The Virginia Film Festival runs Nov. 5 to 8, 2009. This year, several alumni will bring their films to Charlottesville.

Alumni whose films will appear in the festival are as follows, listed in order of graduation date:

1.

Matthew Broderick (right) with Wonderful World co-star Sanaa Lathan

Glenn Williamson (Col ’85), produced Wonderful World

What’s it about? Matthew Broderick plays a misanthropic divorcée—failed children’s folk singer, compulsive marijuana smoker and less-than-extraordinary weekend dad—who finds love despite all his efforts against it.

Screening: Sunday, Nov. 8 at 5:30 pm at Culbreth. Closing night gala screening. Matthew Broderick will be attending the festival.

2.

Samuel L. Jackson and Naomi Watts in a scene from Mother and Child

Julie Lynn (Col ’88), produced Mother and Child

What’s it about? This drama, starring Naomi Watts, Annette Bening and Kerry Washington, centers on three women: A 50-year-old woman, the daughter she gave up for adoption 35 years ago and an African American woman who wants to adopt a child of her own.

Screening: Saturday, Nov. 7 at 7:30 pm at Paramount. Centerpiece screening. See producer Julie Lynn, actress Cherry Jones and director Rodrigo Garcia present and discuss the film.

3.

Mike Million (Col ’93), directed Tenure

What’s it about?Luke Wilson plays a beleaguered college professor who competes for tenure against an impressive new hire from Yale played by Gretchen Mol. David Koechner plays a professor in the anthropology department who tries to convince him to sabotage her.

Screenings: Thursday, Nov. 5 at 10:00 pm at Culbreth & Friday, Nov. 6 at 5:00 pm at Newcomb. Director Mike Million and producer Brendan McDonald will present the film and hold a Q&A.

4.

Terence Berry (Col ’94), produced That Evening Sun

What’s it about?Adapted from a William Gay short story, an aging Tennessee farmer returns to his homestead and must confront a family betrayal, the reappearance of an old enemy and the loss of his farm.

Screening: Saturday, Nov. 7 at 7:00 pm at Regal 3 Downtown Mall.

5.

Sagar Salunke has the titular role in Kavi

Gregg Helvey (Col ’01), directed Kavi

What’s it about?This dramatic short is about a young boy who wants to escape from the brick kiln where he is forced to work as a modern-day slave. This lushly visual film, shot in India, won acclaim at the Student Academy Awards.

Screening: Sunday, Nov. 8 at 4:00 pm at Newcomb.