A documentary of Pamplin City was recently named as an official selection of the Lift-Off Global Network First-Time Filmmaker Sessions 2019 in Los Angeles.
The film, titled “Hope’s City,” is Dancing Ape Films’ first documentary project written and directed by award-winning screenwriter Ricardo Fleshman.
“We are all extremely proud of this film and proud of our first film. I think we did the people of Pamplin justice …” Fleshman said. “(I sent out a) rough cut of the film, and they were all ecstatic and really excited by it. And of course, that is exactly what I could hope to get from them. I mean, I promised them that I would make a film that did them justice. And I think we delivered on that wholeheartedly. And I can’t wait for the rest of the world to see it.”
An advance screening of the film will be held at no charge for Pamplin residents at 5 p.m. June 15 at the Pamplin Town Office, while the paid premiere event will be at 1 p.m. June 22 at Alamo Drafthouse Cinema One Loudoun in Ashburn, Virginia. The film will release in the U.S. on June 21 on Amazon Prime, and Fleshman is working on getting the film distributed on other platforms as well.
“It is about Pamplin City’s revitalization efforts and everything that the PALS (Pamplin Area Legacy Supporters) group is doing, everything that Preservation Virginia is doing to help Pamplin City revitalize itself,” Fleshman said, “and I wanted to document all of those efforts, as opposed to just painting it as a failing city because I think that there’s a lot of good going on there.”
PALS is a community support organization, and Preservation Virginia added the town to the Virginia Endangered Historic Places List in 2014.
Fleshman said that he chose Pamplin because he has a personal relationship to the area. His mother is from Red House, so he was aware of Pamplin City.
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