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Northern Virginia District

The Northern Virginia District is the newest region of the state to hold official district designation, however it's quickly become a strong outpost for VPA members. 

Northern Virginia is often considered to be part of the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area, but it has a long and rich history in the production of film, television, news, cable series, and educational videos in its own right. Anyone filming in the DMV (District of Columbia, Maryland, Virginia) will find that Northern Virginia is well-supplied with crew, production companies, studios, equipment suppliers, and talent and casting companies.

The proximity of Discovery Communications (The Discovery and Learning Channels), PBS and the National Geographic Television has helped to elevate the local production industry.

Located in Fairfax, George Mason University is home to an exceptional film & video studies program with many filmmakers and production professionals that contribute to the region’s creative community.

Upcoming events

    • 28 Oct 2020
    • 6:00 PM (EDT)
    • 31 Mar 2021
    • 7:00 PM (EDT)
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    • 10 Mar 2021
    • 7:00 PM (EST)
    • Virtual - Zoom
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    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
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    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!



DISTRICT CHAIR

LARS SANDVIK

Lars is President and co-owner of ThunderShot Studios. Starting out in the industry on national automotive advertising projects, Lars learned the value of working for different types of directors and experimented with a broad range of visual techniques. He is now a multiple Emmy Award-winning cinematographer and his expertise as a director of photography, lighting designer and jib operator keep him in demand with producers from HBO, Discovery Communications, Bravo, PBS, and the History Channel. Lars is a founding member of the Northern Virginia District where he serves as Chair and has served on the VPA's Executive Board of Trustees since 2017.


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

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