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October at The Cary Features Zombiepalooza, Sick Chicks, Plus a Full Schedule of Indie Films & Live Music

Post Date:10/02/2017 1:50 PM


  • Oct. 5, 7, 12, 14, 19: “A Ghost Story,” the critically acclaimed indie film starring Casey Affleck and Rooney Mara.
  • Oct. 13: The Cary and Six String Presents: David Lamotte, Beth Wood & Chris Rosser.
  • Oct. 19: “The Cinema Travellers” presented as a Full Frame Road Show. FREE.
  • Oct. 27: Zombiepalooza outdoors with 20 locally produced zombie shorts and Romero’s “Dawn of the Dead.” FREE.
  • Oct. 28-29: Sick Chick Flicks Film Festival with the best sci-fi, horror shorts from women indie filmmakers worldwide.

CARY, N.C. – The second annual Zombiepalooza highlights a frighteningly entertaining October schedule of out-of-the-ordinary programming at The Cary Theater.  Halloween takes center stage throughout the month, with a unique lineup of independent films, classics, various monthly screening series, plus live comedy and music.

“Our programming in October channels our fascination with the ghostly delights of Halloween season, capped off with our zombie movie-making contest and locally produced horror-fest,” said Joy Ennis, operations and program supervisor for The Cary Theater. “We’re screening a diverse collection of horror classics as well as critically acclaimed independent films.”

Zombiepalooza: October 27

Families are invited to celebrate Halloween with a zombie-themed block party outdoors in downtown Cary beginning at 7 p.m. Zombiepalooza features 20 locally produced zombie short films and a screening of George Romero’s 1978 classic “Dawn of the Dead.” Teams have been invited to create their own one-to-five minute zombie films to be shown on the outdoor screen. Attendees are encouraged to dress as their favorite zombie or horror film character, with prizes for best costumes.

Sick Chick Flicks Film Festival: October 28-29

This locally produced fear-fest celebrates independent horror, sci-fi, and fantasy films with a special emphasis on women filmmakers from around the world. Forty-five short films will be shown, curated by festival organizer and Apex resident Christine Parker. The festival takes place Oct. 28 from 6 to 11 p.m., and Oct. 29 from 2 to 6 p.m.

Motion for Pictures Screening Series: Presented by Triangle Filmmaking Community – October 4 at 7:00 p.m.

An opus of horror with nine award-winning short films that push the limits of sanity. Featuring: “Zombinladen,” “Night of the Slasher,” “The Backwater Gospel,” “Ghost House,” “Control,” “Sleepless,” “Fried Barry,” “Don’t Move,” and “Dead Hearts.” Q&A with area filmmakers follows the screening. Tickets: $3-5. For more information:

Other Monthly Series at The Cary

  • Theatre Café – Q&A with theatre professionals, featuring Ira David Wood III and David Henderson. Oct. 3 at 7 p.m. FREE.
  • Science on Screen: “WarGames” – Oct. 6 at 7 p.m.
  • Cinema Overdrive presents “The House On Sorority Row” – This campy B-movie about an innocent prank gone horribly wrong has sorority sisters stalked and murdered one by one at a graduation party. Oct. 18 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Full Frame Road Show: “The Cinema Travellers” – An exclusive screening of this indie darling about cinema lorries bringing the wonder of movies to rural villages in India. Oct. 19 at 7 p.m. FREE, reserved tickets required.
  • Celebrate Arts & Humanities Month – The animated masterpiece “The Tale of Princess Kaguya” screens Oct. 7 at 1 p.m. FREE.

Independent, Classic and Documentary Films

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

  • “Manhattan Short Film Festival” – Film lovers worldwide view/vote for finalists to be nominated for 2018 Oscars. Oct. 1 at 2 p.m.
  • “Bugs” – Two billion people worldwide eat insects. This film dissects their fascination with these culinary delights. Oct. 5 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., Oct. 7 at 9 p.m., and Oct. 8 at 2 p.m.
  • “A Ghost Story” – Casey Affleck and Rooney Mara star in an unforgettable meditation on love, grief and the enormity of human existence. Oct. 5 at 9 p.m., Oct. 7 at 7 p.m., Oct. 12 at 9 p.m., Oct. 14 at 9 p.m., and Oct. 19 at 2 p.m.
  • “Swim Team” – A documentary film about boys with autism forming a swim team that challenges the system. Oct. 12 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., and Oct. 14 at 7 p.m.
  • “The Magic Flute” – A spellbinding production of Mozart’s work conducted by Julia Jones and recorded live at London’s Royal Opera House. Audiences are transported to a fantastical world thanks to dazzling scenery with dancing animals and flying machines. Oct. 15 at 2 p.m. Tickets: $12-15. Opera Season packages are $39-51.

Halloween Classics

  • “Attack of the Lederhosen Zombies” – Oct. 20 at 9 p.m., Oct. 22 at 2 p.m., Oct. 26 at 9 p.m.
  • “Beetlejuice” – Oct. 20 at 7p.m.
  • “Abbott & Costello Meet Frankenstein – Oct. 26 at 2 p.m.
  • “Kill, Baby… Kill!” – Oct. 26 at 7 p.m.
  • “Casper” – Oct. 31 at 11 a.m. Bring the kids for a Halloween Film Day-Fun Day. Tickets: $5

Six String Presents: David Lamotte, Beth Wood & Chris Rosser – Oct. 13 at 8 p.m.

This show features three singer-songwriters and talented composers who delight audiences with their musicianship, storytelling and abilities to play multiple instruments. Tickets: $10-25.

Comedy @ The Cary – Tommy Blaze – Oct. 21 at 8 p.m.

His comedy is opinionated and admittedly one-sided. Those who are married, dating, single, divorced, parenting, confused, young or easily offended will find Tommy Blaze’s humor appealing. Come enjoy Comedy @ The Cary on October 21. Tickets: $10-15.

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 $5.00 ($3.00 for Film Circle members) unless otherwise noted and can be purchased online and at the box office.



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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