Peter Bogdanovich has taken on many roles as a director, actor, producer, film historian and writer over the years. His latest role will be as a Virginia Film Festival Fellow.
A new season for the 23rd Virginia Film Festival got rolling Monday with the unveiling of the festival’s new logo at the Paramount Theater and the announcement that Bogdanovich will participate.
This year’s festival will take place Nov. 4 to 7 at locations around town, and the program will be announced Oct. 5. Tickets will go on sale Oct. 8.
Virginia Film Festival Director Jody Kielbasa said Monday that this year’s festival will focus mainly on “the best of current and contemporary cinema” and less on classic films. No longer bound by annual themes, organizers have more flexibility for following creative ideas, “reaching out to the community at large” and expanding the idea of what the festival can be, he said.
Bogdanovich, known for directing “The Last Picture Show,” “Mask,” “What’s Up, Doc?” and “Paper Moon,” is the author of 12 books, including “Who the Devil Made It: Conversations With Legendary Film Directors,” a bestseller that included interviews with Alfred Hitchcock, Fritz Lang, Howard Hawks and George Cukor.
Bogdanovich’s “Last Picture Show” picked up eight Academy Award nominations, and actors Cloris Leachman and Ben Johnson won Oscars. Tatum O’Neal, then 9, took home a best-supporting-actress statuette for his “Paper Moon.” His other films include “Daisy Miller” and “The Cat’s Meow.”
While in Charlottesville, Bogdanovich, the third film industry insider to serve as fellow for the festival, will lead film lectures for University of Virginia students and will take part in a screening and question-and-answer session with a leading film critic.