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NOVA’s Constitution Day Film

September 26, 2008

From left to right: Charlie Errico, John Douglass Hall (James Madison), Tony Matthews, Don McAndrews (George Mason), Richard Attix, Sabrina Xaviar and Lance Graham.

With the support of the NOVA Telecommunication Center and a grant from the NVCC Educational Foundation, the College produced a film for Constitution Day. On August 17, the film was shot at Gadsby’s Tavern in Old Town Alexandria with the help of two actors who portrayed George Mason and James Madison. The premise is that Mason and Madison are on their way back from the Constitutional Convention. A ne’er-do-well, also staying at Gadsby’s, played by Charlie Errico, is interested in discovering what was discussed at Philadelphia. 

Charles Siegel was the executive producer and Richard Attix directed and edited the film. Other members of the Telecommunication Center who gave up a Sunday to work the cameras, lighting and sound equipment included Lance Graham, Sabrina Xaviar and Tony Matthews.  In addition to his supporting role in the film, Errico wrote the grant. This soon-to-be-nominated Emmy production first aired on NOVA Television at 7:00 p.m. on Constitution Day, September 17.  Much like on a Redskins Sunday, streets and stores were empty as eager viewers gather around their television sets.

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