The ArtsCenter’s Second Sunday Film Series presents “The Films of Todd Tinkham” on Dec. 9

Todd Tinkham longed to write and direct films since he was a boy growing up in a small fishing community in Massachusetts. But it would take years of working with at-risk teens, mentally ill adults and incarcerated men before Tinkham would ever make his first film.

Todd Tinkham founded TinkhamTown Productions in 2005 after losing both of his parents to cancer in 2004. Realizing that his parents had never really pursued their dreams, Todd decided that he could not wait any longer. “After my folks died, I realized that I wasn’t going to live forever, and that if I wanted to go after my dreams, I’d better start now.”

His first film, “And Then There Were Nun,” screened at more than 30 film festivals. But it was his third film, “Sadie Turns Seven,” that took the festival circuit by storm, screening at more than 100 film festivals on five continents and winning several awards along the way. In 2009 Todd was awarded the prestigious Founder’s Award from the Secret City Film Festival. That same year, he was also the recipient of an Indy Arts Award for filmmaking. Todd completed his first feature film, “Southland Of The Heart,” in 2011.

Films to be screened include:

“And Then There Were Nun”
Here’s a recipe for disaster: One slacker boy. One angry girl. A heavy dose of Catholic guilt. Mix. Stir well. Serve.

Through memories and dreams, a young boy experiences the love of his deceased mother – and helps his dad do the same.

“Sadie Turns Seven”
On her seventh birthday, a young girl takes daring action. (followed by Short Sadie Doc 4:30 p.m.)

“American Short”
American Short is a story of wanderlust and hippie longings, of found treasure and lost spirituality. A rambling American road movie in a stalled car with four eccentric travelers.

“American Saints”
Miracles do happen. But sometimes too many can happen in one day. Then what?

“Mary & Jennifer”
Two homeless friends find shelter in an empty house. Complications arise as they attempt to live together for the night.

Trailer for “Southland of the Heart”
Part road movie, part comedy, part drama, “Southland of the Heart” is a truly unique independent film about life, loss and many lessons love has to offer.

The series will be held at 4:00 p.m. on Sun., Dec. 9 at the ArtsCenter, located at 300-G East Main St. in Carrboro, NC. Admission is $5.00, and tickets can be purchased online at or at the ArtsCenter Box Office