2002 Virginia Film Festival Gets "Wet" From Oct. 24 -
February 22, 2002-- The 15th
annual Virginia Film Festival, slated to take place from Oct. 24
through Oct. 27, 2002, will focus on the theme of "WET,"
Richard Herskowitz, festival artistic director, announced today.
Viewers will be invited to dive into four days of movies featuring
images of water, including seas, rivers, rain, swimming pools, showers,
beverages, and body fluids.
the guests already confirmed are
Hershman, the director, who will bring her latest film Teknolust,
Kuchar, legendary experimental filmmaker and,
Ebert, the well-known film critic who will conduct his biennial
theme began to appeal to me when I was struck by the archetypal
power of water imagery in classic movies," Herskowitz said.
"The shower scene in Psycho and Gene Kellys rain
dance in Singin in the Rain are among the most indelible
moments in American movies, alongside the wicked witch melting in
The Wizard of Oz and Burt Lancaster and Deborah Kerr washed
by waves in From Here to Eternity."
also elaborated on the potential for interesting discussion beyond
the cinema. "In addition to hosting many guest filmmakers,
we will invite speakers from the University community to apply mythological,
aesthetic, scientific and religious perspectives on water to movies.
The politics of water will also be addressed, since water rights
and ecology are increasingly significant topics of public debate."
in the Drama Department at the University of Virginia, the Virginia
Film Festival designs its program to resemble a huge, comprehensive
course on a cultural theme. Its many guests, including actors, directors
and scholars, engage a broad audience of film enthusiasts in stimulating
discussions revolving around the years theme.
Festival guests include directors Sydney Pollack, actors Anthony
Hopkins and Sigourney Weaver, creature creator Stan Winston, and
many groundbreaking independent filmmakers and artists. Screenings,
discussions and workshops take place around the campus and in downtown
year also sees the return of the "Fringe Festival," an
all-inclusive arts extravaganza featuring a series of art exhibits,
readings, dance and drama performances, video installations and
Festival program and tickets will be available in September. For
more information, please see the Festival