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

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


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SONGCATCHER, Janet McTeer, 2000, (c)Lions Gate Films Inc.

After being passed up for a well-deserved promotion, fearless musicologist Dr. Lily Penleric ventures into the wild to unearth a trove of Americana music. Deep within the Appalachian hills traditional Scots-Irish songs of the early 1900s endure in their purest forms, passed along from generation to generation. While preserving this musical tradition and proving her academic worth with her field recordings, new friendships and an unlikely romance raise doubts about whether her work will exalt or exploit these misunderstood mountain people. This film will be presented from an archival 35mm print. Discussion with writer-director Maggie Greenwald and film historian and critic Leonard Maltin

Supported by News Radio 1070 WINA and 106.1 The Corner


Sunday, November 8


1:30 PM


UVA : Culbreth Theatre

Film Info

Director: Maggie Greenwald

Runtime: 109 min.

Genre: Drama

Year: 2000

Country: USA

Featuring: Janet McTeer, Emmy Rossum, Aidan Quinn, Jane Adams, E. Katherine Kerr