15th Annual Virginia Festival of
The 15th annual Virginia
Film Festival, Oct. 24-27, invites cinemaphiles to dive into
four days of films, exhibitions, panel discussions and performances
exploring water imagery.
flood of more than 50 films and special events will include numerous
feature premieres along with classics such as The African
Queen, Psycho, Lawrence of Arabia,
LAtalant and 20,000 Leagues Under the
at U.Va., the film festival is designed to resemble
a comprehensive course on a cultural theme.
was initially struck by the archetypal power of water imagery
in classic movies, said Richard Herskowitz, festival artistic
director, about the WET theme. The shower scene
in Psycho, Gene Kellys lyrical rain dance, and
Burt Lancaster and Deborah Kerr washed by waves in From
Here to Eternity are among the most indelible moments in
American movie history.
Night Screenings: Filmmaker Jeff Wadlow, winner of the Chryslers
Million Dollar Film Festival, and Ron Maxwell, director
of Gods and Generals Oct. 24, 6:30 p.m., Culbreth
Theatre Tickets: $15
Night Gala: University of Virginia Art Museum, 9:30 p.m.
Tickets: $75 for both the gala screenings and party.
Writer and director Todd Haynes Far From Heaven
Oct. 25, 7 p.m. Newcomb Theater. Tickets: $7.50, students
shot-by-shot analysis with Roger Ebert
Oct. 25, 4 - 6 p.m.
Oct. 26, 10 a.m. noon
Oct. 27, 10 a.m. noon
Tickets: $50 for three-day workshop
with Sissy Spacek Following screening of The River
Oct. 26, 4 p.m. Culbreth Theatre Tickets: $7.50, students
said a highlight of the festival will be an appearance by Todd
Haynes, one of ollywoods hottest writer/directors. Haynes
will attend an Oct. 25 screening of his new drama Far From
Heaven, starring Julianne Moore and Dennis Quaid. The film,
which tells the story of a privileged 1950s housewife and is inspired
by the Hollywood melodramas of that era, received rave reviews
and awards for best cinematography and best actress at the recent
Venice Film Festival.
was the biggest sensation at the Toronto and Venice film festivals,
festival will begin on Oct. 24 with a celebration of filmmaking
in Virginia. Gettysburg director Ron Maxwell will
screen a section of the upcoming Civil War epic filmed in Virginia,
Gods and Generals, starring Robert Duvall, Jeff Daniels,
Stephen Lang and Mira Sorvino.
on the program is emerging filmmaker Jeff Wadlow. Winner of the
recent Chrysler Million Dollar Film Festival, Wadlow is a Charlottesville
native and son of the late State Sen. Emily Couric.
Maxwell and Brian Mallon also will give a free performance of
their show, Poetry of the Civil War, on Oct. 25 at
11 a.m. in the Rotunda.
feature premieres are: Lynn Hershman Leesons sci-fi parable
Teknolust, starring Tilda Swinton, which Leeson will
present; Kathryn Bigelows The Weight of Water,
starring Sean Penn, Sarah Polley and Elizabeth Hurley; and George
Kachadorians Divining Mom, a documentary about
the mysteries and history of dowsing.
U.Va. alumnus Glenn Williamson, president of production at Focus
Features, will conduct the second annual Darden Producers Forum
on Oct. 26. He will talk about his career supervising films such
as American Beauty, Almost Famous and
Road to Perdition.
Liquid Light, a mini-festival of experimental films inspired by
water, will feature filmmakers George Kuchar and Leighton Pierce
and nine leading experimental screenwriters and curators at six
separate programs at Vinegar Hill Theatre.
Included in the Liquid Light series will be Andy Warhols
rarely shown Water, which will be on display at the
U.Va. Art Museum.
The festivals live events include a diorama
performance titled Mexterminator by Guillermo Gomez-Peña,
a MacArthur grant-winning performance artist who explores issues
of Mexican-Latino and U.S. border culture and trans-cultural identity
on Oct. 26 at 8 p.m. in the Frank Ix Building. Gomez-Peña
will also present his hilarious, provocative mockumentary
about U.S./Mexican history, The Great Mojado (Wetback) Invasion,
Part II on Oct. 25 at 10 p.m. at Vinegar Hill Theatre.
Cabaret-pop artists Anne Watts and Boister will perform their
inventive score for Buster Keatons 1928 silent comedy masterpiece
Steamboat Bill, Jr. on Oct. 25.
On Oct. 26, a diverse series of international films about rivers
will flow across three theaters from 10 a.m. to midnight. These
films, dubbed an Endless River, include: Jean Renoirs
The River (1951); Finlands 2001 Foreign Language
Film Oscar entry, Joki/The River, directed by Jarmo
Lampela; and Mark Rydells The River (1984).
After the screening, the Rydell films lead actress, Sissy
Spacek, will be interviewed by Steven Peros, screenwriter of last
years The Cats Meow and the upcoming Spacek
project, The Gardeners Daughter.
Oct. 25 and 26 viewers can float on inner tubes in the pool at
the Aquatic and Fitness Center while watching Jaws,
a wet-mix of Esther Williams and other films.
complete program and tickets are available at www.vafilm.com.
Call 1-800 UVA-FEST for information.
Fest to make waves
The Fringe Festival, an all-arts festival
featuring visual arts, installations, performance art, architecture,
dance, poetry, drama and music by students, faculty and visiting
artists, will supplement the 15th annual Virginia Film Festival.
The art-focused festival at the Frank Ix Building on Monticello
Avenue and Second Street S.E. will open on Oct. 18 with an evening
reception at 7 p.m. featuring wet-inspired music,
dance and theater performances at 9 p.m.
festival is coordinated by students from all the arts and co-sponsored
by the Virginia Film Festival and the departments of art, music,
drama, creative writing and the School of Architecture. The Fringe
Festival embraces the Film Festival theme, Wet.
Bennett, chair of the art departments studio program, said,
The artists, performers and writers participating in the
Fringe Festival have an opportunity to showcase the mythological,
cultural, aesthetic, scientific and religious aspects of water
through their artistic expression.
addition to student and faculty participation, the Fringe Festival
will include a projected installation piece, Elegy,
by New York City artists Jenny Gage and Tom Betterton. The installation,
made available by the Luhring Augustine Gallery in New York City,
is co-sponsored by the U.Va. Art Museum.
artist, poet, journalist and radio and video artist Guillermo
Gomez-Peña and performance artist Juan Ybarra will present
a special performance, Mexterminator: A Living Diorama,
on Oct. 26 at 8 p.m.
is the recipient of a 1991 MacArthur Fellowship. His work focus
on cross-cultural issues and relations between the United States
Gomez-Peñas event is co-sponsored by Brown College,
the Latin American studies program and the Forum for Contemporary
Gomez-Peñas free performance on Oct. 26, the Arts
Students Society, a student organization based in the art department,
will hold a festival closing party titled Wet and Wild.
Admission to the party is $10, $5 with U.Va. I.D.