RiverRun Festival returns


First Posted: 4/14/2009

The 11th annual RiverRun International Film Festival is previewing its 2009 lineup and showcasing past favorites at the Downtown Cinema Theatre on 142 N. Main St. today at 7 p.m.
The festival, which is being held in Winston-Salem on April 22-29, is making Mount Airy part of its annual road show tour to coffeehouses, clubs, museums and cinemas to promote interest in the upcoming festival.
We are fortunate to be a part of this for a fourth year, said Tanya Jones, the executive director of the Surry Arts Council. We are able to have this name brand festival without financial output.
The 2009 RiverRun Road Show tour is free to the public, who can see the five short films, which are each less than 10 minutes. The festival allows people a sample of the international films offered at the RiverRun International Film Festival.
The road show tour is scheduled to visit Roanoke, Va., Greenville, S.C., Asheville, Charlotte, Greensboro, Kernersville, Mount Airy and Winston-Salem. Each hour-long event will include comments by festival organizers, a clip reel of films featured at the upcoming film festival and a collection of popular and award-winning shorts screened at the 2008 film festival.
Festival organizers say this years event features a broad mix of both emerging and established filmmakers from around the world.
People will get to see the best of the prior year, Jones said. There are a variety of shorts that are interesting.
The week-long festival in Winston-Salem will screen 37 feature films and 63 shorts from 26 countries.
According to a statement released by RiverRun, the festival is dedicated to fostering a greater appreciation of cinema and a deeper understanding of the many people, cultures and perspectives of our world through regular interaction with great films and filmmakers.
The RiverRun International Film Festival is a non-profit cultural organization that was founded in 1998. It is a competitive event that annually showcases new films from both established and emerging filmmakers around the world. Each spring RiverRun screens new narrative, documentary, short, student and animated films, offering both audience and jury prizes in competition categories. The festival also does other events including regional premieres of films, celebrity tributes, family matinees, classic retrospectives and panel discussions and parties.
The 2009 RiverRun Road Show tour includes the following shorts:
– Un Certain Regard France Director: Graldine Maillet (seven minutes) Its summertime in Paris and a man sits alone on a park bench. He locks eyes with a beautiful and mysterious woman sitting nearby and begins a game of seduction. But all is not as it seems in this wonderful little gem.
– I Met the Walrus Canada Director: Josh Raskin (five minutes) The year is 1969, and 14-year-old Beatles fan Jerry Levitan has managed to sneak into the bands hotel with a tape recorder and capture a short interview with John Lennon. This beautifully constructed Oscar-nominated short interprets Lennons words with fantastic drawings and 2-D visuals.
– In Winter UK Director: Michael Zauner (three minutes) Told through three different character perspectives in three separate frames, this whimsical story follows a snowman as he desperately tries to get to a nearby shaded area to escape the hot sun. Student film Royal College of Art
– Zoologic USA Director: Nicole Mitchell (five minutes) A fussy zookeeper maintains strict order in his zoo by arranging the animals to his liking. His absolute rule begins to falter, however, when he encounters a fat little penguin that refuses to be shaped to fit. The animals then take over the zoo and teach the zookeeper a lesson. Student film California Institute of the Arts
– Knights of Atomikaron Canada Directors: Adam Brodie & Dave Derewlany (six minutes) Focusing on a close-knit group of insecure guys, this comedic mockumentary introduces us to Sir OMG and F12 of Gigamore, two of the central characters in an elaborate role-playing game.
For more information about this years event or tickets to the festival, visit www.riverrunfilm.com or call 721-1945.
Contact Erin C. Perkins at [email protected] or 719-1952.

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