In the Fall of 2007, a group of students sat in Wake Forest University’s basement television studio and considered how to broaden the reach and influence of modern media.
What started as a four person endeavor has grown into an experience created by nearly thirty students each 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. This would not be possible without the support of the Wake Forest community.
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 films, and speakers. The festival 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 the filmmaking process are viewed throughout North Carolina. Our speakers are committed to promoting the importance of the art of filmmaking, as an entertainment medium as well as a forum to address social justice issues. They share the Reynolda Film Festival’s passion for encouraging students to go into the community and make films.
Past presenters and keynotes have included:
Viola Davis (Fences, The Help)
Morgan Spurlock (Super Size Me, Inside Man)
Spike Lee (Do The Right Thing, She’s Gotta Have It)
Ed Burns (Saving Private Ryan, The Brothers McMullen)
Adam Stone (Mud, Loving)
Kirby Dick (The Hunting Ground, The Invisible War)
Jason Reitman (Thank You for Smoking, Juno, Up in the Air)
Somnath Sen (Bollywood director of Leela, Gora)
Curt Beech (Lincoln, The Help, Star Trek)