The Washington Post is returning as the founding media sponsor of the 2019 Middleburg Film Festival Oct. 17-20 in Middleburg, Virginia. Over the course of four days, guests can attend screenings of a curated selection of narrative and documentary films followed by panel discussions with world-renowned filmmakers, actors and other special guests. The featured films include festival favorites, first-class foreign films and Academy Award contenders.

The Washington Post Press Freedom Partnership, a public service initiative that aims to highlight organizations working to promote press freedom worldwide, will host special screenings of the films, “The Hoy Boys” and “This If Not a Movie” on Oct. 19 and Oct. 20.

Washington Post journalists will lead the following post-film screening discussions:


· Summary: Featuring a stellar cast, WAVES traces the emotional journey of an affluent African-American family living in suburban South Florida, led by a well-intentioned but domineering father, Ronald Williams (Sterling K. Brown, This is Us) as they navigate love, forgiveness, and coming together in the aftermath of a devastating tragedy.

· Director Trey Edward Shults and actors Sterling K. Brown and Kelvin Harrison Jr. in conversation with Post Fine Arts Director Janice Page.

· Date/time: Saturday, Oct. 19 at 8 p.m.

· Location: The Hill School; Middleburg, VA

“DC Noir”

· Summary: DC NOIR is a crime series set and filmed entirely in Washington, D.C., based on the short stories of acclaimed novelist and television producer/screenwriter George Pelecanos (HBO’s The Wire, The Deuce). Four distinct stories are set in various locations around the DC, and follow an array of characters living and struggling on the fringes of society.

· Novelist and television producer/screenwriter George Pelecanos in conversation with Post Local Columnist John Kelly

· Date/time: Saturday, Oct. 19 at 8 p.m.

· Location: The Sporting Club; Middleburg, VA

“The Hoy Boys” presented by The Washington Post Press Freedom Partnership.

· Summary: In 1953, working class twin brothers Tom and Frank Hoy, fresh out of high school, managed to hustle up newspaper copyboy jobs – and they never looked back. Clearly in the right place at the right time, the brothers went on to become White House News Photographers for two major Washington DC newspapers. Frank shot pictures for The Washington Post, and Tom did the same for The Evening Star, the leading papers in the Nation’s Capital in the 1950s, where they were affectionately known among their colleagues as “The Hoy Boys.” Newspapers were the primary sources of news and information. It was the golden age for American photojournalism, and The Hoy Boy’s photos were viewed daily by hundreds of thousands of readers. Interviews include former newspaper staffers Carl Bernstein, Warren Hoge, Rupert Welch, Jack Sherwood, and Arnold Taylor. But the real stars of The Hoy Boys are the photographs themselves.

· Director David Simonds, retired Evening Star reporter Rupert Welsh and Betsy Hoy Shiverick, daughter of Tom Hoy in conversation with Post Senior Editor Marc Fisher

· Date/time: Saturday, Oct. 19 at 10 a.m.

· Location: The Sporting Library; Middleburg, VA

“This Is Not a Movie” presented by The Washington Post Press Freedom Partnership.

· Summary: For more than 40 years, journalist Robert Fisk has reported on some of the most violent and divisive conflicts in the world. Director Yung Chang (Up the Yangtze) captures Fisk in action—feet on the ground, notebook in hand, as he travels into landscapes devastated by war, ferreting out the facts and firing reports back home to reach an audience of millions. The process of translating raw experience into incisive and passionate dispatches requires the determination to see things first-hand and the tenacity to say what others won’t. In his relentless pursuit of the facts, Fisk has attracted his share of controversy. But in spite of the danger, he has continued to cover stories as they unfold, talking directly to the people involved. In an era of fake news, when journalists are dubbed “the enemies of the people,” Fisk’s resolve to document reality and speak the truth has become even more urgent.

· Director Yung Chang in conversation with Post On-Air Reporter Libby Casey

· Date/time: Saturday, Oct. 19 at 12:15 p.m.

· Location: The Sporting Library; Middleburg, VA

The Post’s Film Critic Ann Hornaday will also lead a discussions with “Harriet” Director Kasi Lemmons in The Sporting Library Oct. 19 at 8:30 a.m. and with “The Irishman” Cinamatographer Rodrigo Prieto Oct. 20 at 5 p.m. in The Sporting Library.

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