This spring, Olive’s Porch is excited to bring you two in-person film screenings! Join us in downtown Murphy for two back-to-back Saturdays of films. Each day will be filled with activities for you to enjoy, like Q&A sessions with filmmakers, live music, and a raffle to win a 100-piece or 60-piece H5 Creations domino set!
These films are in collaboration with South Arts Southern Circuit, a series of film screenings and programming that connects US-based documentary filmmakers with communities throughout the south to share their work, discuss their process, and engage with audiences about issues impacting their community. This program is supported with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts.
Both in-person film screenings will be free to attend. Masks are required, and social distancing will be observed. For more information on how to register, visit the links below.
Learn More About Olive’s Porch
Olive’s Porch, a new Folk School experience in downtown Murphy, is opening this spring! Named after the school’s co-founder Olive Dame Campbell, the location at 27 Peachtree Street features classroom space, a retail shop showcasing the work of Appalachian artists, and a studio space dedicated to the Artist in Residence Program.
Spring 2022 Screenings: In-Person Events
Los Hermanos/The Brothers, 2020
Saturday, March 26 from 1 p.m.–4 p.m.
4 Railroad Street in Murphy
Virtuoso Afro-Cuban-born brothers—violinist Ilmar and pianist Aldo—live on opposite sides of a geopolitical chasm a half-century wide. Tracking their parallel lives in New York and Havana, their poignant reunion, and their momentous first performances together, Los Hermanos/The Brothers offers a nuanced, often startling view of estranged nations through the lens of music and family.
Featuring an electrifying, genre-bending score, composed by Cuban Aldo López-Gavilán, performed with his American brother, Ilmar, and with guest appearances by maestro Joshua Bell and the Harlem Quartet.
1:15 p.m.–2:40 p.m.–Los Hermanos/The Brothers
2:40 p.m.–3:10 p.m.–Q&A with Marcia Jarmel and Ken Schneider
3:10 p.m.–4 p.m.–Liden Siblings perform
The Liden Siblings
Join us for a live musical performance from the Liden Siblings! Lindsey, Annie Fain, and Emolyn grew up in the area and are longtime instructors and friends of the Folk School.
Marcia Jarmel (Director, Producer, Impact Coordinator) has produced and directed a slate of award-winning films for PatchWorks Films. She also works as a consultant and impact strategist on a broad range of films, including the Oscar nominee Last Day of Freedom and HBO’s Emmy-nominated 50 Children. Marcia has taught both undergrad and graduate film courses at NYU and Chapman University and been honored with residencies with Working Films, the Fledgling Fund, SFFilm, the Kopkind Colony, and BAVC Media Maker. She has served as a juror for the Emmys, BAVC MediaMaker, and many film festivals.
Ken Schneider (Director, Producer, Editor) is a Peabody-winning producer/director who has also edited nearly 40 feature documentaries for PBS, HBO, Showtime and Al-Jazeera, and others. He received a Peabody as co-producer and editor of Soft Vengeance. He edited the Oscar-nominated Regret to Inform, described by the New York Times as “unforgettable … exquisitely filmed, edited and scored.” Other films he edited have earned multiple Emmys, a Columbia-Dupont, three Peabodys, an Indie Spirit and top awards at the Sundance Film Festival. Ken is drawn to stories of war and peace, human rights, artists, American history, contemporary social issues, and Cuba. He works in English and Spanish. Ken has taught at NYU-Tisch, Chapman University, and San Francisco City College, and lectured at the SF Art Institute, University of San Francisco, and Harvard. He has been a panelist for National Endowment for Humanities, the Emmys, and various film festivals.
Lilly Topples the World
Saturday, April 2 from 1 p.m.–3:15 p.m.
4 Railroad Street in Murphy
Lily Topples the World follows 20-year-old sensation Lily Hevesh – the world’s most acclaimed domino toppler and the only girl in her field – as she rises as an artist, role model, and young woman. Filmed for over three years across countless cities and featuring appearances by Jimmy Fallon, Katy Perry, Will Smith, YouTuber Casey Neistat, and a steady stream of Gen-Z creators, Lily Topples the World is a coming-of-age story cloaked within a unique portrait of an artist, a story of how passion and artistry can make dreams come true, and an unlikely American tale of a quiet Chinese adoptee who transforms into a global artistic force with over 1 billion YouTube views.
1 p.m.–Welcome and enter to win a 100-piece or 60-piece H5 Creations domino set!
1:15 p.m.–2:40 p.m.–Lily Topples the World
2:40 p.m.–3:15 p.m.–Q&A with Jeremy Workman, raffle winners announced
Jeremy Workman (Director, Editor) is the director of the documentaries The World Before Your Feet (2018), Magical Universe (2015) and others. The World Before Your Feet played in US theaters for nearly six months and currently sits at 100% on Rotten Tomatoes. A two-time Emmy nominee, Jeremy is also known for his editing as the creative director of Wheelhouse Creative.
The Folk School transforms lives, bringing people together in a nurturing environment for experiences in learning and community life that spark self-discovery. Located in scenic Brasstown, North Carolina, the Folk School offers year-round weeklong and weekend classes for adults in craft, art, music, dance, cooking, gardening, nature studies, photography and writing.