As the slogan says, Virginia is for lovers. But have you heard the one that goes, “Draper is for Dreamers”?
It often happens that you can be someplace for a long time and sort of not really see it anymore. It can take newcomers to help re-open your eyes to what’s right in front of you. Take those abandoned buildings still standing at forgotten crossroads southwestern Virginia; whitewash fading, boarded up windows, beautiful and compelling in their decay. That’s what led Debbie Gardner and her husband Bill to purchase the Draper Mercantile, 5 years ago.
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.”