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Contact:
Barbara Fallon, PR and Media Outreach
barbarafallonpr@gmail.com
703-489-0880
Patti North, Festival Chair
info.alexandriafilm@gmail.com

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NEARLY 30 FILMS AT ALEXANDRIA FILM FESTIVAL HAVING PREMIERES

MANY LOCAL FILMMAKERS FEATURED NOV. 7-10

ALEXANDRIA, VA (Oct. 30, 2013) – The Alexandria Film Festival, Nov. 7-10, is the biggest in its seven-year history. Films have expanded from 40 to more than 60, selected from more than 200 films considered.

Films chosen are from all over the world, including from France, Italy, India, the U.K., Germany and Brazil. The festival also features appearances by many filmmakers—both those traveling to Alexandria especially for the event as well as those from the Washington metropolitan area.

The festival will include a thought-provoking mix of programming and genres, including foreign-language films, shorts, documentaries and feature-length productions. Directors and cast members of at least half the films will participate in Q&A sessions after the screenings.

Our tag line says it all: ‘Celebrating Independents.’ Our rich offerings are diverse in subject matter, presentation and perspective and offer the viewer an experience they simply cannot get anywhere else,” said festival chair Patti North.

A full schedule of films and ticket information is available at www.alexandriafilm.org

Screenings will take place at the recently restored Old Town Theater, the historic Lyceum, Charles Beatley Central Library and United Way Mary M. Gates Learning Center.

There are several special programming blocks. Opening night on Thursday, Nov. 7, is sponsored by MOM’s Organic Market and will feature a celebration of food and sustainability. Dark Night Showcase I and II, at 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Nov.8-9, are collections of macabre and mysterious films. Movies at Beatley Library, including a family friendly program, will be provided at no charge.

New this year—on Sunday afternoon—is a ”Best of Fest” program where attendees can see the films that judges and audiences selected for top honors, then attend a closing reception to fete the winners.

. Films with local connections include:

  • GRAPE, directed by Daniel Stine, who went to high school in Fairfax County. His film takes place on a Virginia vineyard. A grieving winemaker ponders the sale of his family vineyard. (Grape is one of two films by Daniel Stine that will be featured at the festival.)
  • ASS BACKWARDS, a lighthearted comedy, is written by and starring Alexandria native Casey Wilson, formerly of Saturday Night Live. Her film is having its D.C. premiere at the festival ahead of nationwide release. Best friends Kate and Chloe (played by Casey Wilson) embark on a cross-country trip back to their hometown to attempt to win a pageant that eluded them as children.
  • CAPITAL FOOD FIGHT by D.C.-area director Robert Paschen, is about the political fight that is happening in cities across the country as communities cope with an exploding food truck industry.

Other works by local filmmakers include TA (GRANDFATHER), a short film set in Thailand directed by Alexandria-based Kunlakan Chanakan Mamber, WHEELCHAIR DIARIES by George Washington University graduate Reid Davenport and PEDESTRIAN, a shot-in-Alexandria horror short directed by Claire Ensslin, a T.C. Williams High School graduate.

A festival highlight includes A CONVERSATION WITH BENH ZEITLIN, director of the Oscar-nominated BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD. Zeitlin will appear via Skype on Nov. 9 following a screening of two of his shorts, GLORY AT SEA and I GET WET.

Also showing, among many other film offerings:

CITIZEN AUSTISTIC, by William Davenport, explores the controversy surrounding autism advocacy from the perspectives of members of the autism community.

DREAM, by Betsy Cox, is a story of a group of students from Washington’s Anacostia neighborhood who were part of the I Have a Dream Program at the height of the drug wars.

WILD BLUE, by Josh Hope, isabout a young man released from the foster care system, who leaves his small Oklahoma town for the first time to travel across the country with a strange woman he meets by chance.

PIED PIPER is a satirical folk tale of a simple laundryman, Chunnilal, who is rumored to have acquired his beloved donkey’s brain in a freak accident. Charming millions with his asinine traits, Chunnilal soon rises to become the most popular—and feared—hero of his time.

HEARTS AND MINDS is a story of war, psychology and family. The film was nominated for the James Bridges Award at UCLA and writer/director Charlie Guillen won the prestigious 2013 Charles and Lucille King Foundation Award for the work. He will also participate in an audience Q&A.

The Alexandria Film Festival is made possible thanks to the generous support of the City of Alexandria Office of the Arts, MOM’s Organic Market, Burke & Herbert Bank, Pulte Homes, Alexandria Hyundai, media partners Alexandria Gazette Packet,Alexandria Times and Yelp, and many other corporate sponsors and individual contributors.

Ticket prices are $12 in advance; $15 at the door. Films at Beatley Library are free of charge. Tickets can be purchased online at AlexandriaFilm.org

Contact:
Barbara Fallon, PR and Media Outreach
barbarafallonpr@gmail.com
703-489-0880
Patti North, Festival Chair
info.alexandriafilm@gmail.com

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7th Annual Alexandria Film Festival to Feature 60+ Films Nov. 7-10, 2013

World Premiere of Ass Backwards, Works by Local Filmmakers, Q&A with Beasts of the Southern Wild Director Benh Zeitlin among Highlights

ALEXANDRIA, VA (Oct. 22, 2013) – The 2013 Alexandria Film Festival will be the largest in the festival’s seven-year history, bringing more than 60 new works by independent filmmakers to venues in Old Town and elsewhere in the city Nov. 7-10.

The festival will include a thought-provoking mix of programming and genres, including works by local filmmakers, foreign-language films, shorts, documentaries and feature-length productions. Directors and cast members of several films will participate in Q&A sessions after the screenings.

This year’s festival represents our most ambitious yet,” said festival chair Patti North. “We will have something for everyone, like ‘Dark Night’—our late-night blocks of macabre, mysterious films; a full menu of foodie films for our opening night; some family-friendly movies at Beatley Library; and—new this year—a Sunday afternoon ‘Best of Fest’ program where attendees can see our award winners.”

Some highlights:

Q&A WITH BENH ZEITLIN, director of the Oscar-nominated BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD. Zeitlin will appear via Skype on Nov. 9 following a screening of two of his shorts, GLORY AT SEA and I GET WET, that paved the way for the film that launched him to international acclaim. Zeitlin, who is also a writer, animator and composer, will take questions from the audience as well as those submitted in advance to the Alexandria Film Festival’s Facebook page.

ASS BACKWARDS a lighthearted comedy co-written by and starring one of Alexandria’s own— T.C. Williams High graduate Casey Wilson. It will have its world premiere at the festival ahead of nationwide release. The film also features Alicia Silverstone and is directed by Chris Nelson.

SPENCER is a narrative romantic comedy that follows the travails of Spencer Baum, an aspiring filmmaker trying to make his first movie in Brooklyn. Imagine what Woody Allen would be like if he were 26 in 2013 with a Canon 5D. Director Geoff Lerer plus members of the cast will be on hand for an audience Q&A.

PIED PIPERis a satirical folk tale of a simple laundryman, Chunnilal, who is rumored to have acquired his beloved donkey’s brain in a freak accident. Charming millions with his asinine traits, Chunnilal soon rises to become the most popular—and feared—hero of his time. Director Vivek Budakoti and writer/producer Rajita Sharma are traveling from India to Alexandria to field audience questions.

HEARTS AND MINDS is a story of war, psychology and family. The film was nominated for the James Bridges Award at UCLA and writer/director Charlie Guillen won the prestigious 2013 Charles and Lucille King Foundation Award for the work. He will also participate in an audience Q&A.

HOLLYWOOD ON THE POTOMAC. Local author/film reviewer Mike Canning will give a talk based on his book Hollywood on the Potomac: How the Movies View Washington, DC. Copies of the book will be available for sale.

Works by local filmmakers include TA (GRANDFATHER), a short film set in Thailand directed by Alexandria-based Kunlakan Chanakan Mamber, WHEELCHAIR DIARIES by George Washington University graduate Reid Davenport and CAPITAL FOOD FIGHT by D.C.-area director Robert Paschen. Films from France, Italy, the U.K., Germany and Brazil are among the international offerings.

This year’s venues for the Alexandria Film Festival include the recently restored Old Town Theater, the historic Lyceum, United Way (Gates Learning Center Auditorium) and Charles Beatley Central Library. A full schedule of films will be available at www.alexandriafilm.org.

Tickets for most screenings are $12 in advance, $15 at the door. (Note that programming at Beatley Library ONLY is free of charge.)

The Alexandria Film Festival is made possible thanks to the generous support of the City of Alexandria Department of Parks and Recreation and Cultural Activities, MOM’s Organic Market, Burke & Herbert Bank, Pulte Homes, Alexandria Hyundai, media partner Alexandria Gazette Packet, and many other corporate sponsors and individual contributors.

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ALEXANDRIA FILM FESTIVAL PUTS OUT
CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

FOUR-DAY EVENT TO TAKE PLACE NOV. 7-10, 2013

ALEXANDRIA, VA (June 24, 2013) – Preparing for its seventh consecutive year, the Alexandria Film Festival is currently seeking a diverse selection of films from around the world. The films will be showcased Nov. 7-10, among several sites in Alexandria. Some of Old Town’s most historic buildings will be venues.

“The films selected will be screened by well-educated and discerning audiences from throughout the Washington, D.C., metro area,” said Patti North, festival chair. She noted that due to the digital revolution the number and quality of independent films globally is rising exponentially.

Information about the festival’s submission requirements can be found on Withoutabox and on the Alexandria Film Festival web site.

There is an early-bird discount for submissions, which ends July 15. The regular deadline for film submissions is August 19.

Besides the annual film festival, the organization is expanding its activities to include year-round offerings, providing cultural enrichment to Alexandrians and others.

Last year’s festival featured 40 films from 18 countries, including world, U.S. and D.C. area premieres. In addition to the films, the festival offers Q&As with filmmakers and presentations by guest speakers relating to the films.

The historic port city of Alexandria was founded in 1749, and is directly across the Potomac River from the nation’s capital.

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ALEXANDRIA FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES FALL DATES;
UP TO 40 FILMS TO BE SHOWCASED NOVEMBER 7 – 10, 2013

ALEXANDRIA, VA (May 20, 2013) – For the seventh consecutive year, the Alexandria Film Festival will share a diverse selection of films with the greater Washington area. The films will be shown over four days, Nov. 7-10, among several sites in Alexandria. Some of Old Town’s most historic buildings will be venues.

“Alexandria is famous for its many art forms, from paintings and ceramics to theater and orchestra. We are so thrilled to be able to expand the city’s art offerings through film,” said Patti North, festival chair. She noted that due to the digital revolution the number and quality of independent films from around the world is rising exponentially.

There currently is a call for entries, which filmmakers can access at Withoutabox.com. Final film selections will be announced in September.

Besides the annual film festival, the organization is expanding its activities to include year-round offerings, providing cultural enrichment to Alexandrians and others.

Last year there were 40 films from 18 countries, including world, U.S. and D.C. area premieres. In addition to the films, the festival offers Q&As with filmmakers and presentations by guest speakers relating to the films.

The historic port city of Alexandria was founded in 1749, and is directly across the Potomac River from the nation’s capital.

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The audience asks questions of Voyage to Amasia filmmakers, Randy Bell and Eric Hachikian at the 2012 Alexandria Film Festival at the US Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) in Alexandria, Virginia. November 17th, 2012.

Program cover and poster art for the Alexandria Film Festival 2013. Taking place November 7 through 10th in Alexandria, Virginia.

Program cover and poster art for the Alexandria Film Festival 2013. Taking place November 7 through 10th in Alexandria, Virginia. Cover art designed and illustrated by Ellen Hamilton of Yellow Dot Designs.