RICHMOND – 6th Annual VCU Southern Film Festival – September 10th-12th

This year, the VCU Southern Film Festival is “Exploring Musical Traditions & Stereotypes in Popular Film”. There will be lectures, panels, live musical performances, and screenings of films such as Heart o’ the Hills, the 1919 film starring Mary Pickford, King Creole (1958) starring Elvis Presley, and the rare 1959 musical, Porgy and Bess, starring Sidney Poitier and Dorothy Dandridge.

You can learn more about the film festival, its schedule of events, locations, and ticket pricing by visiting the VCU Southern Film Festival’s website.


RICHMOND – Tattoo Arts and Film Festival – September 4th and 5th – TICKETED

To complement their special exhibition Japanese Tattoo: Perseverance, Art, and Tradition, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA) will present the only major Tattoo Arts and Film Festival in Virginia. Honoring the rich history and tradition of tattooing and its enduring and evolving impact on contemporary visual culture, the two-day festival will include feature films plus a session exploring Japanese anime, talks by world-renowned experts, gallery tours, and more.

Visit the VMFA’s website for the Schedule of Events.
Ticket prices vary.

Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
200 N. Boulevard 
Richmond, VA 23220
The films will be screened in the museum’s Leslie Cheek Theater.


WASHINGTON, D.C. – 9th Annual Guggenheim Center Tribute Program: Monument to the Dream – September 15th

From the National Archives Foundation:

“Join the National Archives Foundation for the 9th annual Guggenheim Center Tribute Program, featuring Charles Guggenheim’s third Academy Award®–nominated film. Recently restored by the National Park Service and Guggenheim Productions, Inc. using 2k digital technology, Monument to the Dream chronicles the construction of the St. Louis Gateway Arch from conception to its completion on October 28, 1965. As it celebrates its 50th anniversary, the Arch stands today as the tallest national monument in the Western Hemisphere and one of the 20th Century’s greatest civil engineering achievements.

Following the 28-minute film will be a discussion moderated by Mary Delach Leonard, veteran reporter for St. Louis Public Radio, featuring Dr. Tracy Campbell, author of The Gateway Arch: A Biography and Maggie Hales, Executive Director of the St. Louis CityArchRiver 2015 Foundation. The panel will discuss the complete story of the Arch: from early design concepts, the approved, iconic design by master Finnish-American architect Eero Saarinen, the epic construction, the National Park Service site creation, and the current plans to redevelop the cityscape along the banks of the Mississippi River. The Honorable James W. Symington, former U.S. Congressman from Missouri, will make opening remarks.”

(This event is supported by the National Archives Foundation with funding from an anonymous donor, the William G. McGowan Fund, and donors to the Guggenheim Center for Documentary Film at the National Archives.)

This event is free, but reservations are highly recommended! Click this link to reserve a seat!


ARLINGTON/NOVA – Cinematography Workshop w/Alex Buono – September 13th – TICKETED

Alex Buono is the Director of Photography on the Saturday Night Live film unit, as well as the cinematographer for other projects like IFC’s Documentary Now! and Bigger, Faster, Stronger. Alex will be teaching a full day cinematography workshop at the Hilton Crystal City on Sunday, September 13th:

In this workshop, participants will be creating lighting setups for different genres of film, and focusing on getting the most bang for your buck using color temperature, lens choice, camera movement, color correction, and changing the quality of light. In the evening, participants will focus on subtext and symbolism using composition, lighting, camera movement, sound design, production design, and hair and makeup.

Tickets start at $99, use code AVS2VAFO for $15 off. Register here:

Sessions run 9am-7:30pm.

Hilton Crystal City address:
2399 Jefferson Davis Hwy
Arlington, VA 22202


NEWPORT NEWS – Acting Intensive Workshop – September 25th-27th

Acting Intensive Workshop ~ September 25th-27th

Newport News, VA

Learn what it takes to break into the business!!!

Workshops for all ages: Classes consist of fabulously fun ways to hone your skills, and gain confidence as well as making long lasting actor friends of all ages here in Virginia and elsewhere. Sheri Lahris has served as an on-set teacher for such actors as Macauley Culkin, Anna Chlumsky, Melissa Joan Hart, and Keri Russell for such studios  as MGM, Universal, Disney, Imagine, Warner Brothers, and Nickelodeon Studios. Sheri is also an actress and can be seen on FOX’s Bill O’Reilly’s Legends & Lies and will soon be starring in a new TV series called Coney Island.

What will I be learning in the Workshop?

Learn what it takes to have a successful acting career. The workshop will have you getting right into performing scenes with other actors and teach you what you need to be a professional actor.

These classes are for both the beginner and intermediate students.


  • Friday night improv  –  $62
  • Saturday improv/scene work  –  $75
  • Sunday audition technique  –  $62


BEST VALUE:  Full Weekend  –  $175

“In the 3 day workshop Sheri makes you feel like you are the only actor in the room. I was hesitant to take these type of workshops as I thought everyone would know more than I did, yet I found that every actor, at every stage in their acting journey or career, or even age, at the end of the 3 days emerged from dull stones to brilliant shining actor diamonds. Shining brilliantly!!!! All students had new found confidence in themselves and what they could offer of themselves to an audience. I highly recommend this class!!!!” (Tom age 25)

As a working voiceover artist, I cannot usually attend weekly acting classes, so when a weekend workshop comes up of this caliber, I like to check it out.  Sheri Lahris is a highly intelligent, fun & very very encouraging teacher with an amazing list of “A” list students. I was given some extremely valuable feedback to strengthen what I was currently doing, as well as wonderful new skills to work on. I highly recommend any of Sheri’s workshops to bring you to your next level as an actor.”  Vic (50’s)

Location: Arts Ballet Academy, Newport News, VA

For details about the Workshop and Registration click here:



RICHMOND – Casting Notice for Non-Union Educational/Television Documentary – August 20th – PAID

Anne Chapman Casting four roles for an educational television documentary!

Educational/Television Documentary
Production Company: Peace River Company/Gingrich Foundations
Producers: Kevin Knoblock, Donna Lusitana
Exec. Producers: Newt Gingrich / Callista Gingrich
Director: Kevin Knoblock
Writer: Kevin Knoblock
Casting Director: Anne Chapman
Start Date: Mid September, 2015.  Approx. Sept. 13-18th, 2015. Additional dates including weekends also a possibility.
Location: Richmond, VA area

Auditions: In person in Richmond, VA starting August, 20th
Callbacks: TBD
Pay: $300-$400/day (+10% if agent).  This rate includes World Wide Buy Out – All Media – for the Life of the Project.
Lodging: Provided if needed
Per Diem: GSA rate, please note some meals will be provided on set

NOTE: This project is set in the years surrounding 1776.  Please only submit actors who resemble the descriptions of the historical figures included below.

STORY LINE: “Why George Washington Matters” is about the life and times of George Washington, and why he is important in American history, with a concentration on his young life, military career, marriage to Martha and their post war life at Mt. Vernon.


YOUNGER GEORGE WASHINGTON – Male, Caucasian, mid 20s.  Tall.  GEORGE is a young man as comfortable on horseback as he is with a sword. Charismatic, practical, intelligent and unforgettable.  Described by Jefferson as “The best horseman of his age, and the most graceful figure that could be seen on horseback.”
Horseback riding experience as must.  $400/day (+10% if agent). 2 days.

YOUNGER MARTHA WASHINGTON – Female, Caucasian, mid 20s.  An attractive, bright, young, wealthy widow.   The mother of 2 small children when she meets and marries GEORGE.  Accustomed to the finer things, a woman of independent means who is capable of managing many large estates.
$300 /day (+10% if agent).  1 day.

GEORGE WASHINGTON – Male, Caucasian, mid 40s, tall.  Tough and commanding in battle, with a moral compass beyond compare.  Also comfortable living the aristocratic lifestyle of a gentleman farmer.  Presidential.
Horseback riding experience a must.   $400/day (+10% if agent). 8-10 days.

MARTHA WASHINGTON – Female, Caucasian, mid 40s. The consummate hostess, who yearns for the solitude and tranquillity of private life.
$300/day (+10% if agent). 2-3 days.

If you are appropriate for any these roles, PLEASE SUBMIT ONLY ONCE.

Your agent may submit you through Breakdown Express.  Please make sure to include travel distance to Richmond, VA in the notes section.
You may submit yourself thru Actors Access.  Please make sure to include your travel distance to Richmond, VA in the notes section.

You may submit directly via: Website Submissions –
AUDITIONS ARE BY APPOINTMENT ONLY.  We truly appreciate your interest in the project and will contact you if you are selected to audition. Submitting does not guarantee and audition.  Thanks so much for following these very specific instructions!  Only submit if you truly are appropriate for one of these historic figures.  Thanks!



Rosebud Film Festival accepting entries! – September-November – FEE

Since 1990 the Rosebud Film Festival has worked to recognize and honor the innovative, unusual, experimental, and deeply personal in regional film and video making, and to offer audiences with the finest in locally produced, contemporary work.

Open exclusively to DC, Maryland, and Virginia media artists, the festival awards large cash prizes, valuable products and services, as well as theatrical and cable television showcases to this area’s deserving film and video creators, providing them with many opportunities for artistic growth and professional exposure.

Submission Guidelines

See the top five winners from the 2015 Rosebud Film Festival.

See more at:


ALEXANDRIA – Alexandria Film Festival Late Deadline Coming Up – September 9th

The ninth annual Alexandria Film Festival will be held November 6-8, 2015. Venues will include AMC Hoffman 22 Theater and Beatley Central Library. This year’s film competition categories are as follows:


Alexandria is home to film producers and enthusiasts, arts patrons, members of Congress and their staff, corporate executives and other influential groups. The city attracts many visitors and residents of the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area who value its arts and history community as well as diplomats and embassy representatives.

As a city strengthened by great diversity, the Alexandria Film Festival encourages film submissions about, set in or made by filmmakers from the following countries, culture and regions. All films with international backgrounds will be considered.

  • Africa
  • African-American
  • Armenia
  • Ireland
  • United Kingdom
  • Cambodia
  • Vietnam
  • Southeast Asia
  • Israel
  • The Middle East
  • El Salvador
  • Mexico
  • Latin America
  • Native Americans
  • China
  • Japan
  • Australia
  • The Pacific Rim


In addition to a confluence of international communities, Alexandria also prides itself on being a budding eco-city. AFF continues to feature films that focus on sustainability and provide a view into environmental, social and economical issues and sub-issues related to sustainable agriculture, architecture, culture, and more. Filmmakers are encouraged to interpret these categories broadly.

CLICK HERE to submit your film.

Visit the Alexandria Film Festival’s website for more information.

Awards include:

  • Best of Show ($300)
  • Jury Prize ($200)
  • Audience Award ($100)


WASHINGTON, D.C. – Cinema from the Street, Part 2 – August 26th – TICKETED

Street Sense Media Center presents two self-directed documentaries by local female survivors of homelessness in part two of its acclaimed Cinema from the Street series. First, join a courageous mother as she struggles to protect and raise her daughter in one of D.C.’s most infamous and inhospitable shelters. Then, journey alongside a survivor of homelessness and sexual assault as she reflects on her past trauma and present path to recovery.


Raise to Rise (Dir. Sasha Williams, Prod. Angie Whitehurst)

“Experience D.C. General from the inside as a brave mother raising her two-year-old maintains a secret iPhone diary of their time at a shelter notorious for its uninhabitable conditions and structural neglect. This intensely intimate film looks at how one’s own childhood can lead to parenting a child under equally harrowing circumstances – and how one mother puts a stop to this suffocating feedback loop.”

Whom Should I Be Grateful To? (Dir. Cynthia Mewborn)

“Walk through the beginnings of recovery alongside a survivor of sexual assault as director Cynthia Mewborn powerfully confronts both her violent past and slow-to-heal present in this dramatic reflection (filmed at the stairwell where she used to tent).”

The screenings will be followed by a Q&A with the films’ directors, moderated by renowned literary activist, Marita Golden.


When: Wednesday, August 26, 2015 at 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Where: Landmark E Street Cinema, 555 11th Street Northwest Washington, D.C. 20004
Contact: Shira Hereld, Tel: 202-347-2006 x 16; E-Mail:

To learn more about this event, visit its webpage on Street Sense.




WASHINGTON, D.C. – Titanus Presents: A Family Chronicle of Italian Cinema – August 8th-September 27th

The renowned production house Titanus, founded in Naples in 1904 by Gustavo Lombardo, is still operating in Rome today under grandson Guido Lombardo. During the golden age of cinema-going in the mid-twentieth century, Titanus embraced melodrama, epic, mystery, and comedy; their famous logo on the screen signified a quality production was about to begin. Alongside the cadre of genre film directors were the auteurs — Luchino Visconti, Alberto Lattuada, Federico Fellini, Dino Risi, Ermanno Olmi, Elio Petri, and Francesco Rosi — plus a constellation of gifted actors from Alberto Sordi and Vittorio Gassman to Sophia Loren and Gina Lollobrigida. Roberto Turigliatto and Sergio Germani served as curators for the original Titanus tribute in Locarno organized in collaboration with Cineteca di Bologna, Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia — Cineteca Nazionale, Istituto Luce Cinecittà, and Cinémathèque Suisse. All films are 35mm, Italian with subtitles. Presented in Washington with the cooperation of the Italian Cultural Institute, Embassy of Italy, Marco Cicala, Isa Cucinotta, Rufus de Rham, Linda Lilienfeld, Stefania Sandrone, Andrea Meneghelli, the Film Society of Lincoln Center, Locarno Film Festival, and Harvard Film Archive.

The National Gallery of Art
6th and Constitution Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20565

All of the screenings will be held in the East Building Auditorium. The entrance to the East Building is on 4th Street.

Visit the National Gallery of Art’s website for more information about this event and its venue.


RICHMOND – 3-Evening On-Camera Acting Workshop – August 10th, 17th, and 24th – FEE

John Moon is planning another Basic On-Camera Workshop this August. This 3 evening 8-hour workshop will take place on Mondays August 10, 17 and 24. If you want to participate or if you have questions, please contact him at If you are new, please send a picture/resume.

Basic On-Camera Workshop
This workshop is geared primarily for stage actors with little or no film experience. Designed to be fun and low-key, the cost is $100 per person and is limited to the first 12 people that sign up. Slots are limited so that everyone gets a chance to work. All work is filmed so that you can learn to examine your performance as well as learn from others. In addition, students receive copies of their work. This next workshop will take place in the fan district.
First Evening August 10 – (3 Hours)
Understanding the basic differences between Stage and Film – Aural vs. visual mediums and working within the frame.
Individual Scene Work – Scenes will be provided prior to the first class and actors are REQUIRED to arrive off-book so they can work on camera.
A Film Actor Prepares – learning what it takes to be ready when you show up on set through text analysis.

Second Evening August 17 – (3 Hours)
Students will be paired up to work on scenes and the focus of this evening will be taking what you learned in the previous week and using it with a partner.
Again, students are REQUIRED to be off-book for this session.

Third Evening August 24 – (2 Hours)
Auditioning – what to expect, how to stand out.
Cold Reading strategies
Self taping
Internet and local casting resources.
What to expect once you are on the set.


RICHMOND – The Quest for Loving: Race, Sex, and the Freedom to Marry by Peter Wallenstein at Virginia Historical Society – August 6th

In 1958, Mildred Jeter and Richard Loving of Caroline County, Virginia, were married but soon arrested and jailed because they were an interracial couple. On Thursday, August 6th, from 12-1pm, Peter Wallenstein tells the Lovings’ story and examines the case that forever changed the law of race and marriage in America as part of the Banner Lecture Series at the Virginia Historical Society in Richmond.

Tickets are $6/adults, $5/seniors and $4/students and children. Admission is free for VHS members and Richmond Times-Dispatch readers with a Press Pass Coupon. The Banner Lecture Series is sponsored by the Richmond Times-Dispatch. Tickets are available for sale the day of the lecture. Mr. Wallenstein will sign copies of his book after the lecture. Click here to pre-order your signed copy of Mr. Wallenstein’s book from our museum shop website.

The VHS is pleased to offer audio and video recordings of the lecture series on their website for VHS members and friends who cannot attend. Please visit their video and audio web page to search and enjoy past lectures at the VHS.

Virginia Historical Society (Robins Family Forum)
428 North Boulevard
Richmond, Virginia 23220

Website/Event Page




WASHINGTON, D.C. – Narrative Directors Roundtable – Working with Cinematographers: Narrative Storytelling through the Lens – August 3rd

Meet Directors of Photography Zhibo Lai, Steven Holloway, and Bart Johnson. Learn how to build a relationship with your Director of Photography to get the best look for your narrative film, television or web series project. Panel discussion will be moderated by independent filmmaker Denene Crabbs, WIFV Narrative Directors Roundtable Leader.

Speakers will present film/video work samples to demonstrate camera and lighting techniques that fulfill creative objectives. Cameras will be on display before and after panel discussion.

Getting the Look and Feel You Want:

  1. Considerations for choosing a Director of Photograhy and Camera package that’s right for your project (e.d. RED, Arri Alexa, Sony EX3, 16mm, 35mm, DSLR work samples)
  2. How does a Narrative Film Director prepare to work with a DP or Cinematographer? Shot lists, storyboards, blocking diagrams. What does a DP want from a Film Director?
  3. How does a DP break down a script compared to the Film Director’s breakdown?
  4. Working collaboratively in Pre-Production and on Set: Optimizing the Film Director-Dp Relationship and Creative Results You Want to Achieve.
  5. Lighting, camera set-ups, framing and shooting techniques to evoke the mood and emotion you want. (Work samples)
  6. From Set through Post-Production: Comparative workflows with each camera type. Special effects, CGI, compositing, and more. How to plan budget for post EFX.
  7. How do camera shooting styles vary per genre? Drama v. Comedy, Horror, Family Fil, etc ( Work samples)
  8. Q&A from audience


This Roundtable is free and open to non-members as well!

Visit Women in Film and Video (WIFV) for more information: Link



RICHMOND – Richmond 48 Hour Film Project Winners Announced

Congratulations to the winners of the Richmond 48 Hour Film Project awards!

Recognition of Achievement in 48 Hours: N.A.T. 3000 by STOP! everything

Best Use of Character: TIE: Does Steve Buscemi Dream of Electric Sheep? by Cinema Garbage & Ready or Not by Team Team Team

Best Use of Prop: T/I by Iridescent Films

Best Use of Line: Nat Uplifter and the Downtrodden by One by One

Best Costumes
: The Loud Imaginings of Noah the Mute by The Heights

Best Choreography
: Justice Fists of Fury by Cracker Funk

Best Special Effects
: Fool Me Twice by Pixel Drop

Best Graphics
: Fool Me Twice by Pixel Drop

Best Sound Design
: Run by Unboxed

Best Musical Score
: Nat Uplifter and the Downtrodden by One by One

Best Cinematography
: I Prefer Abby by the Kitchen • Honorable Mention: Run by Unboxed

Best Editing
: I Prefer Abby by the Kitchen

Best Acting
: TIE Eat by Shields Shoes & Beyond Help by Housecat

Best Writing
: The Loud Imaginings of Noah the Mute by The Heights • Honorable Mention: Justice Fists of Fury by Cracker Funk

Best Directing
: Fool Me Twice by Pixel Drop

Second Runner Up for Best Film
: Shelter by The Casual Gentlemen

Runner Up for Best Film
: The Loud Imaginings of Noah the Mute by The Heights

Best Film
: Fool Me Twice by Pixel Drop

The following teams won the audience awards for their respective screenings:

Audience Award Winner: Group A
Fool Me Twice by Pixel Drop

Audience Award Winner: Group B
Wrecktify by WECP

Audience Award Winner: Group C
The Loud Imaginings of Noah the Mute by The Heights

Audience Award Winner: Group D
Nat Uplifter and the Downtrodden by One by One



RICHMOND – ‘Draw Back the Curtain’ up for major award at upcoming film festival

“Draw Back the Curtain,” a feature-length documentary produced and released by Jewish Family Services and University of Richmond Hillel, is a contender for the “Best Feature Film” award at the upcoming Flickers: Rhode Island International Film Festival. It will be screened Aug. 8 at 4:30 p.m. at Brown University, McCormick Family Theater.

“Draw Back the Curtain” details the Richmond community’s role in resettling 800 refugees from the former Soviet Union starting in the late 1980s.

The film premiered at the Modlin Center for the Arts on the University of Richmond campus in the fall to an audience of more than 500 people. The film was then shown as part of the Roving Eye International Film Festival in Rhode Island in April. In May, approximately 150 people attended a screening at the Carole and Marcus Weinstein Jewish Community Center as part of a celebration of Jewish American Heritage Month. The documentary also aired in June on WCVE PBS Richmond and WHTJ PBS Charlottesville.

A permanent exhibition of the project is located at Beth Ahabah Museum and Archives in Richmond through 2015.

“We are thrilled that so many groups of people have been able to see and interact with this amazing project,” said Shir Bodner, “Draw Back the Curtain” director, a business analyst with Jewish Family Services and UR alumna. “We would love for our project to spread to other cities where similar immigration stories are waiting to be captured.”

For more information, visit the film festival website or