Twin Rivers Media Festival, July 11 & 12

Scene from "Confessions of a Womanizer."
Scene from "Confessions of a Womanizer."

From a press release:

Twin Rivers Media Festival, July 11 & 12

The 21st Annual season of The Twin Rivers Media Festival (TRMF) will celebrate this year screening the latest in independent features, documentaries, short and animated films. The festival highlights world premieres on July 11th and 12th at the Phil Mechanics Building at 109 Roberts St. in the River Arts District of Asheville, NC.

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 opening night on July 11th at the Courtyard Gallery beginning at 7:30PM with the screening of Confessions of a Womanizer by Miguel Ali of Los Angeles.

In Confessions of a Womanizer  Ritchie is the epitome of everything that is wrong with modern man: a pompous, foul-mouthed idiot, whose only ambition is the latest girl-of-the-week. However, something changes after Ritchie’s first real relationship, a relationship that includes Ritchie’s two favorite things: frequent condom-less sex and tons of freshly baked cookies. Through Ritchie’s “confessions,” as well as his continual breakups with women who truly adore him, we come to see that his womanizing goes much deeper than just a desire to have sex with women. With a cast that includes Gary Busey, C. Thomas Howell, Andrew Lawrence, Jillian Rose Reed, Kelly Mantle and The Bella Twins, this film is powerful and humorous with remarkable cinematography and acting.

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 festival continues on Saturday, July 12th from 12 noon until 6pm with screenings of short drama, animation, experimental and documentary films.  Some films that will screen on Saturday include:

Volti, (Faces) a short drama about a mime and a child with Down syndrome, a world premiere from Molfetta, Italy by Antonio de Palo.

The Specialists, a humorous short drama, from Corpus Christi, TX by Brett Mauser explaining why it is so difficult to plan an art heist from a museum.

Binary, an animated film by Andre Silva from Wilmington, NC

Also included will be documentary films. Coney Island: Dreams for Sale tells the story of the gentrification of Coney Island, displacing amusements and stores that had been there for decades in favor of condos and luxury apartments. Coney Island, the once magnificent Playground of the World has survived many battles, but now faces its greatest enemy: corporate greed.?


Friday July 11, 2014:
• Feature Film Winner: Confessions of a Womanizer, 7:30pm

Saturday July 12, 2014:

• Short Drama Winners, noon-3 p.m.

• Animation and Experimental Film Winners, 3-4 p.m.

• Documentary Film Winners, 4-6 p.m.

All events are free and open to the public and take place in the Courtyard Gallery, upstairs in the Phil Mechanics Building, at 109 Roberts St. in Asheville’s River Arts District.

About Alli Marshall
Alli Marshall is the arts section editor at Mountain Xpress. She's lived in Asheville for more than 20 years and loves live music, visual art, fiction and friendly dogs. Alli is the winner of the 2016 Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize and the author of the novel "How to Talk to Rockstars," published by Logosophia Books. Follow me @alli_marshall

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