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‘USA Today’ Lists 'Miss Virginia' as Fall Must-See

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The upcoming MPI Original feature film Miss Virginia has made USA Today’s “fall’s most must-see movie” list. The film is in good company, ranking among major studio films starring actors such as Angelina Jolie, Nicole Kidman, and Brad Pitt. 

Based on a true story, Miss Virginia stars Emmy winner Uzo Aduba as a struggling single mother who is losing her fifteen-year-old son to the rough streets of Washington, DC. Unwilling to see him drop out and deal drugs, she places him in a private school. But when she can’t afford tuition, she launches a movement to change the system that is destroying him and thousands like him.

The MPI film will be distributed by leading independent film distributor Vertical Entertainment. And will be available in select theaters and on video on demand October 18th. 

Learn more about the film here, and mark your calendars! 


MPI Short Films Win Big at Recent Festivals

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MPI Original and MPI-supported short films have had impressive festival showings throughout the summer.  

This month writer-director Ryan Patch and composer Sam Estes took home the “excellence in narrative filmmaking” and “best score” awards at the Anthem Film Festival in Las Vegas, NV for their work on the MPI Original film Regulation. Learn more about the film here

Meanwhile, the MPI-supported documentary short The Conqueror swept European festivals, winning "Best International Documentary" at the British Documentary Film Festival and "Best Documentary Short" at the Oxford International Film Festival and the Munich Film Awards. The film from director Timothy Blackwood follows boxer Jerome Conquest who, after losing his childhood friend to street violence, turns to boxing as a way to improve his life. All the while, inspiring others in his community with the belief that the same freedom to achieve your dreams resides in the hearts of all people. Watch the trailer here.

Ryan is currently developing a new project in MPI’s summer Concept Development workshop. Timothy took part in two MPI workshops earlier this year -- Documentary Storytelling and Writing the Short Film -- developing new film projects in each.