DC – DC Independent Film Festival Needs Volunteers – 3/3-3/14 – Free Film Screenings

March 3rd-March 13th, 

Interested in volunteering with DC Independent Film Festival 2016?

Volunteer spots are still available. Please contact us by Feb. 5th, 2016.

Volunteers are needed to support the festival screenings, workshops and panels.

Please email at admin@dciff.org and cc todd.onanon1@gmail.com and explain who you are, what you could do as a volunteer, why you want to do this and your availability between March 3-14. They look for enthusiasm, staying power and a willingness to work alone as well as with the team.

Festival Program volunteers work hours in exchange for equivalent hours attending events/watching films. All volunteers must attend 1 festival meeting/orientations in February 2016. Many of their volunteers go on to become staff members the next year as DCIFF is entirely run by dedicated volunteers.

VOLUNTEER MEETINGS 2016: Interested volunteers only need to attend one meeting to be oriented to expectations and festival activities.

Please email at admin@dciff.org and cc todd.onanon1@gmail.com today!

For more information: http://dciff-indie.org/volunteer/

Todd Clark

Festival Manager



DC – Neko Samurai screening – 2/17 – FREE registration required

The JICC and the Japan Commerce Association of Washington, D.C. Present 

– The J-Film Series –

Neko Samurai | Directed by Yoshitaka Yamaguchi | February 17, 2016
Wednesday at 6:30PM | 2014 |100 min |Japanese w. English subtitles | Unrated


A once-feared swordsman, Kyutaro Madarame finds himself a penniless and masterless samurai in old Edo (Tokyo), Japan. Desperate for money, he accepts an assassination contract from a local gang.


The target: a rival boss’ beloved white-cat, Tamanojo.


However, when Kyutaro lays his eyes on Tamanojo, his heart melts and he is unable to carry out the deed. Instead, he escapes with the cat, invoking the rage of both gangs who now seek to exact their revenge. Before Kyutaro can live his life in peace as a newly-converted “cat person”, he must face both clans in a final showdown.


Starring Kazuki Kitamura, Misako Renbutsu, Yasufumi Terawaki



This event is free and open to the public, but registration is required. Click HERE to register.

In the event of a cancellation, please contact us at jicc@ws.mofa.go.jp.


Doors open 30 minutes before the program.
No admittance after 7:00PM or once seating is full.

Registered guests will be seated on a first come, first served basis. Please note that seating is limited and registration does not guarantee a seat.


Interested in more great Japan-related activities in the area? Check out our upcoming area events page, updated three times a week, for a list of the latest events in the region.


Presented at:



1150 18th Street NW, Suite 100

Washington DC, 20036

We are located near Farragut North on the Red metro line and Farragut West on the Orange, Silver, and Blue metro lines.

There is after-business-hours street parking along 18th St NW and the surrounding area. There are also multiple parking garages on 18th Street NW and the surrounding area. Unfortunately, we are unable to validate these tickets.


WASHINGTON, DC – Spring 2016 Film Series – Starts 2/9 – Free!

The 11th Annual Spring 2016 Film Series

– An SOC Signature Series –

Created and Hosted by Chris Palmer


Free and Open to the PublicNo Reservations Required


Malsi Doyle & Michael Forman Theater – McKinley Building, American University

4400 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20016-8017

Directions: american.edu/aumaps

Metro: Tenleytown/AU, shuttle bus service to AU

For more information, please contact:

Chris Palmer at (202) 885-3408 or palmer@american.edu

Or visit environmentalfilm.org


 Tuesday, February 9 at 7 pm

Reception at 6:30 pm with food and drink.

Highlights from the 2016 Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital (EFF), March 15-26

EFF is the largest and longest running environmental film festival in the country and will present 140+ films to provide fresh perspectives on a wide variety of environmental issues facing the earth. The films will explore endangered wildlife, freshwater and oceans, food and agriculture, energy and resources, sustainable living, and the built environment, with a special focus on this year’s theme, “Parks: Protecting Wild”. Join Festival Interim Executive Director Chris Head and Director of Programming Brad Forder for a sneak peek at some of the most exciting new films to be shown during the 24th annual festival.


 Tuesday, February 23 at 7 pm—Part of SOC Week

Reception at 6:30 pm with food and drink.

Reality TV, Garbage Juice and Me – Michael Cascio

How I became a successful media executive by picking up trash and watching TV. Facts, truth, and the digital revolution: The more things change, the more they become a series on Netflix. Lessons from a documentary life at A&E, NBC, Animal Planet, National Geographic . . . and cleaning up backstage at Wolf Trap.


Note: The March 19-25 events below are all part of Washington D.C.’s Environmental Film Festival. dcenvironmentalfilmfest.org

Saturday, March 19 at 4 pm

When Mickey Came to Town

(USA, 2016, 30 min.) World Premiere.

Twenty-two years ago, Disney thought they could impose an unwanted American History theme park on the people of central Virginia. Disney thought people wanted white-washed history with rollercoasters and battle recreations. They thought people wouldn’t notice their plans for a massive development project of apartments, hotels and golf courses. They thought people wouldn’t notice the project’s impacts on traffic, sprawl and the environment. They thought wrong. Directed by Sam Sheline. Produced by American University’s Center for Environmental Filmmaking and the Prince Charitable Trusts. Producer Sam Sheline, Director of Photography Tony Azios, Editor Adam Lee. Executive Producers: Chris Palmer, Kristin Pauly. 

Panel discussion, hosted by Professor Chris Palmer, follows screening with Sam Sheline, Tony Azios, Adam Lee, and other key people behind the film.


Saturday, March 19 at 7 pm

Reception at 6:00 p.m. with food provided by Chaia, a local “farm to taco” vegetarian restaurant. 

Farming for the Future – Enduring Traditions, Innovative Practices

This program of short films and a panel discussion will illustrate how farmers and communities are expanding their traditions and practices and preserving farmland to meet the demands for sustainable, locally grown food while ensuring that farming remains a profitable career.

Age of the Farmer (USA, 2015, 6 min.)
As the average age of North American farmers approaches 60 years old, a new generation in the Pacific Northwest explores a future in agriculture by volunteering on organic farms. Directed by Spencer MacDonald and produced by Eva Verbeek.

Farming for the Future (USA, 2013, 7 min.) Cliff Miller of Mount Vernon Farm in the Virginia Piedmont is trying innovative management techniques to sustain his farm for future generations. Cliff’s story is that of many farmers seeking new ways to be economically and environmentally sustainable. Directed by Aditi Desai and produced by AUs Center for Environmental Filmmaking and the Prince Charitable Trusts.

50 Years of Farming: For Love & Vegetables (USA, 2014, 10 min.) The story of Potomac Vegetable Farms, an organic farm in Virginia. Directed by Aditi Desai. Produced by Vanina Harel. Executive produced by AUs Center for Environmental Filmmaking and the Prince Charitable Trusts.

Walt (USA, 2015, 6 min.) Organic raisin farmer Walt Shubin has dedicated the last 65 years of his life to restoring California’s San Joaquin River to its previous glory. In the midst of drought, he argues for sustainable water use. Directed and produced by Justin Clifton.

The Culture of Collards (USA, 2016, 7 min. ) World Premiere
Collard greens are more than a simple side dish. Brought to the American South with the slave trade, they represent a critical aspect of African American cultural history. A new generation of passionate farmers, culinary historians and educators work tirelessly to preserve and share this cultural heritage while promoting healthy communities. Hear their stories. Directed and produced by Aditi Desai and Vanina Harel. Executive produced by AUs Center for Environmental Filmmaking and the Prince Charitable Trusts.

Food for Thought, Food for Life (USA, 2015, 22 min.) Industrial agriculture takes a toll on both the health of our environment and the quality of our food. The film surveys problems with today’s agribusiness world, voicing new solutions offered by farmers, chefs, researchers, educators, and advocates. Directed and produced by Susan Rockefeller.

Panel discussion follows screenings. Host and Moderator: Chris Palmer, Director of the Center for Environmental Filmmaking, School of Communication, American University. Panelists: Film and Multimedia Producer Aditi Desai; filmmaker Vanina Harel; Chris Miller, President, Piedmont Environmental Council; and Kristin Pauly, Managing Director, Prince Charitable Trusts.


 Tuesday, March 22 at 7 pm

Reception at 6:30 pm with food and drink.

An Evening with Chris Palmer – The Most Important Environmental/Conservation Films of All Time

Founder and Director, Center for Environmental Filmmaking, School of Communication, American University.

Film producer Chris Palmer, building on his new book Now What, Grad? Your Path to Success After College, describes the best conservation and environmental films of all time, illustrating his remarks with compelling clips. His new book, Now What, Grad? will be available for signing following his presentation. He will also screen the winners of this year’s Eco-Comedy Video Competition, co-sponsored by AU’s Center for Environmental Filmmaking and The Nature Conservancy. Dr. Elizabeth Gray, Director of The Nature Conservancy’s MD/DC Chapter, will co-present the awards with Professor Palmer.


 Wednesday, March 23 at 7 pm

Student Short Environmental Film Festival

THE MONARCH BUTTERFLY EFFECT (American University, 2015, 7 min.) An international film team brings attention to the threats facing the iconic Monarch butterfly, explores the ecological, cultural and economic importance of the species, and celebrates the power of ordinary people within the United States and Mexico to preserve the monarch butterfly for future generations. Presented by Jillian Hanson and Nick Zachar.

CHESAPEAKE FOOTSOLDIERS (American University, 7 min.) Unsung heroes confront some of the Chesapeake Bay’s biggest ongoing challenges, from replenishing historically low oyster stocks, to stopping nutrient pollution from farms that limits the Bay’s recovery. One is Eastern Shore biologist and conservationist Drew Koslow, whose current focus is to install bioreactors, a new and simple solution to keeping nutrients from livestock manure out of the Chesapeake Bay. Presented by Katie Bryden.

COLD RUSH: THE CHANGING ARCTIC (Earth Focus, 2015, 14 min.) The Arctic is warming faster than any other place on Earth. This affects weather and coastal erosion threatening communities worldwide. But with melting sea ice comes new opportunities for shipping and development. Will the oil, gas, and mineral rich Arctic lead to a rush for development? Might this lead to conflict and serious consequences for the Arctic’s fragile environment? Produced by Jamey Warner.

WHO WILL SAVE THE RIVER DOLPHIN? (George Mason University, 2016, 2 min. trailer) Three young conservationists struggle against considerable odds to continue their careers while trying to save one of Earth’s last river dolphin species. Produced by Jennifer Lewis.

A CONVERSATION WITH WILLIAM REILLY (American University. 2015, 5 min.)

Former director of the Environmental Protection Agency, William K. Reilly discusses the future of climate change and the role of the EPA in a short conversation at American University. Reilly was the director of the EPA, a past president of the World Wildlife Fund, a past president of the Conservation Fund, and served as the co-chairman of the BP Horizon Oil Spill Commission. Produced and Directed by Kent Wagner.

HARBINGER (American University, 2016, 9 min.) In the mid 2000s, the deadly chytrid fungus pushed many of Panama’s unique amphibians to the brink of extinction. Golden frogs are the country’s national animal, a talisman of good luck, and extinct in the wild. Biologist Edgardo Griffith saved the beloved frogs in captivity and then had to come to terms with losing them in the wild. Produced and Directed by Sam Sheline.

Discussion with the student filmmakers. Hosted by Chris Palmer, Founder and Director, Center for Environmental Filmmaking (CEF), American University. Moderated by Sandy Cannon-Brown, CEF Associate Director, and Arjumand Hamid, Programmer, Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital.


 Thursday, March 24 at 7 pm

Ok, I’ve Watched the Film, Now What?

An Impact Filmmaking Panel with Experts in the Field.

Film clips and panel discussion, hosted and moderated by Chris Palmer, Director, Center for Environmental Filmmaking, School of Communication, American University.

How do we produce films that make a difference? This session, illustrated with clips of inspiring films, explores the ways we can turn films into action, at both the policy and personal levels. Our panelists will address the challenges of producing films that have a tangible and measurable impact on their audiences and society.

Panelists:  Oscar-nominated filmmaker and environmental advocate Josh Fox (GasLand) and director of 2016 EFF selection How To Let Go of the World; award-winning producer and director Wendy Ettinger, Co-Founder, Chicken & Egg Pictures; and documentary producer Caty Borum Chattoo (WalMart: The High Cost of Low Price, Stand Up Planet), strategist, researcher, and Co-Director, Center for Media & Social Impact, American University.


Friday, March 25 at 7 pm


(USA, 2015, 82 min.)  Washington, D.C. Premiere.

Nuclear waste forces us to think about the distant future: the radioactive trail from our bombs and power plants will last 400 generations. Repeat: 400 generations! So we need a “deep time” contingency plan. How can we mark off toxic land to safeguard our descendants 10,000 years from now, when so little feels truly permanent? Part wake-up call, part observational documentary, part sci-fi graphic novel, Containment tracks our most imaginative attempts to plan for our radioactive future and reveals the startling failure to manage waste in the present, epitomized by the Fukushima disaster. Directed and produced by Peter Galison and Robb Moss. In English/Japanese, with subtitles. 

Discussion, moderated by Chris Palmer, Founder and Director, Center for Environmental Filmmaking, American University, with filmmakers Peter Galison and Robb Moss, follows screening.


 Tuesday, March 29 at 7 pm

Chesapeake Footsoldiers

This documentary—conceived, written, produced, shot, directed, and edited by students in Environmental & Wildlife Production (COMM 568)—will air during Maryland Public Television’s Chesapeake Bay Week in April. Chesapeake Footsoldiers tells the stories of unsung heroes who work to confront some of the Bay’s biggest ongoing challenges, from replenishing historically low oyster stocks, to stopping chronic nutrient pollution that limits the Chesapeake Bay’s recovery.

The first story profiles the work of biologist-conservationist Drew Koslow, who collaborates closely with Eastern Shore farmers to stop the flow of nutrients into waterways by using bioreactor technology.  Next, the stories of Buddy Willey and Bryan Gomes of the Oyster Recovery Partnership are told – footsoldiers who are committed to rebuilding oyster stocks around the Chesapeake by teaching others how to grow them. Finally, further north across the Mason-Dixon Line into Pennsylvania, we learn about Pat Fasano’s efforts to educate and persuade Amish farmers about the pressing need to implement new and better conservation techniques.

Produced by Katie Bryden, Shannon Lawrence, Katherine Dye, and their colleagues, and by American Universitys Center for Environmental Filmmaking, in association with Maryland Public Television.

Panel discussion, hosted by Professor Chris Palmer, follows screenings. Panelists include student filmmakers and Professor Mike English, who taught the Center for Environmental Filmmaking class where Chesapeake Villages was produced for Maryland Public Television.



Virginia-filmed “Big Stone Gap” Now on DVD, Blu-ray, Digital HD!

Virginia-filmed movie “Big Stone Gap” is now out on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD! Go here to check out where and how to get it: http://www.uphe.com/movies/big-stone-gap

Filmed in the town of Big Stone Gap, Virginia, this sweet story follows the life of a cast of characters in small town, 1970s Virginia.

It’s 1978 and the ever-ordinary Ave Maria Mulligan (Ashley Judd) leads a simple life. She lives with her mother, runs the pharmacy, directs The Trail of the Lonesome Pine Outdoor Drama, and hopes that her best friend will take their platonic friendship in a romantic direction. Ave Maria waits, and before she knows it, she turns 40. Now the old maid of Big Stone Gap, Ave Maria decides that happiness is for other people – that is, until a long-buried family secret throws her quiet life spectacularly off course. With an all-star cast, Big Stone Gap is a love letter to small-town life, working people and the triumph of love.


DVD Case Picture




Liquid Talent Casting Reality TV Show

LIQUID is partnering with DISCOVERY STUDIOS in LOS ANGELES on a new project!! Here are the details:

SEEKING WOMEN BETWEEN 20 – 60 FOR REAL PEOPLE TV SHOW ON FISHERMEN’S WIVES. Looking for a community of fishermen’s wives/women who support each other in the hard times and have fun together in the good times! Anything from stay at home moms to sternmen on their husband’s boats.

We believe behind every great fisherman there is a great woman, and we want to speak with her! An emmy-award winning production company is interested in connecting with Fishermen’s Wives/their community for a new series. We would love to hear the stories of the strong, confident women who keep this industry afloat, and learn about the local fishing community. If this describes you or someone you know, please email bias@liquidtalentgroup.com and further details will be provided. You do NOT have to have any experience acting….but must meet breakdown as specified.




DC – Visual Storyteller – PAID

Work in the Washington D.C. metro area in an exciting job that brings editorial visual storytelling together with Fortune 500 branding. Ecosystems is looking for a visual storyteller to join its marketing team producing videos, motion graphics, infographics and more. Clients include AT&T, FedEx, Hewlett-Packard. This is a highly rated company offering a good salary and excellent benefits. Most importantly, Ecosystems is looking for someone to own and lead the visual communications charge.


Location: McLean, VA (Washington D.C. metro area)
Experience: 1-3 years

APPLY HERE if you are a visual communications professional with a healthy dose of technical savvy. You find the nuances of strategic communication and storytelling exciting. You are passionate about your work and love to harness your creative energy to see projects through from start to finish. You will sweat the details to take a project from good to great. You are proud of your work and ready to develop your talents alongside an accomplished and progressive team.

As a Visual Storyteller, you will:

  • Communicate the company brand through design, motion graphics, video, photography and simple animation.
  • Collaborate with executives and the marketing team to generate, develop and execute ideas
  • Produce short-form corporate videos with hired talent and high-profile guests
  • Produce motion graphics using simple infographic design and animation
  • Generate content for social media channels and other distribution routes
  • Own your work. Be a visual leader and essential team member.


  • Ability to communicate a clear story in a variety of visual media
  • Strong writing and editing skills as required for multimedia storytelling
  • Ability to generate original concepts as well as work with the ideas of others
  • Intermediate to advanced design skills and the ability to produce simple infographics
  • Intermediate to advanced video and motion graphic skills
  • Multimedia planning skills including scriptwriting and developing storyboards with a production timeline
  • Expertise in Adobe Creative Suite CC including Illustrator, Photoshop, After Effects and Premiere Pro
  • Ability to use a DSLR/Video camera
  • Ability to work independently and to be versatile and flexible.
  • Produce on deadline and within production schedules.

To apply, please submit a cover letter, resume and work samples (digital portfolio, demo reel, Vimeo link, etc.)


FT. BELVOIR – Hairstyle needed – 2/2 – PAID

Peak Media Group is looking for a barber or hairstylist who can be on set on Ft. Belvoir on Tuesday morning to make sure that our actors hairstyles conform to Army standards. Should have professional experience cutting hair and all your own equipment.  We have a makeup artist, but specifically need someone who can focus on hair. I would need you from 7:30 to 10:30 am. Pays $75.  


If available, please email KC Blake Kc@peak-media-group.com


WILLIAMSBURG – Casting Call for Families – May/June – PAID



Parents 30 to mid-40’s, Kids (boys and/or girls) no younger than 6 and no older than 14. Very genuine, with great energy, curious, fun and up for adventure. Great interaction between family members. Strong, articulate mom. Will be filming May or June in Williamsburg VA – multiple days. Rate $5000 paid to entire family.


If you are interested, please email: bias@liquidtalentgroup.com for further details. We will need self tapes sent for this project and details will be sent with instruction!


Dr. Sheri Bias, SPHR, SHRM-SCP

Agency Owner – LIQUID TALENT





CHARLOTTESVILLE & YORKTOWN – On Camera Actor’s Training – 2/27+2/28 – $85-$115 FEE

One Weekend…Two Cities


On Camera Actor’s Training with AARON JACKSON!

February 27th – Charlottesville, VA
February 28th – Yorktown, VA


Study with Hollywood Acting Coach, AARON JACKSON and Learn the Tips and Tricks of the Trade!


Aaron’s classes are designed for both beginner and seasoned actors. Aaron works with each actor individually (on their level) bringing out their very best performance. You’ll come away from his class with valuable knowledge, stronger skills and more confidence to tackle your next audition/role. Learn what casting directors are looking for and how to deliver your very best audition. Tak e advantage of this opportunity to hone your skills with fellow actors!


You won’t want to miss this one. It’s going to be 2 fun-filled days of training and on-camera prep for TV/FILM. To learn more about Aaron: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0413245/?ref_=nv_sr_1



CHARLOTTESVILLE:  12:00-7:00pm – $115


REGISTRATION LINK: https://feb-27th-charlottesville-va-workshop.eventbrite.com 


YORKTOWN:  10am-4pm – $85


REGISTRATION LINK: https://feb-28th-yorktown-va-workshop.eventbrite.com

Register today! Seating is limited



Perception – Learn how you are perceived in front of the camera.

Character Building – Truly break down the character using adjectives.

Improv – Getting to know yourself and think on your feet. Learn how to change gears in the moment.

Monologue and Scene Prep – Learn tips and trick of the trade.

Audition Technique – Be prepared for any audition.

Market Yourself Learn how to best market yourself as an actor.


lisa@theaaronjackson.com   –    www.theaaronjackson.com/Events.html   –   213-453-6059


RICHMOND – RVA Environmental Film Festival – 2/1-2/7 – FREE

On February 1st – 7th, 2016, several local organizations will partner to present the Sixth Annual RVA Environmental Film Festival at several local venues. The festival will showcase local and national films selected to raise awareness of environmental issues relevant to the Richmond region, our nation, and our planet. This event is free and open to the public.





Lunafest Film Festival Accepting Entries –

The 16th Annual Lunafest Film Festival is accepting entries. Lunafest is a traveling celebration of short films for, by, and about women. Boasting a diverse range of cinematic stories that embody the unique, humorous, touching, and inspirational complexities of women, Lunafest dives headlong into under-explored topics including women’s health, sports, sexuality, spirituality, and cultural diversity. DEADLINE April 1, 2016



Liquid Talent Casting Families


Parents 30 to mid-40’s, Kids (boys and/or girls) no younger than 6 and no older than 14. Very genuine, with great energy, curious, fun and up for adventure. Great interaction between family members. Strong, articulate mom. Will be filming May or June in Williamsburg VA – multiple days. Rate $5000 paid to entire family.

If you are interested, please email: bias@liquidtalentgroup.com for further details. We will need self tapes sent for this project and details will be sent with instruction!

Dr. Sheri Bias, SPHR, SHRM-SCP

Agency Owner – LIQUID TALENT





ANNAPOLIS – Seeking PA with gear experience – 1/31 – PAID $150 flat rate

Seeking a PA who can help with a green screen for a shoot on Sunday Jan 31st near Annapolis.  I am asking for some gear experience as the PA would help our grip with a green screen.  Other duties include rounding up the on-camera talent who are there on location for their scenes.  It’s a flat rate paid job at $150.

Please email me if you or someone you know might be interested and thanks!


Anne Cocklin

Office:  301-259-2468

Cell:     240-682-2985



Certified Veteran Owned Small Business


RICHMOND – Film Day! – January 28th

Dear Friends & Colleagues,

Film Day is now upon us, which begins tomorrow morning at the General Assembly at 7:00am. It will go until noon tomorrow. We would be thrilled to have each & every one of you there with us!

Please take a moment to read through the info below on where to come & how to work Film Day.  Again, this is the most important day of the year for our industry and the VPA & our goal is to put forth a united voice about why our industry matters to Virginia.   Below you’ll find other helpful information that will help you navigate tomorrow’s landscape know what to expect upon arrival.

I look forward to seeing you tomorrow morning,

Heather Waters

VPA, President


January 28, 2016.  7:30 am – noon

VPA is once again hosting the annual Film Day on Capitol Hill — our opportunity to educate lawmakers about the importance of our industry for the state’s economy.  As the only organization in the state representing Virginia’s film and television production community, The VPA has been instrumental in securing critical legislation including film incentives that have been used to assist Virginia filmmakers and have helped to recruit numerous film projects to Virginia.


The Virginia Production Alliance will have a display area in the lobby of the General Assembly Building (GAB) which is where the Senators, Delegates and their staffs have their offices.  We will be spending the morning talking to people in the lobby, and will also visit the lawmakers and their Legislative Assistants.  This is a highly effective way to get our message across and can really have a positive impact.  If you’re apprehensive about talking to your lawmakers – don’t worry!  Most people are at first, but there will be experienced VPA members on hand to guide you through the process.


  1. Come to the General Assembly Building, located on the corner of 9th and Broad Streets in downtown Richmond.
  2. Park wherever you can – there’s on-street parking and several parking lots in the area. Parking in downtown Richmond is not easy, but it can be done.  The closest pay lots are on 8th and Grace Street and 7th and Marshall Street.
  3. Enter the GAB through doors facing the capitol. You will need to go through security so be sure to bring ID.
  4. The VPA area will be on your right – we’ll be the ones with Krispy Kremes and popcorn!


It would be helpful if you came knowing the names of your Senator and Delegate.  It’s simple to find this information on the General Assembly website at www.virginiageneralassembly.gov. Or someone will help you find them when you arrive.

There are lots of statistics that show how important film production is to the state.  We’ll provide those for you, and we’ve also made sure all the lawmakers have them too.  For example, the industry employs more than 3000 Virginians and has an economic impact of $414 million. The first season of TURN had a total economic impact of $58 million and is back shooting season 3.  We are known as a great place to film – but we need incentive funding to be competitive.

However – as compelling as the statistics are, we have heard from our lawmakers that personal stories are even more persuasive.  Please think about how working in the film industry has impacted you personally and the people and businesses around you.  Do you want to work in Virginia because your family is here?  Are you a student who wants to stay in your home state to work?  Does your work benefit local businesses like caterers, antique stores, hardware stores or rental companies?  How?  These kinds of stories can really resonate with lawmakers.


The message is simple. We are grateful for the support the General Assembly has shown in the past for film incentives and our industry. Film incentives have helped us to bring such important projects to the state as Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln, National Geographic’s Killing Lincoln and Killing Kennedy, Big Stone Gap in Wise County, Wish You Well in Giles County and Captain Phillips in Hampton Roads in addition to numerous in-state film and commercial projects. Currently the state is interested in series television production like TURN: Washington’s Spies and the upcoming Civil-War themed PBS series because these kinds stay longer and hire more Virginians than the typical film projects.  The bottom line – film and television production is a growth industry, and Virginia is poised to become a larger player.  Incentives will help to make that happen.


Take a few minutes to send your lawmakers a message about what film and television production in Virginia means to you. Visit www.virginiageneralassembly.gov and go to “who’s my lawmaker.”  You can email a message from there.


Heather Waters

President, Virginia Production Alliance

Founder & Producer, Richmond International Film Festival | Co-owner, CWA

www.rvafilmfestival.com / www.creativeworldawards.com / www.virginiaproductionalliance.org