MEET THE VIRGINIA FILM OFFICE
Andy Edmunds, Director, 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. Andy enjoys a long marriage to Andrea, a founder of the international web success PoshTots.com. They and their three children, Madison, Emma and Evan, have lived on the James River near Richmond for 18 years.
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.
Mary Kathryn Severin is the Senior Marketing Assistant. She first worked with the VFO in the late 1980’s and then left to pursue a career in music and arts administration near Chicago, Illinois; in Jackson, Wyoming; and in New Jersey, right next to “The Big Apple”. She is thrilled to work again with friends and colleagues in the Film Office, some of whom she has known for more than 20 years, and she is happy to be involved with the Commonwealth’s film & video production community. When not working or spending time with her husband and two cats, she pursues her real passion of horseback riding. Hopelessly addicted, Mary Kathryn especially enjoys jumping and fox hunting. She has stated that, when she wins the Virginia Lottery, she will retire to a horse farm and spend her days galloping the rolling Virginia countryside. A proud native of Ashland, Virginia (“The Center of the Universe”), Mary Kathryn has determined there is indeed no place like home.