“Festivals like RiverRun are what filmmakers dream of. The program is consistently comprised of the most interesting truly-independent films of that year. Downtown Winston-Salem becomes a lively, yet intimate place for filmmakers, industry, and audiences to absorb and discuss films without any of the built in stresses of larger festivals.”

–Daniel Carbone, Director (Hide Your Smiling Faces)

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Spotlight on Black American Filmmakers

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.


Bill Pullman – 2008 Master of Cinema David Oyelowo – 2012 Spark Award honoree Debra Granik – 2014 Emerging Master Michael Shannon – 2011 Emerging Master Paul Schneider – 2012 Emerging Master Sophie Desmarais and Tyler James Williams...

“Coming to RiverRun gives a film-lover the chance for a respite from hype. At RiverRun, the thoughtful attention to the films chosen and the overall loving of film for film, movies for their craft and content, not for star-power or commercial value is a needed sanctuary and chance to see work that is off the beaten trail. The atmosphere and venues are welcoming in the way that some of us really need!”

–Debra Granik, Academy Award® nominated Director (Winter’s Bone)

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RiverRun and ITVS team up again

This year RiverRun is once again a participating organization with ITVS’ Community Cinema series, which brings exclusive FREE screenings of powerful and insightful documentary films to Winston-Salem before they have their broadcast premieres on PBS’ Independent Lens series.

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