Film and Movies

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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100+ Films in 4 Days
9:43 am
Fri November 8, 2013

Virginia Film Festival

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.”

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Arts & Culture
4:39 pm
Thu September 12, 2013

Virginia Independent Horror Film Festival

In Richmond, horror film fans are getting an early start on Halloween, with the first Virginia Independent Horror Film Festival taking place Saturday afternoon, September 14th  and running into the wee hours Sunday morning.

It won’t necessarily be off to a very scary start.  Rather, the festival is going old school—with a documentary about the Bowman Body….Maybe you remember producer Bill Bowman, who hosted TV horror movie showings throughout Virginia.

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Floyd Film Premier
12:16 pm
Tue June 25, 2013

House of Good and Evil

The first feature film shot in Floyd, Virginia will premier there, this Saturday evening.  “House of Good and Evil,” a low budget, independent movie, was shot almost entirely in the town last summer. 

Dozens of local people pitched in to help. Now the producers want to say ‘thank you’ with a free, outdoor showing, open to the public. 

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