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First-Ever Virginia Film “Festival 101” Introduces Students To Filmmaking

September 10, 2003 -- Charlottesville, VA – The 16th annual Virginia Film Festival will debut Festival 101, a filmmaking workshop for high school and college students to be held during the week of October 21st, as the first in a series of educational programs to be held in the new Festival headquarters in downtown Charlottesville.

“We see our new home as a resource beyond mere office space,” said VFF director Richard Herskowitz. “Festival headquarters is a perfect venue for educational projects, screenings, and intimate gatherings of film lovers, professionals and amateurs. Festival 101 is a selected invitation to students, but future programs will be open to the broader community.”

Festival 101, a first-ever program, consists of two separate workshops. “Direct Animation, a Camera-less Workshop for Teens,” to be co-sponsored by the Light House media education center, will show students how to create moving images on celluloid without using a camera. Taught by Devon Damonte, a leading experimental animator in his field, this two-day course will cover the techniques of handmade films: painting, scratching and chemical treatment of film. Students will screen their work on the opening night of the Virginia Film Festival (October 23-26) at the Vinegar Hill Theatre.

Students will also meet with Phil Solomon, whose handmade films will be showcased at the Festival, and receive passes to the Virginia Festival Film Society screening of the handmade films of Luis Recoder and Sandra Gibson on November 19th.

A second Festival 101 workshop for college students introduces aspiring filmmakers to leading screenwriters, directors and producers. Led by NYU film school doctoral student, Denise McKenna, this symposium will meet seven times throughout the Festival weekend to talk about American cinema with Festival guests. Participants will receive passes to selected screenings and visit the set of local filmmaker Jeff Wadlow’s first feature film production, Living the Lie.

These unique, exclusive workshops are open for 15 college students and eight high school students. Registration information and fees are available at

The Virginia Film Festival is proud to provide this entry-level forum for a new generation of aspiring filmmakers and looks forward to hosting future educational opportunities for the public.

Contact: Elizabeth Kiem, (434) 924-3039

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Contact the Office of University Relations at (434) 924-7116. Television reporters should contact the TV News Office at (434) 924-7550.

SOURCE: U.Va. News Services


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