The 18th annual River’s Edge Worldwide Movie Competition (REIFF), one of many longest-running movie festivals in Kentucky, returns to Paducah this week to highlight round 25 impartial movies from filmmakers in western Kentucky, throughout the nation and all over the world.
The four-day competition kicks off Thursday, Nov. 10 at 7 p.m. at Maiden Alley Cinema (MAC) with a Regional Showcase spotlighting 4 movies created in western Kentucky and southern Illinois. REIFF concludes on Nov. 13 at MAC at 4 p.m. with a screening of whichever movie wins the “Better of the Fest” award.
Block screenings shall be held at each MAC and the Yeiser Artwork Heart in Paducah. An awards ceremony will happen Nov. 12 at MAC at 7 p.m. the place prizes shall be awarded in a number of classes together with Greatest Brief Narrative, Greatest Function Narrative, Greatest Brief Documentary, Greatest Function Documentary, Greatest Animated and the general Better of the Competition.
General, MAC Government Director Rebecca Madding stated round 25 movies from the US, Spain, Hong Kong, Germany and Israel could be displaying at REIFF all through the 4 days of actions. REIFF suits squarely into MAC’s mission to advertise filmmaking as an artwork type and assist impartial filmmakers, she added.
“These are people who find themselves placing their lives, their hearts and their souls to those movies and to make them occur, and it’s a part of Maiden Alley’s mission to be a champion of impartial filmmakers and to place their works on a display the place it belongs, within the theatre,” Madding stated.
This 12 months, REIFF will begin out with a block that includes movies created domestically. These movies embrace “They Gained’t Let Us Be Angels,” a hip-hop musical quick that was the Greatest Movie Winner on the 2022 Paducah 48 Hour Movie Challenge; “Paleface,” a story quick made in Hopkinsville about an outlaw who comes face-to-face with a supernatural vigilante; “Shawnee Showdown,” a documentary about activists’ combat to cease clearcutting, oil and fuel drilling, and ATV use within the Shawnee Nationwide Forest; and “165 Miles: Disaster in Kentucky,” a documentary sharing tales of survivors of the tornadoes that hit western Kentucky in December 2021.
Jonathan Petramala, “165 Miles” author and one in every of its producers, stated after the movie premiered in Louisville final month at Louisville’s Worldwide Competition of Movie and gained the “Digital Competition Favourite” award there, REIFF offers a chance for the “165 Miles” storytellers to share these tales nearer to the areas straight impacted by the pure catastrophe.
“We imagine within the capacity for individuals to share their expertise a few storm. As a substitute of creating a catastrophe film a few catastrophe, we make a catastrophe film of the individuals who had been most impacted,” Petramala stated.
REIFF provides impartial filmmakers the prospect to showcase their work and share the tales these creators have invested their money and time into sharing, Petramala added.
The “165 Miles” creators are additionally hoping to attach with teams in locations straight impacted by the twister in western Kentucky to arrange further screenings of the documentary main as much as the one-year anniversary of the Dec. 10, 2021 EF-4 twister.
A number of filmmakers may also have Q & A classes at a few of the screening blocks for viewers members to ask filmmakers about their works, Madding stated. Petramala stated he plans to be on the screening of “165 Miles” screening Thursday, only a month shy of the one-year anniversary of the twister, together with the movie’s director Andy Coates.
Madding stated one block, Block E displaying on Nov. 12 at 11 a.m. at MAC, has been designated as a family-friendly block for individuals who want to take the youthful movie buffs within the household to the competition to assist impartial filmmakers.
The whole schedule, together with the whole lineup of movies on this 12 months’s competition, will be discovered at riversedgefilmfestival.com. On that web site, tickets may also be bought for $10 per block, or $50 for an all-access move for the entire competition. College students can attend the competition totally free, Madding stated.
Folks may signal as much as volunteer on the competition on REIFF’s web site. Volunteers will obtain free film passes together with entry to an afterparty with REIFF jurors, sponsors, organizers and filmmakers.