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Reynolda Film Festival presents films and filmmakers

March 10, 2010

The third annual Reynolda Film Festival will feature a world premiere and a film competition, and talks by scriptwriters, animators and film-industry insiders. The Festival will run March 24-27 at Wake Forest University.

Award-winning film director, producer and writer Spike Lee will headline this year’s festival. He will speak at 7 p.m. March 26 in Wait Chapel. Tickets are $5 for the general public and may be purchased in advance through the Reynolda Film Festival Web site.  The event is free to Wake Forest students, faculty and staff, but reserving advance tickets is recommended.

The complete schedule of screenings and speakers and details on how to get tickets for the Spike Lee event are posted on the Reynolda Festival Web site at  Events will be held in Carswell Hall’s Annenberg Forum with the exception of “Spike Lee: Following Your Dreams.”

Founded in 2008, the Reynolda Film Festival is organized and led completely by Wake Forest students. It is designed to promote the art of filmmaking and challenge aspiring filmmakers. The festival is sponsored by WAKE TV, the university’s student-run television station.  The executive director is Brent Lindley, a Wake Forest junior from Burlington, N.C.

Feature Film Screenings

All film screenings are free and open to the public, but seating is limited.  A question-and-answer session with the filmmakers will follow “Any Given Friday.”

March 24

  • “The Messenger,” 8:15 p.m., Annenberg Forum

Two soldiers, played by Woody Harrelson and Ben Foster, are assigned to the Army’s Casualty Notification Service and have to deliver the bad news to the loved ones of fallen soldiers.  The film was nominated for two Academy Awards. 

March 25

  • “Beeswax,” 8:15 p.m., Annenberg Forum

The film revolves around the personal and professional entanglements of twin sisters Jeannie and Lauren living in Austin, Texas.  Jeannie co-owns a vintage clothing store with her friend Amanda.  When Jeannie and Amanda begin to feud, Lauren makes a series of interesting and amusing choices.

March 27

  • “Any Given Friday,” 8:15 p.m., Annenberg Forum.

“Any Given Friday” follows the story of a successful high school football coach, Gordon Walters, who leaves a nationally ranked team to transform a losing culture at South Brunswick High School in Southport, North Carolina.  What starts as a personal mission to succeed where all others have failed becomes a hard-fought, four-year struggle to help his players experience success for the first time.  The Wake Forest screening is the world premiere of the film.

  • Q & A with filmmakers Keith Barber and Sam Smartt will follow.


March 24

  • Crashing Hollywood’s Gates, 6:30 -7:45 p.m.  Hollywood veteran Angelica Casillas, digital production manager at Rhythm and Hues Studios, will provide insight on what it takes to get started in the film industry.

March 25

  • “The Storyteller’s Art,” 6:30 - 7:45 p.m. Scriptwriters Josh Olson of “History of Violence” fame (via live video feed) and Angus MacLachlan, who wrote the screenplay for “Junebug,” will examine the process, challenges and other aspects of creating the foundation of a film. Max Negin, lecturer in Wake Forest’s communication department, will moderate the session.

March 27

  • “Creating an Animated World,” 6:30 - 7:45 p.m.  Bill Frake, a storyboard artist with Blue Sky Studios, will lead a discussion of how animated films are created.  Frake has worked on “Pocahontas,” “Hercules,” “The Iron Giant,” “Horton Hears a Who,” and the “Ice Age” series.

The film competition part of the festival is open to undergraduate and graduate student filmmakers from around the world.  This year, films will be judged in three categories: documentary, narrative and animation/experimental.  Finalists’ films will be screened during the festival and prior to the awards ceremony on March 27.  For screening times, visit

Note to Editors: Interviews can be arranged with student organizers and with some of the festival speakers. To arrange coverage, contact the Communications and External Relations office at (336) 758-5237.  Following is a link to the online press kit with additional materials.

Press Contacts:

Kerry King
(336) 758-6084

Ellen Sterner Sedeno
(214) 546-8893

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