F o u n d O B J E C T S

by Keith Barber

Glorious springtime has arrived in the Piedmont Triad and that can mean only one thing: The RiverRun International Film Festival is just around the corner. Held April 22-29 in Winston-Salem, the 11th annual festival will screen 37 feature films and 63 shorts from 26 countries this year. The festival kicks off with an Opening screening of director Marc Webb’s feature (500) Days of Summer, starring Zooey Deschanel, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Minka Kelly. Guillermo Arriaga’s directorial debut, The Burning Plain, starring Charlize Theron and Kim Basinger will screen as the Centerpiece Premiere, and the festival’s Closing Night event will include a screening of the Harold Lloyd’s 1928 silent comedy Speedy accompanied by the Alloy Orchestra. RiverRun will also present its inaugural Emerging Master Award to filmmaker and Winston-Salem native Ramin Bahrani following a screening of his latest film, Goodbye Solo. During the event’s launch party on March 25, the festival’s executive director Andrew Rodgers said programmers received nearly 1,000 submissions for the 2009 festival. Rodgers emphasized the festival’s lineup of films with North Carolina roots. UNCG faculty members have three films represented in this year’s festival including Brett Ingram’s Rocaterrainia, Matt Barr’s With These Hands: The story of an American Furniture Factory and Christopher Holmes’ short film “Sapsucker.” In the festival’s Late Night category, director and Winston-Salem native Richard Clabaugh’s science fiction feature Eyeborgs will be screened as well. To whet your appetite for independent cinema, check out the documentary film Film Village Big Bucks, Big Pharma screening at the Babcock Theater on the campus of the UNC School of the Arts on Friday at 7 p.m. The film pulls back the curtain on the multi-billion dollar pharmaceutical industry to expose the insidious ways that illness is used, manipulated and, in some instances, created for capital gain. The screening will be followed by a special lecture by Dr. Tom Murray on the psychiatric industrial complex. The theater is located at 1533 S. Main St. in Winston-Salem and admission is free. On Wednesday, Wake Forest University Theatre will conclude its Season of Scandal with William Shakespeare’s King Lear. The production features Dennis Krausnick of the renowned Shakespeare & Company, as the iconic king as well as Michael Huie, a Wake alum, and Ray Collins, an adjunct instructor of theatre and dance at the school. The set designer is Rob Eastman-Mullins, assistant professor of theatre and dance, in the searing family tragedy about greed, revenge, cruelty and redemption. King Lear is one of Shakespeare’s most intense and unforgettable creations. Tickets are $5 for students, $12 for adults, and $10 for seniors. On April 14, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and bestselling author Anna Quindlen will give a lecture at War Memorial Auditorium as part of Guilford College’s Bryan Series. Quindlen’s best-selling novels include Rise and Shine, Object Lessons, One True Thing and Black and Blue. While a columnist for the New York Times, Quindlen became only the third woman in the paper’s history to write a regular column for its influential Op-Ed page when she began the nationally syndicated Public and Private. A collection of those columns, Thinking Out Loud, was a national bestseller. For further info, call 336.852.1100. On Friday, the United Arts Council of Greater Greensboro will hold an a reception for the Recycled Art Contest from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at EarthFare in the community room at 2965 Battleground Ave. First, second and third place winners of the contest will be announced at that time. And finally, UNCG’s Taylor Theatre presents an awardwinning production The Revenger’s Tragedy on April 12 at 5 p.m. The UNCG production has been selected as one of the best college theatre productions and will be honored during a ceremony at the Kennedy Center in Washington on April 15. For further info, call 336.334.4392.