16th annual Virginia Film Festival
will show you the MONEY
of the Sierra Madre
Humphrey Bogart sheds his trademark cool persona to play the
greedy, cynical Dobbs in this 1948 classic. Shot in glorious
black and white, the film will be presented in a restored
print by the Llibrary of Congress. Mike Mashon of the library
will introduce the film.
Oct. 25. 10 a.m. Culbreth Theatre. 126 min.
Filmgoers will be rolling in dough Oct.
23-26 when the 16th annual Virginia
Film Festivals $ delivers a wealth of films
and events exploring the pervasive role of money in media, art
and society. The films to be shown include nearly 70 feature premieres,
classics and short films. Screenings are complemented with an
eclectic schedule of more than 60 guest speakers, panels, exhibits,
performances and parties.
Day Afternoon, starring Al Pacino
night at the festival pays tribute to one of the most acclaimed
bank heist films ever made, Dog Day Afternoon, and
its Oscar-nominated screenwriter and president of the Academy
of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Frank Pierson, who will receive
the 2003 Virginia Film Award.
opening night program will also feature special guest Pierre Huyghe,
2002 winner of the Hugo Boss Prize. Huyghes video installation,
The Third Memory, will be on display in the University
Art Museum, where the gala opening party will take place after
the screening. The Third Memory juxtaposes scenes
from Dog Day Afternoon with a reenactment of the robbery
conducted by John S. Wojtowicz, the actual bank robber immortalized
by Al Pacino in the 1973 film. Wojtowicz will join Pierson and
Huyghe at the opening.
Dog Day Afternoon
Culbreth Theatre, Oct. 23, 6:30 p.m.
U.Va. Art Museum, 9:30 p.m.
Tickets are $15 for the screening
or $75 for the screening and party.
by Frank Pierson
Oct. 25, 10 p.m., Regal
Oct. 26, 10 p.m., Regal
Each session is $7.50, students $6.
featured guests include David Gulpilil, the Aboriginal actor renowned
for his performances in Walkabout, The Last
Wave and Rabbit Proof Fence. He also will premiere
his recent film, The Tracker, directed by Rolf de
Heer. (See Fringe Festival story, below, for more on Gulpilil.)
acclaimed independent film directors, Rob Nilsson and Charles
Burnett, will be honored at this years festival. Television
and film producer Paul Junger Witt (Insomnia, Dead
Poets Society) will conduct this years Darden Producers
Forum on the making of Three Kings, which will be
followed by a discussion with U.Va. Middle East scholars, including
religious studies professor Abdulaziz Sachedina, professor emeritus
Ruhi Ramazani and Helena Cobban, senior global affairs fellow
with U.Va.s Institute for Practical Ethics.
Philadelphia Story with (l-r) Cary Grant, Katharine Hepburn
and Jimmy Stewart
filmmaker David Williams (winner of the Independent Feature Projects
Someone to Watch Award in 1999 for Thirteen) will
present the world premiere of Long Art, his documentary
about the struggle to make art, focusing on three of Richmonds
most talented visual artists.
Virginia filmmakers screening new works in the festival include
film professors Jake Mahaffy of Hollins University and Sundance
favorite Kevin Everson of U.Va. Mahaffys screening of his
work will launch efforts to raise money for finishing his black-and-white
the festivals University base, festival director Richard
Herskowitz designed this years program to explore
the extremes of having too much and too little money. The
first two days will focus on poverty and low-budget filmmaking,
while the last two days highlight bloated budgets and affluenza.
Cooler with William H. Macy
panel of luminaries, including the directors of Creative Capitol,
the MacArthur Foundation and the National Alliance for Media Arts
and Culture will discuss public media funding.
lineup of Hollywood producers and executives, including Marc Abraham
(Dawn of the Dead), Mark Johnson (The Alamo),
Ron Yerxa (Cold Mountain), Janet Graham Borba (HBO
vice president of production; Angels in America),
Doro Bachrach (Soldiers Girl) and Julie Lynn
(Wit), will be at Storming the Media,
a two-day series of panels addressing funding and marketing of
films. The program is co-sponsored with U.Va.s student Filmmakers
films like Buster Keatons Seven Chances (accompanied
live by Anne Watts and Boister), How to Marry a Millionaire,
Force of Evil, Treasure of the Sierra Madre,
Citizen Kane and The Philadelphia Story,
as well as heist films Rififi, The Killing
and The Italian Job (both the original and remake)
also will be featured this year.
festival program includes a series on handmade movies, the no
budget experimental film movement of cameraless filmmaking,
featuring artists Phil Solomon and Devon Damonte. One program
will explore how the $11 billion video game business the
entertainment industrys biggest cash cow is turned
on its head by artist-hackers, including guest Web artist Ze Frank.
addressing conditions of wealth and poverty are the following
special premieres: Denys Arcands The Barbarian Invasions,
the upcoming Miramax release that wowed festival audiences at
Cannes, Telluride and Toronto; The Cooler, the Lions
Gate release starring William H. Macy and Alec Baldwin; and Speedo,
to be presented by director Jesse Moss and demolition car legend
years Fringe Festival takes the $ too
Gulpilils documentary about his life and career, One
Red Blood, can be seen Oct. 25.
2003 Fringe Festival takes the Virginia Film Festivals theme
$ beyond the movie theater to involve a wide range
of visual and performing artists. The Fringe Festival, $
Money and the Arts, is an all-arts festival to be held Oct.
17-26 at the old grocery store building on McIntire Road across
from the Omni Hotel in downtown Charlottesville. This is a community
event which will feature sculpture, photography, painting and
multimedia by student, community, national and international artists.
Fringe Festival opens Oct. 17 at 7 p.m., with art, film, video,
installations and performance art on the theme $.
On Oct. 18, DJs, break-dancers and vocalists will have a chance
to compete for prizes at the Bling party.
festival will also include the exhibition opening for the Aboriginal
Bula Bula artists on Oct. 21 at 7 p.m. with an artist talk
at 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 22 the poetry slam competition and performance reading will
run from 9 p.m.-1:30 a.m.
panel discussion, Free Exchange vs. the Umbilical Cord
on Oct. 24 at 1 p.m. will focus on the influence of money on art
with guests from many aspects of the arts, including artists,
gallery owners, patrons and museum staff.
Fringe Festival will highlight numerous events on Oct. 25, beginning
with a screening of Aboriginal artist David Gulpilils 56-minute
documentary about his life and career, One Red Blood,
at 7 p.m., introduced by director Darlene Johnson.
are $10, $7.50 for students. Gulpilil will give a traditional
dance and perform on the didgeridoo at 8 p.m., followed by a fashion
show at 9 p.m. The closing dance party for the Virginia Film and
Fringe festivals will begin at 9:30 p.m. Titled Filthy Lucre
for Starving Artists, the event will feature celebrity guests
and DJ Patrick Reed. Tickets are $10, $5 for students.
Oct. 26, the New York City-based performance artist and activist
Bill Talen, will present his recreation of a televangelist, An
Emergency Preaching from Reverend Billy of the Church of Stop
Shopping. Tickets are $7.50, $6 for students.
otherwise noted, events are free. Students may use Arts$.
complete list of Fringe Festival events and tickets are available