"There is no excellent beauty, that hath not some strangeness in the proportion." –Francis Bacon

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2015 festival recap:
The sixth annual Strange Beauty Film Festival was held October 22-24, 2015 at Shadowbox Studio in Durham, North Carolina. Over 45 short films & audio pieces were screened, as well as our first feature film, “Speculation Nation” by Sabine Gruffat and Bill Brown.

See photos and video preview below; go to the lineup page for more details.


More 2015 highlights…

Audio Under the Stars presents: Haunted Obsessions, Fixations, and Otherworldly Encounters
Thurs 10/22 8 pm
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Jenny Morgan curates a special listening block in time for Halloween guaranteed to push your aural sensitivities to the extreme. No need to look at the screen for this one; the pictures will be in your mind.

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Photo by Eric Waters

Live music from The Wigg Report
Fri 10/23 7 pm
Come early, drink a beverage, and hang out with Durham’s most Durhamest band, The Wigg Report. They’ll probably bike in!

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Feature documentary “Speculation Nation” by Sabine Gruffat and Bill Brown
Sat 10/24 8 pm
Watch the
Catch the NC premiere of the award-winning doc from triangle filmmakers Sabine Gruffat and Bill Brown. In this impressionistic, idiosyncratic film, Gruffat and Brown travel across Spain to explore the consequences of the housing crisis that began with the 2007 global financial crisis. What they find are Spanish citizens, inspired by the politics of The 15M Movement and Occupy Wall Street, who are mobilizing, collectivizing, and fighting for the right for a decent place to live. Along the way, the filmmakers visit young mothers and their families squatting in failed condo developments; intentional communities of mountain cave dwellers; protest campsites that have sprung up in front of bank branches; and empty apartment buildings transformed into experiments in utopian living. The film examines the ideologies that separate housing from home, and real estate speculation from speculations about a better way to live.