RiverRun’s Virtual Theater is open for business!
Our Virtual Theater is now live as we monitor guidelines for when it is safe to host indoor theatrical screenings once again. For now, please enjoy the titles from RiverRun 2020 below, available to watch from the comfort and safety of your own home! Prices vary as each distributor’s digital release plan is unique. Click on each title below for full info and to purchase tickets.
Now playing: F/11 and Be There and Ai Weiwei: Yours Truly
RiverRun Virtual Theater
Photographer Burk Uzzle’s singular vision and dedication led him from a small, homebuilt darkroom on his father’s porch in North Carolina into the company and guidance of the 20th Century's most important photographers. For 65 years and counting, Burk Uzzle has created some of the most iconic photographs in American history. From Martin Luther King to Woodstock to America's small towns and back roads, Uzzle's photographs have provided a breathtaking commentary on American civil rights, race, social justice, and art. Grounded in documentary photography when he was hired by LIFE magazine at age 23, Uzzle's work grew into a combination of split-second impressions reflecting the human condition during his tenure at the international Magnum cooperative (founded by one of his mentors, Henri Cartier-Bresson). An electrifying fusion of music, image, and dialogue, F/11 and Be There captures the life and artistry of this most unique American photographer.
Human rights become profoundly personal when Ai Weiwei, China's most famous artist, transforms Alcatraz Island prison into an astonishing expression of socially-engaged art focused on the plight of the unjustly incarcerated. At the core of the installation, called @Large, were portraits of prisoners of conscience coupled with the opportunity to write letters of solidarity to the imprisoned. In her impassioned and powerful film, director Cheryl Haines captures this monumental exhibition from conception to fruition, and as well visits current and former prisoners, including American whistleblower Chelsea Manning, to learn how these letters were vital to their survival. "One of the great films of the year! A near-perfect look at Weiwei’s art installation that took place on Alcatraz Island. Truly magical...a must-see!" - Steve Kopian, Unseen films "Powerful! A moving cinematic experience." - Barbara Pollack, ArtNews "Inspiring! Highlights the power of the public to make a change in their societies. Seek out this great documentary for its poignant and very relevant message of persevering in your struggle no matter the cost." - FilmNews UK
Coming 10/27: Jonathan Scott’s Power Trip (free Indie Lens Pop-Up virtual screening)
RiverRun at the Marketplace Drive-In: Friday, 10/30: Monsters, Inc. — FREE community screening spnosored by Mast General Store!
We hope you have enjoyed these films. If you are able, please consider making a contribution as we continue to adapt to challenging circumstances and create new programming like our Virtual Theater. Your donation of any amount supports RiverRun and helps us fulfill our mission and maintain our relationship with you.