film features U.Va., local writers
credits: Rita Dove (Fred Viebahn); Charles Wright (Photo courtesy
of WHTJ-TV); and John Casey (Lynn Brubaker).
By Rebecca Arrington
The premiere of "Writers,"
one of the two programs filmed thus far in the new, locally produced
TV series, "East of the Blue Ridge," will be screened
Feb. 23 at 7 p.m. in Newcomb Hall Theater, free of charge.
by the Virginia Festival of the
Book and Central Virginia's public television station, WHTJ-TV
41, "East of the Blue Ridge: Writers" taps the wealth
of local literary talent and Charlottesville's love of reading
and books, says the series' executive producer Conni Lombardo.
"It's the people of this area who are the stars -- the writers
and poets. Everyone who lives here appreciates the beauty of central
Virginia. This program looks at what makes it vibrant and interesting
-- and that's the people."
segments of the film feature U.Va. English
professors. Poet Rita Dove talks about life with her writer-husband
Fred Viebahn and rebuilding their Charlottesville home after a
devastating fire. Novelist John Casey is filmed sculling on the
Rivanna River Reservoir and explaining why he prefers Charlottesville
to Rome. Poet Charles Wright discusses the inspiration he finds
in his Charlottesville backyard and visits a poetry class at U.Va.
Other local writers in the series include novelists John Grisham
and Rita Mae Brown.
other program, "East of the Blue Ridge: Horses," follows
an entire year of equestrian activities in central Virginia.
Both programs were directed by award-winning filmmaker and Charlottesville
resident Paul Wagner. Original music for 'Writers' and 'Horses'
was composed and arranged by local musician and Grammy Award nominee
the community supports these two programs, the series could become
ongoing," says Lombardo, who already has a long list for
future shows, including features on presidents and wine production.
television debut of "Writers" will be March 3 at 10
p.m. on WHTJ-TV 41 Charlottesville (cable channel 7). "Horses"
will premiere that night at 9 p.m.
portion of the funding for the series was provided by the University
of Virginia Bookstore.