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Date & Time
March 2, 2018 at 7:00 pm8:15 pm
Free; ticket required. Get tickets
Film Theater at the Rubenstein Arts Center
2020 Campus Drive
Durham, NC 27705

The Rise and Fall of Liberty
(dir. Carol Thomson, edited by Jim Haverkamp, 2017, 52 min, USA, Color, Digital)

When developers in Durham, NC, demolish an iconic tobacco auction house in the name of revitalization, they not only displace a community of artists, they also threaten the soul of the community. The documentary film, The Rise and Fall of Liberty, examines the ebb and flow of Liberty Warehouse’s 80-year lifespan, draws parallels with the evolution of downtown Durham, and reveals the often touching, interdependent relationship between the two. It also raises key questions about the tension between the drive for progress and the character of the city.

Director Carol Thomson and editor Jim Haverkamp (AMI faculty) will be on hand for a Q&A after the screening.

About the Filmmakers

Carol Thomson is an independent multimedia documentary producer and a web developer based in downtown Durham. She is the recipient of the Ella Fountain Pratt Emerging Artists Award for her interactive documentary, Bridging Rails to Trails: Stories of the American Tobacco Trail. She received a Gracie Award for American Women in Radio and Television for the short video, HAND – Health Arts Network at Duke. Carol is also a former instructor at The Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University.

Jim Haverkamp is an award-winning filmmaker and editor based in Durham. He has worked as an editor on several feature documentaries, including SenCinema, Rarefied, Dancing with the Goddess, and Monster Road. His filmmaking credits include the short films It Had Wings, When Walt Whitman Was a Little Girl, and Hot Dog Man: A Case Study. Jim teaches courses in editing and moving image practice for Duke University’s Program in the Arts of the Moving Image and short form video production at The Center for Documentary Studies at Duke.

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