Film and Movies

Making the Festival Rounds
2:44 pm
Tue May 20, 2014

Waking Marshall Walker

Few college students expect to end up working with their professors, but one of TV’s leading ladies is now sharing the credits with her mentor – a professor of drama department at UVA. 

Waking Marshall Walker is a short film about a man who owns a vineyard.  His wife has died.  He’s depressed, unable to remember things, and after several caregivers quit, his daughter is frustrated.

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Virginia Film Office
4:27 pm
Mon April 14, 2014

Series is a House of Cards for State Funding Incentives

Credit Netflix.com

The production company behind the popular Netflix series House of Cards has delayed the start of a third season as it waits to see whether the state of Maryland will come up with incentive payments totaling $15 million. 

The show had received $13 million a year in its first two seasons but threatened to leave if Maryland didn’t come up with another $2 million.  The governor proposed taking money from non-profit arts organizations, but the legislature did not agree.  Does that open a door for the state of Virginia or the District of Columbia?

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Fiction Creates Sense of Place
10:53 am
Wed February 5, 2014

Hunger Games Catches Fire as Learning Tool

The death of actor Philip Seymour Hoffman means a new actor will have to take on his role in the third installment of “The Hunger Games.”

The series has ‘caught fire’ in more ways than one. An education professor says ‘The Hunger Games’ can become a powerful teaching tool in rural classrooms. 

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Arts & Culture
2:55 pm
Sun December 8, 2013

Eddie Mullins: Artisanal Filmmaker

Hollywood has always lured people with dreams of stardom or creative satisfaction behind the camera, but few Americans actually get there, and an even smaller number succeed. 

Career counselors might advise starting young, doing entry-level jobs, but a Virginia man took a whole different path to his first feature film.

Growing up in Richmond, Eddie Mullins loved movies.

“I do, somewhere in my folks’ attic, have an illustration of every single scene from Empire Strikes Back.  I mean I labored over that thing and wore out so many magic markers you wouldn’t believe.”

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Law & Crime
10:17 am
Tue November 12, 2013

Captain Phillips Movie Hits Close to Home

John Flood, assistant director of the University of Virginia’s Office of Emergency Preparedness
Credit Dan Addison

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”

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