Published October 9, 2020

The Virginia Film Festival (October 21-25, 2020) is right around the corner and we are thrilled to once again partner with them to support book-related film events (details below) as part of the annual event. Though most screenings and discussions will be virtual this year, there will be select drive-in movie events and the same diverse, engaging, and highly entertaining programming that you have come love from the VAFF.

To explore the Virginia Film Festival’s full schedule of more than 70 virtual events, two drive-in movie locations, conversations with today’s top film artists, and much more, visit

A Conversation on Showtime’s The Good Lord Bird

October 21 through October 25, on demand

Actor, writer, director and four-time Academy Award nominee Ethan Hawke will be joined by award-winning author James McBride for a conversation around The Good Lord Bird, the new Showtime series based on McBride’s book, in which Hawke portrays abolitionist John Brown. The conversation will also include Joshua Caleb Johnson, who co-stars in the series, executive producer and showrunner Mark Richard, and costume designer Amy Andrews Harrell, moderated by William Little (UVA). Introduction by VAFF Advisory Board member Andy Edmunds (Virginia Film Office).

We hope you’ll consider purchasing The Good Lord Bird and other books by James McBride from New Dominion Bookshop or the UVA Bookstore.

Presented by Virginia Film Office; Supported by New Dominion Bookshop, The UVA Bookstore, and the Virginia Festival of the Book

When My Time Comes and Discussion with Diane Rehm

Thursday, October 22, 2020 at 5:30 PM

After the death of her beloved husband John Rehm, Peabody-award winner Diane Rehm began to examine the option of medical aid in dying. After a long battle with Parkinson’s disease, Diane’s late husband sought medical assistance in dying but found it was not a legal option where they lived. Interweaving the Rehms’ experience with those of other patients and families across the U.S. and expert opinion, this documentary feature offers a moving and informative examination of the right to die movement and the facts and the misinformation surrounding this controversial practice. Discussion with director Joe Fab, producer Diane Naughton, and subject Diane Rehm, moderated by Jim Childress to occur live on Thursday, October 22 at 5:30 PM. A private link to register for the live Zoom conversation will be emailed to all passholders and patrons who unlock this event prior to the scheduled conversation.

We hope you’ll consider purchasing When My Time Comes by Diane Rehm from New Dominion Bookshop or the UVA Bookstore.

Supported by New Dominion Bookshop, The UVA Bookstore, and Virginia Festival of the Book; When My Time Comes is part of the Spotlight on Virginia Filmmaking presented by Virginia Film Office

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