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Brainstorm: Making Sense of Sandhills Cinematic Tragedy
October 14 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
A Free Film Lecture with Kevin Lewis
Forty years ago, Governor Jim Hunt envisioned a film industry in North Carolina. By October 1981, Hollywood’s MGM Studios arrived in the Sandhills to film portions of Brainstorm, starring Natalie Wood, Christopher Walken, Cliff Robertson, and Louise Fletcher.
After scenes were shot at Research Triangle Park and Kitty Hawk, shooting moved to the Pinehurst Hotel and Sandy Lane Farm in Southern Pines. By the end of the next month, the film’s female star would be dead in a California yachting incident before completing the movie. The Los Angeles Police Department ruled it death by drowning with undetermined circumstances. The Wood story still fascinates the public today. Join Kevin Lewis, SCC adjunct faculty member and film historian, as he delivers an illustrated lecture, incorporating scenes shot in North Carolina and exploring locals who had parts in the production.
Admission is free, but request a ticket online or at the BPAC Ticket Office in the Boyd Library to ensure that SCC maintains audience social distancing.