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First Joedance Pop-Up Festival

Joedance | May 9, 2017

The inaugural Joedance Pop-Up Festival was success. The audience enjoyed the unique Album + Visual directed by Will Davis with The Cowards Choir. Filmmaker Joshua Yates screened a collection of his music videos.

Thank you UNCC and the Film club for hosting the event!

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Spectrum News Interview (insert video)

Joedance | April 21, 2017

Diane was interviewed by Rob Boisvert on Spectrum News earlier this week. She had a chance to tell the story of Joedance from it’s humble beginnings to where they are now with over $120,000 donated to pediatric cancer research.

Do you know how many attended the very first Joedance Film Festival in 2010?

Watch the interview for that and more Joedance trivia! Spectrum News interview with Diane Restaino Feeling inspired? Don’t forget to Submit Your Film!

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News & Brews Spring 2017 Highlight Video Joedance

Joedance | April 10, 2017

The April 2017 News & Brews at Legion Brewing was a great success, thanks in no small measure to Scott Galloway of Susie Films. Thank you, Scott, for sharing your time and expertise, and for being such a loyal supporter of Joedance.

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PettiPalooza: The Ultimate In Giving Back

Meet Kendra and Jason! They are getting married in April and have a special request. Instead of signing up for standard gift registries, they have graciously decided to raise money for Joedance Film Festival.


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Welcome Metta Edwards!

Joedance | March 15, 2017



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Metta Edwards is a senior at Johnson & Wales University, majoring in Sports Entertainment & Event Management with a concentration in Entertainment Management. She was born and raised in Maryland and moved to Charlotte in 2013 when she got accepted to JWU.

Metta is also a photographer and has an up and coming business. She is passionate about taking pictures, planning events, and writing. She will be graduating in May and will pursue her dream as an event planner and growing her business.

Welcome to the Joedance Family, Metta!

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2017 Joedance Festival Season Kickoff

Joedance | March 8, 2017

Charlotte Center City Partners graciously hosted the Joedance Family last week as we celebrated the kick off of the 2017 Festival Season. It was a lovely evening brimming with the excitement of the opening of film submissions. (Please submit your film for consideration online from now until June 1st!)

Delicious hors d’oeuvres and beverages from Local Loaf, Zia Pia, Bonsai Fusion, Sea Level, and beverages from Assorted Table Wine Shoppe and Foothills Brewing were enjoyed by all as they mingled to the elegant tones of Alan Black’s cello.

This is just the beginning! We have lots to look forward to in the coming months: film selections, pop-up events (stay tuned!), and of course the 8th Annual Joedance Film Festival, August 4th and 5th. It is going to be a great year. We look forward to seeing you all at the festival!

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Welcome Amanda Drake!

Joedance | February 23, 2017



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We’d like to introduce the newest member of the team, Amanda Drake: “I am originally from California but have spent most of my life in Charlotte. I am about to graduate from UNC Charlotte with a Bachelors in Sociology and will enter Graduate school in the fall to earn my Masters. It has been a lifelong goal to work with a nonprofit and give back to a community that I love.

I am thrilled to work with Joedance because it is such a tight-knit group that helps change the lives of children and their families. I adore film and look forward to seeing all of the great work that Charlotte filmmakers have to offer!

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Keeping My Promise

Joedance | February 20, 2017

Thanks to the help and support of the Joedance community, we have been able to help fund a clinical trial for Osteosarcoma, created the paid Joedance Internship Program, and donated over $120,000 to Levine Children’s Hospital to date, all while supporting local Charlotte filmmakers.

I made a promise to Joe that I would raise money in Charlotte. I had no idea what that would look like. I think if he was here today, and saw everything that we’ve done, he’d be very proud of it. It’s very special to make a promise, and then seven years later realize that promise in memory of Joe.

A special thanks to Eric Bridenstine and the Charlotte Checkers for the fantastic work on this video.

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Joedance Film Festival: Powered by Premier Property Solutions at Keller Williams

Joedance | January 13, 2017



We are very pleased to announce a new partnership with Premier Property Solutions at Keller Williams. Every time the team closes a new home, they will make a donation to Joedance. Follow along on your favorite social media network at the hashtag #KeysForACure. Premier Property Solutions serve Buyers, Sellers & Investors in the greater Charlotte area, including South Carolina. We are excited for this opportunity and are looking forward to the partnership.

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2017 Joedance Presenting Sponsor Announced

Joedance | January 9, 2017



As our very first sponsor in 2013, Archer Daniels Midland Company (ADM) wanted to connect to something positive in the neighborhood. Located in historic Fourth Ward, ADM has been manufacturing flour at this location for over 100 years. We know first hand why Fortune magazine named them the world’s most-admired food-production company three consecutive years: 2009, 2010 and 2011. Join us in celebrating the 5th anniversary of ADM as the Presenting Sponsor at the 8th Annual Joedance Film Festival, August 4-5, 2017.