Arts and culture

Open casting calls set for feature film 'Loving'

Jun 17, 2015

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Producers are holding open casting calls for a feature film about the Virginia case that struck down state laws against interracial marriage.

They're looking for residents of all ages and ethnicities for speaking and nonspeaking roles in "Loving." Producers are also seeking experienced bricklayers, blue-collar workers, business people, teachers, drag race hobbyists and period car mechanics.

Virginia Film Office sponsors screenwriting competition

May 14, 2015

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The Virginia Film Office is sponsoring the Virginia Screenwriting Competition.

The competition is intended to provide Virginia screenwriters with a forum for their work and an opportunity to present their scripts to professional members of the motion picture and television industry.

Film festival opening in Hagerstown, Md.

Mar 26, 2015

HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) — A film festival in Hagerstown is growing.

The city's fourth annual Maryland International Film Festival opens Thursday night for a three-day run. More than 70 films will shown at venues that include the downtown library for the first time. Three theaters are also showing movies.

Organizers are honoring local writer Nora Roberts, the author of more than 40 New York Times best-sellers.

Eleven of Roberts' books have been turned into films.

New play pays homage to the women in Edgar Allan Poe's life

Mar 20, 2015

BALTIMORE (AP) — A new theater performance will focus on writer Edgar Allan Poe's relationship with the women in his life.

The production, entitled "Mesmeric Revelations! Of Edgar Allan Poe" will explore Poe's relationship with his mother Eliza and his wife Virginia, as well as other women, some real and some drawn from Poe's work. The show will envision how those women would have developed had they lived beyond their deaths.

Comptroller, governor and first lady to recognize artists

Feb 27, 2015

ARNOLD, Md. (AP) — Comptroller Peter Franchot is presenting awards to honor artists.

He will be joined Friday by Gov. Larry Hogan and first lady Yumi Hogan, an artist and longtime arts advocate. The award program recognizes young artists who have displayed extraordinary artistic skills and vision for Maryland's future.

The program began last year to celebrate students' achievements through the arts and to showcase the creative talents of students from kindergarten to 12th grade.

Their work is showcased for two months in the comptroller's office in Annapolis.