The Quickie, Part 2: More Film Fest Quick Picks

Posted on November 6, 2013 by


quickie2If you saw our first Quickie Guide, chances are you’re already hungry for more. So, to satisfy your new-found film obsession, we’re serving up a second round of recommendations, ripe with options for all.

If you missed the first round of fun, don’t worry, we’ve got the perfect picks for those who can’t commit to a whole weekend in a dark movie theater.

Sweet Home Virginia (Keep It Local)

Virginia is for lovers, but who says it can’t also be for farmers and lady arm wrestlers? CLAW delves into the rough, wild and all-to random world of this growing “sport” that spans ages, cultures, and cliques. If this shocker sends you over the edge, Seasons will slow you down, with a more earthy approach and a focus on sustainable farming.


Main Attraction: Pregnant brides, Virgin Madonnas, and the occasional giant banana: all part of arm wrestling to raise money for charity. Started in Charlottesville, VA, The Collective of Lady Arm Wrestlers (CLAW), is spreading coast to coast, with sister branches in Austin, Brooklyn, New Orleans, DC, and even São Paulo, Brazil. In this modern vaudeville, CLAW skirts the edges of entertainment, delving into social critique of contemporary women’s empowerment. Beyond the bustiers and burqas, is it the fourth wave of feminism or the latest form of burlesque?

Check It Out: 9 p.m. Saturday, Paramount Theater

Stay for More: Post-film discussion with directors Billy Hunt and Brian Wimer

Bonus Points: Part side-show, part sport; the shear spectacle of it all is sure to keep you interested

Seasons with Brian and Julia

Main Attraction: Virginia filmmaker Robert Griffith documents a full year of farming in an intimate portrait of one agricultural family in Mathews, VA, using their experience to shine a light on the nationwide sustainable farming movement. Griffith spent all of 2011 observing the daily lives of Brian and Julia Anderson, as they dealt with the physical demands and endless planning that goes into maintaining a farm with limited financial means and resources. They share their passion for the wisdom of farming methods of centuries past, but a difficult crop year just might define their future as farmers.

Check It Out: 2:15 p.m. Sunday, Culbreth Theatre

Stay for More: Post-film discussion with director Robert Griffith

It Will Leave You: Hungry for farm-fresh produce and full of appreciation for a simple, sustainable existence

Real-to-Reel (Non-Fiction/Documentaries/Real-World Perspective)

From rough-ride dirt bike boys to an Israeli beauty queen’s tale of courage and empowerment, this group proves the real world can be more gritty than any writer’s imagination. From personal crusades to Baltimore’s street scene, this category is sure to push you into an emotional deep-dive before popping a few real wheelies.

12 O’Clock Boys

Main Attraction: The 12 O’Clock Boys are an urban dirt bike pack in Baltimore – popping wheelies and weaving at excessive speeds through traffic, the group impressively evades the hamstrung police. In this wild, dynamic documentary, their stunning adventures are envisioned through the eyes of young adolescent Pug – a bright kid from the Westside obsessed with the riders and willing to do anything to join their ranks. Pug shares his unique view of Baltimore, and of adolescence, in a gorgeous and ethereal portrait of trying to fly while growing up tied to city streets.

Check It Out: 1:45 p.m. Saturday, Regal 3 Downtown Mall

It Will Leave You: Exhausted from the high-speed ups and downs of this unique street gang

Brave Miss World 

Main Attraction: Two months before being crowned Miss World in 1998, Israeli beauty Linor Abargil was brutally abducted and raped in Milan, Italy. A decade later, she is ready to talk about it, and to encourage and advocate for other victims to speak up and break the silence surrounding sexual assault victims. Travelling from American college campuses, to Hollywood living rooms, to rape crisis centers worldwide, Abargil’s commitment to reach victims with a message of empowerment and courage also reveals the complicated process of healing, when her work resurfaces her own trauma.

Check It Out: 8 p.m. Thursday, Culbreth Theatre

Bonus Points: While Linor boasts beauty and strength, her ability to empower other women will keep you watching

In God We Trust

Main Attraction: For twenty-five years, Eleanor Squillari sat fifteen feet from Bernie Madoff as his personal secretary. Little did she know, he was perpetrating one of the biggest financial scams in U.S. history, robbing his clients of billions. Obsessed with unearthing the injustice she unwittingly participated in, she begins a personal crusade to aid the ongoing FBI investigation. Squillari gives a personalized account of the scandal, connecting the dots through old address books and correspondences.

Check It Out: 5:15 p.m. Sunday, Regal 4 Downtown Mall

Watch For: A unique look behind the headlines of the Madoff scandal

By Brandy and Darren Sweeney