As I’ve sadly indicated in earlier articles touching on this subject, Harrisonburg, VA apparently exists in a Black Hole of Film. Heck, we have trouble just getting movies and in all honesty, few of our citizenry can probably distinguish between the two genres: film vs. movie.
Now, I’ve been asked to report on a Harrisonburg-based December 2010 film event: a local film festival, the opening of a new theatre, or a party in celebration of a new release. And, after having documented fairly extensively the dearth of movie-related events in this ‘Burg, it pains me to repeat findings from my previous articles on the subject.
To recap, there are no film festivals scheduled for Harrisonburg, VA in December. Nor, according to the local Daily News Record, is a new theatre opening this month. Lastly, I’ve been unable to unearth any private or public opening day film or movie parties in the area for the remainder of this month. The area colleges and universities are vacant and quiet, Harrisonburg’s First Night Festivities which might have offered this media have been cancelled due to a lack of community interest, and even the generic movie theatre is closed on New Year’s Eve and doesn’t appear to be showing any new film releases between now and the New Year.
Sadly, the only film-related activity I was able to locate will take place during Charlottesville, VA’s First Night Festivities. Not only is this event sixty-three miles away, it will also require a second sixty-three mile navigation home among a higher-than-normal level of individuals who have imbibed during the earlier evening. According to Charlottesville’s First Night webpage, there will be two showings of a “Short Film Showcase” at the Light House Studio at 5:30 PM and 7:15 PM for “local up-and-coming filmmakers [to] showcase their latest work.” The filmmaker’s aren’t identified, nor are the titles of their projects. Charlottesville isn’t remotely close enough to consider as in the area.
As much as I would enjoy seeing these projects and others similar to them, I’m not willing to drive 130+ miles on New Year’s Eve in order to achieve the prerequisites of participation required by this article. Harrisonburg, VA is truly a black hole for movies and films lacking a consistent cultural support system.
The Daily News Record, December 2010