Made in Winston-Salem is a film series dedicated to celebrating the efforts and accomplishments of films produced in Winston-Salem and Forsyth County. Unless otherwise noted, all screenings will take place at a/perture cinema at 7:30pm, and are free of charge.
*March 12, 2015 – The Trials of Darryl Hunt (2006)
In 1984, Deborah Sykes, a copy editor at a newspaper in Winston-Salem, NC, was on her way to work when she was attacked by a man who raped and killed her. Three men were identified by the police as likely suspects — Sammy Mitchell, Johnny Gray, and Darryl Hunt — but it didn’t take long for investigators to single out Hunt as the man who committed the brutal crime. Coverage of the case in the Winston-Salem Sentinel, the paper Sykes worked for, fueled public outrage and many called for swift justice against Hunt. However, Hunt stubbornly declared his innocence, and even declined an opportunity for a plea bargain agreement because he was determined to prove he did not commit the crime. Hunt was found guilty and given a life sentence, but civil rights advocates believed he had been railroaded, especially given the racial tension the trial generated in this Southern community — Sykes was white and Hunt was black, while the jury that delivered the verdict was nearly all white and some of the most damning testimony, later to be found to be inaccurate, was given by a man with ties to the Ku Klux Klan. A second trial in 1989 also resulted in a guilty verdict, but in 1994 DNA testing proved that Hunt was not the man who committed the crime. However, no North Carolina court was willing to accept this new evidence, and it wasn’t until 2004 that Hunt was finally exonerated and released. Filmmakers Ricki Stern and Annie Sundberg began following the Darryl Hunt case in 1994, and ten years of research and interviews went into the making of The Trials of Darryl Hunt, a documentary following his long and painful road to eventual justice. Produced for the premium cable network HBO, The Trials of Darryl Hunt was screened to enthusiastic reviews at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival.
*April 19, 2015 – Filmmaking Panel @ RIVERRUN International Film Festival (1:00pm at a/perture Cinema, 311 W. Fourth Street)
Come hear North Carolina filmmakers (Maurice Hicks, Rex Miller and Diana Greene) talk about the process of making their films in the Tar Heel State. Rebecca Clark, Director of the Piedmont Triad Film Commission, will moderate. Presented in conjunction with Made in Winston-Salem, a series of special screenings and events meant to commemorate and celebrate films produced in Winston-Salem and the Piedmont Triad. a/perture Cinema is located on 311 W. Fourth Street, Winston-Salem. This event is free and open to the public.
*May 14, 2015 – George Washington (2000)
George and his adolescent friends all live in a poor North Carolina suburb, where the only jobs available are at a local salvage yard. Tragedy strikes when one of George’s friends is accidentally killed and the group, fearing punishment, decides to hide the body.
*June 11, 2015 – Junebug (2005)
A dealer in outsider art threatens the equilibrium of her middle-class in-laws in North Carolina. Madeline is a go-getting art gallery owner from Chicago, recently married to George, a near-perfect Southern beau. When Madeline needs to close a deal with a reclusive North Carolina artist, George introduces her to his family: prickly mother Peg, taciturn father Eugene, cranky brother Johnny, and Johnny’s pregnant, childlike wife Ashley, who is awe-struck by her glamorous sister-in-law. Madeline’s presence exposes the fragile family dynamics as hidden resentments and anxieties surface.
*July 9, 2015 – Goodbye Solo (2008)
Goodbye Solo is the story of Solo, a kindhearted 34-year-old Senegalese taxi driver in North Carolina. He is hired by William, a tough 70-year-old white southerner, to drive him in two weeks time to a mountaintop from which William plans to jump to his death. Solo decides to charm his way into becoming William’s friend, and this odd couple’s unexpected friendship grows. Now all Solo has to do is change the old man’s mind before the two weeks are up.
*August 16, 2015 – Mr. Destiny (1990) @ Winston Square Park (2015 kickoff for Sunset Flicks)
A dissatisfied businessman in the midst of a mid-life crisis encounters a magical bartender who shows him what might have been in this fantasy. With the bartender, the man tours the life he would have led had he won a high-school baseball game rather than striking out.