Siren of the Round Timber Tract

A film by Brady Beck and Ray Owen with guest speaker Janisse Ray

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Chris Dunn, Southern Pines, NC, (910) 692-2787, E-mail:


Event title: Siren of the Round Timber Tract A film by Brady Beck and Ray Owen

Date: Saturday, April 22, 2017, 5:30-6:30 pm - doors open at 5:00 pm (seating is limited)

Location: Sunrise Theater, 250 NW Broad St, Southern Pines, NC 28387

Presented by: Arts Council of Moore County and Sunrise Theater

Tickets: Admission FREE


Siren of the Round Timber Tract is a title of a new dramatic work by Sandhills filmmakers Brady Beck and Ray Owen. The movie, starring Abigail Dowd, tells the story of the Round Timber tract, the most ancient part of Weymouth Woods Preserve in Southern Pines. The saving of this forest in early 1900s effectively launched the conservation throughout the Southeast.

There are places on earth where the land calls and this is one of them - the woodlands surrounding Southern Pines and Pinehurst are among the most biologically diverse places on earth and among the most threatened.

Siren features singers Rod Brower, Mamie Gooch, Nicole Stroman and Together-N-Unity Choir, with a film score by Jason Duff. Brady Beck is an award-winning conservationist whose film and photography has captivated audiences in the United States and abroad. Ray Owen is a writer whose projects include the words for composer David Ludwig’s Songs from the Bleeding Pines and the forward for the upcoming book Jugtown Pottery 1917-2017: A Century of Art & Craft in Clay.

The film will be proceeded by guest speaker Janisse Ray, a distinguished writer, activist and naturalist who has authored six books including “Ecology of a Cracker Childhood,” a memoir about growing up on a junkyard in the ruined longleaf pine ecosystem of the Southeast. She was a 2015 inductee into the Georgia Writers Hall of Fame and holds an MFA from the University of Montana and two honorary doctorates. She is visiting professor at numerous universities, most recently the University of Montana as the William Kittredge Distinguished Visiting Writer.

The event is co-sponsored by the Arts Council of Moore County and the Sunrise Theater. Admission is free. For more information visit or contact the Arts Council of Moore County at (910) 692-2787, E-mail: