Modern Film Fest FREE monthly screening series schedule

The first Saturday of each month at 10 a.m. at the Gem Theatre in Kannapolis the Modern Film Fest crew in association with Kannapolis Arts host a FREE screening of independent films. All movies will be held at the Gem Theatre, 111 West 1st St., Kannapolis. Here is the upcoming schedule so far:

10 a.m. Saturday, Oct.  3 — “My Name is Paul” with Q&A with cast and crew for film that shot in Cabarrus County.

Paul Main

SYNOPSIS: Paul blinded by hate and intent on destruction is determined to find and kill Peter, the enemy of his Leader. However, a terrible accident and a miraculous discovery take him off course and on a road of self-discovery where he learns to live and love the Way.


GENRE: Faith-based sci-fi film.

And here is one review of the movie:

This movie gives the viewer a glimpse into an apocalyptic future that is dark and grim and yet offers a ray of light and hope.

This interesting movie uses the analogy of the Apostle Paul, and how that he was once Saul, a hater and persecutor of Christians.

His turnaround was fantastic when he met the Lord on the Road to Damascus and, though blinded, received his sight again when the Christian man named Ananias prayed for him.

In this movie, Paul is a persecutor of those who follow “The Way” (Christ) and he winds up blinded during an accident. When an underground Christian named Ananias prays for him, his sight is restored and his encounter with the Lord changes his heart completely.

Now he must find the leader of the underground movement, Peter, but the anti-God government plots to use Paul to lead them to Peter.

There is a lot of action in the movie and it features the idea of being committed to one’s beliefs no matter what. Although there is nothing explicitly graphic, there are several characters that are shot and killed and a little blood seen on the ground in one scene.

We are awarding this futuristic film our Family Approved Seal for ages twelve and over due to the several killings that take place. This movie will keep your attention with its suspense and apocalyptic plot.

10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 7 — “Beatles Stories


SYNOPSIS:  Songwriter Seth Swirsky grew up in the 1960s idolizing the Beatles – their songs, their sound and their style. In 2004, he set out, video camera in hand, to talk to people who had crossed paths with his heroes. From Sir Ben Kingsley to Sir George Martin, and Beach Boy Brian Wilson to astronomer Brian Skiff, Swirsky filmed hundreds of personal recollections from people who knew them well to those who just had an unforgettable encounter. Others who shared their recollections of the Fabs include: actors Henry Winkler (aka “The Fonz”) and Jon Voight; former Beatles recording engineers Norman “Hurricane” Smith, Ken Scott, and John Kurlander; musicians Smokey Robinson, Jackie DeShannon, Graham Nash, Davy Jones, Susanna Hoffs and Art Garfunkel, among dozens of others. Swirsky found stories in unexpected places, getting Beatles’ intimates to open up – neighbors, tour mates, business associates, and even former girlfriends – telling stories you’ve never heard before.


GENRE: Music documentary

10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 5 — “The Red Machine” with Q&A with cast and crew scheduled after the movie.

SYNOPSIS:  Washington, DC, 1935: At the height of the Great Depression, a charming and irrepressible young thief is forced to help an icy and mysterious United States Navy spy steal a brand new device that the Japanese military is using to encode its top-secret messages. During the mission, which is complicated by the spy’s dark past in Tokyo, the two discover that they are pawns in a larger game. Together, they devise an intricate but risky scheme to outwit the people trying to use them.


GENRE: Adventure, crime drama

10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 2 — “A Big Love Story


SYNOPSIS: From a script bought off Craigslist for $500 and with a total budget of only $50,000, first-time director Ryan Sage sculpts a truly unique award winning romantic comedy.

Sam is a former college football star whose chance to play in the NFL ends with a blown out knee. Seven years later, he finds himself alone, working a minimum wage job and weighing a depressing 413lbs.

Enter Cassie, a personal trainer who not only helps Sam lose weight, but find love. Steering clear of the standard transformation formulas, Sam finds acceptance – and love – in unexpected places.

Hollywood Reporter hails the, “whittily naturalistic dialog and terrific performance from the ensemble,” while Critirioncast simply calls it, “an absolute revelation.”


GENRE: Romantic comedy


Saturday, Feb. 6 — “Sita Sings the Blues”

SYNOPSIS: The movie is about Sita, the Hindu Goddess from the epic “The Ramayana”, who accompanies Lord Rama on a 14 year exile in forest. Sita is abducted by Ravana, the ruler of Lanka. This movie tells the story of Rama and Sita, along-with a biographical account of the director’s relationship with her husband.


GENRE:  Animation, Comedy, Fantasy


10 a.m. Saturday, March 5 —  “Lloyd the Conqueror”


SYNOPSIS: Three male college students, must do battle against Derek the Unholy, a dark wizard who is determined to hold onto his title as champion of the Larpers.

SUGGESTED RATING: Rated R for sexual references and language

GENRE:  Comedy

April 2 — “Tearing Down the Tent” with Q&A director Michael Knox


SYNOPSIS: This documentary grants viewers a backstage pass to one of the largest traveling tent circuses in the world, the Cole Bros. Circus, based in DeLand, Florida. The film presents the circus through the eyes of Jamie Reel as he visits the circus for the first time with director, Michael Knox, who grew up traveling with the circus. During the filming, Knox reflects on his days with the Cole Bros. Circus, as Reel gets to experience circus life first hand. Through Reel’s adventures we see a behind the scenes look at the circus life, with Reel standing in the Moto-Globe of Death with a motorcycle racing around his head, working as a clown, riding an elephant and working with the camels. Through this journey we try to explore the real story behind one of America’s most beloved past times.


GENRE: Family circus documentary


10 a.m., Saturday, May 7:  “Mars

SYNOPSIS: The discovery of life on Mars places a robotic expedition and a manned mission in a race to the Red Planet. On the way we discover that love – biological, spiritual, and even mechanical – can flourish in all kinds of ways.

GENRE: Animation, Comedy, Sci-fi



10 a.m. Saturday, June 4: Short Film Competition


This will include a round up of selected short films submitted to Modern Film Fest with cast and crew from several short films in attendance at the festival for Q&A sessions. Stay tuned for more details as we are reviewing the films submitted and will release the titles picked on April 2, 2016.