From the news release:
“AfterShak,” a new documentary that follows the VCU basketball team through their first season without beloved coach Shaka Smart, will screen this Friday, May 13, as part of the VCU Film Senior Show.
Director and graduating senior Teddy Leinbach says, “I knew when Shaka left, there was a film in the making. The people of Richmond would either be left crying for his return or completely moving past the Shakaera.”
After developing the idea for “AfterShak” in July 2015, Leinbach began production in September. The 27minute film includes behindthescenes footage from games, interviews with Wade and individual players, and interviews with local fans as they cheer the team to victory over Richmond.
Leinbach’s previous films have focused on sports while exploring themes of family, emotional spikes, and the analytical vs. the conceptual. His 2014 mockumentary “Ball City” screened at the highly regarded Cucalorus Film Festival in Wilmington, NC.
Leinbach says he hopes “AfterShak” will reveal for viewers the team’s strong sense of family. “After Shaka left, the team felt abandoned,” Leinbach explains, “Players looked up to him, even going so far as to call him a father figure. Will Wade took over the job, understanding the brotherhood within the team and knowing the importance of gaining trust with the players and the VCU community.”
After the screening this Friday, Leinbach will submit “AfterShak” to film festivals, and he will eventually make it available online.
“AfterShak” will be the last of 10 films to screen at the VCU Film Senior Show. Tickets are free, and the event takes place at Byrd Theatre, in Richmond, at 2 PM.
The trailer can be seen below.
Photos: Preview of Dominion Energy GardenFest of Lights at Lewis Ginter
November 23rd is when you can check out the lights at Lewis Ginter but last night we were lucky enough to get a sneak peek.
InLight 2020: Safety and Accountability will be Spread About the City
The exhibition of contemporary light-based artworks, will take place November 12 – 15, 2020 at sites across Richmond.
Usually, the 1708 Gallery’s 13th annual InLight is held in one location allowing the various exhibits to be within easy walking distance from each other. This year the theme of Safety and Accountability hints to a new setup for InLight. The exhibition of contemporary light-based artworks, will take place November 12 – 15, 2020 at sites across Richmond and will address the paired themes of Safety and Accountability. Learn more.
Afrikana Independent Film Festival; Amy Smith; The Anderson; Barry O’Keefe; Black Matter Productions; Caitlin & Misha; Calvin Brown; Carl Patow; Christine Wyatt & Amena Durant; Dustin Klein, Alex Criqui, Miguel Carter-Fisher, & Josh Zarambo; The Kinfolk Effect; LaRissa Rogers; Mariana Parisca & Sandy Williams IV; New Negress Film Society; Performing Statistics; Stephanie J. Woods; Victor Haskins & ImproviStory
You can check out the interactive map here. Of the 18 exhibits only one is on the southside of Richmond and it’s only on Friday night.
Photos: Maymont Garden Glow
We escaped the election for a few hours last night and wandered around Maymont’s Garden Glow. Garden Glow turns off the lights this weekend so get your ticket now.
Maymont Garden Glow runs through Sunday, November 7th. The fee is $12 and if you take your time takes about 45-60 minutes. It does feel relatively small but still very much worth the trip. The most popular spots were the creatures and plants made with light near the Italian Garden and the music maker (near the mansion), in which you step on panel and are rewarded with sounds and light changing.
Brighten your autumn nights on a wondrous light-filled journey through Maymont, in a NEW LOCATION this year showcasing the historic architecture and gardens around Maymont Mansion. The scenery will shine with dramatic light displays for an enchanting experience to delight guests of all ages. Marvel at the breathtaking illuminations of the Italian Garden and other landscapes, admire colorful sparkles and shimmers in the splashing fountain, and stroll among historic estate buildings and the nationally treasured arboretum that stand aglow. The event also will include food trucks (see schedule), the Glow Bar and Glow Shop on the Carriage House Lawn. Proceeds benefit Maymont; no refunds. For information, call 804-358-7166, ext. 322.