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Virginia Film Festival to Feature Two Films from VPM

TJ Thompson smiles at his daughter Tori
T.J. Thompson, with his daughter Tori, shares his experiences growing up in public housing in the documentary "HEARD."

VPM will present two documentaries at the 33rd annual Virginia Film Festival, taking place on October 21-25. The 5-day film festival will shift to a virtual format this year, with screenings and discussions available on demand and socially distanced drive-in movies in Charlottesville each evening of the festival. 

VPM will present the premiere screening of “HEARD,” a documentary produced in partnership with Belltower Pictures that captures the inspiring stories of four people who grew up in public housing in Richmond. These individuals are surviving and thriving in spite of, and often because of, the challenges they’ve had to overcome. Now they are giving back to their home communities, trying to make a better life for future generations. A discussion with filmmakers and subjects will follow. 

In partnership with the Miller Center of Public Affairs at the University of Virginia, VPM will also present a screening of “Statecraft: The Bush 41 Team.” This documentary, which debuted nationally on PBS in August, offers a unique look at the foreign policy legacy of President George H.W. Bush as told via the George H. W. Bush Presidential Oral History, the historical record and the accounts of the advisers who shaped it. A discussion moderated by Miller Center Director and CEO Bill Antholis with film director Lori Shinseki, John Sununu, former governor of New Hampshire and Bush’s first chief of staff, and Philip Zelikow, former Bush national security adviser, will follow the screening. 

VPM is a sponsor of the Virginia Film Festival.