In the first-ever collaboration between two of the Commonwealth’s most renowned arts organizations, it is only appropriate that the Virginia Film Festival and the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts have chosen to go “Hollywood.”
The Festival is partnering with VMFA to celebrate the rich legacy of movie costumes through a series of film screenings around the Museum’s upcoming ‘Hollywood Costume’ exhibition, opening on November 9 and running through February 17, 2014. The events of the Costume Design Film Series will be co-presented both in Charlottesville and also in Richmond at VMFA.
In Charlottesville, the VFF will screen two films during the Festival as part of this new series: a 50th Anniversary screening of Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds with a post-film discussion with actress Tippi Hedren (Friday, November 8 at 7:30 p.m. in The Paramount Theater) and the legendary Technicolor melodrama All that Heaven Allows, featuring a discussion on the importance of movie costuming headed by Gweneth West, Head of Costume Design at the University of Virginia’s Department of Drama (Sunday, November 10 at 11:00 a.m. in The Paramount Theater).
Film legend Tippi Hedren will also travel to Richmond on Saturday, November 9 at 3:00 p.m. for a very special reprise screening of The Birds, hosted by VMFA at the Museum. A post-show discussion will follow the film and feature Hedren alongside West for a discussion that explores not only Hedren’s rich career but also the costumes of Hitchcock’s famed thriller.
The VMFA’s ‘Hollywood Costume’ exhibition, organized by the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, explores the central role costume design plays in cinematic storytelling. Bringing together the most iconic costumes from a century of cinema, it is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see the clothes worn by unforgettable and beloved characters in films such asThe Wizard of Oz, The Birds, My Fair Lady, Superman, Titanic, Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince, and The Dark Knight Rises.
“We knew when we confirmed Tippi Hedren’s appearance that it would provide the perfect bridge between the Festival and the exhibit,” said VFF Director and Vice Provost for the Arts at U.Va. Jody Kielbasa. “We look forward to sharing all the Festival has to offer with the patrons there, and are sure that many of our movie-loving audience members will be making the trip to get up close and personal with movie history at the museum.”
The Costume Design Film Series is presented by ‘Hollywood Costume’ a new exhibition at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.