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A trio of special film screening on tap for the Piedmont triad

by Mark Burger

We’re in the early surge of the summer movie season, but you can still find plenty of alternative films being screened throughout the region.

This Thursday, the documentary feature Where the Trail Ends will be screened at the Hanesbrands Theatre in Winston- Salem. Directed by Jeremy Grant, the film follows such renowned free-ride mountain bikers as Darren Berrecloth, Cameron Zink, Kurt Sorge, Cam Zink and Andreu Lacondeguy on their quest to find un-ridden terrain throughout the world. It’s their collective intent to break new ground — no matter how treacherous or hair-raising the experience may be!

Proceeds from this event, which is being sponsored by Mock Orange Bikes in Winston-Salem, will support to impending construction of a bicycle rack, designed by local artists, at the Milton Rhodes Center for the Arts. Showtime is 7:30 pm. Tickets are $10.

For tickets or more information, call 336.747.1414 or visit the official Hanesbrands Theatre website: hanesbrandstheatre.org.

The official website for the film is: wherethetrailends.com.

The movie mania continues this Saturday at the Hanesbrands Theatre with a special screening of writer/director Pablo Berger’s award-winning Blancanieves, which will be screened at 8 pm. The film was one of the opening-night selections at the 15 th annual RiverRun International Film Festival held last month in Winston- Salem, and reaction was so strong (the film sold out) that these additional screenings were scheduled to accommodate audiences who missed it the first time around or enjoyed it so much they wanted to see it again.

Blancanieves is, believe it or not, an interpretation of the classic Brothers Grimm fairytale Snow White and also an homage to classics of the silent cinema. The black-and-white film stars Maribel Verdu as Encarna, a female bullfighter in 1920s Andalusia, and the supporting cast includes Daniel Gimenez Cacho, Imma Cuesta and Angela Molina. And, yes, there are dwarfs, too.

The late Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun- Times hailed the film as “a wonderment!

A striking… full-bodied, visually stunning film,” and Jordan Hoffman of Film.com called it “an unexpected gift from the gods of pure cinema.” At the 2012 Goya Awards (Spain’s equivalent to the Oscars), Blancanieves earned a whopping 18 nominations and won 10, including Best Film, Best Actress and Best Original Screenplay. The film has also received more than a dozen more awards throughout the world.

The film, which is rated PG-13, is in Spanish with English subtitles.

Showtimes are 2 pm and 8 pm. Tickets are $10. For tickets or more information, just check out the phone number and website information above.

The official Blancanieves website is: blancanieves.es.

On Saturday, June 1, there will be a special sneak preview of the documentary Living in the Overlap, which will be presented at the Elliott University Center, located on the campus of UNCG.

The film is an in-depth look at the lives and love of Pearl Berlin and Lennie Gerber, a pair of High Point residents who have been together for 46 years and have made the decision to finally get married. There’s just one hitch: Pearl and Lennie are a lesbian couple.

Pearl and Lennie’s decision to wed comes on the first anniversary of North Carolina’s Amendment One, which banned same-sex marriage in the state, and the film examines their efforts to protest the passage of Amendment One, their individual lives before they first met, and how they eventually fell in love. It’s a tribute to their ongoing romance and their ongoing resilience, both as a couple and as activists.

Living in the Overlap is the latest production of the Documentary Film Program at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem and was directed by Mary Dalton and Cindy Hill.

Showtime is 6:30 pm and admission is free.

For more information, call 336.324.7922 or visit the film’s official website: lennieandpearl.com.

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