What’s It All About?
The RiverRun International Film Festival is a regional event based in Winston-Salem and is one of the premier film festivals in the south-eastern United States. It is a non-profit cultural organisation dedicated to the role of cinema as a medium of conveying powerful ideas and viewpoints. It is a means to foster a greater appreciation of cinema and a deeper understanding of diverse people, cultures and perspectives of the world through constant interactions with great films and filmmakers.
RiverRun screens a variety of feature-length and short films of all genres, and also presents a broad range of special events, including:
• High-profile regional premieres of significant films
• Celebrity tributes
• Family matinees
• Classic retrospectives
It is a general audience festival and offers an eclectic programme from film studios, independent distributors and first-time filmmakers. In addition to the regular programmes, RiverRun presents free public screenings to students and participating schools during the annual festival. This Education Outreach initiative is called Films With Class.
Watch Out For!
• Ace Ventura:Pet Detective
Filled with ridiculous stunts starring Jim Carrey, this film follows a pet detective, Ace Ventura, as he searches for the missing dolphin mascot of an NFL football team.
• ET: The Extra Terrestrial
This is a masterpiece directed by Steven Spielberg and a sci-fi adventure that captures the strange moment in youth when the world is a place of mysterious possibilities and the universe seems somehow separate from the one inhabited by grown-ups.
• Why I Write – The Twin Poets
Directed by Sharon Baker, this film is about life in some poor and inner city areas, which are difficult for young children, artists and social workers. Nnamdi Chukwuocha and Albert Mills have made it their mission to help kids in their Delaware neighborhood by introducing them to poetry.
FILMS WITH CLASS
The RiverRun International Film Festival will showcase three films as a part of its Films With Class programme. It also presents free public screenings to students and participating schools, both public and private, throughout the year and during the run of the annual festival.
Films that will be screened during RiverRun’s Films With Class programme:
• Remembering Frederic – The Genius Of Chopin
Directed by Pam Howland and Daniel McKinny, Remembering Frederic is an exploration into the world of one of the most famous pianists of all time, Frederic Chopin.
• Hyman Bloom: The Beauty Of All Things
Directed by Angelica Brisk, this film follows the career of renowned abstract expressionist Hyman Bloom. It explores Bloom’s life from his birth in Latvia to his youth in Boston and his adult life as a Harvard student and artist in New England.A hotbed of discovery and interactivity, RiverRun also offers screenings of yet-to-be released films, opportunities to interact with artists and immersion into the art and business of the independent film world.