Celebrating Hollywood’s best at A/perture Cinema
Since opening in 2010, A/perture Cinema in Winston-Salem has hosted an annual “Red Carpet Party,” which just so happens to coincide with the annual Academy Awards broadcast. The event has proved so popular that, after A/perture transitioned to nonprofit status in 2017, it was redesigned to become its signature fund-raising event for the year.
“The 2019 Red Carpet Annual Party” will be held Sunday, and promises to be the biggest – and tastiest – yet. Sue Wall and Ben Baker are the honorary chairs for this year’s event, and Harrison Littell, the executive chef of Five Loaves Catering in Winston-Salem, has mapped out a mouth-watering menu of dishes inspired by this year’s Best Picture nominees.
“One of the things I love about this event is the way we’ve been able to incorporate food into the mix,” said Lawren Desai, A/perture’s executive director and curator. “Chef Harrison Littell creates a unique menu item for each of the Best Picture nominees. He’s come up with some great concepts the past two years and, based on what I’ve seen for this year, it’s going to be the best menu yet based on the diversity of titles.”
Of course, the classy cuisine isn’t the only incentive to attend. DJ J. Mik will be spinning tunes from many of the nominated films throughout the evening, and there will be a silent auction featuring items from CopperTide, Sfeer & Co., The Kimpton Cardinal and other local outlets. In addition, there will be bingo, a movie raffle, Oscar ballots, and attendees will be gifted with “SWAG bags” (“SWAG” standing for “Stuff We Always Get”), just like at the Academy Awards and other Hollywood events. Guests can mingle or settle down to watch the ceremony, and there’s bound to be a surprise or two along the way.
“We’ve been growing our audience for the event over the past few years and have gotten pretty close to filling up our seats,” Desai said. “We try to make it a pretty festive, but laid-back, event all about celebrating film.”
Given the variety of films nominated this year, including many independents, A/perture Cinema screened a significant number during the last year.
“We’ve screened 18 of the 37 nominated films and all of the short films this year, so there are a lot of films for us to cheer on, and many of those films – such as The Favourite, BlacKkKlansman, Isle of Dogs, RBG and Free Solo – were all hits for us in 2018,” she said. “I’m excited about the Best Documentary and Best Foreign-Language categories this year; 2018 was a great year for documentaries. RBG and Free Solo, which are both nominated (for Best Documentary Feature), broke into our 25 highest-grossing films ever, and it is fantastic to see a foreign film like Cold War not only get a Best Foreign-Language Film nomination but also ones for Best Director (Pawel Pawilowski) and Best Cinematography (Lukasz Zal).”
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The “2019 Red Carpet Annual Party” will take place 6:30 pm Sunday at A/perture Cinema, 311 W. Fourth St., Winston-Salem. Individual tickets are $100, a block of six tickets is $600, a block of eight tickets is $800, and student tickets are $45 each. For advance tickets or more information, call 336.722.8148 or visit the website.