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For Richer Or Poorer, Virginia Film Festival To Explore Monetary Theme

For Richer Or Poorer, Virginia Film Festival To Explore Monetary Theme

For Richer Or Poorer, Virginia Film Festival To Explore Monetary Theme

by Wendy Mitchell

Bank heist classic “Dog Day Afternoon” will open the 16th-annual Virginia Film Festival, which explores a theme of money. Photo courtesy the Virginia Film Festival.

Money talks… at least at the 16th-annual Virginia Film Festival,
which is dedicating this year’s event to the theme of “$.” The fest, which
kicks off October 23 in Charlottesville at the University of Virginia, will
feature four days of “films and events exploring the pervasive role of money
in media, art, and society.” The festival chooses a different theme each
year; last year’s was “wet.” Festival director Richard Herskowitz
said that he designed the 2003 program “to explore the extremes of having
too much and too little $$$$.” The monetary-themed works to be screened
range from Fernando Meirelles’ “Maids” and Pavel Lounguine’s
“Tycoon: A New Russian”
to John Ford’s “The Grapes of Wrath” and
the Bill Gates assassination mockumentary “Nothing So Strange” by
Brian Flemming.

In all, more than seventy films will be presented, starting with the
opening night gala of bank heist classic “Dog Day Afternoon.” That
film’s screenwriter, Frank Pierson, will receive the 2003 Virginia
Film Award, and while in town he will also host a shot-by-shot workshop and
present his directorial debut “Soldier’s Girl.” Also on hand at the
opening gala will be Pierre Huyghe, winner of the Hugo Boss Prize for
his video installation “The Third Memory,” on display at the UVA Art
Museum. Famous bankrobber John S. Wojtowicz, who inspired both “Dog Day” and
the video installation, will join the festivities in Charlottesville.

Other screenings will include Rolf de Heer’s “The Tracker,”
starring festival guest David Gulpilil, as well as a doc about
Gulpilil, “One Red Blood.” Rob Nilsson will present three
films from his “9@Night” series, of improvised movies starring
homeless San Francisco residents; Charles Burnett will offer his two latest
films, “Warming By The Devil’s Fire” and “Nat Turner: A
Troublesome Property”
; and local filmmaker David Williams will
offer the world premiere of “Long Art,” his doc about the artistic

A number of forums about the economics of filmmaking will be offered,
featuring speakers from low-budget funding experts to Hollywood moguls. The
festival’s Darden Producers Forum will host Paul Junger Witt talking
about the making of the Gulf War heist film “Three Kings.”

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