Film Festival to immerse
filmgoers in technology
(Jeff Bridges) is bullied by video game guards moments after
entering the electronic fantasy world of "TRON,"
a Walt Disney Production.
"TechnoVisions," replete with beauties and beasts, high-tech
feats and low-tech ingenuity, await festival-goers at the 12th
annual Virginia Film
Festival Oct. 21-24.
year's festival, "TechnoVisions," will feature more
than 60 films, dozens of videos, CD-ROMS, specialty simulation
rides, art installations, discussions, parties and demonstrations
of the new high- and low-tech art forms. "We're planning
a cinematic and artistic happening, a technological carnival for
all ages," said festival director Richard Herskowitz.
Sigourney Weaver headlines the festival's opening night tribute
to creature effects legend Stan Winston on Oct. 21. Winner of
four Academy Awards, Winston, a U.Va. alumnus, will receive the
Virginia Film Award for his work as film's foremost practitioner
of creature and makeup effects. The "Terminator," the
extra-terrestrial monstrosities of "Aliens," the dinosaurs
of "Jurassic Park," and the character, "Edward
Scissorhands," are a few of his creations.
reception at the Bayly Art Museum, the opening night gala will
feature a screening of "Aliens," with Weaver, who earned
an Academy Award nomination for her role in the film. Winston
will present highlights of his work, including clips from Dreamworks'
upcoming "Galaxy Quest," also starring Weaver.
Dreyfuss is being asked to describe the extraordinary experience
that has changed his life in "Close Encounters of the
Third Kind," a Columbia Pictures film directed by Stephen
retrospective series of Winston films will be screened throughout
the festival. They include: "Pumpkinhead," "Terminator,"
"Terminator 2," "Edward Scissorhands," "Predator,"
"Jurassic Park," and "Interview with a Vampire."
22, Weaver will present her new film, "A Map of the World,"
and conduct a dialogue with actors in U.Va.'s Drama Department.
The festival will devote two days, Oct. 21-22, to "Reveling
in Technology: Film as Immersive Experience." Audiences will
be able to experience the first cinematic thrill ride of Louis
Lumiere's "Train Entering a Station" (1896), as the
festival highlights the powerful film images of trains that still
endure today. The festival will also feature a recreation of Alfred
Hitchcock's 3-D thriller, "Dial M for Murder," multi-screen
presentations of video artist Daniel Reeves' "Try to Live
to See This," Warhol's "Outer and Inner Space,"
and performances by New York-based new-media artists Kevin and
Jen McCoy and Zoe Beloff.
festival will devote its final two days, Oct. 23-24, to "Jamming
the Technology," the low-tech search for more affordable
and accessible media production tools -- 8mm film and Pixelvision,
home computer and desktop editing programs, and hand-processed
films. This new movement, known as jamming, encourages film producers
to access mainstream and mass media, expropriate it, re-edit it
and subvert it for their own purposes.
addition, the festival will present "Audiovisions: Computer
Music Videos" by the Virginia Center for Computer Music,
based at U.Va., and two sensory film shockers from the 1950s,
"The Tingler," and the Smell-O-Vision film, "Polyster."
demonstrations and exhibits will include:
the Maxflight Simulator, a virtual roller coaster, available
for rides at the Regal Cinema
IFC Broadband net communications, exhibited by Adelphia Powerlink,
featuring a panel on the future of broadband delivery
Kesmai's new online game, "Aliens"
stereoscopic photography at Dream's Light Gallery
media installations throughout Charlottesville and at the Bayly
CD-ROMs at the Robertson Media Center in Clemons Library
low-tech editing tools used by high school students of the Light
House Summer '99 program to be displayed and demonstrated by
the students in the Downtown Artspace.
discussions and presentations, formal and informal, filmmakers,
directors, scholars, actors, screenwriters and composers -- in
all more than 50 speakers -- will focus for four days on the new
developments in world cinema that make film an increasingly rich
Twennies, portrayed by actor Gibson Frazier, stars in "Man
of the Century," a 1999 Fine Line Features release, directed
by Adam Abraham. photo: M. Jensen
films, dug out of the frozen earth, await preservation in
"Keepers of the Frame," a WinStar Cinema film. photo:
William O'Farrell/National Archives of Canada
snow monkey filmed on Mt. Fuji, Japan. Shot in 70mm in 24
countries, "Baraka" tells the story of earth's evolution,
of man's interdependence, and his impact on the world he inhabits.
The 1993 Samuel Goldwyn release is a Mark Magidson production
of a Ron Fricke film.