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    The Weekender, April 17-19: A River runs through...

    Friday, April 17, 2015

    It’s the kickoff  for RiverRun, which goes through next weekend. Vying for parking spaces in downtown Winston-Salem this weekend is Phuzz Phest, which gains gravitas every year.  And don’t even…

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  • Black Panther Party

    Best of RiverRun: Black Panthers, Hurricane Sand...

    Wednesday, April 15, 2015

    When RiverRun International Film Festival Began 17 years ago, there was an actual river involved — the French Broad in Brevard, the festival’s original home. Now a river…

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  • Editorial interns Sayaka Matsuoka and Anthony Harrison

    A Japanese restaurant with a trove of Korean foo...

    Wednesday, April 15, 2015

    by Eric Ginsburg When a friend whose parents own a Japanese restaurant suggests you grab lunch somewhere that specializes in the cuisine, you listen. And when a different…

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    Committee searching for new downtown CEO

    Wednesday, April 15, 2015

    by Eric Ginsburg Downtown Greensboro Inc. has assembled a search committee for its new president and CEO, but Mayor Nancy Vaughan wants her role to be a voting…

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    Self-defense ruling relies on admitted shooter...

    Wednesday, April 15, 2015

    by Jordan Green Winston-Salem police and a local prosecutor say that physical evidence backed up the account of the man who admitted to shooting and killing a young…

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Ex Hex reprises with free show at UNCG tomorrow

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Mary Timony of Ex Hex at Bailey Park in Winston-Salem

One of the highlights of this weekend’s Phuzz Phest so far has been seeing DC-power trio Ex Hex shred at the new Bailey Park bandshell as the lights of the Reynolds American lit up the Winston-Salem skyline as dusk descended on the Camel City. Read More

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REVIEW: Above All Else

by Jordan Green

Above All Else screens today at 4 p.m. at Hanesbrands and tomorrow at 11 a.m. at UNCSA Babcock as part of RiverRun International Film Festival in Winston-Salem.

Above All Else

Above All Else

Above All Else is a documentary that doesn’t hide its opposition to the XL Keystone Pipeline, which when complete will transport tar-sands oil from Alberta, Canada to Gulf Coast refineries. Since 2011, the pipeline has been the domestic flashpoint in the fight over climate change, although both major political parties largely support the project; the political battle pivots on tension between the Republican Congress’ aggressive promotion of the project and President Obama’s course of due diligence. Read More

Apr
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First screening of “Macondo” at RiverRun today

Macondo

by Eric Ginsburg

Macondo first shows at RiverRun today at 11 a.m. and again on April 26 at 10 a.m., both times at UNCSA Babcock.

This story of Chechnyan refugees living in an Austrian housing project is so well acted that it would be easy to forget it isn’t a documentary. The film opens in such a way that it actually takes a minute to decipher the genre, a fact that is less surprising considering that director Sudabeh Mortezai’s previous films are both docs about Muslims in Iran. Read More

Apr
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REVIEW: Poverty Inc.

by Sayaka Matsuoka

Poverty Inc. screens today at 5 p.m. @ SECCA and April 19 at 10 a.m. @ Hanesbrands Theater as part of RiverRun International Film Festival in Winston-Salem.

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Poverty Inc.

This 2014 film feels more like an exposé than a documentary as it chronicles the unintended negative consequences of “positive” actions that aim to help those suffering from poverty. The film covers a wide range of initiatives including Band Aid’s popular 1984 Christmas song “Do They Know It’s Christmas?,” the hip TOMS shoes company, and the role that celebrities play in the global poverty industry. Read More

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REVIEW: Refugiado

Refugiado screens Saturday at 10:30 a.m. at A/perture, April 20 at 4:30 p.m. at A/perture and April 26 at 1 p.m. at UNCSA Babcock as part of RiverRun International Film Festival in Winston-Salem.

by Sayaka Matsuoka

Refugiado

Refugiado

Refugiado isn’t your typical dramatic thriller. Although those expecting another loud, fast and action-packed drama may find the quietly suspenseful film a tad slow, Refugiado’s real triumph lies in the carefully crafted scenes revolving around the two protagonists — a mother and her son, on the run from their abusive husband and father respectively. The feature film balances stressful scenes of the two just barely escaping from the grasps of the aggressor with tender interactions between them as they protect and rely on each other. What the film lacks in dialogue, it makes up for by visually chronicling their ups and downs, many times focusing on the young boy’s own personal struggles. Refugiado is as emotional a journey for those watching it as it is for the triumphant duo, and doesn’t cease to engage throughout.

Refugiado, dir. Diego Lerman, 93 min., 2014

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REVIEW: Touching the Sound

Touching the Sound: The Improbable Journey of Nobuyuki Tsujii screens on Saturday at 1 p.m. and April 23 at 5 p.m. as part of RiverRun International Film Festival in Winston-Salem. Director Peter Rosen will be in attendance for both screenings, which take place at Hanesbrands.

by Jordan Green

Touching the Sound

Touching the Sound

The idea of blind people having an extraordinary ability to discern sound to compensate for their lack of sight goes back at least as far as the “Little House on the Prairie” series. That blind people seem predisposed to music is a fact borne out by the careers of Ray Charles, Doc Watson, Stevie Wonder and Ronnie Milsap.

So Touching the Sound, a documentary about the Japanese piano prodigy Nobuyuki Tsujii, holds no great reveal, except perhaps through the epiphany experienced by the boy’s mother. Initially unprepared to raise a blind child, she describes the first months of his life as comparable to being in “dark tunnel.” It’s only when he displays an uncanny ability to play tunes by ear on a toy piano that she suddenly discovers that her son’s life, far from being constrained, holds unlimited potential. Viewers who are moderately sophisticated on the dynamics can experience the wonder of the pianist’s talent through his mother’s vantage point, even if the premise of the story is not particularly novel. Read More

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Black Panther Party

Best of RiverRun: Black Panthers, Hurricane Sandy and 15 film reviews

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

When RiverRun International Film Festival Began 17 years ago, there was an actual river involved — the French Broad in Brevard, the festival’s original home. Now a river…

The rational right

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

In just the third term of the North Carolina General Assembly since the Republicans took over in 2010, the state is already a very different place. Films don’t…

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