Emmy-award winning actor Ed Asner joined organizers of the Washington West Film Festival in Northern Virginia last week at a festival fundraiser.
Asner, whose short film Good Men was screened last year during the Festival, said he was impressed with the Festival and its mission and volunteered to help raise money for the October festival that takes place in Reston and other Northern Virginia locations.
Held at the Tower Club, the private fundraiser with a variety of local business leaders featured a Q & A session with Asner.
The fourth annual Washington West Film Festival,taking place Oct. 22-26, 2014 in locations throughout Northern Virginia including the Reston Bow Tie Theater.
The festival’s motto is “Story Can Change the World,” and the festival will feature more than 40 films along that theme.
In keeping with the festival’s vision, all box office net proceeds will be donated to a charity that then becomes the subject of a short film debuting at the festival. Last year, proceeds benefitted Shelter House, a local nonprofit working to alleviate homelessness.
The lineup of films for the 2014 festival will be announced at a later date.
Photo: Yorktel’s Mark Maxey, a Washington West Film Festival board member, interviews Ed Asner at festival fundraiser/Credit: Washington West Film Festival