Series/Themes: Historical and Political Themes, Spotlight on Virginia Filmmaking
Film Year: 2018
Film Length: 88 min.
Director: Chris Farina, Reid Oechslin.
Featuring: Rebecca McGinness, George Ferguson, Pete Stratos, Milton Via, Elmer (Sonny) Sampson, Cindy Stratton.
Preceded by short film Transit
West Main Street in Charlottesville, Virginia, serves as a cultural hub that brings together the community enveloping a short stretch of the city. Captured in the late 80s and early 90s, two local filmmakers examine the community’s past and present by combining archival footage and personal memories. Interviews with people whose lives revolve around this uniquely American setting form the basis of an honest reflection on the effects of a century of modernization on a small town. Despite their differing backgrounds, the residents of West Main Street discover how their lives are linked to the road that physically connects them. Discussion with directors Chris Farina and Reid Oechslin, moderated by Coy Barefoot (Albemarle Charlottesville Historical Society)
Supported by the Albemarle Charlottesville Historical Society and Preservation Piedmont
Vinegar Hill Theatre