Aperture Cinema - Winston Salem, NC | southern circuit tour
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southern circuit tour

The Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers is a program of South Arts. Southern Circuit screenings are funded in part by a grant from South Arts in partnership with the National Endowment of the Arts. South Arts, founded in 1975, is a nonprofit regional arts organization advancing Southern vitality through the arts. Their work responds to the arts environment and cultural trends with a regional perspective, through an annual portfolio of activities designed to address the role of the arts in impacting the issues important to our region, and linking the South with the nation and the world through the arts.

a/perture cinema’s 2018-2019 participation has been generously underwritten by Adrienne Amos Livengood

Lodging assistance and support provided by The Kimpton Cardinal Hotel.

Personal Statement

Monday, April 22 @ 6:30pm

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Director Juliane Dressner will be in attendance

Personal Statement is a feature-length documentary that follows Karoline, Christine and Enoch through their senior year and into college. They work tirelessly as peer college counselors to realize better futures for themselves and their peers. They struggle and they stumble, but refuse to succumb to the barriers that prevent so many low-income students from attending and graduating from college.

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Dark Money

Monday, September 10 @ 6:30pm


Director Kimberly Reed will be in attendance for a post film q&a!

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Dark Money, a political thriller, examines one of the greatest present threats to American democracy: the influence of untraceable corporate money on our elections and elected officials. The film takes viewers to Montana—a frontline in the fight to preserve fair elections nationwide—to follow an intrepid local journalist working to expose the real-life impacts of the US Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision. Through this gripping story, Dark Money uncovers the shocking and vital truth of how American elections are bought and sold. This Sundance award-winning documentary is directed/produced by Kimberly Reed (Prodigal Sons) and produced by Katy Chevigny (E-Team).

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Armed with Faith

Monday, October 15 @ 6:30pm


Director/Producer Asad Faruqi will be in attendance for a post film q&a!


Armed with Faith follows three men of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Bomb Disposal Unit (KPK BDU) to the front lines of the war in Northwest Pakistan. Should Pakistan, a nuclear power, fall into the hands of terrorists, the entire world is at risk. Armed with Faith gets up close and personal with two bomb technicians and their commander as they defend their homeland from terrorists spurred by the war in Afghanistan and drone strikes in the region. Through the stories of these men, viewers will have unprecedented access to the legacy of devastation caused by the American-led war that has afflicted this region for nearly 15 years and claimed over 50,000 civilian lives.

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Inventing Tomorrow

Monday, November 12 @ 6:30pm

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Producer Melanie Miller will be in attendance for a post film q&a!


Meet passionate teenage innovators from around the globe who are creating cutting-edge solutions to confront the world’s environmental threats – found right in their own backyards – while navigating the doubts and insecurities that mark adolescence. Take a journey with these inspiring teens as they prepare their projects for the largest convening of high school scientists in the world, the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF).

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Monday, February 4 @ 6:30pm

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Paula Eiselt (Director/Producer, Cinematographer) will be in attendance for a post film q&a!


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.

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United Skates

Monday, March 18 @ 6:30pm

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Directors/Producers Dyana Winkler & Tina Brown will be in attendance for a post film q&a!


When America’s last standing roller rinks are threatened with closure, a community of thousands battle in a racially charged environment to save an underground subculture –– one that has remained undiscovered by the mainstream for generations, yet has given rise to some of the world’s greatest musical talent. From Queen Latifah, Salt-N-Pepa and Naughty by Nature in New York and New Jersey to Dr. Dre and Ice Cube in Los Angeles, roller rinks have long been a mecca for music and creativity. These nights are also safe spaces, where street rivalries are left at the door. And still, many white rink owners refuse to host Adult Nights, even though this community could keep them in business.