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2007 MASON FILM FESTIVAL
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GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY
COLLEGE OF VISUAL AND PERFORMING ARTS PRESENTS
MASON FILM FESTIVAL
Oct. 19-21, 2007
FAIRFAX, Va., Sept. 28, 2007— In celebration of this year’s launch of the Bachelor of Arts in Film and Video Studies program, George Mason University's College of Visual and Performing Arts is pleased to announce the Mason Film Festival, held on Oct. 19-21 at the Johnson Center Cinema on Mason’s Fairfax Campus. The Mason Film Festival brings together Mason students and faculty with the Northern Virginia community to celebrate and bring exposure to the FAVS program, the first film and video studies program at a Virginia public university.
Bonnie B. Matheson, the president of Mason’s Friends of Film Board, believes that “as many people as possible should learn to use film as a method of communication for the 21st century.” She hopes that the festival and the FAVS program will help bring the spotlight on Virginia as a great location for film-making.
The primary focus of the FAVS program is documentary filmmaking and the 2007 festival features numerous documentaries. The program includes "Operation Homecoming," a unique documentary from WETA/PBS that explores the firsthand accounts of American service men and women through their own writings; "War/Dance," by 2007 Sundance best director Sean Fine, that chronicles the journey of three children living in a Ugandan displacement camp as they compete in their country’s national musical and dance festival; and "Plagues and Pleasures on the Salton Sea," a 2003 hilarious and sad tale of an eccentric community living on the shores of the Salton Sea, “America’s worst ecological disaster.” The festival culminates with the 1981 film "The Night The Lights Went Out In Georgia" by Rappahannock County director Ron Maxwell, who helped launch 2006’s inaugural festival. Films created by Mason students and by Fairfax County Public School students are also included in the weekend’s screenings.
“Film and video are becoming the new pencil and paper and as such, they are beginning to permeate every area of academic, cultural, social and artistic life,” said CVPA Dean Bill Reeder.
Maxwell and other regional filmmakers, with the support of Reeder and Mason’s Friends of Film organization, held the inaugural Piedmont Filmmakers Festival in 2006 at Highland Center for the Arts in Warrenton as a way to assemble the diverse group of filmmakers living in this rural area in Virginia. This year’s festival moves to Mason’s Fairfax campus in response to Mason’s commitment to the new FAVS program.
“The purpose of the festival is to engage the professional artists and the community with faculty and students, and this trilogy is the arts at Mason model,” Reeder said. “The festival is like an oasis; as the famous cellist Yo-Yo Ma once said, ‘Good things happen when strangers meet.’”
Tickets for the Mason Film Festival: Day Passes: $15, $10 for students and seniors; Weekend passes: $30, $20 for students and seniors (buy two days, get one free). The Center for the Arts Box Office will sell day and weekend passes in advance, tickets for individual screenings will be sold at the door. The Johnson Center Cinema is located on the ground floor of the George W. Johnson Center, next to the Jazzman’s Café. Paid parking is located in the deck adjacent to the mainstage Concert Hall and FREE parking is located in university lot K. Visit http://www.gmu.edu/cvpa/favs/ for more information about the FAVS program, and http://www.masonfilm.org, for more information about the 2007 Mason Film Festival.
The College of Visual and Performing Arts exists to create an academic environment in which the arts may be considered both as individual disciplines and as interdisciplinary forms that strengthen each other. Believing that an education in the arts is deepened by regular contact with the work of distinguished visiting artists, the College draws on a variety of professional presenting and producing units where artists from across the country and around the world regularly perform, give master classes, work with students during extended residencies and interact with the community in a variety of other ways. These programs at the Center for the Arts Concert Hall, TheaterSpace, Galleries, Harris Theater and other venues, provide a diverse selection of challenging and entertaining cultural experiences for the University community, as well as Northern Virginia and the greater Washington, D.C. area. The College houses four academic departments: Art and Visual Technology, Dance, Music and Theater.
About George Mason University
George Mason University, located in the heart of Northern Virginia’s technology corridor near Washington, D.C., is an innovative, entrepreneurial institution with national distinction in a range of academic fields. With strong undergraduate and graduate degree programs in engineering, information technology, biotechnology and health care, Mason prepares its students to succeed in the work force and meet the needs of the region and the world. Mason professors conduct groundbreaking research in areas such as cancer, climate change, information technology and the biosciences, and Mason’s Center for the Arts brings world-renowned artists, musicians and actors to its stage. Its School of Law is recognized by U.S. News & World Report as one of the top 35 law schools in the United States.