SATURDAY, OCTOBER 18, 2014
When the Vassar Club of Washington, DC’s annual Book Sale ended in 1999, after more than 50 years of “turning used books into a Vassar education,” the leadership of the Club decided to find another event that would represent Vassar to the local public. After a couple of years, we hit upon the perfect concept: a film festival featuring the work of Vassar students and graduates. Not only does Vassar excel in teaching film, but there are also many well-known Vassar graduates who have gone on to make a name for themselves in the industry – Meryl Streep ‘71, Lisa Kudrow ’85, and Noah Baumbach ’91, to name only a few. Every year since 2005, the Club has sponsored the Vassar FilmFest, which has included all kinds of films with a Vassar connection – from student shorts to documentaries to feature films. As the FilmFest has become better known in the Vassar community around the world, the number of films submitted has grown steadily so that we now receive over 50 films each year for consideration. Vassar students and alumnae/i play all kinds of roles in the making of these films, including writing, directing, acting, designing sets and costumes, and producing. The FilmFest has been held at several different venues over the years, including the Letelier Theater in Georgetown for the past five years, courtesy of the family of Pablo Elliott ’00. The event has had many local supporters, and AAVC and the College’s Development Office have also become big fans, providing critical financial support for accommodations for the filmmakers, and ensuring staff member attendance each year. The tenth anniversary event promises to be excellent! We’ll be returning to the wonderful space at the Goethe-Institut, site of the first FilmFest. This year’s festival will be dedicated to the memory of Julia Cuniberti, class of 1944, a longtime volunteer at the Book Sale and the FilmFest. As in past years, many of the filmmakers will attend, and will participate in a talk-back about their films. In addition, there will be a reception following the last film of the day. The FilmFest Committee is currently reviewing submitted films and preparing the 2014 line-up. One selection has already been made – a documentary by Paula Madison ’74, FINDING SAMUEL LOWE, which explores her family’s search from Toronto to Jamaica to China for a long-lost Chinese grandfather. We ask that you save the date for this very special event and we look forward to welcoming you and to making our tenth anniversary the very best FilmFest yet!
Saturday, October 18, 2014
Noon to 7pm (a reception immediately follows the final film of the day)
812 Seventh Street NW
Washington, DC (Metro at Gallery Place)