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RiverRun 2012

Saturday Morning Cartoons with Big Bang Boom!

Big Bang Boom will be playing before our Saturday Morning Cartoons programs on April 5th and April 12th at 9:00 am in the Hanesbrands Theatre Lobby!  Come check out some fantastic kid-friendly music by Chuck Folds' band (younger brother of Ben Folds), and stay for the films!

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Panels, Panels, Panels

No, not those kind of panels!  Check out our slate of fantastic panels and other social gatherings, many of which are free and open to the public, on the Events page.

RiverRun Getaway Package

Get away to Winston-Salem for the 16th RiverRun Film Festival April 4-13th! Discover why they call it the "City of Arts & Innovation" while exploring new groundbreaking films and Winston-Salem’s historic side and downtown culinary destinations.  Click here for more details!

2014 Emerging Master Award Honorees!

Join us in welcoming 2014 Emerging Master Award honorees Debra Granik (pictured R) and Melanie Lynskey (pictured L) to Winston-Salem!  They will be presented with their awards and participate in moderated conversations during the festival. See our events page for details.

Shining Bright!

RiverRun's 2013 Spark Award honorees are the phenomenal talents Sophie Desmarais, Tye Sheridan and Tyler James Williams.  Click here for full details!

Shining bright...

The first ever recipients of RIverRun's new award for 2012, the Spark Award, are the phenomenal talents Brady Corbet, David Oyelowo and Amy Seimetz.  Click here for full details!


Perhaps you should watch our Festival teaser on Youtube, Dave...

Check out our 5-minute trailer on Youtube for a sample of the sensational lineup we have in store for 2012!  Still not interested?  Then this conversation can serve no purpose anymore. Goodbye.

2014 Master of Cinema: Kartemquin Films

Following the 4/9 screening of The Trials of Muhammad Ali on the WFU campus, Kartemquin Films' Justine Nagan, Gordon Quinn, Steve James and Peter Gilbert will be on hand to converse and accept the award.  This FREE event is open to the public. More here.

Intergalactic Space Party

Featuring DJ SK playing all the music you’d ever want to hear on your road trip to the Moon, this year’s Intergalactic Space Party will help you leave all your earthly cares behind… for at least a couple hours.  There will also be a free sci-fi-inspired photobooth by Mobile Photo and a medley of libations available at our cash bar.  Tickets are $10.

Free ITVS Screening: American Denial

American Denial, RiverRun's Films With Class ITVS screening, delves into what 1944 Nobel Laureate Gunnar Myrdal called An American Dilemma: How could America’s belief in liberty and equality also enable the Jim Crow segregation? This documentary focuses its attention on deep-seated prejudices that could be considered systemic and institutional, even in a country many may consider to be a post-racial democracy.

Spotlight on Black American Filmmakers

RiverRun created the Spotlight section in 2010 and purposefully left it undefined to allow for a variety of future curatorial choices. Since then, the Spotlight has focused on a specific country, genre, filmmaker’s body of work or some combination thereof. This year, RiverRun will present a six-film Spotlight on Black American Cinema from 1971-1991, exclusively featuring films directed by black filmmakers, in an effort to draw attention to their contributions and importance to American cinema as a whole. The program spans three decades and includes films that are familiar and considered classics, as well as rarely screened gems. The 2015 Spotlight selections kick off in the early ‘70s, immediately following the sweeping social changes of the Civil Rights era, and culminate in 1991, which saw both the first Academy Award nomination for an African American filmmaker and the first major Hollywood film directed by an African American woman. The Spotlight lineup includes:

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