Dare to see the world with the Outer Banks Film Society

Published 4:23 pm Monday, September 11, 2023

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Created to foster a community that appreciates the art of film, Dare Arts is introducing the Outer Banks Film Society, which will screen independent films, movie classics, documentaries, world cinema, shorts and the very best new releases starting in September.

Dare Arts has been working with film enthusiasts Gaye Morris and David Morris to develop the Outer Banks Film Society. Gaye has an extensive background in film education along with film society and festival work. While living in Britain, she was on the Board of Directors for York Cinema and a founding member and programmer of the Ripon Film Society. She has also served on film festival juries in Venice, Locarno and Cannes.

“I am thrilled that we are able to offer a film society to our community,” said Gaye Morris. “There is nothing like this on the Outer Banks, and so many folks I have spoken to have expressed a desire to see foreign language and independent films, and we can do that! From my experience, film society members love good films and appreciate the concept of film seasons that put them together with other film lovers.”

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The community is invited to come out to Dare Arts in Manteo for opening night of the Outer Banks Film Society on Tuesday, September 12 at 6 p.m. Opening night is free and open to the public and will include a screening of the 1957 film Twelve Angry Men. There will be pre-screening refreshments, guest speakers and a post-screening discussion.

All films will be screened at Dare Arts in Manteo, unless otherwise specified. Doors will open at 6 p.m. and films will start at 6:30 p.m.

The schedule below has been curated for the Outer Banks Film Society: 

  • Sept.12: Twelve Angry Men *Free Opening Night
  • Sept. 26: Paint
  • Oct. 3: The MANHATTAN SHORT Film Festival *Members Only
  • Oct. 10: Portrait of A Lady on Fire(French)
  • Oct. 24: The Big Lebowski 
  • Nov. 14: Miss Angela 
  • Nov. 28: The Visitor 
  • Jan. 16: Karmalink(Cambodian)
  • Jan. 30: Judas and the Black Messiah
  • Feb. 6: A Love Song
  • Feb. 20: I’m Your Man(German)
  • Feb. 27: Academy Awards Short Films*Members Only
  • Mar. 5: Lunana: A Yak in The Classroom(Bhutanese)
  • Mar. 19: Perfectos Desconocidos (Spanish)

“Watching foreign and independent films opens windows into the lives of people we don’t meet or even see every day, especially when we live in a small community,” said David Morris. “The Outer Banks Film Society has me excited about the chance to watch excellent, unusual films along with other local folks who enjoy the craft, art, and emotional experience of fine filmmaking.”

Unlike purchasing a ticket to go see a movie at the local theater, participants join the Outer Banks Film Society through an annual or seasonal membership. An annual membership is $140 and includes 12 films, plus extra events that are only open to members. Seasonal (spring or fall) memberships include six films per season.

Film society memberships can be purchased online at DareArts.org/filmsociety, over the phone by calling Dare Arts, and in-person at the Dare Arts Gallery in Manteo. Memberships will also be available to purchase at opening night.

The Outer Banks Film Society will also offer enriched film programming that includes film-related speakers, filmmaker discussions, educational programs and special events.

“We felt like it was time to expand our film offerings and Gaye and David have been incredibly helpful in bringing the Outer Banks Film Society to fruition,” said Dare Arts executive director Jessica Sands. “I am excited about this opportunity – for the cost of a theater movie, you get a unique film, some lively discussion and deep connections with other members of our community.”

Businesses or individuals interested in sponsoring the Outer Banks Film Society should contact Sands at DareArtsInfo@gmail.com.

The Outer Banks Film Society is sponsored by TowneBank, Stack’em High Pancakes and So Forth (KDH), NouVines and Island Bookstore.

This project is supported by the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources.

For more information about the Outer Banks Film Society, visit DareArts.org or call 252-473-5558.

Dare Arts is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit arts organization dedicated to encouraging the arts in Dare County through advocacy, enrichment and opportunity.