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Tippi Hedren will participate in post-screening discussion of 'The Birds' at Virginia Film Festival

August 21, 2013


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Film fans can flock to the Virginia Film Festival to hear star Tippi Hedren take part in a post-screening discusison of "The Birds" on Nov. 8.

Hedren, who made her film debut in Alfred Hitchcock's classic 1963 thriller, played a young socialite whose plans to visit her love interest are ruined by an ominous gathering of birds, which begin attacking people without warning. Hedren later starred in Hitchcock's film "Marnie."

"Tippi Hedren is a fascinating actress who will offer audiences unmatched insight into one of the most terrifying films and iconic directors in Hollywood history," Jody Kielbasa said in a news release. "We are delighted she will be joining us this year and look forward to giving our audiences a chance to hear from her."

Kielbasa, the festival's director, also serves as vice provost for the arts at the University of Virginia.

The film festival, which is set for Nov. 7 to 10 in a variety of Charlottesville locations, also announced changes to the format of its popular Family Day events. This year's Family Day, set for Nov. 9, will be at the new Betsy and John Casteen Arts Grounds at UVa. Helping to create a comprehensive collection of film-related arts experience will be representatives of the UVa Department of Drama, the Charlottesville and University Symphony Orchestra, the School of Architecture, the Fralin Museum of Art and the Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection.

Films by local elementary and middle school students in the Young Filmmakers Academy also will be shown.

In previous years, Family Day festivities took place on Charlottesville's Downtown Mall.

The festival's full program announcement is scheduled for Oct. 8. To keep up with developments until then, visit


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