2018 Virginia Film Festival Preview: “West Main Street” and “Seats at the Table”

Filmmaker and former WTJU DJ Chris Farina sat down with Lewis Reining to talk about his two films Virginia Film Festival: West Main Street and Seats at the Table.

For more on West Main Street, including ticket information, visit: VirginiaFilmFestival.org

West Main Street in Charlottesville, Virginia, serves as a cultural hub that brings together the community enveloping a short stretch of the city. Captured in the late 80s and early 90s, two local filmmakers examine the community’s past and present by combining archival footage and personal memories. Interviews with people whose lives revolve around this uniquely American setting form the basis of an honest reflection on the effects of a century of modernization on a small town. Despite their differing backgrounds, the residents of West Main Street discover how their lives are linked to the road that physically connects them.

For more on Seats at the Table, including ticket information, visit: VirginiaFilmFestival.org

At the University of Virginia, Andrew Kaufman has taught the acclaimed class Books Behind Bars: Life, Literature, and Leadership since 2010. Each week, students travel to a maximum-security juvenile correctional center to study Russian literature with incarcerated young people. Using the literature of Tolstoy and Dostoyevsky as a prism through which to share the stories of their lives, classmates—both UVA students and correctional center residents—convey their most intimate human experiences. As students break down their preconceptions about one another, they establish meaningful relationships, and are transformed by their discovery of shared humanity in such an unexpected place.

More Recent Posts

  • New Blues & Soul News- 12/18/2018

    New Blues & Soul News – 12/18/2018 Cedric Burnside – Benton County Relic (Single Lock): Veteran North Mississippi bluesman Cedric Burnside offers the hard core North Mississippi blues, a merger between the Hill Country blues as created by his grandfather R.L. Burnside,  Junior Kimbrough, Jessie May Hemphill and Otha Turner and more recently mixed with […]

  • New Jazz Adds – 12/18/2018

    New Jazz Adds – 12/18/2018 Shelly Berg & Jose Serebrier – Gershwin Reimagined: An American In London (Decca Gold): Pianist/arranger/producer and conductor/composer Jose Serebrier have joined forces with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra to give a new expression to the works of George and Ira Gershwin. Berg opens with his trio featuring his piano, Chuck Berghofer […]

  • WTJU Best of 2018: Peter

    Peter hosts Folk & Beyond Thursday afternoon from 4 to 7 (eastern). “There are loads more albums I enjoyed this year, but these releases kept finding their way back to my playlists throughout 2018.  As in past years, I am not including any local acts, as there are far too many which would take up […]

  • WTJU Best of 2018: Emily

    Emily hosts Something New on Wednesday afternoon from 4-7 (eastern). ARTIST (ALBUM) LABEL Fru Skagerrak (Ankerdram) Go Danish Folk Music The Andrew Collins Trio (Groove) Andrew Collins Trio Kieran Kane & Rayna Gellert (The Ledge) Dead Reckoning Ana Egge (White Tiger) StorySound Duck Baker (Les Blues Du Richmond/Demos & Outtakes 1973 – 1979) Tompkins Square Kittel & Co. […]

  • WTJU Best of 2018: David Soyka

    David Soyka hosts Jumpin’ on the Bed Saturday afternoon from 4-6 (eastern). ARTIST/ALBUM/LABEL Marianne Faithful/Negative Capability/BMG Bob Dylan/More Blood, More Tracks/Sony 13 Rivers/Richard Thompson/New West Courtney Marie Andrews/May Your Kindness Remain/Fat Possum Neko Case/Hell On/Anti Chris Smither/Call Me Lucky/Signature Sounds Aaron Kee Tajan/Karma for Cheap/New West Lee Ann Womack/The Lonely, the Lonesome and the Gone/ATO […]

  • WTJU Best of 2018: Steve Kindig (World)

    Steve Kindig co-hosts Beyond Borders, heard Wednesday afternoon from 12-2 (eastern). ARTIST/ALBUM/LABEL Fatoumata Diawara/Fenfo/Shanachie Absolutely my favorite world music release of the year. Mali’s Fatoumata Diawara has crafted an album of original songs that manages to sound both traditional and contemporary, with just the right amount of pop polish. The sound quality is spectacular! Friends […]