Local man featured at Film Festival

Published 10:40 am Thursday, August 17, 2023

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WINDSOR – A short film written by Vincent Edwards of Gates County is among those selected for screening at a film festival scheduled next month in Bertie County.

Edwards is the writer for “Deadly Conversation” which is one of 31 entries into the 2023 Pecan Pickling Short Film Festival. The 25-minute film, directed by David Pratt, was selected within the Dramatic Shorts category.

The film centers on Detective John Powell who is seeking a killer to bring to justice for the murder of his family. Powell finds himself visiting and talking with Dr. Shawn Wells, a psychologist trying to figure out the inner working of this homicidal maniac’s mind.

Directors, producers and writers hailing from all over the United States will be featured at the local event, scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 9 at the Bertie High School Auditorium. Those screenings begin at 8:30 a.m. Admission is free, but donations are welcomed.

“We encourage you to mark your calendars and invite your friends, family and coworkers to join us for a day filled with short films from filmmakers from across the country and from eastern and northeastern North Carolina. Let’s come together as a community to celebrate this historic event, support filmmakers and create lasting memories,” stated Patricia Ferguson, founder of Equity Films.

“Our goal is to bring together filmmakers from all over and provide a platform for them to share their unique stories with a wider audience. We believe that film has the power to inspire and unite people, as well as ignite economic opportunity as an industry in the east,” Ferguson added.

The first-of-its-kind in northeast North Carolina, the festival will kick off with a Red Carpet event on Friday, Sept. 8 at Chiefs Event Center in Windsor with special guests, heavy hors d’oeuvres, music, and a film screening.

The event also features a special tribute to North Carolina based filmmakers and writers on Sunday, Sept. 10. Edwards is among the honorees at Sunday’s event.



About Cal Bryant

Cal Bryant, a 40-year veteran of the newspaper industry, serves as the Editor at Roanoke-Chowan Publications, publishers of the Roanoke-Chowan News-Herald, Gates County Index, and Front Porch Living magazine.

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