The Dual Rivers Media Pageant is the primary weekend in Might once a year in Asheville, NC. All proceeds from the competition, after promotional and different bills, return to the movie makers and media artists. Subsequent yr is Dual Rivers Media Pageant’s 15th season.
The fairs judges start deciding on movies in March and April and proceed during the competition’s authentic dates, throughout the primary weekend in Might, the place the finalists are screened in two hour periods all over the weekend. The impartial media competition usually attracts round 150 audience at each and every screening or so, for a complete of over 1000 or so guests general. “The Dual Rivers target market in reality appreciates the media arts, and this competition offers them a possibility to look stuff that would possibly now not in a different way be to be had. We get entries from all throughout Europe and Asia, in addition to in all places the Americas, and it is one of the vital best possible on the planet,” says Carlos Steward, the fairs founder and motive force.
With 400-500 entries coming in from one of the vital best possible impartial media artists running in all places the arena, Dual Rivers makes a speciality of substance as an alternative of bling, and strives to be extra eclectic than the everyday movie competition. Along with that includes one of the vital best possible impartial documentaries, quick drama and have movies being made anyplace on the planet nowadays, The Dual Rivers Media Pageant additionally gives classes for artists running in CD multimedia, audio media, advertisements, web media and internet sites. There are even particular classes corresponding to “Made on a Mac,” or for initiatives that care for out of doors, conservation or environmental subject matters.
Through the years, Dual Rivers and its predecessors have grow to be extraordinarily well liked by impartial artists at the West Coast and in movie faculties. A majority of the United States entries come from California, adopted by means of movie faculties corresponding to NYU and Florida State, then the Southwest. Achieved skilled artists will regularly be invited to speak about their paintings and train workshops. Amongst scholars and native budding artists, training is a significant draw to the competition. Movie makers and different media artist can community, discuss initiatives and change concepts in a supportive surroundings.
Stewards love of the media arts is going a long way past simply movie, and he sought after to make his competition extra inclusive and open to any media arts. “Those artwork paperwork are so an identical and inter-related,” observes Steward, ” I sought after to do extra for impartial artists developing wonderful paintings in media but even so movie.” Within the early 80’s, Stewards imaginative and prescient used to be discovered, and a media competition in upstate New York used to be born. Since then, he has been focused on fairs in states around the nation, and maximum just lately has settled in Asheville, North Carolina, the place the Dual Rivers Media Arts Pageant continues to develop and make bigger. “Asheville has an excellent neighborhood who’re very supportive of impartial media,” says Steward, “It lets in nice publicity for artists from the U.S. and different portions of the arena.”
As a movie pupil at Florida State College and a documentary movie maker in Mexico and Central and South The us, Steward discovered first hand how tough it’s to get impartial movie to audiences. “Underground media fairs are an effective way to get issues proven that generally would now not be observed by means of an excessively large target market. That is the place the speculation for developing my very own movie competition started, and this present incarnation right here in Asheville is the most efficient thus far. “
Asheville gives different benefits, in that even supposing the competition celebrates artwork from everywhere in the globe, all of the tournament is arranged and produced with native skill. Movie judges belong to and are credentialed by means of MAP (the Media Arts Mission) of Western North Carolina. Judges for audio and display writing come from more than a few skilled studios in and round Asheville. Steward believes Asheville to be the very best neighborhood to provide a grassroots media arts competition. “I’ve been in all places the arena, and Asheville has one of the wonderful swimming pools of native skill I’ve ever observed,” notes Steward. He tries to contain as many native artists as conceivable to make certain that the competition has a real neighborhood really feel and has many artwork paperwork represented.
With 102 International Premiers and eight North American premiers, the Dual Rivers Media Pageant supplies one of the vital best possible impartial screenings to be discovered anyplace. Jamie Hester, keen on the competition and common at The Courtyard Gallery’s Friday evening “International Cinema” sequence commented on a few of his favourite entries from closing yr: “I in reality loved ‘Repair’ by means of Tao Ruspoli, and ‘Karearea’ by means of Sandy Crichton used to be wonderful.” Jarrett Leone, a Dual Rivers volunteer famous, “I appreciated ‘Camp Woz,’ by means of Jarrad Kritzstein, and now not simply as a result of the title. I additionally in reality cherished ‘Ancestor Eyes’ by means of Kalani Queypo, the Local American movie maker from California.”
The Dual Rivers Media Pageant isn’t your standard movie competition. This wonderful show off of one of the vital brightest world media artists manages to ship international magnificence skill with out being in the least pretentious. No Hollywood starlets strolling down crimson carpets into fancy screening venues right here. At The Courtyard Gallery, house of The Dual Rivers Media Pageant, you’re much more likely to search out your self in a comfy chair or sofa surrounded by means of one of the various collections of labor by means of native and world visible artists, or sit down out within the courtyard itself and benefit from the secluded out of doors screening space.
There are a mess of causes artists make a selection to go into Dual Rivers. Many have an interest within the extremely in style movie classes corresponding to characteristic movie, documentary or quick drama. This provides aggressive movie makers a possibility to look how their venture stacks up in opposition to 100-200 entries from one of the vital worlds best possible. Different classes are much less aggressive than different fairs, and attracts entrants who would possibly really feel they have got a greater probability to garner rewards for his or her paintings. The highest putting winners obtain a novel hand-made trophy or plaque made by means of Mexican artist Cynlos.
Even if Dual Rivers is a Exertions of Love, and consumes maximum of Steward’s time from March to early Might, he believes it is smartly value it. “Getting a in reality exceptional access from an unknown movie maker simply blows everybody away. This yr, any such used to be ‘Rabia’ a pupil movie by means of Muhammad Ali Hasan, a couple of younger Islamic ladies that straps explosives round her waist after which presentations her earlier lifestyles in flashbacks. It’s an excellent little movie. Movie makers and media artists want audiences to understand the large paintings that is going into their initiatives. A few of these initiatives are labors of affection that may take a decade to make. Having the ability to carry those merchandise to an appreciative target market is in reality an exquisite factor to look.”