Opening Night Film: Thursday, 7 PM – September 5th
As a part of their study of the Holocaust, the children of the Whitwell, TN Middle School try to collect 6 million paper clips representing the 6 million Jews killed by the Nazis. Paper Clips screened at RIFF back in 2004 and went on to be nominated for an Emmy. Celebrating ten years of great filmmaking at RIFF, Joe returns, to talk about the success and exciting journey of Paper Clips.
Closing Night Film: Saturday, 7 PM – September 7th
25,000 Mile Love Story
The 25,000 Mile Love Story chronicles the amazing journey of endurance athlete, Serge Roetheli, as he endeavors to run a distance equal to the earth’s circumference to bring awareness and raise money for the world’s impoverished children. Accompanied by his wife Nicole, who drove a motorcycle with their supplies and pup tent in tow, their unforgettable journey spans five years covering six continents and unforgiving landscapes. Confronted with challenges that pushed them beyond their limits, the Roethelis battled against extreme weather, civil unrest, and near-death illnesses. Remarkably, they survived it all. At the heart of their journey is a love story; a relationship of two people who believe in achieving the impossible, and whose story ends with a shocking twist