Hair apparent: Local doc screens at Geeksboro Nov. 7

by Mark Burger

Local Honey will present a special screening of the documentary short Hair Do Project on Thursday, Nov. 7 at the Geeksboro Coffeehouse Cinema, 1234 Lawndale Ave., Greensboro.

The film, made entirely in Greensboro, is a tribute of sorts to the art of haircutting and the power of storytelling to bring people together. The film is comprised of still photographs, on-camera interviews and filmed vignettes to document haircuts throughout the area.

The entire film was created, filmed, edited and scored by residents from the Greensboro area. It’s an exploration and a celebration of the diverse personalities that populate our region.

Following the screening, there will be an informal Q&A session with Hair Do Project creator and director Shaina Machlus. This event will “provide an opportunity for our stratified community to come together through art as we explore the role of hair in our personal and communal identities,” she explained in an official statement. “Everyone has a hair story; good or bad, happy or sad, these are experiences to which we can all relate.”

Doors open at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $5, with proceeds going to benefit the Interactive Resource Center in Greensboro, which offers assistance and support to those who are homeless or are facing homelessness in the community. This year marks the IRC’s fourth anniversary.

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Joseph Blankinship, a senior studying cinematography at the UNCSA School of Filmmaking in Winston-Salem, won third place in the 2013 National Student Operator competition held by the Society of Camera Operators.

Blankinship, who hails from High Point, was cited for his work on the UNCSA student film Title Fight, which premiered at the school in May, and has received a student membership in the Society of Camera Operators.

“This award was a wonderful surprise that seemed to validate everything I’ve worked for at UNCSA,” Blankinship said in an official statement. “It was kind of like a few of my greatest camera-operator idols saying I can really do this!” Cinematography faculty member Thomas Ackerman (whose more than 35 feature credits include such hits as Back to School, Beetlejuice, National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation and Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy) also expressed his pride in Blankinship’s recognition. “It places both Joseph and the UNCSA Film School in a very positive light,” he said.

Title Fight, which was written and directed by Ian Michael Gullet and produced by Bernice Miller, follows a veteran fighter who inherits his late boxing coach’s old gym and soon finds himself in another fight — to retain ownership.

Blankinship is currently working as the camera operator for the student film Starlight and as director of photography for So Long Charlie, another UNCSA student film. He is also student body president, a voting member of the UNCSA Board of Trustees, and a member of the Chancellor Search Committee.

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