VFH at the Virginia Film Festival

virginia-film-festival-logoVirginia Foundation for the Humanities (VFH) is proud to collaborate with the Virginia Film Festival at the University of Virginia on four events during the 2014 Festival, November 6-9.

VFH staff members David Bearinger, director of grants and public programs, and Jane Kulow, Virginia Festival of the Book program director, will moderate post-screening discussions.

Additionally, the Virginia Festival of the Book is sponsoring three film screenings and managing post-screening book sales and signing with featured authors.

Low Down

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Based on Amy-Jo Albany’s memoir, Low Down brings the audience into the life of 1970s jazz pianist Joe Albany’s (John Hawkes) story seen through his daughter’s (Elle Fanning) eyes.

The film will be followed by a discussion with writer Amy-Jo Albany, director Jeff Preiss, and producer Ron Yerxa.

Book sales, and signing after the film organized by VFH’s Virginia Festival of the Book. More »

Wish You Well

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Based on celebrated Virginia-based author David Baldacci’s best-selling book, this period-piece drama echoes the decades-long struggle between corporate interests and small farmers dedicated to preserving the sanctity of the land.

The film will be followed by a discussion with author and screenwriter David Baldacci, producer Karen Spiegel, and Festival of the Book program director Jane Kulow.

Book sales, and signing after the film organized by VFH’s Virginia Festival of the Book. More »

The Winding Stream

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The heart of country music can be found in the hills of Virginia, nestled in the music stronghold of the Carter Family Fold.

Starting with the Original Carter Family – A.P., Sara and Maybelle – this film traces the flow of their influence through generations of musicians.

VFH is proud to have awarded a grant to The Winding Stream during the research and script development stage of film production.

David Bearinger, director of grants and public programs at VFH will moderate a post-screening discussion with director Beth Harrington, Rita Forrester, and Ronnie Williams. More »

Dr. Strangelove

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Political satire abounds in this Cold War era, Oscar-nominated black comedy.

With Peter Sellers turning in a series of hilarious performances in a variety of roles, and an uncharacteristically over-the-top comic turn by George C. Scott, Stanley Kubrick’s irreverent comedy cuts to the core of the issues at the heart of Cold War.

The film will be followed by a discussion with Douglas Keeney, author of 15 Minutes: General Curtis Lemay and the Countdown to Nuclear Annihilation, and Allen Lynch, UVA Department of Politics.

Book sales, and signing after the film organized by VFH’s Virginia Festival of the Book. More »

More than 100 films

You can find much more information about the Film Festival’s full schedule of more than 100 films and the lineup of special guests at VirginiaFilmFestival.org.