The 19th Annual season of The Twin Rivers Media Festival(TRMF)
Carlos Steward, founder and director of the Twin Rivers Media Festival, stated, “we are thrilled to once again bring to our Western North Carolina community an incredibly diverse program with over 40 independent films from around the world.” With an exciting season programmed, the festival will kick off with an opening night party at the historic Flood Fine Arts Center Library and adjoining Courtyard Gallery at 7:30PM with the screening of “Siberia Monamour” from the Russia Federation.
TRMF has become the festival of choice for filmmakers and film lovers who are seeking a unique River Arts District experience and a place to indulge their passion for film. The Festival connects audiences to compelling documentaries, award-winning international releases with tantalizing discussions with visiting filmmakers.
The selection process was rigorous and exclusive. Only a small percentage of the
submitted films are chosen to screen in the festival. The films are placed in
sessions, in both venues allowing audiences to see one genre of film one day and another the next. . Saturday mornings and afternoon films include a potluck lunch and l Question and Answer period, in which the audience is invited to ask the filmmakers questions.
Photos: “The Boy Who’d Never Seen Rain”, Australia feature film (boy who’d.jpeg)
“Siberia Monamour” Russian feature film (siberiamonamour.jpg)
“Caught” short drama by Elizabeth Page, NY (caught.jpg)
“Brotherly Love” short drama, CA, Brothers try to hold their family together, (brolove.jpg)
“American Veterans, Discarded and Forgotten,” Doc NYC, (amvets.jpg)
The complete three day line up and Friday night feature films in June follows:
Features on Fridays
May 25th • 8pm (Festival Kickoff 7:30 pm)
Siberia, Monamour (105 min)
Directed by: Slava Ross (Moscow, Russian Federation)
Siberian taiga. Late autumn. In a deserted village, there lives an old man & his seven-year-old grandson Leshia. A pack of feral dogs devours everything alive in the neighborhood, but one of these dogs becomes Leshia's best friend. Sometimes Uncle Yuri brings food to them. Once on his way back from the village Uncle Yuri is attacked by dogs & perishes. Ivan & Leshia stay on without any food supplies.
June 1st • 8pm
The Duck Hunter (90 min)
Directed by: Egidio Veronesi (Modena, Italy)
A film about memory, memories of the past and memories of the protagonists. Memory gets back, through the images of the film, to those who were its custodians, following new and unexpected paths.
June 8th • 8pm
A.L.F. (96 min)
Directed by: Lescure Jérôme (Paris, France)
What happened, that 24th of December? This is what officer Chartier wants to find out. To understand, he will have to go back 48 hours earlier: Franck's Christmas eve.
Franck: insignificant drama-teacher, Franck belongs to a nameless and leaderless commando: the Animal Liberation Front. These characters are bound by a limitless empathy towards mistreated animals, and will have to show courage to complete a mission they have been preparing for months.
June 15th • 8pm
The Boy Who'd Never Seen Rain (70 min)
Directed by: Kim Ramsay (Sydney , Australia)
The poignant portrayal of an outback Australian sheep farming family struggling to remain together despite looming bankruptcy. Neil Cobblin tries to defend his pride when it becomes apparent he's losing the battle against years of drought, and the outreach workers have arrived in town to offer a helping hand. His wife Rita begins to lose herself in the nostalgia of teenage dreams of becoming a Beauty Queen whilst their 8 year old son Danny fights to be seen as a man by his father and the school bully. This film examines the effects of depression and suicide risk in the Australian rural sector -- a topic which is too often ignored in the mainstream media.
June 22nd • 8pm
Directed by: Rubaiyat Hossain (Dhaka, Bangladesh)
Meherjaan is a film about loving the Other. Meherjaan gives away with the unitary masculine narrative in order to usher in emotional multiplicity of feminine emotion and sensibility. This film critiques certain pitfalls of nationalism that create conditions to justify war, killing and violence. Finally, Meherjaan attempts to offer an aesthetic solution to war and violence by taking refuge in love and spiritual submission.
American Veterans: Discarded and Forgotten (2 parts, 1 hour each)
Directed by: Richard Polonetsky; Directed by: Gary Null, Brooklyn NY
Gary Null, PhD, explores the truth about Gulf War Syndrome, a horrific condition affecting thousands of soldiers and their families, and the disturbing secrets being hidden by the government. Hear the truth from doctors, scientists, military analysts and the veterans who are still suffering from the effects of their tours of duty while the government denies any accountability for this illness. Dr. Null also reveals the epidemic of homelessness affecting our American veterans today.
12 - 1pm
Bring a favorite dish and join us for an opportunity to sit down with filmmakers and film aficionados for an exchange of ideas and edibles!
Daytona Flash Mob (10min)-
Produced by Lou and Guili Schacht
600 Dancers materialize in a spontaneous dance event at the Daytona 500.
Education Under Fire (30min)
Directed by Jeff Kaufman
Produced by Single Arrow Productions and co-sponsored by Amnesty International. This revealing documentary profiles the growth, struggle, and inspiring spirit of the Baha´i Institute for Higher Education. The Baha´i people in Iran have been subjected to systematic persecution, including arrests, torture, and execution simply for refusing to recant their beliefs. They are also prohibited from going to college (and blocked from many professions)
Anela en Rouge (19min)-
Cara Myers, Kansas City, MO
A touching experimental dance documentary in which Nannette Rogers-Kennedy tells a story of losing her mother, who before death, promises to come back to visit her children as a Cardinal. Two weeks later, her mother keeps her promise, not only to her, but to every other member of her family, proving that our love for one another transcends the boundaries of life or death.
Its a Girl Thing: MKA, Tween Queens and the Commodification of Girlhood (60min)-
Directed by: Shannon Silva, Wilmington, NC
Since the birth of Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen in 1987, the girls' tween market has evolved from almost non-existent into a $43 billion-dollar-
Saturday 5/26 • 4pm-8pm
Courtyard Gallery Screen
Wrigley and King, 9 min
Cornelius Murphy, Lynnfield, MA
A man attends his brother's funeral and reflects on a childhood memory when his brother took revenge against a neighbor for killing the family dog.
Robert Schwartz, Los Angeles. CA
Two people who come from very different backgrounds have inherited the struggles they face in a relationship.
All the winners and the schedule can be viewed at: