St. Charles String Quartet
Based in Maryland, the St. Charles String Quartet was founded in 2004 by Neil Puzon and Gabe Soloff as an opportunity to read chamber music. Since then, the quartet has evolved and performs several times a week for outreach programs, weddings, corporate receptions, and concerts. The quartet will provide live musical accompaniment to Jamestown on Friday.
Morgan Dean is a film critic and the co-anchor for Good Morning Richmond on WRIC-TV8. A graduate of Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Dean hosted a film review show Reel to Reel while in college. He is currently a member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association and serves as the film critic for Channel 8 News.
Morgan will moderate Jamestown on Friday night.
Trent Nicholas is the Film and Media Resources Coordinator at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. He will participate in the discussion panel following Jamestown on Friday night.
Clayton Brooks is a specialist in Mary Johnston’s work and wrote Johnston’s entry in the Encyclopedia Virginia. She will participate in the discussion panel following Jamestown on Friday night.
Jim Stramel is a filmmaker who lives in Richmond, Virginia. Director of the films Thrillbillies and Degenerates Ink, his work reflects the moonshine, grindhouse tradition. Stramel has also made several music videos and is currently working on a sequel to Degenerates Ink.
Jim will introduce Thunder Road on Saturday.
Rita McClenney, Shelley Illmensee, John Witt, and Nicholas Angelo Batten
Rita McClenney is President and CEO of Virginia Tourism Corporation and consultant on the film Lincoln. Shelley Illmensee is a freelance makeup artist who worked in the makeup department for the film. John Witt is the editor of the Richmond Times-Dispatch and was an extra on the film. Nicholas Angelo Batten was also an extra on the film.
After The Making of “Lincoln” on Saturday, Rita, Shelley, John, and Nick will comprise a post-viewing panel to discuss their experiences making the film.
Peter Wallenstein is a history professor at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. His research interests include the America South, civil rights, and desegregation. His most recent book is Tell the Court I Love My Wife: Race, Marriage, and Law—An American History. He is currently working on another book on the Lovings.
Peter will moderate The Loving Story on Saturday.
Daphne Maxwell-Reid is an actress and the co-owner of New Millennium Studios in Petersburg, Virginia with her husband Tim. Best known for her role as Aunt Vivian on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Mawell-Reid has appeared in numerous television programs and films. She serves on the Board of Visitors at Virginia State University and is the host of Virginia Currents on WCVE.
Daphne will introduce Stormy Weather on Saturday.