RiverRun Retro will be a year-round initiative of RiverRun International Film Festival spotlighting individuals and films that have contributed to the cultural and commercial fabric of motion pictures. By bringing in special guests to discuss their careers, RiverRun Retro will pay tribute to those who have influenced the medium, and audiences will be exposed to fascinating history and backstory of the art form, as a supplement to our annual springtime Festival.
The inaugural event, RiverRun Retro: An Evening with Millie Perkins, will take place Friday, November 4, 2016, at Hanesbrands Theatre, featuring special guest Millie Perkins in an on-stage interview by Foster Hirsch. The program will also feature clips from Perkins’ extensive acting career, including her debut role as Anne Frank in The Diary of Anne Frank.
Doors open at 7:00 p.m. and the program will begin at 8:00 p.m., with a reception to follow, featuring beverages from Hoots Beer Co. and McRitchie Winery, along with light hors d’oeuvres from Mooney’s Mediterranean Café. Complimentary tickets are available for students grades K-12 by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Tickets for adults are available online at:
Millie Perkins is a film and television actress best known for her film debut as Anne Frank in George Stevens’ production of The Diary of Anne Frank (20th Century Fox, 1959). Subsequently, Perkins was placed under contract to Fox, but it was a tumultuous relationship with Perkins being suspended for refusing to appear in Tess of the Storm Country. After appearing as Elvis Presley’s girlfriend in Wild in the Country, Perkins left Fox to appear in Ensign Pulver and Jack Nicholson’s existential Westerns The Shooting and Ride the Whirlwind.
More recently, Perkins has appeared as Jon Voight’s ex-wife in Table for Five, Sean Penn’s mother in At Close Range, Charlie Sheen’s mother in Wall Street, Andy Garcia’s mother in The Lost City, and as Ruth Kramer in the film adaptation of John Grisham’s The Chamber.
Foster Hirsch,the evening’s moderator,is a film professor at Brooklyn College and the author of 16 books on film and theatre including his highly acclaimed biography of Otto Preminger. Hirsch has hosted programs for the American Film Institute, the American Cinematheque, Film Forum, the National Arts Club and many film festivals around the country and abroad.
RiverRun Retro is made possible in part through the generosity of John Gates, along with sponsorship from Graylyn Estate, Hoots Beer Co., McRitchie Winery & Ciderworks, The Katherine Brasserie & Bar and Mooney’s Mediterranean Café.