Theirs is the Kingdom follows the rare creation of a contemporary fresco mural inside the sanctuary of a small church in Asheville, NC, examining the intersection of poverty and portraiture. This is a painting not of the rich and powerful, but of people battling homelessness, addiction, and mental illness. From first sketch to final unveiling, the viewer witnesses the difficulties of this ancient artistic technique while also meeting an ensemble cast of rich, complex characters.
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.