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BEYOND: The Film Festival Takes Place June 13-17 in Cary

The Cary Theater’s film festival includes short films, plus free screenwriter’s workshop and outdoor screening

Post Date:06/05/2018 9:13 PM
  • Festival kick-off June 13 with Back to the Future screening outdoors at Cary’s Downtown Park. FREE
  • Screenwriter workshop June 16 features Shawn Schepps of Terminator, Encino Man, and Weeds fame. FREE
  • Screening 20+ films about hometown stories from North Carolina to British Columbia and beyond.

CARY, N.C. – Downtown Cary will become a haven for film buffs June 13-17 as The Cary Theater premieres BEYOND: The Film Festival, its signature independent film and screenwriting competition. The festival includes independently produced short films, curated feature-length films, and a screenwriter workshop with accomplished writer/director Shawn Schepps. Festival highlights also include an award-winning Taiwanese film and four blocks of short films embodying this year’s hometown stories theme. Advance tickets are on sale now.

“Locals will enjoy The Cary’s inaugural film festival as we screen unique short and feature-length films that embody our theme this year,” said Joy Ennis, Operations & Programming Supervisor for The Cary Theater. “We’re also screening a Taiwanese feature film that won four awards at last year’s Taipei Film Awards.”

Short films in competition must be under 30 minutes and produced by independent filmmakers. Films compete across all genres and represent works from North Carolina, New Brunswick, Washington state and beyond.

Ennis noted the screenwriter’s competition also focuses on this year’s theme. “Each year, we will go beyond the screen to highlight the art of storytelling through film, starting this year with a screenplay competition,” she said. “We’re excited to welcome Shawn Schepps to judge the competition and present a master class on the topic.”

Schepps’ experience includes acting on The Brady Bunch, writing films Encino Man and Drumline, the television show Drop Dead Diva, and much more. The workshop is Saturday, June 16, and free with advance registration.

Ticket prices include: $90 full-festival pass; $30 Friday pass; $30 Saturday pass; and $9 individual film block tickets. BEYOND: The Film Festival will kick-off with a family friendly, free outdoor screening of Back to the Future at Cary’s Downtown Park on Wednesday, June 13.

BEYOND: The Film Festival is proud to partner with the following: 

CaryCitizen, Pharmacy Bottle & Beverage, The Mayton Inn, FRESH Local Ice Cream, Bond Brothers Beer Company, Cary Chamber of Commerce, Cary Magazine, InkTip, Magix Software, The Morris Foundation ,Melinda Baran & Steve Rebach,  Sister Cities Association of Cary

About The Cary Theater

Located at 122 E. Chatham St., The Cary Theater lights up downtown with its mission to provide a unique setting to experience art house cinema and live performances that enhance the cultural arts experience in the Town of Cary. Originally constructed in 1946, The Cary was meticulously restored in 2014 to create a vibrant space downtown that offers classic, repertory, independent and documentary films, live performance comedy and improv, the Six String Presents music series, and other live events. The Cary is owned by the Town of Cary and operated by the Department of Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources. See our schedule at, or contact: (919) 462-2051.


Joy Ennis, The Cary Supervisor,(919) 462-2054
Lyman Collins, Cultural Arts Manager,(919) 462-3861

Deanna Hawkes, Deputy Pub. Inf. Officer,(919) 462-3908


Schedule of Events





WED -6/13/2018

8:30 p.m.

FREE Festival Kick-Off at Downtown Park –Back to the Future




THURS -6/14/18

2:00 p.m.

Afternoon Matinee – My Darling Clementine (1946) followed by a Q&A with Faye Honeycutt of the Chandler family (The Cary’s original theater owner).


5:00 p.m.

Cary Film Circle Opening Reception at Pharmacy Bottle + Beverage


7:00 p.m.

Opening Film – Missing Johnny an invited Taiwanese feature film. Winner of four awards at the 19th Taipei Film Awards in 2017.




FRI -6/15/18

1:00 p.m.

Short Films Block 1


3:00 p.m.

Curated Feature Documentary – Raising Bertie


7:00 p.m.

Short Films Block 2


9:30 p.m.

Friday Party at Bond Brothers Beer Company




SAT – 6/16/18

10:00 a.m.

Screenplay Master Class – Shawn Schepps


11:00 a.m.

Short Films Block 3


2:00 p.m.

Screenplay table read for screenplay competition award winner


4:00 p.m.

Short Films Block 4


7:00 p.m.

Marquee Film – Steel Magnolias followed by panel of N.C. filmmakers.


9:30 p.m.

Marquee Party at The Mayton Inn




SUN – 6/17/18

2:00 p.m.

Best of BEYOND: – Short Films Block 5

Screenplay Master Class Featuring Shawn Schepps

Shawn Schepps is our distinguished Master Class instructor for this year’s inaugural BEYOND: The Film Festival. Her class will take place on Saturday, June 16 at 10 a.m. Shawn grew up in Los Angeles and her acting career in television and film includes The Brady Bunch, The Terminator, Racing With The Moon, Family Ties, Golden Girls, and in the hit series Weeds.

Shawn penned her first play, The Steven Weed Show, which was presented at the world’s largest arts festival, Edinburgh Festival Fringe. She has written other plays that include Conspicuous Consumption and the musical Mary Had A Little Cult for London’s The Hidden Theater Company. 

Shawn has written the feature films, Encino Man, Son-In-Law, Lip Service and Drumline, among others. She’s had considerable success as a writer for television’s Drop Dead Diva, and as a writer/producer on Weeds and Rude Awakening.

Over the course of her career, Shawn has written pilots for HBO, Showtime, Lifetime, FOX, ABC, Sony, Warner Brothers, and The Disney Channel and Disney Studios. Her latest pilot in development is Deep Blue and A Thin Line for Warner Horizon.

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