Alexandria Film Festival to Honor Veterans

For Immediate Release                         September 17, 2019

Contact:  Gayle Converse, Media Relations, Alexandria Film Festival - 404.989.0534

Alexandria – The story of a mysterious United States Navy helicopter crash off the coast of Virginia will be one of the featured films Veteran’s Day weekend during the 13th annual Alexandria Film Festival (AFF). "Who Killed Lt. Van Dorn? will be part of the festival’s special “Veteran’s Showcase.”  

The AFF offers new films in advance of their arrivals at commercial theaters, streaming services, or television. Now in its 13th year, the festival will present independent film screenings at a variety of popular Alexandria venues, including the AMC Hoffman Center 22 Cinema Complex. More than 50 free and ticketed films from around the world will be premiered screened this year, with numerous premieres. The four-day event is open to all area motion picture enthusiasts.  A selection of films will be featured for family audiences.

Alexandria native and former Saturday Night Live (SNL) actress, filmmaker and director, (and TC Williams graduate) Casey Wilson will arrive for the Alexandria premiere of her film "Daddio.”  Filmmaker Marc Carlini will return to his hometown for the Alexandria screening of his film "She's in Portland.”  Arriving from India, filmmaker Rahul Sharma will screen his short film "The Binoculars.” 

Filmmakers, including Casey Wilson, are available for advance, day-of or post-event media ops.

AFF Chair Margaret Wohler notes, “We are very excited to bring the AFF 2019 festival to historic Alexandria. Please join us November 7-10 for thought-provoking, exciting independent film screenings, dialogue with visiting filmmakers and actors from around the world, chances to meet local film artists, parties, awards, and fun! We hope to meet you, too! Our audiences truly participate in the Alexandria Film Festival – a home-grown event with a global reach! We feature a Family Showcase sponsored by Burke and Herbert Bank, a late-night package of film noir, a program of entertaining short films, and a Veterans' Showcase with cost-free ticketing for military service members. Come "Celebrate Independents" with us at the 13th annual Alexandria Film Festival!”

Other not-to-be-missed films include the star-studded “This Changes Everything,” an investigative look and analysis of gender disparity in Hollywood, featuring commentary by Meryl Streep, Jessica Chastain, Natalie Portman, Cate Blanchett, Zoe Saldana, Geena Davis and other stars of the big screen.

About the Alexandria Film Festival (AFF) -- The Alexandria Film Festival (AFF) brings state-of-the-art independent films to eager viewers in the Nation’s Capital region. The AFF is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization supported by a grant from the Alexandria Commission for the Arts and numerous corporate sponsors including Brandywine Living at Alexandria, Burke and Herbert Bank, Hilton Hotels, Connection Newspapers, Alexandria Hyundai, Ted’s Montana Grill, San Antonio Grill, Glory Days Grill, Wilson Grand Communications and Booka Looka, West End Business Association, and Alexandria Living Magazine, and Alphagraphics.