LH Picks: The Virginia Film Festival, 2015







The Virginia Film Festival is only a few days away, and the staff at Light House can’t wait. In preparation for the big weekend, we’ve come up with a list of films we’re most excited to see. Are any of these on your list? Which do you have tickets for?

Deanna, Executive Director: Two in particular to look out for are I Saw the Light and Lamb. The former tells the tragic story of country singer Hank Williams, while the latter brings to light the story of an unlikely friendship and a journey across the country.

Zoe, Program Director: Kevin Everson shorts. Many don’t realize the great filmmaker we have in Charlottesville of Kevin Everson. This screening of shorts is not to be missed!

Amanda P, Lead Mentor: Cheatin’. Bill Plympton, known as the “King of Indie Animation” brings this story of love and infidelity through captivating art and movement, and little dialogue. Check out the trailer at the link above, and I dare you not to buy a ticket. A post-conversation with Plympton will proceed the screening.

Amanda W, Program Assistant: I grew up in Reston, so I’m particularly excited for Another Way of Living: The Story of Reston, VA. I’ve been telling friends for years about the genius urban planning of that town, and finally there’s a documentary that agrees! I’ve also been going to the Adrenaline screenings since I moved to Charlottesville, so I’m looking forward to seeing how the films turn out.

Brooks, Marketing & Development Specialist: Carol. This story of an unconventional (for the time) romance, directed by Todd Haynes and starring Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara, is surely one of the frontrunners of the Festival. Screened on Sunday night, this is a perfect way to wrap up the weekend.

Marissa, Program Support Intern: Most Likely to Succeed. This edu-documentary dives into the subject of education reform – what worked a century ago isn’t working anymore. What does it mean that students learn differently from each other? How can students be encouraged in curiosity without being stifled by standards?

A few others we’re looking out for: Counting, The Maltese Falcon, and Faust.