Tomorrow night (Friday, April 10), the first-ever Film Festival at Little Washington kicks off. Thirteen films by Rappahannock County residents or with scenes filmed here will light up the screen at the Theatre at Washington. Well-known meteorologist Bob Ryan, a longtime Rappahannock weekender, opens the Rappahannock Association for the Arts and the Community’s festival at 7 p.m.
On Saturday morning, 22 local kids learn the basics of video making in a 4-H workshop.
A question-and-answer session with filmmakers or subjects follows each presentation.
7 p.m. “Almost Alpine”: a “mockumentary” about Rappahannock natives’ first ascent of the North Fork Mountain Traverse.
8: 30 p.m. “Chasing Dance”: an up-and-coming dance company faces formidable odds in New York to find audiences and stay afloat in a tough economy.
Saturday, April 11
11 a.m. “41 on 41”: A portrait of President George H.W. Bush by politicians, friends, staff and fishing buddies.
1 p.m. “John’s Follies”: John Henry’s passion for stone transforms his farm in Flint Hill; followed by “Rappahannock: The Story of a Historic and Beautiful River and its People”: the history and importance of the Rappahannock River told by people who love it.
3 p.m. “Red Dot on the Ocean”: A once troubled youth becomes the first person to circumnavigate both Americas alone without stopping in a tiny, donated boat.
5 p.m. “The Woodmans”: a family suffers a tragedy but finds redemption through art.
7:30 p.m. “Rothstein’s First Assignment: A Story About Documentary Truth”: A photographer chronicles the creation of Shenandoah National Park and its untold, dark story.
Sunday, April 12
11 a.m. “Out of Dream”: music video about escaping the neurosis of urban life; followed by “Life Fine Tuned”: a teen singer runs away and finds meaning to life with a Madison County family.
1 p.m. “Techmare”: music video about the merits of technology; followed by “Feiga’s Choice”: a work in progress about a Jewish woman who made the ultimate sacrifice during the pogroms.
2:30 p.m. “Copperhead”: A Civil War drama in which a man defies his neighbors through his opposition to the war.
The box office at the Theatre will be opened 5 to 7 p.m. tonight (Thursday, April 9), 1 to 9 Friday, 10 to 8 Saturday and 10 to 3 Sunday. Tickets are $30 for a weekend pass to all films, $15 for a Saturday pass and $5 for individual films. Advance tickets are available at raac.org.
In addition to the program at the Theatre, a “pop-up” program will take place Saturday at the RAAC Community Theater in Washington from 2 to 6 p.m., featuring short works and works in progress. The first hour is devoted to films for kids.
As part of the Film Festival, 4-H is conducting a workshop for young filmmakers.
“Rappahannock County 4-H has 22 youth participating in this weekend’s Young Filmmakers Workshop,” says 4-H coordinator Jenny Kapsa. “These 4-Hers are excited to learn to create short films using iPads and working with Emmy Award-winning filmmakers.”
Also, there is a meet-and-greet with the filmmakers Sunday morning at Hopkins Ordinary in Sperryville, but seating is limited and reservations are required; you can make them online at raac.org.
The Film Festival at Little Washington is a project of the Rappahannock Association for Arts and Community (RAAC).