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August at The Cary Includes a Special Screening for Teen Girls, Celebrating Local Songwriters and Dog Days in the Theater

Post Date:07/28/2017 10:00 AM
  • Aug. 3: “The Women” (1939) screening with panel led by NPR’s Marcia Gordon and Laura Boyes.
  • Aug. 5: Google’s Made With Code Viewing & Coding Party/Screening of “Hidden Figures.” (Sold Out)
  • Aug. 11: The Cary and Six String Presents: A Celebration of N.C. Songwriting.
  • Aug. 19: Bring your pooch to the N.Y. Dog Film Festival fundraiser for SPCA.
  • Aug. 25: Launch of Local Filmmaker Premiere Series – “Going Sane” with Q&A.

Cary, N.C. – The Cary Theater schedule in August features a strong lineup of independent and local film premieres, a party for girls in technology, a dog themed film fest/fundraiser, plus live comedy, children’s films, and two live music dates with Six String Presents.

“We’re continuing our summer programming with an eclectic mix of live music, comedy and film, including a unique opportunity to bring your pooch to the theater! We’re also excited to kick off our Local Filmmaker Premiere Series to showcase the amazing talent here in our back yard,” said Joy Ennis, operations and program supervisor for The Cary Theater.

Motion for Pictures Screening Series: Presented By Triangle Filmmaking Community

On Aug. 2 at 7:00 p.m., The Cary and the Triangle Filmmaking Community present a double feature of a surreal black and white anthology from right here in the Carolinas, plus a quirky Swedish heist flick. Q&A with area filmmakers follows the screening. More information available at

  • “Unbecoming” (Director: Chris White) – A unique, five-film anthology with a Southern gothic twist.
  • “Mousse” (Director: John Hellberg) – What could be easier than robbing a small bookie on the outskirts of town?

Tickets: $3-5. Attendees receive discounts at the nearby Crosstown Pub & Grill by showing their ticket stub.

Google’s Made With Code Viewing & Coding Party

On August 5 at 1 p.m., Google and The Cary have invited girls ages 13-18 to Google’s Made With Code event to view and discuss the film “Hidden Figures,” plus learn how coding intersects with careers in art, sports, fashion, medicine and science. This free event is designed to inspire teen girls to pursue their dreams. Registration for teens ages 13-18 is now FULL.

Also Saturday, The Cary screens “Code: Debugging the Gender Gap” at 7 p.m., open to everyone. This compelling documentary exposes the dearth of American female and minority software engineers and explores reasons behind the negative trend.

“The Women” Film Series, Play and Panel Discussion

Cary Performs presents a live staging of the Clare Boothe Luce play, “The Women,” August 4-6 at Cary Arts Center. In partnership, The Cary will screen the 1939 film “The Women” August 3 at 7 p.m., followed by a panel discussion led by film experts Marcia Gordon and Laura Boyes of NPR’s The State of Things.

N.Y. Dog Film Festival Fundraiser for SCPA – Aug. 19 at 11 a.m. & 1 p.m.

The New York Dog Film Festival is a philanthropic celebration of the remarkable bond between dogs and their humans with canine-themed films from around the world. A portion of the proceeds benefit the Wake County SPCA. Session one “Second Chances” (11 a.m.) features nine films that total 64 minutes. Session two “Love Changes Everything” includes 10 films running 68 minutes total. Audiences are encouraged to bring their dogs to the festival as The Cary has room for about 50 dogs at each screening!

Independent, Classic and Documentary Film

The Cary continues to feature current independent films, classics and relevant documentaries. Scheduled for August:

  • “Pop Aye” – A successful Bangkok architect in the midst of a midlife crisis is reunited with an elephant he knew as a child. Along the way, they meet a colorful cast of characters in this Sundance favorite. Aug. 4-5 at 9 p.m., Aug. 10 at 7 p.m., Aug. 12 at 7 p.m., and Aug. 13 at 2 p.m.
  • “Obit” – A documentary providing an inside look at life on the New York Times obituaries desk. Aug. 4 at 9 p.m., Aug. 6 at 2 p.m., Aug. 10 at 9:15 p.m., and Aug. 12 at 7 p.m.
  • “Norman: The Moderate Rise and Fall of a New York Fixer” – Norman (Richard Gere) lives a lonely life in the margins of NYC power and money. He befriends a young politician at a low point. When the politician becomes a world leader, Norman’s life changes for better and worse. Aug. 17 at 2 p.m., 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m., Aug. 24 at 7 p.m., and Aug. 26 at 9 p.m.
  • “Whose Streets?” – An unflinching look at the Ferguson uprising. Filmmakers live and breathe the story of this movement for justice. Aug. 24 at 2 p.m. and 9:30 p.m., Aug. 26 at 7 p.m., and Aug. 27 at 2 p.m.
  • “Maudie” – Based on a true story, the film charts the unlikely romance between Maud Lewis, a folk artist who blossoms in later life, and the curmudgeonly recluse, Everett Lewis (Ethan Hawke). Aug. 31 at 2 p.m., Sept. 1 at 9 p.m., Sept. 2 at 7 p.m., and Sept. 3 at 2 p.m.


    Beat the heat with our Dog Days of Summer classic summer films:

  • “Point Break” – Kathryn Bigelow's 1991 classic action film follows FBI agent Johnny Utah as he goes undercover to infiltrate a group of Southern California surfers suspected of robbing banks. Aug. 31 at 7 p.m.
  • “Piranha” – This 1978 horror classic tells the tale of flesh-eating piranhas that are accidentally released into a summer resort’s rivers, making the guests their next meal. Aug. 31 at 9:30 p.m.
  • “National Lampoon’s Vacation” – The first of the Vacation series films finds Clark Griswold becoming consumed with taking his family cross-country to Wally World! – Sept. 1 at 7 p.m.
  • “Meatballs” – set in 1979 at a low-end summer camp, this light screwball comedy features Bill Murray who stars as Tripper, the head counselor who runs things at Camp Northstar with his group of misfit counselors-in-training. Sept. 2 at 2 p.m.

Six String Presents: Celebration of N.C. Songwriting – Aug. 11 at 8 p.m.

North Carolina’s rich music traditions come alive on stage as the The Cary and Six String Presents a collection of home-grown singer-songwriters including: Laurelyn Dossett, Molly McGinn, Kirk Ridge, Jon Shain and F.J. Ventre. Each performer shares the stage, trading off songs and joining each other in a night of original music, storytelling and fun. Tickets: $15-25.

Six String Presents – David Olney and Wes Collins – Aug. 19 at 8 p.m.

The Cary and Six String Presents welcome acclaimed singer-songwriter and globe-trotting performer David Olney to downtown Cary. Olney has released more than 20 albums over four decades, including six live recordings. His music has been prominently featured in ABC-TV’s Nashville, and his songs have been recorded by the likes of Emmylou Harris, Linda Ronstadt and Del McCoury. Chapel Hill singer-songwriter Wes Collins also appears. Tickets: $15-25.

Comedy @ The Cary – Gid Pool – Aug. 18 at 8 p.m.

Comedian Gid Pool is combination humorist, motivational speaker and travel expert. At 61, he left his real estate career to follow his dream of being a comedian. He’s great at obsessing about life’s absurdities and helping us to renew our passions. Gid has appeared on the Today Show, in the Wall Street Journal and in Jane Pauley’s latest book. See him live Aug. 18 at 8 p.m. Tickets: $10-15.

Film Day-Fun Day

The Cary invites parents and children of all ages to enjoy Film Day-Fun Day screenings in August. Tickets are $1, and attendees can spread out a mat on the theater floor, have a snack and enjoy kid-friendly films. Screenings start at 11 a.m. unless otherwise noted, with “Rango” on August 1 and “All Dogs go to Heaven” on August 22.

About The Cary Theater

The Cary Theater, located at 122 E. Chatham St. in downtown Cary, lights up downtown with its mission to provide a unique setting for the community to experience art house cinema and live performances that enhance the cultural arts experience in the Town of Cary. Originally constructed in 1946 to serve as the Town’s first indoor movie theater, The Cary was meticulously restored in 2014 to create a vibrant space downtown that offers independent film, live performance comedy and improv, the Six String Presents music series as well as other live events. The Cary is owned by the Town of Cary and operated by the Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources. For the latest schedule, please visit Film tickets are $5 ($3 for Film Circle members) unless otherwise noted and can be purchased online and at the box office.

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Primary Contacts

Joy Ennis, The Cary Supervisor, (919) 462-2054

Lyman Collins, Cultural Arts Manager, (919) 462-3861

Deanna Hawkes, Deputy Public Information Officer, (919) 462-3908

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