Ode To Joy – courtesy RiverRun

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (MARCH 12, 2019) – The RiverRun International Film Festival today announced the full lineup of films for the 21st anniversary Festival, running April 4 – April 14, 2019. This year RiverRun will screen 172 films, including 71 features and 101 shorts from 47 countries. “Our 2019 RiverRun International Film Festival features a diverse collection of over 170 films from nearly four dozen countries across the globe,” said RiverRun Executive Director Rob Davis. “Each of these films is reflective of our mission to engage our audiences in an exploration of new and divergent cultures and perspectives through the art of film.”

“RiverRun believes in not only preserving the cinematic experience by bringing unique, independent films that would rarely be seen on the big screen to Winston-Salem, but even more, in highlighting diverse viewpoints to open lines of communication throughout our community. With over 1,500 films submitted this year, Senior Coordinator, Christopher Holmes, and I worked tirelessly to curate our Festival with films from a wealth of under-represented countries, individuals and stories you won’t see anywhere else,” said RiverRun Program Manager, Mary Dossinger. “We believe in pushing boundaries, highlighting new cinematic forms and providing a platform for filmmakers to connect directly with their audiences and have important conversations about our world and the human experience.”

RiverRun will kick off Opening Night with two films on Thursday, April 4, both presented by PNC Bank. The first film is ODE TO JOY, where Charlie (played by Martin Freeman) suffers from a narcolepsy-inducing affliction, especially if a situation is a joyful one.  He develops a range of tricks to deny himself pleasure, but all of that is put to the test when he falls in love.  Morena Baccarin and UNCSA alum Jake Lacy also star in this endearing comedy based on a radio story from “This American Life.”

The second opening night film is THIS CHANGES EVERYTHING, giving an inside look at the topic of gender disparity in Hollywood, featuring accounts from well-known actors, executives and artists in the Industry including Sandra Oh, Natalie Portman, Cate Blanchett and many more.

The Festival will close on April 14 with BATHTUBS OVER BROADWAY, presented by the Steven Tanger Center for the Performing Arts.  Late Night comedy writer Steve Young has stumbled upon some vintage records that opened the door to a hilarious, hidden world of entertainment.  Bizarre cast recordings – marked “internal use only” – revealed full-throated, Broadway-style musical shows about some of the most recognizable corporations in America.  David Letterman, Chita Rivera and Martin Short offer insights, among others. 

In between, the Festival will feature a wide variety of features, documentaries, shorts and animation in competition programs, as well as many films in non-competition sections.

Included in the non-competition lineup this year is a six-film Spotlight: United Artists Centennial.  Founded in 1919 by four of the most popular Hollywood figures of their time – Charlie Chaplin, Douglas Fairbanks, Mary Pickford, and D.W. Griffith, their goal was to retain more creative control with their film projects.  Films highlighted will include LITTLE ANNIE ROONEY, MARTY, ODDS AGAINST TOMORROW, DR. NO, IN THE HEAT OF THE NIGHT and RAGING BULL.

 

 

2019 OFFICIAL SELECTIONS

 

BE NATURAL: THE UNTOLD STORY OF ALICE GUY-BLACHÉ

Director: Pamela B. Green

USA / 2018 / 103 MIN. / ENGLISH / DOCUMENTARY

 

Pamela B. Green’s energetic film about pioneering female filmmaker Alice Guy-Blaché is both a tribute and a detective story, tracing the circumstances by which this extraordinary artist faded from memory and the path toward her reclamation.

 

FANCHON, THE CRICKET

Director: James Kirkwood

USA / 1915 / 115 MIN. / ENGLISH / NARRATIVE

 

In this companion piece to our Spotlight: United Artists Centennial, Fanchon (Mary Pickford) lives in a forest with her eccentric grandmother who is suspected of being a witch. One day she rescues a boy from drowning and they fall in love, but Fanchon won’t agree to marry him unless his father asks her. A year later the boy falls ill and only the presence of the enchanting Fanchon will restore his health. This very special restored film features a new commissioned score by Julian Ducatenzeiler and Andy Gladbach and is a folk and rock-tinged piece, largely guitar based, a far cry from the typical silent film score. 

 

The panel guests for Modernizing the Silents are Elaina Fredrichsen of the Mary Pickford Foundation, Chris Heckman of the UNCSA Film Scoring Program, and Julian Ducatenzeiler, a Lolipop Records recording artist and front man for the rock band Mystic Braves.

 

FREAKS

Directors: Adam Stein & Zach Lipovsky

USA / 2018 / 104 MIN. / ENGLISH / NARRATIVE

 

In this surreal thriller layered with dark humor, 7-year-old Chloe grows up in an abandoned house, dreaming of the world outside and what it might be like to have a mother. Chloe’s disturbed father (Emile Hirsch) warns that if she ever goes outside, the “bad guys” will get them both. When threatened by strange intruders, Chloe escapes and teams up with the mysterious Mr. Snowcone (Bruce Dern) on a journey of family, freedom, and revenge.

 

MAN’S FAVORITE SPORT?

Director: Howard Hawks

USA / 1964 / 120 MIN. / ENGLISH / NARRATIVE

 

Roger Willoughby (Rock Hudson) is the author of a best-selling fishing guide and considered an expert in the field; however, he actually is not a fisherman at all!  This could be problematic when his employer enters him into a fishing competition organized by a sporting lodge press agent (Paula Prentiss).

Special introduction by 2019 RiverRun Master of Cinema Honoree Paula Prentiss.

 

MILES DAVIS: BIRTH OF THE COOL

Director: Stanley Nelson

USA / 2019 / 115 MIN. / ENGLISH / DOCUMENTARY

 

The central theme of Miles Davis’ life was his restless determination to break boundaries and live life on his own terms. Stanley Nelson’s latest film uses archival photos, home movies shot by Miles and his colleagues, his manuscripts and original paintings, to explore the man behind the music and why he continues to be a relevant voice in today’s world.

 

NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN – WITH LIVE ORIGINAL SCORE BY 1970s FILM STOCK

Directors: Ethan Coen & Joel Coen

USA / 2007 / 122 MIN. / ENGLISH / NARRATIVE

 

We are excited to unveil a live, original score to the modern day classic No Country For Old Men, composed and performed by 1970s Film Stock (Eddie Garcia) with only a guitar and a small army of effects pedals. When a Vietnam veteran discovers $2 million in the aftermath of a drug deal gone awry, he absconds with the cash and sets off a violent chain reaction in this philosophical Texas tale from the Coen brothers.

 

OLYMPIA

Director: Harry Mavromichalis

USA/CYPRUS/GREECE/CANADA / 2018 / 101 MIN. / ENGLISH / DOCUMENTARY

 

Olympia Dukakis has always defied expectations, eluding the limits of her heritage and gender to challenge standards and shatter precedent. Moving between past and present, Olympia lovingly captures the actress as she travels back to Greece, shares self-deprecating stories and reflects on her extraordinary career.

 

THE SOUND OF SILENCE

Director: Michael Tyburski

USA / 2019 / 85 MIN. / ENGLISH / NARRATIVE

 

A successful “house tuner” in New York City, who calibrates the sound in people’s homes in order to adjust their moods, meets an insomniac client with a problem he can’t solve. Peter Sarsgaard and Rashida Jones star in this offbeat, high-concept comedy, a standout at this year’s Sundance Film Festival.

 

THE SUNSHINE BOYS

Director: Herbert Ross

USA / 1975 / 111 MIN. / ENGLISH / NARRATIVE

 

Al Lewis (George Burns) and Willy Clark (Walter Matthau) are two legendary comedians who reluctantly agree to reunite for a television special in Neil Simon’s comedy.  However, they really can’t stand each other which causes mayhem for Willy’s nephew (Richard Benjamin), a talent agent trying to make the comeback successful.

Preceded by an on-stage program and Master of Cinema Award presentations to Paula Prentiss and Richard Benjamin.

 

TEEN SPIRIT

Director: Max Minghella

UK/USA / 2018 / 92 MIN. / ENGLISH / NARRATIVE

 

Violet (Elle Fanning) is a shy teenager who dreams of escaping her small town and pursuing her passion to sing. With the help of an unlikely mentor, she enters a local singing competition that will test her integrity, talent and ambition. Driven by a pop-fueled soundtrack, Teen Spirit is a visceral and stylish spin on the Cinderella story.

 

TO THE STARS

Director: Martha Stephens

USA / 2019 / 109 MIN. / ENGLISH / NARRATIVE

 

Under small town scrutiny, a withdrawn farmer’s daughter forges an intimate friendship with a worldly but reckless new girl in 1960s Oklahoma. UNCSA School of Filmmaking alum Martha Stephens (Land Ho!, Pilgrim Song) returns to RiverRun with her quietly moving new feature, which recently premiered at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival.

 

 

RE: VISION INDEPENDENT FEATURE COMPETITION

 

Representing some of the very best independent films of the year, the eight films in this section are eligible for jury prizes and the Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP Audience Award.

 

ALICE

Director: Josephine Mackerras

AUSTRALIA/FRANCE / 2019 / 103 MIN. / FRENCH

 

Alice, a perfect wife and mother in modern-day France, has her life turned upside down when she discovers her husband is living a secret life. She is left abandoned with a child and is ruined financially. Her fight back leads her into a world of discovery, not only about her husband but also about herself.

 

COLD NOVEMBER

Director: Ismet Sijarina

KOSOVO/ALBANIA/REPUBLIC OF MACEDONIA / 2018 / 93 MIN. / ALBANIAN

 

Set in Kosovo during the early 1990s, Cold November trains its lens on Fadil, an archivist forced to make difficult choices for his family as the reality of Civil War looms ever larger in their daily life. With pressure coming from all sides, he must choose his allegiances carefully or risk losing everything in a political powder keg we’ve come to understand all too well in hindsight.

 

THE DANCING DOGS OF DOMBROVA

Director: Zack Bernbaum

CANADA / 2018 / 102 MIN. / ENGLISH & POLISH

 

On a cold winter night, estranged siblings Sarah and Aaron arrive in Poland with a singular mission: to fulfill their dying grandmother’s wish to bring home the bones of her childhood dog. They must face the challenges of an unfamiliar country and their own past turmoil to solve the mystery and give their grandmother what she most desires before it’s too late.

 

DATSCHE

Director: Lara Hewitt

UK/GERMANY / 2018 / 93 MIN. / ENGLISH/GERMAN/SPANISH

 

Valentine is a young New York actor whose grandfather had a datsche, or summer garden house, just outside of Berlin. Valentine decides to spend a summer there, not knowing anything about gardening or local custom. Upon arriving, he encounters an unexpected houseguest and a nosy neighbor, both of whom bring unexpected drama and unexpected joy to his summer abroad.

 

LIFE IS FARE

Director: Sephora Woldu

USA / 2018 / 61 MIN. / ENGLISH

 

Life is Fare is a formally daring and musically rapturous collage film exploring three perspectives of the Eritrean diaspora. We are introduced to Haile, a homesick cab driver who recently moved to San Francisco, along with a series of other Eritrean immigrants struggling to reconcile their newly forged American personas against the identities each left behind in their homeland.

 

PALACE

Director: Andrew Paul Davis

USA / 2018 / 94 MIN. / ENGLISH

 

The family-fractured lives of a stubborn auto-mechanic, a retired widower, and a repressed college student meaningfully intertwine at Palace, a watering hole in the rural Indiana town of Upland. At the bar, both the distinct divide and the common ground between the locals and the more transient residents of the college in town come into clear focus.

 

PIG FILM

Sponsored by Duke Alumni Association

Director: Josh Gibson

USA / 2018 / 60 MIN. / ENGLISH

 

In an empty world, a solitary female mechanically follows the protocols of a factory hog farm. Her labors are sporadically punctuated by musical rhapsodies as she moves toward the impending end. In this operatic vision of the near future by Durham-based filmmaker Joshua Gibson, is it the end of the world, a program malfunction, or the beginning of a film?

 

A SCIENTIST’S GUIDE TO LIVING AND DYING

Directors: Nitzan Mager & Shachar Langler

USA / 2018 / 75 MIN. / ENGLISH

 

A real pregnancy is explored over nine months in this hybrid of fiction and reality, co-directed by and starring UNCSA School of Drama alum Nitzan Mager. A scientist in the midst of groundbreaking research is thrown into free-fall when she becomes pregnant with her late husband’s child and is suddenly confronted by the unknowable–absorbed into a realm of mystical female consciousness both terrifying and transcendent.

 

 

DOCUMENTARY FEATURE COMPETITION

 

RiverRun helps audiences see the world through the eyes of others by showcasing some of the year’s best real-life stories.  The eight films in the Documentary Competition are eligible for jury prizes and the RiverRun Audience Award.

 

 

AFTERWARD

Director: Ofra Bloch

USA / 2018 / 95 MIN. / ENGLISH/GERMAN/ARABIC/HEBREW

 

Jerusalem-born trauma expert Ofra Bloch forces herself to confront her demons in a journey that takes her to Germany, Israel and Palestine. Set against the current wave of fascism and anti-Semitism sweeping the globe, Afterward delves into the secret wounds carried by victims as well as victimizers, through testimonies ranging from the horrifying to the hopeful.

 

ALWAYS IN SEASON

Director: Jacqueline Olive

USA / 2019 / 89 MIN. / ENGLISH

 

When 17-year-old Lennon Lacy is found hanging from a swing set in rural North Carolina in 2014, his mother’s search for justice and reconciliation begins while the trauma of more than a century of lynching African Americans bleeds into the present.

 

AMERICAN FACTORY

Directors: Steven Bognar & Julia Reichert

USA / 2019 / 115 MIN. / ENGLISH & CHINESE

 

In post-industrial Ohio, a Chinese billionaire opens a new factory in the husk of an abandoned General Motors plant, hiring two thousand blue-collar Americans. Early days of hope and optimism give way to setbacks as high-tech China clashes with working-class America.

 

BUDDY

Director: Heddy Honigmann

Netherlands / 2018 / 86 MIN. / DUTCH

 

This poignant film explores the close bond between guide dogs and their humans. Dealing with many different issues, the owners include an 86-year-old blind woman, a young veteran suffering from PTSD, and an autistic boy who explains how his loyal friend can tell when he’s upset. The question is, is it love, loyalty or simply a working relationship?

 

FOR SAMA

Directors: Waad Al-Khateab & Edward Watts

UK/SYRIA / 2019 / 93 MIN. / ARABIC

 

Shot with incredible handheld intimacy this difficult film highlights a young woman’s struggles with love, war and motherhood over the span of five years in Syria. Capturing everything around her, Waad illustrates the difficulty of trying to stay in the land they love for her newborn daughter. *Warning: Difficult images of violence, war and death*

 

THE INTERPRETERS

Sponsored by Oriental Treasures

Directors: Andres Caballero & Sofian Khan

USA / 2018 / 76 MIN. / ENGLISH/ARABIC/DARI

 

Local interpreters were key to the US war effort, but now many face danger in their countries because of their affiliation. This is the story of how they are rebuilding their lives, told through a chain-smoking Iraqi codenamed “Phillip Morris,” an Afghan called Malik who is still working as an active interpreter at the US base in Kabul, and Mujtaba who fled with his family as refugees to Turkey.

 

KIFARU

Sponsored by North Carolina Zoo

Director: David Hambridge

USA/KENYA / 2019 / 80 MIN. / SWAHILI & ENGLISH

 

Kifaru follows the lives of two young, Kenyan recruits that join Ol Pejeta Conservancy’s rhino caretaker unit–a small group of rangers that care for and protect Sudan, the last male northern white rhino. Spanning the caretakers first four years on the job, this observational film allows viewers to experience the joys and pitfalls of conservation firsthand and view extinction in real-time.

 

THE RAFT

Director: Marcus Lindeen

SWEDEN/DENMARK/GERMANY/USA / 2018 / 102 MIN. / ENGLISH/FRENCH/GERMAN/JAPANESE/SWEDISH/SPANISH

 

In 1973, five men and six women drifted across the Atlantic on a raft as part of a scientific experiment studying the sociology of violence, aggression and sexual attraction in human behavior. Through extraordinary archival material and a reunion of the surviving members on a full-scale replica of the raft, this film tells the hidden story behind what has been described as “one of the strangest group experiments of all time.”

 

 

GLOBAL CURRENTS

 

Film can take audiences to places they have never been before and teach them about the wide world outside our doors.  These films are from all over the globe and show wide-ranging stories you might never see anywhere else.

 

CELESTE

Director: Ben Hackworth

AUSTRALIA / 2018 / 106 MIN. / ENGLISH / NARRATIVE

 

Celeste was Australia’s most beloved opera singer, yet she threw it all away to follow the man she loved to a crumbling property deep in the rainforests of far north Queensland. Now, ten years after his tragic death, Celeste is ready to make one final return to the stage. But when she asks her estranged stepson Jack for an impossible favour, the secrets that drove them apart will explode back into rhapsodic life.

 

LAILA AT THE BRIDGE

Directors: Elizabeth Mirzaei & Gulistan Mirzaei

AFGHANISTAN/CANADA / 2018 / 96 MIN. / PASHTO/DARI/PERSIAN/ENGLISH / DOCUMENTARY

 

In this deeply personal film about a global addiction epidemic, we follow a woman trying to keep her dreams alive in the face of much opposition. In a country offering almost no treatment services despite a crisis of addiction, Laila Haidari took the highly unusual decision to found her own pioneering addiction treatment center and a restaurant where all of the waiters are recovering heroin addicts.

 

THE LOAD

Director: Ognjen Glavonic

SERBIA/FRANCE/IRAN/CROATIA/QATAR / 2018 / 98 MIN. / SERBIAN / NARRATIVE

 

Premiering to rapturous reviews in this year’s Director’s Fortnight at Cannes and with shades of Clouzot’s classic The Wages of Fear, Ognjen Glavonić’s debut feature The Load is a taut suspense thriller. Set during the NATO bombing of Serbia in 1999, the story follows Vlada, a truck driver, who is hired to undertake a treacherous journey across a war-torn country to deliver a mysterious cargo.

 

MAYBE A LOVE STORY

Director: Rodrigo Bernardo

USA/BRAZIL / 2018 / 100 MIN. / PORTUGESE & ENGLISH / NARRATIVE

 

Virgílio lives a controlled and organized routine until one day he arrives home and listens to a disturbing message on his answering machine. It’s Clara, breaking up with him. The problem is not the break-up message but the fact he doesn’t have a clue who Clara is. His friends start to call to cheer him up. Everybody knew about his happy relationship except for him. Now Virgilio has only one choice: to find this mysterious woman.

 

MIDNIGHT TRAVELER

Director: Hassan Fazili

USA/QATAR/UK/CANADA / 2018 / 87 MIN. / AFGHAN PERSIAN / DOCUMENTARY

 

In 2015, Hassan Fazili’s documentary aired on Afghan television and soon after he found out there was a price on his head.  Fearing for his family’s safety they flee. Documenting the entire process on their cell phones, Fazili has created an incredible portrait of the lengths people will go to save their family.

 

ONE LAST DEAL

Director: Klaus Härö

FINLAND / 2018 / 95 MIN. / FINNISH & SWEDISH / NARRATIVE

 

Olavi, an elderly art dealer disconnected from his family, is about to retire when an old painting by an unidentified artist catches his attention at an auction. Suspecting it is worth much more than its price, he sees the chance to make one last deal before closing up shop. To fulfill his dream, Olavi enlists the help of his estranged grandson in this charming new film from RiverRun alum Klaus Härö (Letters to Father Jacob).

 

SOFIA

Director: Meryem Benm’Barek

FRANCE/MOROCCO/BELGIUM/QATAR / 2018 / 80 MIN. / FRENCH/ARABIC / NARRATIVE

 

Sofia, 20, lives with her parents in Casablanca. Suffering from pregnancy denial, she finds herself breaking the law by giving birth to a baby out of wedlock. The hospital gives her 24 hours to provide them with the identification of the father before informing the authorities, sending Sofia on a gripping emotional journey against the backdrop of modern-day Morocco, where pre-marital sex is a criminal offense.

 

TOO LATE TO DIE YOUNG

Director: Dominga Sotomayor

CHILE/BRAZIL/ARGENTINA/NETHERLANDS/QATAR / 2018 / 110 MIN. / SPANISH / NARRATIVE

 

During the summer of 1990 in Chile, a small group of families lives in an isolated community right below the Andes, building a new world away from urban excesses following the recent end of the dictatorship. In this time of change and reckoning, teenagers Sofía and Lucas, along with 10-year-old Clara, struggle with parents, first loves, and fears, as they prepare for a big New Year’s Eve party. They may live far from the dangers of the city, but not from those of mother nature.

 

 

FOCUS

 

RiverRun’s Focus sidebar offers an eclectic mix of films from emerging talents, RiverRun alums and veteran filmmakers alike.  The films in this section are all eligible for the RiverRun Audience Award.

 

BEI BEI

Directors: Marion Lipschutz & Rose Rosenblatt

USA / 2018 / 77 MIN. / ENGLISH/CHINESE / DOCUMENTARY

 

This high-stakes legal drama focuses on Bei Bei Shuai, a depressed, pregnant Chinese immigrant who is put on trial for the murder of her unborn child after attempting suicide. The case captivates the nation as it sets a disturbing legal precedent for women who terminate their pregnancies whether intentionally or not, shining a light on the ongoing encroachment of women’s rights and the confluence of religious belief and medical practice.

 

CAMPESINO

Director: Mia Tate

USA/CUBA / 2018 / 90 MIN. / SPANISH & ENGLISH / DOCUMENTARY

 

An amateur photographer who works as a skycap at Salt Lake City Airport documents the disappearing way of life of Cuba’s Campesino farmers, forging friendships and capturing dignity and sacrifice through his surprisingly intimate pictures.

 

CARE TO LAUGH

Director: Julie Getz

USA / 2018 / 77 MIN. / ENGLISH/SPANISH / DOCUMENTARY

 

From his humble beginnings at the Comedy Store, Jesus Trejo is relentless in his pursuit of stand-up stardom. driving hours for a three-minute open mic stint while meeting the heavy demands of caring for his aging parents. Undeterred, Trejo funnels his experiences into disarmingly funny material for his stand-up routine. With tenderness and humor, this film sheds light on the increasingly common reality many adults face as their parents grow older.

 

CLAIRE DARLING

Director: Julie Bertuccelli

FRANCE / 2018 / 94 MIN. / FRENCH / NARRATIVE

Claire Darling (Catherine Deneuve), currently suffering from dementia, believes the first day of summer will be the last day she lives and decides to sell all her belongings.  Her estranged daughter, Marie (Chiara Mastroianni), returns home to try and stop the sale.  The reunion is difficult and through flashbacks from both mother and daughter, we learn the story of Claire’s tragic and flamboyant life.

 

FEAST OF THE EPIPHANY

Directors: Michael Koresky, Jeff Reichert & Farihah Zaman

USA / 2018 / 80 MIN. / ENGLISH / HYBRID

 

Two halves form a harmonious whole in this ingenious documentary-narrative hybrid film. In part one, Abby, a 20-something Brooklynite, prepares to throw an intimate dinner party, a meticulously planned evening that takes an unexpected turn when the guest of honor shows up and raw emotions rise to the surface. Then suddenly, we are whisked away to an altogether different reality–one that both deepens and challenges our understanding of what came before.

 

FINE LINES

Director: Dina Khreino

AUSTRIA/FRANCE/HONG KONG/ITALY/NEPAL/NORWAY/SPAIN/UK/USA / 2018 / 97 MIN. / ENGLISH / DOCUMENTARY

 

For nearly three years, director Dina Khreino interviewed world-class mountain climbing athletes, listening to what compels them to leave behind families, friends, and everyday comforts to risk everything for a fleeting glimpse into the unknown. What she found was a tribe, a diverse group of professional adventurers and amateur philosophers forged by the ultimate test of body, mind, and spirit.

 

FLOAT

Director: Phil Kibbe

USA / 2019 / 75 MIN. / ENGLISH/JAPANESE/ROMANIAN / DOCUMENTARY

 

Float follows a struggling newcomer seeking glory in the world of competitive model aviation. Introverted pilots are passionately devoted to this elite, century-old sport, fighting to keep it alive. Ethereal airships hang weightlessly in cavernous halls above the pilot’s heads, holding their hopes and dreams on gossamer wings.

 

HARVEST SEASON

Sponsored by Hispanic League

Director: Bernardo Ruiz

USA / 2018 / 80 MIN. / ENGLISH/SPANISH / DOCUMENTARY

 

Far-reaching and compassionate in its scope, Harvest Season probes the lives of the temporary laborers, permanent residents, and multigenerational Latinos connected to the production of premium wines in the Napa and Sonoma regions of Northern California–in the midst of one of the most dramatic grape harvests in recent memory.

 

LIVE THE STREAM: THE STORY OF JOE HUMPHREYS

Sponsored by Tiffany Jones and Martin Sledge in memory of Harry Sledge

Directors: Lucas Bell & Meigan Bell

USA / 2018 / 92 MIN. / ENGLISH / DOCUMENTARY

 

At 86 years old, Pennsylvania fisherman and educator Joe Humphreys continues to pass on the sport of fly fishing to anyone who wants to learn. Live the Stream follows Joe’s busy schedule for one year both on and off the stream: at his home, in his teachings, and on his never-ending quest for fish.

 

LUPE

Directors: Charles Vuolo & Andre Phillips

USA/Dominican Republic / 2019 / 77 MIN. / ENGLISH & SPANISH / NARRATIVE

 

Lupe follows a Cuban immigrant struggling with their transgender identity while searching for their missing sister in New York City’s underground sex industry. The unexpected appearance of a childhood confidant helps with Lupe’s search, and a newfound friend provides much-needed emotional support in helping Lupe find their footing as a trans person.

 

OLYMPIA

Director: Gregory Dixon

USA / 2018 / 94 MIN. / ENGLISH / NARRATIVE

 

McKenzie Chinn stars as a struggling artist navigating work and romance in the Windy City. When her boyfriend asks her to drop everything and move cross-country, she soon discovers that her biggest obstacle may be herself. Featuring quirky animation and a revelatory central performance, Olympia is a heartfelt story for anyone who’s ever felt adrift on the rough seas of adulthood.

 

THE RIVER AND THE WALL

Director: Ben Masters

USA/MEXICO / 2019 / 99 MIN. / ENGLISH/SPANISH / DOCUMENTARY

 

The River and the Wall follows five friends on an immersive adventure as they set out to document the borderlands and explore the potential impacts of a wall on the natural environment. As the wilderness gives way to the more populated and heavily trafficked Lower Rio Grande Valley, they come face-to-face with the human side of the immigration debate and enter uncharted emotional waters.

 

STARFISH

Director: A.T. White

USA / 2018 / 101 MIN. / ENGLISH / NARRATIVE

 

With reality rapidly fraying at the edges, Aubrey finds herself following a string of clues left by her friend–in the form of an elaborate series of mixtapes. The clues promise to unlock the secrets of The Signal and could end up either saving the world or condemning it in this fantastical, musical journey into the unknown.

 

A TEXAS MYTH

Directors: Joseph Cashiola & David Fenster

USA / 2019 / 79 MIN. / ENGLISH & SPANISH / DOCUMENTARY

 

The Glover family invites an indigenous activist group to start a protest camp on their land in West Texas. They call the camp Two Rivers and fight the same company that built the pipeline at Standing Rock. As several industrial projects threaten the region, their struggle reveals much about the colonial legacy of Texas, and how what happens in Texas has reverberations around the world.

 

TRIGGER

Directors: Alexandra Sedlak & Warren Smythe

USA / 2019 / 86 MIN. / ENGLISH / NARRATIVE

 

In this gripping chamber piece set in a secluded mountaintop home, a young single mother who was recently widowed sees her crippling anxiety triggered when she suspects that a curious electronics repairman has plans to kill her and her son.

 

VANILLA

Director: Will Dennis

USA / 2019 / 89 MIN. / ENGLISH / NARRATIVE

 

A freewheeling comedian determined to save her family business invites an uptight app developer on a road trip to sell a van with a complicated history. Romance ignites on their three day trip south, but is tested as they discover each other’s secrets. When the van sale deteriorates, they must decide if their very new connection is worth more than a very old van.

 

WELL GROOMED

Director: Rebecca Stern

USA / 2019 / 85 MIN. / ENGLISH / DOCUMENTARY

 

Competitive creative dog grooming is the most colorful competition in America and this film captures the hearts, minds and imaginations of the artists involved. Follow four champion groomers and their gorgeous, vibrant dogs through a year in the life on the technicolor competition circuit.

 

WHILE I BREATHE, I HOPE

Director: Emily Harrold

USA / 2018 / 71 MIN. / ENGLISH / DOCUMENTARY

 

While I Breathe, I Hope is a feature documentary film that explores what it means to be young, Black, and Democrat in the American South through the experiences of South Carolina politician Bakari Sellers.

 

WHO KILLED LT. VAN DORN

Director: Zachary Stauffer

USA / 2018 / 80 MIN. / ENGLISH / DOCUMENTARY

 

The widow of a Navy helicopter pilot killed in a 2014 training exercise spurs an investigation that uncovers a long history of institutional failings that led to her husband’s death. This poignant picture of a family’s tragedy is also a revelatory inquiry into the murky inner workings of the American defense establishment.

 

SPOTLIGHT: UNITED ARTISTS CENTENNIAL

RiverRun’s annual Spotlight section provides the rare opportunity to experience classic cinema curated around a central theme, be it a particular person, country, company or genre.  This year we are presenting a retrospective highlighting the centennial of United Artists, founded in 1919 by four of the most popular Hollywood figures of their time – Charlie Chaplin, Douglas Fairbanks, Mary Pickford, and D.W. Griffith.  Their goal in creating their own company was to retain more creative control of their film projects.  United Artists would become home at various times to such noted independent producers as The Mirisch Company, Samuel Goldwyn, Walt Disney, Alexander Korda, Hecht-Hill-Lancaster, Otto Preminger, and many others.   Over the decades, it would establish its reputation as a distributor of some of Hollywood’s finest motion pictures and prove its resilience in adapting to a changing industry.

LITTLE ANNIE ROONEY

Director: William Beaudine

USA / 1925 / 94 MIN. / ENGLISH

 

The tenements are home to an international community, including the friends and family of a tough young ragamuffin named Annie Rooney (Mary Pickford), but their neighborhood may be threatened by a dangerous street gang.  Created from the original tinted nitrate print in Mary Pickford’s personal collection at the Library of Congress, Little Annie Rooney was preserved photochemically by the Academy Film Archive. A new 35mm preservation master was then scanned at 4K high definition so that the Mary Pickford Foundation, in cooperation with AMPAS, could create a digital version to perfectly match the original nitrate tints and tones.  At the time of its release, Photoplay magazine said, “This is the Mary Pickford who will always be loved and welcomed. This is Mary at her best and her truest.”  The film was shot over ten weeks entirely on a set at the Pickford Fairbanks Studio created by art director John D. Schulze and co-stars William Haines.

 

Special guest: Elaina Friedrichsen, Director, Archive and Legacy, Mary Pickford Foundation; Head of Production, Mary Pickford Company

 

Screening Time:

APRIL 6 / 1:00PM / UNCSA – MAIN THEATRE

 

MARTY

Director: Delbert Mann

USA / 1955 / 90 MIN. / ENGLISH

 

Stuck as the last of six children at home with an overbearing Italian mother, 34-year-old socially awkward Bronx butcher, Marty (Ernest Borgnine), faces middle age with no prospects of marriage and permanent bachelorhood. Goaded by his mother into going to the Stardust Ballroom one Saturday night, Marty unexpectedly meets Clara, a lonely teacher, and suddenly Marty’s future seems bright.  Marty was originally a live television production. Burt Lancaster’s producing partner, Harold Hecht, saw the telecast and decided it would make an engaging motion picture.  Writer Paddy Chayefsky and director Delbert Mann were brought to the film to repeat their behind-the-scenes roles from the television play. This small, independent film resonated with audiences and critics alike and won four Oscars® including Best Picture as well as wins for Chayefsky, Mann and Borgnine.  Marty remains one of only two American films to win both Best Picture and the Golden Palm at the Cannes Film Festival.

Special guest: Fred Mann, son of director Delbert Mann

 

Screening Time:

APRIL 7 / 4:00PM / UNCSA – GOLD THEATRE

 

ODDS AGAINST TOMORROW

Sponsored by Susan Von Cannon & Franklyn Millman

Director: Robert Wise

USA / 1959 / 96 MIN. / ENGLISH

 

Dave Burke (Ed Begley), an ex-police officer, is looking to hire two men to assist him in a bank raid; Earle Slater (Robert Ryan), a white ex-convict, and Johnny Ingram (Harry Belafonte), a black gambler. Both are reluctant, but they eventually accept. However, Slater loathes and despises blacks, and the tensions in the gang rapidly mount in this taut film-noir thriller directed by Robert Wise, whose next film would be West Side Story.  Produced by Harry Belafonte’s production company, the film features a screenplay largely by Abe Polonsky, who did not receive credit as he was blacklisted at the time.  To achieve a specific “look” in certain scenes, Wise used infra-red film for the first time in his career.  As he noted, it “gives that wonderful quality – black skies with white clouds – and it changes the feeling and look of the scenes.”  The strong supporting cast includes Gloria Grahame and Shelley Winters.

35mm print courtesy of Park Circus

Special guests: David Belafonte, son of actor/producer Harry Belafonte, and film historian and RiverRun Advisory Board Member Foster Hirsch, author of Film Noir: The Dark Side of the Screen

 

Screening Time:

APRIL 6 / 7:00PM / UNCSA – BABCOCK THEATRE

 

DR. NO

Sponsored by Sir Winston Wine Loft and Restaurant

Director: Terence Young

USA / 1962 / 110 MIN. / ENGLISH & FRENCH

With Dr. No, United Artists launched what would become one of the longest continuing film franchises and one of the most profitable.  Based on the James Bond novels from British author Ian Fleming, the inaugural film introduced global audiences to 007, the debonair, sophisticated London-based Secret Service agent who travels the world to conquer villainous activity.  In Dr. No, Bond (Sean Connery) is on a mission to solve the mysterious murder of a fellow agent. The task sends him to Jamaica, where he joins forces with a loyal CIA agent, Felix Leiter (Jack Lord) and Leiter’s assistant. While dodging tarantulas, “fire breathing dragons,” and a trio of assassins, known as the three blind mice, Bond meets up with the beautiful Honey Ryder (Ursula Andress) and goes face to face with the evil Dr. No, a genius with devious intentions toward America’s space program!  The New York Times called Bond, “natty, naughty and nifty to the end.”

 

Special guest:  Lisa Funnell; Co-Director, Center for Social Justice; Assistant Professor, Women’s and Gender Studies; The University of Oklahoma; author of Geographies, Genders, and Geopolitics of James Bond and editor of For His Eyes Only: The Women of James Bond

 

Screening Time:

APRIL 12 / 7:00PM / UNCSA – MAIN THEATRE

 

IN THE HEAT OF THE NIGHT

Director: Norman Jewison

USA / 1967 / 100 MIN. / ENGLISH

 

Detective Virgil Tibbs (Sidney Poitier) is caught up in the racial tension of the South when he is arrested in Sparta, Mississippi, after the murder of a prominent businessman. Tibbs was simply waiting for his train; however, the confusion is soon resolved.  When local police chief Bill Gillespie (Rod Steiger) learns that Tibbs is the Philadelphia Police Department’s number one homicide expert, he reluctantly asks for his assistance. Tibbs’ life is clearly in danger but he perseveres in a highly charged and racially explosive environment until the killer is found.  The film was produced by The Mirisch Company, one of the most prolific and impressive production companies to ever be associated with United Artists.  In the Heat of the Night was a critical and commercial success and received five Academy Awards including Best Picture. This marked the third Mirisch film for United Artists to receive that award in seven years. 

 

Screening Time:

APRIL 13 / 4:30PM / UNCSA – MAIN THEATRE

RAGING BULL

Director: Martin Scorsese

USA / 1980 / 129 MIN. / ENGLISH

 

When Jake LaMotta (Robert DeNiro) steps into a boxing ring and obliterates his opponent, he’s a prizefighter, but when he treats his family and friends the same way, he’s a ticking time bomb. Though LaMotta wants his family’s love, something always seems to come between them; perhaps it’s his violent bouts of paranoia and jealousy. This kind of rage helped make him a champ, but in real life, caused him to end up in the ring alone.  Robert DeNiro read Jake LaMotta’s autobiography while making The Godfather, Part II and after several years, finally convinced Martin Scorsese to make the film. Upon its release in November of 1980, Vincent Canby of The New York Times said that Scorsese “has made his most ambitious film as well as his finest.” DeNiro received the Best Actor Oscar® for his portrayal and Thelma Schoonmaker received the first of her three Oscars® for Best Film Editing.

35mm print courtesy of University of North Carolina School of the Arts Moving Image Archives

Special guest:  Mike Medavoy, Chairman and CEO of Phoenix Pictures and former Senior Vice President of Production at United Artists

 

Screening Time:

APRIL 14 / 12:30PM / UNCSA – MAIN THEATRE

 

NC STORIES

 

This section features films that focus on the filmmakers and stories in our great state and highlight the tremendous talent in North Carolina.

 

CLOSE TO HOME: NC SHORTS 3 PROGRAM

Runtime: 89 MIN.

 

In this documentary shorts program we learn more about the people and organizations making a tremendous difference in our local community.  In Blind Adventure Camp we discover a camp for the seeing impaired run by the local organization Industries for the Blind.  Calm Before…the Rising Storm tells us about a group of high school kids who recorded an album for fun, only to have it rediscovered decades later.  And, it just happens to star not one but three prominent North Carolinians, one even from right here in Winston-Salem.  And, lastly, Extraordinary People, co-directed by UNCSA professor Laura Hart McKinny, follows six adults across the autism spectrum who, despite individual challenges, have found meaningful value and a deep sense of pride from their work at a business called Extraordinary Ventures.

 

F/11 AND BE THERE

Director: Jethro Waters

USA / 2018 / 80 MIN. / ENGLISH / DOCUMENTARY

 

Photographer Burk Uzzle’s singular vision and dedication led him from a small, homebuilt darkroom on his father’s porch in North Carolina into the company and guidance of the 20th Century’s most important photographers. Though his contributions over a 60-plus year career are innumerable, this film finds its center in his contemporary portraiture work in Eastern North Carolina.

 

GIMME A FAITH

Director: Hao Zhang

USA/CHINA / 2018 / 82 MIN. / ENGLISH/CHINESE / DOCUMENTARY

 

China’s booming economy has increasingly allowed more of its young students to seek higher education in the West. Sensing this opportunity, an evangelical church in North Carolina tries to convert these “parachute students” to Christianity.

 

A GREAT LAMP

Director: Saad Qureshi

USA / 2019 / 76 MIN. / ENGLISH / NARRATIVE

 

Set in a small riverside town in North Carolina, two sad vandals and an unemployed loner form an unlikely friendship as they await a fabled rocket launch. Directed by UNCSA alum Saad Qureshi and featuring several other alums in key roles, the experimental narrative recently had a successful premiere at the Slamdance Film Festival.

 

IN SATURN’S RINGS

Director: Stephen Van Vuuren

USA / 2019 / 38 MIN. / ENGLISH / DOCUMENTARY

 

In Saturn’s Rings is the first ever long form multiplane animation film in history. Made with over 7.5 million images from various explorations and narrated by LeVar Burton, the film takes you from the earliest images after the Big Bang to the final photographs Cassini took before plunging into Saturn’s clouds, moving audiences with amazing space images, some never before seen.

 

This screening will be followed by a panel discussion with the director and others involved in the making of this one-of-a-kind film.

 

THE RUSALKA

Director: Perry Blackshear

USA / 2018 / 79 MIN. / ENGLISH / NARRATIVE

 

A man searches the lake for the monster that murdered his husband, while that monster falls in love with an unsuspecting visitor. Based on an ancient Slavic legend, this new film from NC native and RiverRun alum Perry Blackshear (They Look Like People) is a story of myth, passion, and revenge.

 

THIS IS LOVE

Director: John Alexander

USA / 2018 / 83 MIN. / ENGLISH / DOCUMENTARY

 

You may not know Rudy Love’s name, but you will almost certainly know his voice. Mick Fleetwood, Sinbad, and George Clinton unveil an unsung hero of soul in this investigation of a singer who turned down fame to make music with his family. Just when it seems all his music is lost, it shows up on the other side of the world.

 

FILMS WITH CLASS

Sponsored by Wells Fargo

Films With Class is RiverRun’s most active year-round community outreach program. Its mission is to present films to area students as a vehicle through which to learn. With RiverRun’s strong and consistent reputation, Films With Class has access to a great variety of films and filmmakers and can offer exceptional film-related experiences. Moreover, as film is the medium through which 21st century students learn, these opportunities provide students with extraordinary resources in a meaningful and interesting way.

DON’T GET TROUBLE IN YOUR MIND: THE CAROLINA CHOCOLATE DROPS STORY

Sponsored by Hazel Mack

Director: John Whitehead

USA / 2018 / 83 MIN. / ENGLISH / DOCUMENTARY

 

Don’t Get Trouble In Your Mind: The Carolina Chocolate Drops Story documents the journey of three African Americans from the hip-hop generation who found a mentor in an 87-year-old fiddler, embraced and revived a nearly lost Black string band tradition, and took it to new heights, winning a Grammy in 2010.

 

MEMORY GAMES

Directors: Janet Tobias & Claus Wehlisch

USA/GERMANY/SWEDEN / 2018 / 70 MIN. / ENGLISH/GERMAN/SWEDISH / DOCUMENTARY

 

Memory Games offers a thrilling insight into the lives of four athletes from around the world as they compete for the title of World Memory Champion. Their unique approaches to memorizing and recalling mind-boggling amounts of information and their life stories form the basis for a visually stunning and thought-provoking documentary that looks at how memory permeates every aspect of our lives.

 

SHORTS PROGRAM

This collection of varied short films shows how many great films we get for young audiences.  Made up of six short films, this program takes audiences on a wonderfully fun trip around the world. This program is being screened for area elementary aged students during the Festival.

Runtime: 63 MIN.

 

ASTRONAUT STARBRIGHT

Director: Lana Taylor

USA / 12 MIN.

 

Taylor Richardson is a young girl of color who aspires to be an astronaut when she grows up. She advocates for girls of color interested in STEM by bringing as much black girl representation to them as possible.

 

GELATO – SEVEN SUMMERS OF LOVE

Director: Daniela Opp

USA / 12 MIN.

 

In the early 20th Century Italian mountaineers conquered Germany with a sensation: Gelato! But suddenly the Italians turned into war enemies. The love story between Rosa and Paolo ended before the seventh summer had even started, until little Molly decides to take matters into her own hands almost 80 years later.

 

MOTHER NATURE

Directors: Logan Barrick and Malory Pacheco

USA / 6 MIN.

 

Mother beaver, Agnes, sends her husband and son off to work for the day. A storm rolls in and when they don’t come home, Agnes gets worried. She scours the forest for her family only to find their footprints leading back home.

 

ROOFTOP KITERS

Director: Daniel Ribeiro de Castro Paiva

USA / 6 MIN.

 

This short documentary explores the beauty of flying kites in the Brazilian ghetto (Favelas), and how this simple activity has changed their hard lives for the better.

 

SHOOT THE DUCK

Director: Shannon Silva

USA / 8 MIN.

 

Twelve-year-old Mia has her sights set on winning the local skating rink’s “8th Annual Shoot the Duck Skate Contest.” With competition super fierce this year, she must rely on her friends for support, and keep her cool under pressure, or lose the race before it even begins.

 

THE TIME TREE

Director: Celine Cotran

USA / 19 MIN.

 

1596. Anne, a deaf girl, bullied by the maids and mistresses who look after her, finds solace when she comes across a magical tree: a portal to the present, where she meets Jo and Rachel, who help her overcome her disability in a way she could never have imagined.

 

 

RIVERRUN AT RED CINEMAS

 

Thanks to a partnership with RED Cinemas, an upscale movie theatre in Greensboro, RiverRun is further expanding its reach in the Triad!  We are screening eight films, from different sections of our program, in an effort to allow more people to experience what this Festival has to offer. 

 

THE LOAD

(Listed under Global Currents)

APRIL 8 / 5:30PM

 

FREAKS

(Listed under Special Presentations)

APRIL 8 / 8:00PM

 

ALICE

(Listed under Re: Vision Independent Features)

APRIL 9 / 5:30PM

 

ALWAYS IN SEASON

(Listed under Documentary Competition)

APRIL 9 / 8:00PM

 

WHO KILLED LT. VAN DORN

(Listed under Focus)

APRIL 10 / 5:30PM

 

MILES DAVIS: BIRTH OF THE COOL

(Listed under Special Presentations)

APRIL 10 / 8:00PM

 

DON’T GET TROUBLE IN YOUR MIND: THE CAROLINA CHOCOLATE DROPS’ STORY

(Listed under Films With Class)

APRIL 11 / 5:30PM

 

STARFISH

(Listed under Focus)

APRIL 11 / 8:00PM

 

 

RIVERRUN FAMILY DAY

All events listed below are FREE and open to the public!

 

RiverRun has put together another fantastic line-up of free events for audiences of all ages for our third annual Family Day!  Beginning with our Saturday Morning Cartoons and ending with a screening under the stars, we hope to have you all join in the fun!

 

SATURDAY MORNING CARTOONS

Sponsored by Salem Smiles Orthodontics

 

Each year RiverRun presents our own version of Saturday Morning Cartoons to our young audiences.  We search high and low for the best new animated shorts that we think will appeal to both children and adults alike.  This year we have a wide array of films encompassing many different interesting animation techniques and stories.  Our Saturday Morning Cartoons truly have a little something for all ages!  Runtime: 62 min.

 

APRIL 13 / 9:00AM – Pre-Film Entertainment in the Lobby

10:00AM – Films Begin

HANESBRANDS THEATRE – FREE

 

Peppercorn Theatre at Kaleideum: Live at RiverRun

April 13 / Hanesbrands Theatre / 1:00pm

Peppercorn Theatre at Kaleideum will present a short stage play before the screening of The Rink.

 

THE NAVIGATORS

A Peppercorn Theatre at Kaleideum Mini-Play for ages 3 and up.

Runtime: 20 MIN

 

A navigator is responsible for knowing the location of a ship or aircraft at all times. A navigator should NEVER be lost. After a gusty storm blows them astray, two navigators must use their knowledge of maps, geography, and weather to right their course! Two live performers tell the story of this high-flying adventure through puppetry and movement!

 

THE RINK

Director: Charlie Chaplin / 1916

Runtime: 30 MIN

Created by United Artists founder, Charlie Chaplin, this short film features Chaplin as a bumbling waiter who, after already causing chaos at his restaurant, proceeds to tear up the local roller rink with his questionable skating ability!

 

OUTDOOR SCREENING

Sponsored by Mast General Store

 

Join us at Bailey Park in the Wake Forest Innovation Quarter for a free outdoor screening of the United Artists classic children’s film Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. Make sure to come early to take fun photos in Mobile Photo’s free photo booth, play interactive games and crafts with Kaplan Early Learning Company, and enjoy food and beverages for sale from Twin City Hive, Hoots Beer Company and our food truck partners. Swingset will provide live music – so come, hang out, socialize, eat and join us for a very special evening!

Rain location: Inside Biotech Place

 

CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG

Director: Ken Hughes

UK / 1968 / 144 MIN. / ENGLISH

 

A down-on-his-luck inventor (Dick Van Dyke) turns a broken-down Grand Prix car into a fancy vehicle for his children, and then they go off on a magical fantasy adventure to save their grandfather in a far-off land.

 

SHORTS PROGRAMS

Many of the world’s best filmmakers started their careers making short films. It’s a medium that requires concise editing, great storytelling and the ability to render an entire story in just a few minutes.  RiverRun’s Shorts Program features ten collections of shorts from around the world, eight of which are in competition and will be evaluated by our juries.

 

ANIMATED SHORTS PROGRAM ONE

BAVURE

THE BIRD & THE WHALE

CAT DAYS

THE CHRISTMAS RABBIT

EXPEND

INANIMATE

LIGHT WORK

MY MOON

SOLAR WALK

 

ANIMATED SHORTS PROGRAM TWO

ANNA

BUZZER

FIVE MINUTES

HOMESICK

MONSTERS WALKING

THE OSTRICH POLITIC

THE PHANTOM 52

SONOLUMIN

TAKE RABBIT

WIDDERSHINS

YOUR MOTHER IS A THIEF!

 

SATURDAY MORNING CARTOONS

Sponsored by Salem Smiles Orthodontics

For children ages 8 and up

BUSY

A CAT’S TALE

CELEBRATING MR. ROGERS

DETECTIVE AVERY EBSON – HAT AND EVERYTHING

DRAWN APART

GAME CHANGER

THE GOOD, THE BAD & THE PUPPY

INTO THE SHADOW

MAGIC PLAY

MILES AWAY

MONARCADE

NINE COO FIVE

REBOOTED

STAR BARD

THE WRONG ROCK

 

NARRATIVE SHORTS PROGRAM ONE

ALL MY GUARDIAN ANGELS

BEST GAME EVER

EVELYN X EVELYN

THE FIELD

THE LITTLE FISH AND THE CROCODILE

THE MINORS

NURSERY RHYMES

REHEARSAL

 

NARRATIVE SHORTS PROGRAM TWO

BOCCAMAZZO CONSTRUCTION: WE BUILD “WALLS”

THE CHRISTMAS GIFT

DAMAGE

HOLY MOSES

MAHALIA MELTS IN THE RAIN

THIS IS YOUR CUBA

WEANING

WELCOME TO THE BALL

 

DOCUMENTARY SHORTS PROGRAM ONE

THE DERBY

EDGECOMBE

FORCED

A JEW WALKS INTO A BAR

MY GRANDFATHER’S MEMORY BOOK

ON THE BIT

SANDOVAL’S BULLET

 

DOCUMENTARY SHORTS PROGRAM TWO

EL DESIERTO

FORGOTTEN

THE GREY ZONE

HAMAMA & CALUNA

LANDING ON AIRWAVES

TEETH

 

 

LATE NIGHT SHORTS

BEHIND CLOSED DOORS

BRONZED

DIG YOUR OWN GRAVE

A HANDFUL OF DUST

INFORMATION SUPERHIGHWAY

MEAT EATER

OTHER SIDE OF THE BOX

SOPHIE’S QUINCEAÑERA

TORN

WE ARE TOTALLY FINE

 

NC SHORTS PROGRAM ONE

Sponsored by Nelson Mullins

32°

AS IN DEATH

NO SANCTUARY

PERIPHERAL VISIONS

SANTUARIO

WALKERS

 

NC SHORTS PROGRAM TWO

Sponsored by Nelson Mullins

ALL YOU CAN CARRY

CLASS OF ’08

FRONTIER

MOONDOGS

NOBODY BUT MYSELF

PIERRE POULET

TROPICAL GARDENS

VOYAGER PEN-15

 

PANELS / GALA / EVENTS

RiverRun Gala Presented by PNC Bank

April 5 / 9:00pm / Millennium Center – 101 West 5th Street – $20

 

RiverRun Rendezvous

April 4th to April 13th / Every night 8pm-Midnight

Open to the public – Fiddlin’ Fish Brewing Company – 772 Trade Street NW

 

PANELS

*All panels are FREE and open to the public unless otherwise specified*

PANEL & FILM: PRESERVING HISTORIC PLACES

A look at the Reeves Theater renovation in Elkin, North Carolina, with the film Reeves: A Home for Music

Sponsored by John C. Larson

 

APRIL 6 / 12:00PM / HANESBRANDS THEATRE – FREE

 

PANEL & FILM: MODERNIZING THE SILENTS

A look at using modern scores to bring silent films to new audiences

 

APRIL 7 / 1:30pm / UNCSA – Main Theatre – $12

 

PANEL: FROM NOVEL TO SCREENPLAY

With novelist Charlie Lovett and a guest author

 

April 6 / 2:00PM

Bookmarks – 634 W 4th St #110 – FREE

 

PITCH FEST

Student documentary filmmakers pitch their ideas to a panel of judges

Sponsored by Piedmont Federal Savings Bank

 

April 12 / 10:00am

Hanesbrands Theatre – 209 North Spruce Street – FREE

 

PANEL: REEL SOUTH

A discussion about Reel South’s commitment to showcasing independent documentary films about the American South and its history, people, culture and landscape

 

April 12 / 1:00pm

Hanesbrands Theatre – 209 North Spruce Street – FREE

 

PANEL & FILM: IN SATURN’S RINGS

After the world premiere screening of the film, a panel discussion with the director and other key creators to talk about the making of the first ever long form multiplane animation film in history

 

April 13 / 1:00pm

UNCSA – Main Theatre – 1533 South Main Street – $12

 

PANEL: DEATH OF THE MOVIES?

UNCSA’s Dale Pollock discusses the future of the film-going experience

 

April 13 / 3:00PM

Milton Rhodes Center for the Arts – Mountcastle Room – 251 N. Spruce Street – FREE

 

 

RIVERRUN TICKETS & INFO: All regular Festival screenings are $12 for adults and $10 for students (students must purchase tickets in person and present a valid student ID to receive discounted price).  Matinees are priced at $6 for all films screened Monday – Friday before 5:00pm.

 

Again this year is the availability of the Ticket Sampler – it is available for purchase from any RiverRun box office, or online here, and costs $108 ($120 value). 

 

For more information about the many benefits of becoming a RiverRun member, visit www.riverrunfilm.com/donate. Get tickets at the Stevens Center Box Office, via www.riverrunfilm.com or over the phone at (336)-721-1945. Tickets for RiverRun at RED Cinemas screenings are available through the RiverRun Cinemas box office at 1305 Battleground Avenue in Greensboro or online at redcinemas.com.

 

SPONSORS: The sponsors of the 2019 RiverRun International Film Festival help sustain the organization’s mission to foster a greater appreciation of cinema and a deeper understanding of the many people, cultures and perspectives of our world through regular interaction with great films and filmmakers. Festival sponsors include:

 

Title Sponsors – Reynolds American, The Arts Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County, and UNCSA; Presenting Sponsors – American Airlines, City of Winston-Salem, Elephant in the Room, Millennium Fund, MullenLowe, Wake Forest University, and Wells Fargo

Marquee Sponsors – Nelson Mullins, Forsyth County, Parkway Lincoln, PNC Bank, Salem Smiles Orthodontics, Visit Winston-Salem, and Kilpatrick, Townsend & Stockton

 

ABOUT RIVERRUN: The RiverRun International Film Festival is a non-profit cultural organization dedicated to the role of cinema as a conduit of powerful ideas and diverse viewpoints. Founded in 1998, RiverRun is a competitive event that annually showcases new films from both established and emerging filmmakers around the world. Each spring, RiverRun screens new narrative, documentary, short, student and animated films, offering both audience and jury prizes in competition categories.

 

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