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The Cary Highlights Oscar Contenders In February With Locally Produced Film, Classics & African-American Heritage

Post Date:02/01/2018 9:05 AM
  • Feb. 1, 2, 3, 8, 9: Oscar contender and N.C. filmed “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
  • Feb. 10: Local Premieres Series film by Ellen Shepard “Sitting At God’s Table” with panel discussion
  • Feb. 15-16: Oscar contender The Shape of Water
  • Feb. 24: Cary’s 22nd Annual African-American Celebration of history and heritage
  • Feb. 23: Six String Presents: An Evening with Claire Holley with Eliot Bronson

February is a month focused on love. The Cary Theater offers up much to love with a unique schedule of programming that salutes Oscar contenders past and future. The Cary Theater will also host the Town of Cary’s African-American Celebration of heritage and history.  

“We have so much to celebrate thanks to a wonderful year of films. We’re excited to continue our mission to be the destination for unique entertainment and art house cinema,” said Joy Ennis, operations and program supervisor

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

February includes the series’ first-ever featured comedy, “Kopy Kings.” Actor/director Greg Dorchak’s look at a misfit staff whose world is upended when their copy shop owner sells out to corporate America. The double bill also includes the sweet, wacky animated short “Darrel.” More information:

Comedy @ The Cary featuring Tom Simmons – Feb. 17 at 8:00 p.m.

Drawing from everyday situations as a father and husband, contrarian Tom Simmons finds comedy wherever he looks.

Monthly Series at The Cary

  • Cinema Overdrive presents “White of the Eye” (1987) – In a wealthy, isolated desert community, a sound expert is targeted as the prime suspect in a series of brutal murders of local housewives attacked and mutilated in their homes. Feb. 21 at 7:30 p.m.
  • The Cary’s Local Premieres Series presents “Sitting at God’s Table” – This documentary features five Southern religious leaders, a Rabbi, a Muslim, a Priest, a Baptist Reverend, and an Episcopal Bishop invited to a dinner to discuss the difficult topics of our day. Raleigh based Director Ellen Shepard and editor Eric Barstow will engage in a Q&A following the screening. Feb. 10 at 7 p.m.

Oscar Winners and Contenders, Indies & Docs

The Cary continues to feature current independent films, documentaries and classics, including:

  • “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” – 2018 Oscar contender – Months have passed without a culprit in her daughter’s murder case, so Mildred Hayes (Frances McDormand) erects three signs leading into town with a controversial message directed at a revered chief of police (Woody Harrelson). Feb. 1 at 2 p.m. and 9 p.m., Feb. 2 at 9 p.m., Feb. 3 at 7 p.m., Feb. 8 at 9 p.m., and Feb. 9 at 7 p.m.
  • “The Shape of Water” – 2018 Oscar contender – A mute cleaning lady (Sally Hawkins) working in a secret U.S. government lab in 1962 befriends an otherworldly, aquatic creature (Doug Jones) that’s being held against its will. In time, she and her friends decide to help it escape from captivity. Feb. 15 at 2 p.m. and 9 p.m., Feb 16 at 7 p.m.
  • “City of Ghosts” – A documentary that follows the efforts of “Raqqa Is Being Slaughtered Silently,” a handful of anonymous activists who banded together after their homeland was taken over by ISIS in 2014. Feb. 9 at 9:30 p.m., Feb. 15 at 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m., Feb. 16 at 9:30 p.m., Feb. 22 at 7 p.m.
  • “Best Years of Our Lives” – 1946 Best Picture Oscar – An exploration into the difficult readjustments made by WWII veterans returning to civilian life. Feb. 4 at 2 p.m.
  • “LUCKY” – Indie darling “Lucky” follows the spiritual journey of a 90-year-old atheist (Harry Dean Stanton) and the quirky characters that inhabit an off-the-map desert town. Feb. 1 at 7 p.m., Feb. 2 at 7 p.m. Feb. 3 at 9:30 p.m., Feb. 8 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.
  • “Slumdog Millionaire” – 2008 Best Picture Oscar – Accused of cheating and desperate to prove his innocence, an 18 year-old orphan from the slums of Mumbai reflects on his tumultuous life while competing to win 20 million rupees on India’s Who Wants to Be a Millionaire. Feb. 11 at 2 p.m.
  • “Kramer vs Kramer” – 1979 Best Picture Oscar – On the day Manhattan advertising executive (Dustin Hoffman) lands the biggest account of his career, he learns that his wife (Meryl Streep) is leaving him and their young son. Feb. 18 at 2 p.m.
  • “From Here to Eternity” – 1973 Best Picture Oscar – Follow the tribulations of three U.S. Army soldiers (Burt Lancaster, Montgomery Clift, Frank Sinatra) stationed in Hawaii in the months leading up to the attack on Pearl Harbor. Feb. 25 at 2 p.m.

19th Animation Show of Shows – Feb. 22 at 2 p.m. and 9 p.m.

The 19th Animation Show of Shows (ASOS) represents the work of artists from eight countries, including nine women. Funny, moving, engaging, and thought-provoking, ASOS features 16 animated shorts this year. Perhaps the most relevant film, a 50 year-old short that was restored with grants from The National Film Preservation Foundation. All featured films are listed here:

Six String Presents: An Evening with Claire Holley with Eliot Bronson – Feb. 23 at 8 p.m.

Claire Holley has released nine records and her music has been feature on NPR’s Weekend Edition as well as in films and TV. “The charm of Holley’s hummable melodies, imagistic lyrics and vocal prowess suggest she’ll keep bringing crowds in from the cold…” said The Washington Post. Eliot Bronson opens. “He writes heartfelt songs with dark humor and backs them with his resonant voice and swampy instruments,” said Atlanta Music Guide.

22nd Annual African-American Celebration – Feb. 24 11 a.m.

Join the Town of Cary celebration of the contributions of African-Americans to our community and nation.  This year, The Cary hosts

2018 Oscar nominated short films – Feb. 24 7 & 9 p.m.

A screening of the 2018 Oscar nominated short films – in advance of the 2018 Oscars!  At 7 p.m. see the Live action shorts and at 9 pm see the Documentary categories.

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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