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Family man Miguel Cortes could be forced to leave the country in four months as a result of his immigration status. In exchange for agreeing to leave the country voluntarily–and paying a $5,000 bond–a judge gives him 120 days to work hard, save money and weigh his options about returning to Mexico alone, or risk changing his name and disappearing back into the crowd.

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This gripping documentary dissects the shooting death of 17-year-old Jordan Davis, the aftermath of this systemic tragedy and contradictions within the American criminal justice system.

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A touching and tense story of romantic destiny, 3 Hearts puts a unique spin on the classic love triangle when chance allows for two French sisters to fall in love with the same man–entirely unbeknownst to one another. Catherine Deneuve and Charlotte Gainsbourg star in this tale of two strangers who become forever bound by a profoundly fateful first encounter.

Above All Else

One man risks his family and future to stop the tar sands of the Keystone XL pipeline from crossing his land. What begins as a stand against corporate bullying becomes a rallying cry for climate protesters nationwide, putting a human face on a complex case of social injustice, and revealing the intimate experience of creating social change at the grassroots level.


For one tiny acorn, growing up is hard–but it’s also beautiful!



Aïssa, a young Congolese woman, is residing illegally in French territory, and though she claims to be a minor the authorities insist she’s eighteen. In seeking the truth, a doctor performs her a most revealing examination.


In the 1940s and 50s, long before Arthur Ashe or the Williams sisters, Althea Gibson was the first African-American tennis player to become World Champion. Reintroducing the pioneering athlete to a new generation, Rex Miller’s bittersweet tribute reveals how a street kid from Harlem reached the pinnacle of an unlikely sport during the height of racial segregation.

Amour Fou

The comically tragic young poet Heinrich wishes to make a dramatic statement on the nature of existence, yet is unable to convince his skeptical cousin Marie to join him in a suicide pact. In the most unlikely of scenarios, Amour Fou manifests as a “romantic comedy” based loosely on the life of the poet Henrich von Kleist in 1811.

Animator vs. Animation IV

In this inspired fourth episode of filmmaker Alan Becker’s saga, we finally see the animator in the flesh. This time his stick figure nemesis does some not-so-helpful life hacking, taking aim at the animator’s social media presence and emoticons, among other things.


Anya wishes to have a family of her own, but she’ll never forget the lessons of her youth as a Russian orphan.


Anywhere Else (Anderswo)

Noa, an Israeli grad student working on her thesis in Berlin about untranslatable words, returns home to find her family less than enamored with her life choices and struggles to define her connections to both place and family.

Archie’s Betty

Film writer and documentarian Gerald Peary voyages to Haverhill, MA, where cartoonist Bob Montana developed the first drawings that would become the Archie Comics, to find out if Archie, Betty, Veronica, Jughead, and the rest of the Riverdale gang have real-life origins that can be traced to the town.


A small town boy in Iceland decides to travel to the big city with his friends in search of his first romantic encounter. The city holds more in store for them than they anticipated.


The Aviatrix

Eighty-five years after the groundbreaking Lady Heath became the first person to fly solo from Africa to England, one woman sets off to re-fly the adventure in her vintage open cockpit biplane in order to honor the memory and legacy of her accomplishment.


Bear Story

An old bear goes out every day to a busy street corner. Through a tin marionette theater of his own making, he reveals his extraordinary life story.


The Best Toy

Two kids start a battle of one-upsmanship in making improvements to a favorite plaything, but sometimes simple toys can bring simple joys.


Between Times

From the wall of a small town bakery, a cuckoo clock recounts a day where bread was sliced one second thick, lovers fell in sync and time rarely flowed at an even rate.



When a young military wife gets news that her Marine husband has been severely wounded in combat, she discovers that life ahead for them is going to be a difficult yet amazing journey.


The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution

Whether they were right or wrong, the Black Panther Party and its leadership remain powerful and enduring figures in our popular imagination even today. Stanley Nelson’s film weaves together voices from varied perspectives who lived this story– police, FBI informants, journalists, white supporters, and detractors, those who remained loyal to the party and those who left it.

A Blue Room

A man wakes up in a blue room, trapped with seemingly no escape. A window is his only connection to the outer world, and it filters his reality in a very mysterious way.


Boyz n the Hood

The film debut for both Ice Cube and Morris Chestnut, this life-in-the-hood drama highlights a group of childhood friends as they struggle to either accept or deny the fate of their South Central LA upbringing. Also starring Cuba Gooding, Jr., Laurence Fishburne, Nia Long and Angela Bassett. Nominated for an Academy Award® for both Best Director and Best Original Screenplay.

Broken Face

A disfigured sailor is posted to a remote lighthouse manned by a tyrannical head keeper. But soon, the two men find themselves besieged by a strange storm.



Morag is 86. She lives alone at the end of a track looking out to sea on her croft on the Isle of Harris, Outer Hebrides, with her three cats and twelve sheep. Morag was born in this house and has lived here her whole life, following five generations of the family who came before her. Cailleach is a portrait of Morag and her simple life as she contemplates her next chapter, shares her unique sense of independence and the connection she has to her wild island home.

Cartoonists: Foot Soldiers of Democracy

Twelve political cartoonists, spanning five continents, weigh in on their craft and discuss the finer points of defending democracy while armed with just a pencil and a smile.


The Chinese Mayor

Controversial Chinese politician Geng Yanbo demolished 140,000 households and relocated half a million people in order to restore ancient relic walls for the sake of the region’s tourism industry. The film investigates one mayor’s mission to save his city and uncovers the secret workings of China’s Communist Party.

The Collection

Ava, a bored young girl shopping with her parents, wanders off in an antique store. She finds herself locked in the shop’s back room where she discovers a mysterious door that opens to many different places and times.


Created with specialty macro lenses and microscopes, the film reveals hauntingly beautiful movement at the microscopic level and reminds viewers that everything around them is in flux, even when the surface is calm.


Best Film Award winner at the 2014 American Black Film Festival, CRU follows a quartet of formerly tight-knit high school athletes meeting up fifteen years later. The reunion opens up old wounds and reveals long hidden secrets stemming from a tragic car crash that forever changed their lives.

Curious Worlds: The Art and Imagination of David Beck

David Beck’s mind-bogglingly intricate mechanized creations combine sculpture, painting, textiles, and woodworking on a scale that creates a genre all its own. Curious Worlds takes us into Beck’s universe to watch as he creates astonishingly detailed diorama scenes that inspire profound wonder and delight.

Cut Bank

A young man’s life is unraveled after witnessing a murder that he filmed in his rural town of Cut Bank. The film features an all-star cast including Liam Hemsworth, Teresa Palmer, Billy Bob Thornton, John Malkovich, Oliver Platt and Bruce Dern, among others.

Daughters of the Dust

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 maintained well into the 20th Century in this isolated region, and it was one of the last bastions of these mores in America.

David’s Reverie

In David’s Reverie, a jazz musician struggles to prevent his epilepsy diagnosis from derailing his emerging jazz career.


Day 40

In this animated retelling of the Noah’s Ark story, various unholy activities fill the great ship, as the animals discover the darker side of their nature.


A Day at School

Two young brothers travel across Bobo Dioulasso in Burkina Faso with their loyal equine companions. On their daily road, they cross paths with two very different realities.


The Dead Lands

After his tribe is wiped out through an act of treachery, a Maori chieftain’s son must avenge their deaths in order to bring peace to the souls of his loved ones. He must first pass through the forbidden Dead Lands and forge an alliance with a mysterious loner who has terrorized the area for years in this thrilling martial arts battle royale.


Dennis Smarten leads a simple life. He has a job in a plastic bag factory, an apartment in his sister’s basement and a predisposition for psychosis.



A pack of railroad worker dogs head out for lunch, unaware of the adventure on the tracks ahead of them!



After losing the last two digits of a girl’s number, a socially awkward fish enthusiast tries every combination to seek her out.



A genius pianist lives a lonely life in a surreal, floating world, playing nightly in a gigantic but spectatorless concert hall. One day his carefully fabricated world collapses and reality breaks out in this breathtaking mixture of animation and live action drama.

Distant Voices, Still Lives

The second film in British auteur Terence Davies’ autobiographical series, Distant Voices, Still Lives is an impressionistic view of a working-class family in 1940s and 1950s Liverpool. Based on Davies’ own family, the film is an affecting photo album of a troubled family wrestling with the complexity of love. From the collection of the UNCSA Moving Image Archives.

Do I Sound Gay?

A smart, funny, and daring documentary about the stereoype of the “gay voice,” Do I Sound Gay features insightful and entertaining interviews on the subject with Margaret Cho, Tim Gunn, Dan Savage, David Sedaris and George Takei, just to name a few.

Do Us Part

The tale of a wicked couple who hates everyone, including each other.


Elephant Song

A psychiatrist is drawn into a complex mind game when he questions a disturbed patient about the disappearance of a colleague. Adapted for the screen from Nicolas Billon’s play of the same name, the film stars Bruce Greenwood, Catherine Keener, Carrie-Anne Moss and RiverRun alum Xavier Dolan.

Felix and Meira

A young married woman from Montreal’s Orthodox Jewish community finds freedom from the strictures of her faith through her relationship with a young man who is mourning the death of his estranged father.

The Final Rummage

The Final Rummage is about the annual rummage sale hosted by the Winston-Salem, NC Junior League. After 60 years, they decided to stop the sale. It is a fast paced and funny, slightly elegiac tale with a cast of characters that stretches across race, age, class and fashion style. The film explores a ritual in its last dance.

Finders Keepers

In 2007, a severed human foot was discovered in a grill bought at a North Carolina auction. In this astonishing and bizarre documentary tale, it only gets stranger from there.


First Lesson

First Lesson is an observational portrait of people struggling to grow. Exploring a wide spectrum of disciplines–everything from flying an airplane to learning to crawl–the subtle narrative focuses on the first moment in the journey towards expertise.


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A member of the Bloods since age twelve (in reality and fictionally), Primo takes a teenage boy whose father has just been shot under his wing and verses him in the ways of the streets. The two must decide what future awaits them, and how they will each realize their fates.


Against the recommendations of all, a son removes his Alzheimer’s-stricken mother from a nursing home to take her back to the island of Corsica where she previously lived. In the land that she loves she begins to make a surprising recovery.

Foreign Bodies

During his rehabilitation, a war photographer is uncomfortable in his new skin following a major surgery. The physiotherapist who is helping him will try to regain his balance in world that’s been thrown askew.

Foundry Night Shift

When we think of Steinway pianos, we think of the music of Mozart or Ellington, the feats of agile fingers and sparkling minds. What we don’t often imagine are the sparks of molten pig iron, the delicate ballet of machines and humans, behind every Steinway frame forged in this Ohio foundry.

Fred Heads

Iconic children’s performer Fred Penner has been thrilling young audiences for decades, but recently Fred started performing concerts for adults at universities, bars and pubs. See what happens when his long-time adult fans become children again.

Fresh Dressed

Fresh Dressed chronicles the history of hip-hop and urban fashion and its rise from Southern cotton plantations to the gangs of 1970s in the South Bronx, to corporate America, and everywhere in between, getting to the core of where style was born on the black and brown side of town.

Gemma Bovery

Martin, an aging ex-Bohemian turned baker, sees an English couple moving into a quaint Normandy home nearby. An aficionado on the work of Gustave Flaubert, he can’t help but become obsessed when he learns that the names of the new arrivals are Gemma and Charles Bovery, and their behavior seems curiously inspired by Flaubert’s heroes. Starring Gemma Arterton and RiverRun regular Fabrice Luchini (Bicycling with Molière, Potiche).

George Grosz’ Interregnum

Altina Schinasi, a Turkish immigrant who became a sculptor, filmmaker, designer and inventor, conceptualized and produced this exploration of the life and art of George Grosz, the German artist known especially for his savage caricature drawings of Berlin life in the 1920s. Preservation by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

God Bless the Child

Five siblings in Davis, California spend a day left to their own devices, uncertain whether their volatile and unreliable mother is really gone for good this time.


Heart of Wilderness

Fleeing a local drug ring, Travis and Aimee must confront the secrets they keep while navigating the icy waters of the Minnesota wilderness.


Helberger in Paradise

A young New Yorker stealthily returns to her suburban hometown to attend her first love’s funeral and make good on a bizarre promise. All that stands in her way is an obsessively moralistic cab driver.

Help Point

Jack, having lost his car at the airport, meets Maya in the same predicament. Stuck together at the Help Point, Jack can’t resist trying to charm Maya, but a sudden interruption means the relationship doesn’t quite work out as planned.


Recalling the vivid social realism of Laurent Cantet’s Palme d’Or-winning The Class, Hippocrates follows a junior doctor as he strives to affect change in the hospital where his father calls the shots. When the realities of a shrinking budget and an overworked staff push him to his limits, he’s forced to make a difficult decision that will impact the lives of all.

Hollywood Shuffle

An actor limited to stereotypical roles because of his ethnicity, dreams of making it big as a highly respected performer. As he makes his rounds, director and star Robert Townsend takes a satiric look at African American actors in Hollywood.


Shot in Winston-Salem by filmmaker Clay Hassler, Homeless employs a direct cinema approach to great effect in telling the story of a troubled teen lost in the routine of life in a shelter. When his circumstances change for the better, something inside of him refuses to reconcile as he adapts to a new home, new friends and a more promising future.

Hopkins & Delaney LLP

An important client visits the law offices of Hopkins & Delaney LLP to discuss his copyright infringement suit.


The Horse

This critically acclaimed 1973 short is about an aristocratic white farming family who has a horse that is being put away by the father of a young black boy named William.


I’ll See You in My Dreams

Carol, a widow in her 70’s, is forced to confront her fears about love, family, and death. After her routine is rattled she decides to start dating again and falls into relationships with two very different men.  Starring Blythe Danner, Rhea Perlman, Sam Elliott and Martin Starr, among others.


A forensics expert studies the scene of a missing persons crime, but it’s possible her mind may have also been lost along the way.


Into the Grove

A young girl takes her brother beyond the backyard, where he meets extraordinary friends, and learns to face his fears.


Jenny and Steph

When Jenny’s older sister Steph gets seriously hurt smoking meth at a house party, Jenny must choose between keeping her secret and saving her life.


Jinxy Jenkins, Lucky You

When the unlucky Jenkins and the lucky Lou run into each other one morning, they find a thrilling and fulfilling change of pace as they hurtle down the hills of San Francisco in an ice cream cart.

John Doe

When one detective begins putting the evidence together in a seemingly unsolvable case, his pursuit for the truth takes an unexpected turn.


Joy of Man’s Desiring

A visually enrapturing exploration of factory life, RiverRun alum Denis Côté’s latest work weaves together realistic vignettes of factory life with sparse absurdist dialogue and a thundering soundtrack of machinery at work.

The Karman Line

When a mother acquires a rare condition that sees her lift off the ground at a slow but ever increasing rate, her husband and daughter are forced to come to terms with losing her.


Killer of Sheep

In this standout work of neorealism from Charles Burnett, a Watts, LA slaughterhouse worker must negotiate the neighborhood’s retrograde influences and fight his own personal demons in order to keep from going under in the ghetto.


Lake Los Angeles

A ten-year-old girl being transported from Mexico and a middle-aged Cuban man who’s resolved to protect her struggle to find one another again in the hostile desert backdrop that is Lake Los Angeles.

Les Oiseaux du Soucis

In this animated version of a Jacques Prévert poem, our narrator manifests a moving vision in recalling her beloved.


A Letter to My Son

A tired and worn would-be father pens a hypothetical letter detailing his perspectives and fears to his unborn son.


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The creation of this amazing cultural repository is the main focus of this short, which was released by the Office of War Information and is narrated by Ralph Bellamy. Preservation by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.


Little Favor

This hand-made animation combines pixilation, pencil, pastel, stop-motion, and paper cut-outs to tell the simple story of a boy trying to do a little something nice for a friend in need.



A man is sinking under the weight of his own memories. To survive, he must confront a few fundamental questions. Is our past more important than life? And what would we give up in order to keep on going?

The Long Start to the Journey

Filmmaker Chris Gallaway documents his own personal attempt to thru-hike the Appalachian Trail and to learn what the path means to individuals he meets along the way. This is a personal story of struggle and perseverance as well as a historical account of the origins and cultural relevance of the Appalachian Trail.

The Look of Silence

Through Joshua Oppenheimer’s work filming perpetrators of the Indonesian genocide, a family of survivors discovers the identities of the men who killed their son. The youngest brother is determined to break the spell of silence, and so confronts the men responsible for his brother’s murder–something unimaginable in a country where killers remain in power.

Lost Sands

An adventurous explorer goes in search of the treasure that his long lost father once set out to find.


Love and Affection

Abandoned at the beach by his roommate, Reed stumbles across Joann, a free spirit in need of a helping hand to bandage an injured foot. While attending to the injury they get to know each other, unearthing pent up tension and suppressed emotions.

Love at First Fight

Arnaud, aimless in a small French town, falls for the cynical Madeleine, who joins an army boot camp to prepare for armageddon. Intrigued by her, Arnaud also signs up for boot camp, and their amusingly combative courtship eventually becomes a struggle for survival itself.

M4M: Seeks Love

Bob Metcalf wants to find a boyfriend, but at age 70 that’s easier said than done. Computer illiterate and over 150 miles from the nearest gay bar; Bob is a man who’s never found love but refuses to give up.


The world of Ramasan, an 11-year-old Chechnyan refugee living in Austria, is thrown into disarray when a friend of his deceased father randomly arrives in town. Living an already trying life in a tough neighborhood, Ramasan must now confront the legacy of the war hero father he barely remembers.

Magician: The Astonishing Life and Work of Orson Welles

Commemorating the 100th anniversary of his birth, this captivating biography examines the remarkable genius of Orson Welles and the enigma of his larger than life career as a Hollywood star, a Hollywood director (for some a Hollywood failure), and a crucially important independent filmmaker.


In this latest work from UNCSA alum and RiverRun Emerging Master honoree David Gordon Green, Al Pacino stars as a strange and lonely locksmith struggling to come to terms with a past crime that cost him the love of his life.


Clara Bow stars as a sexy young manicurist torn between her husband and another man in this early work from director Victor Fleming, most well known for helming classics like The Wizard of Oz and Gone With the Wind. Preserved by the Library of Congress.


Evvie is a young woman trying to put the missing pieces from her past back together. Her search curiously fixates on running shoes, and brings her to an unfamiliar town where she discovers that the truth is more complicated than she imagined.


A Russian nesting doll is reluctant to join a toy top spinning on the ice, but the dolls nested inside her have other ideas.


Memories on Stone

Kurdish childhood friends Hussein and Alan naively resolve to produce a film about the genocide of Kurdish people in Iraq, specifically the Anfal campaign of 1988. They learn that in order to will the film into existence, they must put everything on the line–even their own lives.

Mend and Make Do

In this charming short we share a warm cup of tea with an aged British woman, hear her story of wartime love and watch as her belongings come alive with the hope, fear and humor of one spirited lady.

A Mile in These Hooves

Two foster brothers depart in a donkey suit to break the world record for the longest journey in a two-person costume. Their quest is thrown into jeopardy, however, when a woman they meet along the way has them falling behind–as she falls FOR the behind.


Using a hybrid of 2D and 3D animation, this film explores the essence of memory and its significance in our lives. Through beautiful illustrations, Mirage shows the serendipitous convergence of our memories in the formation of a man’s body.

Musical Recordings from the Realm of the Dead

Four separate individuals at the dawn of wireless technology become accidental collaborators in a musical composition that is pieced together through radio waves.


Musings of an Iraqi Patriot

You could say Ahmed Fadaam is one of the lucky ones. Musings of an Iraqi Patriot traces one man’s journey from a life as an accomplished artist in Baghdad to becoming a reluctant refugee and a voice for the millions of Iraqis whose lives have been upended by more than a decade of war.

North Street

North Street details the development of a downtown Durham community structured around friends and family members with disabilities. Founded in 2012, the North Street community has grown to over 50 individuals in the past two years.

Notes from Liberia

Crafted from footage shot by the late Japanese cinematographer Ryo Murakami on the Firestone Tire and Rubber Plantation in Liberia, the film traces Ryo’s journey from Monrovia, where the traumas of a brutal fifteen-year civil war still simmer beneath the surface, to the remote plantation village of Harbel.


In a strange, utopic world where people insulate themselves from one another in favor of selfish pleasures, the promise of a meteor crashing into Earth endangers the safe and dreamlike bubble everyone seems to live in.

Of Mice and Moon

A mouse dad goes to the moon and back to make his son’s dreams come true.



Omid, a young boy in Afghanistan, washes cars for a living next to the US Embassy in Kabul. On the war-torn streets of his hometown, Omid reflects on life under US military occupation, its impending withdrawal and the consequences those actions bear upon the country’s future.

Once Upon a…

Selfie culture silliness finds itself creeping into even our most beloved fables in this hilarious series of quick-hitting fractured fairy tales.


One Year Lease

Told almost entirely through voicemail messages, One Year Lease documents the travails of Brian, Thomas, and Casper as they endure a year-long sentence with Rita, their cat-loving landlady.

Opposite Field

A love letter to the game of baseball from the place you’d least expect, Opposite Field is the true story of the first African team to play in the Little League World Series. Filmmaker Jay Shapiro follows a group of Ugandan boys as they learn to embrace America’s pastime, giving the people of their poverty-stricken land something to cheer for in the process.

Out in the Night

Under the neon lights in a gay-friendly neighborhood of New York City, four young African-American lesbians are violently and sexually threatened by a man on the street. Out in the Night recounts the story of the “Gang of Killer Lesbians” who were sentenced as criminals simply for defending themselves.

Out of Bounds

Allan’s phobias and boundaries from his Asperger syndrome are challenged when he must brave the outdoors to save his only friend, a pet fish named Paul.



A glance into the remains of the drive-in movie theater, Ozoners is a visual essay documenting the last summer that drive-ins in the Southern United States utilized film prints as a format for projecting on the screen. Equal parts poetic recollection and collage of an American pastime in retrograde, the film is a careful study in the process of neglect.

A Page of Madness

A man takes a job at a mental asylum to care for his wife after she tries to kill their child in this stunning, avant garde standout of Japanese cinema from the silent era. From the collection of George Eastman House.

Patchwork Family

Christian is a reeling divorced father who only sees his young daughter Vanessa on weekends. When a popular reality TV triathlon comes to town, however, he sees the competition as a chance for redemption and lets it all hang out–figuratively and literally–in this charmingly oddball French comedy.

The Patent Wars

Did you know that you can patent colors, numbers, plants and animals, and that 20% of your genes are patented and owned by corporations? In this creative investigation, filmmaker Hannah Prinzler uncovers who profits from intellectual property and who bears the economic and social consequences.

People Places Things

A newly single Brooklyn father whose life is unraveling grapples with a painful separation, the custody of his twin daughters and finishing his latest graphic novel while trying to navigate new love in the funny and sad way that only an underemployed artist in Brooklyn can. Starring Jemaine Clement (Flight of the Conchords) and Jessica Williams (The Daily Show).

Phantom on the Cliff

A rock climber obsessed with the mountains sees his love turn to resentment after an accident. Strange things happened to his injured arm, turning his life upside down.


Pink Elephant

An enthusiastic photographer at a roadside attraction experiences love at first sight, though his pursuit of the girl is anything but picture-perfect.


A Place to Stand

Arguably the most influential film to be produced for the Ontario Pavilion at Expo 67, this multi-image large-format film showcases life in Ontario without narration or dialogue. Chapman, the producer, director, cinematographer, and editor, shot over the course of two years in 70mm Technicolor. From the collection of the UNCSA Moving Image Archives.

Playing Hooky

In the retirement community of Sun City, Arizona, the colorful residents insist that “there is no utopia” and that “age is a lot of silence.” The subjects at the core of RiverRun alum Susan Gluth’s whimsical documentary are long-lived proof that getting old is not for sissies.

Poverty Inc.

From disaster relief to TOMS Shoes, from adoptions to agricultural subsidies, Poverty, Inc. follows the butterfly effect of our most well-intentioned efforts and explores the hidden side of doing good. Are we catalyzing development or are we propagating a system in which the poor stay poor while the rich get hipper?

The Present

Jake spends most of his time playing video games indoors, until his mom decides to give him an unexpected present.


Proud Citizen

After winning second place in a play writing contest, a Bulgarian woman travels to small town Kentucky for the premiere of her play. Expecting southern hospitality, she instead finds an America full of dichotomy in this funny, heartwarming and sometimes heartbreaking meditation on the comfort (and discomfort) of strangers.


Jason, a quiet cameraman, dreams of directing his first horror movie in this absurdist satire from iconoclast director Quentin Dupieux (Rubber, Wrong). A wealthy producer accepts to finance his movie on one condition: Jason has 48 hours to find the best scream in the history of film. During his search, Jason gradually gets lost in a nightmare.


Seven year-old Matías returns home from a birthday party to find his mother unconscious on the floor. When she comes to, they must act quickly to find safety from an abusive relative and spend a harrowing few days on the run in search of a safe haven.


An abandoned warehouse becomes a surreal theater where men are challenged to risk their lives on stage to a game of chance.



An older couple’s weekly Scrabble game spells trouble with a triple word score as the letters they play become increasingly hostile.


Sea Beach Local

A young woman from Ohio comes to New York City for the first time to pick up the ashes of her long lost father. When she gets waylaid for a day she’s left to wander around the city with his urn, trying to make a connection with the man she never met.

Sea Devil

Immigration is hell.



When Ryan, a young carnival worker, visits a new town with his mother he struggles to fit in. When he attempts to bond with a group of local Scottish boys, he finds that cultural walls that are harder to break down than he thought.

The Second Mother

When the estranged daughter of a housekeeper suddenly appears, the tacit class barriers that exist within the affluent home are thrown into disarray in this sly Brazilian satire. Lead actress Regina Casé is a comedic force of nature, earning her a Best Actress award at this year’s Sundance Film Festival.

Sermon of the Serpent

In southern West Virginia, Pastor Mack Wolford leads one of the few remaining snake handling churches in the United States. Though he lost his father to a rattlesnake bite during a church service, he and his family are still willing to stake their lives on their beliefs.


Remember how you learned about sex? Sex(Ed): The Movie captures the humor, shock and vulnerability people face when learning about the birds and bees through the lens of the often hilarious, only sometimes informative sex-ed films produced from 1910 to the present day.


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 will enlists the help of gangsters and African nationals to get the job done.

She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry

The brilliant, often outrageous women who founded the feminist movement of the 1960s proclaimed that “the personal is political” and made a revolution–in the bedroom, in the workplace, and in all spheres of life. Labeled as threatening by the FBI yet often dismissed in history books, these radical women changed the world.

She’s Gotta Have It

An early Spike Lee joint, She’s Gotta Have It gets personal with Nola Darling, who’s having simultaneous sexual relationships with three different men. All three fellows want her to commit solely to them, though Nola resists being “owned” by a single partner.


Three rebellious girls burn rubber and leave no survivors on an inexplicably wild ride that mixes French New-Wave pastiche with pulpy, post-modern stylization.


Slow West

In John Maclean’s award-winning feature from this year’s Sundance Film Festival, 16-year-old Jay embarks on an ill-advised journey across 19th Century frontier America in search of the woman he loves, while accompanied by a mysterious outlaw named Silas (Oscar-nominated actor Michael Fassbender).

So Much for So Little

This Looney Tunes-style film, which was produced for the U.S. Public Health Service, extols the benefits of community health care. It was the first animated film to win an Academy Award for Best Documentary (Short Subjects). Preservation by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Socotra: The Hidden Land

The ancient beliefs and unique ecosystem of Socotra, relatively isolated in the Arabian Sea, had remained unchanged for centuries. This is the story of how the island emerged from that isolation and is, though not always willingly, adapting its mode of existence to the modern world.


Deep in the wilds of Alabama, a spear-hunter proclaims himself the world’s greatest and erects a museum dedicated to his own bizarre obsession. In this darkly funny short, an offbeat cast of lovers, acolytes, and critics of the man remember his distinctive tactics both for killing and for leaving a legacy.

Still the Water

On the subtropical Japanese island of Amami,16-year-old Kaito discovers a dead body floating in the sea. His girlfriend Kyoko attempts to help him make sense of this mysterious discovery, and together they will learn to understand interwoven cycles of life, death and love.

Stray Dog

This cinema verite style documentary from RiverRun 2014 Emerging Master Debra Granik chronicles several years in the life of Ron “Stray Dog” Hall, a Vietnam vet that could be defined by his aficionado for motorcycles and moonshine, but becomes a multidimensional character through Granik’s truth-seeking lens.

Sun Air Water

A Taiwanese woman toiling to make ends meet as a mascot for a local real estate company is pushed to her limit and attempts to hide the less than sunny realities of life from her impressionable young son.

Tales of the Grim Sleeper

Nick Broomfield digs into the case of the notorious serial killer known as the Grim Sleeper, who terrorized South Central Los Angeles over a span of twenty-five years.


Teaching from the Floor

Giving voice to an inspired group of educators, Teaching From the Floor pays tribute to the many teachers working to preserve the integrity of North Carolina’s policies on education, which were radically redrawn in the months following our most recent elections.


Two sisters find themselves in similar situations with the men in their lives. Taking matters into their own hands could be the only way to change things for the better.


They Look Like People

Suspecting that people around him are turning into evil creatures, a troubled twenty-something questions whether to protect his only friend from an impending war or from himself in this inventive fusion of slacker comedy and end of days thriller.

This Time Next Year

A moving account of Long Beach Island’s (NJ) rebuild after Hurricane Sandy’s destruction, This Time Next Year takes a closer look at what makes a community thrive after tragedy strikes, and details the personal accounts of those affected.


A love letter of sorts to Harlem Renaissance jazz, Tin tells a tale of love and heartache in a time when music said more than words ever could.


Touching the Sound: The Improbable Journey of Nobuyuki Tsujii

Japanese pianist Nobuyuki Tsujii, blind since birth, has become a symbol of hope for all those with disabilities because of the hurdles he overcame to master his craft. Touching the Sound follows Nobuyuki–better known as Nobu by his fans–on his world travels as an ambassador both for his country and for the power of music.

Tren Italia

Inspired by train rides in Italy, RiverRun favorite Diana Reichenbach’s latest short abstraction explores the simple pleasures of moving through landscapes at the speed of a passenger train.


The Tribe

Winner of multiple Cannes Film Festival awards, The Tribe is an undeniably original and intensely jarring film set in the insulated world of a Ukranian high school for the deaf. Utilizing no spoken dialogue or subtitles, the film builds upon non-verbal acting and sign language from a cast of deaf, non-professional actors to a shocking conclusion.

The True Story of the Civil War

A visual reflection of war that features still images of paintings and historic photos by Civil War photographers such as Matthew Brady. For this film, Stoumen invented a track for the camera to move in the three dimensional space above the paintings and photos, creating what is now known as “the Ken Burns effect.” Preservation by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Twins in Bakery

A magical incident happened in an ordinary bakery while the baker was away for delivery. That incident made this bakery the best in the town. But it is a secret not to be disclosed.


Two for Tea

When the law shows up to take a retired teacher’s grandson into custody, things take a turn for the worse. In this brooding tale about the darker side of unconditional love, a vigilant grandmother pits herself against the forces that could tear her family apart.

Unimagined Friends

Carl is an unimagined friend who wants to be imagined, but no one else seems to understand just how great a friend he would be.



Unmappable weaves together the life and work of iconoclastic psychogeographer and convicted sex offender Denis Wood. This meditative portrait unveils the inner workings of a man whose innovative work and trying personal life both push boundaries, though to entirely different ends.


The neon city of Las Vegas shimmers like a mirage, but at the peak of the economic crisis, three of city’s residents find their luck has run dry and struggle just to get by.



In 1979 an anomalous child with no belly button is born in Bulgaria. She’s given the name Viktoria by her hapless parents, is immediately declared the Baby of the Decade by the nation’s Communist leadership, and is pampered by the state until its inevitable collapse a decade later.

The Visit

Hagar reluctantly comes to visit her father in his Jerusalem nursing home, but a series of mishaps forces her to spend the rest of the day in the building. Swallowed up by the hospital’s machinations, she gains new perspective on her father’s situation.

Welcome to Leith

In the tiny town of Leith, North Dakota, notorious white supremacist Craig Cobb is attempting a hostile takeover. Filmed in the days leading up to Cobb’s arrest for terrorizing the townspeople, the film is an eerie document of American DIY ideals.

When Under Fire: Shoot Back!

The Bang Bang Club were four fearless young photographers who set out to expose the reality of Apartheid in South Africa–a battle that changed a nation but wound up nearly destroying them in the process.

White Out

A lone pilot is faced with isolation on a cold and dark world.


The Wild Bunch

Sam Peckinpah’s revisionist Western masterpiece follows an aging group of outlaws looking for one last big score as the traditional American West is disappearing around them. The film features iconic performances from William Holden, Ernest Borgnine, Warren Oates and many more. From the collection of the UNCSA Moving Image Archives.

Wire Cutters

A chance encounter proves fateful for two robots mining on a desolate planet.


The Wolfpack

Locked away from society in an apartment in Manhattan, the Angulo brothers learn about the outside world through the films that they watch. Nicknamed “The Wolfpack,” the brothers spent their childhood reenacting their favorite films using elaborate homemade props and costumes. Their world is shaken up when one of the brothers escapes and everything changes.


The lives of three 5th graders intertwine in the suburban paradise of Palo Alto circa 1985, as the threat of a mountain lion looms over the town. Featuring James Franco in a supporting role, the film is adapted from short stories in Franco’s collection “A California Childhood.”


Zima is a contemplative journey through Northern Russia and Siberia, where the people have learned to cope with one of the world’s harshest climates. It’s a reality where the boundary between life and death is razor thin and where the people have grown to embrace its unforgiving and mercurial qualities.