A creationist, a former creationist, and a pro-science activist become the main characters in an examination of the controversy encompassing evolution denial and the separation of church and state. When All is Ruin Once Again — This poetic, meditative, beautifully shot black-and-white film is an ode to close-knit rural Irish communities, introducing us to the people who live on the borders of the counties of Galway and Clare in the west of Ireland.
Following the journey of the film from initial flop to cult classic, this documentary provides a thought-provoking and entertaining window into American pop culture and the ways in which film can connect communities. The film takes viewers inside what has long been considered one of the greatest dining experiences in America, with the quirkiest cast of characters imaginable. Spotlight on Virginia Filmmaking.
The Festival will shine a spotlight on an impressive collection of films that were made in Virginia or have roots in the Commonwealth. Titles include:. Afrikana Film Festival — The VAFF is proud to partner with the Richmond-based Afrikana Film Festival for a special program of films dedicated to showcasing cinematic works by people of color from around the world, with a special focus on the global Black narrative.
Fishing with Dynamite — Director Paul Wagner examines how corporations and Wall Street and their obsession with short term profits are negatively impacting the foundations of American Capitalism in his newest documentary, presented in partnership with the University of Virginia Darden School of Business. Southern Journey Revisited — In , Alan Lomax set out on a road trip through the south to collect traditional American roots music.
The recordings that Lomax made serve as both a collection of traditional music and a social document of the times. This film follows the route that Lomax previously traversed and takes the pulse of a nation, surveying what has and has not changed in the 6 decades since Lomax first made his trip. Continuing its strong track record of showcasing the very best in cinema from around the world, the VAFF will spotlight a selection of some of the most acclaimed films in foreign cinema this year. Atlantics France — In Senegal, workers attempt to make the journey across the sea in search of a better life.
After their abrupt disappearance, a strange fever begins to spread in this supernatural romance that won the Grand Prix at the Cannes Film Festival.
Parasite Korea — The Park Family is the picture of aspirational wealth. The Kim Family is rich in street smarts but not much else. In a chance opportunity, the Kim children become tutors to the Parks, and a symbiosis forms between the families. Bacurau Brazil — The village of Bacurau is in dire condition. Basic supplies are running low, access to the outside world is fading, and the government begins to deny its existence, wiping it from all maps.
As the outside world begins to close in, the villagers stand their ground with a secret weapon. The film won the Jury Prize at Cannes. Frankie France — Iconic French actress Isabelle Huppert plays the title role of Frankie, a well-known movie star struggling with terminal illness and her own mortality, Frankie invites her extended family on a vacation to a picturesque village in Portugal.
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This animated film, which won top honors at Cannes Critics Week and the Annecy Animation Festival, is captivating and poetic, providing a touching account of loss. As he looks back on his life, he questions whether or not there is a life beyond his art. Memories of first love, childhood joys, and painful loss all flood back as he attempts to fill the void that brought his filmmaking to a halt. The Song of Names Hungary — Centering on a young violin prodigy at the start of World War II who mysteriously vanishes without a trace before his debut performance, and his brother who tries to find him, this unwavering drama about friendship, betrayal, and reconciliation illustrates both the horrors of war and sibling rivalry with musical revelations.
Synonyms Israel — An Israeli twenty-something moves to Paris and intends to rid himself of his nationality. Synonyms , which won the Golden Bear at the Berlin Film Festival , explores the complexities of cultural identities and the challenges of putting roots down in a new place. Tommaso Buscetta flees to hide out in Brazil.
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Arrested and extradited to Italy, Buscetta makes a decision that will change everything for the Mafia: he decides to betray the eternal vow he made to the Cosa Nostra. Queer Love on Television — The search for love and connection between people of color in the queer community is explored in two episodes of television, both written by UVA alum, Steven Kung. Changing the Game — High school athlete Mack Beggs made headlines when he became the Texas girls wrestling state champion for the second time.
Despite his desire to wrestle against his fellow male opponents, Texas athletic rules force him to compete with young women. The conversations and connections that emerge offer a glimpse of a less divided America, where the things that separate us are set aside by the power of music, humanity, and a little drag.
This documentary illuminates the thriving D. Trixie Mattel: Moving Parts — As the charming drag persona of Milwaukee-raised Brian Firkus, Trixie Mattel does it all; filming Drag Race All Stars , managing personal projects, recording a new album, and navigating relationships including an unexpected fallout with close friend and web series co-star Katya Zamolodchikova. This documentary is a raw and deeply personal portrait of the pitfalls of success and the endless churn of being a professional performer, singer, and comedian.
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The day will also include the return of the Charlottesville Symphony at the University of Virginia with their Musical Instrument Petting Zoo, allowing kids and adults alike to see, touch, hear, and play many different instruments found in the orchestra, and discover the ways that music and sound effects bring films to life.
Food trucks will provide plenty of lunch options, balloon artists and face painters will be on hand, and the MoxBox photo booth will be there to capture all the fun! All Family Day events are free and open to the public and feature complimentary and convenient parking at the Culbreth Road Garage. The Program, which debuted last year, provides a 6-day immersive, educational, and networking experience for UVA students around the themes of filmmaking, film industry, and film criticism. The program will feature a mentored and guided program of studies, discussions, and overall experience led by noted film scholar, former studio executive, and longtime VAFF moderator Harry Chotiner.
The VAFF will host a series of free panel discussions this year at Common House that will feature industry experts on the following topics: VR Filmmaking , led by Mona Kasra, assistant professor of Digital Media Design in the UVA Department of Drama, and Women and Work , featuring a panel of women in the filmmaking industry and their relation to work and the female experience.
Parties and Events The 32nd Annual Virginia Film Festival offers plenty of reasons to celebrate, and some great ways to do it! Close out the Virginia Film Festival in style at this annual highlight event. For complete information regarding the Virginia Film Festival, visit virginiafilmfestival.
Every year VAFF hosts free screenings of a socially relevant film for students and their teachers. Experts on film, ethics, and other disciplines speak to the subjects of the film after the screening, providing a fascinating and accessible out-of-the-classroom lesson.
The School Screening is free and open to private, public, and homeschool middle and high school students throughout the Commonwealth. Advance registration is required, and seats are reserved on a first-come, first-served basis. For more than 30 years, Alabama public interest attorney Bryan Stevenson has tirelessly fought for a more equitable criminal justice system. As the founder of the Equal Justice Initiative, Stevenson has dedicated his career to advocating for the disadvantaged, incarcerated, and wrongfully condemned.
More information may be found at www. The full schedule of films and guests will be available to browse online on Thursday, September 26, and tickets will go on sale Monday, September For more information, visit virginiafilmfestival.
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Rodgers and Dontcheva will head up a team of guest programmers that will include indigenous artist and filmmaker Federico Cuatlacuatl, Another Slave Narrative filmmaker Michelle Jackson, filmmaker and programmer Joe Fab, international film scholar and curator Samhita Sunya, and new media artist and scholar Mona Kasra. Andrew Rodgers is a writer, filmmaker, programmer, and arts executive, based in Denver, Colorado.
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He previously worked as a staff writer for the Chicago Tribune and a publicist for the Sundance Film Festival. Iana Dontcheva is a filmmaker, film scholar, and programmer working in the United States and Europe. Through her Paris-based production company, she has produced narrative and documentary features, shorts, and series, experimental videos, animation clips, and commercials. In addition to showcasing the best new films from around the world, its university home gives the Festival access to the great faculty and departments and initiatives the University of Virginia offers.
This is a great, and meaningful opportunity, and I am excited to return to help create the kind of deep and expansive program for which the Festival has become known throughout the industry. Michelle Jackson is the creator, writer, and director of the film Another Slave Narrative , which was featured in the Virginia Film Festival and is built around retellings of original interviews included in the Slave Narrative Collection of She first discovered her passion for storytelling while studying at Harvard Divinity School where she began to compete in poetry slam competitions.
Shortly after, she discovered a love for filmmaking at Vassar College. Michelle is a writer, director, film editor, and photographer. A Southern Californian native and a graduate of Harvard University and UCLA, she has studied the intersections of religion, race, sexuality, and gender.
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As founder and director of the Rasquache Artist Residency in Puebla, Mexico, he actively stays involved in socially engaged works and binational endeavors. Her interest span world film history, South and West Asian cinemas, intersections of audio-visual media and literature, and sound studies. She also has a curatorial background in the collaborative administration of film series and festivals.
She teaches survey courses and specialized seminars in Middle East and South Asia film histories, in addition to Middle East and South Asia-focused thematic courses on topics such as cinephilia, adaptation, and genre; methods courses in areas such as film programming, sound studies, and film festival studies. Joe Fab is an Emmy-nominated producer, director, and writer with over four decades of experience in film and video production, media, and communications.