VFF Announces THE BIRDS with Tippi Hedren


Festival Also Announces Revamped Family Day Offerings Featuring Variety of Interactive Movie-Themed Workshops To Be Presented Throughout U.Va. Arts Grounds

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA – August 20, 2012 – The Virginia Film Festival today offered an exciting glimpse at what awaits movie lovers this November with the announcement of a special 50th Anniversary screening of Alfred Hitchcock’s 1963 classic The Birds on Friday, November 8, featuring a post-screening discussion with the film’s famed star Tippi Hedren.

The 2013 Virginia Film Festival, presented by the University of Virginia, will take place from November 7-10.

The Birds marked Tippi Hedren’s film debut and remains one of the most acclaimed disaster films of all time. Hitchcock himself has said of the film, “It could be the most terrifying motion picture I have ever made.”  Hedren plays carefree socialite Melanie Daniels, whose plans to surprise love interest Mitch Brenner (Rod Taylor) in an isolated Northern California community go horribly awry thanks to a swarm of fine feathered fiends who begin to violently and inexplicably attack residents. Hedren would go on to star in another Hitchcock masterpiece, playing the title character in Marnie. The famously troubled relationship between starlet and director has long been a major topic of discussion in Hollywood and beyond, and was highlighted in two acclaimed 2012 films including the feature Hitchcock (starring Anthony Hopkins and Scarlett Johansson) and the HBO film The Girl (starring Toby Jones and Sienna Miller).

“Tippi Hedren is a fascinating actress who will offer audiences unmatched insight into one of the most terrifying films and iconic directors in Hollywood history,” said Jody Kielbasa, vice provost for the arts at the University of Virginia and director of the Virginia Film Festival. “We are delighted she will be joining us this year and look forward to giving our audiences a chance to hear from her.”

Festival officials also announced today a revamped and revitalized format for its annual Family Day festivities, presented by the Festival’s acclaimed Community Outreach and Education Program and set for Saturday, November 9. Previously presented on the Downtown Mall in Charlottesville, the Family Day festivities will move this year to the Betsy and John Casteen Arts Grounds at U.Va., where the Festival will work with constituents across the U.Va. arts landscape to present a comprehensive and immersive series of film-focused arts experiences. Participants will include representatives from the U.Va. Department of Drama, the Charlottesville & University Symphony Orchestra, the School of Architecture, The Fralin Museum of Art, and the Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection.

Once again this year the Family Day festivities will also be highlighted by showcasing the work of the Young Filmmakers Academy. The YFA screenings will feature short films by elementary and middle school students from around the city and county who are supported by teachers and the Festival’s Outreach and Education team. All VFF Family Day activities are free and open to the public.

“We are really looking forward to expanding our Family Day offerings this year,” Kielbasa said, “and to engaging the entire community in a dynamic series of presentations that leverage the extraordinary talent and creativity of the University of Virginia’s arts professionals while offering a window not only into the world of film, but into the kinds of quality arts experiences that are offered here throughout the year.  We are very thankful to our partners at the Bama Works Fund of Dave Matthews Band in the Charlottesville Area Community Foundation and at the Charlottesville City and Albemarle County schools for their strong and important support of our Family Day programs.”

The Virginia Film Festival will make its full program announcement on Tuesday, October 8.

For more information on the Virginia Film Festival, visit www.virginiafilmfestival.org.

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