25 Faces of The Virginia Film Festival — Part III

Posted on October 31, 2012 by

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PART III of the 25 Faces of The Virginia Film Festival series includes…

Justin Stone and Megan Kiernan of forage, Doug Bari of Doug and Judy Productions and the 2012 VFF film The Dog Stays in the Picture, Francesca Lee, VFF intern, Andy McClure, VFF first timer and owner of Citizen Burger and the Virginian Restaurant Company, and Todd Howard, VFF sponsor and owner of Escafé.

{Stay tuned for our feature on forage next week!}

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Justin Stone & Megan Kiernan, forage

forage by kristen finn

Photo Credit: Kristen Finn Photography

Super club hosting seasonal dinner series, Local Enthusiasts

How many Virginia Film Festivals have you attended?

Two

Which year was the most memorable? If there was a theme what was it? What film, experience and/or guest(s) stood out to you?

2010 – This was a particularly memorable one for us. It was Megan’s first year back to Virginia after spending 6 years in LA. It was also the year Vintage Virginia was released.

What sets the Virginia Film Festival apart from other film festivals you’ve attended?

After years in a place that is always rolling the latest reel of film touted by fans and spurred by critics and surround by circumstance the Virginia Film Festival is a refreshing occasion that maintains the classic American experience of going to the movies. It remains an enjoyable and accessible experience while leaving the goer with a sense of awe, wonder, and excitement about seeing something new for the first time.

What film(s) are you most excited about this year?

Something in the Water, Wonder Woman!, Photographic Memory 

What’s a word of advice you would give a first timer to the Virginia Film Festival?

Study up on the film schedule, talk to people, be open, but be prepared to make sacrifices. As with all festivals of film, music, books, and all things good you can not by the nature of them experience everything. If you do the former, you won’t regret the later.

What snacks would you sneak into a movie (if you could, of course, implying innocence)?

We would sneak in….. Carpe Donuts because they are delicious, easily concealed, and quiet eating.

Where do you go for a quick bite between movies?

Christian’s

Where do you go for a post-movie drink?

Whiskey Jar

Dinner and a movie… Where would you recommend for dinner?

C&O

What Virginia Film Festival event are you most looking forward to?

Opening Night Gala

Doug BariDog Stays in the Picture

Local Filmmaker/Producer of Doug and Judy Productions, The Dog Stays in the Picture

How many Virginia Film Festivals have you attended?

Nine

Which year was the most memorable? If there was a theme what was it? What film, experience and/or guest(s) stood out to you?

I would have to pick two – 2004 and 2011. 2004 because it was the first time we were invited into the festival. 2011 because our Cason doc was invited in. I have enjoyed so many of the guests – everyone from Sissy Spacek to Larry Flynt.

What sets the Virginia Film Festival apart from other film festivals you’ve attended?

The friendliness. It’s just a great vibe.

What film(s) are you most excited about this year?

Not Fade Away, House-Hunting, and our own film, The Dog Stays in the Picture. {11:30am, Saturday Nov. 3rd, Vinegar Hill}

What’s a word of advice you would give a first timer to the Virginia Film Festival?

See as much as you can because the schedule is really varied – everything from a silent film experience at the glorious Paramount to our little movie in the coziness of Vinegar Hill.

Where do you go for a quick bite between movies?

The Nook

Where do you go for a post-movie drink?

Blue Light Grill

Dinner and a movie… Where would you recommend for dinner?

C&O

What Virginia Film Festival event are you most looking forward to?

The Opening Night Gala

Anything else you’d like to add, about yourself or the film festival?

I wanted to say a big thanks to all the people who work for the festival including the magnificent volunteers. It is always a weekend I look forward to each year.

Francesca Lee

VFF Intern

How many Virginia Film Festivals have you attended?

One

Which year was the most memorable? If there was a theme what was it? What film, experience and/or guest(s) stood out to you?

I have great memories of my first VFF screening in 2009. I received a Facebook event invite to a VFF screening of Ferris Bueller’s Day Off at the U.Va. Amphitheater. Having been a “teacher’s pet” type kid in high school, Ferris Bueller became my alter-ego and hero. I will never forget the classic line “Anyone?, Anyone?” delivered in that nasal monotone by Bueller’s teacher in an attempt to get a response from his comatose class. To top it all off, Matthew Broderick was there for a Q&A following the screening.

What film(s) are you most excited about this year?

The Sapphires

What’s a word of advice you would give a first timer to the Virginia Film Festival?

The Festival screens not only Oscar contenders, but lesser known documentaries and films. My advice to first timers? Give the indies and documentaries a chance. Independent theaters are few and far between so the Virginia Film Festival offers an amazing opportunity to see films that typically will not be screened in the everyday, commercial theater.

Where do you go for a quick bite between movies?

Eppie’s

Where do you go for a post-movie drink?

Mudhouse

Dinner and a movie… Where would you recommend for dinner?

Citizen Burger

What Virginia Film Festival event are you most looking forward to?

The Adrenaline Film Project

Anything else you’d like to add, about yourself or the film festival?

I’m a fourth year majoring in Sociology and minoring in Media Studies.  I had worked as an intern in Production at WETA TV and had gotten a chance to produce some short video segments for their Around Town show which features happenings in the local arts scene. I loved it and saw the Virginia Film Festival as a chance to continue working in the arts scene. I also had been in charge of publicity for the launch of Her Campus magazine at U.Va. and had helped head up the publicity campaign and recruitment drive for the High School Visits program run by U.Va. Ambassadors. When I saw that the Virginia Film Festival was looking for a publicity intern, I jumped at the chance. It gave me the opportunity to continue working in the arts as well as a chance to sharpen my skills in publicity.
The most fun part about being an intern is knowing our film offerings and stars that will be attending before the information is released to the public. I was that kid who always tried to peek at the Christmas presents early so I enjoy having full knowledge of all our events beforehand.

Andy McClure

andy mcclure citizen burger

Photo Credit: Katerina Diplas

VFF First timer, Owner Citizen Burger and the Virginian Restaurant Company

What film(s) are you most excited about this year?

The Man with the Iron Fists

Where do you go for a quick bite between movies?

Citizen Burger Bar!

Where do you go for a post-movie drink?

Citizen Burger Bar!

Buzz, rumors, chatter? What’s one thing you’ve heard about the Virginia Film Festival

I hear the popcorn is being flown in special!

What Virginia Film Festival event are you most looking forward to?

Late Night Wrap Up Party

What’s one of your favorite epic movies and what burger would you pair with it?

There are so so many epic films that I love, to say that one is my favorite would be unfair. That being said, let’s pick an epic movie I love that would go perfect with a nice citizen burger…

How about Braveheart. It’s an amazing movie that’s basically about freedom. It’s about how a small but determined group can change the world. It’s a movie about principles and ideas, and about fighting for those ideas. I would eat my citizen burger and watch my Braveheart and I would think about how a local, grass-fed burger (The Citizen Burger) is kind of like William Wallace. For many years that little burger was not free, he was constantly beaten down by the giant food corporations and politicians. Our little burger hoped to rise up, to become known to the world and to change it… to let the world know that there is a different way of doing things… that responsibility and sustainability can defeat the tyranny of processed meats. That experiencing a burger, a beer, and a ballgame is every citizen’s right, and we will not be silenced any longer! Now THAT’S a burger and a movie!

Todd Howardescafe logo

VFF Sponsor, Owner of Escafé

How many Virginia Film Festivals have you attended?

Four

What sets the Virginia Film Festival apart from other film festivals you’ve attended?

The community of enthusiasts that gathers is invigorating and enriching to Charlottesville and it is truly a unique experience.

What’s a word of advice you would give a first timer to the Virginia Film Festival?

Pace yourself.

Where do you plan to go for a quick bite between movies?

Marco and Luca

Where do you plan to go for a post-movie drink?

Escafé

Dinner and a movie… Where would you want to go for dinner?

Escafé

What Virginia Film Festival event are you most looking forward to?

Family Day

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