Grab your tickets now for the Loudoun Arts Film Festival, Sept. 10-14 and Sept. 17-19.
The fest offers both virtual screenings and drive-in shows over two weekends in a gorgeous setting at 50 West Vineyards near Middleburg.
The festival’s opening night on Thursday, Sept. 10 features drive-in a screening of Lanie Zipoy’s “The Subject,” which follows a successful white documentary filmmaker as he deals with the fallout from his last film, which caught the murder of a Black teen on tape. While he shoots a new documentary series for a major network, someone films his every move, threatening his idyllic life. Opening night also features Guy Nattiv’s Oscar-winning short film “Skin.”
LAFF’s closing night on Saturday, Sept. 19 features Andrew Fried’s “We Are Freestyle Love Supreme” which follows “Hamilton” creator Lin-Manuel Miranda’s improvisational hip-hop group Freestyle Love Supreme from its early days in 2005 to a triumphant reunion in 2019.
In between, the festival offers dozens of impressive titles at drive-in screenings. Thursday, Sept. 17 is Virginia Night at the fest, featuring top regional and local films. “A Savage Nature” is a thriller about Beth Walker, a lonely waitress desperate to escape her small Virginia town and repair her troubled marriage to Pete, her Afghanistan vet husband.
Fans can also access virtual screenings of features and short film blocks, with each film or block available for online pre-order for $12. Tickets for drive-in screenings are $50 per night.
Drive-in events include live music every night before the screenings from favorite acts including Maggie Miles, Henry Conlon, Jason Masi, The Thistle Brothers, The Willie White Band, The Frayed Knots, Chris Timbers, Viqui Brown Sherman Dill & Jamie and Airmont Road. Attendees may also check out work from local artists at the winery and grab a bite from local food trucks on site.
The film festival is the brainchild of Loudoun artist Kaeley Boyle and local filmmaker and writer Owen Palmiotti. It’s sponsored by the Loudoun Arts Council, 50 West Vineyards and Leesburg-based Artistic Fuel.
For ticket and information including a complete schedule, go to loudounartsfilmfestival.com.