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NORFOLK - "Reel Politics" is the theme of the second annual Old Dominion University / City of Norfolk (ONFilm) Festival, coming to the ODU campus and city venues March 29 through April 5.

The festival offers a full week of free daily screenings and social events, along with panels, lectures and discussion with directors, actors and Virginia political leaders. It will conclude with the presentation of the ONFilm Festival Lifetime Achievement Award to actor, director, producer and U.N. Goodwill Ambassador Danny Glover.

Each day of the festival will feature the screening of films that fall into a particular category, from Cold War politics to the politics of gender, with nationally recognized actors, directors, producers and scholars engaging in discussion with audience members. For tickets and complete information about the 2008 ONFilm Festival, visit www.odu.edu/ONFilmFest.

Festival Highlights

State Sen. John Miller will join panelists Bert Schmidt of WHRO, Tom Robotham of Port Folio Weekly and Fred Schecker of Hampton Roads.com to kick things off Tuesday, March 25, with a pre-festival discussion of "Film/Media, Power and Change: Film and Video's Role in Enabling an Engaged Citizenry." ODU's Jeff Jones will serve as moderator.

Acclaimed actress and youth advocate Mia Farrow, who will be on campus Thursday evening, March 27, to give a President's Lecture Series address on Darfur, is scheduled to take part in a pre-festival event for donors and sponsors.

Honoring Mayor Fraim, Mr. Randy Wright and all members of the Norfolk City Council, Saturday, March 29, the 2008 ONFilmFest opens with a screening of "All the President's Men." Actor Robert Walden, who played Donald Segretti, will be on hand to discuss the film with audience members.

Former congressman G. William Whitehurst, ODU's Kaufman Lecturer in Public Affairs, will host a screening of the Jimmy Stewart film "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington" on Monday, March 31, at the first ONFilm Classics Night.

ODU students will have an opportunity to speak their political peace and register to vote at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 1, as part of the first "Open Mic Patriot's Protest." Paul Shugrue, the host of "Out of the Box" on WHRV-FM, will provide music for the event, which will take place on the steps of Webb Center.

The three winning films of the second annual Stephen E. Konikoff Student Filmmakers Award contest will be screened following award presentations on Friday, April 4.

LUNAFEST, a national traveling festival featuring short films for, by and about women that raises money for the Breast Cancer Fund and local nonprofit organizations, will present films on Friday evening, April 4.

In cooperation with the Hampton Roads Film Office and the Virginia Production Alliance, Hampton Roads chapter, the ONFilm Festival will stage its second annual Career Day Expo on Saturday, April 5. Among the day's events will be a panel discussion on "Film Making in Hampton Roads" that includes W. Jeffery Frizzell, commissioner, Hampton Roads Film Office, and producer/executive producer, 1944 Films; actor Keith Flippen, Virginia Production Alliance Hampton Roads chair and Virginia Actors Forum Hampton Roads chair; Mike Sinclair, president, producer and executive producer, M-2 Pictures; Scott Hansen, president/producer, Scott Hansen Productions; screenwriter/producer David O'Donnell, director of development for New Dominion Pictures; Rob Stephens, president/producer, Legacy Productions, and screenwriter/director, Eleven 22 Productions; and actress Felicia Dames, producer, Dames Media Group.

Danny Glover will accept the festival's Lifetime Achievement Award from WTKR's Barbara Ciara during the closing gala at the Granby Theater on Saturday, April 5. Dance at the ONFILM GALA to music of the Rhythm Kings; celebrate the ONFILMFEST with the actors, directors and Film Fest cast! Hors d'ouvres and cash bar. Private Sponsor/Donor reception from 7-8pm.

For tickets and more information about the 2008 ONFilmFest, visit www.odu.edu/ONFilmFest.

This article was posted on: March 18, 2008

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