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.
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:
The leaves are turning, the Dixie Classic Fair is in full swing, and school buses are once again filling the streets of Winston-Salem. Sure signs of autumn all, but it also means that RiverRun is only half a year away!
The RiverRun International Film Festival today announced the Audience and Jury Awards for the 2014 Festival. The 16th annual Festival ran April 4-13 and presented 144 films, representing 33 countries.
“Films showcased at our Festival this year reflected diverse stories from around the world, immense talent from directors, many trained in Winston-Salem, and a host of passionate projects that are jewels of the independent filmmaking community,” said Andrew Rodgers, RiverRun Executive Director.