RiverRun reschedules 48HFP event, rings in the holiday season
Having been postponed due to Hurricane Florence in September, the RiverRun International Film Festival has rescheduled “The Best of the 2018 Greensboro 48 Hour Film Project” for Nov. 13 at The Ramkat (170 W. Ninth St., in Winston-Salem) beginning at 7 p.m. Iris Carter, project director for the 48HFP, will be on hand to introduce the screening and tickets are $5 (plus tax).
“This marks our second year of sponsorship and our second year to bring these creative films to our audience in Winston-Salem,” said RiverRun’s executive director Rob Davis. “RiverRun is delighted to be a sponsor of the Greensboro 48 Hour Film Project and provide free waivers for the top two winning films to be entered in our festival. We are very fortunate to have so many talented filmmakers here in the region, and I am always in awe of the immense creativity displayed in these short films completed in just 48 hours with only a few basic parameters.”
For more information about the Greensboro 48HFP, visit the website.
Next, RiverRun rings in the holiday season with a special “RiverRun Retro” screening of the 1949 Christmas comedy Holiday Affair – first at the A/perture Cinema in Winston-Salem on Nov. 17, then at the Yadkin Cultural Arts Center in Yadkinville on Nov. 18.
Released in 1949, Holiday Affair is a frothy romantic comedy based on John D. Weaver’s story The Christmas Gift, starring Robert Mitchum and Wendell Corey as potential suitors vying for the affections of struggling war widow Janet Leigh, whose precocious young son (Gordon Gebert) figures prominently in the proceedings.
The film was produced and directed by Don Hartman, who previously earned Academy Award nominations for 1935’s The Gay Deception (Best Original Story) and 1942’s Road to Morocco (Best Original Screenplay), and marked a distinct change of pace for perennial big-screen tough guy Mitchum (having recently made headlines in a drug bust).
Holiday Affair proved a box-office disappointment, but not unlike It’s a Wonderful Life (1946) – itself a box-office flop in its day – the film became a beloved staple of yuletide viewing thanks to repeated broadcasts on Turner Classic Movies. Its durability was proven in 1996 with the release of a T.V. movie of the same name starring Cynthia Gibb and David James Elliott, with youngster Curtis Blanck in Gebert’s role.
Gebert, who made his screen debut in Holiday Affair, will attend both “RiverRun Retro” screenings to meet-and-greet fans and participate in a post-screening discussion. Gebert subsequently appeared in such well-remembered films The Flame and the Arrow (1950) with Burt Lancaster, director Robert Wise’s The House on Telegraph Hill (1951), opposite John Wayne and Robert Ryan in Flying Leathernecks (also ‘51), and the original Narrow Margin (1952), then left show business to study architecture. He is now the dean of the Bernard and Anne Spitzer School of Architecture at The City University of New York.
The screening in Yadkinville marks the first time that the festival has brought a film to the Willingham Theater, about which Davis said, “RiverRun is delighted to bring one of our ‘Retro’ programs to the beautiful Willingham Theater. We know from our audience surveys we have many patrons from the area and we’re delighted to offer one of our year-round programs there with the Yadkin Cultural Arts Council.”
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The “RiverRun Retro” screening of Holiday Affair will take place 3 p.m. Nov. 17 at A/perture Cinemas, 311 W. Fourth St., Winston-Salem. Tickets are $12.50. For advance tickets, call 336.722.8148 or visit A/perture’s website.
The subsequent screening of Holiday Affair will take place 3 p.m. Nov. 18 in the Willingham Theater at the Yadkin Cultural Arts Center, 226 E. Main St., Yadkinville. Tickets are $10. For advance tickets, call 336.679.2941 or visit the website.
For more information about this or any other RiverRun International Film Festival events, call 336.724.1502 or visit the official website.