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Starring North Carolina! Celebration Features Monthly Film Series, Film Festival and Programs

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The exhibit Starring North Carolina! at the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh is part of a larger celebration that features a monthly film series, the Longleaf Film Festival and programs for all ages. Beginning in January, the museum will offer Hollywood-themed lunches for groups of 10 or more. Choose from plenty of happenings that will complement the blockbuster exhibit, on view from Nov. 15, 2014, through Sept. 6, 2015.


         Celebrate the films of North Carolina! On the second Friday of each month at 6 p.m., watch a movie that will be introduced by a featured speaker. Tickets are $5 each and can be purchased in the Museum Shop.

             For a complete list of movies through September 2015, visit Films from December 2014 through March 2015 follow.


“Iron Man 3” (MPAA rating: PG-13)

Friday, Dec. 12, 2014

Featured speaker: Bryan Simmons, memorabilia collector [add what he collects?]

“Brainstorm” (MPAA rating: PG)
Friday, Jan. 9, 2015

      Featured speaker: Ira David Wood III, actor, author, singer, theater director and playwright.

“Firestarter” (MPAA rating: R-L,V)

Friday, Feb. 13

Featured speaker: Jennifer Bunch, photo double for Drew Barrymore

“Dirty Dancing” (MPAA rating: PG-13-L,S)

Friday, March 13

Featured speaker: Dr. Marsha Gordon, Associate Professor, Film Studies, N.C. State University


Mark your calendar for the inaugural Longleaf Film Festival on May 2, 2015. The film festival will explore historic and contemporary stories from the state, the country, and the world through narrative and documentary movies. All winning entries will be shown at the festival.

        “Museums help tell stories that connect us all, and the North Carolina Museum of History is in a unique position to showcase films from all over,” says Sally Bloom, festival co-organizer. “We believe the Longleaf Film Festival will reflect the diversity of talent and imagination in the filmmaking world.”

If you want to enter a film, visit


         A variety of programs will be offered throughout the exhibit’s run, so check for updates at These related children’s programs take place in December.

History Corner: Starring North Carolina!

Wednesday, December 3, 10-11 a.m.

Ages 6-9 (with adult)

$3 per child

To register, visit; for information, call 919-807-7988.

Visit the exhibit and learn about our state’s role in filmmaking.

History Hunters: Behind the Scenes at the Movies

Wednesday, December 3, 11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m.

Ages 10-13

$3 per child

To register, visit; for information, call 919-807-7988.

What is a dolly grip, or a gaffer? Learn about North Carolina filmmaking, and meet people who help create the magic.


        Are you looking for a different lunch venue for your company, organization or group of friends?   Sign up for a Red Carpet Lunch! For groups of 10 or more, the lunches will begin Thursday, Jan. 8, and will be offered every Thursday through Aug. 27. Cost is $25 per person, which includes exhibit admission. For more information, visit or contact Cheri Williams at 919-807-7875 or


            Purchase exhibit tickets at or in the Museum Shop.

$10 per person, ages 18 and up

$6 each, ages 7 to 17, 60 and up, active military personnel, college students with ID

$6 per person, groups of 10 or more with reservations—visit

to make reservations

Free, ages 6 and under, museum members

Major sponsors of the exhibit are the News & Observer, North Carolina Museum of History Associates, and North Carolina News Network.

To learn more about the N.C. Museum of History, a Smithsonian-affiliated museum, call 919-807-7900 or visit or follow on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google+ or YouTube.

About the N.C. Museum of History

The N.C. Museum of History is located at 5 E. Edenton Street in downtown Raleigh. Hours are Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. The museum collects and preserves artifacts of North Carolina history and educates the public on the history of the state and the nation through exhibits and educational programs. Each year more than 300,000 people visit the museum to see some of the 150,000 artifacts in the museum collection. The Museum of History, within the Division of State History Museums, is part of the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources.

About the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources

The N.C. Department of Cultural Resources (NCDCR) is the state agency with a vision to be the leader in using the state’s cultural resources to build the social, cultural and economic future of North Carolina. Led by Secretary Susan W. Kluttz, NCDCR’s mission to enrich lives and communities creates opportunities to experience excellence in the arts, history and libraries in North Carolina that will spark creativity, stimulate learning, preserve the state’s history and promote the creative economy. NCDCR was the first state organization in the nation to include all agencies for arts and culture under one umbrella.

Through arts efforts led by the N.C. Arts Council, the N.C. Symphony and the N.C. Museum of Art, NCDCR offers the opportunity for enriching arts education for young and old alike and economic stimulus engines for our state’s communities. NCDCR’s Divisions of Archives and Records, State Historic Sites, and State History Museums preserve, document and interpret North Carolina’s rich cultural heritage. NCDCR’s State Library of North Carolina is the principal library of state government and builds the capacity of all libraries in our state, developing and supporting access to traditional and online collections such as genealogy and resources for people who are blind and have physical disabilities.

NCDCR annually serves more than 19 million people through its 27 historic sites, seven history museums, two art museums, the nation’s first state-supported symphony orchestra, the State Library, the N.C. Arts Council and the State Archives of North Carolina. NCDCR champions our state’s creative industry that accounts for more than 300,000 jobs and generates nearly $18.5 billion in revenues. For more information, please call 919-807-7300 or visit

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