heroine joins film festival
The 12th Annual Virginia Film
Festival, coming Oct. 21 through 24, will feature actor Sigourney
Weaver and special creature effects wizard Stan Winston, a U.Va.
alumnus. Also featured will be "Aliens," a film they worked
the theme of "TechnoVisions," this year's festival takes
in the marvels of 100 years of media technology from the dawn of
film through virtual reality and the use of the World Wide Web.
who has won four Academy Awards, will receive the Virginia Film
Award for his work as film's foremost practitioner of creature and
make-up effects. The extra-terrestrial monstrosities of "Aliens,"
the dinosaurs of "Jurassic Park," and the characters "Terminator"
and "Edward Scissorhands" are just a few of his legendary
creations. Following a reception at the Bayly Art Museum, the Opening
Night Gala will feature a screening of "Aliens," James
Cameron's sequel to Ridley Scott's original, for which Weaver earned
an Academy Award nomination. Winston also will present highlights
of his work, including clips from Dreamworks' upcoming "Galaxy
Quest," starring Weaver.
will present more than 60 films, dozens of videos, CD-ROMs, specialty
simulations rides, art installations, discussions, parties and demonstrations
of the new hi-tech and low-tech art forms at locations on Grounds
and around Charlottesville. "We're planning a cinematic and
artistic happening, a technological carnival for all ages,"
says Richard Herskowitz, festival director.
the festival web site at www.virginia.edu/~vafilm
or call (800) UVA-FEST for information. Schedules should be available
in early October.