• A Good American

    A Good American

    Responding to the challenge of the digital age, NSA technical director Bill Binney and his team developed ThinThread, an astonishingly effective data collecting and sorting program that gathered critical information while preserving privacy. ThinThread was discontinued just weeks before September 11, 2001.

  • A Journey of a Thousand Miles: Peacekeepers

    A Journey of a Thousand Miles: Peacekeepers

    Three Bangladeshi police officers in a predominantly Muslim, all-female unit are sent to post-earthquake Haiti as UN Peacekeepers for one year. The mission challenges these women and shatters commonly held stereotypes.

  • Acoustic Kitty

    Acoustic Kitty

    MI6 Agent Cooper is tasked with surgically inserting listening devices into cats. Ridiculed by his colleagues, Cooper knows the only thing that will save his reputation and the fate of the free world is the heartbeat of a furry feline agent.

  • Al Pelae

    Al Pelae

    This extraordinary portrait attempts to characterize the life of an uncommon individual who has too many memories for just one man.

  • All They Knew

    All They Knew

    A woman struggles to take care of her lecherous father who, ailing from dementia, mistakes her for his late wife.

  • Animated Shorts Program 1

    Animated Shorts Program 1

    Films in this program include:

    Animation Hotline, 2015, Bernina Sings, Fire, Follow Your Heart, Fulfilament, Heila Ormur, In Other Words, None of That, The Oceanmaker, On Flying Water, Rosso Papavero, and We Can’t Live Without Cosmos.  Filmmaker(s) in attendance for 4/15 screening!

    See full film descriptions

  • Animated Shorts Program 2

    Animated Shorts Program 2

    Films in this program include:

    Another Everest, Chiaroscuro, Edmond, The Forest Paper, I’m Good with Plants, Of Shadows and Wings, The Orchestra, Poutnik, The Street Artist, and Themes & Variations.  Filmmaker(s) in attendance for screenings!

    See full film descriptions

  • Animation Hotline, 2015

    Animation Hotline, 2015

    Animation Hotline is a series of over 150 crowd-sourced telephone answering machine messages that have been being animated since 2011. This documentary collection focuses on real life stories.

  • Annie Hall

    Annie Hall

    Comedian Alvy Singer examines the rise and fall of his relationship with struggling nightclub singer Annie Hall (Diane Keaton) in this all-time great romantic comedy from filmmaker Woody Allen.

  • Another Everest

    Another Everest

    A retired mountain climber attempts to summit a new challenge that his old age presents in this animated production from UNC School of the Arts.

  • Bacon & God's Wrath

    Bacon & God's Wrath

    A ninety year-old Jewish woman reflects on her life’s experiences as she prepares to try bacon for the first time.

  • Barge


    A group of misfits find purpose navigating the Mississippi in this rugged ethnographic documentary. From a deckhand joining the family business to a former convict working his way to First Mate, as long as the boat is moving, they are making money.  Director Ben Powell to be in attendance for screenings!

  • Bernina Sings

    Bernina Sings

    A mother weaves a story while she hems her daughter’s pants, and through a collage of old family photos, buttons and string, her memories of making clothes on grandma’s Singer sewing machine are given texture.

  • Bosniak


    A young girl is forced to the limits of her humanity in order to survive the Bosnian War.

  • Breakfast at Tiffany's

    Breakfast at Tiffany's

    A young woman in New York City, Holly Golightly (Audrey Hepburn in one of her defining roles) sets her sights on a young man who has just moved into her apartment building in this classic adaptation of the Truman Capote novel.

    Sponsored by Kilpatrick, Townsend & Stockton, LLP


  • Cameraperson


    Assembling footage she shot over the course of 25 years, documentary cinematographer Kirsten Johnson searches to reconcile the thorny questions of permission, power, creative ambition, and human obligation that come with filming the lives of others.

  • Can I Stay?

    Can I Stay?

    An apprehensive homeless girl must traverse a dangerous, wintry city in order to escape her adorable pursuers.

  • Can We Take a Joke?

    Can We Take a Joke?

    Some of today’s funniest comedic performers, including Lisa Lampanelli, Gilbert Gottfried and Adam Carolla, consider what comedy clubs (and the world in general) will be like in the future if we can’t learn how to take a joke!

  • Cat


    Emma has just discovered what the word “feeling” means. She has to learn how to represent it with other students with disabilities like her, aided by her patient teacher Elizabeth.

  • Chevalier


    In the middle of the Aegean Sea, six men confined to a luxurious yacht compete in “Chevalier,” a game designed to determine the esoteric title of “best in everything.” The winner earns a prized ring from its previous holder, and no one may leave before the outcome has been determined in this off kilter, absurdist comedy.

  • Chiaroscuro


    In a desolate place, a discovery by a mysterious entity sets in motion a chase through abstract space. As two organisms compete for the one light amid the darkness, their story reveals the volatile nature of power.

  • Clean


    A young man battles his compulsions on his way to school in New York City.

  • Coming Out

    Coming Out

    A young filmmaker records his entire coming out process on camera, capturing the reactions of his family and friends and creating an intimate portrait of the coming out process that spans decades and occurs in real time.  Director Alden Peters to be in attendance for screenings!

  • Coming Through The Rye

    Coming Through The Rye

    Jamie Schwartz, obsessed with Holden Caulfield, runs away from boarding school to find reclusive author JD Salinger (Chris Cooper). Inspired by actual events, Jamie’s search for Salinger becomes a journey into sexual awakening, love and loss.  Producer Sara Elizabeth Timmins to be in attendance for screening!

  • Containment


    Left over from the Cold War are a hundred million gallons of radioactive sludge, covering vast radioactive lands. Governments around the world have begun imagining society 10,000 years from now in order to create monuments that will speak across time.  Co-director Robb Moss to be in attendance for screenings!

  • Country: Portraits of an American Sound

    Country: Portraits of an American Sound

    Country: Portraits of an American Sound is a documentary that explores the history and culture of country music through the lens of photography, which has portrayed the ideals, lifestyle and personalities of country music artists for over 80 years.  Director Steven Kochones to be in attendance for screenings!

  • Daisy Chain

    Daisy Chain

    A little girl named Buttercup Bree falls victim to a gang of shadowy bullies…until she discovers that her love of Daisy Chains unlocks a power that will bring life to the darkness of the playground.

  • Dante


    When musician Dante sits down to work on his latest masterpiece, he becomes obsessed with the contents of a mysterious locked box.

  • Deep Run

    Deep Run

    Cole, a young transgender Christian man in rural North Carolina, and his girlfriend Ashley have faced significant challenges. Their search for love and belonging lead them to a radical re-envisioning of what faith and a church can be.  Director Hillevi Loven and film subject Cole Ray Davis to be in attendance for the 4/12 screening!

  • De Palma

    De Palma

    This documentary by filmmakers Noah Baumbach (Frances Ha) and Jake Paltrow (Young Ones) explores the life and work of revisionist Hollywood heavyweight Brian De Palma, director of such classics as Carrie, Scarface and The Untouchables.

  • Documentary Shorts Program 1

    Documentary Shorts Program 1

    Films in this program include:

    The Black Belt, Flotsam, The Head of Joaquin Murrieta, Home at Dawn, Journey to the Sea, Mining Poems or Odes, and The Soul of a Tree.

    See full film descriptions

  • Documentary Shorts Program 2

    Documentary Shorts Program 2

    Films in this program include:

    The 100 Years Show, Al Pelae, Bacon & God’s Wrath, The House is Innocent, Reborn, We Would End the Painting, and World Famous Gopher Hole Museum.

    See full film descriptions

  • Dog Lady

    Dog Lady

    A woman lives in exile with a pack of dogs on the outskirts of Buenos Aires. She spends her days fixing her shack, foraging for food, and communing with nature in this immersive case study of a life on the fringes of society. Co-director Laura Citarella to be in attendance for screenings!

  • Driving While Black

    Driving While Black

    Dimitri delivers pizzas for a living, but as a young black man he faces no shortage of drama while navigating the city every day. Driving While Black is a dark comedy based on the real life law enforcement encounters of a black kid from LA.  Actor Dominique Purdy and Director Paul Sapiano to be in attendance for screenings!

  • Edmond


    Edmond’s impulse to love and be close to others is strong…maybe too strong. As he stands alone by a lake he goes on a journey backwards through his life, searching for the origin of his desires.

  • El Chivo

    El Chivo

    El Chivo (The Goat) is what the indigenous Tarahumara of Mexico’s Copper Canyons dubbed Will Harlan after he won their renowned 50 mile ultra marathon. El Chivo chronicles Harlan’s quest to continue as an altruistic, elite ultra athlete.

    Sponsored by Great Outdoor Provision Co.



  • Elena


    Elena, a young Brazilian woman, travels to New York with dreams of becoming an actress. When her younger sister Petra goes to New York to pursue acting twenty years later, the similarities between Petra and Elena’s stories emerge and begin to blur.

  • Elle


    Maria and Jonathan meet after witnessing a car crash. Despite an instant attraction, Jonathan will have to come to terms with a strange companion who has invaded Maria’s life for too long.

  • Emile


    A young blind boy sitting in the streets loses his only coin and sets out to find it, only to discover a trail of music that leads him to something more beautiful than he could ever imagine.

  • Enchanted Ink

    Enchanted Ink

    Enchanted Ink is the story of May, a young Persian girl learning the magic of writing for the first time. May discovers that a moment’s distraction leads to a great mistake with even greater adventure.

  • Eudaimonia


    We are born with creative instincts, but with time they often become buried beneath day-to-day demands. Eudaimonia follows four individuals pursuing creative passions within the context of work, family and society.

  • Fire


    Around the fireplace, six figures are found. One of them starts a journey.

  • First Girl I Loved

    First Girl I Loved

    Seventeen year-old Anne has fallen for Sasha, the most popular girl at her LA public high school. But when Anne confides in her best friend Clifton, who has always harbored a secret crush, he does his best to get in the way.  Director Kerem Sanga to be in attendance for screenings!

  • Five Nights in Maine

    Five Nights in Maine

    A young widower (David Oyelowo), reeling from the tragic loss of his wife, travels to rural Maine to seek answers from his estranged mother-in-law (Dianne Wiest), who is herself confronting guilt and grief over her daughter’s death.  Director Maris Curran to be in attendance for screening!

  • Flotsam


    This short experimental documentary from UNCSA alum Olivia Motley tells the Mardi Gras story through the eyes of the trash sweepers that are employed to clean up after the festivities.

  • Follow Your Heart

    Follow Your Heart

    In a world where people’s hearts are on the outside and exhibit the qualities of a pet, Mary loses her lovable Skip only to rediscover herself and learn what it truly means to follow your heart.

  • For Ofelia

    For Ofelia

    A rebellious young Filipino boy struggles against his mother’s obsession with dressing up her sons as girls so that he may gain acceptance from the community and the affection of the prettiest girl in school.

  • Frame Drop

    Frame Drop

    Ned, a meticulous young man, sets up his first apartment according to a strict plan. When applying the finishing touches, a phenomenon occurs forcing him to question his way of life.

  • Francofonia


    Modern master Alexander Sokurov (Russian Ark, Faust) renders a mesmerizing living history of the Louvre during Nazi occupation and a meditation on the meaning and timelessness of art.

    Sponsored by TV5Monde

  • Fulfilament


    Travel around the brain with a tiny little lost thought and discover what it takes to make a great idea.

  • Gilda


    Johnny Farrell (Glenn Ford) is a gambling cheat who goes straight in order to work for casino owner Ballin Mundson. But things take a turn when Mundson’s wife Gilda (Rita Hayworth), an ex-lover of Johnny’s, reappears.

  • Gotta Go

    Gotta Go

    A down-on-his-luck real estate agent discovers an amazing mystery in the men’s room.

  • Grey Gardens

    Grey Gardens

    A direct cinema classic from the Maysles Brothers, Grey Gardens explores the daily lives of Edie Bouvier Beale and her mother, Edith, two eccentric relatives of Jackie Kennedy Onassis who are the sole inhabitants of a Long Island estate.

  • Group B

    Group B

    Rally driver Shane Hunter attempts his highly anticipated comeback to Group B competition after a long and troubled absence.

  • Guess Things Happen That Way

    Guess Things Happen That Way

    Nissim and Eitan, his adolescent son, find the father-son balance of power between them shifting as a fateful domestic encounter goes awry.

  • Harold and Lillian: A Hollywood Love Story

    Harold and Lillian: A Hollywood Love Story

    Storyboard artist Harold Michelson and his wife, film researcher Lillian Michelson, were behind some of Hollywood’s most iconic examples of visual storytelling, but their contributions remain largely uncredited. This is the story of a talented couple once considered “the heart of Hollywood.”  Director Daniel Raim to be in attendance for screenings!

    Sponsored by First Tennessee Bank


  • Acting on Stage and Screen Panel with Rosemary Harris & Beth Henley

    Acting on Stage and Screen Panel with Rosemary Harris & Beth Henley

    Join screen and stage actress Rosemary Harris (Notorious Woman, Tom & Viv, Hamlet)–winner of a Tony, Emmy and Golden Globe Award, as well as being an Academy Award nominee–and Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright and screenwriter Beth Henley (Crimes of the Heart, Miss Firecracker) for a spirited discussion about the finer points of dramatic performance as pertains to the stage and film/television alike.

    April 16 / 3:00pm / Milton Rhodes Center for the Arts – Mountcastle Forum – 251 N. Spruce Street – FREE

  • He Hated Pigeons

    He Hated Pigeons

    Traveling from the Atacama Desert to the ice fields of Patagonia, a young man pushed to the borders of sexuality and sanity must step into his manhood before the extremes of an immense and varied landscape.  Director Ingrid Veninger to be in attendance for screenings and local musicians Erika Boysen and Steven Stusek will be performing the musical score live!

  • Heavenly Nomadic

    Heavenly Nomadic

    A poetic sketch about nomadic traditions that are slowly disappearing in the high mountains of Kyrgyzstan, Heavenly Nomadic studies a family of horse breeders whose insular world is slowly opening to the lures of technology and city life.

  • Heila Ormur

    Heila Ormur

    A man, infected, runs for his life.

  • Help Us Find Sunil Tripathi

    Help Us Find Sunil Tripathi

    Director Neal Broffman chronicles the tragic search for university student Sunil Tripathi, who disappeared in 2013, in this stark case study in the constructive and destructive power of social media. His family and friends turn to online resources to find their beloved Sunil, which then turns on them in a cruel twist.  Director Neal Broffman to be in attendance for screening!

    Sponsored by Wells Fargo

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  • Home at Dawn

    Home at Dawn

    An old Peruvian fisherman recounts his life, the changing world, and his love for the ocean as he embarks out to sea early one morning.

  • Hunt for the Wilderpeople

    Hunt for the Wilderpeople

    A national manhunt is ordered for a rebellious orphan and his foster uncle (Sam Neill) who go missing in the wild New Zealand bush in this charming comedic joyride from director Taika Waititi (What We Do in the Shadows).

    Sponsored by PNC Bank


  • Hutong Meow

    Hutong Meow

    A young kitten spends a beautiful day romping around its home city of Beijing in search of adventure.

  • I Only Smile in Pictures

    I Only Smile in Pictures

    Set in a bleak, distant future, the monotony of one man’s life is broken when he finds what genuine happiness can be.

  • I'm Good with Plants

    I'm Good with Plants

    Tim lives in a greenhouse suspended by a crane above the city. He has two wishes in life; to steal the potted plant next to the water cooler at work, and to meet the hotline worker he calls each day from a phone booth.

  • In Other Words

    In Other Words

    A man recalls a moment of a lost opportunity to communicate with his daughter. Their brief meeting after years undermines his world and renders his words meaningless.



    Like a self-portrait made of assemblages, the film investigates coexisting multiple digital identities to convey the message that “the best interface is no interface”.

  • Jacqueline (Argentine)

    Jacqueline (Argentine)

    A filmmaker (Wyatt Cenac) introduces us to the curious subject of his documentary–a young Frenchwoman who claims she’s uncovered a covert assassination conspiracy. Unsure of her veracity, he heads to the holistic Argentinean retreat where she’s laying low to get the truth on camera.  Director Bernardo Britto to be in attendance for screenings!

  • Jim Henson Company Presentation

    Jim Henson Company Presentation

    Free screening and panel conversation with staff from the Jim Henson Company!

    April 9 / 12:30pm / Hanesbrands Theatre – 209 North Spruce Street – FREE

  • Journey to the Sea

    Journey to the Sea

    An elderly woman floats down a river of elusive memories and fragmented artifacts of cinema history, straining to recall the places that she has been in this elegant work of experimental nonfiction from Durham, NC filmmaker Josh Gibson.

  • Jumanji


    Thanks to a sponsorship from Mast General Store and additional support from Wake Forest Innovation Quarter, we are presenting a free screening of the 1995 Robin Williams’ hit Jumanji inside Biotech Place. The event will feature a free photo booth from Mobile Photo, as well as food and beverages for sale from The Porch Kitchen and Cantina, Lowes Foods, Sunshine Beverages and Hoots Beer Company. Doors will open at 6:30 and the film will begin at 8:00pm. Note: due to weather forecasts, we have moved this free screening indoors.

    Film synopsis: When two kids find and play a magical board game, they release a man (Robin Williams) trapped for decades in it and a host of dangers that can only be stopped by finishing the game.  Doors open for this FREE screening at 6:30pm and the film begins at 8:00!


  • Junk


    A robot is bored and decides to make himself a playmate out of the junk that is all around him.

  • Lace Crater

    Lace Crater

    An awkward twentysomething begins to undergo some strange physical changes after a weekend tryst–with a ghost–in this charmingly lo-fi, supernaturally-tinged comedy-drama.  The film features a score from Phuzz Phest headliner Neon Indian’s frontman Alan Palomo.  Our April 13th screening at a/perture cinema is co-presented by Phuzz Phest in the lead-up to their festival April 15/16!  Actor Andrew Ryder and Producer Adam Kritzer to be in attendance for screenings! 


  • Late Night Shorts

    Late Night Shorts

    Films in this program include:

    Acoustic Kitty, Dante, Elle, Gotta Go, iNTERFACE, Manoman, Movies in Space, O Negative, The School is Watching, and Theodora.  Filmmaker(s) in attendance for screenings!

    See full film descriptions

  • L'Attesa (The Wait)

    L'Attesa (The Wait)

    Anna (Juliette Binoche) awaits the arrival of her son Giuseppe with his girlfriend Jeanne prior to Easter festivities on the isle of Sicily. As the days pass, Giuseppe’s delays cast a mysterious shadow. Why is he not here and when will he appear?

    Sponsored by TV5Monde

  • Lo and Behold: Reveries of the Connected World

    Lo and Behold: Reveries of the Connected World

    Werner Herzog’s newest film explores technology–both its triumphs and its existential pitfalls–through ten wildly fascinating stories, from the early days of the Internet to a town in which no wireless devices of any kind are allowed.

  • Love & Friendship

    Love & Friendship

    In this hilarious, satirical film based on a Jane Austen novella, Lady Susan Vernon (Kate Beckinsale) takes up temporary residence at her in-laws’ estate and, while there, is determined to be a matchmaker for her daughter Frederica–and herself.  Chloe Sevigny also stars.

  • Love & Respect in Bentwood Park

    Love & Respect in Bentwood Park

    Dennis Garrett is a former drug addict committed to the Love & Respect Treatment Center, which he founded himself, and also manages 52 units in a low-income community: Bentwood Park. As he juggles these responsibilities, a Bentwood tenant is determined to hold him accountable.

  • LZ Lost

    LZ Lost

    An American paratrooper wakes up lost behind enemy lines during the height of World War II. Struggling with a severe injury, no weapons, and no support, he must escape before it’s too late.

  • MA


    In this modern-day vision of Mother Mary’s pilgrimage, UNCSA alum Celia Rowlson-Hall crosses the scorched landscape of the American Southwest. Conveyed entirely through movement, the film deconstructs the role of Mary, who encounters a parade of bold characters that are alternately terrifying and sublime.  Producer Aaron Schnobrich to be in attendance for screenings!

  • Manoman


    Mild-mannered Glen attends a primal scream therapy session hoping to become more assertive. When another member of the class pushes Glen too far, he finally lets something out–a miniature alter ego that has plans of his own.

  • Maya Angelou and Still I Rise

    Maya Angelou and Still I Rise

    A tribute to the life and work of Pulitzer Prize-winning writer, poet, actress, activist and icon Maya Angelou, this reverent documentary love letter shows how her life has inspired countless people around the world.  Directors Bob Hercules and Rita Coburn Whack to be in attendance for screenings!

    Sponsored by Wake Forest University


  • Mining Poems or Odes

    Mining Poems or Odes

    Robert, an ex-shipyard welder from Govan in Glasgow, has put aside his tools for pen and paper and reflects on how his life experiences have influenced his newfound compulsion to write.

  • Mom & Me

    Mom & Me

    Mom & Me challenges the familiar love story shared between a son and his mother. It is a story that reveals comedy in the everyday and misery on some other days.  Director Ken Wardrop to be in attendance for screenings!

  • Monterey Pop

    Monterey Pop

    Featuring performances by seminal artists of the 1960s, this concert film highlights the music of the 1967 California festival. Notable acts include the Mamas and the Papas, Simon & Garfunkel, Jefferson Airplane, the Who, Otis Redding, and the Jimi Hendrix Experience.

  • Morris from America

    Morris from America

    This third feature film from UNCSA alum Chad Hartigan (This is Martin Bonner), an award-winner at this year’s Sundance Film Festival,  delivers the romantic, coming-of-age misadventures of a 13-year-old American living in Heidelberg, Germany with his unconventional single father (Craig Robinson).

  • Movies in Space

    Movies in Space

    Travis Shepard, a future-Earth ambassador, unwittingly gets caught up in a Hollywood-like system on an alien planet. This comedy sci-fi is a structured movie about movie structure…in space!

  • My Friend's Rubber Ducky

    My Friend's Rubber Ducky

    In a tipsy fit, struggling filmmaker Joseph kidnaps an old friend who owes him $5,000, enlisting the aide of his hipster girlfriend and stoner roommate in this oddball, chemically altered comedic affair.  Director Josh Hyde to be in attendance for screenings!

  • My Love Affair with the Brain: The Life and Science of Dr. Marian Diamond

    My Love Affair with the Brain: The Life and Science of Dr. Marian Diamond

    Enrichment and plasticity–capabilities we now take for granted–were the scientific battleground where Dr. Marian Diamond changed forever our paradigm for understanding the brain. She is a beloved professor, worthy role model for women in science, and all round brain-whisperer.  Directors Catherine Ryan and Gary Weimberg to be in attendance for screening!

    Sponsored by Wells Fargo

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  • Narrative Shorts Program 1

    Narrative Shorts Program 1

    Films in this program include:

    Bosniak, For Ofelia, Group B, Preggo, Rigamo, Sasha, and The Swimming Lesson.  Filmmaker(s) in attendance for 4/16 screening!

    See full film descriptions

  • Narrative Shorts Program 2

    Narrative Shorts Program 2

    Films in this program include:

    Cat, The Child and the Dead, Clean, Guess Things Happen That Way, The Last Show, Pronouns, The Scar, and Vincent.  Filmmaker(s) in attendance for screenings!

    See full film descriptions

  • Nathan East: For the Record

    Nathan East: For the Record

    Nathan East stands as one of the most influential bass players in modern music, having worked with all-time greats including Eric Clapton, Phil Collins, Lionel Richie, and Quincy Jones. This film chronicles his career and follows Nathan as he records his long-awaited first solo album.  Nathan East to be in attendance for screenings!
    *Saturday screening will be accessible to the visually impaired.

  • NC Shorts Program 1

    NC Shorts Program 1

    Films in this program include:

    Eudaimonia, The Hollerin’ Contest at Spivey’s Corner, The Ken Burns Effect, Love & Respect in Bentwood Park, Rotatio, Shipping Home, Titanic Boy, and Winston’s Ghost.  Multiple directors to be in attendance for screenings!

    See full film descriptions

    Sponsored by High Point Bank


  • NC Shorts Program 2

    NC Shorts Program 2

    Films in this program include:

    All They Knew, Frame Drop, I Only Smile in Pictures, LZ Lost, Petrichor, Return, The Roma Project, and Swimlapse.  Multiple directors to be in attendance for screenings!

    See full film descriptions

  • None of That

    None of That

    A night guard at an art museum discovers that he took more than he bargained for when a mysterious entity begins to censor all of the nude artwork in sight.

  • Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You

    Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You

    Filmmakers Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady zoom out to consider the life, work and political activism of one of the most successful television producers of all time, Norman Lear.  Editor JD Marlow to be in attendance for screening!

    Sponsored by PNC Bank


  • O Negative

    O Negative

    A sick young woman and the man who takes care of her find shelter in a roadside motel and take the necessary steps to feed her addiction.

  • Of Shadows and Wings

    Of Shadows and Wings

    In the middle of a gathering of birds, the indignant Moann feels her body changing. In a society where the greatest concern is the size and ambition of one’s wings, nihilist Ciobeck tries to protect her.

  • Off the Rails

    Off the Rails

    Darius McCollum, a man with Asperger’s syndrome, has seen his overwhelming love of transit land him in jail no less than 32 times for impersonating bus drivers and subway conductors and driving their routes!  Director Adam Irving to be in attendance for screenings!

    Sponsored by iCan House


  • Olmo & the Seagull

    Olmo & the Seagull

    While rehearsing for Chekhov’s play The Seagull, Olivia and her partner Serge begin to sense that the lines between their lives and their stage roles are swiftly disappearing. Olmo & the Seagull is a journey through the labyrinth of an actress’s mind during the course of her pregnancy.

    Sponsored by TV5Monde

  • On Flying Water

    On Flying Water

    In a little park at dawn, the sun heats a lake. The dew awakens and dozens of water drops gather together at the heart of a spider web.

  • On the Same Page

    On the Same Page

    An introverted newspaper reporter has nothing to write about until he is whirled away into a colorful journey with his neighbor from the comics section.

  • One Floor Below

    One Floor Below

    After being the sole unfortunate witness of a domestic quarrel that ends up in a homicide, Patrascu finds himself at odds with two very close neighbors: one is the bizarre murderer, the other is his own conscience.

  • RiverRun Gala presented by PNC Bank

    RiverRun Gala presented by PNC Bank

    Join us for a celebration of RiverRun’s Opening Weekend and help welcome filmmakers and industry guests from around the world. Festivities begin at 9:00 and go until 1:00am! Featuring live music by Camel City Jazz Orchestra, a free photo booth by Mobile Photo, appetizers and desserts from area restaurants and drinks from our cash bar, this promises to be a great way to start the 2016 Festival!

    April 8 / 9:00pm / Millennium Center / 101 West 5th Street – $18 / Buy tickets

  • Ostende


    Waiting for her boyfriend at a lonely resort hotel, a woman listens to the stories of a friendly waiter and watches the secretive exploits of an older man and the two mysterious women who appear to be with him.  Director Laura Citarella to be in attendance for screening!

  • Peanut Gallery

    Peanut Gallery

    Documentary filmmaker Molly Gandour returns home to speak with her parents for the first time about her sister’s death from cancer sixteen years earlier. Unflinching and poignant, the film shows us how we can transform when we begin to fill the silences between those closest to us.  Director Molly Gandour to be in attendance for 4/8 and 4/9 screenings!

  • Perfect Houseguest

    Perfect Houseguest

    A house is visited by a clean, organized, well-mannered guest.

  • Petrichor


    A young girl who suffers with depression struggles to overcome her self-loathing and find happiness within herself.

  • Pink Floyd: The Wall

    Pink Floyd: The Wall

    In this visual riff on Pink Floyd’s album The Wall, musician Pink (Bob Geldof) looks back on his isolated childhood through a swirl of flashbacks and chemical-induced hallucinations. Come see it on glorious 70mm!

  • Pitch Fest and Panel

    Pitch Fest and Panel

    In an effort to further promote the development of new filmmaking talent, RiverRun is again joining forces with universities around the state to present Pitch Fest. Student filmmakers will pitch their ideas for new documentaries to our panel of expert judges in the hopes of being awarded a cash prize and recognition within the industry. Following the competition judges will participate in a discussion about current trends in documentary filmmaking.

    April 15 / 10:00am / Hanesbrands – 209 North Spruce Street – FREE

    Sponsored by Hanesbrands Inc.


  • Poutnik


    A mystical creature is born into a rough and tumble city. Through a chance meeting he is drawn out into the wild to find a community he never knew existed and the home that he was missing.

  • Preggo


    Sam is thirty, single, broke and nine months pregnant in New York City.  So…everything is fine.

  • Pretty in Pink

    Pretty in Pink

    When Blane, one of the rich, popular kids at school, asks out misfit Andie, it seems too good to be true. As Andie starts falling for Blane, she begins to realize that dating someone from a different social sphere is not easy.

  • Pronouns


    A teenager decides to reveal their true identity during a spoken word performance, only to be interrupted by an uninvited guest.

  • Rebel Without a Cause

    Rebel Without a Cause

    James Dean stars as a rebellious young man with a troubled past who comes to a new town, finding friends and enemies, in Nicholas Ray’s 1955 touchstone.

  • Reborn


    Lauren Cuthbertson, principal dancer at UK’s Royal Ballet, confides the brutal reality of being a top ballerina and performs a mesmerising piece of choreography.

  • Return


    A woman encounters an unknown bright light above her car on a moonlit rural highway. She begins to experience unsettling visions until her dreamworld spills over into her waking life, calling her to return.

  • Rigamo


    In the midst of family loss and tragedy, a six year-old discovers she has the power to bring people back to life with her tears. However she quickly learns this gift requires an incredible sacrifice.

  • Romeo is Bleeding

    Romeo is Bleeding

    A fatal turf war between neighborhoods haunts the city of Richmond, CA. Poet Donté Clark transcends the violence in his hometown, and challenges like-minded youths to mount an urban adaptation of Romeo and Juliet, with the hope of starting a dialogue about violence in the city.

    Sponsored by Imprints Cares


  • Rosso Papavero

    Rosso Papavero

    A small boy witnesses dreamlike circus performances and realizes that the price for a ticket to the fantastic show is too high and the gate between reality and dreams is closing.

  • Rotatio


    Disguising past transgressions within a meditative mandala, artist Shannon May Mackenzie constructs a six foot circle comprised of sparse sentences among tens of thousands of individual lines. After thirty-three hours of labor, she paints over it, leaving this documentation as all that exists of ‘Rotatio.’

  • Salero


    When the future arrives to Bolivia’s Salar de Uyuni, one of the most secluded places on the planet, the destiny of this ancient salt flat is unearthed and one young salt gatherer becomes the last link between the old world and the new.

    Sponsored by Hispanic League

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  • Sasha


    Ten year-old Sasha wants to be on good terms with both of her divorced parents. But her innocent idea of family is shattered by reality when she goes on a picnic with her father and his new girlfriend.

  • Saturday Morning Cartoons

    Saturday Morning Cartoons

    Live pre-show entertainment begins at 9:15 am and this FREE film program begins at 10:00 am!  Sunday, April 10th’s screening is a Sensory Friendly event, and entertainment begins at 1:30 pm prior to a 2:00 pm show.

    Films in this program include:

    Can I Stay, Daisy Chain, Emile, Enchanted Ink, Hutong Meow, Junk, On the Same Page, Perfect Houseguest, Short, Stellar Moves: The Story of Pluto, Switch Man, Taking the Plunge and Volcano!

    See full film descriptions

    Sponsored by Salem Smiles Orthodontics


  • Seed & Spark's Crowdfunding to Build Independence Panel

    Seed & Spark's Crowdfunding to Build Independence Panel

    Why should you crowdfund a portion of your budget for every film? The only proven path to independence as an artist is a direct connection to your audience!  Join us for this free presentation and panel on the topic of successful fundraising and distribution strategies for independent filmmakers with Seed & Spark Crowdfunding Specialist Christina Raia!

    April 15 / 2:00pm / Milton Rhodes Center for the Arts – Mountcastle Forum – 251 N. Spruce Street –  FREE

  • Shipping Home

    Shipping Home

    Wake Forest alums Sam Smartt and Chris Zaluski follow one North Carolina couple’s journey to realize their dream of affordable housing in the form of a house constructed from shipping containers.

  • Short


    A robot crash lands on Earth and must find a way to recharge his ship and leave the planet before being detected!

  • Sleeping Giant

    Sleeping Giant

    Teenager Adam is spending his summer vacation with his parents on Lake Superior. His dull routine is shattered when he befriends Riley and Nate. The revelation of a hurtful secret triggers Adam to set in motion a series of irreversible events that test the bonds of friendship and change the boys forever.

  • Speed Sisters

    Speed Sisters

    Grabbing headlines at improvised tracks across the West Bank, the Speed Sisters are the first all-woman race car driving team in the Middle East. These five women have sped their way into the heart of the gritty, male-dominated Palestinian street car-racing scene.

  • Stellar Moves: The Story of Pluto

    Stellar Moves: The Story of Pluto

    Pluto goes on a journey to fulfill his dream of becoming a Planet.

  • Stop Making Sense

    Stop Making Sense

    Shot at the Hollywood Pantages Theatre in 1983, Jonathan Demme’s innovative concert movie captures the frantic energy and artsy groove of groundbreaking band Talking Heads.

  • Sunset Song

    Sunset Song

    With World War I brewing and her family scattered across the countryside, a Scottish farmgirl struggles to find her way. Sunset Song is the always masterful Terence Davies’ intimate epic of hope, tragedy and love at the dawning of the Great War.

  • Swimlapse


    In the shadow of a chilling accident, a young lifeguard struggles to return to work while teaching a reluctant girl to swim.

  • Switch Man

    Switch Man

    Dr. Evil Mantis attacts K-City and one young man must fight him. This hidden superhero’s secret power is about to turn things around.

  • T-Rex


    17-year old Claressa “T-Rex” Shields from Flint, Michigan dreams of being the first woman in history to win the gold medal in Olympic boxing. To succeed, she will need to stand her ground both inside and outside the ring.  Producer Sue Johnson to be in attendance for screenings!

  • Taking the Plunge

    Taking the Plunge

    When a young man’s ideal wedding proposal is put in jeopardy, he is forced to dive into unknown waters to salvage his plans.

  • The 100 Years Show

    The 100 Years Show

    Carmen Herrera is one of the oldest working artists today. She was a pioneering abstract painter in the ’40s and ’50s, but only recently found the recognition that eluded her for most of her career, as she approaches her 100th birthday.

  • The Anthropologist

    The Anthropologist

    The Anthropologist considers the fate of the planet from the perspective of an American teenager. Over five years, she travels alongside her mother, an anthropologist studying the impact of climate change on indigenous communities.  Producer Jeremy Newberger to be in attendance for screening!

    Sponsored by Wells Fargo

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  • The Black Belt

    The Black Belt

    In 2015, the State of Alabama closed 31 DMVs, which largely impacted voters in the state’s Black Belt. To combat these closures, the Mobile Voter Registration unit was created. This film tags along to see how voters are registered in this new process.

  • The Child and the Dead

    The Child and the Dead

    Fates collide when a father, his son, and a lover are left stranded after a car accident in this modern Gothic fable set in the wilds of the Pacific Northwest.

  • The Dark Crystal

    The Dark Crystal

    Thanks to a partnership with the Jim Henson Co., we are screening this 1982 masterpiece about a creature called a Gelfling who embarks on a quest to find the missing shard of a magical crystal to restore order to his world.  Film to be screened from a 70mm print out of UNCSA’s Moving Image Archives!

  • The Fits

    The Fits

    While training at the gym, eleven year-old tomboy Toni becomes entranced with a dance troupe holding its annual tryouts. As she struggles to fit in, she finds herself caught up in danger as the group begins to suffer from fainting spells and other mysterious fits of delirium.

  • The Forest Paper

    The Forest Paper

    A bird who wants to build a nest with straw gets lost in a world that is made only of paper, a world where technology is emphasized over Mother Nature, causing mass disaster.

  • The Head of Joaquin Murrieta

    The Head of Joaquin Murrieta

    Joaquin Murrieta, an infamous Mexican outlaw, was killed by bounty hunters who put his head in a jar and displayed it across California. 162 years later, filmmaker John Valadez is convinced he finally has the head.

  • The Headless Woman

    The Headless Woman

    Driving down a deserted road, Veronica hits something with her car as she reaches for her phone. After admitting to her husband that she thinks she may have killed someone, an unconscious battle with guilt begins to unravel her grip on reality.

  • The Hollerin' Contest at Spivey's Corner

    The Hollerin' Contest at Spivey's Corner

    The National Hollerin’ Contest has been held annually in the small town of Spivey’s Corner, NC since 1969. The film follows the stories of three former champions as they attempt to reclaim their titles and keep the oft-forgotten tradition of hollerin’ alive.

  • The House is Innocent

    The House is Innocent

    Meet Tom and Barbara, proud new owners of a serial killer’s house–the most infamous residence in Sacramento. The couple soon realizes it’s going to take more than a fresh coat of paint to whitewash their home’s macabre history.

  • The Ken Burns Effect

    The Ken Burns Effect

    A Ken Burns-style homage to Ken Burns, featuring Ken Burns.

  • The Last Show

    The Last Show

    A master Chinese shadow puppeteer must come to terms with the bittersweet reality of his dying art.

  • The Lovers and the Despot

    The Lovers and the Despot

    After the collapse of their glamorous romance, a famous director and actress are kidnapped by movie-obsessed dictator Kim Jong-Il. Forced to make films in the world’s weirdest state, they get a second chance at love, but only one chance at escape.

  • The Milk of Sorrow

    The Milk of Sorrow

    Fausta suffers from a cryptic disease called the Milk of Sorrow, transmitted through the breast milk of Peruvian women who were abused or raped during pregnancy. Living in fear and confusion after a violent civil war, she must face the sudden death of her mother.

  • The Missing Ingredient

    The Missing Ingredient

    Desperate to save his failing business, a Manhattan restaurateur ruffles more than a few feathers when he makes the controversial decision to put up the iconic zebra wallpaper made world famous by the now shuttered Upper East Side institution Gino’s.  Director Michael Sparaga to be in attendance for screenings!

  • The New Classmate

    The New Classmate

    Behind the Taj Mahal lies a cluster of dingy homes where Chanda lives with her 14-year old daughter Appu. When Appu tells her she wants to drop out, Chanda decides to go back to school, joining the class of her daughter.

  • The No Hand King

    The No Hand King

    The self proclaimed “No Hand King” of Raleigh, NC shares his past struggles and his motivations to become the best in the world at what he does, taking on a 50 mile stretch of the Outer Banks to claim the record for the longest no-handed wheelie.  Director Patrick Shanahan to be in attendance for screenings!

    Sponsored by Sunshine Beverages LLC


  • The Oceanmaker

    The Oceanmaker

    After the seas have disappeared, a courageous young female pilot fights against vicious sky pirates for control of the last remaining source of water: the clouds.

  • The Orchestra

    The Orchestra

    In a city filled with beautiful, harmonious music, Vernon always seems to strike the wrong note.

  • The Polar Bear Club

    The Polar Bear Club

    A stubborn old man struggles with the changes and loss that occur as he and his group of close friends near the final chapter of their lives in this feature from UNCSA alum Brett Price.  Director Brett Price to be in attendance for screenings!

  • The Punk Rock Movie from England

    The Punk Rock Movie from England

    Assembled from Super 8 footage shot by Don Letts, the disc jockey at London’s The Roxy during the early days of the UK punk rock movement, the film features performances by The Clash, Sex Pistols, and Siouxsie and the Banshees.

  • The Roma Project

    The Roma Project

    Following a deadly car accident, a frightened teen awakes in an ominous hospital, discovering powerful abilities he did not know he possessed.

  • The Scar

    The Scar

    Confined by the oppressive summer heat, a single-minded mother, and the limits of girlhood, a young girl arrives upon an unexpected self-realization during an outing to the corner store.

  • The School is Watching

    The School is Watching

    Good morning Bear River High School, these are your morning announcements.

  • The Soul of a Tree

    The Soul of a Tree

    World famous woodworker George Nakashima’s path crosses twice with a man in Eden, Idaho named Bill Vaughn: once when George was interned during World War II, and again decades later, when Bill picked up the book The Soul of a Tree.

  • The Street Artist

    The Street Artist

    An aging artist, despite his incredible talents, is disillusioned and in need of inspiration.

  • The Swimming Lesson

    The Swimming Lesson

    Brought by her mother to her first swimming lesson, a seven year-old girl must find, on her own, her place in the unfamiliar world of the pool.

  • The Violin Teacher

    The Violin Teacher

    Laerte, a talented violinist, freezes during his audition for a São Paulo orchestra and is forced to teach music classes in a rough public school to pay the bills. The transformative power of music and the resolve of his students opens the doors to a new world.

  • The Wind Journeys

    The Wind Journeys

    In this 2009 work from filmmaker Ciro Guerra, whose latest film Embrace of the Serpent was nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at this year’s Oscars, Ignacio Carrillo travels throughout northern Colombia playing music on his accordion, a legendary instrument that is said to be cursed because it once belonged to the devil. When his wife suddenly dies, he decides to make one last journey to return the accordion to the man who gave it to him. Film to be screened on 35mm.

  • Themes & Variations

    Themes & Variations

    Based upon contemporary artworks from artists Yayoi Kusama and Ai Weiwei, this fully CG-rendered film explores the infinite possibilities of using 3D digital art to create new “versions” of existing artworks.

  • Theodora


    Theodora, a young girl left to her own devices, spends the afternoon gathering seemingly random ingredients for an unusual feast.

  • Titanic Boy

    Titanic Boy

    Through a traditional documentary approach and poetic animated sequences, this film explores the life of a thirteen year-old boy whose interest in the Titanic has been both the cause of and solution to many of his problems

  • Tower


    On August 1st, 1966, a sniper opened fire at the University of Texas, holding the campus hostage for 96 minutes. Combining archival footage with rotoscopic animation, this film shares the untold story of a day when the worst in one man brought out the best in so many others.

  • Travel Light

    Travel Light

    UNCSA alum Lindsay Thompson and a small team of friends backpack 500 miles across Spain’s Camino de Santiago in an attempt to capture the stories of the international pilgrims who make this sacred walk.  Director Lindsay Thompson to be in attendance for screenings!

    Sponsored by Great Outdoor Provision Co. and Farm to Feet

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  • Valley of Love

    Valley of Love

    A divorced couple (Isabelle Huppert and Gérard Depardieux) reunite for a strange appointment in Death Valley, California. They reconnect after years apart to answer to an invitation to join their son Michael–an invitation that he delivered from beyond the grave.

    Sponsored by TV5Monde

  • Vincent


    When his dog Vincent passes away, aging one-hit wonder Adrian Granado fears he’s lost the last true fan he’ll ever have.

  • Volcano!


    A little girl can’t seem to figure out why her volcano science project won’t explode. Little does she know that her experiment has taken on a life of its own.

  • We Can't Live without Cosmos

    We Can't Live without Cosmos

    Two cosmonauts, best friends since birth, try their best through intense training to make their common dream a reality. Their story is not only about a dream, but more importantly about steadfast friendship.

  • We Would End the Painting

    We Would End the Painting

    Alexander Hanke creates screenprinted gig posters in his living room, and later in the workshop, that are true works of art and fitting tributes to the bands they represent.

  • Weiner


    With unrestricted access to Anthony Weiner’s New York City mayoral campaign, this film reveals the human story behind the scenes of a high-profile political scandal as it unfolds, and offers an unfiltered look at how much today’s politics is driven by an appetite for spectacle.

  • When Two Worlds Collide

    When Two Worlds Collide

    In this piercing documentary, an indigenous environmental activist, along with hundreds of others, takes on the large businesses and the government that are willingly destroying the Amazon in Peru.

  • Winston's Ghost

    Winston's Ghost

    Though he may not admit it, Ryan Gustman is an artist. Ryan, who struggles with autism, combines his photography skills and love of urban exploration to document abandoned buildings in Winston-Salem.

  • World Famous Gopher Hole Museum

    World Famous Gopher Hole Museum

    In the Albertan town of Torrington, a local museum is a must-see for tourists and taxidermists alike. Its critter-filled dioramas are the inspiration for this wistful ode to a fading way of life on the Canadian Prairies.