SECCA to Present Mad Max Film Festival Entitled Fury Fest
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (January 14, 2019)— On February 7 and 28 and March 7 and 21, the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA) will present Fury Fest, a film festival presenting all four of the critically acclaimed (and sometimes ridiculed) cult-classic Mad Max films. The films will be shown at SECCA, which is located at 750 Marguerite Drive in Winston-Salem.
Tickets are $7.50 per person, per film and can be purchased in advance at secca.org or at the door. The screenings will include a cash bar (free for SECCA members) featuring Mad Max themed cocktails and local beer along with snacks, including Chad’s Carolina Corn. Every screening will open with Mad Max trivia and a quick look at well-known and obscure references to each film that are scattered throughout pop culture.
Highly stylized and overly theatrical, the Mad Max films revolutionized how we imagine the future and have made an improbable and lasting mark on pop culture. While the films’ most enduring legacy is the punk-styled, post-apocalypse world populated by marauders in bondage gear and football pads, the visceral and operatic storytelling of series creator George Miller and the titular character, Mad Max, have been copied, parodied, and referenced in everything from Stranger Things and Disney’s Moana to the Fallout video game series and The Lord of the Rings.
Film Schedule + Descriptions
Mad Max (1979)
February 7, 7 p.m.
“The last law in a world gone out of control. Pray he’s out there somewhere.”
In a self-destructed world, a vengeful Australian policeman sets out to stop a violent motorcycle gang. Stars Mel Gibson in his breakthrough role.
The Road Warrior (Mad Max 2) (1981)
February 28, 7 p.m.
“In the future, cities will become deserts, roads will become battlefields and the hope of mankind will appear as a stranger.”
In the post-apocalyptic Australian wasteland, a cynical drifter agrees to help a small, gasoline rich community escape a horde of bandits. Mel Gibson returns as the titular character.
Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome (1985)
March 7, 7 p.m.
“Two men enter. One man leaves.”
After being exiled from the most advanced town in post-apocalyptic Australia, a drifter travels with a group of abandoned children to rebel against the town’s queen. Mel Gibson is joined by Tina Turner.
Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)
March 21, 7 p.m.
“The future belongs to the mad.”
In a post-apocalyptic wasteland, a woman rebels against a tyrannical ruler in search for her homeland with the aid of a group of female prisoners, a psychotic worshipper, and a drifter named Max. Starring Charlize Theron and Tom Hardy.
The Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art in Winston-Salem, N.C. The Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA) is a creative leader of the arts in the Southeast, a museum boldly giving artists of the region a platform for visibility while connecting local communities with the international world of contemporary art. Located at 750 Marguerite Drive, the museum is open Tuesday through Sunday. For hours, please visit secca.org. SECCA is an affiliate of the North Carolina Museum of Art, a division of the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources. SECCA receives operational funding from The Arts Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County. Additional funding is provided by the James G. Hanes Memorial Fund.
About the North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources
The N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources (NCDNCR) is the state agency with a vision to be the leader in using the state’s natural and cultural resources to build the social, cultural, educational and economic future of North Carolina. Led by Secretary Susi H. Hamilton, NCDNCR’s mission is to improve the quality of life in our state by creating opportunities to experience excellence in the arts, history, libraries and nature in North Carolina by stimulating learning, inspiring creativity, preserving the state’s history, conserving the state’s natural heritage, encouraging recreation and cultural tourism, and promoting economic development. NCDNCR includes 27 historic sites, seven history museums, two art museums, two science museums, three aquariums and Jennette’s Pier, 39 state parks and recreation areas, the N.C. Zoo, the nation’s first state-supported Symphony Orchestra, the State Library, the State Archives, the N.C. Arts Council, State Preservation Office and the Office of State Archaeology, along with the Division of Land and Water Stewardship. For more information, please call (919) 807-7300 or visit ncdcr.gov.