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PADUCAH — The 18th annual River’s Edge International Film Festival (REIFF), one of Kentucky’s longest-running film festivals, returns to Paducah this week to present approximately 25 independent films by filmmakers from western Kentucky, across the country and around the world to put the world in the spotlight.

The four-day festival begins Thursday, November 10 at 7 p.m. at the Maiden Alley Cinema in downtown Paducah with a regional showcase highlighting four films made in western Kentucky and southern Illinois. REIFF concludes on November 13 at 4pm at the MAC with a screening of the Best of the Fest winning film.

Block screenings are held at both the MAC and the Yeiser Art Center in Paducah. An awards ceremony will be held at 7 p.m. on November 12 at the MAC, where awards will be presented in multiple categories including Best Short Narrative, Best Feature Narrative, Best Short Documentary, Best Feature Documentary, Best Animated and Best of the Festival overall.

Overall, MAC Managing Director Rebecca Madding said around 25 films from the United States, Spain, Hong Kong, Germany and Israel would be screened during the four-day activities at REIFF. REIFF fits right into MAC’s mission of promoting filmmaking as an art form and supporting independent filmmakers, she added.

“These are the people who put their life, heart and soul into making these films a reality, and part of Maiden Alley’s mission is to be a champion of independent filmmaking and to get her work onto a screen where she belongs . in the theater,” Madding said.

This year, REIFF starts with a block of films that were made on site. These films include They Won’t Let Us Be Angels, a hip-hop musical short that won Best Picture at the 2022 Paducah 48 Hour Film Project; “Paleface,” a short filmed in Hopkinsville about an outlaw confronted by a supernatural vigilante; “Shawnee Showdown,” a documentary about activists’ fight against deforestation, oil and gas drilling and off-road vehicle use in the Shawnee National Forest; and 165 Miles: Catastrophe in Kentucky, a documentary telling stories of survivors of the tornadoes that struck western Kentucky in December 2021.

Jonathan Petramala, 165 Miles writer and co-producer, said after the film premiered in Louisville last month at the Louisville International Festival of Film, where it won the Virtual Festival Favorite award, REIFF provides an opportunity for ” 165 miles”. Storytellers to bring these stories to the areas directly affected by the natural disaster.

“We believe in people’s ability to share their experiences of a storm. Instead of making a disaster film about a disaster, we are making a disaster film about the people who were most affected,” Petramala said.

REIFF gives independent filmmakers a chance to showcase their work and share the stories these creators have invested their time and money in, Petramala added.

The creators of 165 Miles also hope to engage with groups in locations in western Kentucky directly impacted by the tornado for additional screenings of the documentary in the run-up to the December 10th one-year anniversary of the EF-4 tornado to organize in 2021.

Several filmmakers will also have Q&A sessions in some of the viewer screening blocks to ask filmmakers about their work, Madding said. Petramala said he plans to attend the screening of 165 Miles with director Andy Coates on Thursday, just a month before the tornado’s one-year anniversary.

According to Madding, one block, Block E, which will be shown on MAC on November 12 at 11am, has been designated as a family-friendly block for those who want to take the younger film fans in the family to the festival to support independent filmmakers.

For the full schedule and film selection from this year’s festival, visit riversedgefilmfestival.com. Tickets can also be purchased on this site for $10 per block or $50 for an all-access pass for the entire festival. Students can attend the festival for free, Madding said.

You can also register as a volunteer at the festival on the REIFF website. Volunteers receive free cinema passes as well as access to an afterparty with REIFF judges, sponsors, organizers and filmmakers.

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