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“Anytown USA”: Screening of Student Documentary Video Projects on Robbins, North Carolina on May 22 and May 26

Still from "Bird in Hand" by Anytown, USA student Clifton Dowell

Still from “Bird in Hand” by Anytown, USA student Clifton Dowell

One small town.
Seven stories.
Seven filmmakers.

Despite popular misconceptions, the overwhelming majority of North Carolinians live in towns of 5,000 people or less. We are a state of small towns. In fact, NC has the second-most number of small towns in the country.

But all is not well. The mass exodus of manufacturing abroad as well as urban flight has devastated small towns. Many are on the verge of disappearing forever.

Anytown USA, created and taught by Randolph Benson, is an annual filmmaking production and editing course in which one small town is featured. Intermediate to advanced continuing education student filmmakers tell stories of their choice within the town. Together the short films form a nuanced, intimate portrait of communities as they struggle to survive. This year’s class focused on the town of Robbins, NC.

Students will screen their films at two separate public events; one in Robbins, the other at the Full Frame Theater:

Friday, May 22, 8 p.m.
Milliken Park Baseball Field
541 Park Ave., Robbins, North Carolina

Tuesday, May 26, 7 p.m.
Full Frame Theater
320 Blackwell St., Durham, North Carolina

For more information, email cdscourses@duke.edu.

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