Seen through nostalgic eyes, everything about the past was better. The world made more sense then; they were innocent times. Doesn’t matter that those assumptions are always off the mark – if you believe something is true, well, it makes it easier to fool yourself.
Shakespeare’s King Lear is a monumental play. But one major obstacle to mounting a good production of Lear is to have an actor that is believable as an older man, but who still has the stamina to last through a three-hour show night after night. There have been attempts to use younger actors – Olivier for example played the role in his twenties, but said he didn’t understand it until his seventies.
Little Shop of Horrors started out life as a largely improvised film shot over a two-day period when director Roger Corman found he had two days’ rental left on a set and enough actors to make a quick flick. If you are unfamiliar with Corman, he was an amazing filmmaker who relied heavily on hungry actors on their way up, and desperate actors trying to hold on.
When you think about stencil art, what comes to mind? Some people may think about plastic pre-cut designs available for purchase at any local arts and crafts store, used to paint patterns on walls or unfinished wooden boxes. Others may think about stencil art in an urban sense, as in street designs (graffiti to some) spray painted onto city exteriors.
The Richmond International Film Festival (RIFF) is a great opportunity to highlight local, national and (of course) international talent in our city. From world premieres to Cannes Festival favorites, Heather Waters, Founder and Producer of RIFF brings together a diverse array of films for Richmonders to enjoy. Below are a few films and events this weekend that sparked our interest!