2017 Virginia Film Festival’s Literary-Inspired Events

The Virginia Film Festival at the University of Virginia has been celebrating the magic of the movies and inspiring audiences for over 25 years. This year the festival will take place from November 9-12, 2017. The Festival brings in a fascinating selection of guests, from internationally acclaimed directors and actors to professors and leading cultural experts who lead discussions that stimulate, educate, and engage. Below are a selection of page-to-screen adaptations that will be featured at the festival. Check out the full listing of events at the Film Festival’s website.

Don’t miss out on your chance to see Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone on the big screen! The screening will take place at 1:00 PM on Saturday, November 11, 2017 at the Culbreth Theatre. This event is free, but plan to arrive at least 15 minutes early to find a seat!

Attend a discussion with Hidden Figures author Margot Lee Shetterly—and 2017 Virginia Festival of the Book speaker—and University of Virginia Media Studies professor Aniko Bodroghkozy. Hidden Figures is the true story of three brilliant African-American women working at NASA during the organization’s early days, when segregation was still rife and women were not welcome in the sciences. In the film adaptation, Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan, and Mary Jackson serve as the mathematical brains, known as “computers,” behind the 1963 launch of the Mercury-Atlas rocket flight which took John Glenn into Earth’s orbit. This event will take place on Sunday, November 12 at 4:30 PM in Vinegar Hill Theatre.

Based on Dick Lehr’s book The Birth of a Movement: How Birth of a Nation Ignited the Battle for Civil Rights, the documentary Birth of a Movement illuminates the beginning of long-waged battles over media representation, freedom of speech, and the influence of Hollywood. When the Klu Klux Klan-friendly film Birth of a Nation was released in 1915, African American newspaper editor and activist William M. Trotter ignited efforts to stop the film from reaching audiences. Trotter organized protests against the harmful blockbuster in the Boston area, condemning the regressive images of African Americans in the film. Attend a screening of Birth of a Movement on Friday, November 10 at 4:30 PM in Vinegar Hill Theatre. Following the screening there will a discussion with Ohio State University associate professor of history Hasan Kwame Jeffries.