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Richmond District

The Richmond District offers opportunities for all of Central Virginia. Our location in the state capital helps facilitate the Alliance’s advocacy efforts.

Richmond and its surroundings have hosted several major film and television productions, such as: Spielberg’s Lincoln, Homeland: Season 7, Jeff Nichols’ Loving, the AMC series TURN: Washington’s Spies, the PBS series Mercy Street, and the HBO mini-series John Adams just to name a few. Because of its history in film, television, commercial, and documentary production, Richmond has developed an experienced crew base along with a community of talented independent filmmakers and film festivals.

Richmond and Petersburg are historic cities, that offer exceptional locations for filming. Located nearby is a historic backlot featuring a farm set, period ships, a wharf area and acres of undeveloped land. Richmond is known for its eclectic architecture, nearby rural areas, and burgeoning culinary scene, among the best in the nation.

Upcoming events

    • 28 Oct 2020
    • 6:00 PM (EDT)
    • 31 Mar 2021
    • 7:00 PM (EDT)

    • 10 Mar 2021
    • 7:00 PM (EST)
    • Virtual - Zoom

    Jai is a writer/director from Richmond, Virginia.  He’s currently a Staff Writer on The CW’s Superman & Lois. His award-winning film, TRI, an action sports drama about Triathlons, led to his selection for the 2016 Shoot Magazine New Director’s Showcase. His recent short film, Slave Cry, was The Commonwealth Award Winner at the 2019 Virginia Film Festival and was recently accepted into the 2021 Pan African Film Festival. 

    His pilot, RVA, about a group of Black millennials growing up in the former Capital of the Confederacy, was selected for the 2017 Episodic Comedy Writers’ Colony in Nantucket.  Another pilot, The American Way, won the WeScreenplay Diverse Voices Competition. 

    Jai has shadowed directors Omar Madha on AMC’s TURN, and Tucker Gates on Showtime’s Homeland. He served as the Showrunner’s Assistant to Reggie Rock Bythewood on the Apple+ Series, Swagger. 

    He has been a Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Fellow and is a graduate of American University’s MFA Film program.

    The Virginia Production Alliance wishes to thank our generous sponsors for their support!

    • 30 Mar 2021
    • 7:00 PM (EDT)
    • Virtual - Zoom

    The Virginia Production Alliance host a panel to discuss self-tapes, headshots, and all things actor-related! We will cover what makes a good headshot (and no it's not a selfie) with Guido Venitucci, and have candid conversations about self-tapes with casting directors Kimberly Graham and Donna McKenna. Join us for a presentation and Q&A. Please submit questions in advance to barb@scene-1.com.

    About our presenters:

    Guido Venitucci is a prominent NYC headshot photographer. He has been taking photographs for more than twenty years. Check our Guido's information HERE.

    Kimberly Graham has been the Associate Casting Director for Judy Henderson Casting since 2003. She casts for film, television, commercials and theater. Her office was the pioneers for voice over casting for video games, primarily the Grand Theft Auto series. Her office casts for Off-Broadway theaters such as The New Group, The Play Company, The Director’s Company and Pig Iron Theater Company in Philadelphia. Kimberly has help cast such films as AVATAR, PARANORMAL ACTIVITY 2, and Rick Linklater’s BEFORE MIDNIGHT among others. Her work on HOMELAND for SHOWTIME has garnered numerous awards, including ARTIOS and EMMY AWARDS for outstanding casting in a drama. Kimberly frequently teaches workshops in NYC, Boston, DC, Savannah, Jacksonville, Philadelphia, Miami, Paris, Berlin,Croatia,Tel Aviv and London among others. Learn more about Kimberly HERE.

    Donna McKennaCSA is an award winning, international casting director, producer and educator. She has cast numerous independent films, TV show, episodic radio shows, pilots and web-series during her more than 20 years in the business. These projects  can be seen on Amazon Prime, iTunes, Apple  as well as Direct TV and other streaming platforms. She's currently working on a number of great projects. Learn more about Donna HERE.

    Donna has been recognized by the industry for her efforts. Most recently received Runner Up 2020 Mandy.com Casting Director Award, nominated and chosen from casting directors around the world. 

    The Virginia Production Alliance wishes to thank our generous sponsors for their support!



After two terms as vice-chair of VPA Richmond District, Steve was elected chair last year. Since joining the VPA as a film fan, he has eagerly leapt into local filmmaking and has been involved in projects including commercials, shorts that screened at the Brooklyn, Richmond International, and Cannes film festivals. Steve has expanded his work in the film as a member of the board of directors of the Byrd Theatre Foundation, helping develop the iconic theater's "center for film." 

Virginia Production Alliance
P.O. Box 7419, Richmond, VA 23221

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