GREENSBORO — A film about the N.C. A&T marching band will be among those shown free online as part of N.C. Short Films of the RiverRun International Film Festival.
The films will be available from April 24 through May 8 from the RiverRun website at riverrunfilm.com.
During this two-week period, many of the shorts filmmakers will be highlighted in a “Meet the Filmmakers” series on RiverRun’s social media channels.
RiverRun, based in Winston-Salem, canceled this spring's annual festival because of the coronavirus pandemic.
“RiverRun has a legacy of showcasing North Carolina filmmakers, and we’re especially pleased to be sharing this year’s shorts as 2020 marks the 40th anniversary of the founding of the North Carolina Film Office,” Rob Davis, RiverRun executive director, said in a news release.
“Founded in 1980 by Governor James B. Hunt, the office was commissioned to help facilitate and provide a base of operation for North Carolina’s burgeoning film industry," Davis said. "That industry has grown incredibly over the years, and we are thrilled to honor that by offering these North Carolina Shorts to our viewers during these times of in-home entertainment.”
The films will be available in two blocks and include the following titles:
NC SHORTS 1: riverrunfilm.com/film/nc-shorts-1-2020/
"Blue & Gold Marching Machine" (Alyson Vermillion, Nathan Burton, Jenifer Hughey): Follow along as 200 musicians and dancers celebrate the 100th year of the North Carolina A&T marching band, from band camp to the “Greatest Homecoming on Earth.”
"All the Possibilities…" (Marsha Gordon, Louis Cherry): A documentary meditation on artist Vernon Pratt’s 1,450 square foot systematic abstraction painting, All The Possibilities of Filling in Sixteenths (65,536), which was completed in 1982 but only recently exhibited posthumously and for the first time.
"April Eighty-Nine" (Thom Southerland): A woman recalls a fateful road trip taken 30 years earlier with her first love.
"Bulls and Saints" (Rodrigo Dorfman): A lyrical documentary short based on a love letter written by an immigrant bull rider to his wife back home in Mexico.
"Hebo" (Kevin Wells): Explore the work of Sam Ezell, an outsider folk artist in Hillsborough. Sam has been a maintenance worker at the Daniel Boone Village since 1970, and is a lifelong collector of folk art and antiques. If he isn’t working or junk hunting, Sam is painting.
"The Ice Climber" (Jacob Staedler): Hailing from the mountains of North Carolina, Anthony is no stranger to elevation. He lives for the winter time when he can climb the frozen waterfalls around him. However, with two young daughters and a family to feed, how far is too far to push the boundaries of the sport he loves?
"Quilt Journeys" (Atinuke Diver, Maracel Guevara): Journeys can be transformative. And while most begin as a single step towards a known destination, for a community of African-American women anchored in the Hayti community of Durham, the path towards courage, growth, and change isn’t a straight line, but a circle.
"Sound and Sole" (Cara Hagan): Arthur Grimes was born and raised in the Appalachian mountains and is the only professionally working, African-American buck dancer in Boone. Here, Arthur recounts his journey from eager youth to professional master, gives us a glimpse into his performance experience, and demonstrates his deep love for Appalachian music, dance and history.
"Ups & Downs" (Christian Green): Public space and architecture surround us, influencing our everyday life in subtle ways. Stairs in particular tend to be primarily transitional spaces; we don’t tend to think much about them. This short documentary explores the stairways that have left strong impressions in the memories of Wake Forest University students, good memories and bad ones.
NC SHORTS 2: riverrunfilm.com/film/nc-shorts-2-2020/
"Alley Rats" (Sean Breitkreutz): As Ralph tries to reconnect with his childhood best friend, Jay, the two are thrust into their town’s unforgiving nightlife, turning a night of parties, drugs and music into a frantic escape from reality.
"Blue & Hues" (Jordan McLaughlin): Blue and Hues are a tight-knit duo in thievery. When they set their sights on a powerful man with a diamond lodged in his eye, they start to question if this is the kind of life they really want.
"Camilla, Keep Your Word" (Holland Gallagher): Offering a love story where you’d least expect it–right in the middle of an emergency evacuation caused by Hurricane Katrina.
"Corporate Clueless" (Evan Pease): Everything comes crashing down when a corporate team-building activity goes from bad to worse.
"The Deep End" (Emma Grace Wright): Beau wants to be “just like the boys." but most of his middle school peers won’t make room for a kid with Down syndrome. When classmate Miles befriends him in the cafeteria and invites him to a party, Beau is ready.
"Godspeed" (Sade Abiodun): Poetry, music, and visuals converge to lead us through the life of a Black girl as she becomes a Black woman. As she is forced to make sense of the dynamic tension between the child she was and the woman she will be, she draws strength from the person who knows her best: her mother.
"Inoculation" (Andrew Harrell, Patrick Nichols): A woman faces an ultimatum from her husband, rooted in his desperate drive to protect them from impending environmental catastrophe.
"Interstate 8" (Anne Thieme): In the southern US, two young women meet by chance in a police car and, without speaking a word to each other, are confronted with the injustice hovering above them.
"Long Drive to Yadkin" (Parrish Stikeleather): A man walks into a barber shop for one last haircut.
"Too Much Rain" (John Cernak): Winston-Salem’s own Out of Our Minds Studios created this animated short to take a look at overwhelming circumstances through the eyes of a little girl. When her world is swept away by a flood, she navigates the troubled waters of nature but still maintains hope.