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Friday, February 7, 2014
6:30-9 p.m. Secretariat (2010)Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Leslie Cheek Theater Admission: TBA; free for VCU faculty, staff, and students (must present valid ID to pick up tickets) The story of Penny Chenery, played by Diane Lane, who took over the management of her father’s Meadow Ridge Stables in Virginia and brought the racehorse Secretariat to the elusive Triple Crown victory. The film will be presented by Kate Chenery Tweedy, author of Secretariat’s Meadow and daughter of Penny Chenery. Kate also served as a consultant and an extra on the film. A post-film discussion will follow.
Saturday, February 8, 2014
Virginia Historical Society Theater and co-sponsored by the Richmond Flying Squirrels
Written by John Grisham and filmed in Virginia, Harry Connick, Jr. stars in this touching family film about parenting, ethics, and Little League Baseball. Introduction and post-film discussion with Richard and Kathy Verlander, 2008 Little League Parents of the Year and authors of Rocks Across the Pond.
4 p.m. Greased Lightning (1977)
Grace Street Theater
Starring Richard Pryor in this dramatic film about the Danville stock car driver Wendell Scott, the only African-American to win what is now the Sprint Cup Series. Introduction and post-film discussion with William F. Scott, Sr. and Warrick F. Scott, Sr., Scott’s son and grandson, who established the Wendell Scott Foundation to preserve the driver’s legacy. Moderated by Connie Nyholm, CEO/Owner of Virginia International Raceway.
7 p.m. Whip It! (2009)
Grace Street Theater and co-sponsored by Richmond Roller Girls
About a young girl in Texas, played by Ellen Page, whose secret life as rollerderby champion Maggie Mayhem helps her cope with small-town living and a beauty pageant-obsessed mother. Introduction and post-film discussion with Shauna Cross, the author and screenwriter.