Big screen picks

Among the Festival’s picks: “Macbeth Unhinged”
Among the Festival’s picks: “Macbeth Unhinged”

The Film Festival at Little Washington announces this year’s selections

Viewers will once again be entertained, challenged, and impressed by the depth of talent exhibited by Virginia filmmakers at The Film Festival at Little Washington, a Rappahannock Association for Arts and Community sponsored program, April 8-10. The Festival released this year’s film selection this week.

Festival highlights include an opening night reception at Tula’s Restaurant and Bar; filmmaker Q&As; a moderated panel discussion with industry leaders; Young Filmmakers’ Hour featuring works by Rappahannock student filmmakers; Griffin Tavern Film Festival Trivia Night; film screening at Pen Druid; and other community events.  

Tickets go on sale in early this month, and Festival details, including volunteer and sponsorship opportunities, are available at

The 2016 film selection

“Macbeth Unhinged” Angus Macfadyen, Director (Feature) — A modern interpretation of the Bard’s tragedy, set in the claustrophobic confines of a stretch limousine which prowls the streets of a contemporary landscape.

“Nerd Prom: Inside Washington’s Wildest Week” Patrick Gavin, Director (Documentary Feature) — A former Politico reporter covers the White House Correspondents’ Association’s annual week-long convergence of press, politics, and parties to expose what really happens during the capital city’s most outrageous and momentous event.

“Father Unknown” David Quint, Director (Documentary Feature) — Captured on a camera phone as it happened, is the story of a man’s struggle to face the emptiness he carries inside. Disconnected from the people closest to him and haunted by the secrecy in his family, he records his desperate search for connection on a journey with the father he’s never truly known.

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The parallel stories of two women are revealed from their daughters’ perspectives in “The Anthropologist”. Ironbound Films, Inc.

“The Anthropologist” Seth Kramer and Daniel A. Miller, Directors (Documentary Feature) — The parallel stories of two women are revealed from their daughters’ perspectives: Margaret Mead, who popularized cultural anthropology in America; and Susie Crate, an environmental anthropologist currently studying the impact of climate change.

“Where Are You, Bobby Browning?” Marc A Hutchins, Director (Feature) — A romantic comedy about a young woman who realizes that she picked the wrong guy in high school, and travels back to her small town to make things right.

“The Rangers: A Shadow Rising” Ron Newcomb, Director (Fantasy Feature) — In this epic tale of good vs. evil, Brander Noke, “Wolf”, and his band of elite Rangers, pick up a trail of mysterious events and begin to investigate.

“The Vision Within” Michael O. Snyder, Director (Documentary) — A group of college students travel deep into the heart of the Amazon rainforest to meet an ancient ‘dream culture’ living today in much the same way that they have lived for thousands of years.

“Julian Bond” Eduardo Montes-Bradley, Director (Documentary) —  As Julian Bond traces his roots back to slavery, the audience is confronted with a unique opportunity to observe the 20th century through the eyes of one of its key witnesses.

“Chinatown” Yi Chen, Director (Documentary) — Washington, D.C.’s historic Chinatown has seen many changes over the last decades, challenging the last remaining immigrant residents. The first film to document the impact of urban development from the perspective of the under-represented local community.

“Heritage Hollow: Beneath the Blue Ridge” Ryan Speers, Director (Documentary Short) — Beneath the Blue Ridge Mountains, Mike and Molly Peterson pursue their dream to grow their farm and nourish a community.

“House of Stronzo” Matthew White, Director (Documentary Short) — “House of Stronzo” chronicles the quest of Rappahannock resident, Pete Cecere, one of the preeminent collectors of folk art and outsider art in North America, to find permanent homes for the more than 5,000 pieces of original art that are currently housed in his Virginia home – before he dies.

“Through” Stace Carter, Director (Documentary Short) — Observations and reflections by Appalachian Trail hikers as they approach the trail’s halfway point in the Shenandoah National Park.

“Adrian’s Story” Hannah Ayers and Lance Warren, Directors (Documentary Short) – Adrian is a barber-in-training. Today, after years of incarceration, he is bravely, slowly moving forward, while giving back to the community.

“Better Than Bagdad” Reid Hildebrand, Director (Documentary Short) — A Palestinian teenage refugee named Majed recalls the terrible yet inspiring event that occurred in the refugee camp in the Iraqi desert where he lived with his family for five years.

“Raven” Jakob Groner, Liam Hubbard, and Oliver Schwartz, Directors (Documentary Short) — A Charlottesville poet discusses his art.

“Capsized” Brandon Freer, Director (Short) — Using only a cell phone, a young bride-to-be tries to save her fiancé from drowning in a cargo hold of a capsized cruise ship. Using only a cell phone, a young bride-to-be must find a way to save her fiancé from drowning in a cargo hold of a capsized cruise ship.

“Annabel Lee” Carl T. Rogers, Director (Short) — The story of a husband and wife who are torn apart when angels plot against them. Based on the poem penned by Edgar Allen Poe. “Annabel Lee” is based on the original haunting romance poem penned by Edgar Allan Poe. It is the story of a husband and wife who are torn apart when angels plot against them.

“Equus Caballus” H. Paul Moon, Director (Short) — A reading by Joel Nelson of his poem “Equus Caballus” during the 29th National Cowboy Poetry Gathering in Elko, Nevada.

“Trolls and Antechambers” Tom Sanchez Prunier, Director (Short) — A fantasy card game tournament comes down to a David vs. Goliath matchup.A fantasy card game tournament comes down to a David-vs.-Goliath matchup.

“Hill of the Hapersnoks” Rinny Wilson, Director (Short Animation) — As an author tries to write her masterpiece, her muses manifest within her novel as pesky and destructive creatures.

“Goodbye to Muffy” Marc A. Hutchins, Director (Short) —  Following the death of the family cat, Mom and Dad learn that a pet’s death is anything but a simple journey to the grave.

“Matchmaker” Lonnie Martin, Director (Short) — A story about two morticians in love and the corpse that tries to bring them together. A short film about two morticians in love and the corpse that tries to bring them together.

“Pointless Pencil” Beecher Reuning, Director (Short) — A low-level worker turns the tables on a condescending superior at an executive seminar.

“Elemental” Eric Hurt, Director (Short) — A 10-year-old whiz kid receives advice from a blind neighbor when it comes to matters of the heart.

“The Rift” Hernan S. Zuleta, Director (Short) — When one of them is diagnosed with a life-threatening condition, two parents with the ability to switch bodies must decide who lives and who dies.

“Leroy’s Lobster Shack” Sean Mercado, Director (Short) — A 20-year-old recluse suffers delusions of working at a non-existent lobster shack.

“The Greater Evil” William R Coughlan, Director (Short) — Lilith Delaney has snagged a plum assignment with the campaign team of Victor Balch, a brash but popular candidate for the Presidency. Lilith gradually falls under the candidate’s spell until she catches a glimpse of his horrific true nature.

“Apostasy” H. Paul Moon, Director (Short) — Projected into our world of epidemic gun violence, “Apostasy” is a film about shaking free from conflict, and destroying oneself — to embrace apostasy, and find peace.

“Terrance” Justin Garcia, Director (Short) — A live-action film, following the budding relationship of a shy woman who goes on a blind date dressed as “Terrance” the tiger.

“Singularity” Eric Hurt, Director (Short) — A boy tries to make sense of life and death through fractured memories and conversations with his father.

“Perpetual” Tyler Ray Johnson, Director (Music Video) — Two artists’ journey to find the person of their dreams.

“Sins of the Father” Carl T. Rogers, Director (Music Video) — Official music video for Emmy-nominated hip-hop artist T.O.N.E-z’s song “Sins of the Father.”  

Note: Film selection subject to change

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