The Virginia Film Festival (VFF) is an annual highlight for any film buff, having attracted guests in years past such as Anthony Hopkins, Sigourney Weaver, and even the late critic Roger Ebert. The 2013 VFF kicks off in November. Though we won’t receive the full schedule of the festival until October 8th, emerging details are tantalizing already.
The VFF will screen Alfred Hitchcock’s “The Birds”, which hit its 50th anniversary earlier this year. “The Birds” is Hitchcock’s 50th film, which makes the number fifty even more significant. Released in 1963, “The Birds” focuses on a bizarre and chilling series of bird attacks on residents of a small town in Northern California. It is still known today as one of Hitchcock’s most terrifying films, ranking seventh on the American Film Institute’s list of the 100 most thrilling American films. (“Psycho” placed first on the same list.)
Tippi Hedren will take part in a post-screening discussion at the VFF. She made her official screen debut in the role of socialite Melanie Daniels in “The Birds”. Ms. Hedren went on to star in another Hitchcock film, “Marnie” with Sean Connery. Much has been made of the trying work relationships between Hitchcock and his actors, as we’ve seen most recently in HBO’s “The Girl” and the feature film “Hitchcock” from last year. Film scholars and enthusiasts alike would be remiss to pass up on the opportunity to hear Tippi Hedren’s own words on the subject.
The Virginia Film Festival is held annually at the University of Virginia in picturesque (and bird-inhabited!) Charlottesville, VA. The event runs November 7–10. Be sure to visit http://www.virginiafilmfestival.org/ for information about tickets and events.