Upcoming free events at PVCC

Piedmont Virginia Community College’s Fine Arts and Performance season will continue with two free film events on Friday, Oct. 18. The “Documentary Filmmaking Workshop” with local filmmaker Ty Cooper will be held from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., followed by a screening of the 2019 comedic drama “The Farewell” at 7:30 p.m. Both events are open to the public and will be held in the V. Earl Dickinson Building’s Main Stage Theatre on the college’s Main Campus in Charlottesville.

The “Documentary Filmmaking Workshop” will guide aspiring filmmakers through the process of transforming true stories into compelling documentaries, from developing an initial idea to editing the final cut. Drawing on his experience as a novice filmmaker turned award-winning professional, Cooper will share techniques for everything from funding a project to gathering visual elements that support the narrative while participants gain hands-on experience with the technology that makes it all possible.

“The Farewell,” the October pick for the monthly Free Movie Friday series, follows a family who, upon learning that their matriarch has only a short while left to live, make the decision not to tell her. Instead, they schedule a large family reunion under the ruse of a wedding to celebrate before she dies. Based on writer and director Lulu Wang’s true experiences with her own grandmother, the film is rated PG for thematic material, brief language and some smoking.

Free, general seating tickets to the film will be distributed, one per person, as the doors to the theatre open at 6 p.m. No advance tickets are available.

The V. Earl Dickinson Building is located at the south end of 501 College Drive. For more information, contact the PVCC Box Office at 434.961.5376 or boxoffice@pvcc.edu.

A full list of PVCC’s Fine Arts and Performance events is available online at www.pvcc.edu/performingarts.