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Posted Thursday, January 14, 2010
Pittsboro, NC - ChathamArts’ Sustainable Cinema Series gets the new year off with humor and heart via a special Jan. 29 screening of the documentary ‘Looking for Ms. Locklear.’ Whacky Lillington, N.C. based filmmakers Rhett McLaughlin & Link Neal have won wide acclaim and massive audiences for their web videos, music and comedy. They will be on hand for a lively post-film discussion.
The show begins at 7 p.m. in the Fearrington Village Barn on U.S. 15-501 in Chatham county midway between Pittsboro and Chapel Hill. Special Event Admission: $10 at the door or online at: chathamarts.org. 919-542-0394.
Rhett and Link have been friends since meeting in Ms. Locklear’s first-grade classroom in Buies Creek, N.C. During the summer of 2006 they decided to search for their beloved teacher relying solely on face-to-face contacts. No Internet, no telephone. ‘Looking for Ms. Locklear’ chronicles their journey, which led the lifelong buddies far from home and opened their eyes to Lumbee Indian culture in Pembroke, N.C.
‘Locklear’ won the 2008 Southern Lens Award from South Carolina Public Television and the Audience Award of the Secret City & Ace Film Festivals.
McLaughlin and Neal have developed a cult international following through their collection of more than 200 Rhett & Link web videos. Their music videos, local commercials, and sketches have been seen over 25 million times, and have been featured on CNN, BBC, Fox News, NPR and TV Guide.
The two also have written close to 100 comedy songs and have independently released four albums. Their classics include: “The Facebook Song,” “The Unicorn Rap,” and “The American Idol Theme Song.” Their “Fast Food Folk Song” video for Taco Bell was among the Top 20 music videos
watched on You Tube.
The Sustainable Cinema Series features monthly screenings of documentaries, narratives and independent films involving producers, directors, subjects and/or locations in North Carolina. Proceeds benefit arts and education programs sponsored by ChathamArts, the county’s nonprofit arts council.
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