In January 2010, a/perture cinema opened as a small two-screen art house cinema with the purpose of showcasing independent, foreign, documentary, local and festival films. At the time of opening, a/perture became a destination for non-commercial and artistic films that were not offered elsewhere in Winston-Salem and the surrounding communities. Located in the heart of downtown Winston-Salem, a/perture revived the theatrical experience in the central business district. Over the past seven years, a/perture has become a space to enjoy and celebrate art on film while fostering social capital and shared experiences.
Girls and Production (GAP) is an after-school program featuring a semester of seminars geared towards films about and made by women, followed by a semester of learning beginning technical filmmaking skills, and culminating in several short student films. An a/perture cinema and Sawtooth School for the Visual Arts program, this course will provide students from ages 14 to 18 with a nuanced understanding of gendered and female representation in film alongside fundamental filmmaking skills that will equip them to actively participate in the growing movement to bring more female filmmakers into the industry of movie-making!