Congratulations to Todd Free, In the Virginia Film Festival

One Festival, Two Films

We are pleased to announce that the work of our partner Todd Free will be showcased in this year's Virginia Film Festival. Free worked on two films appearing in the festival: Autopilots, which he directed, filmed, and edited; and Faux Paws, which he worked as the Director of Photography.

First, Autopilots: 

A $2 million prize will lead people to do some pretty amazing things. Meet techno-geek Paul Perrone. In 2005, he and his small team of roboticists, set out from Charlottesville, Virginia, with their robot "Tommy" to compete in the DARPA Grand Challenge, a 150 mile desert race for robotic vehicles that had NO drivers. As Tommy races against robots from well-financed corporate and university giants, tragedy strikes and Paul's resolve is put to the test. Autopilots is not only a heartwarming story demonstrating the glory from commitment and persistence but also a pertinent historical reminder that where technology and artificial intelligence are concerned, when you take your hands off the wheel, anything can happen.

"I love living in Charlottesville, and this festival is a huge part of that. The festival organizers do an incredible job of bringing in great films--classic films, current releases, and films that no one has seen yet, but will be in the theaters soon," said Free. "I am truly honored to be a part of this festival, again." 

Free's work as a director of photography was showcased at the festival, last year, when House Hunting premiered at the Paramount Theater as part of the VAFF.  This year, Faux Paws will also show at the Paramount, on Sunday at 5:00 p.m.

Next, Faux Paws:

Gay werewolves Brian and Doug escape from a lycanthrope reservation to seek freedom in Maine, the only state with a sanctioned tolerance of werewolves. Their journey takes them on a road trip, complete with an overnight full moon stop at Brian's family home. While Brian wrestles with "changing" in front of his family, his brother-in-law conspires with bounty hunters and national police forces giving chase. Will Brian and Doug make it to Maine? If they do, what should they wear? Will they ever be anything more than faux paws? Hide your meat and cheese. Werewolvin' ain't what it used to be.

The festival takes place in Charlottesville, VA, from November 7 to 10, 2013, and "is a four-day celebration of the magic of the movies featuring first-run features and timeless classics, high-profile industry insiders and up-and-coming stars, and filmmakers from throughout Virginia and beyond.  Taking place every autumn at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, the Virginia Film Festival has brought the best in contemporary and classic cinema to its audiences for nearly twenty-five years.  An array of leading cultural experts lead fascinating lectures and discussions, providing unique insight into not only the world of film, but the world in which we live. A collection of special events throughout the weekend invites the entire community to dive into the art of film in exciting new ways."

Tickets for BOTH films can be purchased HERE