VSU Hosts Fourth Film Festival
Published date: April 9, 2013
A special screening of the Oscar-winning In the Heat of the Night, starring Sidney Poitier will kick-off the fourth season of the Virginia State University Film Festival. The screening will be followed by a taped discussion between Film Studies Coordinator and Mass Communication faculty member Dr. Duane Byrge and the film’s stars and creators.
The discussion, which includes Sidney Poitier as well as the film’s composer Quincy Jones, was filmed at the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences in Beverly Hills, CA. It illuminates the power the film had in the Civil Rights Movement. The special screening will take place in the Johnston Memorial Library room 123 (the library training center) Thursday, April 11, at 6 p.m.
To celebrate the 25th year of Virginia State University’s radio station, WVST (91.3 FM), Good Morning, Vietnam will be shown. Starring Robin Williams as a military disc-jockey during the Vietnam War, the screening will be preceded by a special message from the film’s producer, Mark Johnson. A hilarious comedy featuring Robin Williams at his improvisational best, the film shows the power of radio in boosting the morale of troops in combat. This special screening will take place in the Johnston Memorial Library room 123 (the library training center) Wednesday, April 17, at 6 p.m. and will be followed by a brief discussion on what radio means today.
Capping off the festival will be a screening of The Other Dream Team. A rousing documentary about the 1988 Lithuanian basketball team which defeated the Russians in the 1988 Olympics, the film shows the power of sports to bond and uplift a nation. The film was a big hit at the Sundance Film Festival, and reviewed by Dr. Byrge for The Hollywood Reporter. This special screening will take place in the Johnston Memorial Library room 123 (the library training center) Thursday, April 18 at 6 p.m.
“We are presenting the festival as a series this year to complement VSU events. With its center on sports, this terrific film should be a good lead-in event for the annual semester-end symposium, Sports and Communication,” Byrge said.
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