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Culpeper Times • April 6-12, 2017

A film festival to please all ➤ Feature length domestic and foreign films to locally produced ‘shorts’ and workshops By John McCaslin

RAPPAHANNOCK NEWS EDITOR

Theresa Wood has no doubt had her fill of popcorn. “I reviewed 212 films,” reveals the director of this year’s much-anticipated Third Annual Film Festival at Little Washington. Wood fortunately wasn’t the lone film reviewer leading up to this year’s much expanded festival, which will be held Friday through Sunday, April 7 to 9, at the Theatre at Little Washington. “We had a screening committee this year that consisted of 12 people from various arts and professional backgrounds,” notes the director, and it was through the critical reviews of this talented dozen that the “best of the best” modern films were selected for festival goers.

“I’m very excited,” says Wood, now in her second year as festival director. “Last year we accepted strictly Virginia films and filmmakers, but this year we opened up submissions to domestic and foreign films.” Thirty-five films in all were chosen by the committee for April’s festival, not including this year’s youth program that has seen K12th grade students submit their own impressive short films. “They were all accepted, there was no competition for the student films,” Wood states. “We solicited films from every school in Rappahannock County, public and private, and from Highland School in Warrenton. “One student film is from Australia, one is from Washington, D.C., four are from the Richmond area, one is from Warrenton and two are from right here in Rappahannock,” she announces. “We have nine youth films in all lined up for the festival, and I’m confident our attendees will be quite impressed with this young talent.” Also new this year, the festival will be hosting a children’s workshop titled the “Art of Storyboard-

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ing” — which means pre-visualizing a motion picture from start to finish. The children’s workshop will be held on Sunday afternoon from 2 to 2:45 p.m., with the nine youth films to follow. Every child who attends the workshop will be presented with a certificate of participation. But that’s not all that’s new with the 2017 festival. “This year we’ve partnered with George Mason University’s Film and Video Studies Program, for which I was a judge in December, which was great fun,” reveals Wood. “We are going to show a block of senior class project films, which I’m really excited about because it gives us an insight into the future generation of filmmakers.“ The university’s films will be screened on Saturday from 12:30 to 2 p.m. “We hope to continue this relationship with GMU, as it ads an extra layer to the festival,” adds the director. That said, Wood lets it be known that there will be three feature length films shown at this year’s festival — both Friday and Saturday evenings, and Sunday afternoon. Friday’s feature is “Badsville,” teased by Wood as “a cutting edge film out of L.A. that provides a glimpse into another world.” And if you’re wondering why Saturday evening’s featured screening

is accompanied by a wine tasting at 6 p.m., it is to introduce filmmakers and wine industry leaders from the movie “Decanted,” which shows at 7:30 p.m. Decanted, as Wood tells it, takes viewers inside one of the most “intimate” wine growing regions in the world — Napa Valley. Sunday’s feature, starting at 1 p.m., is “Good Work: Masters of the Building Arts” by local Academy Award-winning filmmaker Paul Wagner. A question and answer session with filmmakers will follow all three feature films. In addition, just prior to Friday evening’s inaugural film, the festival will host an opening red-carpet reception “under the tent” at Tula’s Restaurant and Bar from 5 to 7 p.m. Finally, apart from the children’s film workshop, the festival will be offering two public workshops on both Saturday and Sunday — one surrounding acting, the other the business of filmmaking. The Film Festival at Little Washington is a program of the Rappahannock Association for Arts and Community (RAAC), with net proceeds supporting local Rappahannock artists through Claudia Mitchell grants. In 2016, RAAC awarded over $40,000 in grants. Third Annual Film Festival at Little Washington tickets are now on sale at EventBrite.com.

April 7-9, 2017

For tickets and program information visit www.theFilmFestivalatlittleWashington.com Program Schedule* FridAy, April 7, 2017 5:00-7:00

opening night Reception hosted by rappahannock Media

7:00-7:30

Welcome

7:30–9:00

Beholder (short) Badsville (Feature Drama)

SAturdAy, April 8, 2017 10:00–11:00 Workshop – The Business of Filmmaking hosted by Jacquemin Family Foundation 11:00-12:00 Temporary Yet Beautiful Home (short) ndege ndogo Little Bird (Documentary) 12:30-2:00 Block of student Films – George Mason university Film and Video studies 2:00-2:45

Fragile (short) if i could Tell You (short Drama)

3:00-4:30

Written off (Documentary)

5:00-6:00

Around The World in 60 Minutes Block of international Films

7:00-7:30

Wine Mixer with filmmakers hosted by DuCard Vineyards

7:30-9:15

i, Whiskey: The Human spirit (short) decanted (Documentary)

*Subject to change

Presented by Rappahannock Association for Arts and Community

SundAy, April 9, 2017 11:00-12:00 Block of student Films 12:00-1:00 Workshop – Acting Tricks hosted by Virginia Film office 1:00-2:00 good Work: Masters of the Building Arts (Documentary) 2:30-3:15 Block of shorts 3:30-4:00 White: A season in the Life of John Borden (Documentary) Youth Program – SundaY, aPril 9, 2017 2:00-3:00 3:00-4:00

Young Filmmakers Workshop** hosted by august Georges students of all ages are welcome Young Filmmakers Hour** a presentation of films submitted by area youth

** Both events are free to students. Visit the website for details and to sign up.

Thank you To our sponsors

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April 6th, 2017 -- Culpeper Times  

April 6th, 2017 -- Culpeper Times