The free event was held at the Downtown Cinema in Mount Airy Wednesday night and also featured five short films which were award winners from last year’s festival.
The festival will feature narrative, documentary and animated features and shorts as well as late-night features, spotlights and special presentations. There are events for the whole family, including a special Saturday morning cartoons segment. Tickets for many of the films are $8, while tickets for the cartoon segment are $1 for children 18 and younger.
“It looks like there will be something for everyone,” said Anita Hoisington, one of the viewers at the screening.
“Speedy” will be the closing night special presentation event. It is a silent film comedy featuring Harold Lloyd. The Alloy Orchestra will accompany the film.
“This is probably the thing I’m most excited for,” said Tara Orris, marketing coordinator for RiverRun.
A couple of the films were even shot in North Carolina. “Goodbye Solo” and “Eyeborgs” were both filmed in Winston-Salem.
Hoisington even spotted a woman from Mount Airy in “Casting Session,” a late-night short, and looks forward to telling her friends about it so they can check it out.
In addition to the montage from the upcoming films and shorts, viewers also had the opportunity to see five audience award winning shorts from last year’s festival.
From an unruly penguin who annoys the anal-retentive zookeeper by not conforming to the norms for a penguin to a group of guys who would prefer to live in a computer world than in reality, the audience was able to see a glimpse of a number of different genres.
“I know there are no shift-alt-deletes in the real world” was a popular line, eliciting laughs from the short “Knights of Atomikaron.”
“I Met the Walrus” was even a nominee for an Academy Award for setting visuals to Jerry Levitan’s taped interview with John Lennon.
Hoisington was disappointed with the turn-out for the event in Mount Airy, but does not plan to let that stop her from journeying to Winston-Salem for the festival.
“I enjoyed it. It peaked my curiosity,” she said of the presentation. “We go down there (to Winston-Salem) quite often anyway.”
Representatives from RiverRun decided to bring the program to Mount Airy in an effort to let people see what is happening right down the road.
“We wanted to make the festival accessible. A lot of people from here have come in the past,” said Orris.
The festival will take place at a number of venues in Winston-Salem from April 23-29. For more information on the films and to purchase tickets, visit RiverRun’s Web site at www.riverrunfilm.com or call (336) 721-1945.
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