Virginia Film Festival: Jorma Taccone and Will Forte

On the second day of the 2013 Virginia Film Festival, podcaster Sean McCord sat down with special festival guests.

Along with childhood friends Andy Samberg and Akiva Schaffer, Taccone is one-third of the sketch comedy troupe The Lonely Island which has produced many of the SNL Digital Shorts. In 2010, he co-wrote and directed MacGruber, a parody of 80s action films in which Will Forte revived and expanded one of his enduring SNL characters. The two comedians talk about making the life journey from independent creative artists to Saturday Night Live and beyond.

Virginia Film Festival: Remote Area Medical

On the second day of the 2013 Virginia Film Festival, podcaster Sean McCordspoke with documentary filmmaker Farihah Zaman who, along with her partner Jeff Reichert, directed Remote Area Medical, a look at the non-profit volunteer organization dedicated to providing free health care in remote areas. Originally formed in the 1980s to service third world countries, RAM has evolved to now offer much needed care to impoverished people within our own national borders.

Remote Area Medical screens Saturday November 9 at 3:00 PM in UVA’s Newcomb Hall Theater

Virginia Film Festival: A Single Shot

At the 2013 Virginia Film Festival, podcaster Sean McCord talks with Matt Jones, novelist and screenwriter of A Single Shot, a rural thriller and character study about a deer poacher whose errant bullet pulls him into a nightmare of crime and death. Matthew F. Jones is the author of six critically acclaimed novels as well as a number of screenplays; he now lives and writes in Charlottesville.

A Single Shot screens Saturday November 9 at 9:00 PM in Newcomb Hall Theater. Director David M. Rosenthal and screenwriter Matthew F. Jones discuss the film after the screening.

Virginia Film Festival: Hard Way Home

On the first day of the Virginia Film Festival, podcaster Sean McCord talks with filmmaker Kori Feener about her film Hard Way Home. For her thesis project at Emory University, Kori Feener hiked the Appalachian Trail from Georgia to Maine, filming her experience and the people she met along the way. The film is both about her six-month hike and the journey that she makes as a young woman.

Hard Way Home screens Friday November 8 at 4:15 PM on the Regal 1 Downtown Mall.

Virginia Film Festival: Faux Paws

On the first day of the 2013 Virginia Film Festival, podcaster Sean McCord talks with Charlottesville filmmaker Doug Bari about his film Faux Paws. This is the fifth time Doug has brought a film to the Virginia Film Festival, and the third in three years. Faux Paws is a feature length buddy road family comedy gay werewolf guerrilla film about two werewolves outwitting federal authorities as they make there way to the safe haven of Maine. The film stars Doug Bari, Brian Wimer, Ike Eichling, and a host of outstanding actors familiar to those plugged into the local arts and film scene.

Faux Paws screens Sunday November 10 at 5:00 PM in the Paramount Theater.

Big Blue Door: Ray Nedzel on “Unnecessary Suffering”

Tonight, the Big Blue Door Jam will hold its first ever Big Blue Door Slam, at which previous winners of the storytelling event will try to win the annual prize. The story you about to hear was told by Ray Nedzel. The theme was Unnecessary Suffering. Be warned that this podcast contains mature themes.

Big Blue Door: Miller Murray Susen


This Thursday, the Big Blue Door Jam will hold its first ever Big Blue Door Slam, at which previous winners of the storytelling event will try to win the annual prize. Here, one of the participants, Miller Murray Susen, shares a story inspired by the theme of families. This story was performed in December of 2012.

“Talking Walls: Murals Now” Panel Discussion

On September 21, 2012, the Piedmont Council for the Arts co-sponsored “Talking Walls: Murals Now”, a panel discussion about murals. The event was presented in conjunction with the Piedmont Environmental Council’s September fundraising exhibition “Painters of the Piedmont” at Chroma Projects.

The panel talk featured accomplished muralists Lincoln Perry, Craig McPherson, William Woodward (PEC guest curator for “Painters of the Piedmont”), and Ross McDermott of the Charlottesville Mural Project (CMP) speaking of the inspiration, protocols, obstacles, technical processes and the meaningful impact of mural painting in public spaces.

Charlottesville is particularly familiar with Lincoln Perry for his soft hued paintings of figures in enigmatic circumstances, and most recently for his epic mural, “The Students Progress,” a visual treatise on academic life that encompasses much of the lobby of Cabell Hall at the University of Virginia. Perry also was commissioned to execute a large mural for the lobby of the Met Life building in St. Louis, MO.

Craig McPherson spent almost seven years creating one of the most ambitious sequential mural projects in New York City. Commissioned by the American Express Company, McPherson’s two mural cycles, “Twilight: The Waterways and Bridges of Manhattan” and “Harbors of the World” were both displayed in American Express’s corporate headquarters at the World Financial Center, which miraculously survived the 9/11 tragedy.

William Woodward is recognized for many significant commissions, including a mural at the Lincoln National Monument in Washington, D.C. Woodward has several decades of experience in creating narrative realism. His most recent commission is the mural, “Thomas Jefferson at Monticello” in the new Visitors’ Center.

Ross McDermott is the Director of the CMP. Launched in 2011 as a program of The Bridge Progressive Arts Initiative, past murals organized by the CMP include local photographer Will Kerner’s portraits of people affected by mountain top removal at the corner of Water and Second Streets, “Hands Together,” a mural by Avery Lawrence at the IX Project, and a mural on The Bridge PAI by Australian artist Reko Rennie and American artist Frank Buffalo Hyde in partnership with the Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection.