37th Annual VIRGINIA FILM FESTIVAL Oct 30-Nov 3, 2024

37th Annual VIRGINIA FILM FESTIVAL October 30-November 3, 2024

For the Taking

Come Look

World Premiere

It’s the first of the month, and grocery clerk Victor Molina just got furloughed. Struggling with overdraft fees and exhausted support from friends and family, he seeks assistance from an unusual new acquaintance to delay the cashing of his rent check. However, within a day, Victor is coerced by his powerful and unscrupulous landlord into robbing a mysterious and lavish country estate. Within a week, he must orchestrate a daring heist, untangle a complex real estate plot, and try to somehow regain the trust of those close to him.

For the Taking, shot on 16mm film in humid Charlottesville, Virginia, features a diverse blend of emerging and experienced talent. Director Danny Wagner constructs a dynamic film influenced by classic crime capers, neo-realism, anime, and silent film, all infused with the vibrant essence of community theater. 

Discussion with director Danny Wagner, actors Ed Belcher and Brayan Florian, and composer Shaun Couture. Moderated by Atlee Webber (VAFF).

Presented by

VFO – premiere – Film – Flat – White