The Paris Opera
Friday, June 1, 2018
The Paramount Theater
Presented in partnership with The Paramount Theater, The Paris Opera uncovers the passion and life behind the scenes of one of the most prestigious performing arts institutions in the world. The director of the Opera, Stéphane Lissner, must deal with the complications of a strike, the arrival of a live bull, and the overwhelming talent of the Opera’s Academy. The documentary turns tragic when terrorist attacks plunge Paris into a state of panic and mourning. Preparations for Richard Wagner’s six-hour opera Die Meistersinger must reunite the company and keep the opera house alive. Introduction by Kevin O’Halloran (Charlottesville Opera)
Thank you to our Presenting Sponsor UVA Gamma Knife Center for their generous support of this screening.
Field of Dreams
Friday, July 13, 2018
C-VILLE Weekly Ballpark at CHS
Free and Open to the Public
In partnership with the Charlottesville Tom Sox, the VFF will present a free screening of the beloved baseball film, Field of Dreams. Ray Kinsella, an Iowa corn farmer, hears voices and decides to build a baseball diamond in his fields. When the ghosts of the Chicago White Socks, banned from the game for throwing the 1919 World Series, appear on the new field, Ray seeks out a reclusive author to help him seek out the purpose of it all.
The screening will begin immediately following the Tom Sox baseball game which begins at 6:00 PM. The film screening will be free and open to the public. To attend the baseball game, visit http://tomsox.org/ to learn more about tickets.
A rain date has been scheduled for the following night, Saturday, July 14.
VFF at Violet Crown Series
Join us for our third annual VFF at Violet Crown Series, a year-round, co-curated selection of films, presented in partnership with Violet Crown Charlottesville.Full Schedule of Films
Martin Luther King Jr.: A Personal Portrait
Sunday, January 28, 2018
Newcomb Hall Theater
Free and Open to the Public
In partnership with the Office of the Vice President and Chief Officer for Diversity & Equity and the Maxine Platzer Lynn Women’s Center, the VFF presents a screening of Martin Luther King Jr.: A Personal Portrait as part of UVA’s Community MLK Celebration.
In December of 1965, Martin Luther King Jr. opened his home for the first and only time to a television host, Arnold Michaelis, the legendary interviewer, who spent four days recording Dr. King and his wife Coretta in a uniquely intimate setting, revealing these historic figures’ most private thoughts. This program has never been televised, and had remained unseen in the Michaelis Library of Living History, University of Georgia Libraries, for over forty years. George Silano, the veteran director/cameraman, and the only living member of the team, has rediscovered the film. Mr. Silano will participate in a Q&A following the screening.
America Inside Out with Katie Couric
Both events are FREE!
Ticket reservations will begin at noon on Friday, March 23.
See below for ticket reservation instructions.
In partnership with National Geographic, we are thrilled to announce that award-winning journalist and UVA alumna Katie Couric will be in Charlottesville on Wednesday, April 4 to present two special preview screenings and discussions of an episode of her new National Geographic series, America Inside Out with Katie Couric.
The episode to be screened is titled Re-Righting History and centers around the battle over removing Confederate monuments and renaming buildings, schools, and roads named after Confederate generals. It also includes Couric’s first-hand experiences of the events of August 11 and 12 in Charlottesville.
The first event will be held at 3:00 PM at Culbreth Theatre and is open to UVA students, faculty, and staff. An evening event for the local community will follow at 7:00 PM in The Paramount Theater. Both events will feature post-screening discussions where Couric and moderator Larry Sabato, director of the UVA Center for Politics, will be joined by members of the UVA and Charlottesville communities featured in the episode.
Panelists will include Charlottesville High School student Zyahna Bryant, who wrote the original petition to have the Robert E. Lee statue removed from the park; Don Gathers, local activist and Chair of the Blue Ribbon Commission on Race, Monuments and Memorials for the City of Charlottesville; Seth Wispelwey, United Church of Christ minister and one of the leaders of Congregate Cville; Gary Gallagher, Director for John L. Nau III Center for Civil War History at UVA and Professor in the History of the American Civil War (Paramount event only); and John Mason, Associate Professor in the Corcoran Department of History at UVA and Vice Chair of the Blue Ribbon Commission on Race, Monuments and Memorials for the City of Charlottesville.
Tickets are free and will be available starting at noon on Friday, March 23. There will be a limit of two tickets per person for each event.
Tickets for the 3:00 PM Culbreth Theatre event will be distributed in person through the UVA Arts Box Office and are available only to the UVA community. UVA students, faculty, and staff must show a valid UVA ID at the UVA Arts Box Office, located in the Drama Building at 109 Culbreth Road.
Tickets for the 7:00 PM Paramount Theater event: REGISTRATION FOR THIS EVENT HAS SOLD OUT. If you have a reserved ticket to this event, please note that your ticket does not guarantee your entrance. All ticket holders must claim their ticket at will-call and be inside The Paramount Theater by 6:45 PM the night of screening. At this time, we will begin to distribute unclaimed tickets to those waiting in the standby line. Questions? Please contact The Paramount Theater Box Office at theparamount.net, by calling 434-979-1333, or in person at 215 East Main Street.
MORE ABOUT THE SERIES: America Inside Out with Katie Couric is a six-part documentary series that follows Couric as she travels the country to talk with people bearing witness to the most complicated and consequential questions in American culture today. The series premieres Wednesday, April 11, 2018 and will air globally on National Geographic. Inspired by her own journey making National Geographic’s critically acclaimed documentary Gender Revolution (2017), Couric travels to dozens of cities across North America — from Freemont, Nebraska, to Montgomery, Alabama, to talk with hundreds of people to get an inside look at pressing social issues, including gender inequality, Muslims in America, political correctness, white working-class anxiety, the battle over Confederate monuments and statues, and how technology is affecting our humanity.
For the episode featured in these preview screenings, Couric travels from Charlottesville to Montgomery to New Orleans, the front lines in the highly controversial and sometimes violent battle over removing Confederate monuments and renaming buildings, schools, and roads named after Confederate generals. Couric meets with people on all sides of this divisive issue: from Oscar-winning actress Julianne Moore, who is helping lead the fight to change the name of her former high school, to Sons of Confederate Veterans and white nationalists. This is a very personal journey for Couric, who attended the University of Virginia in Charlottesville and who, while filming this episode, found herself in the middle of the alt-right protest that rocked the nation. Couric sifts through all the emotions and experiences that inform the debate, as she talks with scholars, celebrities, and Americans of all races about the complicated question of how we approach the history — and the future — of race in this country.