Short films sizzle at Foothills, RiverRun screening event
With the summer movie season in full swing, the RiverRun International Film Festival and Foothills Brewing have joined forces to present their own special cinematic extravaganza in Winston-Salem on July 28 – and it’s completely free.
The self-explanatory “Summer Shorts: An Evening of Family Fun and Film” event includes food trucks, live musical entertainment provided by award-winning singer/songwriter Aaron Burdett, and a selection of short films including several produced by students at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts School of Filmmaking in Winston-Salem. The screening is scheduled to take place outdoors, but in the event of rain will be moved indoors.
This event marks the latest collaboration between Foothills and the festival, and it won’t be the last.
“Having been in business for over a decade in Winston-Salem, we’ve been proud to sponsor the RiverRun International Film Festival for several years, and have watched it grow into one of the premier film events in the Southeast United States,” said Jamie Bartholomaus, president and co-founder of Foothills Brewing. “The Saturday Night Summer Shorts film event at our tasting room is a natural extension of that relationship – one we hope to continue and expand in the future.”
“The family-friendly short films have been curated by RiverRun’s programming team and feature films from past RiverRun festivals,” explained Rob Davis, executive director of the festival. “We receive short films of the highest caliber in our RiverRun submissions each year and are excited to partner with out friends at Foothills to share some of our favorite family-friendly North Carolina shorts with a summertime audience. We have selected a great program of fun and entertaining short films. Our programmers, Mary Dossinger and Chris Holmes, looked at a number of films before assembling a final program featuring shorts from UNCSA students and alums.”
Davis agrees that the ongoing relationship between the festival and Foothills has been a great way to promote both, as well as providing the community at large with entertainment that audiences of all ages can enjoy.
“Foothills Brewing is one of the largest regional craft breweries in the Southeastern United States and we are proud to count them among our RiverRun sponsors,” he said. “We’re delighted to partner with them on this event and share a free film program to complement the other activities on July 28. At RiverRun, we love to be in the community sharing films year-round, and this gives us a chance to collaborate with one of our partners and provide an additional screening venue for our fans as well as an opportunity to reach potential new audience members.”
The 2018 RiverRun International Festival marked its 20th anniversary, and the 21st festival will take place April 4-14, 2019.
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The “Summer Shorts: An Evening of Family Fun and Film” program will take place 5:30 p.m. July 28 at Foothills Brewery Tasting Room, 3800 Kimwell Dr., Winston-Salem. Admission is free. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. For more information, call 336.724.1502 or visit the official RiverRun website: www.riverrunfilm.com/.