In the Fall of 2007, the Reynolda Film Festival staff – before that was the title – sat in Wake Forest University’s basement television studio and considered how to broaden the reach and influence of modern media. Six years have passed, and we could not be more proud of what has developed from that moment.
What started as a four person endeavor has grown into an experience created by nearly fifty students per year. These students, a group of which we are proud to be a part, continue to dedicate countless hours to the development of a truly professional film festival. When joining this group, I never thought that the festival would expand to include five days of programming featuring Academy Award winning filmmakers. This would not be possible without the support of the Wake Forest community and the hard working students on our executive board.
We have had the privilege of watching the Wake Forest and Winston-Salem community expand their knowledge of independent film and enthusiastically anticipate each year’s panels, films, and speakers. The festival staff has worked for eleven months to create an experience which will not only entertain and inspire audiences, but will also challenge the way that film education and filmmaking process are viewed throughout North Carolina.
This year, we are excited to welcome Ed Burns as our keynote speaker. As a director and actor dedicated to low budget filmmaking, we believe he will entertain, inspire, and challenge students to pursue filmmaking. All of our panelists are committed to promoting the importance of film, and they share the Reynolda Film Festival’s passion for encouraging students to go into the community and make films.
No matter how the festival grows, there is one thing for which we will always be grateful: the generosity and support of both the public and Wake Forest University. It is the faith which is placed in us, the student organizers of a young film festival, that brings our visions to life. Thank you for providing us with a home in Winston-Salem, and we are excited to bring you the sixth annual Reynolda Film Festival from April 1-5, 2013.
Rebecca Moberly and Connor McCarthy
Reynolda Film Festival