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Alexandria Film Festival Goes Green with New Films

Posted by Carten Cordell / Monday, November 12th, 2012


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When: Friday, Nov. 16 – Sunday, Nov. 18

Where: Beatley Central Library, 5005 Duke Street, Alexandria

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, 600 Dulany Street, Alexandria

Cherry Blossom Boat at Alexandria City Marina, 3 Cameron Street, Alexandria


Beatley Central Library will host their sixth annual Alexandria Film Festival this weekend.  The event has grown to be so large that there are three venues taking part in this movie event.  The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and the Cherry Blossom Boat will accompany Beatley Central Library in this cinema extravaganza. Ranging from animation shorts to feature-length films, there are 45 films ready to be shown to NoVA audiences—six of which are new. 

This year’s newest films revolve around the theme of the environment.  “Make It A Great Day”, “Miss South Pacific”, “Thomas Comma”, “The Printed Page”, “The Trapline” and “Hoot” bring up environmental issues appearing around the world.  Eco-City Alexandria, an organization striving to make the City of Alexandria cleaner and more environmentally friendly, is partnered with Alexandria Film Festival this year in light of its six new additions.

The Alexandria Film Festival started in 2007 by the Alexandria Commission for the Arts.  Their goal creating this local film festival is to educate and keep NoVA culturally enriched with films by local, national and international filmmakers. Many of the film’s makers will be attending the festival including Ken Kimmelman of “Thomas Comma”, Todd Crocker of “The Printed Page” and “The Trapline” and many more. 

For a complete schedule of all the films and the locations they will be featured, visit the film festival’s website.

Films shown at the Beatley Central Library are free.  However films at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office are $12 online and $15 at the door and the Cherry Blossom Boat are $15 online and $20 at the boat.  1,500 people attended last year’s film event and more is promised for this year. Grab your tickets and seats fast!


Photo Courtesy of Alexandria Film Festival

Below is the schedule for the new films shown at Beatley Central Library:

Friday, Nov. 16

1 p.m.

“Make It a Great Day” (7 minutes): A look at a newborn chick’s survival after being born in an incubator lab.  

“Miss South Pacific” (39 minutes): A South Pacific Islands beauty pageant highlighting the social and environmental issues the islands face.

2 p.m.

“Thomas Comma” (24 minutes): The adventure of a comma looking for the right sentence. 

3 p.m.

“The Printed Page” (9 minutes): This film shows the evolution of the newspaper and how it is not going away any time soon.

“The Trapline” (28 minutes): A look into the lives of trappers and how their jobs differ to what the public portrays them to be.

4 p.m.

“Hoot” (1 hour 31 minutes): Three middle-schoolers fight against land developers and politicians to protect the endangered owl population in their town.

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