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Middleburg Film Festival set to launch Oct. 24

In two weeks, Middleburg will be inundated with film directors, actors and movie aficionados as the town kicks off its inaugural film festival.

The brain child of Salamander Resort & Spa founder Shelia Johnson, the Oct. 24-27 event is being touted as small affair.

Fifteen films will be screened at the National Sporting Library, the Middleburg Community Center and The Hill School.

Tickets to the event range in price from $15 for individual films ($10 for students) to $2,200 for an all-access backstage pass. For $1,000, film-goers can snag The Film Lover's Pass that includes two tickets to the opening night film and Oct. 25 barbeque and concert honoring renowned composer March Isham. The ticket also includes a sampling of the film festival’s lineup.

A $500 Saturday Night Date Special is also available for a limited time that includes a farm-to-table dinner for two at a local vineyard or private farm followed by a screening of "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom." Following the screening will be a special performance by South Africa's leading female singer, Yvonne Chaka Chaka, also known as the Princess of Africa.

The films
Opening night: “Nebraska” (starring Bruce Dern and Will Forte). The 7:30 p.m. screening at Salamander Resort & Spa is sold out. Tickets available for the 11:45 a.m. Oct. 26 show at The Hill School.

Centerpiece film: "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom,” based on South African President Nelson Mandela’s autobiography of the same name. 4:30 p.m. Oct. 27 at The Hill School.

“The Armstrong Lie,” a documentary directed by Alex Gibney. 4:15 p.m. Oct. 26 and 9 a.m. Oct. 27 at The Hill School.

“August: Osage County,” starring Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, Chris Cooper, Sam Shepard, Dermot Mulroney, Ewan McGregor, Abigail Breslin, Juliette Lewis, Julianne Nicolson, Benedict Cumerbatch. 7 p.m. Oct. 25 at The Hill School.

“One Chance” based on the true story of Paul Potts, a contestant on “Britain’s Got Talent.” 2:30 p.m. Oct. 25 at Salamander Resort & Inn and 7 p.m. Oct. 26.

“Comedy Warriors – Healing through Humor,” a documentary following five wounded Iraq/Afghanistan veterans who heal through the power of comedy. 4:15 p.m. Oct. 25 at the Sporting Library and 7:15 p.m. Oct. 26 at the Middleburg Community Center.

“Lost for Life,” the story of children serving life-without-parole sentences. Noon Oct. 26 and 9:30 a.m. Oct. 27 at the Sporting Library.

Special screenings:

“The Gettysburg Story.” Narrated by Stephen Lang and directed by Jake Boritt, the historic battleground comes alive through cutting edge technology and innovative imagery. Free tickets available on first-come, first-serve basis. 10:30 a.m. Oct. 25 at Middleburg Community Center.

“Harvest of Empire,” a documentary that exposes the direct connection between the long history of U.S. intervention in Latin America and the immigration crisis we face today. 2 p.m. Oct. 26 at The Sporting Library.

“Journey to Italy.” Starring Ingrid Bergman and George Sanders, the film was originally released in 1954. Now digitally restored, the film examines the breakdown of the troubled marriage of a wealthy and sophisticated English couple as they travel to Naples, Italy to sell a deceased uncle's villa. 9 a.m. Oct. 26 at The Hill School.

“Lee Daniels' The Butler.” Academy Award nominated director Lee Daniels’ (Precious) epic drama tells the story of fictional White House butler Cecil Gaines (Forest Whitaker), who serves during seven presidential administrations between 1957 and 1986. 1:15 p.m. Oct. 27 at The Hill School.

For a complete slate of films, listings and screening times, event schedule, FAQs and to order tickets visit http://www.middleburgfilmfestival.com.


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