Festival features best of Virginia indie film

The Virginia Film Office and the Virginia Production Alliance are cooperatively producing the fourth annual Virginia Indie Film Festival Feb. 26 and 27.

The Festival features independently produced documentaries, short films and features from Virginia filmmakers. The films were selected by panels of industry professionals and come from Midlothian, Blue Ridge, Richmond, Virginia Beach, Roanoke, Harrisonburg, Charlottesville, Blacksburg and Springfield.

The subjects of these films range from zombies to baseball and take place in settings as far away as the Himalayas or as close to home as a camera truck in Richmond.

The films will be screened in a two-day film festival during which winning films will be announced in the categories of Shorts, Documentaries and Features. The Festival also has Audience Choice awards which allow audience members the opportunity to vote for their favorites in each of the three categories.

The Festival will be held at the historic Byrd Theatre, 2908 W. Cary St., in Richmond.

Documentaries will be screened Saturday, Feb. 26, from 1-4 p.m., and short films from 4-6 p.m. Feature films will be screened Sunday, Feb. 27, from 4:30-8:30 p.m.

The cost for attending each screening series is $7 (or $2 with student I.D.). A two-day Festival Pass is $14. Passes for each series are available at the door 30 minutes before each series is scheduled to begin.


Docs-Saturday, Feb. 26, 1-4 p.m.

  • “Beardo the Movie”: The story of the 2009 World Beard & Moustache Championships and the men behind the beards.
  • “Local Life: Camera Truck”: Shaun Irving had an idea to turn a delivery van into a giant camera. A few years later he bought an old truck and set out to document Richmond with the world’s largest traveling camera.
  • “A Gift for the Village”: A documentary about a cultural bridge built between the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia and the severe Himalayas of western Nepal.

Shorts-Saturday, Feb. 26, 4-6 p.m.

  • “Goodbye to Muffy”: A family comedy about how one family deals with the loss of a pet.
  • “Caution Wet Floor”: A group of corporate executives find themselves in a dangerous and deadly situation.
  • “Possession”: The brutal reality of the 1831 Southampton slave revolt from the inside.
  • “Relax”: Relaxing sights and sounds.
  • “The Walk”: We all look back, this is what you find when you get there.
  • “RE: MESSIAH”: What happens when the technology we love so much starts to love us back?

Features-Sunday, Feb. 27, 4:30-8:30 p.m.

  • “Quick Feet, Soft Hands”: A struggling minor league baseball player and his fiance try to make it to the big leagues.
  • “Tracks”: Martin, a self destructive amputee, refelects on his troubled youth while drifting through the harsh streets of Baltimore, reliving the events of the day that changed his life forever.
  • “Danger. Zombies. Run.”: Real zombies attack a crew filming a low-budget zombie movie.

Edited by Chris Graham. Chris can be reached at freepress2@ntelos.net.

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