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Photo of movie cover for 'Black Beach/White Beach'
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One of the longest running African American film festivals in the country gets underway this weekend in Durham.

Photo of 'Black Beach/White Beach' logo.
Southern Documentary Fund

Each Memorial Day weekend hundreds of thousands of African-American motorcyclists gather at Myrtle Beach for what is affectionately called “Black Bike Week.” The event brings in more than $40 million to the greater Myrtle Beach area.


The American South has a long history of compelling, lyrical, and diverse storytelling. But many of the nationally-known portrayals of the region—like “Duck Dynasty,” “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo,” or “Swamp People”—still rely heavily on stereotypes.

A new scavenger hunt will make sleuths and stars of Durhamites this Saturday. In this first-of-its-kind fundraiser in Durham, teams will solve riddles, and then head scatter across town to videotape short scenes from movies. For example, here's a clue:

"Durham’s most famous romance unfolded at an 1880s James Manning-designed house. Shoot a short scene inspired by this iconic silver-screen couple on the porch."

Here's how that clue might play out in the contest:

The film The Case Against 8 gets a standing ovation at Sundance
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The Case Against 8 premiered Saturday at the Sundance Film Festival in Utah.

The film is directed by Ben Cotner and Ryan White, and was supported by the Southern Documentary Fund. The film received an emotional response from the audience, with a standing ovation that lasted through the credits, SDF and other media outlets report.