Do you enjoy the movies? Then you will want to stay in Sugar Hollow and visit the Virginia Film Festival beginning Thursday, October 30 through Sunday, November 2.
Don't miss the Opening Night Event, a presentation of Orson Welles' Mercury Theater War of the Worlds Radio Broadcast at the McCormick Observatory's Dome Room on the precise 70th anniversary of the night it terrified America. (The telescope will be available for viewing the alien's night sky.)
With fall colors blazing across the Blue Ridge Mountains, the nationally famous festival is staged at the University of Virginia with an emphasis on entertainment and education. Festival presentations range from Hollywood premiers to classics, documentareis, and experimental films and videos. Through the presentation of rare classics restored by archives and studios, the Festival calls attention to the importance of preserving America’s film heritage, and displays early films with the proper screening equipment and musical accompaniment for which they were designed.
Over 60 films are shown in just four days, with nearly one hundred speakers. Directors, actors, scholars, and writers engage with audiences in lively discussions about the films.
The theme for the 2009 Festival is ALIENS! Outsiders! Extraterrestrials! Go to www.vafilm.com for ticket information and a complete listing of films, producers, directors and screenwriters who will be at the festival.