Week of October 14, 2013

Week of October 14, 2013
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It’s official! AMC announced that “Turn,” their new series will be shot in Central Virginia November thru Spring. The pilot was shot here a few months ago and they’ve ordered a ten-episode season. It’s based on the nonfiction book “Washington’s Spies: The Story of America’s First Spy Ring” by Alexander Rose and was developed/written by Craig Silverstein (Nikita) and stars Jamie Bell (Billy Elliot, The Adventures of Tintin).

VFO Director Andy Edmunds commented, “Landing an original television series is an important milestone for our industry. Long-term job opportunities for cast, crew and other related businesses will be a major catalyst towards growing a sustainable and thriving production industry in Virginia. AMC simply produces some of the best content in the business, and we are proud to be partnering with them on this outstanding series.” The economic impact of Turn for Virginia is estimated to be $45 million per season.

NOTE: This was first posted on SIFTER Friday. If you were signed up for SIFTER Instant, you got an email then. (Click “Get Sifter in your Inbox”)


Speaking of TURN, crew resumes are now being accepted. Send an email with RESUME in subject line, followed by the department/position. If you can house yourself in the area, add “local”.  At this time there is no information on local casting.


The month got off to a great start on 10/3 when Red Amp Audio, Spang TV and Mad Box Post hosted their friends for food, music to celebrate their 4th anniversary & Spang’s new offices at 9 West Grace. SIFTER’s camera was there…see who else was!


The schedule has been published for this year’s Virginia Film Festival (11/7-10). The opening night screening will be Alexander Payne’s Nebraska” with Will Forte and producer, Ron Yerxa in a post-film discussion.


A locally produced romantic drama/comedy independent film, “Available” will have its world premiere at the Austin IndieFlix Showcase 10/19. It’s also nominated for best feature and best actress (Alexa Yeames) It was shot entirely in the area with an East Coast cast. David Letterman’s ” wife” on “The Late Show” Donna Castellano, is in a major supporting role.


The RVA Environmental Film Festival is seeking entries for its Local (Environmental) Documentary Contest. Top prize is $1,000. For more information.

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