The Virginia Film Festival poster this year is a composite
image of Gena Rowlands as Gloria and Humphrey
Bogart, entitled Rowlands/Bogart Hero Sandwich
(1981) by artist Lynn Hershman. Hershmans Hero
Sandwich series, inspired by Rowlands Gloria
film role, will be on display in the University Art Museum
Oct. 13-Dec. 16.
to be uncovered at 14th annual Virginia Film Festival
artists and impostors, race and gender benders, actors and other
role players these are some of the charact ers the 14th
annual Virginia Film Festival
will unmask this year.
for Oct. 25 through 28, the festival will look at how characters
put on different identities in the roles they play. Based at U.Va.,
the film festival designs its program to resemble a comprehensive
course on a cultural theme a course so popular in appeal
and so varied in scope that it attracts a large local and national
audience, according to festival artistic director Richard Herskowitz.
year, the festival will give special emphasis to the collaborative
art of John Cassavetes and Gena Rowlands, as well as that of maverick
director Henry Jaglom and actress-screenwriter Victoria Foyt.
Rowlands, Jaglom and Foyt, whose films illuminate the art of acting
and its relationship to everyday role-playing, will be on hand
for mini-retrospectives of their work. Additionally, renowned
director-producer-actor Sydney Pollack will introduce a special
screening of Tootsie and highlight other aspects of
festival will showcase over 60 premiere and classic films that
illuminate the theme, many guest filmmakers from the worlds of
Hollywood and independent cinema, plus numerous sidebar exhibitions
and performances, including a special appearance by Bread and
a sign of the multi-faceted nature of its theme, the festival
kicks off with three screenings on Oct. 25, all of which lead
into the Opening Night Gala at the University Art Museum: Gloria
with actress Gena Rowlands, Venice/Venice with director
Henry Jaglom, and the world premiere of the documentary, Ah!
The Hopeful Pageantry of Bread and Puppet with filmmaker
DeeDee Halleck and members of the so-named theater company.
creator and make-up artist Stan Winston, a U.Va. alumnus, will
return to the festival this year. He will host a tribute to one
of his great influences, silent screen actor Lon Chaney, known
as the man of a thousand faces because of his extraordinary
skill with make-up and disguise.
feature premieres, screenings of classics and independent films,
various exhibits and the Fringe Festival, theres
something for everyone
Don Siegels 1956 Invasion of the Body Snatchers,
actor Kevin McCarthy pokes an alien pod. This classic will
be screened Oct. 28 at 4 p.m. at the Regal Theater.
On opening night, a discussion between Rowlands and noted Cassavetes
scholar, Ray Carney, will follow the screening of Gloria.
The regional premiere of A Constant Forge, a 200-minute
documentary on the life and art of Cassavetes by filmmaker Charles
Kiselyak will also take place Oct. 28.
whose writings on Cassavetes and other film and art topics are
catalogued at www.cassavetes.com, will host this years Regal
Film Workshop. It will offer close analyses of A Woman Under
the Influence and Minnie and Moskowitz.s
Jaglom and writing partner Foyt will discuss their collaborations
as Jagloms films about theater and film acting are screened:
Venice/Venice, Last Summer in the Hamptons,
Déjà Vu and work-in-progress, Festival
Pollack will be present for a special screening of the Academy
Award-winning Tootsie. The eminent director of They
Shoot Horses, Dont They? and Out of Africa,
who has also acted in some memorable roles, will participate in
other festival programs as well.
top to bottom) Gena
Rowlands, Sydney Pollack,
and Victoria Foyt will make appearances at the festival.
The inaugural Darden Producers Forum, co-sponsored by U.Va.s
Darden Business School, will feature major motion picture producer
Marc Abraham, president of Beacon Pictures, and Adam Fogelsen,
vice president for marketing at Universal Pictures, who will speak
about the challenges of bringing the soon-to-be-released Robert
Redford and Brad Pitt production, The Spy Game, to
Storming the Media: A Forum for Future Filmmakers
includes a screenwriters panel with Gregory Allen Howard, David
Ward, Frank Pierson and others.
In the panel Masquerading as Television: The Renaissance
in TV Filmmaking, representatives of HBO (Janet Graham Borba),
TNT (Scot Safon), and IFC Films (Kelley Devine), plus producer
Doro Bachrach and director Frank Pierson will discuss the rise
of cable television as a producer of high-quality feature films.
Duke University professor and film scholar Jane Gaines will give
a lecture, The Vanishing Race, on African-American
character actor Noble Johnson as part of the Forum for Contemporary
Virginia filmmakers: Oct. 27, Virginia native Gregory Allen Howard
will present the film he wrote for the screen, Remember
the Titans, based on the racial tensions of an Alexandria
high school football team. Director Kevin Hershberger will present
the premiere of his Civil War drama, Wicked Spring,
and Stan Winston will present one highlight from the HBO Creature
Feature series from Stan Winston Productions, She-Creature.
Virginia Commonwealth University student Patrick Pfupajenas
innovative first feature Blue Skys, White Clouds will
receive a special presentation hosted by Tim and Daphne Reids
New Millennium Studios.
The Fringe Festival, from Oct. 22-27, creates room for U.Va. students
and others to stage theater, dance, poetry and music performances,
plus a big Carnevale Dance Party, at the Frank Ix Building. Installation
art will be on display from Oct. 19 to Nov. 11. Co-sponsored by
the studio art program at U.Va.