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WHAT: Virginia premiere of RETURN TO NUKE ‘EM HIGH: VOL. 1, introduced by director and Troma Films founder Lloyd Kaufman,
WHEN: Saturday, May 31, 2014 1:00 p.m.
WHERE: The Byrd Theatre, 2908 W. Cary Street, Richmond.

Warning: This film is for adults, but not necessarily for grown-ups.

Lloyd Kaufman’s RETURN TO NUKE ‘EM HIGH: VOL. 1 is a hilarious and thoughtful sci-fi “Event Film” with theme ripped straight from today’s headlines: the contamination and degradation of the world’s food supply, rampant bullying, and LGBTQ love triumphing over prejudice and violence. The film, a revisiting of Troma’s 1986 CLASS OF NUKE ‘EM HIGH, is in the same vein as other classics such as CLASS OF 1984, ROCK ‘N’ ROLL HIGH SCHOOL, and CARRIE, but seen through the unique vision of Lloyd Kaufman and the Troma Team. Welcome to Tromaville High School where, unfortunately, the glee club has mutated into a vicious gang of Cretins. Chrissy and Lauren, two innocent lesbian lovers, must fight not only the Cretins, mutants and monsters, but also the evil Tromorganic Foodstuffs Conglomerate. Can they and Kevin the Wonder Duck save Tromaville High School and the world?

For information: michele.e.lombardi@gmail.com
Learn more about the film: http://return2nukeemhigh.com/movie/
Purchase Tickets: https://www.facebook.com/events/728379017214028
NUKE ‘ EM HIGH Screening Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/728379017214028

Presented by the Richmond District of the Virginia Production Alliance.

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#VAFILM GENERAL ASSEMBLY NEWS! We made it though cross-over yesterday and I wanted to take a moment to give you a quick briefing. The House agreed to $25 million in tax credits with no funds in a grant form. The grant is normally done through a Governor’s budget item called GMPOF. The Senate agreed to a $7.75 million grant solely through GMPOF with no tax credits whatsoever. GMPOF had the $7.75 million line item included in the Governor’s budget that was submitted last year by Bob McDonnell. An interesting legislative dilemma now exists and that is how to reconcile the two approaches.

It is important to us to have a blend of these two funding mechanisms so we can market to all types of filmmakers. The larger studios like credits and the grants work better for larger independent producers and resident industry filmmakers. It is very important to the VPA that resident producers are included in this program. We are talking to the legislators now about how to handle these two approaches. The good news is both the House and Senate are supporters. They just have different ideas on how to get there. This is actually a good problem to have!!!

You may help by calling or e-mailing your legislators and voicing your support for HB-460. Need information? Go to http://conview.state.va.us/whosmy.nsf/VGAMain?openform. If you want to be more impactful, talk to the budget conferees and tell them why this is important to you. Contact me for conferee names and further information.

We could not have done this without your support and the help of our very able VPA lobbyists; Josh Meyers and May Fox from Eckert Seamans. We have an outstanding team assembled with VPA, Eckert Seamans and AMC/ Troutman Sanders all working on our future. Mike Woods and Clark Lewis from Troutman Sanders represent AMC and with their expertise added to our team it is making a huge difference. We have never enjoyed this level of lobbying support. The work that the VPA and Josh Meyers did in the off session times is also playing an important role today. The legislators knew our story before the whirlwind session even began. That is very helpful. When you add all of your various legislator calls and conversations during the year with the advocate team currently in place it becomes an impressive and effective initiative.

Please call me if you have questions. I will update you further as we progress in the next few weeks. Session ends in early March so things will move quickly now.

Sincerely,
Terry L. Stroud
terry.stroud @lobe.com
804-344-5623

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FILM DAY AT THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY
Tuesday, January 28.  8 am – noon. 

Every year the Virginia Production Alliance sponsors Film Day at the General Assembly, a popular and successful event that has been instrumental in our ability to get legislation that benefits our industry.  This is our best opportunity to get involved in the legislative process and to educate Virginia lawmakers about the value of film production to the state.  The Alliance will have a display table set up in the lobby of the General Assembly building, which houses the offices and meeting rooms for the Virginia Senate and House of Representatives.  That day we provide everyone with coffee, Krispy Kremes, popcorn and information about the important role we play in Virginia’s economy.   As you can imagine, it’s become a highly popular yearly event at the General Assembly Building.

Everyone who comes will have the opportunity to speak directly to lawmakers or their staff about how important film and television production is for Virginia.  You don’t need any special skills for this – you just need to be ready to tell your story in your own words.   Personal stories are the most effective lobbying tool that we have.  If you’ve never done this before and are nervous about trying — VPA members will be on hand to show you what to do.  OR, if you have experience with this kind of thing – you can help by showing others the ropes.   Please come knowing who your lawmakers are. You can find that out on the Virginia General Assembly Website’s tool, “Who’s my Legislator” which you can access  here.
 
Film Day is Tuesday, January 28 from 8 am – noon. We will be there all morning, but the earlier you come, the simpler it will be to meet speak with lawmakers.  The General Assembly Building is located at 201 North 9th Street at the corner of 9th and Broad streets in Richmond.  

Parking in downtown Richmond is always a bit tricky.  There is quite a bit of on-street parking near the capitol, but a better idea might be to park in one of the area parking lots or garages.    You can find a map of downtown parking facilities here: http://www.ridefinders.com/FrontEnd/Download_Files/Guide_Downloads/Ridefinders_Map.pdf

This is an important year for our work in securing incentive funding for film, television and commercial projects in Virginia.  Please join your colleagues and friends at the General Assembly on Tuesday, January 28. If you need further information, contact VPA Chairman Terry Stroud at terry.stroud@lobe.com.

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On Friday, January 24 from 6:00 – 10:00 p.m., the Virginia Production Alliance will be hosting a 25th anniversary Wrap Party to celebrate the end of 25 remarkable years supporting Virginia’s film community, and to kick off the next 25. The party will be held at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, 200 North Boulevard in Richmond.

As part of the festivities, attendees will be able to attend the VMFA’s outstanding Hollywood Costume exhibit featuring 100 costumes from 60 iconic Hollywood films including The Wizard of Oz, My Fair Lady, Superman, Harry Potter, Fight Club, Matrix, and Brokeback Mountain. The exhibit will only be shown in two American cities and is a must-see for anyone interested in films – either making them or watching them.

The evening will also be an opportunity to pay tribute to a member of Virginia’s film community who has made an outstanding contribution to our industry. Rita McClenny served for 22 years as the director of the Virginia Film Office, during which time our industry saw a period of unparalleled growth and expansion. She has been a tireless advocate and defender of our work and her dedication, perseverance, grace and inspiration make her a true super-star. On this occasion, the Virginia Production Alliance will be honoring Rita and her work by presenting her with the VPA’s inaugural Lifetime Achievement Award.

Join the VPA for an evening of food, drink, music, dancing and fun. Parking is free in the VMFA parking deck, and dress is Hollywood Chic: Black Jeans to Black Tie.

The cost for the Wrap Party and entry into the Hollywood Costume Exhibit is $50 for non-VPA members and $25 for members, who may purchase up to two tickets at that price. To purchase tickets or to join the VPA, visit the new Virginia Production Alliance website at www.virginiaproductionalliance.org.

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Have YOU purchased tickets to the 25th Anniversary VPA Wrap Party yet? This event is not-to-be-missed, as we’ll be honoring former Film Commission Director Rita McClenny with a Lifetime Achievement Award. So mark your calendars for Friday, January 24, 6:00 – 10:00 p.m. at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. Tickets MUST be purchased IN ADVANCE! Get yours here —-> http://bit.ly/vpawrapparty

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It’s a brand new year, and the Virginia Production Alliance has a brand new website!

It has information on nearly everything about the Alliance and Virginia’s film community. You can find out about VPA Membership, the VPA listserve, upcoming events, advocacy, production resources, crew or incentives. OR visit the VPA screening room or the Virginia Film Office hotline.

Don’t wait – check it out today at: http://virginiaproductionalliance.org 

Please note that the former website address, filmva.com will be phased out, so please replace it with the new web address.

To send out notices to the VPA list serve please use the new list serve e-mail address:

vpa_forum@lists.virginiaproductionalliance.org

Please remove the old list serve e-mail address from you autofill, systems or contacts as, vpa_forum@lists.filmva.com is no longer valid. 

Happy New Year!!

Anne Chapman
President, Virginia Production Alliance

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The Virginia Production Alliance invites you to our big Wrap Party!

On Friday, January 24, 2014, the Alliance will be throwing a 25th ANNIVERSARY WRAP PARTY at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. 6:00 – 10:00 p.m.

Celebrate the end of 25 fantastic years and the beginning of the next 25! - Enjoy food, drink and excellent company
- Experience the VMFA’s Hollywood Costume exhibit – 100 spectacular costumes from 60 Hollywood films
- Join former Film Office Director Rita McClenny as she receives her lifetime achievement award for more than 20 exceptional years of service to Virginia’s film community.

More information will be coming soon, but we wanted to be the first ones on your calendar for January 24th. Everyone’s invited, so spread the word!
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The deadline for submissions is quickly approaching for the second annual Bethesda Film Fest, March 21-22, 2014. Filmmakers in Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C. are eligible to submit a short documentary film, 5-20 minutes in length. All topics are eligible and films must have been completed within the last two years. Entries must be received by January 3, 2014. Selected filmmakers will be invited to show their documentary at the formal screenings March 21-22 and will receive a $250 honorarium.

Entries will be viewed by the Bethesda Film Fest selection panel, consisting of Cynthia Fuchs, Director of Film & Media Studies at George Mason University; Erica Ginsberg, Executive Director of Docs in Progress. Filmmakers can apply by mailing a completed application and DVD of the documentary to Bethesda Film Festival c/o Bethesda Urban Partnership, 7700 Old Georgetown Road, Bethesda, MD 20814. Entries must be received by January 3, 2014. The application is also available online at http://www.bethesda.org/bethesda/bethesda-film-fest

I greatly appreciate your help spreading the word about this exciting event to your members, colleagues and on social media. Please let me know if you have any questions or if I can provide more information.