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VFF and SSG to Open Digital Media Gallery

by JennyM on October 24, 2016

Virginia Film Festival and Second Street Gallery to Open
Digital Media Gallery

2016 DMG to Feature Exhibit of Video Projection Art and Experimental Films from UVA Cinematography Students and Students from Light House Studio

New Virtual Reality Lab to Offer Interactive Experience with Latest VR Filmmaking Technology

Downtown Festival Headquarters Box Office to Open October 26 inside Violet Crown Cinema

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA – October 19, 2016 — The 2016 VFF Digital Media Gallery (DMG) will return to the Second Street Gallery, inside the City Center for Contemporary Arts, beginning on Friday, October 28.

The Virginia Film Festival, set for November 3-6, is presented by the University of Virginia and the Office of the Provost and Vice Provost for the Arts.

The DMG is a partnership with Second Street Gallery showcasing experimental video projection art and contemporary films by UVA intermediate and advanced cinematography students and local youth filmmakers from the award-winning Light House Studio, with UVA Associate Chair and Professor of Photography William Wylie and UVA Faculty in Studio Art George Andrews. This year’s DMG will also feature a new film by celebrated filmmaker and UVA professor, Kevin Everson. The DMG is, as always, free and open to the public.

The Digital Media Gallery will be open from October 28 – November 17 from 11:00 AM until 6:00 PM. Extended Festival Hours will run from 11:00 AM until 9:00 PM on Friday, November 4; 11:00 AM until 7:30 PM on Saturday, November 5; and 11:00 AM until 5:00 PM on Sunday, November 6.

The DMG will also host a First Friday Opening Reception on Friday, November 4 from 5:30 to 9:00 PM, offering an opportunity to mix and mingle with some of the featured artists as well as appetizers and refreshments from event partners Harvest Moon Catering and Bold Rock Cider. On Thursday, November 17, the DMG will host a Closing Reception and Filmmakers Gathering from 6:00 to 8:00 PM. For more information on these events, contact outreach@secondstreetgallery.org.

Visitors to the DMG will be treated to a dynamic new experience in virtual reality filmmaking, The Virtual Reality Lab, located in Second Street Gallery’s Dové Gallery. The Virtual Reality Lab will offer a choice of several short VR film experiences to view using head-mounted, wearable displays. The Lab is outfitted with OSVR, an open-source software platform that drives innovation and diversity by allowing different brands of VR hardware to connect with each other. The VR Lab is also free and open only during the Virginia Film Festival on Saturday, November 5 and Sunday, November 6 from noon–5:00 PM.

Festival officials also announced today that its downtown Festival Headquarters box office will open on Wednesday, October 26 in the lobby of the Violet Crown Cinema on Charlottesville’s Downtown Mall. The downtown Festival Headquarters box office will be open leading up to the Festival from Monday – Saturday from noon to 6:00 PM and Sundays from noon to 5:00 PM. During the four days of the Film Festival, Nov. 3-6, the Festival Headquarters at Violet Crown will be open from 10:00 AM until the start of the final screening or event each day.

The 2016 Digital Media Gallery is made possible by the generous support from the AV Company and the University of Virginia Arts Council, and is part of the Virginia Film Festival’s Community Outreach & Education Program.

To learn more about the DMG or to buy your tickets for the 29th Annual Virginia Film Festival, visit www.virginiafilmfestival.org.

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