Private Project

The Last Barn Dance

Randy Lewis knows that losing his dairy business would mean losing his livelihood – his farm is limping along through an economy that has decimated most other family farms in Alamance County – but Randy is most worried about losing his way of life and ending a family heritage that has hosted nearly 50 years worth of barn dances. The farm is fragile, the band is old, the barn is beaten, and Randy, with no kids of his own and little faith the younger generation will pick up the pieces, is trying to save the dance.

  • Jason Arthurs
    Without a Fight (2012)
  • Ted Richardson
  • Jason Arthurs
  • Ted Richardson
  • Jon Kasbe
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Short
  • Runtime:
    32 minutes 5 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    March 14, 2015
  • Production Budget:
    50,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
  • Shooting Format:
  • Film Color:
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • HollyShorts Film Festival
    Hollywood, CA
    August 20, 2015
    Best Documentary
  • American Documentary Film Festival
    Palm Springs, CA
    March 28, 2015
    World Premiere
    Honorable Mention Short Film
  • Cleveland International Film Festival
    Cleveland, OH
    March 25, 2015
    Sneak Peak
  • Kansas City International Film Festival
    Kansas City, MO
    April 19, 2015
    Best Short Film
  • Athens Film Festival
    Athens, OH
    April 5, 2015
    2nd Place Short Film
  • North Carolina Premiere
    Saxapahaw, NC
    May 31, 2015
    NC Premiere
    Sold Out (450)
  • DokuFest Kosovo
    August 8, 2015
    European Premiere
    Special Invitation
  • Milwaukee International Film Festival
    Milwaukee, WS
    October 2, 2015
    Wisconsin Premiere
  • Camden International Film Festival
    Camden, ME
    September 18, 2015
    Maine Premiere
  • Carrboro Film Festival
    Carrboro, NC
    November 21, 2015
    Best Documentary
  • Big Sky Documentary Film Festival
    Missoula, MT
    February 19, 2016
  • Film2Farm Aid
    Chicago, IL
    September 16, 2015
    Special Invitation
  • Skyline Indie Film Festival
    Winchester, VA
    September 13, 2015
  • International Bluegrass Association Film Festival
    Raleigh, NC
    October 3, 2015
  • Newport Beach Film Festival
    Newport Beach
    United States
    April 26, 2016
    Jury Award Best Documentary Short
  • Longleaf Film Festival
    United States
    May 14, 2016
    Best Short Film and Judges' Choice
  • Real to Real Film Festival
    United States
    July 29, 2016
    Best Documentary and Best of North Carolina
  • Southern Cinema Film Series
    United States
    November 20, 2016
  • INPUT Conference
    May 9, 2016
    Canada Premiere
    Special Invitation
  • 100 Words Film Festival
    United States
    November 4, 2016
Distribution Information
  • Film Buff
    Country: United States
    Rights: Internet, Video on Demand, Pay Per View
Director Biography - Jason Arthurs, Ted Richardson

Co-directors Ted Richardson and Jason Arthurs have logged 25 years of combined experience documenting the daily life of North Carolinians through documentary photography and most recently, documentary film. Arthurs’ first full-length documentary film, Without a Fight, premiered in 2012 at the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival and Richardson began early production on his debut film, The Last Barn Dance, in 2011. The two collaborated on a television documentary series in 2013 produced by Jennifer Lopez called Los Jets that documented the lives of immigrant youth in Siler City, NC.

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