THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 23
5:00 PM – OPENING NIGHT RECEPTION
Hosted by the Muscarelle Museum of Art
All proceeds benefit the W&M Global Film Festival
Enjoy an open bar, heavy hors d’oeuvres, and entry to the Botticelli and the Search for the Divine exhibit during the Festival’s opening reception at the Muscarelle Museum of Art. The Muscarelle’s rich and dynamic art collections will provide elegant ambiance as you mingle with fellow film lovers and some of the Festival’s special guests. Shuttle service will be provided for those attending the festival’s Opening Night Film, THE TIGER HUNTER, at the Kimball Theatre.
8:00 PM – VIRGINIA PREMIERE – THE TIGER HUNTER
(2016, U.S., 94 minutes, Unrated, English)
Presented by Alma Mater Productions
Special Guests: Writer / Director Lena Khan, Producer Megha Kadakia, and Actor Rizwan Manji
Hosted by Anna Umbreit, Associate Director, Cohen Career Center
THE TIGER HUNTER is the story of Sami Malik, a young Indian who travels to 1970s America to become an engineer in order to impress his childhood crush and live up to the legacy of his father – a legendary tiger hunter back home. Writer/Director Lena Khan, Producer Megha Kadakia, and Actor Rizwan Manji will be present for a Q&A session following the film. General Admission $10.
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 24
10:00 AM – DIRECTOR’S CUT – EL PEZ AZUL
(2017, Cuba and Mexico, Unrated, Spanish and English)
Special Guest: Writer/Director Aram Vidal
Hosted by: Ann Marie Stock, Professor of Hispanic Studies / Film & Media Studies and W&M Libraries Faculty Scholar
Award-winning Cuban filmmaker Aram Vidal will screen a director’s cut of his debut feature film EL PEZ AZUL (THE BLUE FISH) and discuss his filmmaking process. The film follows Ernesto after he leaves Cuba, abandoning the love of his life, and continues to exist in two stages: his new life in Mexico and his past in Cuba with Clara. General Admission $10.
1:00 PM – CANON SHORTS PROGRAM #1
Presented by Canon
This program will showcase a collection of short films submitted by current student filmmakers from around the globe, presented in partnership with Canon. Free.
3:00 PM – VIRGINIA PREMIERE – FORGIVE-DON’T FORGET
(2016, U.S. Japan, 71 minutes, Unrated, English and Japanese with subtitles)
Special Guests: Writer/Editor/Co-director Austin Journey (W&M ’11) & Executive Producer/Co-director Brad Bennett
Hosted By: Michael Cronin, Associate Professor/Director of the W&M Japanese Program
Featured Shorts: Finding Cajun and Frogman
When Japan surrendered to the U.S. at the end of World War II, numerous Japanese swords were confiscated and taken back to the U.S. In order to better understand the past and build a bridge between cultures in the present, an American filmmaker attempts to return one of these surrendered swords to its original owner. Writer, Editor, and Co-director Austin Journey (W&M ’11) and Executive Producer and Co-director Brad Bennett will be present for a Q&A session following the film. General Admission $10.
5:30 PM – TOWER
(2016, U.S., 82 minutes, Unrated, English)
Special Guest: Producer Megan Gilbride (W&M ’00)
Hosted by: Sharon Zuber, Professor of Film & Media Studies / English
On August 1st 1966 a sniper opened fire from the top floor of the iconic University of Texas Tower, holding the campus hostage for 96 minutes in America’s first mass school shooting. TOWER combines archival footage with rotoscopic animation, based entirely on first person testimonies, in a suspenseful retelling of the tragedy – a day when the worst in one man brought out the best in so many others. General Admission $5.
8:00 PM – THE RUSSIAN WOODPECKER
(2015, U.S., 80 minutes, Unrated, English and Russian with subtitles)
Presented by the W&M History Department and Russian and Post-Soviet Studies Department
Special Guest: Director/Producer/Editor, Chad Gracia
Hosted by: Sasha Prokhorov, Professor of Russian and Post-Soviet Studies / Film & Media Studies
A Ukrainian victim of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster discovers a dark secret and must decide whether to risk his life by revealing it, amid growing clouds of revolution and war in his homeland. Director/Producer/Editor Chad Gracia will be present for a Q&A session following the film. General Admission $10.
10:30 PM – A TALE OF TWO SISTERS
(2003, South Korea, 115 minutes, R, Korean with subtitles)
Hosted by Jennifer Taylor, Professor of Film & Media Studies / German Studies
Featured Short: Meaning of Robots
Sum-mi, after being institutionalized in a mental hospital, reunites with her younger sister and they struggle to adjust to life with their father and stepmother in their country home. This visually arresting tale of family secrets and uncertain realities is based on a traditional Korean folktale. W&M Film & Media Studies Professor Jennifer Taylor will be present to discuss the film. General Admission $5.
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 25
10:00 AM – VIRGINIA PREMIERE – MAH E MIR
(2016, Pakistan, 149 minutes, Unrated, Urdu with subtitles)
Special Guests: Writer Sarmad Sehbai and event host Ayesha Gilani Taylor
Jamal, a modern-day poet, realizes the struggle to get his work published parallels the challenges Mir Taqi Mir, a renowned poet from the 18th century, experienced as he reads the poet’s biography. Pakistan’s vibrant history of music, dance, and poetry are beautifully showcased as the film jumps between the present and the past to tell the story of intense love and passion that inspires two artists at two different, distinctive times. Ayesha Gilani will host a Q&A session with writer Sarmad Sehbai following the film. General Admission $10.
2:30 PM – W&M IMPROVISATIONAL THEATRE (I.T.)
30th ANNIVERSARY SHOWCASE
In honor of the 30th anniversary of the W&M Improvisational Theatre (I.T.) student improv comedy group, a panel of alumni from the performance troupe will discuss their experiences working in the film and television industry. Guests include Craig Cackowski ’91 (VEEP, Drunk History, Community), Ryan O’Quinn ‘94 (Beverley Hills 90210, JAG, ER), and Curtis Shumaker ’89 (The Blacklist, Orange is the New Black).
The showcase will be hosted by founding members of Improvisational Theatre, including Sherry Johnson ‘89, Laurie Maxwell Simmons ’89, and Melanie Martin Long ‘89. General Admission $10.
Other I.T. anniversary events include an open house hosted by Swem Library Special Collections and workshops run by group alumni.
5:30 PM – THE DOUBLE
(2013, U.K., 93 minutes, R, English)
Special Guest: Production Designer David Crank (W&M ’82)
Hosted By: Kevin Flanagan (W&M ’06)
Featured Short: Love Comes Later
A clerk in a government agency finds his unenviable life takes a horrific turn with the arrival of a new co-worker who is both his exact physical double and his personality opposite – confident, charismatic and seductive with women. Production Designer David Crank (W&M ’82) will be present for a Q&A session directly after the film. General Admission $5.
8:30 PM – VIRGINIA PREMIERE
ACCIDENTAL COURTESY: DARYL DAVIS, RACE & AMERICA
(2016, U.S., 98 minutes, Unrated, English)
Special Guests: Daryl Davis and Director Matt Ornstein
Musician Daryl Davis has played all over the world with legends like Chuck Berry and Little Richard. In his off hours, Daryl likes to meet and befriend members of the Ku Klux Klan and talk about race in America- something few black men can say. Daryl Davis, the subject of the documentary, and Director Matt Ornstein will be present for a Q&A session following the film. General Admission $10.