Altar Identity Studios, a subsidiary of Media Society, a members-only community that enables high-net-worth individuals to utilize a managed-risk strategy to participate in diversified slates of independent films, announced today that its film "Big Stone Gap" starring Ashley Judd, Patrick Wilson and Whoopi Goldberg, would be premiering as the Opening Night Film at the 27th Virginia Film Festival on November 6 in Charlottesville.
This year's festival, which runs from November 6-9, will showcase the best in contemporary film, while celebrating cinematic triumphs of the past and exploring timeless themes, with "Big Stone Gap" selected to open the festival followed by a diverse lineup of more than 100 films including "Foxcatcher" starring Steve Carell and Channing Tatum, "The Imitation Game" starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira Knightley and "Wild" starring Reese Witherspoon, Gaby Hoffmann and Laura Dern.
Altar Identity Studios financed the feature film "Big Stone Gap," produced by Donna Gigliotti, Academy Award® winner for "Shakespeare in Love." The film, written and directed by Adriana Trigiani, based on her bestselling novel follows the success of Altar Identity Studios' Broadway Production of "First Date" now being licensed globally by Rodgers and Hammerstein. "First Date" will premiere in Japan in November.
Donna Gigliotti said, "This is a wonderful movie with a talented cast of actors and directed by Adriana Trigiani who showed such deep care for her story and her surroundings. I am pleased to have partnered with Media Society and Altar Identity Studios on 'Big Stone Gap' and I look forward to producing more films together."
The Virginia Film Festival, presented by the University of Virginia, will have a stellar lineup of special guests highlighted by Hal Holbrook, Jenna Elfman, Frank Langella, Patrick Wilson, Barry Levinson, Katie Couric, Richard Roundtree, and Jasmine Guy. Since its inaugural year in 1988, the Virginia Film Festival has honored the most celebrated names in film including Jimmy Stewart, Gregory Peck, Sidney Poitier, Gena Rowlands, Anthony Hopkins, Morgan Freeman, Sigourney Weaver, Robert Duvall, Sandra Bullock, Matthew Broderick, and Oliver Stone.