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

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

Gala Screening


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Photograph by Parrish Lewis. Courtesy of Netflix.

Bayard Rustin, architect of the 1963 March on Washington, was one of America’s great activists, organizers, and towering personas. Despite orchestrating the iconic eventbest remembered as the site of Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speechhis contributions and legacy have all too often become overlooked.

In Rustin, Tony Award winning director George C. Wolfe (Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom) shines a long overdue spotlight on the story of the brilliant, outspoken, and openly gay civil rights activist. Set in the months leading up to the Marchwhen Rustin was widely considered the only tactician capable of turning the event from dream to reality—the narrative captures a movement in flux, and a true leader rising to a historic challenge.

In a towering, vivacious performance, Emmy Award winner Colman Domingo (Euphoria) captures the life of a man who confronted racism, homophobia, and even ostracism from NAACP, and overcame to rally a movement to political success, alongside Reverend Martin Luther King Jr., Adam Clayton Powell Jr., and Ella Baker. Produced by Academy Award winner Bruce Cohen, in association with Barack and Michelle Obama’s Higher Ground, Rustin features an all-star ensemble including Chris Rock, Audra McDonald, Glynn Turman,  Da’Vine Joy Randolph, and Jeffrey Wright.

Discussion with producer Bruce Cohen and Kevin K. Gaines (UVA).


Thursday, October 26


5:00 PM


Culbreth Theatre

Film Info

Director: George C. Wolfe

Runtime: 106 min.

Genre: Drama

Year: 2023

Country: USA

Language: English

Featuring: Coleman Domingo, Chris Rock, Glynn Turman, Da’Vine Joy Randolph

Presented by

envision + UW(white)[2]

Supported by

UVA DEI – gold – DDEI_Logowhite

Supported by

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