RiverRun Retro Presents Bombshell: The Life of Hedy Lamarr with Special Guest Alexandra Dean
WINSTON-SALEM, NC (JANUARY 10, 2019)—RiverRun Retro welcomes special guest filmmaker Alexandra Dean for a screening of her acclaimed documentary Bombshell: The Life of Hedy Lamarr. The program and screening will take place on Sat., Jan. 26 at 7 p.m. at the Hanesbrands Theatre at 209 North Spruce Street in Winston-Salem.
Lamarr fled an oppressive marriage to create a name for herself as one of Hollywood’s top leading ladies in the 1940s. Often referred to as “the most beautiful woman in the movies,” she starred opposite such leading men as Clark Gable, James Stewart, Spencer Tracy, Paul Henreid, and Victor Mature and appeared in such films as Ziegfeld Girl, Boom Town, Tortilla Flat, White Cargo, Lady of the Tropics, Her Highness and the Bellboy, The Conspirators and Cecil B. DeMille’s Samson and Delilah. Behind the glamour and sex appeal, though, was a talented and inquisitive inventor who created a radio system that is now considered the basis of technology that paved the way for WiFi and Bluetooth.
Dean will participate in an onstage interview with Renata Jackson, a professor in the School of Filmmaking at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, prior to the screening of Bombshell: The Life of Hedy Lamarr. The film includes interviews with such luminaries as Mel Brooks, Robert Osborne, Peter Bogdanovich and Diane Kruger along with film archivist Jan-Christopher Horak of the UCLA Film and Television Archive and film historian Jeanine Basinger of Wesleyan University, author of numerous books including A Woman’s View: How Hollywood Spoke to Women 1930–1960.
Susan Sarandon is an executive producer of the film, which has received a number of prizes from such film festivals as the Aspen Filmfest, Nantucket Film Festival, San Francisco Jewish Film Festival and the Scottsdale International Film Festival. Other honors include “Best Documentary” from New York Film Critics Online and winner of both the Karen Morley Award and the “Best Documentary by or About Women” (tied with Jane) from the Women Film Critics Circle Awards.
The New York Times review of the film noted, “Alexandra relates Hedy Lamarr’s ventures, those onscreen and off, with savvy and narrative snap, fluidly marshaling a mix of original interviews and archival material.” In London, Peter Bradshaw’s review in The Guardian, said, “This excellent documentary celebrates the glamorous Hollywood icon and brilliant engineer whose groundbreaking work led to Bluetooth and WiFi. Alexandra Dean’s excellent and important documentary about her is very instructive—a parable of modern sexual politics and assumptions about science.”
Tickets for the program and screening are $12 and are available at rhodesartscenter.org/bombshell/. A reception with Dean will follow the screening.
RiverRun Retro is sponsored by Nelson Mullins. Hospitality sponsors for RiverRun Retro include the Marriott Fairfield Inn Downtown Winston-Salem, McRitchie Winery and Mooney’s Mediterranean Café.
ABOUT RIVERRUN: Founded in 1998, the RiverRun International Film Festival is a non-profit cultural organization dedicated to the role of cinema as a conduit of powerful ideas and diverse viewpoints. Year-round programs include the Indie Lens Pop-Up Documentary Series, RiverRun Retro and Films With Class educational programs. Each spring, RiverRun’s Festival screens new narrative, documentary, short, student and animated films, offering both audience and jury prizes in competition categories. The 2019 RiverRun International Film Festival will take place April 4-14 with screenings in Winston-Salem and Greensboro.
SPONSORS: The sponsors of the 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. The 2018 sponsors include: Title Sponsors – Reynolds American, The Arts Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County and UNCSA; Presenting Sponsors – City of Winston-Salem, The Millennium Fund, Wake Forest University, Wells Fargo, Elephant in the Room and MullenLowe; Marquee Sponsors – Nelson Mullins, Forsyth County, Parkway Lincoln, PNC Bank, Salem Smiles Orthodontics, Visit Winston-Salem and Kilpatrick Townsend.