The Charlotte Motor Speedway and bad cinema seem to go hand in hand -- Elvis Presley's Speedway, Burt Reynolds' Stroker Ace and Tom Cruise's Days of Thunder all made sure of that -- but that lowly impression is likely to change when the world premiere of the highly anticipated Disney/Pixar film Cars will be held Friday, May 26, at the Speedway.
The surrounding festivities get under way at 6pm that evening with a reception. The guest list will include actors from the animated film and NASCAR personalities; Paul Newman, Owen Wilson, Richard Petty and Darrell Waltrip are among those slated to attend. Tickets to the reception start at $125 for unreserved seating ($35 for children under 12). Tickets for just the movie itself are also available at $10 a pop.
The ninth annual Full Frame Documentary Film Festival will be held April 6-9 in downtown Durham. More than 100 films will be screened during the festival, and, as always, the showings will be supported by panel discussions and special programs.
The Opening Night feature will be Sydney Pollack's Sketches of Frank Gehry, and Pollack will be on hand for a Q&A session concerning his film about the esteemed architect. Other titles to be shown over the course of four days include Terry Sanford and the New South, a look at the late NC politician; Ken Burns' work-in-progress WWII; and Al Franken: God Spoke. The festival will also feature a program titled Southern Sidebar: Katrina -- in addition to screening nine films (all world premieres) focusing on the hurricane and its aftermath, the event will showcase a performance by Branford Marsalis in honor of the Katrina victims.
For comprehensive information on the festival, go to www.fullframefest.org.