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The late writer Horton Foote visited Durham during the downturn in the economy and noticed all the empty warehouses around town. He was writing a screenplay based in the North Carolina city, and those warehouses gave him a story.

The Murphy Library is showing Main Street, a quiet film about restarting the economy of a southern town this Thursday at 6 p.m.  The film is rated PG and running time is 92 minutes.

The fear of what the future brings is most evident during a recession. In this film it grows from a company looking for a place to store its hazardous waste. The upside is that this is a chance to hear actor Colin Firth, who plays the company man, with a Texas accent! Ellen Burstyn, Patricia Clarkson, Orland Bloom and Amber Tamblyn also star.


The Murphy Public Library is hosting a special book and movie event this Thursday, September 19,  with Atlanta writer Milam McGraw Propst.  At 4 p.m. she will discuss and sign her book, “Writer, Writer,” — the story of her writing life and for anyone wanting to learn how a writer finds material.

Atlanta author Milam McGraw Propst and former Friends of Murphy Library's president, Nora King.

Atlanta author Milam McGraw Propst and former Friends of Murphy Library’s president, Nora King.

Later at 6 p.m.,we have a great movie for children, parents and grandparents.   Milam will introduce and the library will screen the family film “The Adventures of Ociee Nash,” based on Propst’s award-winning first novel “A Flower Blooms on Charlotte Street.”  We will have free popcorn and candy for our filmgoers and a reception will follow the screening. 

The movie begins in1898 when young Ociee’s widowed father sends her by train from their Mississippi farm to live with her Aunt Mamie, in Asheville, North Carolina, so that she might learn the ways of a lady.  It is not easy for Ociee to leave her beloved farm, but the world offers new adventures including meeting famous people, such as Orville and Wilbur Wright, and even a U.S president.

Besides the story taking place in Asheville, the film has other local connections.  It was made at Agnes Scott College in Atlanta, and in Chattanooga on the Tennessee Valley Railroad.  Atlanta actors include Tom Key, and Atlanta-born Ty Pennington in his first movie role. Running time is 87 minutes and the film is rated G.   Call 837-2417

Three characters in the next library movie will stay with you long after the credits roll.  Solo is a smiling taxicab driver from Senegal.  Alex, the young daughter of Solo’s Mexican-American wife is intelligent and inquisitive, and he loves her as his own. William, a white Southerner, has no urge to smile or be inquisitive.

The library is showing Goodbye, Solo,  a story of friendship and caring, of hope and despair, Thursday at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. by North Carolina born filmmaker Ramin Bahrani, a past Guggenheim Fellow.  The film was made in Winston-Salem and Blowing Rock, North Carolina.  Running time is 91 minutes and the film rated R.

Solo is driving his cab one night when he picks up William to carry him back to his motel.  William has another request.  In two weeks he wants a ride to the mountaintop at Blowing Rock. He’s willing to pay $1,000.  He does not mention a return trip.  Call 837-2417 for details.