The latest Tom Hanks film, Captain Phillips, opened last month – taking in $26 million in its first weekend at the box office. Here in Virginia, some people take a special interest in the tale of a U.S. cargo ship from Norfolk captured by pirates off the Somali Coast in 2009 – its captain held hostage.
Captain Phillips is an action-adventure film, showing how four heavily armed Somali Pirates boarded the Maersk Alabama. Most of the crew was locked in a safe room, but the captain was taken hostage – removed from the ship and placed on board a lifeboat”
The Virginia Film Festival is underway, offering the public more than a hundred films and lectures over the weekend. Friday night's show promises to be a thriller for many fans of Alfred Hitchcock, with a film that was released 50 years ago, and events are planned in Richmond and Charlottesville to mark the occasion.
The 1963 trailer for The Birds begins with a mild mannered introduction.
“How do you do? My name is Alfred Hitchcock, and I would like to tell you about my forthcoming lectures. It is about the birds, and their age-long relationship with man.”
The mountains regions of South Western Virginia were settled by a large number of Scottish, English and Irish people. Today, their stories and songs can still be heard -in the mountains and ridges of this area - and at this weekend’s 18th annual Radford Highlanders Festival. The festival not only celebrates ancient traditions, but also offers evidence that Celtic Culture is alive and well in American society and continues to evolve today.
Admission to the The Radford Highlanders Festival is free. It’s a joint project of Radford University and the City of Radford.