Saturday, April 13 2019
PEA Fair with a/ staff Gray Gordon
By Gray Gordon
Saturday, April 13 2019
By Gray Gordon
Sunday, March 24 2019
By Kayla Cavenaugh
On March 23 and 24 a/perture screened The Curious World of Hieronymus Bosch, part of the international art film series Exhibition on Screen.
Monday, March 18 2019
As America’s last standing roller rinks are threatened with closure, UNITED SKATES spotlights a community of thousands who fight in a racially charged environment to save the underground African-American subculture of roller skating, which has been overlooked by the mainstream for generations, while giving rise to great musical talents.
dialogues is a series that meets a theaudience where it’s at—literally. a/pertureinvites guests from the community to sit in on a new release film with an audience and answer 5 questions in their seat we’ve prepared for them. Anyone can participate every other Wednesday. Next up: The Competition (Le Concours) on March 20th @ 6:15!
Tuesday, February 17
Pranzo Con A/pertura is a/ lunch and learn series! Dale Pollock joined us for our first event by presenting the discussion ‘Are Movies Still Worth Watching?’ over a wonderful three-course Italian meal at Carrabba’s Italian Grill on Stratford Road.
Monday, February 4
Set in the Hasidic enclave of Borough Park, Brooklyn, 93Queen follows a group of tenacious Hasidic women who are smashing the patriarchy in their community by creating the first all-female volunteer ambulance corps in New York City. With unprecedented –and insider–access, 93Queen offers up a unique portrayal of a group of empowered women who are taking matters into their own hands to change their own community from within.
A documentary about the struggle and triumph of African-American family, community, and culture, using Kwanzaa as a vehicle to celebrate the African-American experience. The seven principles of Kwanzaa (unity, self-determination, collective work and responsibility, cooperative economics, purpose, creativity and faith) are so important to African-Americans today. The documentary explores the holiday’s growth out of the Black Power Movement in the 1960s to its present-day reality as a global, pan-African holiday embraced by over 40 million celebrants.
Friday, November 16, 2018
“Boy Erased” tells the story of Jared (Hedges), the son of a Baptist pastor in a small American town, who is outed to his parents (Kidman and Crowe) at age 19. Jared is faced with an ultimatum: attend a conversion therapy program – or be permanently exiled and shunned by his family, friends, and faith. Boy Erased is the true story of one young man’s struggle to find himself while being forced to question every aspect of his identity.
Monday, November 12 2018
Inventing Tomorrow started with a meet and greet with Producer Melanie Miller at Innovation Quarter and moved to a/perture cinema for our one-time screening of the film. This was followed by a Q&A with Melanie, moderated by a/ staff Gray Gordon with questions from our audience of all ages. Inventing tomorrow follows four teams of young scientists to a science fair called ISEF where 1,800 of ten million high school students are chosen to compete from all across the globe.
Tuesday, October 16 2018
One of many stops in the Southern Arts Circuit Tour: Armed with Faith where Co-Director and Cinematographer Asad Faruqi joined us for the one-time screening and Q & A.
Benjamin Wiessner, film producer of Thunder Road, joined us for a special screening and Q&A where audience members asked about the filmmaking process of the heart-warming full-length dramedy film that started as a short.
Girls and Production (G.A.P.) is an after-school program featuring a semester of seminars geared towards films about and made by women, followed by a semester of learning beginning technical filmmaking skills, and culminating in several short student films. An a/perture cinema and Sawtooth School for the Visual Arts program, this course will provide students from ages 14 to 18 with a nuanced understanding of gendered and female representation in film alongside fundamental filmmaking skills that will equip them to actively participate in the growing movement to bring more female filmmakers into the industry of movie-making!
Emily V. Gordon, Winston-Salem native and Writer of the film The Big Sick, and husband Kumail Nanjiana purchased two screenings in two of Aperture’s largest studios. One screening of the Spike Lee Joint Blackkklansman and Bo Burnham’s film Eighth Grade were open to the public for Free! Visit the blog post for some behind the scenes of the event.
New Winston Dialogues joined us for a special screening of The Miseducation of Cameron Post. Following was a discussion led by Angela Mazaris, Founding Director of Wake Forest University’s LGBTQ center.
From the Southern Circuit Tour a special screening of the documentary film Dark Money. This single film from a series of films to come is a detailed report on the money funnel funding crooked political campaigns in the Midwest. The screening was followed by a discussion with the Filmmaker, Kim Reed.
Looking at Art Cinema screening of Paper Moon with discussion led by actor Ben Baker. Ben and the audience discussed acting and the incredible performance by leading actor and actress, as well as, father / daughter duo in Paper Moon, Ryan and Tatum O’Neal.
Audience Member: It’s communication.
Ben Baker: Yes sir. Certainly.
Audience Member: Convincing the audience.
Ben Baker: To be convincing.
Take a look at images from Crosby Scholars discussion following their special screening of Hidden Figures. Speakers shared their career journeys, from learning how to navigate their education into their career fields and then their career fields into furthering education to find where it all intersects and just how far they can go!
Ginny and Davyd discuss Gardening after a special event screening of the documentary film, The Gardener (2016) about Frank (Francis) Cabot and his Garden in Quebec, Canada.
Photography from the Royal Wedding screening. Bright and early very well dressed guests arrived at a/ptr. Our event included Maddie Gardner from WYFM2, Mimosas, Tea, Macarons from The Humble Bee Shoppe, and Fasteners!
Recy Taylor, a 24-year-old black mother and sharecropper, was gang raped by six white boys in 1944 Alabama. Common in Jim Crow South, few women spoke up in fear for their lives. Not Recy Taylor, who bravely identified her rapists. The NAACP sent its chief rape investigator Rosa Parks, who rallied support and triggered an unprecedented outcry for justice.
Our film exposes a legacy of physical abuse of black women and reveals Rosa Parks’ intimate role in Recy Taylor’s story. An attempted rape against Parks was but one inspiration for her ongoing work to find justice for countless women like Taylor. The 1955 bus boycott was an end result, not a beginning.
Gallery of Images from one of a/pertures many trivia nights. Aperture’s Movie Trivia is held every month at a different venue in Winston-Salem with different categories organized and hosted by Gray Gordon.
In April, Producer Summer Shelton visited a/perture cinema on the opening weekend for her film Keep The Change kicking off multiple screenings followed by Q&A’s. During the 2018 Spirit Awards Summer was awarded the Piaget Producers award for the film. We were so glad to have her speak along with our other guests from iCan House that told us what they thought about the film.
Wilmington on Fire is a new feature-length documentary that chronicles The Wilmington Massacre of 1898. The Wilmington Massacre of 1898 was a bloody attack on the African-American community by a heavily armed white mob with the support of the North Carolina Democratic Party on November 10, 1898 in the port city of Wilmington, North Carolina. It is considered one of the only successful examples of a violent overthrow of an existing government and left countless numbers of African-Americans dead and exiled from the city. This event was the spring board for the White Supremacy movement and Jim Crow segregation throughout the state of North Carolina and the American South. This incident has been barely mentioned and has been omitted from most history books. It was not until 2006, after the North Carolina General Assembly published a report on it, that the tragedy became known to the general public.
Anna Fields, Author and Filmmaker, joined us for a special screening of her film in progress which was followed by a book signing and Q&A. Field’s book The Girl in the Show is a humorous restrospective of commediennes, exploring the ways in which women’s comedy and women’s liberation have evolved together.