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 moonjc@comcast.net. 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



YORKTOWN – Summer Intensive Workshop – August 14th-17th – FEE

Summer Intensive Workshop ~ Launch your Career to the next Level

August 14th-17th  ~ Yorktown, VA

Need a New Headshot? How about an Actor’s Website?

Whats’ in Your Toolbox?

This workshop not only includes 4 days of premier training with Celebrity Acting Coach, AARON JACKSON, but you will also come away with a professional Headshot by SARA HARRIS PHOTOGRAPHY and your very own Actor’s Website designed by LISA WASSEL. Do you know who you are, what you have to offer and how you fit in the business? This workshop will give you the tools you need to be a successful working actor. Learn how you are perceived and how to best market yourself as an actor. Aaron has helped hundreds of students launch their careers and achieve their goals. Aaron shares his 30+ years of experience in the industry with his students through this unique workshop, working closely with each individual to finely hone their craft.

Actor’s Training:

  • Learn how you are perceived in front of the Camera.
  • Learn how your instincts can help you in the audition room.
  • Improv: Get to know yourself and think on your feet.
  • Learn a sure-fire technique to break down your character/scene.
  • How do you stand out from the crowd? Making great choices and committing to them!
  • Learn how to best market yourself as an actor.
  • Learn what it takes to land the role.

Actor’s Take Away:

  • Professional photo session with hair and makeup and one-look headshot
  • 2 page Actor’s Website to include headshot(s), bio and resume

Only $550

Hours: Friday: 3-9pm, Saturday: 9am-8pm, Sunday: 10am-7pm, Monday: 8am-4pm

Registration is filling quickly. This is going to be a small class. We have a few spots left. Please don’t hesitate to register.

Directlink: https://summer-intensive-workshop.eventbrite.com


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 www.DrawBacktheCurtain.com.



Director Richard Kelly’s Love Letter to Virginia (Discover America Video Journal)

From Discover America:

“Richard Kelly was 24 years old when he directed his 2001 cult classic film, Donnie Darko, a film set in Virginia, his home state. He refers to the film as “an expression of Virginia” and a nostalgic return to his adolescence.

Virginia often plays a key character in Kelly’s films. His 2009 mystery, The Box, was based on his father’s work at Norfolk, Virginia’s NASA research facility. His set team recreated the late 1970s NASA structure and the city of Richmond “down to the facade of every single building.”

The director also holds deep appreciation for Virginia’s history. “There is a lot that has transpired here,” Kelly says. “If you want to understand America and see where America started, in a sense, it is Virginia.” Significant events shaped Virginian history, from the formation of early U.S. government to momentous Civil War battles to the abolition of slavery. Kelly calls attention to other filmmakers like Steven Spielberg and Terrence Malick for cinematically recreating such transformative events.

Virginia is home to countless historic sites like Jamestown (the first permanent English settlement), many Revolutionary War and Civil War battlegrounds, and the historic Virginia State Capitol building, which once served as the Capitol of the Confederacy. These places “feel as though they are preserved forever,” Kelly says. “I think it’s important for people to walk in the shoes of those who helped build this country.”

Kelly visits Virginia often. He loves the natural beauty and versatility of its landscape – from mountains and forests to beaches and coastlines. Kelly also enjoys visiting Richmond’s downtown bars and restaurants and the James River, and appreciates the city’s rich history and recent redevelopments. He’s fond of both new and old: “What you’re seeing is 400 years of history that’s stayed with an incredibly old soul and preservation.”

Visit Discover America to learn more about Richard Kelly and his love for Virginia: Link


RICHMOND – Audience Members needed – August 7th – PAID

Assassinaut would be honored and thrilled if you would join them on Friday, August 7th in Richmond, VA with a call time of 9am to approximately 2pm. If you are available and interested, please email assassinautfilm@gmail.com by Wednesday, August 5th. They will be shooting the auditorium sequence; the pivotal day that they announce that the first kids ever are going into outer-space. They’re looking for some enthusiastic audience members. Your charisma and energy will certainly bring their audience to life. While lodging and travel are not included, they may be able to help you find a carpool. Once the day has wrapped, you will receive a $30 stipend. Assassinaut would love to see you there so you can be a part of the action!

Click here to learn more about Assassinaut.


RICHMOND – ‘Started From the Bottom’ Screening – August 7th

ART 180 teens have created a new 12-minute documentary Started From the Bottom that investigates Shockoe Bottom’s history and communicates the young filmmakers’ perspectives on the area’s future. A trailer for the documentary can be seen here: https://vimeo.com/133778647

Teens will screen Started From the Bottom at 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. August 7 at Atlas, ART 180’s art center for teens. Each screening will be followed by a community discussion facilitated by the young filmmakers. The reception is family friendly and open to the public. Complimentary frozen yogurt treats will be provided by SweetFrog, with toppings from Lyons Magnus, while supplies last.

The documentary is part of Face It: ART 180 teens challenging perceptions—an event that spotlights work created in three recent teen programs at Atlas. Other projects presented include original hip-hop songs and mixed media collages focusing on different stereotypes the young artists face in their lives and how they overcome certain perceptions about them. The exhibition will be on display at Atlas through August 27. Atlas is located at 114 W. Marshall St. in Jackson Ward. Summer hours for the gallery are Monday and Friday 10-5pm or by appointment.




WASHINGTON, D.C. – Reel Affirmations Film Festival – August 28th-30th – TICKETED

On Friday August 28th through Sunday August 30th, Reel Affirmations will hold their annual festival bringing 3 days of NEW AND EXCITING international, documentary, short and feature films from all over the world to Washington as well as panel discussions, filmmaker Q&A and celebrations.

WHEN: August 28, 2015 at 7pm – August 30, 2015

WHERE: Tivoli Theater (3333 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20010)

CONTACT: Kimberely Bush (Email: Kimberely@TheDCCenter.org; Tel: (202)-682-2245)

Visit Reel Affirmations’ website to learn more about the festival and to purchase tickets/passes!


Virginia-filmed Big Stone Gap Official Movie Poster! Film Release – Oct. 9!

Happy news!

Big Stone Gap the Movie has officially released their beautiful official poster!

We can’t contain our excitement over here – we’re all eagerly awaiting the Oct. 9 release!

As you might already know, Big Stone Gap, the film based on the bestseller by Adriana Trigiani, shot in Big Stone Gap, Virginia in 2013. It was a real gift having the movie shoot in the town that gave it its name, which you know doesn’t happen all that much these days. The warm, wonderful film tells the story of Ave Maria Mulligan as she reaches a pivotal time in her life, playing out amongst the charming characters of her small Southwest Virginia town.

Check out the movie’s Facebook page for more details, or Adriana Trigiani’s website!



VPA Meeting Special Guest – Wade Tyree, President of IATSE Local 487 – August 11

Curious about IATSE and Local 487 and what it can do for you? The next meeting of the Richmond Virginia Production Alliance will feature special guest Wade Tyree, president of Local 487, the Mid-Atlantic chapter. He’ll talk about the union and the way it impacts VA production. Don’t miss this special opportunity to learn more! August 11 from 6-830 PM!

More details here: http://virginiaproductionalliance.org/


Yard Need a Little Work? DIY Network Reality Show “America’s Most Desperate Landscape” Casting

DIY Network’s Jason Cameron is searching for the ugliest front yard in America for his biggest landscape transformation of the year!

Licensed contractor Jason Cameron has fixed up more than 150 Desperate Landscapes across the country, and now, he’s on the hunt for DIY Network’s America’s Most Desperate Landscape for a huge landscape makeover.  Jason’s planning an over-the-top, jaw-dropping project so send your overgrown jungles, crumbling sidewalks, peeling paint and falling down porches. Jason wants front yards so ugly that it’ll take his team two days to transform into something amazing

The’ve shot all around the country from Connecticut to Colorado to California, but haven’t been to Virginia. They’d like their next road trip to be there, and are hoping you’ll share this casting call with your followers, co-workers, friends and family!

Go to  http://www.jaytv.net/amdl_application.php  and send your pictures and videos.

Here’s to free landscaping!