Although there were two films shown last night as”openers” today is the first day of the 17th Annual RiverRun International Film Festival. The Less Desirables are media sponsors of the event and if you come to the films or parties or anything else that has to do with the festival, look for me. I may be at that event. I’ll warn you, I won’t be at every event, but you should be at every one you can be.
Last night, Fresh Dressed played at the HanesBrands Theater and Reality played at SECCA. Other outlets for the films this year are UNCSA Ace Theatre Complex and a/perture Cinema (Official Movie Sponsor of The Less Desirables). For the closer on April 26, Manglehorn, starring Al Pacino and directed by David Gordon Green, will play at UNCSA Main.
There will be Narrative Features, Documentaries, Altered States (new directions in American cinema), films from the past, Films with Class and the one that I hope to catch a few films from, Spotlight on Black Filmmakers: 1971-1991. This category will feature films such as Boyz N the Hood, Daughters of the Dust, Hollywood Shuffle, Killer of Sheep, The Horse, She’s Gotta Have It (a Spike Lee Joint) and the 1971 version of Shaft, he’s one bad motha … you get the idea. I think it’s awesome that they’re showing those films. I have seen most of them but never on the big screen. That would be awesome. All in all, it’s 165 films, 91 shorts, 74 features from 35 countries. That’s a shload of films.
RiverRun is also is an Academy qualifying festival for Documentary Shorts and Animated Shorts. This means that submissions in these categories are judged and the winners are eligible to be Oscar nominees. So you may be able to see some of those films that when you watch the Oscars go, when would I have seen that!? I know I’ve been guilty of saying that before.
So, RiverRun is running from April 16-April 26. The box office is located at the Stevens Center (405 W 4th Street). There are several ways to purchase tickets for RiverRun outside of the box office. To find out more about these plans and such, check out the website. Have fun, enjoy the festivities and enjoy some great films!
Until tomorrow, same blog channel…
“We’re scouring the world, each year, to find the best new films of all stripes to show our audiences.” – Andrew Rodgers, Executive Director of RiverRun International Film Festival on UNC-TV’s North Carolina Now