The Alexandria Film Festival wrapped its 13th year with Casey Wilson, a graduate of T.C. Williams High School and former cast member of Saturday Night Live, returning to her hometown to screen her new film “Daddio”. The festival was held from 7 to 10 November.
AFF chair Margaret Wohler said, “The Alexandria Film Festival wrapped its 13th year with a record attendance of more than 1,000 film lovers, warm homecomings for Alexandrian filmmakers Casey Wilson and Marc Carlini, two Veteran’s Showcases, a Mayoral proclamation and a new partnership with NOVA’s film degree program.”
According to the Alexandria Gazette, “Wake,” a movie about a widowed mortician and life-size doll named Pedro, won top honors at the Festival. Directed by Cyrus Mirakhor, the film was awarded Best of Fest by attendees. Other award winners included: “Fruits of Peace” directed by Kevyn Settle – AFF Joe Cantwell Award for Excellence in Documentary Filmmaking; “She’s in Portland” directed by Marc Carlini – AFF Audience Award; “Demand Curve” co-directed by Meredith Bragg and Austin Bragg – Best of the Region Award; and “On the Outside” directed by Paul Gray – Best Foreign Film.”
As per Alexandria Gazette, “The nonprofit festival is supported by a grant from the Alexandria Commission for the Arts and corporate sponsors including Brandywine Living at Alexandria, Burke and Herbert Bank, The Foundry at Carlyle, 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, Alexandria Living Magazine, Visit Alexandria, Alexandria Times and Alphagraphics.”