- Pittsboro, Spring 2006
- Bladenboro, Spring 2008
- Smithfield, Spring 2010
- Star, Spring 2012
- Scotland Neck, Spring 2013
- Liberty, Spring 2014
- Robbins, Spring 2015
- Roseboro, Spring 2016
- Siler City, Spring 2017
- Mt. Gilead, Spring 2018
TPC will be presenting Anytown, USA: A documentary short film series profiling small towns in North Carolina, a series of programs created by Randolph Benson and produced by Critical Focus Pictures in collaboration with the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University.
The next programs are airing Saturday, July 13, at 6 and 6:30 pm, and on Thursday, July 18, at 8 and 8:30 pm.
Anytown USA is an annual filmmaking production and editing course, created and taught by Randolph Benson. Each year one small town (population less than 5,000) is featured, and student filmmakers each tell a story of their choice within the town. Together the short films form a nuanced, intimate portrait of local communities as they struggle to survive.
What is Anytown USA? View a promotional video.
Mt. Gilead, NC was the featured town in 2018
Randolph Benson’s work has garnered numerous awards, most notably an Academy Award for Best Student Documentary at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Academy Awards. Benson received an Eastman Kodak Excellence in Filmmaking Award at the Cannes Film Festival and a First Appearance Award at the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam. He has been an instructor of film and video at the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University for over a decade, and he serves on Award Juries at the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival (Durham, NC, USA), the Boone (NC) Film Festival and the Let’s All Be Free Film Festival (London, UK). Benson also serves on the executive board of the Center for Deep Policy Research.
The Center for Documentary Studies (CDS) is dedicated to documentary expression and its role in creating a more just society. A nonprofit affiliate of Duke University, CDS teaches, produces, and presents the documentary arts across a full range of media—photography, audio, film, writing, experimental and new media—for students and audiences of all ages.
Critical Focus Pictures uses the power of documentary film to tell the unique and personal stories of people and organizations. Critical Focus Pictures was founded by award-winning producer Randolph Benson, who is also director, cinematographer, and editor. The Critical Focus Pictures team includes producers John Schoenfelt and Rachel Baer.