Film and Movies

Ruff Cut Film Festival Benefits Service Dogs of VA

Oct 15, 2015

You’ve heard of the Cannes Film Festival.  Now, get ready for the Canine Film Festival, an event taking place in Charlottesville this Saturday.  The night’s emcee  is a woman who came up with Stupid Pet Tricks for David Letterman’s show and has made a career by combining canines and comedy.

Merrill Markoe has made the most of her comedic skills and her love of dogs - writing 8 books, including Walking in Circles Before Lying Down.  Markoe knows dogs well.  She has, at times, had eight of them.

Meg Ryan Headlines VA Film Festival

Sep 30, 2015
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The Virginia Film Festival is bringing some big names to Charlottesville this fall.  Sandy Hausman spoke with the event’s director at a preview for the event and  filed this report.

In the summer of 2014, Meg Ryan was in Virginia, directing a film in which she starred, along with Tom Hanks, Sam Shepherd, and her son Jack Quaid.  That film, called Ithaca, is based on William Saroyan’s novel The Human Comedy, and festival director Jody Kielbasa says it will premiere here.

The cable TV series “TURN” will be back in Virginia for another season.  Producers of the historic drama about spies during the American Revolution will get about $6 million in tax dollars from the state.

In Richmond, debate continues over the wisdom of giving incentives to makers of films and TV shows.

Critics say taxpayers should not be bankrolling Hollywood, but Andy Edmund, who heads the film office, disagrees.

MacBeth in Richmond

Mar 2, 2015

Virginia is known as the state for lovers, the location of many historic sites and a national park.  This year, it adds another credit - the place where a new and edgy version of MacBeth is played out on film. 

Angus McFadyen is a Scottish actor and a cast member for TURN, the AMC series about American Revolutionary spies.  That brought him and his ambition to Richmond.

Two movies about people searching for love open this Valentines Day weekend.   Fifty Shades of Gray features the torture that is both real and metaphorical when it comes to some relationships.  And a low budget ‘Indy’ film, called, Old Fashioned is marketing itself as the ‘ antidote’ to Fifty Shades.

Call it serendipity., but when the producers of Old Fashioned saw that their movie could have a release date the same weekend as Fifty Shades of Gray, it was an opportunity too good to let go