2014 Emerging Master Awards Announced at RiverRun Film Festival

"Each year as part of the Festival we recognize talented performers and directors who have demonstrated early mastery of their craft with the Emerging Master Award. Filmmaker Debra Granik and actress Melanie Lynskey will be honored with the award at this year's Festival at two separate tribute ceremonies, each including an on-stage moderated conversation with honorees and a film clip overview of their accomplished careers, with a short Q&A session following. Tickets for each event are $12 and are available at the main Festival box office at the Stevens Center.

debra granik
Debra Granik is an Oscar-nominated independent director and writer. She is best known for her Academy Award® nominated work on Winter's Bone (2010) starring Jennifer Lawrence. The tribute ceremony for Granik will be held on April 10 at 5pm in the UNCSA Babcock Theater.
melanie Lynskey
New Zealand native Melanie Lynskey first gained widespread international attention when she starred in Peter Jackson's Academy Award® nominated Heavenly Creatures. She has held leading and scene-stealing turns in many films, such as Thomas McCarthy's critically lauded (and RiverRun '12 Opening Night film) Win Win and The Perks of Being a Wallflower. The tribute ceremony for Lynskey will be held Saturday, April 12, at 4:30pm and will be moderated by Winston-Salem native Angus MacLachlan, who directed Lynskey in his debut directorial feature Goodbye to All That, which will premiere next month at the Tribeca Film Festival.

RiverRun Pitch Fest and Panel Discussions

While we celebrate the best in emerging talents and established masters in filmmaking, we also have a reverence for the past and like to set our sights on the future. That's why in addition to the many films we offer, we provide a variety of panel discussions that address the future trends and developments of filmmaking. Each panel is free and open to the public.
Media Restoration and Preservation Panel
April 5, 1:30pm at UNCSA Main
With the advance of digital filmmaking and new technological advances, the 35mm film print has become something of a relic. RiverRun and UNCSA have joined forces with the top archivists from around the country and constructed a panel of experts to discuss their mammoth job of preserving and exhibiting some of the world's last remaining film prints.
NC Film Rebate Debate
April 6, 2:00pm at the RiverRun Lounge, 411 W. 4th St.
The expiration date for North Carolina's tax incentive for film production is looming large and major debates have broken out in Raleigh over whether to renew it. We have brought together industry representatives to examine the impact our current film tax incentive has had so far and what would happen if it were eliminated. Sponsored by the North Carolina Film Office, Piedmont Triad Film Comission and Entertainment Partners
Third Annual Pitch Fest
April 11, 10:00am at Hanesbrands Theatre
Pre-selected student filmmaker applicants from universities around the state will pitch their documentary short projects to a panel of industry experts, receive advice on how to proceed and vie for the chance to win prizes and industry recognition. Sponsored by Wells Fargo
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Hot Picks from the 2014 Doc Competition

RiverRun helps audiences see the world through the eyes of others by showcasing some of the year's best real-life stories. The films in this competition are eligible for the Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton Audience Award.
Bending Steel
4/5 1:30pm a/perture 2; 4/6 2:00pm UNCSA Babcock; 4/7 11:30am a/perture 2
This deeply moving and inspiring documentary explores the life of 43-year-old Chris Schoeck as he trains in the lost art of Oldetime Strongmen and struggles to overcome the limitations of both his body and mind. Director Dave Carroll and film subject Chris Schoeck to be in attendance for 4/5 and 4/6 screenings!
The Case Against 8
4/7 8:00pm Hanesbrands; 4/8 3:00pm Hanesbrands; 4/13 10:30am a/perture 2
Shot over five years, this intimate, behind-the-scenes look inside the case to overtun California's ban on same sex marriage follows the unlikely team that took the first federal marriage equality lawsuit to the U.S. Supreme Court. Director Ryan White to be in attendance for the 4/7 screening!
A Fragile Trust: Plagiarism, Power and Jayson Blair at The New York Times
4/5 4:30pm a/perture 2; 4/6 4:30pm UNCSA Main; 4/7 2:30pm a/perture 2
Jayson Blair may just be the most infamous serial plagiarist of our time. Grant's film offers us a chance to see first-hand how he unleashed the massive scandal that rocked The New York Times and the entire world of journalism. Producer Brittney Shepherd to be in attendance for screenings!
4/10 5:30pm, 4/11 2:30pm and 4/12 4:30pm, all at a/perture 2
Columbia is the center of the new global gold rush and the town of Marmato is the new frontier. Chronicled over the course of nearly six years, the film reveals how the townspeople confront a Canadian mining company that covets the $20 billion in gold beneath their homes. Director Mark Grieco to be in attendance for screenings!
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More Advance Tickets Sold Out
(Don't forget to try the Wait List the day of!)

Joe                            April 5 7:30pm UNCSA Main
Le Week-end          April 6 7:30pm UNCSA Main
If You Build It           April 9 5:30pm a/perture 2
Le Chef                    April 4 7pm UNCSA Main
(There are still tickets available for the matinee screening of Le Chef April 9 at 4pm at Hanesbrands)

Ticket Information

Tickets may be purchased online at riverrunfilm.com, over the phone at (336) 721-1945 and also at the main Festival box office, located at the Stevens Center, from 11am-6pm Monday through Friday. It is recommended to purchase tickets in-person or over the phone to avoid third party handling fees. Matinee tickets are $6 and admission for regular screenings are $12. Students who present a valid student ID and purchase tickets in person will receive a discount of $2 off all film tickets except matinees. Festival Ticket Samplers are also available from the Festival box office. These cards cost $108 but allow you to pick and choose up to $120 in Festival tickets. You can redeem the credits on the card all at once at the box office, or spread them out over the course of the 2014 Festival.
The Stevens Center Box Office
405 West 4th Street
Winston-Salem, NC 27101
From April 4-6 & 11-13, a second Festival box office will open at the ACE Cinematheque Complex at the UNC School of the Arts campus - 1533 S. Main Street - for walk-up sales only. For screenings at the three other Festival locations - a/perture cinema, Hanesbrands Theatre and SECCA day-of walk-up sales will be available starting one hour before each show."
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