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ASC documentary gets world premiere

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The feature-length documentary “Spiral Bound” follows high school students in the Arts & Science Council’s Studio 345 program and education scholars from Davidson College in the search for social justice. Joint premieres are 7 p.m. Sept. 9 in McGlohon Theater at Spirit Square (345 N. College St.) and 7 p.m. Sept. 11 in Duke Family Performance Hall at Davidson College. Filmmakers, writers and students featured in the documentary will be at the events.

The 60-minute film illustrates the importance of the arts in preparing students for the work force, as well as the consequences of defunding arts education programs. It explores why the education system often fails to reach some of the most at-risk children in public schools and offers the arts as a solution for helping them find success.

Students in Studio 345 (ASC’s out-of-school youth development program for high school students) were part of the film crew and created music and art for “Spiral Bound.” Charlotte tickets cost $10 for adults and $8 for students at carolinatix.org; Davidson tickets are $10 and $5 at davidson.edu. Details: SpiralBoundMovie.com.

ASC Education Expo

The Arts & Science Council will host a Cultural Education Expo 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Knight Theater, 430 S. Tryon St. The free trade-show-style event will offer school representatives, parents, students and others the opportunity to meet many of the teaching artists and cultural providers Mecklenburg County schools can bring to classrooms through ASC’s School Grants program.

The School Grants program will provide up to $280,000 in 2014-15 for Mecklenburg County public, charter, independent, parochial and private schools to support cultural programming that aligns with curricula. Funding can also be used to supplement school-sponsored field trips. Each school within Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools is eligible for $1,500 to $2,000. Details: artsandscience.org.

Made in Charlotte

The Charlotte Film Community’s Made in Charlotte awards will be Sept. 9 in a red-carpet event at Suite Charlotte in the EpiCentre, Trade and College streets. Celebrity judges and online voters have picked their favorites among 12 short films, and $5,000 worth of prizes will go to the winners. (The best short will also be submitted to the 2015 SXSW Festival in Austin, Texas.)

The party begins at 7 p.m., with Johnny Millwater of “Crazy Late with Johnny Millwater” as host. The $10 tickets include free appetizers, and there’ll be a cash bar. Details: madeincharlottefilm.com.

Carolina Arts & Theatre Awards

Citizens of the Universe, UpStage and Shakespeare Carolina will present the inaugural Carolina Arts & Theatre Awards at UpStage, 3306 N. Davidson St., Sunday at 8 p.m. Big Mamma D will host, with music by Jill O'Neill. The event is free, but you can guarantee a seat by buying a $5 reservation. UpStage will offer specialty drinks and dinner options. To make reservations for dinner or tickets: upstagenoda.com.

The CA&T Awards celebrate works from a range of artists; five theater awards and five performance awards will be given. Paintings by John Hairston Jr. will be on display; you’ll see stage performances by William Jacobs, The Funky Geezer, Johnny Millwater, Jenny Wright, Hannibal the Magician, Caroline Calouche & Co. and others. Fill out a survey at citizensoftheuniverse.org by Tuesday to propose artists who deserve recognition.

‘Newport Effect’ a winner

“The Newport Effect,” a documentary about the Newport Folk Festival that had its world premiere last month at the Rhode Island International Film Festival, won the grand prize in the Echoes of Earth category for films that “celebrat(e) the resonant spirit of creativity through world music.”

The festival had more than 5,400 entries and chose 200 films. “Newport” was produced and directed by Beverly Penninger and Alyson Young of Charlotte’s Naka Productions.

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