FILM & ARTISAN: STYLE Introduces A New Concept to the First Friday Event Line-Up

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Downtown Raleigh is alive every First Friday as thousands of art-seeking enthusiasts partake in a free self-guided tour of downtown’s cutting edge cultural hot spots, including art galleries, art studios, alternative art venues, and museums.

Carolina STYLE Magazine joins the fun, and launched the first of their FILM & ARTISAN First Friday Event Series on Friday June 7th, at Zinda  New Asian in downtown Raleigh. A First Friday concept unique to the Triangle, STYLE partners with Rob Underhill Production to highlight the best cinematic works from filmmakers across the Carolinas, in conjunction with the Raleigh Art Festival whose local artist’s, photographer’s and craftsmen’s themed works will coincide with each month’s featured film.

FILM& ARTISAN series producers from left: Director Rob Underhill, STYLE’s Executive Editor Amanda Manares, Artist Christopher Terrell

The aroma of 5-Spice popcorn filled the air as the guests arrived in the Zinda Mezzanine, whose dynamic event space houses a spectacular HD 120″ projected screen, over 80 seats and an incredible sound system.  The event consisted of three screenings at 6:15pm, 7:15pm, and 8:15pm which were all at capacity.  Set with theater style seating, the layout was coupled with dining tables for those wishing to indulge in Zinda’s flavor exploration spanning the Pan-Asia’s, adding to the intimacy and boutique experience of the film screening.

The smell of fresh 5-Spice Popcorn welcomed the guests for the film screening. | Photography: Amanda Manares

The Mezzanine offers theatre style seating, while those wishing to relax and enjoy the film are welcomed at the many tables reserved for more formal diners. | Photography: Amanda Manares

June’s featured filmmakers, THE AGENT is brought to you by the multi award-winning team based in Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina: Director / Producer ROB UNDERHILL and Cinematographer / Producer ARAVIND RAGUPATHI. The half hour TV pilot, titled THE AGENT for the television series in development called “Fever Dreams”, is in the vein of Tales from the Crypt or Creep Show.  The lead cast was in attendance including DON SILL as “Don Reynolds”, JEFF BRIGGS as “The Bum”, DORA VALERIA as “Milly”, AL JULIAN as “Saul” and STEWART NELSEN, sound editor of such powerful contemporary films as Pulp Fiction and Ronin, joined the filmmakers in a Q&A after each screening.

Q&A followed each screening with the Cast and Crew of THE AGENT | Photography: Amanda Manares

Cast and Crew of THE AGENT from left: Don Sill, Rob Underhill, Aravind Ragupathi, Jeff Briggs,  Stewart Nelsen, Al Julian, and Dora Valeria| Photography: Amanda Manares

The two-part event consisted of an art exhibition where local artists participated in a pop-up gallery, keeping in theme with June’s featured film.  First time exhibitor, Photographer Hannah Chapman showcased her series of dark, brooding self portraits as part of the exhibit, and Raleigh Art Festival founder, Artist Christopher Terrell featured a painting specific to the film and inspired by the lead character “Don Reynolds”.  Artist Jamaul Phillip Smith displayed various works, and conducted a live painting during the event.

Artist Christopher Terrell with THE AGENT lead actor, Don Sill


Photographer Hannah Chapman exhibit

Artist Jamaul Phillip Smith exhibit




The RALEIGH ART FESTIVAL is a non-profit organization who is dedicated to the discovery and development of independent artists and audiences. Through its programs, the Institute seeks to discover, support, and inspire independent artists, both international and domestic, by offering them opportunities to showcase their craft to new audiences.


THE AGENT is brought to you by the Telly and Emmy award-winning team based in Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina: Director / Producer ROB UNDERHILL and Cinematographer / Producer ARAVIND RAGUPATHI, makers of the films DAR HE: The Lynching of Emmett Till (8 Best Film Awards) and Wolf Call (12 Best Film Awards); Editor STEWART NELSEN, sound editor of such powerful contemporary films as Pulp Fiction and Ronin; Original score composer JIM CREW, renown for scoring top industry trailers including Twilight: Eclipse, Inglourious Basterds, Pulp Fiction, and the original score composer for the popular TV comedy series, The Family Guy.

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