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RiverRun's free discussions, panel events include black pros Special to the chronicle The RiverRun International Film Festival will hold free tribute, discussion and panel events during the upcoming fes tival April 16-26, starting today, Thursday. These free events featuring conversa tions with renowned filmmakers and edu cational panels include: NC Filmmakers Panel, Sunday, April 19/1 p.m. / at a/perture 3 Sit down with some of the N.C. film makers from RiverRun features $nd shorts screened at this year's Festival to further discuss their films and filmmaking in North Carolina. Presented in conjunction with the Made in Winston-Salem film series coordinated by a/perture cinema. New Winston Museum, and Piedmont Triad Film Commission. Spotlight Conversation with Charles Burnett & Robert Townsend Monday, April 20/6 p.m. / Milton Rhodes Center for the Arts - Mountcastle Forum In conjunction with RiverRun's 2015 Spotlight on Black American Cinema 1971-1991, a six-film series exclusively featuring cinematically significant films _ directed by black filmmakers. RiverRun will also host a discussion with Charles Burnett and Robert Townsend, two of the Spotlight film selection directors. Everything But the Burden: Black Film & the Politics of Representation Panel Tuesday, April 21 / 7 p.m. / Winston Salem State University - Diggs Gallery As part of RiverRun's 2015 Spotlight program on Black American Cinema, this public conversation panel will bring together artists and scholars to discuss the complex issues around race and represen tation in film and in filmmaking. Hosted by Winston-Salem State University. Pitch Fest & Panel Friday, April 24 / 10 a.m. / Hanesbrands Theatre In an effort to further promote the development of new filmmaking talent, RiverRun is again partnering with univer sities around the state to present the annual Pitch Fest competition. Pre- selected stu dent filmmakers will pitch their documen tary shorts projects to a panel of industry experts, receive advice on how to proceed, and vie for the chance to win prizes and industry recognition. This panel is free and open to the public. Sponsored by Wells Fargo. Conversation with Stanley Nelson (Master of Cinema Award) Friday, April 24/2 Milton Rhodes Center for the Arts - Mountcastle Forum RiverRun will host an on-stage moder ated conversation and tribute to award winning director Stanley Nelson, Jr. (Freedom Summer, Freedom Riders, The Murder Of Emmett Till) with a film clip overview of his career following at a Conversation with Stanley Nelson, follow ing the screening of "Black Panthers: Vanguard Of The Revolution." Conversation with Heidi Ewing & Rachel Grady (Emerging Masters Awards) April 25 / 1 pjn. / Milton Rhodes Center for the Arts - Mountcastle Forum Directing duo Rachel Grady and Heidi Ewing of Loki Films will be honored with RiverRun Emerging Masters Awards at the Festival. RiverRun will host a tribute cere mony, with an on-stage moderated conver sation with the honorees and a film clip overview of their accomplished careers. Also, as part of its six-film Spotlight on Black American Cinema from 1971-1991, exclusively featuring films directed by black filmmakers, RiverRun will feature the following films (Tickets are required for film screenings. Purchasing informa tion is below): "Shaft," 7:30 pjn. Friday,April 17 I UNCSA Gold Director: Gordon Parks USA / 1971 / 100 MIN. / Rating: R / 35mm Private detective John Shaft is a bad mother-well, you know the rest-in this touchstone of the blaxploitation genre by director Gordon Parks, featuring a classic score by Isaac Hayes. Hired by a Harlem mobster to find his kidnapped daughter. Shaft enlists the help of gangsters and African nationals to get the job done. Widely considered a prime example of the Blaxploitation genre, Shaft was selected in 2000 for preservation in the National Film Registry by the Library of Congress for being "culturally, historically, or aestheti cally significant." "Killer of Sheep," 7 pjn. Saturday, April 18 I UNCSA Gold Director: Charles Burnett Director Charles Burnett will attend screening. USA / 1979 / 83 + 10 MIN. / Rating: MT / 35mm In this standout work of neorealism from Charles Burnett, a Watts, LA slaugh terhouse worker must negotiate the neigh borhood's retrograde influences and fight his own personal demons in order to keep from going under in the ghetto. Killer of Sheep was one of the first 50 films to be selected for the Library of Congress's National Film Registry and listed as one of the "100 Essential Films" by the National Society of Film Critics. The UCLA Film & Television Archives carefully restored the film on 35mm. "She's Gotta Have It", 7 p.m. Sunday, April 19 I UNCSA Gold Director: Spike Lee USA / 1986 / 84 MIN. / Rating: R / 35mm An early Spike Lee joint, She's Gotta Have It gets personal with Nola Darling, who's having simultaneous sexual rela tionships with three different men. All three fellows want her to commit solely to them, though Nola resists being "owned" by a single partner. As Spike Lee's first feature-length film as a writer and director, this film was the catalyst for the beginning of his influential career. It is also consid ered a landmark film in independent American cinema and was a welcome change in the representation of African Americans in cinema. "Hollywood Shuffle," 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 24 I UNCSA Gold Director: Robert Townsend Director and star Robert Townsend will attend screening. 1 USA / 1987 / 78 MIN. / Rating: R / 35mm An actor limited to stereotypical roles 1 because of his ethnicity, dreams of making 1 it big as a highly respected performer. As he makes his rounds, the film takes a satir- 1 ic look at African-American actors in 1 Hollywood. Through comedy this film was able to shine a much needed light on the lack of substantial roles for black actors and the misrepresentation of people of color in film and television ad was a resounding independent success, grossing more than $5 million in the first 10 months of release. "Daughters of the Dust," 7 pan. Saturday, April 25 I UNCSA Gold I Director: Julie Dash USA /1991 / 112 MIN. / Rating: MT / 35mm Set in 1902, this film takes a languid look at the Gullah culture of the sea islands off the coast of South Carolina and Georgia. African folkways were main tained well into the 20th Century in this isolated region, and it was one of the last bastions of these mores in America. As the first feature film by an African American woman distributed by Hollywood theatrically in the United States, this film opened to great critical acclaim, played at Sundance and Toronto film festivals, and in 2004 was added the National Film Registry. "Boyz n the Hood," 1:30 p.m. Sunday, April 26 I UNCSA Main Director: John Singleton USA / 1991 / 112 MIN. / Rating: R / 35mm The film debut for both Ice Cube and Morris Chestnut, this life-in-the-hood drama highlights a group of interrelated subjects as they struggle to either accept or deny the fate of their South Central Los Angeles upbringing. Also starring Cuba Gooding, Jr., Laurence Fishbume, Nia Long and Angela Bassett. John Singleton was the first African-American nominated for an Academy Award for both Best Director and Best Original Screenplay. Also, "David's Reverie," a short film by Neil Creque Williams, who is from Winston-Salem, will be shown 7 p.m. Sunday, April 19 at SECCA and 7:15 p.m. Friday, April 24 at Hanesbrands Theatre. In "David's Reverie," a jazz musician struggles to prevent his epilepsy diagnosis from derailing his emerging jazz career. Tickets and information: RiverRun's Ticket Samplers, which include 10 film vouchers for the price of nine, are now on sale at the Stevens Center Box Office. General tickets can be purchased at the Stevens Center Box Office via wwwxiver or over the phone at 336-721 1945. The RiverRun International Film Festival is a non-profit cultural organiza tion dedicated to the role of cinema as a conduit of powerful ideas and diverse viewpoints. Founded in 1998, RiverRun is a competitive event that annually showcas es new films from both established and emerging filmmakers around the world. Each spring, RiverRun screens new narra tive, documentary, short, student and ani mated films, offering both audience and jury prizes in competition categories. Photo from Robert Townsend, right, starred in and directed "Hollywood Shuffle." 4, DCCC's spring fling brings back memories of the 1970s SPECIAL TO THE CHRONICLE THOMASVILLE - Davidson County Community College stu dents stepped back to the 1970s era of bellbottoms, flower children and peace signs during the annual Spring Fling celebration sponsored by the college's Student Government Association held Wednesday, April 8, on the Davidson Campus. "We always try to do something new for Spring Fling and thought dressing up for the '70s would be fun," says SGA President Yesika Zelaya. "We hold these events for students to show that DCCC is more than just classrooms - it's a community." Students, faculty and staff participated in activi ties such as guessing '70s television theme songs, bouncing through the inflatable Ironman obstacle course, riding the self-pro pelled G-Force Twin Spin and mechanical bull, and on a more serious note, talking with representatives of four-year colleges con cerning transfer options. "I love Spring Fling. It gets more exciting every year," said student Angela Handy. "The best part about the event is the mechanical bull. I love that bull!" The Total Image Cosmetic Arts Club was one of the many student clubs and organizations raising funds for projects and activities through sales of food and other items. The esthetics and cosme tology students contributed to the theme by selling flo ral head wreaths and bracelets that reflected the flower power culture of the decade. Worst from page A7 keeping struggling families in their homes. *New assaults on reproductive freedom - Will Pat McCrory get another chance to equivo cate and waffle on his seemingly iron-clad 2012 campaign promise to sup port no further restrictions on a woman's right to obtain a safe, legal abor tion? He will, if lawmakers move forward with recent ly introduced legislation to radically alter state law in a way that would make abor tions almost completely inaccessible. Go to http: I /pulse .nc policy watch .org/2015/04/02/new -legislation-would-all-but end-access-to-safe-legal abortions-in-north-caroli na/ to read the list of "hor ribles" in the new legisla tion. 'Further degrading the environment - On the "regulatory reform" front, there's the "Regulatory Reform Act of 2015." As the good folks at the North Carolina League of Conservation Voters point out, this 34-page measure includes provisions: ??"... abolishing the Sedimentation Control Commission: requiring the Coastal Resources Commission to relax its rules on those huge beach front "sandbag" walls; repealing university energy audit requirements; creat ing a new loophole for pol luters to get out of paying penalties by reporting their own violations; and other creative tools for fun, pol lution, and profit." ? ?Reversing a 150 year-old ban on garnish ing wages - Quick: What's the best way to dramatical ly increase the number of North Carolinians who file bankruptcy each year? If you answered "allow credit card companies and preda tory national 'debt buyer' outfits to garnish the wages i of average people" give yourself a gold star. As veteran Raleigh bankruptcy lawyer William I Brewer explained in this essay yesterday, a huge spike in bankruptcies is exactly what will happen if state lawmakers repeal a 150-year-old law that allows North Carolina fam ilies to avoid garnishment by run-of-the-mill creditors if the money in their bank accounts is necessary to meet basic family needs. "Jacking up rates yet again on small, high interest loans - And speaking of vulnerable consumers who stand to fall even further behind if some in the General Assembly get their way, don't forget the recent Senate proposal described in this Raleigh News & Observer article that would send already absurd inter est rates on small loans into the stratosphere. The proposal - which would drive the effective interest rates on some loans to 60 percent or more - is enough to make a body wonder how the bottom feeding usurers behind it Find the courage to look in the mirror each morning. ?Rewriting the UJS. Constitution - Every time you start to think that the state's Tea Partying far right has been tamed by the corporate-funded politicos calling the shots in Raleigh, you're brought back to reality by proposals like the one detailed in this recent Greensboro News & Record editorial. As the paper explained earlier last week: "We thought the state legislature convened in Raleigh. Last week, it apparently met in Fantasy Land." How else to explain the House Judiciary I com mittee debating for an hour whether North Carolina should join the call for a 'Convention of the States' to discuss amendments to the U.S. Constitution that would limit the federal government's power?" ?Meddling in US. for eign policy - And speaking of extreme, fringe ideas, one can always count on Lt. Governor Dan Forest and his friends to weigh in to keep things interesting. Three weeks ago. Forest co-announced the introduc tion of legislation in the Senate (along with Senator Rick Gunn) that is billed as the "Iran Divestment Act." The proposal was clearly pushed forward as part of the far right's ongoing and often improper national resistance to the President's authority to conduct for eign policy in dealings with Iran. It's good to know that local conservative pols are still taking their marching orders from Fox News. ?Guns, guns and more guns! - And in case you thought state leaders had succeeded in putting killing machines into every con ceivable nook and cranny of the state, think again. A House proposal would make sure that guns could be lawfully brought to a host of new places by numerous people currently barred from doing so. *Denying health care to hundreds of thousands of people - And finally, no list of dreadful General Assembly actions and pro posals would be close to complete without the year's most obvious and destructive policy omission - the ongoing failure to close the Medicaid gap that is preventing hundreds of thousands of working peo ple from securing decent and affordable health cov erage. As was explained in a recent excellent article (http://www.newsobserv rticlel7346896.html), North Carolina's stubborn and ideologically based decision to turn down bil lions of federal dollars is literally costing us tens of thousands of jobs and bringing on the early deaths of thousands of peo ple each year. Send your suggestions for ideas and proposals that should have been included in this list to http .//pulse .ncpolicy We'll publish a supplemental list on The Progressive Pulse blog in the near future. Rob Schofield is policy director for N.C. Policy Watch. Find his columns at http .//pulse .nc policy

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