“Frankenstein” Double Feature Halloween Jubilee 10/29

Piedmont Wind Symphony, RiverRun International Film Festival, and Hoots Roller Bar & Beer Co. are collaborating for an exciting double feature! Following the performance of “FRANKENSTEIN!” by Piedmont Wind Symphony at R.J. Reynolds Auditorium the party continues at Hoots Roller Bar for a showing of Bride of Frankenstein and an evening of Halloween merriment and libations.

Wells Fargo Increases Support for RiverRun Educational Outreach: Films With Class goes digital

News Release: WINSTON-SALEM, North Carolina 8/25/2015 – Wells Fargo will expand its relationship with the RiverRun International Film Festival by increasing its support of the Festival’s year-round Films With Class educational outreach program. Wells Fargo will provide $25,000 in direct support to RiverRun, and will serve as a presenting sponsor of the Festival’s Films With Class programs. This new level of support will enable RiverRun to utilize new digital tools to reach more Forsyth County classrooms over the coming months. “This generous support from our long-time supporter Wells Fargo will help us enlarge RiverRun’s digital footprint and increase our free educational film offerings for classrooms outside our region, serving even more young minds,” said RiverRun Executive Director, Andrew Rodgers. “The arts are a vital part of our communities and the development of our youth,” said Peggy Reingold, community affairs officer for Wells Fargo. “Film education strengthens critical thinking skills, stimulates imagination and promotes a creative and inclusive environment, and Wells Fargo is proud to support RiverRun in their efforts to teach these important concepts to children across Forsyth County.” In addition to its regular programming during the Festival, RiverRun presents free public screenings to students and participating schools throughout the year as well as during the run of the annual Festival. Films with Class is the most active component of RiverRun’s year-round events, and unique among film festivals. Through these outreach efforts, RiverRun helps thousands of students understand the diversity of the human experience and the need for global understanding. Films with Class works with K-12 educators and curriculum coordinators to find new ways of incorporating great films into...

RiverRun Receives National & Local Grants

RiverRun is pleased to announce it has recently received $148,400 in operating and project grants. These funds were contributed by six different foundations, both national and regional, and include the National Endowment for the Arts, The Millennium Fund, the James G. Hanes Foundation City of Winston-Salem, The Winston-Salem Foundation and the Forsyth County Tourism Development Authority.

“We are really honored to receive grants from these groups,” said RiverRun Executive Director Andrew Rodgers. “The future and sustainability of our organization relies entirely on the continued generosity of business, individuals and institutions.

RiverRun Adds Karin Chien to Creative Advisory Board

RiverRun announced a new Creative Advisory Board member, Karin Chien, who served as 2015 juror for RiverRun’s narrative feature films in competition.

“I am excited to welcome Karin to our Creative Advisory Board,” said Andrew Rodgers, RiverRun’s Executive Director. “She will bring new insight, experience and talent to our organization and we are honored that she is so willing to donate her energy and ideas to help enrich the Festival.”

Karin Chien is an independent film producer and distributor committed to uncompromising visions that challenge . . . .

On winning RiverRun’s Best Narrative Short jury prize for The Kármán Line: “This is delightful – it’s been a joy to learn people all over America have been responding to this strange, personal tale from the Britain, and prizes like this really drive that home and spur us on to the next thing.” – Oscar Sharp

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The 2015 RiverRun Jury & Audience Awards

RIVERRUN ANNOUNCES 2015 AWARDS ‘Memories on Stone’ & ‘The Chinese Mayor’ Win Top Jury Awards Shorts ‘Cailleach’ & ‘Bear Story’ Become Academy Eligible WINSTON-SALEM, North Carolina – The RiverRun International Film Festival today announced the Audience and Jury Awards for the 2015 Festival. The 17th annual Festival ran April 16-26 and presented 165 films, representing 35 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. AUDIENCE AWARDS The Audience Award “Best of Fest” was presented to: THE BLACK PANTHERS: VANGUARD OF THE REVOLUTION / USA (Director: Stanley Nelson) — Whether they were right or wrong, the Black Panther Party and its leadership remain powerful and enduring figures in our popular imagination even today. Stanley Nelson’s film weaves together voices from varied perspectives who lived this story– police, FBI informants, journalists, white supporters, and detractors, those who remained loyal to the party and those who left it. The Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP Audience Award for Best Narrative Feature was presented to: ANYWHERE ELSE / Israel / Germany (Director: Ester Amrami) — Noa, an Israeli grad student working on her thesis in Berlin about untranslatable words, returns home to find her family less than enamored with her life choices and struggles to define her connections to both place and family. The Audience Award for Best Documentary Feature was presented to: 3 ½ MINUTES / USA (Director: Marc Silver) — This gripping documentary dissects the shooting death of...

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