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!


2015/2016 Richmond International Film Festival (RIFF) Submission Deadline is Tuesday, Sept. 1st!


Looking to submit your film, web series, music video or script this year? The 2015-2016 Final Deadline is next Tuesday, Sept 1st at midnight.

Submissions can be made via Film Freeway at:


The Richmond International Film Festival (RIFF) has become one of the largest international competitive festivals in the Mid-Atlantic. This competitive festival offers a collaborative environment with more than 120 screenings, industry panels, filmmaker Q&As, live musical performances, and entertainment mixers that usher the spirit of Hollywood into the BowTie Movieland/Criterion Cinemas and Virginia’s historic, Byrd Theater. USA Today touted Byrd Theater as “one of the top 10 places to still see a movie in splendor in the United States.”

RIFF Alum Orlando Jones and Noam Dromi share, “The talent, expertise and quality film curation by the RIFF team has made the Richmond film scene a force to be reckoned with. Our experience with showing Tainted Love at the 2014 festival and the good fortune we had in receiving numerous awards was truly unforgettable and we look forward to bringing our future projects back to share with the community.”

RIFF welcomes produced films, music videos, web series, and screenplays of all genres — including short-form and feature-length works. Official Selection filmmakers enjoy complimentary festival passes to festival events and screenings.

RIFF also awards $20,000 USD in cash and prizes in the following award categories: Grand Jury Best Feature Film, Grand Jury Best Short Film, Grand Jury Best Feature Screenplay, Grand Jury Best Short Screenplay, and Best of Fest Awards in all categories (narrative, documentary, animation, experimental, music video) and new this year, web series. Recognition does not stop at the fest, screenwriting finalist Derek Asaff’s script The Wheelan recently secured an option deal with Original Film (Fast and Furious franchise, 21-22 Jump Street, Goosebumps) and producers Tania Landau and Neal H. Moritz.





Liberty University’s Cinematic Arts Zaki Gordon Center presents PREMIERE WEEKEND – Sept. 3-5!

Liberty University’s Cinematic Arts Zaki Gordon Center presents PREMIERE WEEKEND, Sept. 3-5! The events will feature screenings of NEVER-before-seen films from The Erwin Brothers and the university’s very own Liberty Motion Pictures, renowned guests from the film industry, panel discussions, and workshops.

All events are free of charge and open to the public!
More info below!

Liberty University Premiere Week


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:



Central Virginia – Screen Acting for TV and Film Course – Begins Sept. 15

Screen Acting for TV and Film

Final Act Drama’s 5 week course starts September 15, 2015!

The Screen Actor’s Toolbox Series

Tuesday’s 6:30 – 8:30pm


Final Act Drama presents this 5-week acting course, designed to prepare an actor for commercials, feature films,  and TV performance.   Learn the fundamental acting skills like character development, improvisation, movement and speech dynamics.

Are you trained to deliver on set when you hear the word…….  “Action”

Actors will break down scenes to discover the humor, emotional moments, pacing, beats and more. This course will also teach you the fundamentals of effective scene study and how to get your career up and running quickly.  Our actors walk away with great tools & confidence that inspire their performances.

Tuition & Fees =     $355.00

Class sessions held at Community Idea Station Studios

23 Sesame Street Richmond, VA 23235


Register online at



NOVA – 2015 TIVA Peer Awards Submission Period Closes Sunday!

All good things must come to an end, but we’re not there yet! The extended deadline for submissions to this year’s Peer Awards runs through this Sunday, August 23! And there are still no late-submission fees – so all the way up until the deadline, you can submit at the regular rates! So don’t put it off any longer – get those entries in right away!

TIVA-DC will once again serve as the host organization of the 2015 TIVA Peer Awards, the most comprehensive film, video and Internet competition for professionals and media students in the mid-Atlantic region.  The 2015 TIVA Peer Awards will take place within the elegant ballroom and reception lobby at the prestigious Embassy of France on November 14, 2015.  Last year’s Peer Awards included many outstanding moments: awards of merit to a stellar pool of entrants; the first ever DC Council Recognition Resolution; and the participation of all three DMV Film Offices. This year’s awards gala promises to deliver an unequaled evening of achievement, sophistication and fun!

This highly anticipated annual awards event recognizes excellence in achievement within the Television, Video and Internet production community, and this year’s awards ceremony promises to raise the bar across the board for what is destined to become a memorable evening of celebration, networking, recognition and distinction.  Refining and streamlining some categories and offering the addition of brand-new categories that reflect the latest cutting-edge horizons of current production activity, this year’s event promises excitement and distinction within the industry and across the entire DMV community. New categories for submission include: Web Series/Digital Storytelling and Interactive Media (such as content for Museums/Exhibits, Special Features, and Meetings/Conferences).

The elegant atmosphere and unique aesthetic of the Embassy of France promises an evening of sophisticated fun, along with an enhanced reception and socializing time that promises the familiar camaraderie and excitement of seeing old friends,  meeting new colleagues, and connecting with winners past and present.

Purchase your event tickets early for substantial savings over regular prices!

The TIVA-DC Peer Awards is a merit-based award judged solely on the individual merits of the entry. This is not a competition, but rather an acknowledgment and celebration of exceptional quality work created by professionals and non-professionals in the Washington, DC, Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, Pennsylvania or Delaware regions. This may result in categories receiving multiple awards of the same level as well as some categories without awards.


Nationwide Casting Call for Reality TV Series About Major Life Changes


Are you a young woman or man considering a DRASTIC life change?

An all new television series is seeking men & women ages 18-32 who are preparing for a HUGE life change. If you are considering a quitting your career, your educational path, or another major aspect of your life to pursue something drastically different, Screaming Flea Production in conjunction with a major television network wants to hear your story.

Maybe you are dropping out of law school to pursue your passion of becoming a singer…

Perhaps you’re moving away from the your family’s farm to be a entrepreneur in the big city

Or maybe you are trading in your party girl or guy lifestyle to become a religious missionary

Whatever you’re individual situation maybe, if you are considering leaving behind your current life and embarking on a completely new journey, we want to hear from you.

Please apply to:


Virginia Film Festival Extended Submission Deadline is Friday, August 21!

Call for Entries

The 28th Annual Virginia Film Festival has launched its 2015 Call for Entries, inviting filmmakers around the world to submit feature films, documentaries, shorts, animation, and experimental projects.

 Entry fee is waived for Virginia residents!


Our preferred submission method is online via FilmFreeway, an online submissions platform that offers free HD online screeners, Vimeo and YouTube integration:

The regular deadline for submission is Friday, July 24, with an extended deadline of Friday, August 21. Accepted films will be eligible for category-specific Audience Awards and Programmer’s Awards. Filmmakers will be notified of their acceptance status by September 25. Before submitting, please read through the details below and on our FilmFreeway listing.

If a film is accepted, press materials for the film will be required, which can include but may not be limited to: high-resolution publicity stills, filmmaker bio, or online trailer. The Virginia Film Festival does not offer “notes” or specific critique of any films not accepted for exhibition, and reserves the right to not accept a submission without providing justification.

If you have any questions about submitting your film, please email VFF Programmer Wesley Harris at



 (50 min. and above)
$35 – Regular Deadline
$50 – Extended Deadline
FREE for Virginia residents and students at VA schools

(under 50 min.)
$15 – Regular Deadline
$25 – Extended Deadline
FREE for Virginia residents and students at VA schools



Students outside Virginia are able to submit projects in all categories for a discounted rate of $10. In order to qualify, you must upload a scanned valid student ID with your project, and enter the discount code 15VFF28STUDENT when you complete your submission on FilmFreeway.

Virginia residents (including students at VA schools) are eligible to have their entry fee waived. In order to receive the VA resident fee waiver, the address you list in your submission must be in Virginia, and you must enter the codeVIRGINIA2015RESIDENT when you complete your submission on FilmFreeway.



RICHMOND- Feature Film Seeking Interns Aug. – Oct. –UNPAID

Job Title: Feature Film Interns

Job Description: We are currently seeking unpaid interns for a major feature film production this fall in Richmond. School credit is offered.

This is a great opportunity for students to get hands-on experience working on a very big project, with top-tier talent and highly experienced producers.  We are currently looking to fill needs in the Art department (working for the Production Design team on sets, backgrounds, locations, construction, etc.), the Wardrobe department (working for the Costume team), the Camera department (working alongside the cinematographer’s team), the Graphics department (designing materials for use on screen), and the Production department, including PAs and working in the production office for the producers.

What we’re looking for from you — while this is an unpaid position for school credit, we are only interested in candidates that are reliable, committed, and passionate about working in film.  We’ll do the best to make this a great opportunity for you, but we need you to do the same for us.  We are open to candidates who are able to work full and part-time (10-20 hours per week).  Any previous film/arts experience is helpful.  But most important is reliability and enthusiasm.  If we bring you onto the team, we need to know that you’re committed to doing the job.  We’re in this to make an extraordinary film, and only a lot of dedication and hard work will make that possible.  We want this opportunity to be a positive experience for you, and a great development opportunity as you consider exploring a film career.  We have a very friendly producing team that will try to help you with future opportunities.

Salary: This is an unpaid internship for school credit.
Contact us:

* Please submit a detailed cover letter explaining your background, your interests, and your reason for wanting to work on the film.
* Please be specific about your availability this fall.
* Please include a resume.


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!



RICHMOND – Starry Night Cinema series presents “Evolution of a Criminal” screening @ Tredegar Iron Works Aug 21!

Grab your blankets and lawn chairs and join Afrikana Independent Film Festival for Starry Night Cinema, our 1st lawn chair series! Starry Night Cinema will be held on the Historic Tredegar Ironworks lawn and will showcase feature-length films underneath the beautiful night sky.

Evolution of a Criminal is a documentary that recalls the true story of filmmaker, Darius Clark Monroe, who, at 16 years old, after seeing his mother and stepfather struggle to make ends meet while living outside of Houston, Texas, decided to help them by robbing a bank with two friends. In the film, Monroe interviews his family members, close friends and mentors who recount the stages of his transformation, going from a joyous childhood to the moment he realized the severity of his family’s financial problems, and how their struggles changed his outlook on society and his life as a whole.

Gates open at 8p

Screening starts at dusk (around 8:45p)

Concessions and adult beverages will be available

Open to the Public

Suggested donation $10