Williamsburg Film Festival

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Get ready to pop the popcorn and feel the nostalgia of black and white because Hollywood’s most iconic stars are making their way back to the big screen. The Williamsburg Film Festival, celebrating its 15th year, welcomes fans of classic movies and television shows on March 9–12. “People that come to our festival are real movie fans and feel that they actually grew up with these stars,” says Bill Sasser, president of the Williamsburg FilmFestival.

Ann Rutherford and Mickey Kuhn, from the Civil War drama Gone with the Wind, are this year’s featured actors. Fans will have the opportunity to meet the stars, who will interact with them and pose for photos.

The festival officially kicks off on Wednesday, March 9 at 2 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Patriot Convention Center in Colonial Williamsburg. Guest stars will be appearing on Thursday, Friday and Saturday for one-on-one interviews and panel sessions.

If you want to feel more connected to the characters on the screen, check out the dealer room, which showcases memorabilia for purchase from some of the best films and shows ever made. The viewing room allows movie buffs to live out the adventures of the Old West through films starring cowboy heroes such as the Durango Kid, Wild Bill Elliott and Roy Rogers. Music will be provided by Blue River Bluegrass Band and the Virginia Rounders, starring former NFL star Ed Beard on Thursday and Friday evenings.

Each year the film festival closes out with a bang featuring a Saturday Night Dinner Show with live entertainment, and this year will be no different. Sasser promises that it will be a night to remember with a concert by Johnny Western, the author of several Western songs including the Have Gun—Will Travel theme song. He has also worked with famous stars such as Gene Autry, Johnny Cash and Roy Rogers.

Tickets for the Williamsburg Film Festival will be available on March 9 at 1 p.m. for $20 for daily admission and $55 per person for a three-day pass. For more information, visit www.williamsburgfilmfestival.org or call 757-482-2490

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