Film and Movies

Captain Phillips Movie Hits Close to Home

Nov 12, 2013
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”

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.”

Virginia Independent Horror Film Festival

Sep 12, 2013

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.

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. 

National Geographic is looking for extras to work on the film Killing Kennedy, filming in Richmond next week.

The production company was most recently in Virginia filming last year’s Killing Lincoln.

Killing Kennedy stars Rob Lowe and Ginnifer Goodwin.  They’re looking for background players of all shapes and sizes, including many Caucasian males and Hispanic men and women.

There’s one scene that takes place in Mexico City, even though it will be shot in Richmond.