections.

Highlights included “Regrowth,” a short documentary that tells the story of local war heroes Dale Beatty and John Gallina, who formed Purple Heart Homes. The film was directed by two Wake Forest graduate students, Statesville native Brad Dillard and Nick Deel.

Another fan favorite was "Marc Chung Protects His Address," which had the audience laughing throughout.

The goals of the festival include creating a vibrant cultural arts scene in Statesville, said Greater Statesville Chamber of Commerce President David Bradley.

"If we’re going to build our community, a number of bricks are needed for a firm foundation,” he said. "Those bricks matter. It’s not complete without the foundational brick of cultural arts.”

The festival also serves as an opportunity to showcase Statesville, as well as offering local residents a window to other views, said Festival Director Cait Gordon.

"We like to show a lot of different viewpoints,” she said. "You get to see a lot of forms of artistry you wouldn't get to see otherwise.”

WANT TO GO?

The Full Bloom Film Festival continues Friday and Saturday at venues throughout downtown Statesville. For film schedules and ticket information, visit http://www.fullbloomfilmfestival.com/

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