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Virginia Voices

"Virginians from all walks of life, and all parts of the state added their stories to ‘Virginia Voices.' I’m excited that we produced a film that captured the great diversity of our commonwealth."
Paul A. Levengood, president and chief executive officer

Virginia Voices is the first state-specific, crowdsourced film of its kind. From 2013 to 2014, BPI film producer Jeff Boedeker and his crew traveled across Virginia to gather stories from Virginians. In tandem, video cameras were sent out across the state for Virginians to capture their own stories for this film.

Those who participated were asked four questions:

  • What’s your favorite place?
  • What’s your family history?
  • What’s in your backyard?
  • What are your hopes?

You can view all of the stories gathered and documented by our fellow Virginians for this film at www.virginiavoices.org.

Virginia Voices premiered at the Virginia Historical Society in the spring of 2015 and was produced by Jeff Boedeker and BPI.  The film will be shown regularly at the Virginia Historical Society beginning in late July 2015. The film is a fully funded project of the VHS’s wider Story of Virginia Campaign, a $38 million effort that will expand, enhance, and renew the society’s presence both in Virginia and across the nation. 

Free screening of Virginia Voices at the Robert Russa Moton Museum in Farmville.
July 11, 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
Q and A with the film’s producer Jeff Boedeker and Lizzie Oglesby of the Virginia Historical Society after the screening. This program is free and open to the public.
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'Virginia Voices' Trailer
Virginia Voices is a 40-minute film made up of crowdsourced video recorded and submitted by regular citizens. The VHS assembled the videos into a single narrative that gives audiences an overview of the commonwealth, its people and their stories. The film is a fully-funded project of the VHS’s wider Story of Virginia Campaign, a $38 million effort that will expand, enhance and renew the Society’s presence both in Virginia and across the nation. Virginia Voices premiered at the Virginia Historical Society in the spring of 2015 and was produced by Jeff Boedeker and BPI. The film will be shown regularly at the Virginia Historical Society starting the end of July 2015.

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