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Our curated collection of films showcases North Carolina’s diverse, beautiful and inspiring destinations and celebrates those who love to explore them. Experience their stories yourself, vote for your favorite film below, then come back tomorrow and vote again. The film with the most votes will be crowned the winner and receive $30,000. Voting is open until Sept. 30. For more details, see Official Rules.

‘In the Rearview’

Director

Meagan Massa

As two siblings look back on a road trip with their father 20 years ago, they discover their memories have faded. But the feelings they share when returning to these mountains remain the same.

  • 3600 votes
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‘Seagrove’

Director

Josh Sliffe

For the visually impaired, art has its limitations – but pottery is a special art form where the sense of touch makes all the difference in the world.

  • 1140 votes
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‘Waverider’

Director

Bryan Harvey

Growing up, Bryan Harvey’s greatest joy was surfing on the Outer Banks. Today, he knows there’s only one thing that’s better: teaching his daughter that same passion.

  • 685 votes
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‘Center City!’

Director

Trey Edwards

For Trey Edwards, one weekend enjoying craft beer, local food and art in Charlotte left such a memorable first impression he ended up moving there.

  • 488 votes
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‘Making Waves’

Director

Pilar Timpane

Areli Barrera and Leon Grodski Barrera arrived in Durham and turned a bicycle cart into three thriving cafes and an award-winning microroaster. At the heart of it all? Community.

  • 757 votes
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‘Ain’t No Mountain High Enough’

Director

Eternal Polk

Eternal Polk has watched so many of his daughter’s firsts take place in North Carolina, but a hiking trip to Stone Mountain is one he will never forget.

  • 483 votes
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‘A Homecoming’

Director

Rick Bryson

In Rick Bryson’s childhood home, an old photograph of the last living elk in NC shaped his future – a future that included helping reintroduce elk to Cataloochee Valley.

  • 2288 votes
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‘Jacob’s First Mandolin’

Director

Taylor Sharp

A friendly wager on a family fishing trip to Emerald Isle years ago resulted in one boy’s dream come true. That boy, all grown up, turned his dream come true into a career.

  • 9826 votes
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‘The Road to North Carolina’

Director

Luke Gloeckner

After a time of uncertainty in his life, Luke Gloeckner was looking for a new place to call home. Thanks to a cross-country road trip, he found a new playground in NC with its inspiring people, places and possibilities.

  • 326 votes
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‘Next Generation’

Director

Jonathan Applebaum

A childhood vacation to the NC coast always stood out to Jonathan Applebaum as magical. Today, Jonathan returns with his family and watches a new generation fall in love with the same coast that shaped him years ago.

  • 3360 votes
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‘So Far’

Director

Bryan Rierson

1,175 miles make up the Mountains-to-Sea Trail in North Carolina. And in 2018, Jeff and Debra Rezeli found more than just stunning scenery on the life-altering trek.

  • 2149 votes
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‘Queen of Pisgah’

Director

Curren Sheldon

In her first pro bike race in Pisgah National Forest, Kaysee Armstrong is humbled by the terrain. Four years later and fierce with determination, Kaysee returns for redemption.

  • 9788 votes
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