Monroe film ‘Bloody Reign’ gets premiere this weekend

03/13/2014 5:19 PM

03/13/2014 5:19 PM

“Until the Bloody Reign is Over,” an independent film shot by Monroe writer-director Ben Martin, gets its world premiere Saturday at 9 a.m. at Sun Valley 14, 6449 Old Monroe Road, in Indian Trail.

The movie, shot in and around Monroe with Union County talent over seven months in 2013, takes place in a post-apocalyptic future, where five young warriors combine special talents to fend off a band of monsters. The movie’s low budget gave Martin (who also plays a mad doctor) the idea to replicate the style of inexpensive science fiction of the 1950s.

John Bryant, Bailey Boryczewski, Sam Knittel and Trace Martin play the four fighters who band together under a more experienced team leader (Kelsey Millett). A red carpet walk starts at 8:15 a.m. Saturday. Tickets are $10 and available at 704-709-7134 or

Flute master class

The Symphony Guild of Charlotte will sponsor a flute master class March 22 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Trinity Presbyterian Church, 3115 Providence Road. Benjamin Smolen will teach three flutists from the Charlotte Symphony Youth Orchestra, but admission is free to anyone. Reservations are required: email or call 704-364-5325.

Smolen, principal flutist of the Pacific Symphony Orchestra since 2011, will instruct Hannah Dinsmore, Martha Gerdes and Kelly Kim. Afterward, the Symphony Guild will host a reception in the church parlor to honor all four.

Smolen began his studies in Charlotte as a 10-year-old and played in the CSYO himself. His performances have been featured on NPR, WGBH-Boston, French National Radio and the Naxos and Mode record labels.

A power2give milestone

The site, an online fundraising platform created in Charlotte by the Arts & Science Council, announced it has generated $5 million in project funding nationally since its 2011 launch. The site now functions in 23 U.S. cities.

Arts groups post requests for projects, and people donate to those they like best. More than 2,080 projects have been funded through individual donations and matching gifts from corporations and foundations.

Here’s a Charlotte sampling: 1,000 children at a summer camp saw the Blumenthal Performing Arts production of Disney’s “The Lion King”; Carolina Raptor Center installed an “EagleCam” to let an online audience view eaglets in the aviary; high schoolers from The Choir School at St. Peter’s went to England on an educational performance tour.

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