"The 16th RiverRun International Film Festival will be held April 4-13, 2014 in downtown Winston-Salem. The Festival will screen 145 films, including 82 shorts and 63 features, from 33 countries. Among the many film offerings this year, once again, there will be many free screenings for our community of humans, and even one for man’s best friends.

This year, five films will be screened free for the public. RiverRun will also welcome back its ever-popular Saturday Morning Cartoons series (free for ages 18 and under), which includes animation submissions for the youngest Festival-goers following a free concert by Chuck Folds’ Big Bang Boom Band.

“We provide free screenings to connect with a variety of audiences throughout the community,” said Andrew Rodgers, RiverRun’s Executive Director. “We are also happy to again unleash a free screening for our underserved canine audiences during our popular Fido Frolic & Film event.”

Fido Frolic & Film event:
UP – Director: Pete Docter / USA / 2009 / 96 Min. / Rating: PG
Round up the family and (please!) bring along your dog to this outdoor screening of the Pixar gem UP. As part of our Eco-Initiative, we are also offering a bicycle valet during this event, so cycle on over! Retired balloon salesman Carl Fredricksen is ready for his last chance at high-flying excitement. Tying thousands of balloons to his house, Carl sets off to the lost world of his childhood dreams. Unbeknownst to Carl, an overeager 8-year-old is on Carl's front porch! Stuck together in the wilds of the jungle, Carl realizes that sometimes life's biggest adventures aren't the ones you set out looking for. The festivities include a pet-friendly photo booth. Sponsored by Flow Subaru
April 5 / Festivities at 6:30PM / Film At Dusk / Fourth & Trade Streets / Free

The thrill of watching colorful, funny and sweet cartoons is something nearly all children love, and so do many adults! Once again our programming staff has searched high and low to find the perfect animated short films for our youngest Festival-goers. The festivities include a pre-film show by Chuck Fold’s band, Big Bang Boom and free Krispy Kreme doughnuts. Sponsored by Salem Smiles Orthodontics
April 5 & 12 / Band at 9:00am / Film at 10:00am / Hanesbrands Theatre / 18 & Under Free

THE WIZARD OF OZ – Director: Victor Fleming / USA / 1939 / 102 Min. / Rating: PG   
Nominated for a Best Picture Oscar, this heartwarming Technicolor tale tells of Dorothy Gale, who is swept away by a tornado to a magical land and embarks on a quest to see the Wizard who can help her return home. Free ticket vouchers available at Hanesbrands Outlet at Thruway Shopping Center, 385-383 Lower Mall Dr., Winston-Salem.Sponsored by Hanesbrands Inc.
April 8 / 6:00pm / Hanesbrands Theatre / Free

LANDSCAPES OF THE HEARTDirector: Rebecca Cerese / USA /2014 / 58 Min. / Rating: Teen
This documentary chronicles the life of Elizabeth Spencer, a controversial Southern author still writing in her nineties. Spencer authored the novella “Light in the Piazza” and other poignant stories of race, class and sexuality during a defining period of American history. (Director Rebecca Cerese, Producer Sharon Swanson and Elizabeth Spencer will be in attendance.)
Sponsored by Wells Fargo and presented in partnership with Bookmarks Book Festival
April 8 / 6:30PM / SECCA / Free

THE COLOR PURPLE – Director: Steven Spielberg / USA / 1985 / 154 Min. / Rating; PG-13
Based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Alice Walker, The Color Purple spans the years 1909 to 1949, relating the life of Celie (Whoopi Goldberg), a Southern black woman virtually sold into a life of servitude to a brutal husband, sharecropper Albert (Danny Glover).
April 13 / 1:00pm / UNCSA Main Theatre / Free

THE TRIALS OF MUHAMMAD ALI – Director: Bill Seigel / USA / 2013 / 92 Min. / Rating; PG
The Trials of Muhammad Ali is a Kartemquin documentary exploring Ali's lifelong journey of spiritual transformation. From his Louisville roots, through his years in exile, to receiving the Presidential Medal of Freedom, Trials traces Ali's path from poet to pariah to global ambassador for peace.
Presented in partnership with Wake Forest University
April 9 / 7:00pm / Farrell Hall (Broyhill Auditorium) at Wake Forest University / Free

SPONSORS: The sponsors of the 2014 RiverRun International Film Festival help sustain the organization's mission to foster 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. Festival sponsors include: Title Sponsors: The Arts Council of Winston Salem and Forsyth County, Reynolds American, The University of North Carolina School of the Arts; Presenting Sponsors: City of Winston-Salem, Millennium Fund; Marquee Sponsors: Flow Companies, Elephant in the Room, John W. and Anna H. Hanes Foundation, Wells Fargo, Hanesbrands Inc.; Premiere Sponsors: Wake Forest University, JDL Castle Corporation, Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP, and Kilpatrick Design.

TICKETS AND INFO: Tickets are on sale at the Stevens Center box office, via www.riverrunfilm.com or over the phone (336-721-1945). It is recommended to purchase tickets in person or over the phone to avoid third-party handling fees. For up-to-date information, or for details about volunteering at the Festival, visit www.riverrunfilm.com or call 336-724-1502."
Submitted by Capture Public Relations & Media

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