• Andy Edmunds
    Andy Edmunds

    Director

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    Andy Edmunds
    Andy Edmunds

    • 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.

  • Dawn Blacksten Schick
    Dawn Blacksten Schick

    Project Manager, Locations Expert

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    Dawn Blacksten Schick
    Dawn Blacksten Schick

    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
    Emily Wyman

    Locations Manager

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    Emily Wyman
    Emily Wyman

    As the Film Office Locations Manager, Emily supports filmmakers with a broad range of location needs throughout Virginia, maintains the office’s location library and coordinates the internship program. Since joining the team in 2014, Emily has learned to respond to Margaret and professionally creep on all corners of the Commonwealth. 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. You can find her hosting dinner parties, bobbing her head at shows, planning outdoor adventures, wandering thrift stores, biking around town, rolling out her yoga mat, attending ballet classes and hanging out with her beloved dog Porkface.

  • Margaret Finucane
    Margaret Finucane

    Communications Manager

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    Margaret Finucane
    Margaret Finucane

    Margaret Finucane is the Communications Manager. She manages the film office’s communications, media and promotional initiatives.  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 public relations, writing, social media, project management, data analysis, and editing, with previous positions in research and writing. Off the clock, Margaret splits her time between frolicking around Carytown, stressing out about getting good seats at the movies, dipping her toe into various exercise movements, taking road trips to explore Virginia, talking about her dog, and writing things she finds funny, at least.

  • Anne Chapman
    Anne Chapman

    Workforce Development Liaison

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    Anne Chapman
    Anne Chapman

    One of the few things that can prevent Anne Chapman stop her work is when the VCU basketball team makes the NCAA finals.  A well-known Virginia Casting Director, she runs Anne Chapman Casting; is the Casting Director and an adjunct faculty member for Virginia Commonwealth University’s Cinema program and manages Film Office’s Workforce Development program. Anne earned her theater and film degree from the University of Kansas and started her career at The Geddes Agency in Chicago. Anne’s experience in casting for film started with Childsplay, the original “CHUCKY” movie. Other highlights include, When Harry Met Sally, Uncle Buck, and her first film locally, No Retreat From Destiny. In this century, Anne has been involved with countless projects, serving as a Casting Director or Virginia Casting Director on projects such as Loving, Shooting the Prodigal, Big Stone Gap, Point of Honor, Killing Lincoln, The Abolitionists, and Spielberg’s Lincoln. Anne has also cast many short films, training films, museum films, documentaries and commercials. Anne’s son Woody has followed in her footsteps, studying film and theatre at Virginia Tech. Her daughter Tegan has followed her father into the financial world. She is proud of both of them.