‘Moving On’ Interview Part II: Marcia Fields and Mike Spear

Marcia and Mike talked about casting, gender inequality, and next steps for ‘Moving On.’

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Directors and writers Marcia Fields and Mike Spear recently discussed the creative processes behind their first short film, Moving On, which screened last week at the Whistler Film Festival. In this comedy, Ross (Mike Ivers) is awakened one morning by professional movers (Robin Lord Taylor and Ryan Farrell), who deliver the news of his breakup and are ready to move him out of his ex-girlfriend’s apartment. In part two of my interview with them, Marcia and Mike talked about casting, gender inequality, and next steps for Moving On.

Moving On
Movers Mason (Ryan Farrell) and Nick (Robin Lord Taylor) arrive for the transition. Photo courtesy of the Whistler Film Festival.

The dialogue genuinely captures all the stages of Ross’s breakup.  How was the process for you on solidifying your script ideas?

Marcia: The idea came together when I was trying to ask Mike politely to do the dishes.

Mike: It got a little heated. We got to the point where [it was] ridiculous. If we break up because we don’t want to do dishes, we can’t tell our friends and our family that’s what happened.

Marcia: We’re writers. People will think this is the most uncreative way for a couple to break up. We need to come up with something better, so we started joking about hiring professionals to do it. That’s when— Continue reading “‘Moving On’ Interview Part II: Marcia Fields and Mike Spear”

TV Review: Clara and the Doctor ‘Face the Raven’

After heavy losses, what’s next for the Doctor?

Joivan Wade, Peter Capaldi, and Jenna Coleman
The Doctor (Peter Capaldi) and Clara (Jenna Coleman) want to clear Rigsy’s (Joivan Wade) name. Photo: BBC Worldwide Limited

Caution: This review contains spoilers.

The latest episode of Doctor Who takes the Doctor (Peter Capaldi) and Clara (Jenna Coleman) to the hidden streets of London, where aliens reside somewhat peacefully away from the world. Lording over them is none other than Me/Ashildr (Maisie Williams) as an enforcer. Sentencing for crimes is rather strict, resulting in a tattoo that counts down to zero. At zero, the Raven comes in for the kill. Continue reading “TV Review: Clara and the Doctor ‘Face the Raven’”

‘Hoos in Media’ Make Their Mark in Charlottesville

How do local Wahoos continue to serve the community as well as national and international clients at large?

Left to right: Professor Hector Amaya, Jenna Dagenhart, and Blake Sirach - Photo: Pat Cuadros
Left to right: Professor Hector Amaya, Jenna Dagenhart, and Blake Sirach discuss the growing impact of media in Charlottesville and at large under the helm of UVa alumni. Photo: Pat Cuadros

Reunions Weekend was in full swing recently as hundreds of alumni descended upon UVa Grounds to reconnect with classmates. It was also a wonderful opportunity to learn about changes that have occurred in the city of Charlottesville, home to Mr. Jefferson’s University. How do local Wahoos continue to serve the community as well as national and international clients at large? Continue reading “‘Hoos in Media’ Make Their Mark in Charlottesville”

Hitchcock and JFK Anniversaries Headline the Virginia Film Festival

Tickets are finally available for purchase if you are looking to attend this year’s Virginia Film Festival. The big event, in its 26th year, is held in Charlottesville, Va, which is also home to the University of Virginia. Film fest attendees will have a wide selection of movies to view, including a number of local productions. There’s even a screening of “Peter Pan,” the classic Disney film, which is sure to delight families.

A lot of buzz was generated already with an earlier announcement about a screening of Alfred Hitchcock’s “The Birds.” The film will be followed by a discussion with Tippi Hedren. Hitchcock’s film is not alone in facing a 50th anniversary. It is also 50 years since the assassination of John F. Kennedy, which will be covered in a screening of “The Kennedy Half Century.” It’s no surprise that Professor Larry J. Sabato, director of the University of Virginia Center for Politics, will lead the post documentary panel. Be prepared for some valuable insights from Julian Bond, James Carville, Ari Fleischer, Kathleen Kennedy Turner, Ron Reagan Jr., and Bob Schieffer.

If you just found out about the Festival, the good news is that ticket sales opened up today. For more information and the full program of events, please visit http://www.virginiafilmfestival.org.