The Love Bug follows the adventures of a 1963 Volkswagen Beetle named Herbie, who seems to have a mind of his own! Among his human costars are Jim Douglas (Dean Jones), a down-on-his-luck race car driver who’s now entering demolition derbies instead of speed races, Tennessee Steinmetz (Buddy Hackett), Jim’s friend who creates art from used car parts, and Carole Bennett (Michele Lee), an auto sales associate and mechanic who is responsible for getting Herbie and Jim together in the first place and becomes the object of Jim’s romantic interests. Others in the cast include David Tomlinson, who had been in Disney’s Mary Poppins and would go on to appear in the studio’s Bedknobs and Broomsticks, and Joe Flynn, who would become a Disney stalwart in such films as The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes, The Million Dollar Duck, The Barefoot Executive, and others. Although The New York Times called the film “a long, sentimental Volkswagen commercial,” other reviews praised its charm and audiences loved it, making it the second highest grossing film of 1969. It is based on Gordon Buford’s book, Car, Boy, Girl and the type of car is not specified. The Beetle won out in a car casting call featuring all sorts of entries! MAY 7 / 7:30PM GATES OPEN – FILM BEGINS AT DARK / FREE, NO TICKETS REQUIRED Screening sponsored by Salem Smiles Orthodontics and Flow Motors RiverRun Family Nights at Bailey Park sponsored by Mast General Store
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Founded in 1998, is an arts organization dedicated to showcasing films from independent, international and student filmmakers. The 21st RiverRun International Film Festival was held April 4-14, 2019 in 5 venues throughout Winston-Salem and 1 in Greensboro. RiverRun screened 175 films from 47 countries with 18,354 attendees from across NC, the U.S., and internationally. Due to our excellence in programming, we are recognized by the Academy of Motion Pictures & Sciences as an Academy Award qualifying festival in 2 categories – animated shorts and documentary shorts. In addition to our annual Festival, we have several highly regarded year-round screening programs which include the free Indie Lens Pop-Up Series in partnership with PBS North Carolina and the State Library of North Carolina; RiverRun Retro; RiverRun Arts; and our education intiative, Films With Class.