MEET THE VIRGINIA FILM OFFICE
Andy Edmunds, Director of the Virginia Film Office, is a Virginia native and an accomplished musician and songwriter. After studying music at VCU in the mid 80s, Edmunds produced a music video of one of his songs that was broadcast on MTV. This experience introduced him to the film production industry where he ultimately settled in as a location scout until landing a job at the Virginia Film Office in 1997. “I found myself in a non-traditional area of economic development that seemed to be perfectly suited to my experience and interests. Every day I look forward to continuing to give back to the state I know and love through an enthusiastic approach to attracting clients and delivering creative solutions”, says Edmunds. During his time with the Film Office, Andy has worked with the most notable filmmakers of our time including Terrence Malick, Ridley Scott, Clint Eastwood and Steven Spielberg to name a few.
Mary Nelson, Deputy Director, graduated from the University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee with a theater management degree, and spent the first part of her career working at theatres in Milwaukee, San Diego, Tucson, Denver and Richmond. No one was more surprised than she was when she left the theatre behind to work in the film world as part of the Virginia Film Office. She manages the promotional and public relations aspects of the office, is the staff writer and researcher and works with film related organizations such as the Virginia Film Festival, the Virginia Production Alliance and the DC chapter of Women in Film and Video. She is a past president of the Association of Film Commissioners International.
Dawn Blacksten Schick is an experienced Location Manager who comes to the Virginia Film Office with a long list of film credits from major film and television projects including Hearts in Atlantis, Gods and Generals, Big Fish, Walk the Line, John Adams, Lincoln and Killing Lincoln. Dawn is a Maryland native who grew up in New Windsor Maryland and attended Towson University. As the Projects Manager for the Film Office, Dawn assists productions working in the Commonwealth and maintains the Virginia Film Office’s location library. She is the proud mom of two lively young boys and enjoys traveling with her family, testing creative recipes and tending her garden. She is the office’s resident coffee and restaurant connoisseur.
Emily Wyman is the Locations Assistant. She supports filmmakers with a broad range of location needs throughout Virginia, serves as a Film Office representative for the Virginia Production Alliance and maintains the Virginia film project, locations and crew databases. Emily has experience organizing events, marketing and managing location logistics as a former Events Catering Coordinator in Richmond. She is a James Madison alumni and Virginia Beach native. Once the manager of an independent radio station and farmer’s market assistant simultaneously, Emily is an energizer bunny who loves exploring local color. You can find her hosting dinner parties, planning outdoor adventures, wandering thrift stores, biking around town, rolling out her yoga mat and attending ballet classes in Richmond.
Margaret Finucane is the Staff Assistant. She manages the day-to-day processes of the office and helps oversee communications and promotional initiatives, while assisting the Director. She is a transplant from snowy upstate NY, and originally came to Virginia as an undergrad at the University of Richmond. The lure of not having to wear snow-pants outside was too wonderful, and she has stayed in Richmond since. Margaret has experience in project management, research, data analysis, editing, and communications from her time as a Case Manager at a law firm, and as a features editor of the Collegian newspaper. Off the clock, Margaret splits her time between frolicking along the James, attending local events and festivals, capitalizing on RVA’s food scene (aka eating), taking road trips to explore Virginia, and dreaming about one day being as funny a writer as Mindy Kaling.