RiverRun offers films of interest to seniors

RiverRun offers films of interest to seniors
March 31
00:00 2016


Founderd in 1998, the RiverRun International Film Festival has grown substantially since its inception. It is now one of the premier film festivals in the southeastern United States.  The 2016 festival dates will be April 7-17. There are over 160 films screened at venues such as the UNC School of the Arts three theaters on campus, Aperture Theatre downtown on Fourth Street, Hanes Brands Theatre, SECCA and Bailey Park. Riverrun presents high-profile, critically-acclaimed films and is dedicated to the role of cinema as a “conduit of powerful ideas and diverse viewpoints.” Its vision is to “Unite communities through film.”

Films range from dramas to comedies, documentaries to shorts, to Saturday Morning cartoons and more. They are also bringing back some old films, such as “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” and “Rebel Without a Cause.”

Kristi Marion, RiverRun’s communications director, has selected several films that would be of interest to seniors.

Harold and Lillian: A Hollywood Love Story Storyboard artist Harold Michelson and his wife, film researcher Lillian Michelson, were behind some of Hollywood’s most iconic examples of visual storytelling, but their contributions remain largely uncredited. This is the story of a talented couple once considered “the heart of Hollywood.”

Screening Times:

April 9 / 7:30PM / UNCSA – Main Theatre 

April 10 / 4:30PM / a/perture 2

Maya Angelou And Still I Rise

A tribute to the life and work of Pulitzer Prize-winning writer, poet, actress, activist and icon Maya Angelou, this reverent documentary love letter shows how her life has inspired countless people around the world.

Screening Times:

April 11 / 8:00PM / SECCA 

April 12 / 7:30PM / SECCA

My Love Affair With the Brain: The Life and Science of Dr. Marion Diamond

Enrichment and plasticity–capabilities we now take for granted–were the scientific battleground where Dr. Marian Diamond changed forever our paradigm for understanding the brain. She is a beloved professor, worthy role model for women in science, and all round brain-whisperer.

Screening Time:

April 12 / 5:00PM / Hanesbrands Theatre

Mom and Me

Mom and Me challenges the familiar love story shared between a son and his mother. It is a story that reveals the comedy in the everyday and misery on some other days.

Screening Times:

April 8 / 4:00PM / a/perture 1 – $6

April 9 / 7:00PM / a/perture 1

April 10 / 1:00PM / a/perture 1

Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You

Filmmakers Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady zoom out to consider the life, work and political activism of one of the most successful television producers of all time, Norman Lear.

Screening Time:

April 7 / 7:00PM / Hanesbrands Theatre

The Polar Bear Club

A stubborn old man struggles with the changes and loss that occur as he and his group of close friends near the final chapter of their lives.

Screening Times:

April 8 / 5:00PM / UNCSA – Gold Theatre April 9 / 1:30PM / UNCSA – Main Theatre


Screening Times: 

April 9 / 2:00PM / UNCSA – Babcock Theatre April 15 / 5:30PM / UNCSA – Babcock Theatre

Journey to the Sea

An elderly woman floats down a river of elusive memories and fragmented artifacts of cinema history, straining to recall the places that she has been in this elegant work of experimental nonfiction from Durham, NC filmmaker Josh Gibson.

Mining Poems or Odes

Robert, an ex-shipyard welder from Govan in Glasgow, has put aside his tools for pen and paper and reflects on how his life experiences have influenced his newfound compulsion to write.

The Soul of a Tree

World famous woodworker George Nakashima’s path crosses twice with a man in Eden, Idaho named Bill Vaughn: once when George was interned during World War II, and again decades later, when Bill picked up the book The Soul of a Tree.


Screening Times: 

April 10 / 11:00AM / UNCSA – Babcock Theatre April 16 / 10:30AM / UNCSA – Gold Theatre

The 100 Years Show

Carmen Herrera is one of the oldest working artists today. She was a pioneering abstract painter in the ’40s and ’50s, but only recently found the recognition that eluded her for most of her career, as she approaches her 100th birthday.

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