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"Aliens" 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 on together.

With 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.

Winston, 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.

"TechnoVisions" 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.

Check the festival web site at or call (800) UVA-FEST for information. Schedules should be available in early October.


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